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While twittering away like usual today, one of my local new stations put out a tweet about a Pit Bull that was shot by a local police officer. I am a big supporter of Pit Bulls. I am sure some of you are saying good for me and the other half are saying I am insane. I feel those who say I am insane are the uneducated group. Here is the story…

A pit bull is receiving emergency medical treatment after police shot him. Officers were responding to a call of a pit bull on the loose, but one neighbor believes police overreacted.

Neighbors called authorities after seeing a pit bull on the loose. Lucas County dog warden Julie Lyle says, “We went, responded, attempted to catch the dog. We were having trouble and the police got out to assist.”

Police say when the officer approached the pit and it became aggressive and charged. And that’s when the officer shot the dog in the shoulder. “I imagine he felt threatened and took actions that were necessary,” says Lyle.

But Michael Myers disagrees. He says he saw the whole thing. “If the dog was vicious and the cop was scared, how did he have the time to go into his trunk to get a shotgun? He’s got a pistol on his hip. It’s there for safety,” he says.

Police don’t deny that the officer used a shotgun from the trunk and say the officer did everything by the book. But Myers believes the shooting was unjustifiable. “If he feared for his life, why didn’t he pull his pistol from his holster and take care of business?” asks Myers.

The owner of the pit bull was not home at the time of the incident, but this wasn’t the first time neighbors complained of the dog being loose. “We spoke to the person who was caring for the dogs and told them about the complaints. Talked to them about licensing, rabies,” says Lyle.

Myers agrees the pit bull should not have been running loose, but that’s all he agrees on. He says, “My 5 year old son personally pet the pit bull on numerous occasions. So I know personally the dog wasn’t vicious, and I think it’s awful.”

The dog warden says the animal does not need surgery, but is receiving pain medication.

Before I get into this, I am not saying that there has never been a case of a Pit being aggressive, not saying that they are all loving dogs, what I AM saying is that this breed has been given a reputation of being a vicious, nasty and dangerous breed when it is not the case. Animals are like children, they are a product of their environment. Let me tell you a story….

In 2000 my Dad rescued a Pit Bull who was being severely abused by my cousin (ashamed to admit we are related!) Just  a FEW things she had been subjected to was being bred at just 6 months old (entire litter died and she almost did too) and being body slammed on a table doing life long damage to her back leg. She should have bit is head off but she never did anything to him. When my Dad got her she was skittish and skinny. She was a complete BABY when he got done caring for her. I had no problems letting my sons be around here from the time they were born.

All of the children that have come through my Dad’s home in the past 10 years were all treated with nothing but love from Sasha. The kids would ride her, pull her ears and tail and even stick their hands in her dish when she was eating. The best you would get out of her was a look of  “Can you please get this kid away from me now?” She passed away not to long after my Dad did from pure loneliness.

There is no perfect animal, there is no perfect human either. There are plenty positive things about Pit Bulls but people only seem to pay attention to the negative. rarely do you see a story about something positive but they are quick to chime in on a negative story. Take 5 minutes to educate yourself!!

Ten Facts About Pit Bulls Every One Should Know (From PitBullLovers.com)

1. Pit Bulls are commonly used as therapy dogs. Whether they are visiting a senior care facility or helping someone recover from an emotional accident, Pit Bulls are making a mark as outstanding therapy dogs.

2. Pit Bulls are used in Search and Rescue work. One example of well known SAR Pit Bulls is Kris Crawford and her dogs. Kris and her dogs have helped save the lives of many people during their efforts. http://www.ForPitsSake.org

3. Pit Bulls serve as narcotic and bomb sniffing dogs. One Pit Bull, Popsicle (named that because he was found in an old freezer) has the largest recorded single drug find in Texas history. Read more about Popsicle here. Including how he found over 3,000 lbs of cocaine in Hildago, Texas.

4. Pit Bulls are great with kids. They weren’t referred to as the “nanny’s dog” for nothing that’s for sure.

5. Pit Bulls are not human aggressive. The American Pit Bull Terrier as a breed is not human aggressive. In fact, quite the opposite is true of the breed. They are gentle and loving dogs. Like any dog individuals can be unsound and have behavior problems.

6. The Pit Bull was so popular in the early 1900’s they were our mascot not only in World War One, but World War Two as well. They were featured on recruiting and propaganda posters during this time period.

7. Sgt. Stubby. A Pit Bull war hero. Stubby was wounded in action twice, he saved his entire platoon by warning them of a poison gas attack and he single handedly captured a German spy.

