This can happen, but you can stop it.
It only takes one voice to start an avalanche, but only one more to yell "Get out of the way!".
If you see a sad, poor animal being abused, you need to act. Call the police.
"Yesterday I saw a cat dead on the side of the street. It wasn't a car that hit it (it wasn't squashed, but opened a little-way in the grass in a yard). I know that pit fighting has happened (and likely still is) in my neighborhood. Cats and other small animals (including puppies) are often used as bait to get the fight "started and ready". I couldn't help but think that (since I hadn't seen that Maine Coon cat in this neighborhood in my life) that somebody "used it and threw it"."
If somebody saw cruelty happen and did nothing, they should have done something.
Do the right thing-be the VOICE during the AVALANCHE!