Dogs rescued from Georgia dog fighting ring face euthanasia
According to WSB-TV, authorities entered the Lindale, Georgia, home of Brandi Lacha Dobbs in Floyd County on Wednesday. There, they found an astonishing 22 dogs. Sadly, 18 of those dogs were intended for fighting.
Authorities arrested Dobbs and charged her with 18 felony counts of dog fighting.
Unfortunately, the 18 dogs trained for malicious purposes now face euthanasia.
“These dogs cannot be adopted by anyone. They are trained to kill,” Katy Walters, the director of Floyd County Public Animal Welfare Services, told the Rome News-Tribune.
The fate of the other four dogs is unknown at this time.
Commonly, euthanasia is the outcome for dogs from dog fighting rings. First, the trauma of fight training can result in severe behavioral issues. Additionally, the intense abuse dog fighting canines endure can lead to aggression and psychological damage. Thus, rehabilitation is challenging. Finally, safety concerns for both the dogs and potential adopters may necessitate euthanasia in cases where the dogs pose a significant risk of harm. However, when possible, many organizations work tirelessly to evaluate and rehabilitate these dogs. Sadly, adoption just isn’t always an option.
How to spot a dog fighting ring
Identifying a dog fighting ring can help prevent cruelty and protect animals. Here are some of the telltale signs to be on the lookout for:
- A high number of Pit Bulls or other fighting breeds in a single location, often living in poor conditions.
- Suspicious scars, injuries, or missing ears. These can all indicate a dog’s involvement in fights.
- Unusual equipment like treadmills, heavy chains, or bite sticks used for training.
- Frequent visits from individuals with a history of animal cruelty.
- Excessive security measures, like locked gates and hidden entrances.
If you notice any of these signs, or simply feel like something’s off, listen to your intuition. Always report any suspicions to local authorities or animal welfare organizations. Ultimately, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the well-being of our animal friends.