Rescue dogs: 18 animals pulled from an alleged Chatham-Kent dog-fighting ring deserve a normal life, says their new Florida-based owner

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Aimee Sadler has yet to meet the 18 pit bull-type dogs she’s adopting after an alleged Chatham-Kent dog fighting operation, but her first goal is to give them regular lives.

“We have to meet them and learn about them before we can say much,” said Sadler, founder of the Florida-based Dogs Playing for Life sanctuary.

“What I’ll assume is they’re going to be kind of all over the place, because they’ve come from a tough circumstance.”

It was announced this week that a deal was struck to have the dogs transferred to the Florida sanctuary after Sadler intervened to stop the potential euthanization of the dogs.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was seeking to put down the dogs, which were seized in October 2015 from an alleged dog-fighting operation near Merlin. They had been deemed a danger to humans and other animals.

Sadler said dogs with this type of experience are similar to humans in that “they all handle tough circumstances differently.”

And, like humans, she said some dogs will be more resilient than others: some will be changed forever and others will bounce back.

“I think they are living beings that deserve to be given a chance to show us where they are today, despite what’s happened to them in the past,” Sadler said.

When asked if some of the dogs could end up being someone’s pet in the future, Sadler responded: “Absolutely.”

She said the high-profile case of pit bulls involved in dog fighting that were owned by former NFLer Michael Vick proved a lot of those dogs could be rehabilitated.

Dog Tales, a dog-rescue and horse sanctuary located north of Toronto, spearheaded the effort to save these dogs, and has agreed to cover all the costs involved.

Clare Forndran, Dog Tales media director, said in a previous interview that after all the dogs have suffered at the hands of humans, “we think that it’s only right that humans give them this opportunity for a new start.”

The Florida sanctuary is taking on ownership of all 18 dogs. Three others who were seized in the police investigation have since died.


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