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How Pit Bulls Got Singled Out as Dangerous Dogs - PawNation


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Susanne
- 175 days ago - pawnation.com
You've probably heard nightmarish stories about Pit bulls and their supposedly dangerous natures. You may even have friends who own dogs but still believe that Pit bulls are unsafe and to be avoided. As animal lovers, we know by now that Pit bulls are ...



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Roger Garin-michaud (68)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 12:44 pm
noted, thanks
 

Ljiljana Milic (100)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 1:07 pm
Great article!
& Thank you Susanne
 

Justin Vale (17)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 1:13 pm
singled out?
what other dog is disemboweling children?
google pit bull attacks daily, click on news and images. there is no singling out they are doing it to themselves. you can't train genetic disposition out of an animal. and you can educated the dregs of society that own these dogs either.
 

AniMae Chi (415)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 1:38 pm
You can't educate genetic disposition out of a troll.

 

Jae A. (323)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 3:08 pm
I believe we all, as members of care2, have the 'right/freedom' to express our personal thoughts/opinions about this topic on an open thread.... even if they are not in agreement with others or just an opinion that brings a neg. light and or fact up about the topic. I've read what others comment about those who disagree with the opinions of those who bring facts about Pit Bulls to a thread, doing so against popular beliefs of Pit Bull owners and what I call over the top activist and pit bull lovers in general. Many hateful remarks are posted in that persons direction....etc....but I am ok with not only my opinion on the topic but that of others as well...I simply believe that to ignore the 'Facts' about this breed and the dangers they pose/bring to both humans and other 'pets' is foolish at best...i.m.o.. Denial of the facts about this breed of dog certainly will not help the survival of the breed.

I've noticed other threads on this topic and it was obvious that most who comment on them are supporters of the breed and those who aren't ...well are lacking in posting of comments, most likely due to wanting to avoid being 'trashed' and attacked personally for their honest 'views/opinions' on the topic. Regardless I have decided to post mine....which I know to be the same as many others on care2 by those who just don't want to 'get involved' in this topic on a site with so many pet/animal lovers in general. Too many of which believe if you are not in agreement with them over one 'animal' topic or even two ...you are an animal hater. That is just B.S. to me ...as I for one consider myself to be a serious animal lover of both wild and domestic ones but one who also believes in common sense and facts when it comes to either.

That being said, I'll continue with my opinion on the topic of pit bulls being a dangerous bog breed in general.

"Supposedly dangerous nature'...no 'supposedly' to it... there is an abundance of such documentation of that being Fact.

I'd guess that most Animal Lovers love 'wild' animals...as well as domestic pets Perhaps 'Pit Bulls' should be classified as a 'wild animal' species' due to their nature.. temperament... instinct .... and the number of maulings and deaths to both children and adults they actually are guilty of bringing about... for whatever their reasons for doing so might have been. Just ask your self, what other breed of dog have you [as in 'anyone'] heard of recently attacking a child/adult crippling them and or even taking their life.... can anyone name just one such incident ? How many Pit Bull attacks have any of us heard of having done so over the years or even within the last six months ? For myself that would be more than one in just the last three months alone.

As for those who say it's the owners fault....well all dog breeds have owners and there are 'bad/irresponsible'owners in each breeds life...but it's the Pit Bulls that maul and or kill humans and other pets on a regular basis. . . not the breeds of 'supposed ' bad/irresponsible owners of other breeds, including those of other 'muscle' dog breeds that do so on a regular basis.

Facts are facts no matter how much compassion one has for this dog breed They have that reputation for one reason... they are dangerous. They can not control their own tempers, they are known to lash out expectantly ... without provocation in many cases...just due to their being 'displeased ' over something or 'spooked' by a shadow etc.

We don't keep lions or Bears and other wild but smaller dangerous animals in our homes or yards as pets so perhaps it's time to keep on loven' pit bulls just as we do Big Cats and other wild tempered/natured animals but have restrictions as to their captivity/ownership and habitats ? Perhaps less strict than those for Bears and Big Cats but restriction/regulations over that of other 'domesticated pets'. Might solve the dispute and save lives when it comes to the freedom to roam and or be owned that Pit Bulls now enjoy;, at the risk of the safety and lives to others than their owners and their owners also. Those who own them know the 'risk' but too many don't care...or choose to deny... the serious facts about this breed or about the safety of others , their kids, their neighbors, strangers walking down a street, pets of others that this breed has been documented to have attacked and even killed when roaming out doors...or within the home in which it lives 'High risk' pets should be regulated just as with any other dangerous animal.... i.m.o.

I don't think a child that pulls the tail of one of these dogs deserves to have that dog turn on them, biting them causing serious injuries but all dogs do bite but this breed all too often carries their upset to the point of tearing at a childs limbs/torso to the point of killing them....and that is not something to blame the owners or the child for...it's the breed of dog. When 'attacking' another pet or person not even their owners...not even the best of them, can get the to stop until it's too late.

Again I ask, how many other dog breeds maul, cause serious injuries to, and or kill other animals/pets and humans as this breed is known to have done so ............and so frequently....and without being commanded to do so .

