Cleveland Kidnap Victims' Choice: Do They Want the Dogs?
Three women deciding whether to keep Ariel Castro's pets
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2013 3:41 PM CDT
One of three dogs taken from the home of Ariel Castro peers out from its cage at the city kennel in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

(Newser) – As they continue their recuperation, the three Cleveland kidnap victims have an unusual choice to make, reports ABC News. Do they want Ariel Castro's three dogs? The chihuahua and two terrier-poodle mixes are in a foster home for the time being until the women decide. "I think it's really nice that they're hanging on to them because I know they were meaningful, at least to my client," says Michelle Knight's attorney. "I don't know if she's interested, so it's something I have to talk to her about."

The city's animal control officer thinks the women probably bonded with the dogs during their captivity, and "we'd like to make sure they get a chance to get one of them, or whatever dog they bonded with, to maybe make things a little bit easier on them." Knight's attorney, meanwhile, says her client is doing well and doesn't need facial surgery, contrary to some reports. "They're all doing pretty well, amazingly well," she says. "You'd be shocked. They're happy. They're optimistic. They're excited about their futures."

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May 24, 2013 11:50 PM CDT
If they adopt the dog, will the dogs cause the girls flashback their unlucky experienced?
May 24, 2013 9:24 PM CDT
If they're feeling optimistic about their futures, I doubt they want to have anything to do with those dogs. Not that the dogs did anything, but still, that kind of living reminder would be hurtful, I would think.
May 24, 2013 8:16 PM CDT
I hope they take the dogs. They need stability too. One of our adopted dogs had been through four families and shelters in five years (no fault of the dog). It took him a full year to settle in with us. Fortunately, he went on to live to 16 1/2.