A Pierce County judge directed that the 22 Pit Bulls confiscated from a suspected fighting operation in Graham on October 6 be released to Pierce County Animal Control on November 19. They subsequently released the dogs to The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County. All of the dogs were then evaluated for potential rescue. After thorough behavior assessments, five of these dogs have been released to BullsEye Dog Rescue for potential adoption.
The five Pit Bulls, which include a puppy born at the shelter, will be the first dogs from a suspected fighting background to be released for possible adoption in Pierce County.
Sherriff’s deputies found the Pit Bulls, along with dog fighting literature, training equipment, medication, and the remains of dead dogs, after responding to a domestic violence call in Graham eight weeks ago. The dogs were confiscated and taken to the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County animal shelter.
While at the shelter, the dogs received medical care and were under close observation by staff and volunteers from BullsEye Dog Rescue, a Pit Bull rescue, education and advocacy group that partners with the Humane Society to place ambassador pit bulls with families.
Pierce County Animal Control, The Humane Society, and BullsEye Dog Rescue worked together from the beginning to carefully evaluate the dogs with the intent of finding homes for those that may be adoptable.
In the past, all dogs taken from fighting operations were assumed to be unadoptable. Animal welfare advocates and Pit Bull experts have demonstrated, however, that many of them can go on to make wonderful pets.
BullsEye Dog Rescue is fostering the five dogs, where they will be transitioning into family settings in preparation for adoption into qualified homes. They will continue to receive medical treatment and therapy for extensive injuries, and emotional damage from years of neglect and abuse. Anyone who is interested in learning more about these dogs, or donating to their care, can get more information at www.bullseyerescue.org.
BullsEye Dog Rescue is a registered charity whose core value is to provide education about the amazing Pit Bull “breed” to the public, current Pit Bull owners, other rescue organizations and shelters throughout the Puget Sound region. BullsEye is not a shelter. Instead, they are a network of foster homes and volunteers working with pit bull friendly, Puget Sound region shelters to give breed ambassador Pit Bulls a second chance.