Monday, May 11, 2009

8 Pitbulls Seized in Harvey, IL

Cook Co, IL:

[Michael] Whitted, 38, of Lincoln Avenue, was charged with eight counts of cruel treatment to animals, eight counts of animal owner duties, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of possession of firearms without a valid FOID card, according to.the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

When officers executed the search warrant, they found six dogs in a small yard cluttered with cars and trash. The dogs were “tethered with logging chains and locks, with no food or water in sight,” according to the report.

“Based on the temperament of the dogs, it is believed they were being trained for fighting.”

Two six-month-old puppies were found in urine and feces-filled cages in the garage. Cook County Animal Control took all of the dogs to be examined.

I'm guessing authorities are basing their temperament assessment on how the dogs behaved at the time strangers came into their yard to seize them. (Video here.) Hopefully the dogs will get the chance to be evaluated by a qualified behaviorist for the purpose of determining what type of training and home environment would be the most appropriate match for each individual.

Every dog deserves a fair evaluation.

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