Shelters Suffer the Aftermath
BUST UPDATE: Tucson, AZ - Local shelters are up to their collars in canines, partly because of a recent raid that shut down a dog fighting operation. Nearly 150 animals were suddenly homeless after the Pima County and Tucson Swat Teams hit four homes simultaneously last month.
Pima Animal Care and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona are both bursting at the seams. From a Springer Spaniel named McQueen, to a black Chow known as Teddy, almost thirty dogs moved from Pima Animal Care to the Humane Society. There just wasn't enough space to keep them after 147 dogs, mostly pit bulls from last month's bust, needed a home. Humane Society spokesperson, Jenny Rose adds:
"It's a huge number of dogs that we took in, as well as a huge number of dogs that they had to deal with," said Rose. "It was a big operation. We needed to help out any way we could, so we took the animals in here. But, of course that's putting a big strain on our operations."
Meanwhile at Pima Animal Care, a litter of nine puppies is just one of three litters to come in after the dog fighting bust. Kim Janes, the Manager of the Pima Animal Care Center, says the future of the dogs depends upon the courts. When asked if the dogs will ever be adoptable, he said probably not, "They're just demonstrating [that] they're just too much of a risk to the community."
02/28/08: Investigators Continue to Build Case Against Dogfighters
02/23/08: Remains of Dogs Found in Shallow Graves
02/21/08: Officials Dismantle Upper Echelon Dog Fighters
02/20/08: Big Fighting Dog Breeder Busted