Dogs were taken from a home in Leeds after an elderly man was mauled to death last week.
The 33 dogs that were ordered to be euthnaized didn't attack the man. And a temperament test has never been done on the dogs to find if they're a threat.
I got a chance to meet some of the dogs. Lynard was full of life and wanting affection. I also met Dede, Wilma, who loved to give bear hugs, and Vixen, who was shy and timid. Vixen showed no signs of aggression. Of course, we're no a dog behavior experts, and neither is the staff at the BJC animal control, but they do feel some of these dogs can be saved.
"We don't question the court's decision at all," said BJC President Steve Smith. "We understand why the court made the decision that they did, but we would like to see a behavior expert to come in here and evaluate each animal individually and then go back to the court."
Smith was to have already put these dogs down, but he decided to wait when he heard the court was considering other options.
This all came about after two other dogs mauled and killed a man outside a Leeds home. Police shot and killed those dogs on scene and the remaining 33 were brought here. Dr. Nicole Metcalf was the first to see them. "Overall the dogs were in good shape," said Dr. Metcalf. "Of the 33 we had, there were five out of the group we felt more comfortable that we had to do some sedation to handle them."
Vixen and Dede were two of those dogs that had to be drugged. Now more than a week later they're no longer being sedated. "Obviously we can't delay indefinitely any decision on what needs to be done with the animals, but as long as there is a possibility to save some of them then we are willing to wait it out," said Smith.
If these dogs are saved they will not be adopted out immediately. There is a Rottweiler rescue group out of state who is willing to take the dogs and make sure they are fully rehabilitated before even thinking about adoption.
Of the 33, those who work with the dogs daily feel at least 31 will pass the test.
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