Wednesday, August 18, 2010

More on Abused Pit Bull

Well, I am happy it seems that the Pit Bull has a voice today. It has been a long time coming in Baltimore but over the years I have definately seen the tide changing for the breed. Hopefully this Task Force will be successful.

The Video is here:

Aug 17, 2010 5:29 pm US/Eastern Program Tries To Save Pit Bulls From Animal Abuse
More Information On The SPCA's Pit-Fix Program @

Reporting Suzanne Collins BALTIMORE (WJZ) ―

The popularity of the pit bull for its strength and sometimes for illegal dog fights, has resulted in a massive overpopulation, strays on the street and abused animals.


WJZ brought you a story this week about a pit bull whose nose had been severed before the dog was dumped in a stranger's yard.

The SPCA tells Suzanne Collins pit bulls are the primary victims of animal abuse and it's trying to prevent that.

At the city animal shelter, there is one pit bull after another. The same is true at the SPCA. The popularity of this breed for its strength and sometimes for illegal dog fights, has resulted in a massive overpopulation, strays on the street and abused animals.

"If there's a vulnerable pet, no one is looking after the pet. Unfortunately that's an easy way to hurt something that's just there. And it's really hard to understand the mindset," said Aileen Gabbey, SPCA.

On Sunday, a pit bull with it's nose cut off was dumped in a stranger's yard. To prevent this kind of abuse, the SPCA has Pit-Fix.

By spaying and neutering pit bulls and reducing the population, there should be less abuse. On Tuesday, five pits had the surgery. A vet says they often come in unhealthy or injured.

"Yesterday we had two with scars on their faces, either fought or played really rough with each other or other dogs. We see a lot of undernourished dogs," said Dr. Cristina Mollenkopf, veterinarian.

The city Anti-Animal Abuse Task Force recommends the spay and neutering of pit bulls, but it does take money. The SPCA clinic will do it for a cost, but teenagers who own them often don't have the money or motivation. There's talk of educating that group of young people.

"Getting into schools, talking to schools. Getting into the juvenile system. Talking to people who may be offenders or starting out in that path," said Debbie Rahls, BARCS Shelter.

At the city shelter Tuesday, there was a nursing mother and her pups.

The female had a litter of four puppies. You take the two adults who were not spayed or neutered and double their numbers. That is why there's such a problem with a burgeoning population of pit bulls.

Most litters are six or eight pups. Pit bulls aren't easy to adopt either because some people fear they're aggressive.

"It makes me sad, but these dogs are so nice. If I had my choice, I would work exclusively with pit bulls," said John Clark, vet tech.

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