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WHAT: Hog-Dog Rodeos; mostly pit bulls, show off their hunting skills by
ripping apart penned wild pigs. The fastest wins prize money and trophies.
WHERE: Clarke County, Alabama
HISTORY: NBC 15 in Alabama sent in an undercover team to document hog-dog
rodeos. NBC 15's Mike Rush attended this “family event.” He witnessed pigs
screeching in pain as dogs chewed ears, a tail and a snout. The battles were over
as soon as the handlers could pry the dogs off the terrified hogs.
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DETAILS: NBC interviewed attendees who stated the hog-dog rodeos are great
community events. "They got a lot of young people around in this part of the
country that don't have much to do around here and that gives them an outlet,"
one observer told reporter Mike Rush.
According to NBC 15, the hog rodeos are widely advertised. They're put on by
H and H Kennels who advertises their schedules in many publications, including
the "Clarke County Shoppers Guide.”
Authorities have known about these fights for years. Dog fighting and
cockfighting are outlawed in Alabama, but hog-dog rodeos are ignored.
Clarke County's District Attorney, Bobby Keahey has done nothing to stop them
because he says the Clarke County Sheriff's Department has failed to arrest
The Clarke County Sheriff, Jack Day, says he tried to shut down the fights a
few years ago because of animal cruelty, but the district attorney said he
would not prosecute because it was not unlawful.
Mobile's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Mobile County's
District Attorney's office asked the attorney general for help but
his office says it's a county matter.
STOP THIS OUTRAGEOUS CRUELTY AND FINGER POINTING – Write and call and help us put an end to this bloodshed.
WHO TO CONTACT:
Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor
Alabama State House
11 South Union Street, Third Floor
Montgomery, AL 36130
Clarke County District Attorney Robert ("Bobby") D. Keahey
P.O. Box 850
Grove Hill, AL 36451-0548
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