the last thread was getting a little full, so I thought I'd start another........
I used to work at a vets office and the local shelter (they were connected) We ended up with a pair of pits who were under quarantine for biteing. The morning I went into work there was a HUGE sign on their kennel saying: Caution, we bite. Naturally I didn't even want to let them out (they were together), but it was my duty to do so. I opened the kennel door and I was attacked!!!!! With kisses lol Got ya! They were so sweet, never even looked at me funny. Aparently they had bitten a little boy who swung a stick at them while the owner had them out for a walk! Even the boys parents admitted to authorities that he provoked the dogs, yet still because of the breed they had to be quarantined. Had a lab been the attacker would he of suffered the same punishment? I personally have never had a bad experience with a pit of any kind. I worked with more than 100 of them while I was employed at the vets office and shelter. Even the ones deemed aggressive and had to be put down, were not aggressive at all, they had fighting tendencies, and food issues. Because of irresponsible owners these dogs never had a chance for new homes. Shelters should be more like good breeders; checking on the animals long after adoption. Yes funding is limited and, good employees far and few between. Educating these people is never enough, you will always have people out there that don't deserve to own a dog; poodle, or pit. If we outlaw pits, they'll find another dog to put in the fighting ring. Eventually all the large "agressive" breeds will be outlawd, and these people will resort to fighting yorkies! It's aparently not enough to throw them in jail, and tell them once they get out they can never again own another dog. It's not like "dog fighter" is printed on their forehead, or their under survailence, and even if they were it's not going to stop them from buying their next pit from a BYB. Should we ban these breeds....NO, we should come down harder on the people who make them viscous, uncontrollable monsters. A sex offender is a threat to our children right? Well so is the person who breeds their dogs to be aggressive! In some states sex offenders of forced to put signs up in their yards saying they are offenders, they have bumper stickers on their cars, and you can see thier faces on the net. ( not saying I fully agree with all of those) All of these are ways to identify a sex offender who may be living right next door to our children. We need a way to identify a person who breeds pits to fight, or attack anything that moves. If Joe blow had to register as a "vicious dog" breeder, or fighter, it would make it harder for him to own another dog. It's all about weeding out the bad eggs in animal ownership. Would I feel safe today if a pit wondered into my back yard where my children play? Nope, I don't feel safe when any dog wonders into my yard. Put a pit into a Golden retriver costume and everyone in the park would feel comfortable, take the costume off and they go into panic mode. I think if someone is going to take thier pit into public they need to be 100% sure that they have full control over their dog. High prey drive has nothing to do with it, training does. I'm sorry if you can train a cat and a mouse to coexhist, then how is it so hard to train a pit to accept other dogs? It isn't. Irresponsible owners are the problem, not the dogs. We used to have people come into the shelter looking for a guard dog.....I litterally wanted to take a shovel and smack them over the head with it! These are the people you need to worry about, not the dogs. *sorry so long* :P
Very nice, thank you! I think signs in the yards of any animal abusers and child abusers as well would be a FINE idea.
Sometimes certain dogs ( note I said DOGS and not BREEDS) cannot be trained to get along with other dogs. But then it is up to the owner to keep them from hurting or being hurt by other dogs. A leash is a good thing.
Very well said! Several years ago my husband brought home female pit bull that had wandered up to his work. At the time, our kids were 13, 10 and twins that were 3. I was mortified and angry at him because the only information I had was the horrible things constantly published in the media. I was scared for my kids and angry with my husband. He kept telling me "She's sweet!" She obviously had been abused because she would not even walk to you when called, she would creep along the floor as if she were scared to death. My kids named her "Beatrice" and to this day she was the most loving dog I have ever had. I have pictures of her and one of my girls sleeping together in the floor. She was a good hunter (we live in the country) and was always lovable and playful. We didn't know it at the time, but she was pregnant when my husband found her. She had two beautiful pups which we gave away to friends.
I know they have a bad rap and am sorry to say that for a long time, I was one of those people giving it to them. I have two friends that strongly believe every pit should be put down. I was never able to convince them of her loving nature. But, I know in my heart that she was a loving dog and was loved by my entire family!
finally someone not playing favorites! Heven't been watching the news lately, but they did a follow up tonight about a fatal dog attack....guess what!?! It didn't involve a pit! A yellow lab, and a lab mix were the attackers. I am deeply sorry for the family of the woman who was killed, but maybe this will help open the eyes of pit haters. Instead of quarantining the dogs and a slap on the wrist for the owner, they were put to sleep. Naturally what brought the follow up on was a second attack in chattanooga (by a pit). So then they did a story about dog fighting in the tennessee vally. (ugh)
quoted from some guy who doesn't know $h!t about pits: "These dogs will kill or be killed to please the owner"
What the F***!!!!! Are you kidding me? unless a dog is stupid or litterally trying to protect the life of it's master it is not going to just die to please it's owner. It isn't even killing to please! These animals are doing what they have been taught to do! They're not thinking "ok I'm in the fighting ring, time to kill this other jerk so dad will love me more." Once trained to be "killers", that is what they will forever do, they learn at a young age that the other dog is a threat that needs to be taken out, and when they hit that ring with the other dog in front of them, they "snap". Really wish I had that guys e-mail address so I could tell him how I feel lol. Had to vent about that crap!
when did a pit kill somebody in chattanooga b/c i live in chattanooga and i dont remember hearing bout it i heard bout a women that was attacked by her pit b/c it went after her baby and she jumped between the baby and the dog and the dog had to be shot by animal control but she wasnt killed but i might have missed it
actually the woman who was killed in chattanooga, was killed by the lab, and lab mix. There was a boy attacked by a pit in chattanooga also, but he was only bitten not killed. The labs were put to sleep, and the owners are suffering charges, which is good. No they didn't own pits, but they had vicous animals running loose.