Monday, December 22, 2008

Dogs have been relocated or euthanized-Newkirk Pit Bulls

Newkirk Herald Journal

NEWKIRK - More than 100 pit bulls, allegedly neglected by Wichita native Jerry Lee Southern at a leased property west of Newkirk, have been relocated or euthanized, Kay County officials said Monday.

The number of pit bulls euthanized this past weekend has not been released.

"It is an undetermined number," said Donna Reynolds, of BAD RAP (Bay Area Dog lovers Responsible About Pit bulls), a non-profit organization that operates a pit bull adoption program near San Francisco.

Two members of the pit bull group, Reynolds and Donyale Hoye along with Ruth Steinberger of the Oklahoma Animal Alliance, inspected the dogs Friday and helped draw the dogs stay in Newkirk to a conclusion.

The California group transported the pit bulls that are to be rehabilitated to California on Saturday. The dogs were transported by Best Friends, a Utah group that also helps rehabilitate pit bulls back into society. Both organizations were involved in the recent pit bull case involving former Atlanta Falcon quarterback Michael Vick.

Eight puppies are being adopted locally; five have already been adopted according to Kay County Undersheriff Steve Kelley. The pit bull rescue groups handle only adult dogs.

Kelley said he was glad to see the case with the pit bulls come to a conclusion.

"I have never seen anything like this case, ' he said. "We didn't know what to do. We were lucky to find the right people that steered us in the right direction. We tried to do the right thing for the dogs. Our department is pleased with the outcome."

Reynolds said that it is difficult to make the decisions on which animals are to be spared.

"It breaks out hearts that all the animals can't be saved," she said. "Unfortunately, our resources are limited. We are excited about the animals that are going to be part of our program."

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