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Puppies recovering at Pasco shelter after likely being used for fighting

Posted at 10:22 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 23:21:41-05

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — Two dogs are recovering at a shelter from what authorities believe appear to be wounds common in dogfighting.

Tango and Cash were brought to SPCA Suncoast last week with new injuries and scars.

“It’s tough to see them in such bad conditions,” David Yale, a volunteer at the shelter, said.

According to SPCA Suncoast shelter manager, Justin Edwards, someone found the dogs on the side of the road near a bridge in New Port Richey and dropped them off at the shelter.

“He saw two dogs on the side of the road. He opened his car door and they just jumped in his vehicle,” Edwards said.

Edwards suspects the dogs may have been used in the past for fighting. He said it can be tough tracking down their history and if someone is responsible for the injuries.

“The hard part is they were just out on the street on the side of the highway. They weren’t in a particular neighborhood. We don’t really have any information as to what house they came from -even what region they came from,” Edwards said.

The puppies are believed to be 6 or 7 months old.

“They’ll make a great addition to someone’s family,” Yale said.

Edwards said people's donations helped for their medical treatment.

“Obviously, you know, we’re passionate about animals and we do want to see if this is a result of violence -intentional violence. We want to see that person punished and I believe in my mind and in my heart that that day will come,” Edwards said.

Tango and cash are in much better shape today.

“Every morning I come in (and) I’ll walk them and play with them and they’re just great animals,” Yale said.

The focus for the staff and volunteers is to get Tango and Cash healthier and ready for a loving home.

“For an animal to have scars and scabs and fresh wounds, it shows a consistent pattern of at least neglect,” Edwards said.

For more information about Tango and Cash, click here.