The fate of fighting dogs

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Seven people were arrested after a dog fighting ring in Moncks Corner was busted by Berkeley County authorities last weekend.

Berkeley County sheriff's deputies found 19 dogs and six puppies at the residence where they made the arrests. The attention of the case has turned to focus on the fate of the dogs trained to fight.

Jim Bush, the Executive Director of the Charleston Animal Society, says that when dogs have faced years of torment and fear at the hands of their owners, shelters typically look at several key areas when determining what the fate of dogs will be.

"Every single life that we take in is precious in its own way. We handle each animal as its own animal and every single one has its own outcome," Bush said.

Bush says a key factor that determines what to do with a dog fighting animal is to make sure that the injuries are not life threatening.

After the judge releases the dogs to the animal society they are then monitored for their temperament and likelihood for aggression.

Soon after, the dogs are evaluated for their temperament and then the adoption or foster process begins.

Bush says that there is hope for some of less aggressive dogs to find homes locally. More aggressive dogs can be sent to rehabilitation centers throughout the country.

Bush says the last resort when dealing with such dogs is to euthanize them.

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