This is a far cry from the fate of many dogfighting survivors, who, under Michigan law, must be euthanized if a behavioral evaluation deems them unfit for a home. In some cases, fearful dogs in need of rehabilitation may be put down.
“Michigan has very strict dogfighting laws — which is really great — but it also makes it very difficult for crowded county shelters to place the dogs after they’re seized,” McLaughlin added, noting that an owner of a dogfight survivor can face unusually hefty fines if their dog ever bites someone. “The grand majority of survivors can be successfully rehabilitated, but they need to be given the opportunity to do so, not be put to death because of what they’re born into.”
When McLaughlin first heard about the dogs, she got in touch with the county shelter to see if Bark Nation, which specializes in placing dogfighting survivors, could evaluate the dogs.