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Taking on Tough Dogs in Tough Neighborhoods


Animals  (tags: animaladvocates, dogs, GoodNews, AnimalWelfare )

Vic
- 607 days ago - latimes.com
Larry Hill is the dean of a small network of dog trainers who are out to save the bully breeds -- pit bulls, mastiffs and Rottweilers -- of South Los Angeles.



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Dee C. (209)
Friday February 22, 2013, 1:48 pm
What a great article Vic..These dogs need more people like Hill..

When these dogs are given a real chance and or raised right they are great companions..and the sweetest ever..Mr Hill is so right..as many others have said too..It is not the dogs..its the ones that raise them..
My son has a Pit/Mastiff..Mutley was rescued by my son..and has been a most loving part of our family for a long time..(He's my grand-dog)

Thanks Vic..
Noted and shared..
 

Suzanne O. (35)
Friday February 22, 2013, 2:57 pm
Great article. My dog Jody was the best dog ever. She was a rotty taken from the streets abused and skinny. We loved her and she us. Trusting us unconditionally after being treated so badly.

These dogs are so much more than what people say they are. If you love them, they will love you back.

Thanks.
 

Angela Z. (100)
Friday February 22, 2013, 4:15 pm
Thanks, Vic!
*hug*
 

iveta cer (70)
Friday February 22, 2013, 7:04 pm
Thanks for great article . Dogs are aggressive only if they are raised that way and of course that's not dogs fault but that is humans fault !
 

Danuta Watola (1205)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 3:45 am
noted
 

Dee C. (209)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 10:01 am
"These dogs are so much more than what people say they are. If you love them, they will love you back."

That is so true Suzanne..Jody was so lucky to have you and your family..and you all were lucky to have her..

 

Angelica C. (84)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 12:56 pm
At the end of the 19th century, pit bulls were actually babysitters to small children and toddlers across the USA. Most families lived on farms. It seems like the majority had pit bulls. Back then, you never heard about these dogs behaving aggressively. I can only conclude that the aggressiveness has been bred into many of them. It is also true that some pit bull owners are nuts - they are into dog fighting or they want a vicious watchdog. Michael Vick's dogs were rescued and rehabilitated. Most of them were so terrified and traumatized that they wouldn't come out of their dog boxes at first. They all wound up in good homes and are, I hope, to this day living happily ever after.

Mr. Hill is doing great work and he is right - most of these dogs can be rehabilitated.

 

Penny C. (79)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 1:24 pm
Thank you for this.
 

Tom Tree (247)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 1:30 pm
Awesome article & Thanks for sharing !
 

Carmen S. (612)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 2:58 pm
Thanks for sharing this, Vic, and thanks Dee for alerting me, love all dogs, and it is people who make them mean,the bull breeds i've been around were total sweethearts, sure they were very strong, and yet, they were strong lap dogs, would not intentionally hurt anyone.
 

Carla L. (130)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 3:34 pm
Thanks Dee for letting me know about this great article.....
 

Cynthia Scionti (46)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 10:01 pm
Good for him. His help is sure needed.
 

Azaima A. (221)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 11:07 pm
These breeds need all the help they can get. Fashion is fickle and they are being targeted.
 

Arthur S. (88)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 11:43 pm
Thank you Dee for the Heads up on this!
 

Gysele van Santen (213)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 3:06 am
noted, thnx.
 

Lynn D. (0)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 3:50 am
No dog is by nature a mean or bad dog --- it's how PEOPLE train them and raise them --- no dog should be banned anywhere just based on his breed!
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (385)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 3:55 am
Thanks Vic. It's all the owner's responsibility, although, as a parent, I wouldn't want all my childrens' faults to be laid on me. Some are genetic...which is also half my fault. Anyway, these dogs are great if they are well trained.
 

Fi T. (16)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 4:01 am
Only if they've got poorly trained
 

deb s. (145)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 8:11 am
I have owned the "bully breeds " thru the years and none have ever gave me a worry or threat. All rescued and all loving even protective but they were given that second chance and proved to be more than a pet a camp ion a friend a family member. Kudos to Larry Hill for stepping up in their defense and making a difference about who and what they are about. Dogs aren't born breed to be mean it is the owner/handler they are what makes a dog become more than their nature. That is where the concentration lies to change is the humans who create a bad rap for these breeds
 

deb s. (145)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 8:16 am
I have owned the "bully breeds" thru the yrs and all have been rescued and given that second chance. All gave love and companionship and i trusted them some even protective. All good dogs Kudos to Larry Hill for stepping up in defense of these dogs and making a difference in their bad reputation for it is the humans at fault for no do is meant to be bad by nature. The humans are the ones who should be targeted and held responsible. Dogs are residual will bounce back and be a good dog given the right love care and patience they they will know a better life
 

Leslie G. (74)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 11:22 am
Noted, shared and tweeted. Great article. Thanks
 

Dianne Lynn Eakin (731)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 4:02 pm
NOTED-TY
 

Michela m. (3960)
Monday February 25, 2013, 8:42 am
Noted!!
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 4:36 pm
Thanks , noted !
 
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