TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Topeka Police Department is warning residents in southeastern part of town about organized dog fighting. KSNT News’ Tyler Carter spoke with TPD this afternoon and uncovered why the community needs to be on alert.
Topeka Police received reports of possible dog fighting in pockets of the capital city recently. Residents have reported seeing dogs with injuries similar to dog fighting.
Topeka police believe the fighting is occurring in the areas between SE 21st and SE 37th Street and along Adams to California Street. Police issued a stay alert on Saturday to residents in Southeast Topeka about possible dog fighting in that area.
“Dog fighting is a very serious thing we are talking about cruelty and abuse to animals, and we want to investigate that to our fullest,” said Lieutenant Colleen Stuart with the Topeka Police Department.
Officers want you to be aware of physical signs on dogs: Injuries to the dogs face, ears and legs, tethered with a heavy chain, their aggressive, un-socialized, and appear to be unneutered.
“The first picture that comes to someone’s mind maybe a pit bull or a Rottweiler, but truly any dog, especially any large breed dog, can be bred and raised to be a dog fighter.” Stuart said. She added this type of charge would be considered a felony. The person or persons involved would face charges of dog cruelty and animal abuse.
Police are asking anyone with information to call Topeka Animal Control at 785-368-9021.