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Pit bull's fate hangs in the balance

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Thomasville--  Kim Arrington, with the Thomas county humane society says this 3 to 4 year-old pit bull is one of the sweetest dogs you'll ever meet.   "She'll kiss you all day long, she's a very loving dog."

Put her in contact with other dogs, and you'll see a different side.  "Some dogs she's ok with, but most she's aggressive towards," says Arrington.  She say's in her experience this means, "she's dog aggressive because of where she's been fighting."

She was in bad shape when she was brought here after her owner was arrested on charges of dog fighting.  "She's missing half of her lip, right here. She's got several scars. Her ears have been cut.  She had so much infection in her body when we got her we didn't know if she'd make it or not," Arrington says.

Humane society director Carol Jones says they frequently get called out to bring in dogs who are injured or have obviously been fighting.  "Up 'til now fines and penalties have been just slaps on the hand. People that are doing it turn right around and get back into it," says Jones.

This strong-willed pit-bull has managed to fight her way back from near death.  But it might not be for long.   "These dogs, their fate is to die one way or the other.  In the dog fighting situations they're either going to be killed by another dog, or killed by their owners for not performing," Jones says.  If her owner is convicted, the humane society will be forced to euthanize her.

"This just breaks our heart. We get so many dogs in here like this that love us, and to know their fate . . . at the end of the day we all go home and cry," says Arrington.  So many have sad endings, but veryone here is hoping the recent publicity surrounding dog fighting will serve some good in the end.  "This problem, this disgusting fighting situation will attract the attention it needs to get it taken care of," says Jones.

She says it will take much stiffer penalties to actually see a change.  The director of the Thomas County Humane Society says they bring in dogs who have been fighting in the area, 5 or 6 times a year.

 

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