Animal Shelters Change Policies On Pit Bulls

Jul 30, 2007 Read more: WUSA Washington, DC 23
Pit bulls that end up at animal shelters are often euthanized because of policies banning their adoption. Read more
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Carol Cascio

Washington, DC

#1 Jul 30, 2007
It is about time. All dogs (pit bull or other breeds) deserve a chance to live a good, useful life. Dogs can do so much more than people think. They just need training and love. The Dog Whisperer (Cesar Milan) is a great example.
Jeanf

Oxon Hill, MD

#2 Jul 30, 2007
I, personally, would like to euthanize a few dog OWNERS instead.
Against Pit Bulls

Essex, MD

#3 Jul 30, 2007
Although I understand the need for adoption of animals, I DO NOT agree with the adoption of Pit Bulls. Every news story about a child or adult being mauled, or bitten by an animal has been a pit. Even after evaluating the animal for "proper behavior" these dogs should not be adoptable. Many people who want a pit can now have a pit. Not good, especially in neighborhoods where there are many, many young children who almost have no fear of animals and love to play and pet and frolick and even with the pits "in fenced yards", you WILL have problems. Those without a fenced yard will say they will only walk their pit on a leash. Right... tell me again how many children have been mauled. Only politically correct Montgomery County would have started adoptions in the last sixteen months and not notified its residents. Slid one past us again oh holy ones with no sense. Oh holier than thou are we, we mustn't offend anyone in MC. Keep the pits off the street. NO ADOPTIONS - Repeal the ruling.
Not Against Pit Bulls

Winchester, VA

#4 Jul 30, 2007
As "Against Pit Bulls" mentioned "Every news story about a child or adult being mauled, or bitten by an animal has been a pit." Again - "Every news story" - that is because that is what sells. The media feeds on the prejudice against this breed. There was recently a story about Huskies that killed a child, a Pomeranian mauled a child as well. These stories aren't pushed like the Pit Bull ones. They are all horrible, unthinkable tragedies and the breed of dog makes no difference in the fact that a life was lost or forever changed.
Please do not fall prey to the media's representation of the breed. I own a 9 year old American Pit Bull Terrier and have a 3 year old and 1 year old child. Our dog is part of the family and she is wonderful with the children and the family cat. She has earned her Canine Good Citizen Certificate.
I have been involved with this breed for over 10 years now and feel that it is way overdue that the American Pit Bull Terrier be seen in it's true light.
No, this is not the breed for everyone - just as the Beagle or Border Collie is not for everyone. It can be a wonderful family pet IN THE RIGHT HANDS. Unfortunately the wrong people have gotten hold of these poor dogs and have ruined their reputation.
I hope the new focus on the breed due to Michael Vick will help these dogs and not prove to hurt it even further. These dogs deserve a chance and I hope people can stop being closed minded and give them a chance.
BMG

Reston, VA

#5 Jul 31, 2007
Against Pit Bulls wrote:
Although I understand the need for adoption of animals, I DO NOT agree with the adoption of Pit Bulls. Every news story about a child or adult being mauled, or bitten by an animal has been a pit. Even after evaluating the animal for "proper behavior" these dogs should not be adoptable. Many people who want a pit can now have a pit. Not good, especially in neighborhoods where there are many, many young children who almost have no fear of animals and love to play and pet and frolick and even with the pits "in fenced yards", you WILL have problems. Those without a fenced yard will say they will only walk their pit on a leash. Right... tell me again how many children have been mauled. Only politically correct Montgomery County would have started adoptions in the last sixteen months and not notified its residents. Slid one past us again oh holy ones with no sense. Oh holier than thou are we, we mustn't offend anyone in MC. Keep the pits off the street. NO ADOPTIONS - Repeal the ruling.
Okay so when a Yorkie, poodle, beagle, etc gets angry and bites a child or an adult should they be treated the same way?? Come on and get real. My brother had a pit bull from the time it was 6 weeks old and that dog was very loving and loyal until the day she died of old age. Again, its all in the way the dog is raised.
Spud McKenzie

