Houston Humane Society
The fight over the 320 pit bulls begins today.

Re: A Buncha Bull

There's an update to the unfortunate story of the 320 pit bulls that were recently confiscated in Liberty County.

The widow of Thomas Weigner Jr., the dogs' owner who died after being shot in a home invasion, came forth to claim ownership of the 320 pit bulls on Monday. Through her attorney, she was granted a 72-hour continuance, good through 10 a.m. today. Afterward, she was to post a $28,500 bond, the bulk of which would go to the Houston Humane Society to care for the dogs while she prepared her defense. Humane Society spokeswoman Courtney Frank says the money barely covers food and basic shelter and doesn't begin to handle medical or staff costs -- or even the cost of the initial seizure. "But it would be very helpful," she adds.

The 10 a.m. deadline has passed, and no money has been posted, and so trial is set for 1:30 p.m. today in Liberty County. Weigner Jr.'s widow could win ownership (which initially seems like a stretch, given the lovely care the dogs received in the past) or the judge could order that the animals be turned over to the Humane Society. Either way, "We're going to care for them until the judge tells us what to do with them," says Frank. — Steven Devadanam

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