After reportedly suffering through unspeakable horrors at the hands of their owners, 15 of the 100+ dogs rescued recently from a Gadsden County dogfighting ring may soon experience the security and love of a forever home for the first time in their lives.
Next week, the Leon County Humane Society is transferring 15 of the dogs seized in the June 5 dogfighting raid that are currently in their care to a local foster program, placing the pooches one step closer to permanent adoption, humane society officials announced earlier this week. As part of the planned move, the Leon County Humane Society is seeking the community’s help with finding foster families for the dogs, which range in age from 4 months to 6 years, according to Lisa Glunt, executive director at the Leon County Humane Society.
Humane society officials said the 15 up for foster care have been carefully evaluated by veterinary behavioral specialists and have shown no signs of aggressive behavior toward people or other dogs.
“These dogs have been housed in a temporary shelter for two months while the [Gadsden County dogfighting] case unfolded. This has given experienced behavior professionals multiple opportunities to evaluate each dog. None of the dogs have displayed aggression toward dogs or people, only a desperation to be loved. Our goal is to help these dogs adjust to life as beloved family pets,” Glunt said in a statement.
During the foster period, the Leon County Humane Society provides all medical care, food and supplies, including a kennel, bedding, and toys. Potential foster families must be able to “provide a safe space for the dogs, continued socialization and lots of love,” humane society officials said in a statement.
“As people give fostering a try, they become hooked by the unexpected reward that accompanies saving a life,” Glunt said. “There’s no better time than now to begin.”
Those interested in becoming a foster family for the Leon County Humane Society should fill out an application at www.leoncountyhumane.org/get-involved/foster.
As for the scores of other canines rescued in the recent dogfighting bust, a U.S. Marshals Service spokesperson said they have been handed over to various undisclosed shelters, where they are being treated for wounds and evaluated. Former dogfighting dogs often face a tough road after rescue, as many require highly specialized care and unique facilities, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
By Brian Dekle