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Judge allows animal control to decide Rottweilers' fate

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The neighborhood in Leeds where the fatal dog attack occurred. Source: WBRC video The neighborhood in Leeds where the fatal dog attack occurred. Source: WBRC video
This is Lynard, one of the Rottweiler dogs seized from a home in Leeds. A judge has granted the dogs to be put in the care of the BJC Animal Control. This is Lynard, one of the Rottweiler dogs seized from a home in Leeds. A judge has granted the dogs to be put in the care of the BJC Animal Control.
A BJC Animal Control worker with one of the Leeds Rottweilers. A BJC Animal Control worker with one of the Leeds Rottweilers.
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A large portion of the Leeds Rottweilers may be saved from being euthanized.

On Thursday, the judge who originally ordered the dogs put down gave the Birmingham Jefferson County Animal Control the authority to decide each dog's fate on a case-by-case basis. St. Clair District Judge Alan Furr says he changed his mind about euthanizing all of the dogs after seeing one of them lick reporter Christy Hutching's face on FOX6 News.

BJC Animal Control says some of the dogs will be adopted out of the shelter. Remaining dogs will go to a Rottweiler center in New York.

Five of the 33 Rottweiler dogs seized from a home in Leeds have been euthanized by the Birmingham Jefferson County Animal Control. An expert from Auburn University gave all of the dogs temperament tests, and five did not pass.

The judge originally decided to euthanize all 33 of the dogs that were seized from a home in Leeds where two dogs belonging to the same owner mauled an elderly man to death in September. The dogs involved in the deadly attack were shot and killed by police officers who arrived at the scene.

A veterinarian from Moody, Dr. Rachel Nelson, intervened on behalf of the other dogs.

Anyone who is interested in adopting one of the Rottweiler dogs can log onto Rotti Empire Rescue's website or call Crossroads Animal Hospital in Moody at 205-640-4327.

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