Today hubby was off so we decided to go to a few of the shelters. Well, we get to this one, and as we are looking at all the dogs in the cages we notice a group of three guys that looked like little 'thug' wannabees. They were pretty young, probably like 18 or so. It's no surprise that they were looking at the Pit Bulls only. Not to steriotype, but I totally had an inkling why :(
Well, they were petting one of the Pits and I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt, so I said "Oh my gosh! That dog is adoreable! Are ya'll going to adopt him?" And one of the guys said, "I wish! I guess he's not available. But I mean...look at him! You can tell he has been bulked up and worked on. Look at how muscular he is! He would be perfect" I was thinking, perfect for what?....but I didn't say anything.
Well, we continued looking at the dogs, and as we were leaving we saw those guys again. They apparently found a Pit they could adopt. He was a little puppy. Couldn't have been more than 8 or 9 weeks old. They were walking him down one of the isles in the shelter. He was really timid with all the dogs barking around him, so he didn't really want to walk. Well, the boy walking him kept saying, "MOVE dog!" and would try dragging him with his leash! When that didn't work, he literally kicked the puppy. He yelped and walked a little and then stopped again. So that guy did it again! I was P.Oed to say the least but was afraid to approach those guys because they looked like gang members or something, so I went to find the shelter manager to tell them instead. By the time I found them and told them what happened, her only response was, "Well, they already adopted the puppy and aren't here anymore. And they seemed legit to us, so there is nothing we can do." WTH????? Legit??? That poor pup is going to be a fighter, I just know it. Going to end up just as mean as those boys. It was very depressing :(
Well, maybe they just want the puppy to grow up and guard their drug stash. Those dogs are generally trained to be aggressive, but at least they aren't made to fight. If that is a brighter side....
The other thing is, at least the puppy had a chance to be adopted. In the large animal control shelter in our area, pits that go in, do not come out if you know what I mean. Unless you can prove it was 'YOUR' pitbull that was running around (and get fined), they do not release or adopt pit bulls, even puppies are euthanized.
A/C in our county feels that there are enough other dogs that need to be adopted and they don't want to take the chance of a pitbull going in to the wrong hands. So, I guess it could always be worse.
I'm with Lifeofriley. As much as I love animals I had rather see one put down than to be abused and live in a hell hole. He has already kicked the puppy before the left the shelter. What kind of life is this poor baby going to have with these jerks. What is wrong with the shelter? Some people can't adopt because they don't have a fence or whatever and then they adopt this baby to these people. That place needs to be investigated.
Sandy, that is what pisses me off. A shelter wouldn't adopt to me because they think the invisible fence is irresponsible. They didn't care how much I love Riley and how well he is taken care of. They didn't care that I walk him 3 miles a day and play with him all the time. They didn't take into consideration the thousands of dollars I've spent on vet care and the fact I never gave up on him or dumped him in a shelter. And yet, they had adopted out this dog to a family that was going to keep it outside 24/7. What is the logic in that?
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 3/8/2006 11:21:25 AM*** Reason: add
There is definately a difference between private shelters which have an adoption process and the animal control 'dog pound', which for a fee will allow any one to adopt its animals.
If it is a choice between life or death for an average dog or cat, I guess if I was the dog/cat I would like to take my chances. I think it is just certian larger breeds that are at risk for fighting. Someone isn't going to spend $55-70 on a dog just to use for baiting.
I mean some animal control shelters ARE the hell-hole that if the dogs don't get adopted, it is not painless PTS, it is sold to research labs for god knows what. Those dogs have bad options any way they turn. I can't even believe it is legal, but it is true. 2 counties away their animal control sells to research labs.
Only a few weeks ago in our town and only about a mile from where we live a 6 year old girl was waiting for school bus and was attacked by a Pit Bull. Thank goodness the bus driver got there in time and saw girl on ground with dog on top of her. He hit Dog with trash can and it ran off. Little girl had bites on her arm but think goodness had heavy coat that kept it from being worse than what it was. Any way the owner had seven of them 5 males and 2 females they were all there but only one attacked. Both females were in season and he was breeding them. He has let them run loose many times. The police took them to our shelter here in town but they let owner have them back because one reason they had no room. In my opinion the owner is at fault not the dogs. He should keep them put up and what fool lets females in season run with five males loose. This is 2 cases where people should not even have pets. I guess shelters get over run with animals they are just happy have them leave.
Exactly Riley, that's what bothers me as well. How they can be so strict in one instance and not in another. And I would contact animal control and tell them about the abuse, but this place IS animal control. Sad.
And this situation is what really angers me about the whole Pit debate. People just think they are so dangerous (and they certainly can be) but this situation is proof that it's the owner that makes them that way. Any dog can turn out mean if treated improperly :(
thats is so not cool if i were you i would of said something just because thats the type of person i am!!!!!! i love pit bulls and rotties and dobermans very much!!!! i cant belive they have that bad of a rep. the dogs are not to blame at all its the breeder or owners fault whose to blame.
i have a friend that has 2 pit bulls and they are the 2 nicest pits that i know of!! my friend has to kids 5 and 6 yr old gurls. he trained them to be alert when they go near doors or do something that they shouldnt do. i thought that was so cool but it took 3 to 4 yrs lol.
but back to the subject sorry, my local shelter adobt to any one that wants a pet doesnt care what they look like as long as they have money!! what a shame. i think that puppys in for a hard life. thats for sure. i would rather it have been pts or have someone that really cared about it adpot it!!! so so sad.
I probly would have taken the dog from the kid, walked his butt out side and told him to grow up. They do it because they see others do it and they think it makes them big and manly. Then younger kids see it and think the same way. Its a never ending chain and it sucks. I wouldnt care how they looked or how old they were.
I totaly agree with you XTX any dog can be good or bad it depends on how they are treated. There is only one dog that I have never herd of attacking someone and its a dane. I have herd of labs and goldens and just about every other breed but not a dane.
***Edited By: monkeyeatbutt on 3/9/2006 9:18:44 AM*** Reason: add