63 rescued pit bulls have a long road to recovery

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Sixty-three pit bulls discovered at the remote site of a triple homicide in Southeastern Idaho are now at the Idaho Humane Society in Boise receiving treatment.

The dogs arrived late Monday night and staff members at the Humane Society are encouraged by the animals' behavior.

"They were all friendly with people, and easy to handle," said Hannah Parpart with the Humane Society. "They were approachable that way."

But she said the dogs are in poor physical condition .

"Many of them are severely underweight and malnourished," Parpart said. "They have a lot of skin, ear, and eye type of infections, most likely due to neglect. And many have wounds, sores, scars, and lacerations."

Parpart says it will cost about $6,000 for the shelter to just spay, neuter and vaccinate the dogs.

Jeff Hoisington of Boise Bully Breed Rescue said it takes anywhere from a month to a year before some of the 63 pit bulls rescued could be adopted out to families. | Photos of the Dogs

Hoisington notes it's hard to tell what shape the dogs are in and normally have to be assessed before a family could take them in. This case is made even more confusing because the Oneida County Sheriff has to ask a judge to release the dogs.

Officials found the pit bulls after discovering the bodies of 61-year-old Brent L. Christensen, 32-year-old Trent Jon Christensen and 27-year-old Yavette Chivon Carter were discovered Friday outside Holbrook, a town of about 400 people just north of the Idaho-Utah state line.

Detectives say the dogs have scars that are consistent with fighting, and there was a dog fighting arena on the property where three people were found dead in their home.

The 63 dogs are currently being held at the Idaho Humane Society in Boise. It's unclear what will happen to the dogs but vets are analyzing their medical conditions.

Bully Breed Rescue said they can almost always find a home for dogs rescued from fighting. Although in some cases, the most notable involving Michael Vick, dogs can't be rehabilitated enough to be adopted. In that case the dogs are spending the rest of their lives at a rescue that specializes in former fighting dogs.