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Ohio drug case dogs in D.C. for rehab

The Washington Animal Rescue League has taken in 10 of approximately 200 pit bulls found on a rural property in southeastern Ohio during a search by local drug investigators.

The dogs arrived Saturday. The league, previously helped in the rehabilitation of 11 of the 50 pit bulls removed from the Surry County, Va., property owned by former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.

Vick joined the Philadelphia Eagles after serving a prison term on a 2007 dogfighting conviction.

Two of the dogs. (Michelle Riley for the Humane Society of the U.S.)

The D.C. rescue league said it will use its medical center and behavior and training staff to work with the rescued dogs.

An investigation into dogfighting continues in the Smithfield, Ohio, incident that already has resulted in drug and weapons charges, according to the sheriff's department for Jefferson County.

The Humane Society of the United States is placing the Ohio dogs, as well as another 300 animals taken from the property -- including chickes, boars and reptiles -- with different shelters across the country.

-- Mary Pat Flaherty

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | September 20, 2010; 10:47 AM ET
Categories:  Animal Stories, Around the Nation, Mary Pat Flaherty, The District  
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