We Pity the Pitts
We pit the Pitbull mixes....and know they are a true Underdog. Often abused or abandoned, today pitbulls are euthanized at a far higher rate than any other dog. Over-breeding, improper training and neglect force about 1 million pit bulls to be put down each year-more than 2,800 a day. They are the dogs that are often not spayed or neutered because a large part of the population that owns this breed tend to ignore the spay-neuter message. Rural Dog Rescue tries to help pitbulls when we can but often times we struggle to find fosters due to banned breed rules in their apartments or condos. If you are interested in fostering a pitbull until he or she is adopted- please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org !
Please read this article from the Examiner:
"Pit Bull dogs have a long road to adoption, often thwarted by prejudices, laws and bans. Yet, would you be surprised to learn that Pits are the number one dog being bred in America? That's right - the dogs that have the hardest time finding homes are also experiencing a baby boom of overpopulation.
It is estimated that there are 3-5 million Pit Bulls in the U.S. The term 'Pit Bull' encompasses mainly three breeds of dog: the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Considered a 'bully breed' and subject to Breed Specific Legislation (http://www.pbrc.net/breedspecific.html), they are by far the most euthanized breed.
Debates rage over the validity of accusations against them but one thing is certain....they are being killed in shelters at shocking rates.
Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes average about 33% of shelter intakes nationally, but in large cities the numbers are as high as 40%-65%. About 75% of municipal shelters euthanize Pit Bulls immediately upon intake, without them ever having any chance at adoption. Those that are offered for adoption are usually the first chosen for euthanasia when overcrowding forces the shelter's hand and decisions have to be made.
Studies estimate that up to 1 million Pits are euthanized per year, or 2,800 per day. Some estimates are up to double that number. In the Los Angeles area alone, 200 per day are put to sleep. A study by the organization Animal People reports a 93% euthanasia rate for Pit Bulls and only 1 in 600 Pits finding a forever home.
Read that again. Only ONE in 600 Pit Bulls will have a forever home.
Further, euthanasia estimates don't include the misery and death Pit Bulls face as the #1 dog-fighting breed. Fought dogs that don't die in the ring often suffer excruciating abuse, neglect, abandonment, and eventually death even worse than humane euthanasia.
Our animal shelters are not to blame.
The staff who have to 'choose' which dogs to put down are not to blame.
Those who carry out the euthanization are not to blame.
It's simple math....there are too many Pits and not enough people willing to adopt them. Shelters are overwhelmed with dogs who demand space and funds for their care and medical treatment and something's got to give. It's the animals, very often Pit Bulls, and what they give is their very lives.
Until we can educate the public and move them to spay and neuter, we're just putting a band-aid on a gushing wound. One female dog can produce two litters of 6-10 pups per year. In 6 years that female and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs!"