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Letter: Be aware before getting a dog

October is National Pit Bull Victim Awareness month. Before bringing a pit bull type-dog into your home, visit the National Pit Bull Victim Awareness and DogsBite.org websites. These websites track pit bull attacks on people and pets nationwide.

Characteristics of the 1616 Consecutive Dog Bite Injuries study concluded this: “Our data confirm what detractors of the breed and child advocates suggest that, with rare exceptions, children and pit bulls do not mix well.”

Delta airlines bans all pit bull type-dogs from their airplanes for safety concerns of their passengers and employees.

Pit Bull Rescue Central recommends all pit bull owners to have a “break stick,” a wedge-shaped piece of wood used to pry open a pit bull’s jaw during an attack. It also cautions that these sticks are dog fighting paraphernalia and are illegal in some states.

PBRC also says, “It is a fact that our pit bulls and pit mixes come with a built-in fighting heritage. It doesn’t matter where we get them from, whether it be the pound, a stray we pick up or a puppy we buy from a breeder. The majority of pit bulls will, at some point in their lives, exhibit some degree of dog-on-dog aggression. We cannot predict when or where it will happen and we can’t love, train or socialize it out of the dog. Pit bulls may not start fights, but they will finish them.”

Julie Wall, Rochester

Source: https://www.postbulletin.com/opinion/letters/letter-be-aware-before-getting-a-dog/article_aa6047b0-d2c7-11e8-9244-cfdffd785ad3.html

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