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Low-income owners can get their pets spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies, and licensed at the Kent County Animal Shelter - all without charge. Full Story
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“Come, heed the wisdom”

Since: Sep 07

Grand Rapids, MI

#43 Apr 8, 2009
comnsensense wrote:
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I didn't say anything about eradicating anything. I simply commented on the fact that while any breed of dog can bite some are naturally likely to do more damage.
Yes, larger dogs are prone to do more damage because... they are larger. Pitbulls actually aren't that big as dogs go. Their average weight is 60lbs. There are a lot of dog breeds much larger than that. They also do not have significantly abnormal jaw strength for their size. A 100lb lab can feasibly bite harder than a 60lb pitbull. It's just plain common sense.

Pitbulls were actually always bred to be human friendly. Even the ones used for fighting. The last thing dog fighters want is a dog that will turn on them.
Rachel

Caledonia, MI

#44 Apr 9, 2009
Most of the spots for this round of Pitbull Express are taken. If you would like to be put on a waiting list give the shelter a call. There may be another Pitbull Express in the future!
Rachel

Caledonia, MI

#45 Apr 9, 2009
Hey there! I would love to let you know a little more. The event is great. The 100 dogs are chosen but if someone does not show up there is a wait list that the shelter volunteers will call from. Owners should not just show-up the night of the event. There are scheduled owners and their pets chosen already. The dogs will be screened when they arrive to be sure they are in fact Pitbulls. There may however be another event in the future so if you were not able to be a part of this one check back!
pjdutchville

United States

#46 Apr 9, 2009
If all of these pit bulls get fixed, what the hel l is Michael Vick gonna do in a few months?...(unless it's more prison time that he deserved in the first place).
joe schmo

Carmel, IN

#47 Apr 9, 2009
little-me wrote:
It would be great to see some vets charge a very small amount (or free for very low income people) for spaying and neutering on all dogs AND cats.
I agree with you with one exception. Low income people (people receiving assistance from the State, especially) should worry about themselves and their families before obtaining a young pet that requires food, shots, toys, etc. Don't get me wrong, pets are wonderful, but if the state is helping pay your food bills, do you really need your own money going out to a pet, or in a lot of cases, more than one?

As for the rest, spot on. I agree.

“Don't touch my junk man!”

Since: Nov 07

Middle of the Mitten, Michigan

#48 Apr 9, 2009
Collin K wrote:
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Yes, larger dogs are prone to do more damage because... they are larger. Pitbulls actually aren't that big as dogs go. Their average weight is 60lbs. There are a lot of dog breeds much larger than that. They also do not have significantly abnormal jaw strength for their size. A 100lb lab can feasibly bite harder than a 60lb pitbull. It's just plain common sense.
Pitbulls were actually always bred to be human friendly. Even the ones used for fighting. The last thing dog fighters want is a dog that will turn on them.
Our little pit girls weigh around 45 pounds. Pits can range anywhere from 25-90 pounds, but you're right, they average right around 60.

I was actually stopped while walking last night so a mom could ask what kind of dog I had, she was wondering because she (my dog) was just so darned sweet. I almost had to remind her to pick her chin up off the floor when I told her she was an Am Staff, which is a type of pit bull. She was amazed at how calm she was, her sweet demeanor and how pretty she was.

It's all about being a good pit owner and educating those around you about how the dogs really are. I know this is slightly off subject, but to the pit owners out there please remember you are an ambassador to an entire breed.
Mom in Jenison

Saint Clair Shores, MI

#49 Apr 9, 2009
wtf wrote:
can we just outlaw pit bull's already? noboby needs one. they are dangerous. it is a fact. let's be done with it and move on. get a chiuaua, get a lab, even get a doberman for god's sake, but let's be done with pit bulls, for everybody's sake.
Learn more about pit bulls before you open your mouth.
http://www.animalfarmfoundation.org/item.php...
"The Pit Bull is a dog that loves to please its owner and tries to become whatever kind of dog its owner desires."
angered

United States

#50 Apr 13, 2009
Ms Angie wrote:
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There was also a reason pits were referred to as Nurse Dogs during World War II. Reasons pits have been cherished family pets for years, the dog on Little Rascals was a pit bull, gasp!
Over the years pits have been bred for fighting due to their strength, pain tolerance and LOVE for humans. More often than not ANY pit that showed aggression towards humans, fighting dog or not was put down.
I agree with Mr. Beam, ANY dog can bite. It's about knowing your dog, and being aware of the dogs around you. Training is important, as is neutering or spaying the animal and knowing their background.
There was also the pitbull named Popsicle. He was found inside a bag and shoved in a freezer by dog fighters when he was a puppy. They left him to freeze to death. Luckily animal control found him and took him to the vet for treatment. Even after being abused horribly, the staff at the shelter knew he was special. He loved to play and was always so happy. Popsicle ended up being adopted by the customs police. He found more drugs on US/Mexico borders than any other dog....ever! The officers who took care of him said he was the best dog they'd ever had the pleasure of working with.He passed away a few years ago and the officer that he lived with still claims he was the best! Pits want to be loved, that's why they'll do anything to make their owner happy. I love them, they're loyal, silly and can wag their tail so hard that it knocks over a Christmas tree (it happened to me). If the punks could be kept from using them for the wrong reasons maybe we could get over the bias against them.
angered

United States

#51 Apr 13, 2009
Large Dog Lover wrote:
I do have to admit that I used to be like some of you. Scared and uneducated in regards to Pit Bulls. That is - until my sister rescued one. Her dog was severely abused (hit, was used as an ashtry, etc.) and her dog has become a treasured part of our family.
It's because of this dog that I completely changed my views on pit bulls. I've seen how this dog interacts with people even after being so mistreated by his former owners. It's truely inspiring.
Any dog can attack, and true, pit bulls do have a stronger jaw that most dogs... but that's a design by God, not by man. We should erradicate an entire breed because of this fact? Sounds pretty pompous to me.
I was scared of them before I knew them too. Then I met my brother in laws. She ran toward the car and before I could shut the door she was on my lap licking my face. She ended up being my dog when they moved. She was the best, she even developed milk and fed the kittens when mama cat ignored them. She'd pick the little kittens up by the head and move them when they got too close to the stairs. Sadly, when she got older she had to have a few surgeries and we thought she'd be alright. But she ended up dying of pancriatic cancer. The vet said that showed how gentle she was because that type of cancer is horribly painful. If she would have been the least bit aggressive, she would have gone after all of us. After a few years of mourning, I got another pitbull and it's the only breed that I'll ever have. PLEASE, don't judge them by what you see on TV or by what the punk kids are doing with them. Meet one and spend an afternoon with it, then you can make comments.
angered

United States

#52 Apr 13, 2009
Large dog lover - I wasn't making my "meet one then you can judge them" comment to you - it was for the uninformed who are posting about how horrible pits are.

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