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"They're broken dogs," said Scotlund Haisley, president of Animal Rescue Corps, the group that took the dogs in. "Their spirits have been broken. They've lived their lives in hell."
They were found Thursday by Ashland City firefighters that responded to a brush fire near a home on Buckeye Road.
Haisley suspects this was the biggest dog fighting rescue in Tennessee history, which might discourage some families from adopting the dogs.
"These dogs were bred, conditioned and trained to fight," Haisley said. "They're not dogs that you can put with other dogs so this is going to make it very difficult to adopt them."
Some of them are so big and strong the Nashville Zoo and Home Depot donated supplies to build them sturdier pens, but volunteers say they're already seeing their temperament improve.
"On the whole, each dog is so loving and kind," said Amy Haverstick, director of New Leash on Life, a group assisting A.R.C. "They just want affection. They just want to climb up in your lap and be loved and petted."
But even those that never set foot in a fighting pen could still have trouble finding a good home.
Many communities don't rent to pit owners and some public spaces like Metro's Shelby Dog Park in East Nashville ban the breed.
The park has a clearly posted sign that says not even dogs that share "physical characteristics of the pit breed" are allowed.
"I think there will be some of those obstacles in placing them locally," said Jana Mandes, founder of Nashville pittie an organization to works to fight negative stereotypes against the breed. Mandes hopes Midstate families are able to look past their misconceptions and the way these dogs were raised.
"I also feel hope that these dogs will go on to know a better life and be able to live as normal pets," Mandes said.
Dog fighting is a felony in Tennessee and a federal offense. Federal agents were searching the property where these dogs were found Saturday but it's still unclear if charges have been filed against the homeowner or anyone else at this time.
Monday, November 26 2012, 06:50 AM CST
House passes 2-year moratorium on dam barriers
May 21, 2013 19:12 GMT
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The U.S. House has passed legislation that would put a two-year moratorium on an Army Corps of Engineers plan to erect barriers to prevent people from fishing below dams on the Cumberland River.
U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield heralded final passage of the Freedom to Fish Act on Tuesday. Whitfield was a leading proponent of the measure in the House.
The bill, introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was co-sponsored by Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Bob Corker of Tennessee.
Whitfield said the bill thwarts, at least temporarily, an effort to "take away some of the best fishing in Kentucky." Passage of the measure, Whitfield said, allows time to work out a permanent solution.
The measure now goes to President Barack Obama for consideration.
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