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Pit bulls rescued by police could soon be put down

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Police rescued six pit bulls from a home at 2834 Ward Street Friday, but there may not be much of a future for the animals.

An animal control spokesman says pit bulls cannot be adopted out, so if their owner does not claim the dog in five business days, they'll be put down.

Police found the dogs at a home where the tenants had been evicted. They believe a felon lived at the house, where they found two rifles and a handgun.

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County ordinance

Prevents pit bulls or pit bull mixes to be adopted out
Many NC Counties have this same regulation in place.
Guilford county just started allowing dog rescue organizations the opportunity to take in pitt bulls to see if they are social/calm enough to be adopted out. It's an interim step but one that could work (its relatively new).
Pitt bulls are a funny breed but are docile if you raise them that way from what I understand.

Vog

Can't be adopted.... Why???

They seem perfectly gentle if not a little scared. If the pound will not adopt them out, will they release them to a rescue who can further evaluate them and find them loving homes????? It seems the obvious direction to take.

Further more, If the pound will not adopt them out, is it because of what breed they are?.. Did you know that German Shepherds were once shunned and thought to be ruthless killers, but are now revered as one of the smartest breeds and used by the police and military????

I agree

Pitts are used for search & rescue, police, military and service

Spot on.

The same goes for Rottweilers and Dobermans. Pit bulls are probably the single most abused and neglected dogs out there. You never see a labrador, german shepherd, weimeraner, and other breeds left outside, on a chain, with little to no shelter. It is ALWAYS pit bulls.

To the owner: Then go get

To the owner: Then go get them! And if you can't keep them, get them to a rescue group!

First, wilmington housing

First, wilmington housing authority tears down neighborhood kid's basketball goal twice, now the police are "rescuing" dogs to have them killed. Did I miss the year these antics became acceptable? And to the owner who claims those are her dogs, why did you leave the dogs at the house you were evicted from for 5 days?

This is very outdated

This is very outdated thinking (and policy). True, pits had a bad reputation at one time, but recently people are realizing that they have been called the "nanny breed" for centuries for a reason. They are smart and loyal and VERY trainable.

It's not these dogs' fault their owner was crap. I'd love to at least see them sent to a rescue group, and if they can't be adopted locally, surely they'd allow them to be sent to an out of state rescue group?

At minimum, these dogs deserve the same temperament check given to other breeds and the opportunity to at least be transferred, if they pass, to somewhere where they have a chance of adoption!

Doesn't sound like much of a

Doesn't sound like much of a "rescue". Poor doggies.

idiot humans

......and we as people cast judgement and blame on the animals that are domesticated by humans.....the lowly animals that we are.

THEY ARE SOFT AND SWEET

I PERSONALLY RAISED THESE DOGS TO KNOW ATTACKING HUMANS IS WRONG ... THEY WOULDNT EVEN DARE TO EVEN BARK AT YOU IM PRETTY SURE ANIMAL CONTROL REALIZE THIS BUT BECAUSE MY EX BOYFRIEND IS A CONVICTED FELON THEY PROLLY THINK THE DOGS WERE USE FOR OTHER REASON DONT KNOW WHAT THAT HAS TO DO WITH ANYTHING BUT YEA THEY ARE FULLY TRAINED AND NEVER BEEN AN OUTSIDE DOG OR NEVER BEEN OUTSIDE FOR MORE THAN A HOUR THESE ARE MY BABIES INNOCENT AND SWEET PLEASE TRUST EVERYONE THEY SLEPT WITH ME EVERY NIGHT IN A KING SIZE BED SINCE THEY WERE BORNED THEY DONT HAVE ANGER ISSUES OR ANYTHING THERE PRATICALLY BABIES I DID THAT ON PURPOSE BECAUSE I KNEW ONE DAY THIS WOULD HAPPEN TRUST ME THERE EXCELLENT DOGS IN A BAD SITUATION

Not too late

It isn't too late to go get the dogs and go back to school to gain an education.

