Pit Bulls Seized; Owner Under Investigation
POSTED: 3:58 pm PST March 8, 2006
UPDATED: 8:13 pm PST March 8, 2006
TACOMA, Wash. -- Dozens of pit bulls have been seized in Pierce County and the dogs' owner is under investigation for alleged animal cruelty and running a puppy mill, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reported.
Twenty seven pit bulls -- many of them injured and some of them pregnant -- were brought to the Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County and are putting a huge strain on the facility, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Amy Clancy said.
The dogs are being evaluated for temperament.
"We've taken the animals for animal cruelty," said Ed Troyer of the Pierce County Sheriff's Office. "We also served a search warrant on the property to recover some other items to see if the dogs were being used in a sort of fighting situation or an illegal puppy mill."
The 27 surviving dogs, along with one dead dog, were found on remote, vacant property on the Key Peninsula.
"Many of the pit bulls came in in very poor medical condition. There were several males that had wounds and signs of scarring," said Kitty Gibbs Pierce County Humane Society.
Humane Society Of Tacoma & Pierce County
(253) 383-2733 ext. 816.
The animals are now being housed and treated at the Humane Society at the expense of the other dogs there.
"It's been an incredible stress on the shelter here because most of the animals had to be kennelled separately," Gibbs said.
The dogs are not available for adoption and won't be until the investigation into their owner is complete, which could take weeks, officials said.
For information on how you can help ease the strain at the Humane Society, go to thehumanesociety.org. The Humane Society's phone number is (253) 383-2733 ext. 816
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