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Abused dogs fight for second chance

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Dogs that were bred to fight are fighting for a second chance one year after their former owners were arrested for running a dog fighting ring. Dogs that were bred to fight are fighting for a second chance one year after their former owners were arrested for running a dog fighting ring.
Federal investigators say Melvin Robinson tied dogs to treadmills using a leash and placed plywood on both sides of the treadmill so the dog could not escape. Federal investigators say Melvin Robinson tied dogs to treadmills using a leash and placed plywood on both sides of the treadmill so the dog could not escape.
Pete Davis Jr. is in federal prison for transporting animals from Kansas, Missouri and Texas to fight. Pete Davis Jr. is in federal prison for transporting animals from Kansas, Missouri and Texas to fight.
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Dogs that were bred to fight are fighting for a second chance one year after their former owners were arrested for running a dog fighting ring.

Two Kansas City, KS, men are in federal prison for transporting animals from Kansas, Missouri and Texas to fight.

Federal investigators say Pete Davis Jr. and Melvin Robinson tied the dogs to treadmills using a leash and placed plywood on both sides of the treadmill so the dog could not escape.

They put weights on the dogs to strengthen them and would put a live chicken in front of the dog to chase, authorities said.

Many of those abused dogs are now looking for safe homes.

"She lived the first four to five years of her life on chain outside with a plastic barrel for shelter. This inside stuff is new to her," said Wayside Waifs volunteer Candy Brown.

Chetana is a dog that grew up without one ounce of human kindness.

She and 76 other dogs were rescued from Davis and Robinson's dog-fighting ring last year.

"They've been trained to fight. They've had drugs injected into them to make them more aggressive to other animals," said Wayside Waifs director of animal welfare, Sarah Little.

Chetana is one of the lucky ones. She is getting a second chance. Two other dogs rescued from the ring and brought to Wayside Waifs did not.

"Unfortunately, one was too aggressive to ever be a family pet and be a safe adoption for us. The other one was extremely shy and fearful. We worked with her for months. She was extremely stressed out in a shelter environment. Both were of those animals were humanely euthanized," Little said.

Free from her former life, Chetana is looking for a home. Many of the 7 rescued dogs are also looking for homes at shelters around the country.

"Her little world would be her home and her family. We think she would do great with a couple or single person that has a very quiet environment for her," Little

Wayside Waifs helped rehabilitate and socialize Chetana. It was a long, slow process that involved sitting by her kennel for hours.

"I will never forget the day she finally came over and started smelling," Brown said.

Volunteers are anxiously awaiting Chetana's adoption.

Before Davis and Robinson's arrest, they held at least three dog fights involving six dogs.

Investigators followed them last March and arrested them before they could hold another fight in Tyler, TX.

In October, Robinson was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison. Davis was sentenced to 16 months.

Wayside Waifs says an ideal owner for Chetana would be someone without small children or other pets and lives in a city that allows pit bull mixes.

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