18 dogs seized amid allegations of a Chatham dog-fighting ring are heading to a Florida animal sanctuary

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Eighteen dogs seized amid allegations of a Chatham-Kent dog-fighting operation have been saved by a Florida sanctuary.

Tuesday, it was announced the animals are being sent to the Dogs Playing For Life sanctuary – one of the two animal-rights groups that took action after the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) moved to euthanize 21 pit bull-type dogs after a police probe.

“We’re just overjoyed,” said Clare Fordran of the Florida sanctuary.

Three of the 21 dogs have died since being seized. The safe transfer of the remaining 18 was applauded by the OSPCA Tuesday.

“The dogs are getting an extraordinary opportunity,” OSPCA Deputy Chief Jennifer Bluhm said.

A criminal case is still proceeding. Charges were laid under the Dog Owners Liability Act are still before the courts with the next court date set for Aug. 24.

eshreve@postmedia.com


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