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Dog Town Gangsters

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The Dog Town Gangsters (DTG)1 is primarily, but not exclusively, a multi-generational, homegrown Hispanic street gang in the northern part of Rancho. They are primarily located on McDonald Street and Roy Lowenstein Boulevard, spreading to surrounding blocks. Although some of its members live in other parts of town, most grew up together in that particular neighborhood. As most seasoned members from the late '80s and early '90s were either incarcerated or had passed away in gang-related retaliation, the new generation is now on the verge of new beginnings with barely any guidance to build a structure around the gang itself. An increase of illegal criminal activity has skyrocketed within the Rancho neighborhood as an ongoing feud between rival gangs spiraled within close vicinity of each other. One of the most notable rivalries that have been documented is between the Dog Town Gangsters and the Rancho Tokers. It's known that they don't associate themselves as being under the 13 moniker unlike most Hispanic street-gangs and they are known to only associate with Sureños when behind bars. There are different theories on how the name of this gang came about since, at the time of its conception, many of the gangs were named after the streets within their respective neighborhoods.

 

The Dog Town Gangsters were among the first Hispanic street-gangs to originate from the neighborhoods of South Central Los Santos. They refused to adopt the Sureño moniker in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In the 1980s, the Dog Town Gang controversially dropped the requirement of being Mexican American in order to get jumped in. The gang heavily recruited Central American migrants and war refugees from the Northern Triangle countries during this decade. Additionally, Mexican immigrants were recruited. In the neighborhoods of South Central Los Santos, it became relatively common to see white teenagers actively gang-banging for the Dog Town Gang. Members have been continuously active in Los Santos throughout their 20+ year-long history. They have traditionally sourced their income from narcotic distribution and gun-running, and have been heavily involved with turf wars between various Sureños, 18th Street, and all neighboring Crips and Bloods. In modern times, the Dog Town Gangsters consist of a small number of members, ranging from their early teens to their mid-twenties. The gang's recent activities around their neighborhood the past few years have established them as a gang with a dominant but small presence in its area. 

 

Dog Town is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Santos and it gained its name because of its proximity to the historic McDonald Street Animal Shelter whose canine residents could be heard for blocks around. Residents also coined the phrase due to a large population of stray dogs dating from the early 1980s. During the mid-'80s, members of the earlier generation of the Dog Town Gangsters would take some of these dogs to the neighborhood kennel where Maria Aguilar; a high ranking Dog Town Gangster members' mother would adopt them and breed them at her residence. It's rumored that Aguilar would sell these newly bred dogs to certain residents in the Rancho neighborhood for quick cash. Most of these residents would be members of the Dog Town Gangsters which is the cause of several reports during that time of members walking around the neighborhood with groups of pit-bulls. They would sometimes use these dogs against members of rival street-gangs and command them to chase them down and attack them as a second resort to shooting or beating them. 

 

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As of 2020, the street gang has seen a steady growth of new members and even some sympathy and open support from residents of Rancho. Most new members of the street gang who have become known to the police through surveillance and arrests are between the ages of 16 and 20. The street gang, unlike many others within the neighborhood, seems to have a higher interest in recruiting young men and young women who are in their late teens and early 20s rather than youths who are still in childhood or early adolescence. It stands to reason that the street gang, through recruiting this relatively older age cohort, are looking for more experienced and hardened criminals to join their rank. Eighty percent of the set's current members are the nephews, nieces and cousins of former, retired, deceased and currently incarcerated Dog Town Gangsters members who gang-banged throughout the 1980s, 1990s and early to late 2000s.

 

Dog Town Gangsters aren't to be confused with neighboring hoods such as the Jamestown Mafia whose one of the biggest known gangs in the area who occupy the Southside of Rancho whereas the Dog Town Gangsters occupy the Northside of Rancho. The two things these gangs share in common is their refusal to pay taxes to the Mexican Mafia and adopt the 13 moniker. In the earliest years of the set's existence, they rapidly recruited from the Hispanic American minority in the neighborhood while engaged in violent street warfare with the Rancho Tokers, a better established Sureño street gang in the locale. It's known to residents that this has been an on-and-off rivalry throughout the years due to both gangs being extremely territorial and sharing the same neighborhood. In recent years, the Rancho Tokers aren't as active as they used to be therefore there's been a huge spike in the Dog Town Gangsters' criminal activity within the area.

