adorable puppies are part of a litter of seven born to a mom who is part of the
"stock" of a careless backyard breeder. He wanted pure, game-bred pit
bulls. Because he didn't pay proper attention to his "breeding
stock," what he got was a litter of pit/lab pups. Cute, maybe, but
worthless for his purposes.
His solution? Kill
them all at age 4 weeks, when it became obvious that they would not pass as
purebred. Death by bludgeoning or worse, as "bait" for older pitbull
puppies, would have been their fate had not his wife stepped in.
woman braved her husband's wrath and spirited the pups off to the local animal
shelter -- where, ironically, they would have been euthanized because of their
young age in accordance with shelter policy, if an all-breed rescue had not
been able to foster them. The seven pups were named for Olympic champions, and
have since all found loving Forever Homes.
As far as we know,
their mother is still serving the backyard breeder. We can only hope he's more
careful with her in the future -- and that his wife is still around if he