Pleasanton, CA

#6 Jul 31, 2007
Against Pit Bulls wrote:
Although I understand the need for adoption of animals, I DO NOT agree with the adoption of Pit Bulls. Every news story about a child or adult being mauled, or bitten by an animal has been a pit. Even after evaluating the animal for "proper behavior" these dogs should not be adoptable. Many people who want a pit can now have a pit. Not good, especially in neighborhoods where there are many, many young children who almost have no fear of animals and love to play and pet and frolick and even with the pits "in fenced yards", you WILL have problems. Those without a fenced yard will say they will only walk their pit on a leash. Right... tell me again how many children have been mauled. Only politically correct Montgomery County would have started adoptions in the last sixteen months and not notified its residents. Slid one past us again oh holy ones with no sense. Oh holier than thou are we, we mustn't offend anyone in MC. Keep the pits off the street. NO ADOPTIONS - Repeal the ruling.
That's great. So let's just stereo-type the dog now. Here's a statistic: because over 60% of the prison population is african american, let's ban adopting black children because of the risk of them growing up to be criminals. Like children, dogs are only a mold of their parents/owners. Tougher sentences on crimes involving dog fighting and inhumane treatment of animals needs to be passed. Also, the adoption process of an animal isn't as easy as people think. Proper documentation of veterinary history, home ownership/lease approval is also needed to adopt. And all dogs adopted have to be neutered/spayed. Thirty years ago, I grew up with an american pitbull. He was incredibly loyal and smart. Then when I was twenty, I bought one for myself and had her for thirteen years. She was awesome with my son and a great watch dog. I've known plenty of people with unfriendly shepherds, labs, cocker spaniels, chihuahuas, etc. Unfortunately, those dogs were raised and trained to be that way. I'm very pleased to hear that they have/are lifting the bans on these dogs. God Bless the Pits!
Lynn

Fairfield, CT

#7 Jul 31, 2007
Thanks to everyone to their support of the pit bull here. All are very valid points. As someone with an Canine Good Citizen, therapy certified pit bull, I can attest to the love and affection these dogs can show. As someone who has done some rescue work with the breed, I can also attest to the cruelty these dogs face from bad owners. I've seen dogs that have survived and become GREAT family dogs in spite of their abuse, and, I've had to have dogs put down because their mistreatment made them unsafe and unstable. As said previously, these are not the dog for everyone. They are not for first time owners, or those unfamiliar with the breed. But then again, neither are border collies or most terriers for that matter. Responsible ownership, dedicated training, and vigilence is key - not just to pit bulls, but to all dogs. Don't walk dogs off leash (my pit was attacked by an off leash rat terrier), teach your kids how to approach (or not approach) a strange dog, don't leave your kids unsupervised with ANY animal, and don't leave your animal unsupervised in your yard. We need common sense, not more rules and regulations!
oddball

Romney, WV

#8 Jul 31, 2007
I've seen the mighty little Chihuahua trying to bite! I've been around Pits,and they are just as loving as the next dog. We don't need to have people, like Against Pits out there putting their two cents in if they know nothing about the breed. Pits are beautiful dogs!
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#9 Aug 1, 2007
I read a lengthy article on this subject the other day; apparently if these shelters get a pit bull, they put it through all kinds of socialization "tests" to see if it's a good candidate for adoption. The article was very interesting. Pit bulls CAN be bred for good temperment, but far too many people aren't willing to put out the money for a dog with good bloodlines. Too often it's "you have a male, I have a female, let's mate them." And with the dog being very popular, there's lots of unscrupulous breeders out there who just want to make a buck, not breed a good dog, so you wind up with a lot of unstable, inbred and overbred animals. And as always, the people who DO own good, well-trained dogs end up suffering from the bad publicity because of the people who aren't responsible pet owners.
RHB

Colorado Springs, CO

#10 Aug 7, 2007
Lynn wrote:
Thanks to everyone to their support of the pit bull here. All are very valid points. As someone with an Canine Good Citizen, therapy certified pit bull, I can attest to the love and affection these dogs can show. As someone who has done some rescue work with the breed, I can also attest to the cruelty these dogs face from bad owners. I've seen dogs that have survived and become GREAT family dogs in spite of their abuse, and, I've had to have dogs put down because their mistreatment made them unsafe and unstable. As said previously, these are not the dog for everyone. They are not for first time owners, or those unfamiliar with the breed. But then again, neither are border collies or most terriers for that matter. Responsible ownership, dedicated training, and vigilence is key - not just to pit bulls, but to all dogs. Don't walk dogs off leash (my pit was attacked by an off leash rat terrier), teach your kids how to approach (or not approach) a strange dog, don't leave your kids unsupervised with ANY animal, and don't leave your animal unsupervised in your yard. We need common sense, not more rules and regulations!
While everything you say is true, people don't die when a small breed of dog attacks.
Stephani

San Diego, CA

#11 Aug 8, 2007
RHB wrote:
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While everything you say is true, people don't die when a small breed of dog attacks.
Actually a small breed of dog can kill and it has happened.
http://www.igorilla.com/gorilla/animal/2000/d...
Stephani

