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27 "vicious" pit bulls seized have been euthanized

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(05/02/12) - Nearly 30 pit bulls, seized Tuesday morning in an alleged dog fighting and breeding operation in Flint, have been euthanized.
 
Authorities say the animals were too vicious.

The Genesee County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate.

The allegation is two homes on the city's north side, in the 2900 block of Seneca, were involved.

One to breed.

One to fight.

One person was taken into custody Tuesday.

The dog involved, it seems, didn't stand a chance from the start.

We now know 27 were euthanized Tuesday night.

"The first home was seven pit bulls tied outside with long chains that were just super huge.  No food. No water. Very skinny," says Genesee County Animal Control Director Walt Rodabaugh.
 
"I think we took 17 out of the second home."

"These were un socialized animals. Totally," he says.

He knows first hand.

"I was bitten trying to load several of the dogs.  First time in 35 years," Rodabaugh.

At the scene Tuesday, there were items that would make most people cringe.

Some sort of scale, for example, with what looked like blood dried on it.

"I think they can register the pressure of the bite too," said Sheriff Pickell as investigators collected evidence.

"We found a treadmill downstairs," he said.

There appears to be bites marks on its wooden slats.

There were also wires attached to a chain on the front of the treadmill.

Pickell said it was a device used to shock the animals as they were being trained.

"Shock, shock and shock. That's how they make the dog aggressive," he said.

Pickell said investigators also found at least one ledger in one of the homes.

Think of it sort of like a journal detailing the progress and performance of the pit bulls.

I know that this animals were being bred and used for fighting.  Some place it needs to stop. No animal deserves that," says Rodabaugh.

Rodabaugh says he's working on setting up a reporting hotline for Genesee County residents.

 

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