So what happens next?
For now, the dogs are being kept at an Ontario SPCA shelter, while their condition is being assessed.
"What happens with these dogs here on in, is up to the courts," Brad Dewar of the Ontario SPCA told reporters. "In the interim we will continue to provide the care they require and deserve."
Not good enough, says a growing chorus of protesters.
More than 30,000 people have signed an online petition demanding these dogs, victims their entire lives, be afforded a chance at a happy ending.
"We need to protect the well-being of these animals and demand that they be kept safe and do not undergo euthanasia just because they are pit bulls," Dewar said.
And what, after all they've been through, don't they deserve? Let's give them a chance.