While there is no blood or raw flesh, these photos may be upsetting for some people.
The only natural white fur on this dog is the white on his throat.
Meet "Scrappy" (not his 'real' name, as his foster plans to find a better one). He is a silver-blue, full blood American Pit Bull Terrier. He is young, crate-trained, eager-to-please, good with cats, house-trained and just a tad protective of his people. Oh, and he doesn't fight.
That is, he doesn't fight or assert himself with other dogs. Hence, his scars. Scrappy is a "bait dog"--he was used to give fighting Pit Bulls more confidence. Turned in as a stray (what did you expect?) Scrappy arrived with raw wounds, badly infected cropped ears and a swollen leg due to a severe wound.
The worst scars are on his neck and hindquarters.
At first it was assumed Scrappy would be euthanized, but somehow he made it to a foster home. His wounds are healing, although many of the scars will never regain hair, and others are coming in with white fur instead of silver. He is gaining weight and will soon be neutered.
Scrappy is living, breathing testimony to the horrors of dog-fighting. To know that this big, sweet, lug of a dog had no other purpose than to serve as a target for training other dogs is to see the proof in how a superbly people-oriented, eager-to-please breed can be manipulated into performing as a fighting machine. Scrappy wasn't "game" but dogs like him suffer just as much as the game "champions" in the ring. The scars are testimony to the courage of Pit Bulls, but it is the breed's courage that has been a burden. It's a shameful thing that a dog like Scrappy has had to endure so much.