How can you tell if a dog is being trained for dog fighting? Our neighbors behind us (a 6' privacy fence) have at least 2 dogs - a larger dog and a smaller dog (going only by the sounds they make). Today was the third time in the past week where I heard the lady screaming and yelling (she was speaking in a language I don't speak so I don't know what she was saying) and the dogs making an awful sound. It was horrible. The very first time it happened there was a child in the backyard (could hear the little one) and I honestly thought the dogs were attacking the child. The dogs sounded vicious. That stopped soon after it started. Today the lady was yelling and then I heard a man yelling, could hear the dogs, and I saw him swing a big stick in the air and then strike down. He did that several times and each time he did the big dog made a horrifically pathetic sound. I called the police and they called out animal control. I felt like one of 'those' neighbors. But I was frightened, scared for the animal (even though I have no proof they were beating the dog) and my dog who was outside came running inside and hid under the table. The animal control guy came to my house and wanted to confirm the house (I didn't know the house number but pointed it out). He said he's dealt with them before. Would this be a dog fighting thing?