Personally I believe that any home that has underage children within it, that their parents or any other adult having a Pit Bull in the same home should be arrested and charged with child endangerment. If the parents/adults want to own this breed of dog, their choice..but for the safety of others there should be restrictions in place to protect the 'innocent' from such possible dangers. Yes it is true... All dogs can bite...pit bulls not only bite but all too often kill people/other pets etc. Big difference between their breed and other breeds on that one point alone. Just my opinion of course and I doubt that Pit Bull owners will care for my comments but as I said.......facts about the injuries and deaths upon humans and others pets is documented and there are way too many cases of each of those dangers to just let this breed continue on as is...without restrictions for the safety of other pets and humans that are at risk when these dogs are present.

There are cities where this breed are ban'd and rightfully so....i.m.o. It's not just the opinion of a few...entire cities agree that this breed are dangerous. Just a Fact. Love em or hate em...the facts can be ignored but that will not stop the danger this breed of dog brings to all who might come into contact with them. AKA...reason for more cities considering banning of this dog breed.

I haven't met a Pit Bull in someone's home that wasn't sweet and loveable...and no doubt all of the owners feel the same until one turns on...possibly killing... it's owners, a child of theirs... or someone else or another's pet. Is that a risk you feel all must take in order for those who want to own them without conditions/restrictions/regulations worth the risk of other humans and pets within their 'zone' so to say.

I've stroked / pet'd / sat along side of some of the most sweet and loveable tigers you can imagine ,in an out of a cage, but I still don't want one walking around freely in my home/yd. or that of a neighbors unfenced/ not secured yd. or running freely through a neighborhood....I feel the same about Pit Bulls.

There are many 'muscle' dog breeds out there but no other has the undisputed documented facts about the harm they bring to humans and other pets....to the point of killing them. Mental illness is what is said about people who kill on a 'whim' so to say, or that do mass shootings......perhaps it's just that this breed of dog has a very high likelihood of mental illness within it ? Too much inbreeding perhaps. Whatever the reasons for their dangerous actions, in too many documented cases, they are not 'supposedly ' a dangerous breed, the facts do point to that being a reality.

Regulations/restrictions to ownership/habitats for / of this dog breed would do a lot to save it's existence in my opinion. Without those more and more cities/states will eventually 'ban' their ownership period....... i.m.o. Denial or be responsible citizenship when it comes to how ownership and the habitats / confinement of this breed should be handled will help insure the existence of this breed...denial will only bring about it's non-existence eventually...not just as a 'domestic pet' but it's existence period....i.m.o,

I believe that if the breed is to survive as a domestic pet it will come through 'mix' breeding. All facts/documentation point to the purer [too often,several generations of inbreeding] the pit bull breed is, the higher their being a danger becomes. Mix'd breeding for several generations in order to bring this dog breed in line with that of other breeds as to their danger might just be something worth serous thought in my opinion.

 

Carrie B. (309)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 3:41 pm
All dogs can be aggressive and dangerous, but Pit Bulls have been over bred for aggressive behavior by those who want to use and sell them for fighting and guarding. That being said ~ anyone who wants to own a Pit Bull for a pet should have knowledge of the breed and the necessary training skills to raise a well adjusted socialized pet. There are many who own them as family pets and have no problems.

Society has created many dangerous dogs and it is up to society to rectify the problem and not stigmatize certain breeds because of issues created by man.
 

KARENinhospital G. (230)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 3:47 pm
Why the Bad Rap?

Sadly, the pit bull has acquired a reputation as an unpredictable and dangerous menace. His intimidating appearance has made him attractive to people looking for a macho status symbol, and this popularity has encouraged unscrupulous breeders to produce puppies without maintaining the pit bull’s typical good nature with people. To make matters worse, irresponsible owners interested in presenting a tough image often encourage their pit bulls to behave aggressively. If a pit bull does bite, he’s far more likely to inflict serious injuries than most other breeds, simply because of his size and strength. A pit bull bite is also far more likely to draw media attention. Many dogs of other breeds bite people, but these incidents almost always go unreported. They’re just not exciting enough fodder for television and print.

Despite this bad rap, a well-bred, well-socialized and well-trained pit bull is one of the most delightful, intelligent and gentle dogs imaginable. It is truly a shame that the media continues to portray such a warped image of this beautiful, loyal and affectionate breed. Pit bulls once enjoyed a wonderful reputation. Some of the most famous dogs in American history were pit bulls. A pit bull named Stubby, a decorated hero during World War One, earned several medals and was even honored at the White House. During duty, he warned soldiers of gas attacks, found wounded men in need of help and listened for oncoming artillery rounds. Pit bulls have been featured in well-known advertising campaigns for companies such as Levis, Buster Brown Shoes and Wells Fargo. The image of a pit bull, which was considered a symbol of unflagging bravery and reliability, represented the United States on recruiting and propaganda posters during World War One. Many famous figures, including Helen Keller, President Theodore Roosevelt, General George Patton, President Woodrow Wilson, Fred Astaire and Humphrey Bogart, shared their lives and homes with pit bulls.