8. Pete the Pup on the original Little Rascals was a Pit Bull.

9. Pit Bulls score an 83.4% passing rate with the American Temperament Test Society. That’s better than the popular Border Collie (a breed who scores 79.6%). View the ATTS stats here.

10. They are dogs not killing machines.

Some News Stories:

Dixie, Heroic pit bull: When the deadly cottonmouth snake struck out at “her” children, Dixie never hesitated. The dog pushed the children aside, putting her 50-pound body between them and the snake.

Heroic Pit Bull: Dog Finds Help For Injured Neighbor. Move over Lassie. A pit bull terrier has shown Auburn’s resident that heroic dog deeds don’t just happen in the movies or on TV.

Pit bull a hero in Holly Hill home fire. The dog, who’s lived with her more than two years, helped save both Tollison and her sister from a fire that erupted early last Wednesday in her Pine Ridge Road home.

As I unload my dog, one of the Sheriff’s deputies says, “Hey, is that a Pit Bull?” “Yes Sir it is,” I proudly say with a smile (this happens every time). “I didn’t know they can be search dogs?” he said. I tell him that they are perfect for search work. They are strong and athletic which helps them get through the roughest terrain. They have very good drive which keeps them focused on what they are doing. They can work for hours, and they LOVE people.

12 Responses to “Why don’t people take 5 minutes to educate themselves?”

  • Amber Smith says:

    What a great post! Thank you for sticking up for all the good natured pit bulls out there :)

  • Katie says:

    awesome post. I completely agree about pets and children being the products of their environment. I would not hesitate for a moment owning a pit bull. Sadly, here in Denver there are many cities that have pit bull bans. I wish more people were educated that it’s not necessarily the breed, but the people. Also, I have been more scared of ankle biters than I ever have been of a large dog.

  • Jaynine says:

    Thank you for sticking up for the breed I have a blue pitt that is great w/everyone.

  • Toni-Lynn says:

    They tried to ban them here. For awhile they were just confiscated the animals and killing them before lawyers and owners could even get involved. We also had a muzzle law that was lifted.

  • Toni-Lynn says:

    Katie! I agree about those ankle biters!

  • Henrietta says:

    I love Pit Bull Terriers, they are such gentle and amazing animals, and so smart! We’ve had two, a father and son, they were both great with kids, protective of our family and loved immensely. Like any other animal.dog breed, it’s in how the animal is raised!

  • Rebecca K says:

    Ok, well i’m glad to be educated that pit bulls are not ALWAYS nasty violent dogs, that still doesn’t change the fact that EVERY time i’ve heard of a violent dog attack it has ALWAYS been either a pit bull or a Rottweiler, most often, pit bulls. On occasions when i’ve seen a loose pit bull i’ve been grateful to get my children INSIDE FAST, because there’s no way i’d ever take the time to determine whether a particular pitbull was violent or not! My children just soooo come first. Owners of dogs of any kind have a RESPONSIBILITY to keep their animals properly restrained. that’s all there is to it!

  • Toni-Lynn says:

    Rebecca, so if you saw a Dalmatian wandering the street you wouldn’t grab your kids and run to? Dog attacks are not ALWAYS Pits or Rotts. Did you know that German Shepards and Dalmations are listed in the top 10 most dangerous dogs? The article itself says that the dog was being watched by someone. You are correct, it is the owners responsibility no matter what the breed. However, my point was that as you have proven here, by your statement that you have only heard of attacks by them. Here is one about a Golden Retreiver biting some little girls face off http://caveat.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2007/3/14/2805154.html

  • Daisy says:

    It comes down to the owner and the training. We had next door neighbors with two pit bulls; they were wonderful dogs, and befriended my teen (blind, autistic) immediately. I felt totally safe when he was out petting them.
    On the other hand, a pit bull across town attacked a young girl and bit her in the head, causing severe injuries.

    It’s not the breed; it’s the owners/ trainers who make any dog dangerous.

  • Toni-Lynn says:

    Yep Daisy, as I originally stated, I wasn’t saying that there were not incidents. Just not right that some breeds are singled out and not others.

  • Katheryn says:

    Great story, saved your website in hopes to read more information!

  • Jennifer C. says:

    My oldest daughter has always owned a pit bull and they are gentle and loving IMHO…in the 70’s/80’s I remember it was dobermen’s that were the VICIOUS dog…in the 80’s/90’s we had rottweilers…the 90’s and now it’s the pit bull…according to this…there should be a new breed of “vicious” dog about to take the reign from the pit bull…I’m sorry but its always about panic mongering when it comes to dogs…treat them right and they will love you FOREVER~!!!

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