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01/12/04

Veterinarians Check Seized Pit Bulls

Dogs, drugs and guns were all found on the Kiln property where illegal dog fighting was allegedly taking place. Sheriff Steve Garber said investigators also found literature on dog fighting.

"I didn't realize we had the problem we had here with the dog fighting," the sheriff said. "It appears as though it's been going on almost a year. That's sad when you've got something under your nose and you don't realize it. I'm glad it came to a head the other night, and we're going to continue to enforce it."

According to investigators, most of the people arrested Saturday night were from Louisiana.

There were 29 dogs found on the Kiln property. All but one were tied to heavy chains. The other dog was sitting in a car. They were all sent to area shelters.

On Monday, veterinarians checked the dogs. They analyzed their wounds, and helped determine if the dogs could ever be pets again.

Shelter director Renee Lick and veterinarian Dr. Charles West worked together to check out the pit bulls seized from a dog fighting ring. When Dr. West thought about the Kiln location where authorities found the animals, he simply said, "It turns my stomach."

One by one, the dogs were placed on an examination table.

"Look at all the scars from fighting," the veterinarian said as he checked one dog.

The dogs had many of the same scars and bite marks. Dr. West recommended the dogs no longer be pets.

"I mean these dogs have been taught aggression on little critters," he said. "That's why you can't adopt them out, because they may consider a little two year old a little critter."

The Waveland shelter actually got phone calls from people who had pit bulls stolen from their homes. They wanted to see if the dogs brought here belonged to them.

"If it was my dog in this shelter," shelter director Lick said, "I wouldn't want it back, because they're trained to fight now."

Animal control officer Talmadge Conway was in the shelter office. He grabbed the heavy chains once tied to the dogs.

Conway said, "Hopefully this occurrence will spur other people to report this type of activity in their area, because it's still going on."

by Brad Kessie

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