BOISE -- A spokesperson for the Idaho Humane Society says one of the 64 pit bulls brought to Boise for care Monday night had to be euthanized.
The pit bulls were found at the scene of a triple murder in southeastern Idaho. They were loaded into trailers and truck beds Monday and taken to Boise.
Idaho Humane said the dogs are in very poor condition. The majority of the dogs are underweight and suffering from malnutrition. Many of the dogs had open lacerations and extensive scarring from old wounds. Many are suffering from skin, eye, and ear ailments resulting from neglect of their basic care. A few dogs have old injuries of broken bones that were left untreated.
Hannah Parpart, Idaho Humane Society, said one of the dogs was having seizures and was euthanized Tueday morning.
Despite their obvious neglect and poor treatment, the Idaho Humane Society found the majority of the dogs to be friendly and accepting of handling by people.
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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