Ike's Pit Bulls Live Another Day

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It turns out the pit bulls we wrote about

last week

were not put to death after all. According to Wendy Mahoney, thanks to the appeals that went out, all 12 dogs were either fostered or went to another rescue group (including one for labrador retrievers!).

What was unusual is that the dogs were originally taken in by the Houston SPCA which normally euthanizes all pit bulls. The SPCA has long held that the breed is unsafe for general adoption. In this case, the SPCA allowed the dogs to go out to rescue groups but not directly to individuals, Mahoney said.

These dogs were picked up as part of the general Galveston Island animal rescue that went on after Hurricane Ike, Mahoney said and although her original e-mail referred to some of these dogs being chained, these particular dogs were not, she says – they were running free in the streets and were not taken from anyone’s yard.

The report that one of these 12 was snake-bit and survived is accurate, she said. Alas, no owners showed up to claim the rescued dogs and Monday was the deadline (in every sense of the word) for moving them out of the SPCA facility.

Mahoney, who specializes in fostering pit bulls, was called by Houston-based Scouts Honor Rescue Inc., the organization that got the heads-up from the SPCA.

An SPCA behavioral specialist examined all the dogs that came in and determined that these particular dogs were safe, Mahoney said. She sees this as a big advance in the local perception of the breed. The dogs still need permanent homes so if you’re willing, please contact Mahoney at wendy@pearlandpets.com

A call to the SPCA representative who worked the pit bull case to ask about why the SPCA reversed its policy this one time got us switched over to the office of Stacy Fox, the SPCA’s VP for communications. We left a message. If we hear back, we’ll let you know what she says.

Update: Cindy Perini of Scouts Honor called in to say that people can take a look at the dogs on their website at www.scoutshonor.petfinder.org. Anyone interested in a permanent adoption can also contact Perini at cperini@velaw.com.

Margaret Downing

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