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A bit more on dog fighting...

Posted Monday, October 29, 2007, at 10:14 AM

This may or may not interest some of you, but I thought I'd share the names of some of the dogs seized in last week's raid.

The names were released in a court docket late last week, adding charges for each individual dog believed to have been fought.

As I said earlier, the little white Pit Bull with the black is named Bandit. The humane society last week said they have received many calls on that dog in particular.

In no particular order, the dogs names are Rosa, Cujo, Bandit, Willie, Two Faces, Topper, Destiny, Black Sky, Zoey, Paige, Running Girl, Whitie, Apache, Cookie, Lady Bug and Stan. Names are not listed for several other dogs.

I did some research on Friday and discovered that a number of dog fighting rings have been shut down nationwide since the bust in Stoddard County.

It also surprised me to learn that the majority of these busts only find between 2 and 4 dogs. They also seized very little evidence, which goes along with what Kyle Held from the Humane Society told me in an interview last week.

Investigators were very fortunate to find the amount of evidence they did at this raid. Typically, larger organized rings go out of their way to keep dogs, ring, records and training equipment far away from one another.

Regardless, it's a disgusting crime, and while I understand no one has been proven guilty, there seems to be a lot of evidence pointing in that direction.

Only time will tell. Each of the three suspects will be in court Thursday morning, so you can look for an update on Friday.

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Corey, can these dogs ever be used for service dogs,like K-9,to help disabled people,or what have you?

Are there only certain breeds used,because it's awful to think of them being put down?

-- Posted by CharlesSmith01 on Mon, Oct 29, 2007, at 11:07 AM
Corey Noles' response:

I'm not sure, but I'm guessing no. I know typically K-9 or service dogs are German Shepherds or Labradors.

Regardless of where they go, the Humane Society is starting to act like they won't be put down. They said the heavy media attention has them covered up with calls. Like I said in my story last week, though, they won't be adopted like we think of it.

I've been told they won't be released into the general public, but will go to people who have experience rehabilitating fighting dogs. Regardless of their kindness to humans, the dogs to present a serious danger to other pets. A walk down the street past another dog could result in seeing a side of the dog you don't know. But, maybe not. Who's to say?

We'll know more in the coming weeks and I promise to keep everyone up-to-speed with whatever information I can drum up.

Thanks, Corey. I think MOST of us want to hear the follow up on this story. You can be proud that your stories have probably gone a long way toward helping save those dogs from being routinely euthanized.

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Oct 29, 2007, at 5:47 PM

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Corey Noles, staff writer for The Daily Statesman and Editor of The North Stoddard Countian, is the author of a regular baseball/St. Louis Cardinals column and also uses his blog to sound off on various happenings in sports. He also operates a weekly baseball mailbag column.

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