LITTLE Rock, Ark. — As the investigation into a southeast Arkansas dog fighting ring continues, Saturday one of the rescued pit bulls took a big step towards recovery.
The year-old pup named Lola moved into her new home. She’s one of 13 dogs rescued nearly a week ago from a Drew County home.
“She’s just so perfect,” said Amber Hardin, who’s fostering in hopes of adopting Lola. “It breaks my heart. It makes me so upset for all these dogs who are so mistreated.”
It’s a chance not all dogs with similar background would have gotten. Katie Miceli, who runs Out of the Ashes Pit Bull Rescue, says many dogs from similar situations would be euthanized. She says a big part of the problem is a lack of foster homes willing to open their doors to help rehabilitate the dogs.
“They all got scabs and wound around their ears and down their legs,” she said. “They don’t know that it’s okay to take a bone from your hand.”
Lola is one of the best cases. Miceli says some of the other dogs were so beat up they may never get this chance.
“This dog came from a place of violence, a place of horror you’ll never know in your lifetime and there’s a baby right here just a few feet from her face,” she noted.
Lola is already showing off her progress just a couple hours into meeting her family.
“She’ll be loved and she’ll be safe,” Hardin added.
Sidney Owens was charged with 13 counts of unlawful animal fighting and aggravated animal cruelty, all felony charges.
Out of the Ashes is still looking for foster homes for two of the dogs.