Categories: Animal Cruelty

Kittens Advertised for Sale As “Live Bait” for Fighting Dogs

This is happening in the UK. The RSPCA is investigating a claim that kittens are being bred as live bait for fighting dogs. It is difficult me to write about this but it needs to be aired. It needs to be publicised because it is horrific and people need to be aware of these sorts of horrific acts that take place in what is considered to be an animal loving country. That reputation must surely be in doubt when you read about this sort of behaviour.

Apparently, there is a picture on Facebook which I am unable to find that shows a cat with its head in a dog’s jaws above the caption: “Got some now, anyone want to put a bet on who wins?”.

In another post on Facebook there are pictures of kittens and a caption which reads: “Will have a litter ready for Christmas (dog bait)”.

The RSPCA received complaints from concerned individuals about kittens being sold as dog bait in the Liverpool area of the UK. Liverpool is in the north east of the UK to international readers who don’t know where this city is.

The RSPCA believes that there is a network of people involved in dog fighting in this area. They use female names to avoid attracting attention and suspicion. These accounts on Facebook are often closed but then reopened under different names. Adverts also are found on other websites concerned with classified adverts such as Gumtree.

A trustee of an animal sanctuary charity in Merseyside (an area where Liverpool is), Heather Prescott, states:

“People have asked us to help with homing their kittens but by the time we get there, somebody will have already bought all of the litter… They take the kittens as a job lot and sell them for quite a serious profit.”

A spokesman for the animal rights group PETA reiterates what a lot of us already know namely that selling animals over the Internet is dangerous with respect to the animal’s welfare. She said:

“These animals are vulnerable and it’s hard to ensure that they are headed to responsible, loving homes… Online ads appeal to impulse buyers, who likely won’t give serious thought to the lifelong commitment needed to provide an animal with stability and to people who deliberately hurt animals.”

The RSPCA is investigating as mentioned and the local police force said that the matter was not their responsibility to investigate. I presume that this means that they have handed the matter over to the RSPCA. If they don’t mean that then they are clearly being highly irresponsible.

My research indicates that with respect to horrific animal abuse and cruelty Facebook does suffer from hoax postings. There have been a number of dogfighting postings which have been declared to be hoaxes. I don’t know whether they are or they aren’t. There are people on Facebook who like to stir up trouble and antagonise other people particularly animal lovers by writing provocative articles. I don’t think that this is the case in this instance but it could well be. As stated, the investigation originates in Facebook postings. Facebook has a reputation for allowing these sorts of postings to be made and sometimes they justify why they allow the posting to remain with spurious and poor reasoning.

Associated: Kittens as crab bait.

Source: The Times (hard copy).

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • The problem of pet pedlars acquiring free or cheap kittens is very real in the Merseyside area. The kittens are sold on for up to £170 each. Lazy journalism by the Liverpool Echo led to this article being sensationalised into one about dog baiting. There is no evidence that the two individuals do provide kittens fir bait but there is a lot of proof of them selling sick and/or underage kittens

    • Thanks Margaret. There is circumstantial evidence that kittens are sold for live bait as I read the article.

      • The article was sensationalist. The two individuals it Is in respect of are prolific pedlars but there is no evidence they acquire kittens for bait. We do not, however, know what happens to any kittens which don't sell
        RSPCA have now dropped their investigation, saying there is no baiting going on - in respect of the two women involved in this peddling report

  • "Live canaries and hamsters for play-toys for cats! Cheap!"

    I bet not one of you would complain about that. You most certainly don't complain when you use free wildlife for that purpose of yours. The only thing that you'd complain about is the price, it's not free now.

    • This is such a stupid comment. Cats hunt for prey as it is natural. Humans give kittens to dogs as live bait to enhance their fighting skills. Are you saying these are the same? You are a damn fool.

  • This sort of thing happens here all too often. It's sickening.

    But, a few years ago, I had a man knock on my door asking to adopt 3 kittens that he had been told were left on my porch 2 days before. He was brazen enough to tell me that he wanted them to feed his snake.
    Trust me, my behavior was less than lady-like.

    I had never advertised at all. But, I have to beg anyone who does advertise, please be very cautious. Ask many questions. And, if they are opposed to having a visit to their home, that's a big red flag.

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