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Pit bulls rescued in North Carolina

After rescuing dozens of pit bulls from two suspected dog fighting rings in North Carolina, Hello Bully, an American pit bull rescue and rehabilitation organization, took 14 in and rehabilitated them. They are now ready for adoption, Cranberry Patch reports.

Workers from Hello Bully and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) found the dogs chained in dirt yards with only oil barrels as their shelter.

"All they could do was walk in small circles," one volunteer from the Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania, Mary Kennedy Withrow, told the news source. "Some of the dogs had torn ears. Many had scars. Their situation was truly heartbreaking."

The mission of the rescue, which was led by Hello Bully president Daisy Balawejder, was to seize the fighting-ring dogs and rehabilitate them to become family pets. They were taken to a temporary shelter and tested for temperament before beginning an enrichment program that included massages, toys and scheduled downtime - all things that promote the dogs' socialization and relieve stress.

So far, six of the 14 have been adopted, the news source reports. Because of their use in dog fighting, pit bulls are the most abused breed of dog, according to the HSUS.
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