In a sense, the dogs are also being victimized by the province's much-criticized and woefully ineffective breed ban.
"They can't just give them to any rescue or any foster home that might want to care for them," Labchuk says. "They do have to comply with the law."
In this case, the sanctuary would have to get an exemption from the province before it could take these dogs - a province that has remained steadfast in its commitment to breed-specific legislation.
Legally, the dogs still belong to the owners facing charges, which is why the dogs' fate, one way or the other, won't be determined until the trial ends.
Unless, of course, a dog is deemed to be in medical distress - like the three already put down.
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.
"It think it's pretty shocking to a lot of people that the agency that's tasked with protecting animals in Ontario is actually trying to get them executed," Labchuk says. "If they were any other animals, they wouldn't be able to do that."