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Rescued dogs escape from home, attack another dog and now face euthanasia

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Not long ago, a couple in the Chicago, Ill., area adopted two bonded pit bulls who had been without a home for quite some time. The dogs need some training and attention, but were friendly and things, for awhile, seemed to be going well.

Several weeks after the pair came to their new home, tragedy struck; while having a baby shower at the home, one of the guests was departing and the dogs managed to force their way out of the house.

Shortly thereafter, the dogs encountered a small breed dog who was tethered in its own yard and the dog was killed.

Animal control investigated the situation and determined that the dogs belonged to good owners and they were allowed to complete their mandatory quarantine at their own home.

All was well, until tragedy struck again just a short time later.

The dogs managed to maneuver their way from the main house, to an attached garage. When their guardians came home and opened the garage door, the dogs bolted out and again, they attacked another dog.

Thankfully, this time, the dog who was attacked did not suffer severe injuries.

The bonded dogs, Yogi and Ginger, are now in the proverbial dog house.

The dogs' owner stated:

Because of the second incident, the county animal control department has impounded them for the 10-day rabies hold and tried their best to pressure us into legally relinquishing them so they could be euthanized.

While we certainly don't want to endanger neighbors or their pets, both our dogs are fairly young (3 years) and the last thing we want to do is condemn them to death....especially since they are very gentle and friendly with people.

I really think that with some training, their strong prey drive can be rehabilitated and they can live long lives as adorable and loving pets.


We are willing to pay for training and any other expenses but I really think that the dogs will do better separately because their pack mentality takes over when they are together.

The dogs' owners know that the odds are not in their dogs' favor...before they give up all hope, they want to see if there is anyone out there who might be willing to give them a chance to live out the remainder of their natural life.

Yogi and Ginger's guardian stated:

The absolute last thing we want is to euthanize two dogs.

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