TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Two dogs found battered and bloody.
It’s a sad story of neglect. One we first shared last night on news 10. We’re learning more about what might have happened to the dogs.
They were found in what looked like an abandoned home in Terre Haute.
Most of the two dogs teeth were missing. Often times, this indicates they could have been used as bait in a dog fighting ring.
Both of the dogs are pitbulls, a breed with a bad reputation of aggression.
But experts say in many cases, that’s not the nature of the dog, but rather the way the breed is often raised.
“It seems we have an overpopulation of pitbulls in the entire country, so that dog has become one of the most disposable breeds there is right now,” said Laurie Tharp, code enforcement. “And unfortunately, it’s very sad when these dogs come in, and because of the way they were raised, they have to pay the ultimate price and lose their life because a human didn’t do what they were supposed to do.”
Code enforcement cited the owner for animal cruelty.
But when the Vigo County prosecutor saw the photos of these two animals, he upgraded the charge to a Class A misdemeanor.