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tailfins
07-18-2014, 08:32 AM
www.esquire.com/features/american-dog-0814 (http://www.esquire.com/features/american-dog-0814)



Every year, American shelters have to kill about 1.2 million dogs. But both pro- and anti-pit-bull organizations estimate that of these, anywhere from 800,000 to nearly 1 million are pit bulls. We kill anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 pit bulls a day.

Here is an interesting quote in the comments section:


Kris Aubuchon (https://www.facebook.com/plugins/comments.php?api_key=171874009543995&channel_url=http%3A%2F%2Fstatic.ak.facebook.com%2F connect%2Fxd_arbiter%2FbLBBWlYJp_w.js%3Fversion%3D 41%23cb%3Df7d5c279ddc19%26domain%3Dwww.esquire.com %26origin%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.esquire.com%252 Ff9081d9f46248e%26relation%3Dparent.parent&href=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.esquire.com%2Ffeatures%2Fame rican-dog-0814&locale=en_US&numposts=10&sdk=joey&width=624#) Top Commenter Art InstituteReally spot-on with the article — my adopted pit-mix was recently attacked by an off-leash Chihuahua; it was terrifying because it was clear that the Chihuahua was starting a fight it would not win. Had there not been other dog owners present to witness this, there's no doubt that despite having my dog on leash across the street, we would have been the bad guys.

Luckily despite having the Chihuahua by the head, I was able to break it up before anything more than a few scratches. I feared the dog's skull would have been instantly crushed.

Needless to say, having to fight your own dog for the sake of an attacker is an awful feeling. I was angry most of the day after that. My dog listened when I was pulling another dog out of its mouth — and theirs couldn't even listen while they were yelling for it as it ran towards us?

I later felt foolish for immediately apologizing to the owner of the Chihuahua for something that wasn't my fault, or my dog's fault, or even their dog's fault — it was theirs. The dogs were being dogs.
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jimnyc
07-18-2014, 08:46 AM
That's how my Chihuahua is. If a Pitbull is near him, he'll think he can whoop his ass. My dog is about 5lbs in Mike Tyson's body! :lol:

Abbey
07-18-2014, 02:20 PM
It stinks, but shelters are overcrowded and under-funded. If Pits are being euthanized in large numbers, I would guess that:

1. There are more Pits being taken into shelters than any other single breed, and/or
2. People are not adopting as many of them as they are other breeds.

Someone is breeding these dogs in greater numbers than there is demand for them. Perhaps that is where the true problem lies.