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dog fight ring

August 8th, 2006, 05:33 PM

August 8th, 2006, 06:39 PM
Awful! The poor pitties. I hope they find good and loving homes, if they can be adopted. :sad:

August 8th, 2006, 06:48 PM
i would be very surprised if they are still with us......300 fighting dogs......can you imagine the load put on the shelter:eek: and lets face it are there 300 people that are willing to chance adopting dogs that have been this badly abused:(

August 8th, 2006, 06:54 PM
Probably not...what a shame!

August 8th, 2006, 06:55 PM
Almost 300 pit bulls seized after fatal shooting in Liberty County

CLEVELAND (AP) - About 300 pit bulls were seized by authorities on Monday after the dogs were discovered in a Liberty County home suspected of being a base for a dogfighting ring.

Liberty County officials discovered the dogs after investigating a fatal shooting during a robbery last week at a home in Cleveland, located about 45 miles northeast of Houston.

Thomas Weigner, 27, the owner of the 23-acre property, bled to death after being shot in the leg, said Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur.

Weigner's wife, father-in-law and three children were tied up during the incident, but were not hurt, Arthur said.

Authorities believe Weigner bred the dogs for fighting and shipped them across the country.

"At this time, we don't believe it was a random home invasion," Arthur said. "We do believe there's a connection (to the dog ring)."

Authorities found no evidence that pit bulls fought on the property, but Houston Humane Society officers said there were 75 pups in chicken-type coops. The rest were chained to ground spikes, living in standing water and their own waste.

Investigators estimate all the dogs on the property could be worth $500,000 to $1 million.

The animals were being transported to a Humane Society wellness center in Houston, where they would be evaluated.

The first account of this that I saw linked the death of the young man with drugs. Either way.

I seriously doubt that these dogs are adoptable. At minimum, they are dog aggressive and rehoming them (to the general public) to a home without other pets will they will never come into contact with other dogs is a very high risk option. Anybody in rescue will tell you that people will lie like a dog on an adoption application and I can promise you that Houston's animal control doesn't have time to do home visits.

Besides, you can bet that every dog fighter and his brother, girlfriend, wife, mistress, cousin, etc. will be filling out applications.

August 8th, 2006, 07:46 PM
Yeah, I didn't think it through when I figured they might be up for adoption. :sad: Poor dogs! Do you think maybe some of the puppies might be able to be adopted?

August 9th, 2006, 03:26 PM
This is so sad. :sad: Let's hope the guy's family doesn't re-start his business.