Rescuers Can't Break up Dog Fight, One Dog Dies
Alachua County, FL - More than 20 pit bulls were seized from the home of an Archer man Thursday, a day after the man was arrested on animal cruelty charges. Officials aren't sure whether the dogs were involved in dog fighting, but several dogs had wounds consistent with fighting.
County Animal Services director David Flagler said that while officers were taking the dogs into custody, one of the pit bulls broke through its cage and got into an adjacent cage, attacking and killing the other dog inside.
"They used tranquilizers, a Taser, catch poles, and even with all the latest high tech equipment...they were not able to break up the fight between these two dogs," Flagler said.
"This is one of the most tragic things that an animal control officer can be engaged in, because they are in the business of saving an animal," Flagler added. "We went out there with all of the best intentions to save these animals from the conditions they were in, but in the particular case of one dog, we were unsuccessful."