In his letter on December 31, Joseph Manago demonizes the pit bull with his apparent expertise. Perhaps he'd be interested in a few facts.
Despite their reputation, the United Kennel Club doesn't recommended using pit bulls as guard dogs because they're "too friendly with strangers".
In the 114 years since the American pit bull terrier was first recognized by the UKC, the breed has been called the “nanny dog” because of its friendly nature, loyalty and stability. As the ASPCA notes, pit bulls were “once considered especially non-aggressive to people.”
The Journal of Forensic Science found that the owners of vicious dogs had “significantly more criminal behaviors than other dog owners.” And according to the ASPCA, “pit bulls often attract the worst kind of dog owners.” That leads to poorly socialized, aggressive dogs.
Because criminals favor pit bulls, statistics show them to be responsible for a majority of serious attacks on humans. These incidents are then misreported by the media, and the cycle continues.
Meanwhile, pit bulls are the most frequently abused, tortured, abandoned and euthanized breed of dog in the United States. Shelters across the country are overflowing with pit bull mixes.
According to the American Veterinary Medicine Association, pit bulls have not been identified as disproportionately dangerous. The American Temperance Testing Society (ATTS) puts thousands of dogs through their paces each year. Pit bulls were the second most tolerant breed tested by ATTS, after only golden retrievers.
My family is on our second and third pit bull. We got our first when our kids were four and seven. My kids say when they have families and get a dog, it will be a pit bull or nothing.
They are the most loyal, loving, playful dogs ever. Just ask anyone who owns one, as long as they don't have a criminal record or a fighting ring in their basement.