Pit bull rescue: One of 64 dogs euthanized after triple slaying

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Pit bull rescue: One of 64 dogs euthanized after triple slaying

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by Kim Fields

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Posted on April 8, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 5:23 PM

BOISE -- A spokesperson for the Idaho Humane Society says one of the 64 pit bulls brought to Boise Monday in the wake of a triple slaying was euthanized.

The pit bulls were found at the crime scene in southeastern Idaho over the weekend. They were loaded into trailers and truck beds Monday and taken to Boise.

Veterinarians expected the dogs, ranging in age from puppies to adults, to have injuries consistent with neglect and fighting.

"We're expecting things like skin conditions, infections, and possibly injuries.  Things you see in neglect situations, perhaps the dogs have been underfed," said Hannah Parpart, Idaho Humane Society.

Parpart says one of the dogs was having seizures and was euthanized Tuesday morning.

So far, she says the dogs have been very good with all the examinations.

Investigators believe the dogs were part of a dog fighting operation at a rural ranch outside Holbrook in Oneida County.  Police discovered the bodies of two men and one woman at the property last Friday. The search continues for the suspect.  Cash and several dozen marijuana plants were also found at the home.

Law enforcement requested the dogs be moved to the Idaho Humane Society in Boise because it is the largest Humane Society in the state.  Once the pit bulls arrive, veterinarians will begin administering any necessary medical treatment.

"Sixty-four dogs, kind of triaging them all at once and trying to assess all their medical needs at once, is going to be a challenge," said Parpart.  "And then finding space to house that many dogs at once as well."

Parpart says the Idaho Humane Society had to relocate most of its adoptable dogs to its PetSmart adoption center to make room for the 64 pit bulls.

"Our staff is well prepared for dealing with a large number of animals and processing them through and giving them the medical attention they need, it just takes some shuffling of resources," said Parpart.

Through this Friday, the Idaho Humane Society is reducing its adoption prices for dogs and cats by 50 percent to try and free up some space at the shelter.

Once the pit bulls are healthy, they will be evaluated for behavioral issues.

"We're being realistic with these dogs knowing their backgrounds, but we're definitely going to look at each dog individually to see, assessing them for adoptability," said Parpart.

If the dogs are determined to be adoptable, Parpart says it will likely be sometime before that can happen.

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