KEYSER - Eleven of the 15 dogs rescued from a property in the Ridgeley area on Christmas Eve are now thriving under the care of several foster homes, according to Mineral County humane officer Melissa Kidwell.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Eleven of the 15 dogs rescued from a property in the Ridgeley area on Christmas Eve are now thriving under the care of several foster homes, according to Mineral County humane officer Melissa Kidwell.
“Unfortunately, we had to euthanize four of them,” she told the News Tribune this week, explaining that she felt the dogs, which are believed to have been part of a dog fighting operation, were so aggressive they were beyond rehabilitation.
“They were not safe to put out into a home,” she said. “As soon as they went by one of the kennels with other dogs in it, they were into it. It’s really sad; that’s all these dogs knew was to fight.
“They’d rather fight than eat,” she said.
The other dogs, however, including several puppies, are being cared for by foster families and will eventually be available for adoption.
“They’re all gaining weight and they’re really doing good,” she said.
The dogs were discovered either tied to trees or locked inside an older trailer on the property, with no food, water or suitable shelter available. She was assisted in the rescue effort by the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police.
Kidwell says an investigation into the situation is ongoing and she expects charges to be filed.