The saying goes, you may not be where you want to be, but at least you're not where you used to be.

"Overall, the dogs are doing pretty well," says Lori Shandor with the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County.

Such is the reality for those 12 dogs - all pit bull or pit bull mixes - housed at AWL.
They've been there since Friday after being seized from a Dover Street home in Warren Township.

"They have some injuries we're tending to," said Shandor. "We do see some scarring on them that may indicate some possible previous fights or something along those lines."

Police and the Trumbull Action Group Task Force executed a search warrant - which they called for after police got several calls about alleged dog fights at the home.

"Dogfighting is pretty prevalent, less so than maybe a few years ago because there have been actions like this where police come to take dogs and take down these fighting rings," Shandor said.

She added that since many aggressive dogs are bred together for fighting purposes, that can often lead to misconceptions about pit bulls and pit mixes.

"As with any animal, if they're in a loving home and cared for the way they should be, can be very loving and wonderful companions," she said.

As for the future of these 12 dogs, though, it's almost a given that they'll be much better off than where they used to be.

"So we will be tending to them, keeping an eye on their health, and also doing temperament evaluations and things like that and hopefully determine their future of hopefully being able to adopt them out to new homes."

The AWL is looking for donations of dog food to help keep the dogs healthy and well-fed.