Judge Spares 30 Fighting Dogs

DETROIT, March 10 (UPI) — A federal judge in Detroit says about 30 dogs seized from a fighting ring can be adopted or placed in foster homes.

Judge David Lawson overruled a prosecutor’s recommendation in ruling Tuesday that the dogs, mostly pit bulls, did not need to be euthanized.


Anyone interested in adopting the dogs or fostering them, however, must be told of the dogs’ histories and of a state law that imposes criminal liability on owners of dogs who later kill or maim, Lawson said.

Lawson ordered another 10 dogs seized last year from the fight ring to be euthanized, including Pacino and Violet, dogs described by investigators as “champion” fighters, the Detroit News reported Wednesday.

Pacino and Violet have been in the care of the Humane Society of Kent County, which have deemed them fit for adoption or foster care. In his ruling, Lawson said he would give the Human Society time to file a motion arguing in favor of sparing Pacino and Violet’s lives.

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