This article ups the number of dogs seized in the recent multi-state dogfighting bust to 378. And a dark cloud looms over their heads:
“It’s just unclear what will happen,” said Wayne Pacelle, head of the Humane Society of the United States. “I think it’s pretty certain that a lot of those dogs will not pass a behavioral test.”
Is there like, an HSUS crystal ball o’ death? I don’t know how such an outrageous statement could be made within days of the dogs being seized. They haven’t even had a chance to get into a routine of full bellies and caring human interaction within their holding facility.
The Humane Society of Missouri, helping to evaluate many of the dogs, again makes an ominous sounding statement:
[Debbie] Hill, incident commander at the Humane Society of Missouri’s emergency shelter, declined to discuss specifics from the ongoing case. But she recalled a dogfighting operation broken up in Stoddard County in October 2007. It was, in many ways, easier to deal with because it paled by comparison: three men arrested and 26 dogs seized. One beagle was adopted out. But of the remaining 25 pit bulls, about 12 had to be euthanized, Hill said.
Obviously, I’ll be following developments with interest.