A North Carolina judge has ordered that more than 125 pit bulls be destroyed even though animal advocacy groups offered to have the dogs evaluated before determining their fate.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Superior Court Judge Ed Wilson Jr. ordered Monday that the animals seized from a dogfighting ring be destroyed.
County officials said Wilson didn't have a choice because of state and county laws regarding the definition of dangerous dogs.
The 127 pit bulls, including about 60 puppies, were seized Dec. 10 during a raid.
Best Friends Animal Society had offered to pay to have the dogs evaluated and to spay or neuter the adoptable ones.
Three people have pleaded guilty in the case.