FLINT (WWJ/AP) – Authorities say they’ve euthanized all 28 dogs taken from a suspected dog-fighting operation in Flint.
Genesee County Commissioner Miles Gadola tells The Flint Journal the animals seized on Tuesday all “needed to be euthanized due to the viciousness of those dogs.”
Authorities seized the dogs, training equipment and steroids from two sites that investigators believe are connected to dog fighting on the city’s north side. The sheriff’s department has said one of the homes was used to breed the dogs while a second house was used to train the animals.
Sheriff Robert Pickell says he suspects the dogs were being sold for fighting. Investigators found the home after deputies heard dogs while in the area on an unrelated matter.
A person who owns both homes was in custody.
On The Flint Journal’s website, people have been discussing the case, some asking whether the animals were properly evaluated by experts before there were killed.
Wrote one commenter, “There is no way they were behaviorally assessed, they were summarily dispatched. Along with the poor ‘bait dogs’, most likely, who are non aggressive but terrified and more readily rehabbed. A travesty all around. The public and these dogs deserved better.”
Wrote another, “I love the jump to assume that everyone at the county’s Animal Control Department is evil. I am willing to bet, at least given the press coverage, that they were careful to do the right thing.”
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