San Diego, CA

#12 Aug 8, 2007
Against Pit Bulls wrote:
Although I understand the need for adoption of animals, I DO NOT agree with the adoption of Pit Bulls. Every news story about a child or adult being mauled, or bitten by an animal has been a pit. Even after evaluating the animal for "proper behavior" these dogs should not be adoptable. Many people who want a pit can now have a pit. Not good, especially in neighborhoods where there are many, many young children who almost have no fear of animals and love to play and pet and frolick and even with the pits "in fenced yards", you WILL have problems. Those without a fenced yard will say they will only walk their pit on a leash. Right... tell me again how many children have been mauled. Only politically correct Montgomery County would have started adoptions in the last sixteen months and not notified its residents. Slid one past us again oh holy ones with no sense. Oh holier than thou are we, we mustn't offend anyone in MC. Keep the pits off the street. NO ADOPTIONS - Repeal the ruling.
If you go towards the bottom it will show other dog attacks.
http://katzdawgs.tripod.com/attacks.htm
Also this website shows how much you can honestly trust the news.
http://www.edba.org.au/emmavan.html
http://katzdawgs.tripod.com/attacks.htm
RHB

Colorado Springs, CO

#13 Aug 8, 2007
Stephani wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually a small breed of dog can kill and it has happened.
http://www.igorilla.com/gorilla/animal/2000/d...
Come on, be reasonable here. I couldn't find info on LA Times as the site you referenced claimed. However, CDC has statistics regarding deaths from dog attacks, and breed. Info speaks volumes about which breeds are most notorious for causing the death of humans. See for yourself.

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/0004...
HOLY WALKER

Constableville, NY

#14 Aug 8, 2007
In 1997, I purchased a 3 month old pitbull. I took him home and lovingly cared for him, daily. After the very first week, as I was gently trying to remove something from him, a paperclip that had fallen to the floor, he viciously turned to me and showed me his teeth and growled, until I finally snatched up the paperclip. What if he was full grown. Would he have attacked me? He frightened me, this tiny, precious puppy. The very next day, I took him back to the seller and although he refused to give me back the $100.00 that I purchased him for, I didn't waste one more moment and turned around and walked out of the pet store. Never wanting to return again. I purchased a Shitzu. Very sweet in nature and extremely joyful dogs. A year later, the seller of the mean pitbull said to me, "He's huge and gorgeous now, you missed out on a good thing." I'm just glad I lived without being killed or maimed by it.

Years ago, I remember on the news one day, that a little boy had, had half of his face removed by his family's pit bull dog, who had been raised with the child, since he was brought home from the hospital. The Judge ruling the case, dismissed it and kept that particular dog from being euthanized. And, all the putbull lovers rushed forth with praise on pitbull's behalf. I knew then, that our system had finally failed us all. That Judge simply cared more for that vicious dog, than for that little human boy. That's usually the case anyway, when the Judge is biased.

This past week, in the year, 2007, another pitbull viciously attacked another small child, only this time, the child died. Then, a day or two after that news, another bunch of pitbulls killed a 60 year old man in Louisville,
http://www.wave3.com/Global/story.asp...

Oh, and what about that woman who was walking through the hall of her building to go to her apartment when she was killed by pitbulls, right outside her door? Were they euthanized? I think, not.

And, what about this story? http://johnrlott.tripod.com/2007/08/man-stops...

Listen, it's time to wake up from your deep slumber and stop supporting this kind of lunatic thinking. First of all, any animal that attacks a human, especially a child, should be put to sleep, immediately! If not, the same animal WILL hurt another human being, possibly another child. I know that many of you simply think I'm foolish but, it's YOU who are the fools.

To uphold and support a vicious animal above the very life of a human being is wrong in itself. It is nothing less than, inhumane to say the very least. This type of "dog" was not meant to be on this earth, period. Did you know that? Do your research. Good luck to all you future maimers. I wouldn't want to be in your shoes, that's for sure!
RHB

Colorado Springs, CO

#15 Aug 9, 2007
HOLY WALKER wrote:
In 1997, I purchased a 3 month old pitbull. I took him home and lovingly cared for him, daily. After the very first week, as I was gently trying to remove something from him, a paperclip that had fallen to the floor, he viciously turned to me and showed me his teeth and growled, until I finally snatched up the paperclip. What if he was full grown. Would he have attacked me? He frightened me, this tiny, precious puppy. The very next day, I took him back to the seller and although he refused to give me back the $100.00 that I purchased him for, I didn't waste one more moment and turned around and walked out of the pet store. Never wanting to return again. I purchased a Shitzu. Very sweet in nature and extremely joyful dogs. A year later, the seller of the mean pitbull said to me, "He's huge and gorgeous now, you missed out on a good thing." I'm just glad I lived without being killed or maimed by it.
Years ago, I remember on the news one day, that a little boy had, had half of his face removed by his family's pit bull dog, who had been raised with the child, since he was brought home from the hospital. The Judge ruling the case, dismissed it and kept that particular dog from being euthanized. And, all the putbull lovers rushed forth with praise on pitbull's behalf. I knew then, that our system had finally failed us all. That Judge simply cared more for that vicious dog, than for that little human boy. That's usually the case anyway, when the Judge is biased.
This past week, in the year, 2007, another pitbull viciously attacked another small child, only this time, the child died. Then, a day or two after that news, another bunch of pitbulls killed a 60 year old man in Louisville,
http://www.wave3.com/Global/story.asp...
Oh, and what about that woman who was walking through the hall of her building to go to her apartment when she was killed by pitbulls, right outside her door? Were they euthanized? I think, not.
And, what about this story? http://johnrlott.tripod.com/2007/08/man-stops...
Listen, it's time to wake up from your deep slumber and stop supporting this kind of lunatic thinking. First of all, any animal that attacks a human, especially a child, should be put to sleep, immediately! If not, the same animal WILL hurt another human being, possibly another child. I know that many of you simply think I'm foolish but, it's YOU who are the fools.
To uphold and support a vicious animal above the very life of a human being is wrong in itself. It is nothing less than, inhumane to say the very least. This type of "dog" was not meant to be on this earth, period. Did you know that? Do your research. Good luck to all you future maimers. I wouldn't want to be in your shoes, that's for sure!
Gee whiz. Wonder why it's so quiet in here. LOL!
HOLY WALKER

