MONROE (WWJ) – An animal rights group from Monroe is battling to save the lives of three pit bulls rescued from a home during a dog fighting raid in early March.

Trina Stillwagon of the Monroe SPCA says Dustin, Reilly and Monroe were never involved in dog fights.

“These dogs, certainly, are not a threat to public safety and they shouldn’t die,”Stillwagon told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Sandra McNeil. “These are not fighting dogs. They have none of the attributes and characteristics of fighting dogs. They have none of the wounds of fighting dogs and they never have.”

Stillwagon said the group can safely put the dogs up for adoption.

“It’s about finding the best placement for the dog, for the people. You look at behavior, you look at energy level, you look at type of dog. So, should everybody own a pit bull? No,” she said.

Monroe County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Brown said, “We believe that there is a high likelihood that these dogs will attack people or other animals in the future and that they pose a danger to the community.”

The Monroe SPCA will file an appeal of the dogs execution orders next week. They’re asking for the public’s support on their Facebook page.

Click on a dogs’ names below and scroll down to watch videos showing their behavioral assessment:    

“Monroe” (male) – Video 

“Reilly” (male) – Video 

“Dusty” (female)  – Video

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