I don't know you but I know

I don't know you but I know you're ex and if you those dogs so much why not find them a home. Why just abandon them? Is it to hurt him,I know w y'all got evicted but you new you were getting evicted for a while so you should have been making arrangements for the dog! I feel it's quite selfish. Now the dogs are going to die. How do you feel? Got money to smoke and drink, got money for the phone computer ex.... but you don't have money for your rent, and now those dogs are going DIE! Again I ask you HOW DO YOU FEEL?

Then go claim them, and

Then go claim them, and adopt them out yourself if you cant take care of them. There is tons of rescue groups that will help.

If these are your dogs and

If these are your dogs and their so sweet why did you abandon them and why are you writing up here go get your "babies"

Seems simple to me

If you raised them and they slept with you every night - go get them from Animal Control.The article says that they will be released to the owner...

I'm not a pitbull person but

I'm not a pitbull person but it is a crying shame to see any healthy animal have to be put down.

Rescued pit bulls

Dogs should not be put down because of their breed. All but two of the Michael Vick fighting pit bulls were re-homed. Many became service dogs, passing intense obedience tests. THESE DOGS MIGHT BE GOOD COMPANION DOGS OR EVEN SAVE A LIFE ONE DAY. CAN'T THEY BE SAVED?

Really!?!?!?! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Re-think this issue.

Why are these dogs being condemned because of their breed?
Dogs brought up in a loving environment will not be dangerous.
Pets take on the emotions of the environment they are raised within.

This is the biggest bunch of BS I've ever heard.....perhaps we
should start judging people based on the behavior of their family
members or the area from which they are from...wow, now that would change the population!

When are we - The People - going to start getting REAL.

Hopefully BEFORE these poor INNOCENT dogs are put to death.
Death to these animals that have done nothing wrong certainly is an UNFAIR act.

pit bull phobia

how sad that our law enforcement and animal control folk can't discern the difference between a vicious dog and a scared one. a dog's breed does not make him or her a bad dog. that's up to the owner. when will north carolina become animal friendly? guess we'll have to wait until the 22nd century for them to join the modern world...

GEEEZZZ!!!

The only ones who will sufer is them poor beautiful dogs/family pets. Im certain there is a great family that would love to adopt one if not all of them. What a shame.
If they do get put down the should feed that healthy meat to these loser gangbangers who raise them to be mean-->>New Hanover Detention Center is full of them. Hey im a tax payer I should have some say as to how my tax $$$ feed these scumbags....
Just saying......

This is so unfair! How about

This is so unfair! How about temperament testimg first before making a snap judgment on these poor pups. And the ones shown did not even look like full pits. Do not breed discriminate, at least test out their personalities and then make a decision on these dogs.

This is some crap. There is

This is some crap. There is NO reason to judge these dogs just because of their breed! They need to test them to see if they are ill mannered before they take their little lives. Shoot people think poodles r nice sweet dogs but noooo i know a few that will kill a person if u p*** it off or hurt it so think again as****** before you unrightfully take the life of one of our good lords creatures.

Pit Bulls

Sure is strange,,we have adopted one before albeit from another county in NC. If one of the six is the one in the pic I would even question whether or not it is a full blooded pit. What a shame.

Pit Mix

Peyton,

Good point. When I went to the shelter all of these dogs were very friendly and calm. Unfortunately, the county no-adoption rule applies to all pit and pit/mix dogs.

Chris

It is a shame that Pit Bulls

It is a shame that Pit Bulls cannot be adopted out. Dogs should be judged by their temperment rather than their breed.

Just a thought...

Could someone just go in and "claim" to be the owner? Those dog in the pic is not a pit bull, but Pitts are judged unfairly. So sad.

I didn't see 1 single Pit.

I didn't see 1 single Pit. To bad our justice system isnt like the animal shelter.