Fighting Over Dogfighting Dogs Continues

We wrote Friday about how the Houston SPCA is killing all those dogs who were "rescued" when a major dogfighting ring was broken up recently.

The local SPCA is clear that it does not adopt out pit bulls or fighting dogs because it thinks they are harmful. They made an exception of sorts after Hurricane Ike, when some rescued pit bulls were handed over to a sympathetic organization, but even tehn they were adamant it was not an adoption.

In the wake of our item about the "rescued" dogs, pit-bull fans have gone nuts, especially about how an SPCA spokeswoman told us "These animals are bred from a long line of fighting dogs to be aggressive."

One commenter says:

This is one of the most ignorant statements I have ever read. Worse that it comes from someone who is paid to help animals. HSPCA will not get any of my money, ever. I'll save it for breed-specific rescue organizations. Good grief, if rescue organizations can't be trusted to stop propagating the misinformation about "Pit Bulls," who can?

Many note that the dogs rescued after the Michael Vick incident were successfully rehabilitated, although they gloss over the fact that doing that cost millions.

Should pit bulls and other fighting dogs be killed? Join the debate in the comments section of the item.

-- Richard Connelly

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