Eight great dogs were rescued by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in West Cocoa, Florida late last week after sheriff’s agents executed a narcotics search warrant at 6752 Airboat Avenue, Cocoa.
According to wesh.com, the dogs who had been chained and caged for an extended period of time at the location of the suspected dog fighting operation, still refuse to walk. The great news, however is authorities have no intentions of giving up on the dogs, and are confident through more socialization, companionship and attention, the dogs will eventually be eligible for adoption.
Patsy Porter, who manages the shelter where the dogs were taken after the seizure, thinks the dogs could just be terrified:
“They’re timid; they’re fearful. We’re working to get them to come out of their shells so they can be adopted…We’re gonna see a change in their behavior. It’s going to be positive. These dogs, they’re great dogs. They’re loving.”
Last week’s search warrant yielded marijuana, firearms, steroids and evidence of animal cruelty in an extensive dog fighting operation. According to statements on the Facebook page of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, during the seizure:
“Agents found dogs chained with short heavy steel chains used to build muscle to make the fighting dogs stronger. They had little to no shelter, food or water. Agents also found unsanitary needles, steroids, antibiotics, and antiseptic wound treatment used to treat wounds sustained from dog fights.”
A large converted garage, insulated to muffle the sounds of the barking and crying dogs, had a bloodied ring where dog fighting had likely occurred.
Authorities arrested Siricia Antwan Mitchell, 40, for felony possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell marijuana, possession of firearms by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled substance and the possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Cruelty to animal charges are pending.
The dogs will be entering the Paws & Stripes program where carefully selected jail inmates are paired up with dogs with significant issues.
“During this eight-week course, inmates train their canine partners to be responsive to both voice commands and hand signals. The dogs are housebroken and learn all basic obedience skills to include: heel, sit, down, stay, and come. At the end of their training, the canine recruits are tested by an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and receive their CGC Certification prior to finding a permanent home.”
Good lucky pooches; we hope to be reading about your success stories soon.
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