I don't read or watch news usually, so I may be sharing news everyone is aware of. But upon reading the Bad Rap blog today, I found some very sad information. Yesterday, 145 dogs were killed, after 3 defendants were sentenced in a dog fighting bust. The saddest part is that the dogs were killed simply for being "fighting dogs" - they were never given a chance. Many people are upset with the Humane Society of the United States, who recommended the dogs be killed. The HSUS claimed the dogs were bred to be fighting dogs and could not be rehabilitated. This, in spite of the many other fighting dogs who have been "rehabilitated" and gone on to be loving pets - some even have become certified therapy dogs! Various reputable groups, such as Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, who have worked with the Vick dogs and other dogs from dog fighting busts had offered to go out and evaluate these 145 dogs on an individual basis, and take in at no cost any who could be rehabilitated. The HSUS turned them down, and said no, they should all be euthanized. So they were - 145 dogs killed - approximately 60 of whom were puppies!
As a fellow blogger stated...
"I'm assuming they killed all the adult dogs, who had no known history of biting, without so much as one evaluation by a qualified behaviorist. I'm assuming all the baby puppies, born in the past couple months, were taken from their dams, and killed. And I'm assuming all the bigger pups, who were seized in the original raid, who never got to grow into their big paws or figure out their floppy ears or have someone tell them to sit their waggy butt down if they want a cookie - I'm assuming they've all been killed too."
She was right - they're all dead.