As if it’s not bad enough that Pitbulls have a bad rep for being aggressive, resulting in them being the least adopted breed, they’re also the most likely breed to be used for illegal dogfighting. But not these next pitties. These next pitbull puppies were for sale on Facebook but luckily bought by rescuers who were determined to save them from illegal dog fighting.
Theresa Sumpter, an animal rights advocate from Detroit, recently saw a post that caught her eye in a way she couldn’t ignore. It was a Facebook ad for two Pitbull puppies.
The puppies were carelessly held by their necks, but that wasn’t all that was wrong about this post. Commenters quickly gave away the real reason people were interested in these pups – illegal ring fights.
Happily, Sumpter wasn’t the only one shocked by the gall of the commenters and the person who posted the ad. Most people there were bashing those interested in purchasing them for fighting.
In an interview with WXYZ News, Sumpter said: “we immediately were like ‘we need to save these puppies. They are in danger now.’ We immediately contacted the seller.”
The following morning Sumpter and her colleague went undercover to purchase the puppies and make sure they’re in the right hands. The puppies cost $150 each, a small price for their freedom.
Sumpter had no intention to confront the seller. “We are not going to ask them why they posted.” She added: “We are not going to lecture them.” She had other ways of dealing with them.
Sumpter continued: “If you post stuff like that, we are going to make you famous and not in a good way. It’s going to be in a bad way,” Sumpter says. “Everybody is going to know who you are and that you are a piece of sh–!”
The two pups, who were since named Henzel and Gretel, were passed on to the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue, where they’ll be looked after until they find their forever homes. The staff described them both as adorable and gentle beings, who are definitely not fighters.
“just could not believe that somebody would go on a social media site and even suggest that these puppies be used for fighting.” Sumpter said. As of now, no one has been charged for trying to sell these pups for illegal fighting.
The two will stay with the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue until they’re ready to move on to their forever homes. These pitbull pups are very lucky to have Sumpter step up and save them from ending up fighting to satisfy these sick people’s urges.
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