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HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (KTHV) - Thirteen dogs were let out of a Helena-West Helena animal shelter by vandals and used as "bait dogs." In the process of trying to let the dogs out, the vandals damaged several outdoor cages.

"They had actually cut the bottom off the door to drag the dog out from under the gate," said Beth Florek, director of the Humane Society of the Delta. She and her colleagues were able to find evidence proving at least five of the dogs were used to "train" fighting dogs just feet away from their cages. Florek illustrates, "A huge part of the fight happened in this spot. With lots of blood splattered on the concrete and up on the door."

After hearing what happened to the dogs, truck driver, Chuck Hankins felt compelled to stop by the shelter. He says, "To do that to innocent animals and things when nobody is around is just a terrible thing to do.

After developing an almost instant connection toa beagle, Hankins signed the adoption papers and named him "Rielly,"which made for ahappy ending for at least one dog who has been through so much.

The director of the Humane Society of the Delta said they will prosecute the person or persons responsible for removing the dogs and causing their injuries.

Also, the A.S.P.C.A has offered a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Humane Society of the Delta
PO Box 3218, West Helena, AR 72390
The HSD also has a website: www.humanesocietyofthedelta.org

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