Modern pit bulls can still be ambassadors for their breed. Some are registered therapy dogs and spend time visiting hospitals and nursing homes. Some work in search-and-rescue. Tahoe, Cheyenne and Dakota, three search-and-rescue pit bulls from Sacramento, California, worked tirelessly at the World Trade Center during the aftermath of 9/11. Others, like Popsicle, an accomplished U.S. customs dog, work in narcotics and explosives detection. Still others serve as protection or sentry dogs for the police. The majority are cherished family members. Pit bulls become very attached to their people, and most love nothing better than cuddling on the couch or sleeping in bed with their pet parents (preferably under the covers)!
 

Ilona V. (0)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 3:49 pm
Thanks Susanne for sharing. Great pics.
 

Jae A. (323)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 6:16 pm
Karen, I agree with some of what you commented but the point of 'real' importance here is that 'nearly all dogs' bite ...few if any other than pit bulls continue with their 'warning' bites that other dogs use their biting for , to the point of serious injury/mauling and all too often to the point of taking a life..of either a human or another pet. There is where the main problem as to their 'reputation' as dangerous can not be denied by any sensible person, i.m.o.

Other dog breeds are just as useful in finding people in rubble or when injured and out of sight so to say..as well as being every bit as loyal and comforting to their owners so going the story about the soldier hero dog bit is just that ... a nice story but nothing that many other dogs aren't capable of doing as well , if not better than that of a pit bull.

No easy answers but unless some are found..such as restrictions as to areas they can be kept...and who they can be around even in the owners home...certainly not children,i.m.o. the risk is just too high to take that chance even with the best trained and behaved pit bull. Those points do not seem to matter in general as to one injurying someone or another pet 'out of the blue' so to say. Documentations over the years certainly back that up. I've heard too many owners say..Mine was so sweet and well behaved until this happened..it must have been the child fault. Fault or not...other breeds do not continue with warnings to the point of serious injury or even death of a human or other animal. Maybe fines for their owners for the pit bulls that are roaming/ 'loose' in neighborhoods and or fines and jail time for those who own them in the case of serious injury or death of another pet and or human. Restrictions//Regulations are the best place to start I feel, over that of banning them altogether ....which I believe is ok and needed if no other solutions are found and or put in place to protect those not living in the household where a pit bull resides...not even children living in a household should be exposed to the very possible dangers of pit bull breeds....i.m.o. .

Lives at stake when it comes to this breed and that goes well beyond the media reporting of 'bites' to humans and or other pets. Facts tell the story of this unfortunate breed as to being a serious 'danger'. Lets hope solutions can be found but if not...a ban of ownership might be the only sensible / humane answer.

People will just need to find another breed of dog as companions/guard dogs etc. in that case. Plenty of other wonderful dogs out their that are a whole lot less dangerous and just as sweet and loving. A person might be happy and want a pit bull but not their neighbors, especially those with children who are often outside playing etc. They are as dangerous, if not more so, than a loaded gun in a household,especially where children are present. I know that I would not want a pit bull living next door to me and I certainly would be outraged if one were and my child were still living at home. If one were I would be one of the first fighting to have them ban'd in my community/city. Just being honest here.

The facts back up the concerns about this breed. Defending is not the solution .... finding ways to deal with the problem that will bring the least risk to others who live near the home of a pit bull are possibly the only thing that will prevent their being ban'd in more and more cities and states. . .or euthanized if caught outside the owners property.....For those who love them and risk all to own them this to me would be something I'd strive to prevent with facing facts and finding ways to prevent their being a danger to others and the pets of others by supporting restrictions/regulations and the handling/ownership of this breed. Number one..no children within the household for starters, i.m.o. That will lesson over all concern about this breed by others. Serious fines and or jail time for those who pit bulls have managed to free themselves from their owners property/homes for another. If one really cares about owning a pit bull such restrictions and regulations should be something they would be willing to comply with, or so I would think they would. Just saying no to ban'n them and or denying their danger to humans and other pets will not stop the ever growing popularity to have them ban'd or euthanized without question... should they be found roaming free or having caused injury to someone or pet.
 

Joan McAllister (1083)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 7:52 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

No Mails H. (176)
Friday May 2, 2014, 1:15 am
Thanks...
 

Ruth S. (304)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 8:12 am
I have a friend that has two Pits, and they are the sweetest dogs.
I remember when I was a kid I would watch The Little Rascals on tv and the dog that they had was a pit named Petey, he was a sweet dog!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 9:39 am
I don't care is the dog can be friendly, it should be ban because some have been selectively bred for their fighting prowess, it is the number 1 dog used in blood sports, and many of them are not being socialized properly. So your option is to ban the dog, or to ban the owners. Those dogs used in fighting would prefer it. By the way, the dog was originally bred for bloodsports since eliminated, and any have been selectively bred for their fighting prowess.

And Jae that's a valid point, but it could be said of any article here.
 

. (0)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 1:35 pm
Thanks for sharing. Many thanks for your comment, Karen!
 

Val busy M. (73)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 3:10 am
Here is a great website about Pit Bulls:
http://www.badrap.org/
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 5:54 am
People, ignoring Justin Vale IS NOT WORKING. Please FLAG his posts. Enough is enough!!!!!
 
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