 

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They are known to sport apparel by the Oakland Raiders (formerly known as the Los Angeles Raiders). Members of the Dog Town Gangsters also adopted apparel by the Greenbay Packers as their symbol and are known to sport green & black as their primary color(s).

 

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In the mid-2000s, the street gang saw an increase in activity as local African American youths joined for protection in order to avoid harassment, physical assaults, robberies, and murder by the local Latino American populace, a little under half of whom were members of the Rancho Tokers or the Locotes. This increase in local African American youths joining for protection has steadily picked up the pace once again, especially throughout a five year period from late 2012 and into early 2020. Therefore, it isn't uncommon to spot African American individuals representing Dog Town Gangsters as fully-fledged members. The Dog Town Gangsters recruit new members through family relations to past members or through finding troubled adolescents and young adults in local schools or out in the streets.
 

Members of the Dog Town Gang source their illegal revenue from crime such as drug dealing, gun dealing and the extortion of small family-owned businesses in South Central Los Santos. Some of the senior members have overseen the fraud and money laundering activities of the set over the decades, especially when the set was a lot larger than it is today. Small businesses within Rancho were always used for crime. The sale of hard drugs happens in all small businesses in the neighborhood and the small business owners are extorted into allowing this to happen. In the past, small business owners who refused to comply were always threatened with extreme violence and/or death. Nowadays, this isn't as prevalent ever since the introduction of social media platforms. 

 

Taboo crimes such as rape and sexual assault are prohibited by the set. Members of the Dog Town Gangsters throughout its over twenty-year-long history who have been found out to be rapists or sexual assailants have been killed through being beaten, stabbed or shot.

 

However, there are no rules against the verbal and physical abuse of girls and young women. Girls and young women who are recruited into the set either do so at their own will or are often coerced through psychological manipulation and/or verbal and physical abuse. Girls and young women in the set and outside of it who date boys and young men from the set are the victims of routine abuse and domestic violence, which is often publicly perpetrated without any intervention on behalf of their own personal safety and well being.

 

In the past and present, members of the Dog Town Gangsters who have accidentally killed innocent women and children in walk-up shootings and drive-by shootings have been disciplined by fellow gang-members as part of the set's rule against criminal violence towards innocent women and children. 

 

The only members of the Dog Town Gangsters who are allowed to murder rivals who are adolescent girls and young women are adolescent girls and young women from within the set themselves. 
 

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Allow us to introduce ourselves; on behalf of all of the Dog Town Gangsters' leadership and high council we'd like to hold ourselves up to a pretty high standard of roleplay and we say that in the humblest way possible. Instead of instantly trying to roleplay with the faction, it is recommended that you join our Discord server for a more in-depth look behind the factions infrastructure and how we operate as a whole.

 

Keep in mind that before making your character, the community is the key. We're portraying a street-gang within a community, however, if you are looking for something higher to tie it all together, this is where our emphasis on our community development and interaction comes into play. Our ultimate goal is to portray a realistic street gang with a community like atmosphere within the northern Rancho neighborhood. It is imperative that you check it frequently to stay up to date with the conversations and topics that are present revolving the faction within the Discord. If you're not serious about role-playing with us and don't have any quality role-play to contribute to the faction then don't even bother joining because you will be weeded out and removed without a warning.

 

The faction itself consists of a majority of American-time zoned members (GMT -4 to GMT -8), however, there are quite a few members in the European timezone (GMT 0), so people should keep in mind that you will probably catch people in-game no matter what timezone you are in. Every day is different, so our "peak" times cannot be specified. You will most likely catch more members online during the night time and sometimes during the afternoon due to school and work (between 2:00 PM and 12:00 PM).

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