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Faron pleads guilty to dogfighting

North Carolina dog breeder Ed Faron entered a guilty plea today to 14 counts of felony dog fighting as part of a plea bargain.

He was sentenced to 8 to 10 months in prison, according to the Wilkes County Clerk of Court office. Under the plea bargain Faron will be under supervised probation when he gets out of prison and will not be allowed to own, possess or care for any dogs.

Faron is to report to prison on March 5, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

The future of the 127 dogs seized in a raid on Faron’s Wildside Kennel on Dec. 10, 2008 — and even more born since the raid — remains up in the air. County animal control officials have said the dogs would be euthanized, under county law, after the legal case was resolved.

Today, Best Friends Animal Society issued a press release today urging that attempts be made to rehabilitate the dogs.

“To make the judgment that all these dogs are dangerous, solely on basis of their breed, is simply wrong”, says Ed Fritz, campaign specialist for Best Friends, which in the past 12 months has been working to rehabilitate the Michael Vick dogs at the society’s 3,700-acre sanctuary in southern Utah.

“We have witnessed many heartening examples of individual success with our dogs that confirm our view that pit bulls are just dogs,” Fritz said. “Given the right opportunity any dog, with few exceptions, will respond to positive care and training. We believe the Wildside Kennel dogs deserve just such an opportunity and should be evaluated on an individual basis, especially in the case of the puppies.”

Fritz said Best Friends welcomes an opportunity to talk with county officials about helping to cover the cost of spay/neuter services for the dogs, as well as assisting in the process of placing the dogs.

“It’s bad enough that some of these dogs’ natural instincts to please their owner have been exploited into violence for profit. But to kill them merely punishes the victims and does nothing to stop the criminals engaged in illegal dog fighting,” Fritz said. “There simply are better solutions than just destroying the dogs.”