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Leon County Humane Society takes in 15 dogs from Gadsden County dog fighting ring

Posted at 3:17 PM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 15:20:16-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The Leon County Humane Society needs help finding foster homes for 15 dogs who were rescued from a Gadsden County dog fighting ring last month.

According to Lisa Glunt, the executive director at LCHS, the organization will transferring 15 dogs from the Gadsden County dog fighting case into their foster program next week. As part of that, they need the community's help finding foster homes.

The dogs range in age from 4 months to 6 years old and have been behaviorally evaluated by professionals multiple times. Officials say the 15 dogs have displayed no aggressive behavior toward people or other dogs.

LCHS became involved when an injured dog was found following a fight and emergency medical care was needed. The humane society then worked with law enforcement to provide treatment and temporary care for the dog for several days until the dog could be transported to the temporary holding shelter.

This dog, later named Bridges, is one of the 15 that will be returning to LCHS in need of a foster home.

"He's an ambassador for these dogs - victims of dog fighting. Bridges cautiously walked out of the vet after receiving sutures for multiple wounds. He was crawling with fleas, underweight, and loaded with intestinal parasites," said Glunt. "Within minutes, he was giving kisses and trying to inch into my lap on the ride home. Bridges never had an accident in the home, and he craved attention from the family. We expect the arriving dogs to have similar dispositions."

For those who choose to foster a dog, LCHS provides all medical care, food, and supplies including a kennel, bedding, and toys. They ask that fosters provide a safe space for the dogs, continued socialization, and lots of love. If you are interested in fostering one of the dogs, click here.