Constableville, NY

#16 Aug 10, 2007
HOLY WALKER wrote:
In 1997, I purchased a 3 month old pitbull. I took him home and lovingly cared for him, daily. After the very first week, as I was gently trying to remove something from him, a paperclip that had fallen to the floor, he viciously turned to me and showed me his teeth and growled, until I finally snatched up the paperclip. What if he was full grown. Would he have attacked me? He frightened me, this tiny, precious puppy. The very next day, I took him back to the seller and although he refused to give me back the $100.00 that I purchased him for, I didn't waste one more moment and turned around and walked out of the pet store. Never wanting to return again. I purchased a Shitzu. Very sweet in nature and extremely joyful dogs. A year later, the seller of the mean pitbull said to me, "He's huge and gorgeous now, you missed out on a good thing." I'm just glad I lived without being killed or maimed by it.
Years ago, I remember on the news one day, that a little boy had, had half of his face removed by his family's pit bull dog, who had been raised with the child, since he was brought home from the hospital. The Judge ruling the case, dismissed it and kept that particular dog from being euthanized. And, all the putbull lovers rushed forth with praise on pitbull's behalf. I knew then, that our system had finally failed us all. That Judge simply cared more for that vicious dog, than for that little human boy. That's usually the case anyway, when the Judge is biased.
This past week, in the year, 2007, another pitbull viciously attacked another small child, only this time, the child died. Then, a day or two after that news, another bunch of pitbulls killed a 60 year old man in Louisville,
http://www.wave3.com/Global/story.asp...
Oh, and what about that woman who was walking through the hall of her building to go to her apartment when she was killed by pitbulls, right outside her door? Were they euthanized? I think, not.
And, what about this story? http://johnrlott.tripod.com/2007/08/man-stops...
Listen, it's time to wake up from your deep slumber and stop supporting this kind of lunatic thinking. First of all, any animal that attacks a human, especially a child, should be put to sleep, immediately! If not, the same animal WILL hurt another human being, possibly another child. I know that many of you simply think I'm foolish but, it's YOU who are the fools.
To uphold and support a vicious animal above the very life of a human being is wrong in itself. It is nothing less than, inhumane to say the very least. This type of "dog" was not meant to be on this earth, period. Did you know that? Do your research. Good luck to all you future maimers. I wouldn't want to be in your shoes, that's for sure!
Well, I just heard on MSNBC tv news that, several pitbulls are now lose in a town/city and they ARE ATTACKING people.
Now, need I say more? Will these particular dogs attack you or your loved ones, next? hmm. Let's just think about it for a while, ok? Do the right thing in ALL you do, no matter what the consequences. Stupid and Foolish people DO exist in this country and aren't you tired of allowing them to literally get away with MURDER? www.EMBRACEDBYGOD.com Wake Up!
HOLY WALKER

Constableville, NY

#17 Aug 10, 2007
... sorry for my type o's but I am so upset right now that I'm literally shaking. Today, on 8/10/07, bitbull dogs are loose and attacking people! Are they REALLY DOG? OR, DEMONS IN DOG'S BODIES?
ciprian sandobal

Sterling, VA

#18 Aug 16, 2007
dont hate the dog if its mean no matter what kind of dog hate the owner.the one that made the dog the way it is .................. just like people
ronda

United States

#19 Nov 17, 2011
Not against pitbulls either i have 3 pitbulls they are my kids l love them.listening to media hmm they had a pitbull on the lil rascals.
Holy Nutjobs

Washington, DC

#20 Jan 10, 2012
Its about time, Loudoun County is trying to ascend into the 19th century. They are going to not blame a breed of dog,,,,,Wow maybe next they can spell their street signs correctly, or lay off the chicken loving.

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