Family Pets Stolen for Dog Fight 'Bait,' Cops Say

After the rescued dogs were examined, seven that were unclaimed were euthanized. Cashion said it was a step that the Humane Society was forced to take because the dogs had been turned vicious by their treatment at the hands of dog fighters.

"It's hard to rehabilitate them," she said. "And the liability that goes along with it, we just can't adopt that type of dog."

Police said they believe Johnson, the alleged ringleader in the case, trained the dogs to fight or used them for bait, all for cash.

Jones said the charges against him seem like just a slap on the wrist.

"It's like taking someone's child," she said. "I mean, it wouldn't be a misdemeanor if it was a baby, kidnapped, abused. That's terrible. People will say it's not the same. Animals and kids are not the same. No, they're not. Children are little human beings but our pets are our pets. They're still God's creatures; they shouldn't be treated like that."

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