31 December 2010

Dogs rescued from barbaric fighting operation looking for forever homes

Sixteen lucky dogs that were rescued from a Kansas dog-fighting operation are looking for the best New Years gift ever – a forever home.

The dogs were taken during a drug raid in October where two Montgomery County men were charged with crimes relating to dog-fighting. Previously, dogs taken from such a situation would have been euthanized without question as they would have been deemed too violent to be placed with normal families. However, as we have seen with possibly the most famous ex-fighting dogs, those once belonging to Michael Vick, once the dogs are shown what it is to be loved and treated with respect they can change their behavior.

“The criminal justice system plays a vital role in making sure that dog-fighters are punished to the fullest extent of the law and prevented from going on to victimize more innocent animals in the future,” said Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells. “But these dogs don’t just need justice – they also need a second chance. We hope the compassionate people of Kansas and Missouri will consider making the lifesaving – and life changing – choice to adopt one of these rescued dogs and give them a new lease on life on 2011.”

The dogs were subjected to horrific abuse, yet have been temperament tested as suitable for living with families, and are now ready to find a permanent home.

If you live in the Kansas or Missouri areas and are able to offer a permanent and loving home to one of these dogs, please contact Katie Barnett at 785-832-8100 or katie@gamedogguardian.com

Barnett is the president of the University of Kansas Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter and adoption director with the rescue group Game Dog Guardian.

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. She has a gorgeous daughter in second grade who has been a vegetarian her whole life (lucky girl). Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

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