Pit bulls removed from inhumane conditions

January 4, 2011 1:12:59 PM PST
Pit bulls once trained for dog fighting have been removed from their owner and what officials call inhumane conditions. Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan announced nine pit bulls trained for dog fighting were removed from their owner in a court hearing. A judge awarded possession of the dogs to Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC) and ordered the owner to pay $4,060.25 for their care, feeding and shelter.

The animals were seized from Danny Wayne Bell's home in north Houston on December 22, following his arrest on drug charges.

BARC's chief veterinarian said the injuries to the animals were consistent with those experienced by animals that had been used for dog fighting. Several dogs had scarring over their bodies and one dog's upper lip had been partially torn off, resulting in the dog's inability to eat. The dogs had to be separated from each other and other animals to prevent them from fighting.

Dog fighting for entertainment, in which animals are trained to maim and kill each other, is illegal in Texas.