Tagg is a 10 months old Pit Bull. He resides in San Bernardino City Shelter, CA. Well, I wouldn’t call it a “residence,” it reminds me more of a prison. The local rescues in CA are full and are facing a big trouble. Unwanted dogs, that don’t find a loving home or a foster family soon, will be euthanized. Every year, nearly half a million Pit Bull-type dogs are killed in shelters. If you are local, please, consider adoption or fostering. If you are not, please, SHARE this video.
Out of 1.2 million dogs euthanized every year, approximately 40% of them are Pit Bulls. There are two primary reasons for Pit Bull intake in shelters being as high as it is. First is overpopulation. There is way too much breeding of Pit Bulls going on. These dogs tend to have large litters, anywhere from 6-12 puppies per litter. The second reason is Breed Specific Legislation and Pit Bull Prejudice. BSL is proven to be costly and ineffective. The research has shown that banning Pit Bulls does not decrease dog bites, in fact, statistics show the increase of dog bites from Labradors and Boxers. This proves that whatever statistics you can find about Pit Bulls attacking people more often than other dogs are an example of correlation, not causation. Pitties actually rate incredibly high in temperament tests. Even higher than Golden Retrievers. And still, many landlords refuse to rent to families with Pit Bulls. Many insurance companies cancel the coverage if a homeowner owns a Pit Bull. Pro-Pitties companies include State Farm, Farmers, United Services Automobile Association, Chubb Group, Amica, or Auto-Owners Insurance.
In the 90s, Pit Bull was mostly viewed as a fight dog. These days, with all the advocates’ work, the breed is being viewed in a more positive light, which means less cities/counties/states pursue BSL.