Written as an adoption plea from a "Pit bull" talking about himself:
"Due to people like Mr. Vick, I know it will be more difficult for me and other dogs like me to find a good home. When people come in to the shelter they look at me and, with an anxious and fearful tone ask, "Is that a Pit?" and want nothing to do with me. I don't blame them, I blame people like Vick, the media, and all the irresponsible and inappropriate owners of my related breed over the years.
"The best weapon I have to fight is education. I urge you to learn more about my representative breeds before condemning us to the "vicious dog" category."
This one from Fox New in Philadelphia.
"There's plenty of pit bulls who do not live up to their fighting reputation. They didn't read the handbook about the breed that says they're supposed to be viscous. They're actually friendly and wonderful pets," said Sue Cosby the Chief Executive Officer of PAWS.
It's really interesting to read the descriptions of the dogs...clearly filling in as more of a victim role vs the "viscious killers" that fomer articles about dog fighting used to contain.
"This is Mugsy," said Randy Grimm of Stray Rescue, showing a Fox 2 crew the dog's mangled ears, puncture wounds and broken leg. "This [was from] fighting," he said. "I've seen it too many times...[but] look how sweet this guy is."
"He was licking our faces when he came in, he's just a wonderful dog," said Dr. Ed Migneco, the veterinarian at Hillside who treated Mugsy. "I don't think it's a far stretch at all to conclude these injuries are probably from dog fighting ... he has several puncture wounds on the left side of his face. His right ear was really, really lacerated, torn. They're pretty obviously bite wounds ... either he wasn't a good fighter, he was used as a bait dog, or he just wasn't what they wanted, or he was just too submissive and he got beaten up. "
"Corenfield said that’s where the sad expression “born to die” comes from in the animal control profession.
“If they are not killed by fighting or abuse within a year or two, they’re picked up by us and the situation forces us to euthanize them,” said Corenfield.
“It’s a sad, repeating cycle for this breed.”
It's awesome that many shelters are stepping up and giving these dogs a chance to be adopted...so many still don't.
The Washington Post covers the same story from above...more shelters are adopting out "pit bull" type dogs.
"But a wave of new policies and proposals is sweeping the Washington region as shelters acknowledge a fact of life that many jurisdictions have long ignored: Not all pit bulls are dangerous."
"Before, we euthanized every pit bull that was older than 6 months and did not have a history. Now, we make an investment in every dog that walks through our shelter -- because it's the right thing to do."
The Post did a great job on this article...if you only click through one link, click on this one.
It's been an incredible shift in balanced stories over the past 2-3 weeks...and as people do a little research, listen to a few people who work with dogs, and meet a few "pit bulls" themselves, they are finding out what many of us have known for a while, these dogs are awesome dogs.
I hope people are reading, and listening.