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Animal Rescuer: Feds Need to Show Teeth
Actor/Animal Rescuer Leo Grillo says in order to take down illegal dogfighting rings in America, the government's bite needs to be bigger than its bark. Grillo is founder of D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, the largest animal sanctuary of its type in the world.
“Dog fighting is treated by law enforcement strictly as a humane code violation,” said Hollywood actor and animal rescuer Leo Grillo, founder of D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, the largest dog and cat sanctuary of its type in the world. “But it is also a series of serious and violent crimes.”
Grillo has been a conservator and guardian angel for abandoned, abused and un-wanted animals since 1979. He and his staff currently tend to more than 1,500 dogs and cats on a daily basis. His canines are rescued typically from the wilderness rather than from a death ring where dogs, usually pit bulls [like the one pictured above], are trained to bite and rip the flesh off one another while onlookers cheer, scream and place bets.
"Participants are much more dangerous than animal control officers are trained to handle,” Grillo said. "And often this is not the participants' only crime."
It was an insidious, unethical and inhumane crime that briefly derailed Vick's life and career after his chief involvement in a gruesome dogfighting ring. Vick has been given a second, conditional go-round in life with the Philadelphia Eagles; he is also working closely with the Humane Society of the United States to increase public awareness. Grillo acknowledges Vick's remorsefulness and his newfound association with anti-dogfighting programs. Now Grillo wants the matter to take a more potent step.
"It requires diligent police investigation, and subsequent arrest and prosecution of the criminal element involved," said Grillo. "Due to the organized nature of many dog fighting venues, state and federal agencies must also be available to assist local police.”
Dogfighting is illegal in all North American countries.
Some celebrities supporting this mission's humane activities include actors Robert Davi, Rue McClananhan, Alec Baldwin and animal rights activitist and politician Maneka Gandhi.
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Written by: Sharon Raiford Bush
Editor's Note: Sharon Raiford Bush is a multi-award-
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