« on: August 08, 2005, 07:07:12 AM »
That's the problem but I chose to refrain from mentioning it when I first responded to avoid some heated racial battle. Blacks, Hispanics, and gangbangers in low income areas think that the pit bull is some sort of status symbol. This image is further reinforced by the latest (Insert Rappers Name Here) video. These same people breed these dogs to be aggressive and use them in street fighting contests. These people have no sense of responsibility so when the dog gets loose it causes havoc in the community. Its not the dog's fault its the owner. Now if I turned around and said that all (Insert Ethnic Group here) commits more crime and therefore should be euthanized then I would be branded a racist. The situation is no different here; pit bulls are victims of discrimination ("breedism").
I have worked extensively with pit bulls and they are the most loving and loyal dogs I have worked with. With that said were there pits that I would not work with? Absolutely. When this situation is presented there is only one humane option.
How about all the pits you do not read about? Ask investigators who were searching for Lacy Peterson's body who they called when the "traditional type" police dogs failed.
Ask the investigators at Ground Zero who they called when they searching for people following the September 11 tragedy. They all called Kris Crawford from California and her 3 pits to perform search and rescue. While other dogs could not walk along the remains of the Twin Towers because of how hot the steel was, Kris Crawford's dogs never quit. When every other dog collapsed from exhaustion Kris Crawford's kept going. That is their nature. They want to please their owners and will not stop until they have accomplished the task. It does not matter if they were up for 3 days or if their paws were raw and bloody. They will not stop. I wonder how many people would have not been found if not for Tahoe, Dakota, Cheyenne (Crawford's 3 pits)?
Unfortunately, these characteristics do not dissappear because some a-hole with a drug stash or some gangbanger wants to overrun the block. The characteristics still remain and the intense desire to please one's owner is just as strong. In the right hands and raised properly the pit is the most loving and loyal dog one can own. It is the perfect family dog. I know becuase I rehabilitated plenty of them and they were adopted to loving homes.
With all that said, should pits be outlawed? No. Should stricter laws be pit in place for anyone who wants to own a pit? Yes, absolutely. The responsible pit owner has no problem taking whatever steps are necessary to keep his/her dog safe. They understand the pits nature and are ready to deal with it.
Lastly, pit bulls are not human aggressive by nature. This is behavior that is learned. So, the pit who bit Bit Tex's mother-in-laws finger off should be punished because this behavior was a result of an irresponsible owner who taught the dog to behave this way.
The Whipple dog mauling is a perfect example of how distorted the media and policy makers portray pits. The only problem with that story was the dogs were not pits they were Presa Canario's (Canary Island Fighting Dogs). These dogs are much larger than pits and range from 120 to 150 punds whereas Pits should weigh around 35 pounds. These pits you see running through the ghetto are not "real pits." They were breed to be large, powerful, and aggressive. Watch animal planet's Winchester dog show and see what pits really look like: 35 pounds and and much smaller than the version created by the mindless ghetto thugs.