HSUS in their own words:
The results of dogfighting are heartbreaking, and it can be difficult to reject the pleas of potential adopters who have fallen in love with a seemingly friendly ex-fighter; to prevent such heartbreak, sheltered fighting dogs should be kept out of sight of the public.
Yes, hide the dogs – don’t let the community know that there are potentially adoptable dogs sitting on your shelter’s Death Row, waiting for their turn with the catch pole and the blue needle.
Unfortunately, euthanasia is the only responsible option for almost every animal rescued from this brutal bloodsport.
Almost every animal? Gorsh HSUS, don’t be so modest – you work to get every single animal “rescued” from dogfighting operations killed. Like you did in Louisiana. Like you did yesterday in North Carolina. Oh but before the dogs are killed, take a photo for the website so you can ask for money to help protect them from abuse.
Once dogs have been bred and trained to fight, they may become dangerous at any time in the future, killing or injuring another dog, cat, or even human. The cruel training inflicted upon these animals makes them unpredictable—and unsuitable for placement into new homes.
Understandably, dog lovers who aren’t aware of the sad facts of dogfighting may want to make up for the dogs’ tragic existence by taking them in and providing them with a better life. The best way to counteract public pressure from these well-meaning folks is to do a little educating. Help people understand that while these animals may seem friendly, all too often they are ticking time bombs.
Oh yes, please educate me HSUS. For example, what should have been done with the dogs seized from Michael Vick?
The Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals recommended that Mr. Vick’s dogs be euthanized, but many animal rescue organizations urged the prosecutors to let the dogs live.
HSUS, we are a compassionate nation of people who love pets and reserve euthanasia as a last resort for animals who are hopelessly suffering or deemed a danger to people by a qualified individual. Join us.
Update: News Release calling for common sense in the Wilkes Co, NC case.