Once considered “nanny dogs” and America’s most favorite breed, Pit Bulls are now seen as aggressive and not suitable to be around young children. The number of Pit Bulls that end up in shelters is the highest compared to any other breed. The sad reality is that most of these dogs end up being put down. The reason why is because of all misconceptions surrounding these otherwise loving and gentle dogs.
Over the years, people started using them for dog fighting which contributed to their bad reputation. Because of this same reason, they are bred and later abandoned.
But, whoever owned one may tell you that nothing really beats Pit Bulls. They are loyal and would do anything to defend their owners whenever they feel they are threatened.
Most Pit Bulls are very likely to be euthanized shortly after they are surrendered to a shelter, and many of them are not even given for adoption as people aren’t particularly interested in offering dogs of this breed a forever home.
According to Save-A-Bull-Rescue, “about 75% of municipal shelters euthanize Pit Bulls immediately upon intake, without them ever having any chance at adoption.”
In the fight for their rights, animal advocates are sharing stories about families who own Pit Bulls and how well these dogs behave around their human parents and siblings. But they are also sharing terrifying stories that depict the reality about the ordeals Pit Bulls go through.
A former shelter volunteer named Dacia Anderson speaks of what is going on in these places behind closed doors. On May 10, while on the job at Amarillo-Panhandle Human Society, she came across a pregnant Pit Bull whom they referred to as G7.
Apparently, the dog found herself there because her owner said she was aggressive. This was all too weird, because according to Anderson, the dog showed extremely friendly behavior towards her and even jumped on her for comfort.
Soon after, G7 went into labor. Anderson was excited and rushed to the employees and the shelter director Richard Havens asking for a whelping box. Instead, they euthanized the poor soul while she was giving birth.
“Her last moments, while she lay dying, were spent still trying to clean her newly birthed puppies. Their words, not mine,” Anderson wrote in her Facebook post.
“I am aware that euthanasia is a reality at the shelter. I am well aware of the overpopulation problems. I am also well aware that AMW has to make hard decisions. However, I feel that this action is the exact opposite of a what “the most humane community in the Panhandle of Texas” would do,” Anderson added. “This act was horrific to say the least. If this is acceptable to the leadership of the shelter, then what is out of bounds?”
Havens defended the shelter’s decision to put the dog down saying she was aggressive, but according to Anderson, G7 never showed any signs of hostility.
Since she witnessed this terrifying act, she stopped volunteering at Animal Management and Welfare and says that in order for the number of dogs put down to decrease, people should always choose adoption over buying a pet dog.