(Harrisburg) -- Animal welfare groups plan to conduct training seminars in Harrisburg next week to help stop dog fighting in the midstate and beyond. The first of two sessions, next Wednesday, will focus on law enforcement.
Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director of the Humane Society of the United States, says most organized dog-fighting rings have been shut down -- but the practice that persists in the commonwealth tends to be mobile.
"It's much more common for animal fighting to be caught because it's been a part of another investigation -- a drug bust, a call about a child's welfare -- and law enforcement comes in and finds evidence of animal fighting in the home, or evidence of breeding animals for fighting in that home."
The second session will work to educate animal shelter staff and volunteers about what to do with dogs that have been rescued from abusive situations. Registration is free for both sessions at the Farm Show Complex.
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