Recovered dogs likely can't be adopted

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News 12 at 6 o'clock - August 30th, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Fourteen dogs were rescued from two Augusta neighborhoods on Wednesday. Police say the dogs were possibly involved in dogfighting.

Now, each one lives in a kennel at the Richmond County Animal Shelter.

"It's just sad and a shame that they're going to be pretty much facing a death sentence because of a human being," said an undercover Animal Control Officer.

The dogs have all the signs of being involved in fighting, including old wounds and bites on the chest and legs. Investigators also found a treadmill and chains at the dogs' rescue site.

Diane Downs, Director of the Richmond County Animal Shelter, says the dogs are people-friendly but cannot be adopted.

"The fighting alone makes them aggressive toward other dogs and they would be a danger in the community," said Downs.

An animal control officer says it's not fair to animals.

"No animal ever sent a post card to a human being saying, 'Hey, will you become my owner and mistreat me and beat me?' and dogs deserve better and the people who did this deserve to be punished to the max," the officer said.

According to the Director, the dogs will remain in the shelter until the investigation is completed, but "if they show the slightest bit of dog aggression that spells euthanization."

Carlton Jones, Jr. was arrested and put in jail Thursday on one count of animal cruelty in connection with the case. Investigators say more arrests may be made.

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