March 9, 2016 7:33 am

2 pit bulls euthanized by OSPCA after seizure from alleged dogfighting ring

Paul, a pit bull that the Pennsylvania SPCA says was rescued Sunday from a dogfighting ring, shows scars during a rally at the organizations's headquarters Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, in Philadelphia. Lawyers are lining up to fight a court application by Ontario's animal welfare organization to destroy 21 dogs that were seized in an alleged dogfighting ring. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mark Stehle


An animal protection group says two dogs seized last year from an alleged dogfighting ring in eastern Ontario have been destroyed due to continued dangerous behaviour.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the dogs were among a dozen animals seized in Lanark, Ont., last May, during a joint investigation with the provincial police.

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Connie Mallory, chief inspector with the OSPCA, says the other 10 dogs will continue to be rehabilitated by the OSPCA and other qualified organizations.

Once that process is complete, the society will find them new homes outside Ontario, where pit bulls are banned.

The OSPCA says Eric Fleming, of Lanark, is charged under the Criminal Code with encouraging, aiding and assisting with the fighting or baiting of animals, and is awaiting trial.

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Fleming has already pleaded guilty to one count of owning a prohibited animal and one count of failure to sterilize an animal under the Dog Owners’ Liability Act. He’s been sentenced to two years probation and is banned from owning animals for two years.

The OSPCA says the two pit bulls were euthanized last week, shortly after an Ontario court granted the society ownership of the animals.

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