Pit bulls, we know, have a bad reputation. Any individual dog’s behavior is developed by factors beyond heredity, but some don’t see it that way. Despite the protests of animal organizations, many communities have gone so far as to ban the breed, and some insurance companies raise their premiums, if pitbulls are in the home. However, this week pit bulls received some vindication, as the governor of Ohio signed a bill ending a 25-year-old Ohio law automatically declaring the “pit bull” to be an inherently vicious dog.
The old law defined a “vicious dog” as one that, without provocation, has seriously injured a person, killed another dog, or belonged to the general breed of “pit bull.” Not much wiggle room for differences between individuals in that language. This victory for pits could be the start of a trend. Miami-Dade County has placed a question to repeal of the 23-year old ban on its August 14 ballot.
This is exciting news, but unfortunately pit bulls remain a common resident at animal shelters all over the country. Maybe these legislative changes will help the reputation of the breed and increase adoption rates, but FiXiT believes that we should solve the problem instead of treating the symptom. Our solution? I think you know what is coming… Get them fixed!
Today I give you a list of our top 5 pitbulls on GetYourFix. All 5 need your generous support to get fixed, as the caregivers of these particular dogs recognize the importance of ending the cycle of giving birth to what may ultimately become a homeless pitbull.