I am an animal welfare activist and pit bull advocate. I have owned several ‘pit bulls’ many years ago with small children so I know first hand they make great family pets. Unfortunately, I cannot own one or more where I live now due to BSL (breed specific legislation) and stereotypes. But I do volunteer for It’s the Pits, a bully breed rescue, and do what I can to help these poor misunderstood homeless american pit bull terrier and staffordshire bull terrier mixes which are all classified as ‘pit bulls’.
I came across this news article about 26 pit bulls rescued from a dog fighting ring in Florida written on 2/29/13. I cannot tell you how it warms my heart to hear these types of stories. These dogs have been trained to fight. Pit Bulls are very strong and powerful dogs and eager to please their owners. Dogs are like people, some are aggressive, some are not. You can’t judge a race of people, just as you can’t judge a dog breed by the deeds of a few! (People make their own choices, dogs do not). Many breeds are misidentified as ‘pit bulls’.
The media has portrayed them as man-eating, child-mauling dogs that should not be allowed to live with humans. There are many many pit bull owners that will testify that this is not the case. If you have never been around a pit bull and have set your mind against them from what you have heard, I say at least meet one from a responsible owner and see for yourself!
Society tends to forget that this breed was once ‘America’s Sweetheart’, nicknamed nanny dogs for their gentleness with children. And they were even war heroes. The dog did not change, society changed and started these horrible dog fighting rings, only to enforce the stereotype of our society today. Pit Bull is actually not even a breed, but a variety of breeds with the same characteristics. American Pit Bull Terrier is a breed.
Here is the article about the dogs saved. Pam Perry is of no relation to me and do not know her.
“Some of them are severely injured,” Pam Perry, with Hillsborough County Animal Control told ABC Action News. “Clear cuts to their faces, forelimbs, head, they are still bleeding.” All twenty-six dogs were brought to Hillsborough County Animal Services and have been seen by a veterinarian. Pam added, “We saved these dogs lives today.”
The dogs are all expected to survive, but some have a long road to recovery given the extent of their injuries and trauma. The dogs will go through rehabilitation prior to being made available for adoption.
Officials continue to investigate and will be charging several individuals in the case shortly.
Pam said that they have been responding to more and more calls regarding dog fighting rings located in rural areas. “It is weekly [that we bust these rings],” Pam said. In November, they busted a long standing ring in Seffner and in late October they rescued a dog who had been shot and buried up to her neck in the ground. In all three cases the department received calls from concerned citizens.
Note: It is tragic when anyone is bit or attacked by any type of dog. It is my belief that this is due to irresponsible ownership.
Please if you hear of or see any type of animal abuse, call your local animal control office. This can be found on your county’s website. Example: County of San Diego>Community Services>Animals & Pets
- Broward To Consider Pit Bull Ban (miami.cbslocal.com)
- Quiz: Can you spot the Pit Bull? (wtvr.com)
- Does It Make Sense To Ban Pit Bulls When Most People Can’t Even Identify One? (consumerist.com)
- Saving Pit Bulls: The Merit Pit Bull Foundation (myfox8.com)