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Seized pit bulls could be euthanized
By LARRY HARTSTEIN


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Time is running out for some of the 29 pit bulls seized in last week’s raid of a suspected dogfighting operation near Columbus.

The Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has taken custody of the animals, which range from puppies to full-grown pit bulls.

A few had to be euthanized because of “severe aggression issues and extensive health issues,” executive director Joan Sammond said. But the rest “have passed temperament testing and can be placed in homes. They’re adoptable animals.”

PAWS Humane in Columbus is housing four pit bulls, and the SPCA in Suwanee can house a few more.

“But we don’t have a large enough facility to house all of them and we have to find a place for them,” Sammond said. “We need licensed rescue organizations that will take them until they’re placed into permanent homes.”

Sammond said if rescue groups and families don’t come forward by the end of the week, “adoptable ones will end up being euthanized because we have nowhere to put them.”

Last Wednesday, the Talbot County Sheriff’s Department raided a wooded area in Box Springs and found 29 pit bulls kept in unhealthy conditions. They had long chains around their necks, the chains connected to metal stakes in the ground. Five dogs showed obvious scarring.

The Sheriff’s Department charged Anthony Monds, 32, with five counts of dogfighting and 29 counts of animal cruelty.

Maj. Jeff Sivell told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that more arrests are likely.

To help with the rescue effort, log on to www.georgiaspca.org or call the SPCA at (678) 765-2726.

I know there are some bully-breed lovers here! Just trying to get the word out to anyone who might be in a position to help, or knows someone who can.