Perhaps this decision will send a rather strong message to those people that believe that pit bulls cannot be rehabilitated. To those that donâ€™t think the ASPCA is qualified to make this decision, check out Cesar Millanâ€™s show or website. He is famous for the rehab of many former fighting dogs. His pit bull Popeye (who lost an eye in a fight) is now one of his therapy dogs, helping him on many cases featuring dogs with behavioral issues.
The ASPCA sent in a group of certified animal behaviorists to evaluate all the dogs seized from Michael Vick. 48 of the 49 dogs are believed to have potential for placement.
Recommended placement options for the dogs include:
Â Â -Possible re-homing into appropriate foster homes for further observation and evaluation
Â Â -Rehabilitation as law enforcement dogs
Â Â -Placement in sanctuaries
ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres said â€œWe have been honored to assist federal investigators in this groundbreaking case, and greatly appreciate the trust placed in us. More than anything, I am extremely proud of the dedication and collaboration demonstrated by the behaviorists who evaluated the dogsâ€”that almost all of these dogs can expect to live long and happy lives is an incredibly uplifting and inspiring outcome to this case.â€
I know that if Matt and I had more room, we would love to give some of these dogs a home!
For more information: http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=cruelty_home
Â Mia, Rheion and Dulce, our APBTs.