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Lucky case alerted people to nasty 'sport'

The outcome in the Lucky case should do more than serve justice, even though the dog experienced a terrible ordeal.

A Morgan County Circuit Court jury found Samuel Sanders guilty of misdemeanor charges Friday in the case that traveled around the country on the Associated Press wires and on the Internet.

At first, veterinarian Steve Osborne thought someone left the dog in a trash bin with its mouth taped closed after using it as bait for training dogs to fight. Mr. Sanders testified, however, that he believed that his pit bull attacked his other dog that was to become known as Lucky. He said he feared authorities would accuse him of fighting dogs, and he panicked.

Dr. Osborne amputated a portion of Lucky's right front leg and helped him back to a robust life after the dog nearly died. Lucky now lives with the Osborne family.

Mr. Sanders used poor judgment in leaving the dog to die, but his actions served to alert the nation to a nasty activity that takes place, even if he does not participate in dog fighting.

Mr. Sanders, too, is lucky. He is yet to hear his sentence on the misdemeanor charges, but he could have received up to 10-years on a Class C felony.

People who engage in the blood sports need to take notice of the consequences.

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