When a co-worker told me I should check out this article, I initially thought I would have to defend this wonderful breed again because yet another irresponsible pit bull owner's dog is unrestrained and has attacked someone. Well, I couldn't be more wrong about this article and my colleagues intentions on making me aware of it. As I viewed the horrific image with my colleague all he could say was he was amazed at how calm and docile this dog appeared in spite of her injury. Now, if you know anything about the breed that has come to be represented as pit bulls (aka American Pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier and Staffordshire terrier) then you will know they are a happy, devoted and energetic dog that would do anything to please people. Of course, this is not the image the media represents because it really doesn't make for exciting news. Who wants to see a news report about a pit bull owned by responsible middle class owners who adore their dog enough to take her to rental parks (because they worry about their dog being attacked at dog parks) or pay for hourly swimming sessions in a doggy pool, rather than allow her to swim in a dirty lake. People don't want to read about these people, more specifically our dog, as this is boring and doesn't inspire feelings of fear and paranoia - the characteristics that journalists thrive on.
People want to believe that pit bulls are bad dogs. That these dogs are the only ones that will attack. These people live with a denial so great that they will refuse to believe that other breeds of dogs are capable of attacking people or other animals. This is a comfortable place for these people to live as it means that the world is far less scary. I mean what are the chances of someone bumping into a pit bull in their local neighborhood? Well, if you live in the Ravenna area then there is a very good chance of you bumping into me or my husband as we take our pit bull on her 2hr daily walk AND there is every chance that Zoe will wiggle her tail and her whole body when she sees you walking towards up, even if you are a block away. It is also very likely that she will want to smother you in kisses, if you give her any indication that you will pat her. This may not be the image people are accustomed to associating with pit bulls, but this is the reality of pit bulls and their wonderful temperments which will only make this news article more disgusting and begs me to ask the question, "Why is this country putting so much effort into Breed Specific Legislation while sickos like this one roam the streets and threaten the safety of people and our animals.
Pit bull stabbed with hunting knife
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/15/07
A female pit bull about a year to 18 months old was brought to the Atlanta Humane Society Wednesday morning with a hunting knife stuck in its head.
"I don't think you could see worse abuse than this," said AHS president Carl E. Leveridge. "Somebody has to be a very sick individual."
|Veterinarians will attempt to save the female pit bull, who was brought into the Atlanta Humane Society.|
Jennifer Brett / Staff
|Veterinary technician Ashanti Taylor comforts a female pit bull brought into the Atlanta Humane Society Wednesday morning.|
The organization has limited information about the dog, only that it was brought in from a local veterinarian's office. The owner reported he discovered the dog injured Wednesday morning, according to information the AHS was provided. The owner's name wasn't immediately available.
Veterinarians aren't sure of the dog's prognosis, as it was unclear whether the knife was lodged in its brain or sinus cavity. The dog appeared alert as veterinary staff prepared for treatment.
"Hopefully it's going to have a happy ending," said Leveridge, who said the AHS likely will offer a reward for information that leads to the conviction of the guilty party. "We'll do everything we can."