MILWAUKEE -- Dog lover David Mangold calls his work "exceedingly frustrating", told time and again there's nothing he can do to help pit bulls that the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission has held for three years now.
"It's an issue that's very near and dear to a lot of people's hearts," Mangold said.
June 10, 2011, Milwaukee Police and animal control teams seized six pit bulls from a home on 27th and Hampton. They found steroids, treadmills and blood-splattered walls inside. The owners were charged with federal dog fighting crimes and MADACC took the dogs into its custody.
"I've been wanting, since day one, to be able to go in and give treats," Mangold said. "I told them I'd read to them at night."
But nearly 1,000 days later, the court cases continue to drag out and Mangold says MADACC refuses his help.
"It's not good for a dog's psyche," Mangold said. "It's not even good for a year or even a couple months. They really can go crazy."
"We just can't allow anything to happen to these dogs," MADACC Field Officer Supervisor John McDowell said.
McDowell knows Mangold means well, but because the defendants still technically own the animals, MADACC can't let him near the dogs.
"It does effect them psychologically, there's absolutely no question about that and nobody's debating that point, but it is what it is," McDowell said.
McDowell says the 30 or 40 "court case dogs" MADACC keeps -- about 20 percent of its total space -- get some human interaction when moved to different kennels for cleaning.
"It's minimal, there's no question about that, but again, we do what we can as far as keeping the animals happy," McDowell said.
That's not acceptable to Mangold, who plans to ask for Milwaukee leaders to intervene.
"It's a matter of being able to accommodate their needs as dogs as this process goes on," Mangold said.
The Milwaukee Common Council could draft a resolution to allow people into MADACC to play with and care for the dogs, but so far, Mangold says most aldermen won't listen or don't see it as a pressing issue.
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