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Lola, Rescued From Being Used As Bait Dog, To Get Second Chance at Good Life
NBC Miami ^ | Friday, Mar 9, 2012 | Donna Rapado

Posted on 03/09/2012 8:47:30 PM PST by nickcarraway

She has bite wounds, but her overall health is good, a veterinarian says

Looks like a dog found near death over the weekend will get a second chance at the good life.

Nearly a week after animal activists rescued Lola from an abandoned property in southwest Miami-Dade, the Boxer-American Bulldog mix is now slowly recovering in the hands of a veterinarian in West Palm Beach.

Investigators found the 3-year-old dog, dumped and left to die after she was used as bait to train other dogs to kill during illegal dog fights.

“She has bite wounds and some cosmetic problems. We ran blood work and she’s good, she’s heartworm negative. She does have ear mites, which is a simple thing. But medically in good shape,” said Dr. Joseph Tomes from Summit Boulevard Animal Hospital in Palm Beach. “She seems very sweet, first of all. Her temperament is good. I think she is just plain scared. From this dog's history, apparently it was a bait dog.”

Activist Dahlia Canes with the Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation says illegal dog fights are more prevalent in Miami-Dade County than anywhere else in the country, with illegal fighting pens set up in neighborhoods everywhere. She points out these criminals train certain large breeds to fight, but use all breeds as bait, from Yorkies and Malteses to Labradors and Boxers. She says they prey on weakness.

“They’re usually stolen from your backyard, taken away from Miami-Dade Animal Services, found strays on the street. Bait dogs don’t last long," Canes said. "And if they’re no use any more they throw them in the street or kill them."

Amy Restucci, who runs the Abandoned Dogs Rescue in West Palm Beach, picked up Lola from the Miami-Dade Animal Shelter. She says Lola will be cared for at the private vet and get the best care there, on her way to recovering.

“She’ll get love. We’re gonna work with her. She’s walking finally. She’s following us around," she said. "It’s gonna take time and in order to place her in a forever home we have to make sure she gets along with another animals. We have to get to know Lola.”

Anyone interested in adopting Lola can reach out to Restucci directly at www.facebook.com/ABANDONEDDOGSEVERGLADES.


TOPICS: Local News; Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dogs

1 posted on 03/09/2012 8:47:32 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Joe 6-pack

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2 posted on 03/09/2012 8:48:29 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

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3 posted on 03/09/2012 8:54:49 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: nickcarraway
Which one of the multi-culture cultures I am supposed to accept and respect, is the one that claims staging dog fights is a normal spectator sport?

None of my own White or Red ancestors did, as far as I can tell. So where does this brutality come from?

4 posted on 03/09/2012 9:05:58 PM PST by sarasmom ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xZsFe6dM3EY)
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To: Joe 6-pack
May she find her caring forever home soon. She looks like a lovey girl.  
5 posted on 03/09/2012 9:08:33 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: nickcarraway

Lord, please give me the opportunity to share your love and / or clean my guns in a room with the evil people that did this to this dog. May he find a wonderful home with people that love and cherish him.


6 posted on 03/09/2012 9:23:41 PM PST by pops88 (Geek chick over 50)
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To: pops88

Opps- *she and *him.


7 posted on 03/09/2012 9:24:52 PM PST by pops88 (Geek chick over 50)
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To: sarasmom

Some trace it back to the Romans and their fighting dogs against various oponents. Others trace it to bear baiting where dogs were pitted against other animals like bears. When that became illegal the English started them fighting other dogs. Whatever it’s origins it is horrific.


8 posted on 03/09/2012 9:25:53 PM PST by dog breath
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To: pops88

Amen.

She reminds me of my boxer mix. Great dog. Very loving, always seeking affection.


9 posted on 03/09/2012 9:26:12 PM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: TheOldLady; Joe 6-pack; nickcarraway; sarasmom; pops88

when I read these articles, I just hate people. Who in the F can do this to animals???????

May she find a home that takes care of her the rest of her natural life.


10 posted on 03/09/2012 9:39:37 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: dog breath
Shakespeare mentioned bear baiting in, Merry Wives of Windsor.
11 posted on 03/09/2012 9:49:41 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: dog breath

Thanks, but I really want to know what current “culture” proclaims “dog fights” as normal.

Pardon my ignorance, but as I stated previously, none of my mixed race/ethnic group of ancestors claim dog fights to be a “sport”.
At least not enough to filter down to my generation.

So, where does this kind of crap come from?


12 posted on 03/09/2012 10:20:20 PM PST by sarasmom ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xZsFe6dM3EY)
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To: nickcarraway
Dear God.

....may the wrath of all things awful come to those who did this to this sweet pup.

....and may all things glorious come to those who rescued her.

May God Bless you in your new life with love, Lola!

