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Rehabilitation is the next step for Rescued Dogs

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

The criminal investigation is still underway for the owners of the 367 dogs rescued from a dog fighting ring. The dogs will get a second chance at life but will first have to undergo a rehabilitation process.

"It'll take a little bit of time, but they will get there," said Missy McClure at Paws Humane in Columbus. She says the process for rehabilitating abused animals normally starts with smart testing.

"It shows us if they are dog aggressive, cat aggressive, if they're okay with children. We need to know all of these things before we put them out into a foster home," said McClure.

It also tests for personality so trainers know how to deal with them. The rescued dogs range in age from a couple of days to 12 years old.

"There were a lot of puppies which is good so the puppies can learn from an early age what it's like to be held and hugged and loved on," said McClure. She says behaviorists will teach the pit bulls how to be dogs again instead of fighters.

"Anybody in the shelters need to teach them that it's okay to be a dog. It's okay to trust a human and have the touch and companionship," said McClure. She says with the proper training these animals should be fully adoptable.

"A lot of these dogs are not going to be okay going into a multi-dog family, but a single dog foster home is probably the best place for any of these dogs to go," said McClure.

The ASPCA has already started the behavior modification process and the end goal is to place all of the dogs in safe homes. They will not release the location of the dogs for their safety but the ASPCA is hoping to identify fighting pit bull rescues across the country to give these dogs a second chance.

The dogs will be used as evidence in the criminal investigation and will not be placed in homes until the investigation is complete.

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