Skip to comments.Pit Bull Owners Defend Breed After Dog Fighting Bust
Posted on 04/17/2010 3:57:54 PM PDT by Chet 99
Updated: April 14, 2010
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Tuesdays dog fighting bust is just the latest incident surrounding the controversial breed.
These pit bulls were trained to fight and now face an uncertain future.
People who own the breed say thats not their nature.
One group is determined to prove that image isnt everything. A whiff and a sniffjust like any other dog.
Only these are the much maligned pit bull.
Their owners say they are just like any other dog.
Theyre full of life, full of fun, said Lee Nolan, founder of The Guardians Pit Bull Owners Club. Theyre hilarious to watch. Lee Nolan started The Guardians Pit Bull Owners Club two years ago, in part to change the way people think about the breed.
The problem is dog fighting busts like the one in Duplin County and a few months ago in Greene County involved pit bullsdogs that were trained to attack.
It hurts a lot because these dogs are wonderful animals and I hate to see anything happen to them, said Samantha Tye, a pit bull owner and trainer. Its not clear what will happen to the pit bulls recovered in the Duplin County dog fighting bust. These fans of the breed say they deserve a second chance. Theyre naturally born to be a protector, Nolan said. So, youre brainwashing the dog to be a fighter, to fight for its life all the time. So, its always on that fight or flight, do or die, kill or be killed mode. Dog trainers like Samantha Tye say pit bulls trained to fight can change their behavior.
However, it takes time.
Up to a year and a half and there are no guarantees.
Ive had dogs that have been fighting dogs that are terrified of everything, just sit in a corner and cower because theyre just, they were destroyed, Tye said.
In the world of pit bulls, there are lovers and there are fighters.
While technically the same species, they can be a breed apart.
Are the Vick brothers or any other NFL players involved?
Gosh, I hope he doesn't lick Cesar's ear off. ;-)
Not worth the effort. Just gas them and be done with it. There are lots of other breeds out there to enjoy that don’t require risking anything.
These people are delusional.
“Theyre hilarious to watch.”
Some people should not allow themselves to be interviewed.
Pit Bulls speak - we are good dogs!
Most people, who are unfamiliar with the American Pit Bull Terrier, falsely believe that they are dangerous dogs. Unfortunately, Pit Bulls have a bad reputation because of some mean people who have abused their dogs and trained them to be aggressive. Pit Bulls are actually very stable, intelligent, and highly trainable. They are strong athletic dogs, and they require a guardian who is responsible and will give them plenty of exercise and training. They are very loving and loyal and make excellent animal companions.
Little-known facts about Pit Bulls:
Pit Bulls serve as therapy/service dogs. The Chako Rescue Association has Pit Bull therapy dogs in Texas, Utah and California. Helen Keller even had a Pit Bull as her canine companion and helper. Cheyenne and Dakota are a team of hard-working Search-and-Rescue Pit Bulls in Sacramento, California. They play an important role in their community by locating missing people in conjunction with the local Sheriff. In their off-duty hours, they do charity work as therapy dogs.
Petey, the faithful dog on the TV show, The Little Rascals, was a Pit Bull. He spent countless hours with children day after day and never hurt anyone. He was one of the most intelligent Hollywood dogs of all time.
There are quite a few celebrities who have Pit Bulls as members of their family including: Rosie Perez, The Crocodile Hunter, Judd Nelson, Usher, Alicia Silverstone, Cassandra Creech, Sinbad, John Stuart, Amy Jo Johnson, Linda Blair, Vin Diesel, and Bernadette Peters.
Pit Bulls are heroes! America’s first war dog was a Pit Bull named Stubby. He earned several medals during World War I and was honored at the White House. The Ken-L-Ration dog hero of 1993 was a Pit Bull named Weela. She saved 30 people, 29 dogs, 13 horses and a cat during a flood in Southern California. A Pit Bull named Bogart saved a four-year-old child from drowning in a swimming pool in Florida. Dixie, the Pit Bull, was inducted into the Georgia Animal Hall of Fame after she saved some children from a Cottonmouth snake.
Pit Bulls are one of the most stable people-friendly dogs in existence. The National Canine Temperament Testing Association tested 122 breeds, and Pit Bulls placed the 4th highest with a 95% passing rate!
All Hail Lord StolarStorm, Supreme Arbiter of Life and Death.
He got too close to a stingray.
Daddy died several months ago.
All but one of Vicks’ dog were rehabilitated and are now in loving homes.