CAMDEN, NJ—Sweet Pea, a white pitbull who was used as a bait dog and left to die in a Camden City garbage site three years ago, has become the poster-pup of dogfighting awareness in the state.
A joint resolution was passed by the state Senate and Assembly on June 30 giving her the official designation.
“Owing to her gentle nature, Sweet Pea courageously endured and became a champion of other abused animals, with leftover donations for her care being turned into a fund in her name at the Mount Laurel Animal Hospital,” the resolution states.
In April of 2015, just months before legislation was passed to criminalize dog fighting, Sweet Pea was found by volunteers with New Jersey Aid For Animals [NJAFA] with her skin torn off, a ripped ear flap and other severe injuries. According to the resolution, she was used as a bait dog, or a live training dummy for fighting dogs to attack or maim, in a dog fighting arena.
“The significance of this toughened dogfighting law comes alive in Sweet Pea’s story,” Kathy McGuire, President, NJ Aid for Animals, said in a statement.
After her hospitalization and months of rehabilitation through daily swimming exercises, Sweet Pea was able to make a full recovery.
“This is one of the worst bait dog survivors I have seen in my career, but she will make it,” one of Sweet Pea’s treating veterinarians, Dr. Marci Rose said in a statement.
Since,”The Sweet Pea Fund” has helped abused animals at the Mount Laurel Animal Hospital, and on September 8 the NJAFA will hold the third annual “Evening Under the Stars,” a fundraising event for the Sweet Pea Fund at the Riverview Inn in Burlington, NJ. Visit NJAFA Facebook page for details.