Two pit bulls discovered in what officials say were “horrible” conditions have a new lease on life after an animal rescue group took custody of them late last week.
The dogs were taken into custody by Surry County Animal Control late on Nov. 19 after an anonymous call was made to animal control.
The dogs were found behind the old Becky’s Glass building off Bluemont Road.
The two pit bulls were described as emaciated, with both old and new wounds including a torn lip on one dog and a broken leg on the other. They were tied with logging chains that rescuers believe caused their heads to swell.
Friday, the animals were transferred to the All-Breed Animal Rescue of the Carolinas, which operates out of Mebane.
“They will be transferred out of state,” said Animal Control Director Gary Brown.
Brown said that while shelter policy is to not adopt out dangerous breeds like pit bulls, officials have been searching for a reputable group to take custody of such breeds.
“Despite what some people think, our policy isn’t to euthanize all pit bulls,” he said. “We’re not against working with rescues, but it’s against policy that they be adopted.”
While the shelter hasn’t worked with All-Breed Animal Rescue of the Carolinas before, Brown said he’s pleased with this initial step.
“We’ve been trying to get a list of different rescues to work with, and this is a very reputable group that works with different veterinary clinics and has been doing rescues for the past 16 years,” he said.
After Friday’s transfer, the two dogs will be treated by veterinarians with the hope of rehabilitating them and adopting them out.
“We hope to get them adopted in the future after treatment,” he said.
Brown said both the Surry County District Attorney and the county’s sheriff’s office are looking into the incident surrounding the dogs..
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