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

(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."

One of three dogs taken from the home of Ariel Castro peers out from its cage at the city kennel in Cleveland.
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)
Amanda Berry, left, and Georgina Gina Dejesus.
Amanda Berry, left, and Georgina "Gina" Dejesus.   (AP Photo/FBI, File)
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