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Clancy, a dog fight victim, rescued

02/29/2016 04:00PM ● By Steven Hoffman

On Saturday, Feb. 27, the Brandywine SPCA received a call from the Delaware Humane Association. A person arrived at their shelter in Wilmington with a male mixed breed dog that was clearly the victim of dog fighting. An officer from Brandywine Valley SPCA was immediately dispatched to retrieve the dog. The person said he witnessed the dog being fought and when he approached the group of people participating in the fight, they dispersed and took off running with the winning dog, leaving the injured one behind.

The citizen turned the dog over into the care and custody of the Brandywine Valley SPCA and he was transferred to the shelter in New Castle. The dog, who the staff named Clancy, was in a great deal of pain with severe puncture wounds on his face, neck and chest. A puncture in the side of his face was swollen and draining out the side of his mouth. He was given pain medication, fluids and treatment for his wounds by our veterinary staff. Clancy is an intact male with no microchip.

Anyone with information on this dog fighting case or any other should contact the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare’s Animal Cruelty Hotline at (302) 255-4646.

The Brandywine Valley SPCA is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. “As a new partner in Delaware, we want to spread the word that we and our partners will not stand for animal abuse of any kind,” said Adam Lamb, CEO of BVSPCA.

Anyone wishing to add to the reward fund can do so on the Brandywine Valley SPCA website,, Attn: Reward Fund. All donations will be held in a restricted account for the sole purpose of providing a reward in this case or, if no one comes forward, the funds will be held for other prominent cruelty cases.

An account has also been set up for the care and rehabilitation of Clancy. “He has a long way to go,” said Lamb, “The wounds will heal with medical treatment, but his scars, both physical and emotional, will be ongoing.” To donate or for more information, please see:

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