Where I live if you own a pit or any type of mixed pits, you have to be at least 18 years of age, register them , have them microchipped, have a 8 X 10 sign saying you have a pit, have insurince (sp), if you live in the city they have to spayed or nuetured, if they find out you have a litter they will come and take the puppies and do away with them , but if you live in the country its okay to breed them with no problems that dont make since to me. My uncle has a staffordshire bull terrier, she is the sweetest dog she will come and lay her head on your lap to get petted when my cousins were outside palying in the back yard there was a snake she put her self between the kids and the snake and barked till my uncle came out to see what the prob was, it just breaks my heart seein these videos on them on how mean they are yea right
For me it all the breed bans. They don't work. And once they have, if ever, hopefully never, managed to get rid of all the pit bulls they will move on to other breeds including Rotties, dobes, GSDs and any other large breed dogs. I love all dogs, and have a special place in my heart for the so called "tough breeds". I come from a family that hate Pits, and I try to help people understand that they are a great breed of dog. The bans are getting worse and more wide spread. Who has the right to say I can or can't own a breed of dog.
Well there IS this: Aug. 8, 2006, 2:14PM DOG RING IN LIBERTY COUNTY Pit bull operation 'massive' Police say slaying might be tied to illegal trade; officials wonder how they will house the 300
CLEVELAND - An investigation into a deadly home invasion uncovered what authorities consider a massive pit bull breeding operation that supplied dogs for illegal dog fighting ventures around the country.
Liberty County sheriff's deputies, Harris County Precinct 6 deputy constables and Houston Humane Society investigators seized most of the more than 300 pit bull terriers from filthy conditions at the home in the 2200 block of County Road 2252 east of Cleveland.
Investigators, however, were unable to collect all of the dogs and will return to the home again today. Those taken Monday were turned over to the Humane Society for treatment.
Last week, Thomas F. Weigner Jr., 27, was shot in the leg during the 3 a.m. home invasion and bled to death, authorities said. Weigner's wife, her parents and the couple's three children were bound with tape during Tuesday's incident, but none was harmed, said Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur.
One of Weigner's dogs, considered to be his personal guard dog, was also shot and killed after it managed to get loose and attack one of the three intruders.
"At this time, we don't believe it was a random home invasion," Arthur said. "We do believe there's a connection (to the dog ring.)"
Robbery may have been the motive, investigators said.
The men repeatedly demanded money and shot Weigner in an attempt to get him to tell them where he may have hidden money, said Sgt. Kenny Dagle of the Liberty County Sheriff's Department. Two suspects have been questioned, but Arthur was unable to elaborate on the case. No charges have been filed.
Arthur disclosed, however, that Weigner ran the pit bull operation on his 15- to 20-acre spread and had shipped dogs "all over the country." Weigner also ran a similar business in Pennsylvania, where his family returned Saturday to bury Weigner, investigators said.
The number of pit bulls, valued at about $1 million, posed problems for the Liberty County Sheriff's Department, which lacks the resources to handle such a load. Arthur said he had to call on Precinct 6 and the Humane Society, both experienced in such sizable seizures.
"This is the worst case of animal cruelty and the biggest operation we've seen and been involved in," Arthur said.
More than 200 of the dogs were tied to stakes, and kept at a distance from other dogs. Some were forced to stand in pools of mud and their own feces, authorities said. Some of the more vicious dogs had to be tranquilized so they could be carried into small crates.
Adoption isn't an option Sgt. Mark Timmers, a Precinct 6 investigator, said most illegal dog-breeding operations he's encountered typically average about 120 or so dogs.
"This was a massive pit bull-breeding operation," Timmers said.
Some of the dogs will be housed inside the Humane Society's Wellness Center while others will be kept in separate, 6-foot-high kennels in the agency's barn, both at the agency's 17400 Almeda Road shelter.
"The issue is going to be space," said Courtney Frank, a spokeswoman for the Humane Society. "None of these animals can be housed together."
The agency vowed on its Web site to care for the dogs through the duration of a court case, which could take several weeks. A county justice of the peace will determine who should have custody of the animals.
Although the Humane Society will care and treat the dogs, the nonprofit agency does not offer the breed for adoptions. The agency, Frank said, does not have the resources to "rehabilitate" pit bulls.
However, the city of Houston recently changed its policy and allows the breed to be adopted from its pound.
Still, it's simply too early to tell what will become of the dogs, Frank said. Some may have untreatable health issues as a result of the conditions in which they were kept, she said.
"They certainly deserve a much better life than they one they got from the get-go," Frank said. "These guys have never had a belly rub."
That mystifies Colleen Hodges, a spokeswoman for the Harris County Animal Control, who said the breed may benefit from an "underdog syndrome."
"They have a lot of capabilities most people who adopt them aren't ready or prepared for," she said. "Personally, I wouldn't bring them into my house. They have the terrier tenacity, strength and ability to do a lot of damage."
Harris County Animal Control records show a 30 percent increase, to 2,514, in the number of stray or abandoned pit bulls received there in 2005 from the previous year.
Leading the pack Of the 25 breeds of dogs involved in 238 human dog-bite fatalities from 1979 to 1998, pit bull-type dogs and Rottweilers were involved in more than half of the incidents, according to the most recent report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"People don't always read their body language," Hodges said. "They're bred not to show they're going to attack — that tips off the opponent and makes it very hard to read their body language."
That characteristic may be ideal for the ring, but isn't appealing for dog owners, she said.