The number of dog fights being reported has risen 15-fold in four years, according to figures from the RSPCA. The RSPCA is holding a conference to discuss ways of tackling the problem of owners using their dogs as a status symbol and to frighten people.But the RSPCA has identified the real problem with this phenomenon:
The RSPCA's Clare Robinson told the BBC that aggressive dogs are a big problem, which is related to gang violence in inner city areas.Thinking she might have gone a bit too far, she added:
She said: "Anecdotal evidence from our inspectors and from some police officers suggest that some of these individuals feel that the police will do something about it if they carry a knife or they carry a gun.
"But they're not so interested if they have got a dog that is aggressive or dangerous. And so it causes us great concern when we see the welfare of these dogs not being protected properly."
"And obviously, for the local communities, they're being put at risk by having dangerous dogs out there on the street."But it's a good indicator about where some people's priorities lie...