The government has asked animal-behavior consultants to evaluate an estimated 50 pit bulls seized from Michael Vick’s Virginia property to determine whether the dogs are adoptable or should be euthanized.
Federal prosecutors said the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) will lead a team that will assess the dogs.
Based on ASPCA evaluations, the consultants will recommend to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Attorney’s office about how the dogs should be handled. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson will ultimately have the final decision of what will happen to the pit bulls.
The U.S. Attorney’s office said the evaluations will take about three weeks.
“The public can be assured that careful consideration will be given to the ultimate disposition of the dogs involved in this matter,” the office said in a statement.
Some animal-welfare groups believe that the dogs should be euthanized because they pose a danger to other animals and to people. Ann Chynoweth, the director of the Humane Society’s animal cruelty and fighting campaign said that every effort should be made to ensure that every animal can be saved, but she added that animals that are bred and trained for fighting are too aggressive to be adopted.
She also said dog sanctuaries would also deprive the pit bulls of a real life because the dogs are kept in solitary confinement. They do not have the chance to socialize with other animals or are able to go for a walk.
Source: Daily Press