This story leaves me wondering, quite simply, what the hell is wrong with the world? First, whatever your thoughts on pit bulls in general, it is no doubt dangerous to have children in the same vicinity as dogs who have been poorly or cruelly treated, especially ones who have been encouraged to act aggressively. Second, if something were to happen to one of the children, the media would no doubt blame only the dog, and it would be one more blemish on the reputation of an already beleaguered breed. Third, dog fighting, regardless of where it takes place, is a disgusting and depraved act of cruelty.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, individuals involved in this level of animal cruelty should not be around children. Research strongly suggests that people who perpetrate violence on animals are far more likely to engage in acts of violence towards people. Related research shows that children who view acts of animal cruelty are more likely to see it as acceptable, and even engage in it themselves. It is not clear in this case whether there were signs of interpersonal violence in the home, or even whether the officials involved in the raid knew to look. What is clear is that every case of animal abuse has the potential to have more far reaching consequences than the injuries suffered by the poor rescued animal.