Dogfighting is illegal and a felony offense in all 50 states as well as the Virgin Islands, Guam, and all other US territories.

Dogfighting leads to both physical and psychological damage in canines. Though dogs being sentient beings is a widely accepted understanding, dogfighting persists in several areas of the country, especially in the Southeastern United States.

If you suspect dogfighting in an area, please immediately report it to Animal Care and Control facilities. In Charlotte-Mecklenburg, dial 311, press option 2 and provide information. You can also contact the Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Cruelty Division at 202-452-1100.

The American Pit Bull Foundation assists in dogfight busts in North and South Carolina through local authorities and in partnership with the ASPCA and Humane Society of the United States, however, we do not respond to dogfighting reports. Reports should be made directly to local authorities. APBF assists in transport, care, rehabilitation, rehoming, and resources for canines pulled from dogfight busts.