Animal Justice is preparing to intervene in this case, in an "attempt to find a solution that doesn't involve having them destroyed."
"The dogs are in a bit of a legal limbo," says Labchuk, a practicing lawyer. "They're in the custody of the OSPCA, which can't just send them off to another facility."
"But either the provincial government or the local municipal council could grant an exemption to Dog Tales and give them a special designation. This would allow them help the dogs and save them from being punished for crimes they didn't commit."
At the moment, it seems an unlikely scenario with the OSPCA petitioning for the animals to be euthanized immediately after the trial ends.
"They're not owned by the Ontario SPCA," Cross says. "They're just staying in our care. The law doesn't allow us to relocate them to wherever we want.
And that may be the ultimate tragedy in this case. It's far from uncommon for dogs to not only leave behind the bloodsport they were forced into, but enjoy long, loving lives. Even, in some cases, forging profound friendships with children.