Pitbull In Mason City Suggests Dog Fighting Ring

Published 07/22 2016 11:30AM

Updated 07/22 2016 11:31AM

Rocky, pictured above, is suggested to be a dog that was part of a dog fighting ring in northern Iowa.
Rocky, pictured above, is suggested to be a dog that was part of a dog fighting ring in northern Iowa./Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

MASON CITY - A pitbull running stray in rural Cerro Gordo County is suggested to be part of a dog fighting ring in Iowa.

The Humane Society of North Iowa reported that they found the dog, now named Rocky, with several scars and puncture wounds on his face, as well as additional scars on the rest of his body that point to a connection to dog fighting.

Iowa officials are now looking into whether there is a dog fighting ring in northern Iowa, and if Rocky was part of it. 

The Humane Society of North Iowa said, "Rocky, along with several other dogs that have come into the shelter over the years, indicates that dog fighting is happening in our area."

The group also said Rocky has been assessed and thoroughly examined by the shelter veterinarian and staff; the results suggest that Rocky is a rehabilitated fight dog.  He shows no signs of aggression.

Rocky was held in the shelter for the required 7 days waiting for an owner to come reclaim him. No one has come to claim him, and he's now up for adoption.

“It’s heartbreaking to think that Rocky might have been involved in the cruel world of dogfighting,” said Sybil Soukup, Executive Director of the Humane Society of North Iowa. “It is also hard to imagine based on his docile disposition, but he shows all the classic physical traits of dog fighting. We hope to find Rocky the forever home he deserves,” concluded Soukup.

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