With hopes that the dogs would be adopted into loving families, Pups of Texas Rescue held an adoption event last week in Kingwood, Texas. Among the animals was 2 ½-year-old Brindle, a pit bull mix described as affectionate and full of life. When a Caucasian female around the age of 18 or 19 wanted to take Brindle for a walk to see if they were a “match,” it was happily granted. But minutes later, the woman sprinted to her car, jumped in with Brindle in her arms and sped away.

“Please bring her back home,” was the plea from Jessica Armstrong, who was fostering Brindle. “She is a very deserving dog.”

With health problems, Brindle is now without her medication — but there is a bigger problem that Jessica and others are worried about: pit bull rings and dog fighting.  Dog fighting is illegal in all 50 States, but that still does not stop people from forcing dogs to participate.

Pit bulls like Brindle are the most common breed used in dog fights. Trainers go through heinous tactics to turn these loving animals into murderous beasts. Starvation, taunting, and steroid injections are just a few ways these dogs are prepared for the bloody fight. Trainers physically alter the animals by sharpening their teeth and cutting off their ears so that their opponent will not be able to latch on. Some trainers even go as far as adding roach poisoning to their food so that their fur will taste bad to the other dogs. There is no true winner in this situation because even if a dog “wins,” they are only forced to fight again. Female dogs are often forced to breed over and over again, or may be sold and trained as fighters, too. Some dogs, usually non-pit-bulls, are used as “bait” for the dogs to attack during training.

Sadly, Brindle is just one of many dogs who are taken against their will each year. Whether used for fighting, for “pet flipping” (sale to a new family) or another reason, pet theft is an all-too-common problem that is very poorly tracked. Hopefully with the publicity, Brindle’s kidnapper will return her to the shelter so that she can finally have a good home.

Anyone with information on Brindle’s whereabouts please contact Pups of Texas Rescue at 713-562-6059.