PUPPY LOVE: Shelter cares for dogs inside and out

COLUMBIA CITY — After a dog-fighting ring was busted in December 2012, three animals are still being cared for by the Whitley County Humane Shelter.In December, police found evidence of dog fighting in a Churubusco home. As 18 suspects were arrested, three dogs were found bloody from wounds that appeared to be as a result of fighting.Whitley County Humane Society put out a plea for funds to help cover the specialized treatment the dogs would need, and monetary donations started coming in.Medical care is important for the dogs, but treating physical injuries is just the beginning.Dogs used for fighting tend to be prodded into an aggressive and agitated state of mind. This leads to negative behaviors and the animal tends to habitually respond out of fear and anxiety.It is these repercussions that require time and specialized attention, and the shelter is striving to bring the dogs back to a more natural state.As far as the dogs’ future and if they will be rehabilitated enough to become pets has not been determined.According the Lindsay Pease, the shelter’s director, the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office will have some say in what happens to the dogs.Donations are still welcomed to help cover the day to day costs for housing and treating the dogs. For more information, contact the shelter at 244-6664.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Jan. 17 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.