13 posted on 03/09/2012 10:28:58 PM PST by NordP (Common Sense ConservaTEAves - Love of Country, Less Govt, Stop Spending, No Govt Run Health Care!!!)
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To: pops88

Nicely stated....and my I help you clean those guns ;-)


14 posted on 03/09/2012 10:29:57 PM PST by NordP (Common Sense ConservaTEAves - Love of Country, Less Govt, Stop Spending, No Govt Run Health Care!!!)
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To: dog breath

Any sport pitting animals fighting to rip each other up comes from the natural wicked heart of mankind.


15 posted on 03/09/2012 11:07:20 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: sarasmom
None of my own White or Red ancestors did, as far as I can tell.

If your white ancestors came from England, they did. The pit bull terrier and bulldog are descended from dogs bred in England to bait bulls and bears, and fight other dogs in pits for the amusement of spectators.

It's pointless to try to pretend that any particular ethnicity has cornered the market in cruelty. We're all human, and making animals fight each other to the death is something only human beings do. It's also something we can stop.
16 posted on 03/09/2012 11:20:29 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: sarasmom

Blacks. Just ask Micheal Vick.


17 posted on 03/10/2012 12:02:04 AM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: TheOldLady
None of my own White or Red ancestors did, as far as I can tell.

Dog fighting was popular in all European countries, AFAIK, till the 19th century, and later in many.

18 posted on 03/10/2012 4:06:00 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: TheOldLady; pops88
I'd take that dog in a heartbeat, she would have a little slice of Heaven to live in the rest of her life.

As far as cleaning guns in a room with the dirtbags that did this,,I think I would prefer messing up a baseball bat.

19 posted on 03/10/2012 4:38:00 AM PST by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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To: pops88

pops, God Bless you kind Sir!


20 posted on 03/10/2012 4:49:34 AM PST by whatshotandwhatsnot (Islam wants you dead.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m basically a non-violent person but if some of these creeps stole my dog and used him as a bait dog, I would come looking for them with a very large caliber gun in my hand. And I would use it.

I’m glad to see that Lola fell into the hands of some nice people.


21 posted on 03/10/2012 6:58:10 AM PST by OldPossum (ou)
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To: ColdOne
The Adversary has prepared a special place where the Hell Hounds bedevil these cruel and evil people forever.

I simply do not know how any thinking human being can look into those eyes and cause even the slightest pain to such a lovey girl.

We do have laws against animal cruelty; it would be nice if they were enforced.
22 posted on 03/10/2012 7:38:16 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Poor pup. How can people be so cruel?


23 posted on 03/10/2012 7:47:54 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: nickcarraway
Bless her little heart. Same thing happened to my brother's pit bull, Buster Brown. Some fool stole him from the yard, and the dog was gone for almost a year. He made his way back home, beaten and starved, but they were thrilled to see him, and nursed him back to health. Six months later, someone else took Buster Brown, and they never saw him again.

He was just the sweetest animal, and I could just throttle anyone who does that to a dog.

24 posted on 03/10/2012 2:10:18 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Joe 6-pack

My first rescue pitbull, Porkchop, was also a bait dog. She was the best dog I ever had.


25 posted on 03/10/2012 3:55:22 PM PST by Sensei Ern (My choices in order of preference. Santorum, Gingrich, Tomato Soup Can,Paul, Empty Suit, Romney)
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To: nickcarraway

Lola looks so sweet. No dog deserves to be bait for fighting dogs. Even though it is illegal, some dirt bags persist in this “sport”. Same with cock fighting. Nasty humans have sullied the name of a wonderful breed of dog by turning them into fighters.


26 posted on 03/10/2012 5:18:00 PM PST by tob2 (November can't come soon enough for me.)
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To: org.whodat
Investigators found the 3-year-old dog, dumped and left to die after she was used as bait to train other dogs to kill during illegal dog fights.

Pertinent to your interests...

27 posted on 03/10/2012 5:20:33 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: jmacusa

Not just blacks, but just about every race which comprises all of humanity.


28 posted on 03/10/2012 5:26:40 PM PST by tob2 (November can't come soon enough for me.)
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To: sarasmom

I have thought some more about your question about what culture says that it is normal or acceptable. I have seen pictures of some of the dogs mutilated by this fighting it should not be acceptable to do that to another living creature for amusement anywhere in this world. I have discovered three basic sorts of people in my life, those who make the world worse, those who make it better and those who do nothing. Perhaps we should all try harder to make the world better in this case.


29 posted on 03/11/2012 10:21:22 PM PDT by dog breath
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To: sarasmom

Dog fighting was pretty ubiquitous in European culture..and everywhere actually...like cock fighting (which I admit a fondnessfor)...and bull and bear baiting etc

Not sure if Injuns did or not...maybe they were too busy skinning each other or roasting over coals alive one another

to worry about being cruel to mere dogs...especially since they considered them a food source when need be

sadistic folks likely prefer human torture

it stands to reason

i think I recall though Jack London inferring that Indians participated in dog fighting

I don’t like dog fighting though back before leash laws I saw some doozies and we as kids would cheer them on

like men, it was male dogs fighting over your gender


30 posted on 03/11/2012 10:30:07 PM PDT by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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