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36 Pit Bulls Euthanized in Denver

July 22, 2006

DENVER (AP) _ Thirty-six pit bulls confiscated from a home were euthanized this week after their owner struck a plea agreement that allowed him to avoid jail time under Denver’s ordinance banning the breed.

Denver Animal Control killed the dogs Thursday after receiving a court order, the shelter’s executive director Doug Kelley said Friday.

The dogs’ owner, Michael Padilla, signed over ownership of the dogs to the city under a plea agreement that included a suspended 90-day jail sentence and a year of probation. He faced multiple counts of neglect, cruelty and illegal possession of pit bulls.

``I’d end up going to jail and still not getting the dogs back,″ Padilla said. ``I didn’t have no choice. I got a family to feed and bills to pay. They steamrolled me.″

The dogs were seized May 29 from a Denver home, where Padilla kept them since he arrived from Texas and until he could move the dogs to the suburbs.

Hundreds of dogs have been euthanized since Denver reinstated its ban in May 2005.

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