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PETITION TARGET: Washington County, Minnesota Sheriff Dan Starry

A wounded, emaciated pit bull named Ritzie was abandoned on a rural Minnesota road. Confused and terrified, she was covered in fresh, painful wounds on her face, front legs, neck, and chest.

She also suffered bite marks on her ears – telltale signs of dogfighting injuries, according to rescue worker Terry D’Amico.

Ritzie likely served as a “bait dog” to a cruel dogfighting ring. Ring leaders use bait dogs to test the “fighting instinct” of competing dogs, and the “bait” is often brutally injured or killed during training.

Gregory’s Gift, the shelter that took Ritzie in, stated on their Facebook page: “Ritzie is the aftermath of what people seem to think is a quick buck and a sport – dog fighting. It is no such thing, it is the torture and suffering of an animal, it is animal cruelty at its worst.”

It’s imperative to determine who is responsible for the horrific cruelty against Ritzie. There’s never just one victim in dogfighting. There could be hundreds more innocent animals in traumatizing conditions fighting for their lives.

Sign this petition urging the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to do everything in their power to find the person(s) responsible for this gruesome act of animal abuse, and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

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