WFLA News Channel 8
Last week, authorities in Polk County, Florida, raided two properties and found dozens of dogs living in deplorable conditions, may tied to heavy logging chains designed to strengthen dogs for fighting. Two people have been charged with multiple crimes:
Nickie Nicole Sanders faces 48 charges related to animal cruelty or animal fighting one count of possession of cannabis and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hewitt Grant faces 78 charges related to animal cruelty or animal fighting, one count of possession of cannabis and two counts of felon in possession of a firearm.
Authorities assume that there were many others involved in this fighting ring, and the investigation is ongoing.
Tragically, even though the dogs were seized, they may not have been rescued:
The dogs, all pit bulls or pit bull mixes, are extremely aggressive, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Donna Wood said. Wood said because of the dogs’ aggression they will likely be euthanized. It’s a move that is for the safety of the community, Wood said.
“You have tied other’s people’s hands now,” Wood said of the dogs’ owners. “You have placed us into a situation to where there is no way we would take the responsibility of potentially placing a child or elderly person at risk,” she said.
Many dog lovers in the community are upset that there will not be an attempt to rehabilitate the dogs, even though many dogs from fighting rings have gone on to be loving pets.