“Cowardly people fight to ban us; Courageous people fight to protect us.”
60 years ago, the Pitbull type dog was known for its loving demeanor and had a reputation as the ultimate family dog. Pitbulls were used in marketing campaigns as “America’s Dog” as a symbol of patriotism and were also known as the “nanny dog” because of their gentle nature and watchful eye over the children of the family. Unfortunately, the rise in popularity of illegal dog fighting caused a shift in the public’s perception from the ultimate family dog to the ultimate bad dog.
A Pitbull is defined in legislation of many states as any dog that is an American PitBull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or any dog that exhibits physical characteristics which mostly conform to the breed standards of the AKC, such as blocky head, square muzzle, bulky, muscular body-type, almond-shaped eyes, etc. Their owners find that their pets are discriminated on by landlords, homeowners associations, as well as city, county, and state laws.
With 33 states having Breed-Specific Legislation, and the majority including Pitbull-type dogs, this breed has a difficult time finding their forever home. Mandatory spay/neuter programs are a necessary way to protect the breed as it will limit ownership from those who seek to do the breed harm, prevent over-population of the breed that has a high chance of ending up in a shelter when owned for the wrong reasons. Animal lovers, specifically Pitbull lovers, cry out loudly on behalf of the breed, desperately seeking a solution to the Pitbull being one of the most euthanized breeds in municipal shelters nationwide.
Stay tuned next week as we take you inside a day in the life of a shelter pitbull.