Project information

A Second Chance for Dogs

Victims of dog fighting, one of the most heartbreaking forms of animal cruelty, deserve a second chance at life. We are determined to uncover and prevent dog fighting in the UK, and help rescue and rehabilitate the innocent victims of this horrific crime.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: League Against Cruel Sports

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  • Need


    Dog fighting is one of the most devastating forms of animal cruelty, not only for the violence the dogs endure during the fights, but also because of the trauma they face throughout their lives. Despite being illegal in the UK since 1835, the crime is still taking place throughout our country. Dogs forced into fighting often sustain serious injuries, and these dogs face an extremely cruel training programme. Dog fighting has strong links to wider criminality, including violent crime.


    The League aims to reduce the prevalence of dog fighting in the UK. We are asking the UK Government to introduce stronger sentences of up to 5 years

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To gain reliable intelligence on the nature and prevalence of dog fighting in the UK.


    » Rigorous information collection from key sources including partner organisations and human sources.

    Measure the number of intelligence reports leading to meaningful action.

    Aim 2

    To deliver powerful investigations, exposing the cruelty, suffering and links to wider criminality.


    » To deliver one major investigation per quarter, and one smaller investigation per month.
    » Engage with target communities to uncover dog fighting in high-risk areas.

    Measure the investigative outcomes and the number of prosecutions resulting from the investigation.

    Aim 3

    To raise public awareness of dog fighting as a significant animal welfare issue issue in the UK.


    » Educate the public about dog fighting through outreach events, educational materials and case studies.

    Track the education of the public, veterinary community and law enforcement.

    Aim 4

    To build political support for legislative changes to tackle dog fighting


    » To encourage politicians to increase sentencing, make dog fighting a recordable offence and create a register of those banned from keeping animals.
    » Support EFRA Inquiry into the crime and ensure that the eradication of dog fighting is prioritised by law enforcement and policy makers in the UK.

    Record the number of legislative changes which result from the League's work on dog fighting.

    Aim 5

    To develop a national strategy for rehoming victims of dog fighting.


    » Work with rescue centres to help rehabilitate dogs who have been affected by this crime.

    Track the number of dogs rescued and rehabilitated from dog fighting.

  • Impact


    The ultimate objective of the project is to significantly reduce the prevalence of dog fighting in the UK.

    This reduction will be demonstrated by a decrease in the number of reported dog fights.


    There are risks to the personal safety of our investigations team. Those involved in dog fighting are known to have links to wider criminality and serious organised crime.

    A risk assessment on the safety of the investigative methods will be conducted, and the team will be highly trained to avoid unnecessary risk.


    The project's key performance indicators will be continuously monitored and evaluated. Donors will receive reports on the progress of the project at key stages.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £90,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £35,000 Investigation Comprehensive investigation on dog fighting in the UK.
      £15,000 Legal reform Build political support for legislative change which helps to tackle dog fighting.
      £15,000 Education and Public Awareness Educate and raise awareness among key stakeholders and the general public on dog fighting.
      £10,000 Intelligence gathering Deliver credible intelligence to shape the investigation and campaign to fight this crime.
      £15,000 Rescue and rehabilitation Develop a network of partners who will work together to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome dogs
  • Background


    United Kingdom


    The direct beneficiaries of this project will be the thousands of dogs and people who are impacted by the cruelty, violence and suffering caused by dog fighting.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain's leading charity that works to stop animals being persecuted, abused and killed for sport. We have a team of experts, who have worked to combat cruel sports, and we are uniquely placed to make a tangible difference for the dogs affects by dog fighting.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Suzanne Heaney

    Dog Fighting Programme Manager