Officials seize 22 pit bulls near Graham - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Officials seize 22 pit bulls near Graham

GRAHAM, Wash. - Pierce County authorities have seized 22 pit bulls, many with scars or wounds, from a home near Graham.

Sheriff's deputies believe the pit bulls were part of a dog fighting operation, being run out of the home.

Sheriff's department spokesman Ed Troyer says deputies were called to the home on Saturday after a report a man was outside the house, waving a gun and making threats. Troyer says they arrested the man and obtained search warrants and found the dogs, along with signs of a marijuana-growing operation.

"They all have scars and have all been stitched up, there are some dogs out there deceased in the bushes clear down to the bone, so obviously they were just discarding them by throwing them in the woods," said Troyer.

Troyer says deputies arrested a 36-year-old man for investigation of first-degree domestic violence assault and unlawful manufacture of marijuana. The dogs were taken to the Humane Society of Tacoma-Pierce County.

The Humane Society says a handful of dogs could be adopted out but the rest will likely have to be euthanized. Even if the dogs are friendly toward humans, they could already be trained to attack to other dogs.

A behavior that can't be unlearned.

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