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As some may have figured out I am an advocate for all bully breeds. I think they have gotten a bad rap unfairly. This is a letter that is going around on one of our other lists. I think is one of the most well written response's to the media's judgement on pits. It also gets rid of a few of the myths out there reguarding bully breeds.

So for those that are interested here it is.

Dear Ms. Roberts,

I write in regard to the comments your Clear Channel radio station WMUS
aired recently about Pit Bull type dogs. While I am not privy to the
entire set of your remarks, I have seen your e-mail of April 22, 2005, and
it is to the prejudice which you demonstrate there that I respond.

While you are certainly entitled to hold whatever biases you wish, it is an
improper use of public airwaves for you to masquerade personal bigotry as
fact just because you claim "my facts are straight" and "I think my
knowledge of the breed is pretty darned good." It isn't.

Your assertions about "locking jaws" are incorrect as has been attested to
by research at American universities. There is no scientific evidence that
any Pit Bull type dog (American Pit Bull Terrier, American Stafforshire
Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier) has any type of locking mechanism in
its jaws different from any other breed of dog.

What these dogs do have is the disposition to grab hold and hang on, a trait
shared with several other breeds of dogs as well, most notably the American
Bulldog and the English Bulldog. Indeed, a bulldog grip his became a
virtual synonym for tenacity and a never-say-die attitude.

You state, "there are hundreds of breeds more reliable than the Pit Bull,"
yet in repeated testing by the American Canine Temperament Testing
institute, Pit Bull type dogs have consistently scored above the average
for other breeds.

You are correct in saying that "the Pit...is a horrible guard dog," but not
"because of this aggression." Truth is, most Pit Bulls are so human
friendly that they welcome strangers. As a colleague in Missouri told me
last year after a number of Pits were stolen there, "We're thinking about
getting Dobermans or German Shepherds to guard our Pits."

And this is true not just of Pit Bulls in family situations. Even testimony
of animal control officers who have done major busts on fighting dog
operations where scores of dogs were chained out in isolation have been
amazed to find the animals so friendly and responsive. If you don't want to
believe me, I'll send you a video called "Out of the Pits" and you can see
it with your own eyes.

You are absolutely correct in saying "you cannot 'train away' genetics," but
you are obviously unaware of the genetic background of which you speak.
Since the mid-nineteenth century when bull-baiting was made illegal and dog
fighting subsequently became much more popular, Pit Bull type dogs were
selectively bred NOT to be human aggressive. If you know anything at all
about how pit fighting was done, you'd understand why.

At any given time there were two handlers and a referee in the ring with the
dogs. When a "turn" was called, the handler closest to whichever dog would
grab and restrain that dog, even if it was not his. So imagine: here's a
dog in the heat of battle being pulled back by a stranger. If it turned or
snapped at the human, it was generally taken out back and shot. And so it
was over 150 years or so that human aggression was genetically eliminated
from the breed.

Having said all that, it is also true that in recent times, particularly
since the 1970's, a serious Pit Bull problem has begun to manifest in this
country due ignorance and deliberate misinformation, sometimes from
well-meaning people such as yourself.

You do your listeners a disservice when you make misleading statements such
as, "Most people do not have the time, patience, or knowledge to train the
Pit puppy." Who made you the national authority on what most people do or
do not have? Truth is, Pit Bull require nothing other than that which any
dog demands: adequate food, shelter, water, and moreso than anything else,
human companionship and love. And they will reward that care and attention
with a deep emotional bond of friendship and affection quite unlike anything
I've seen in any other breed of dog in my sixty-some years.

And contrary to your prejudicial statement that mature Pits are beyond
rehabilitation--"let alone the adult (in that case, it's too late
anyway)"--I've got five years experience which belies your self-righteous
cynicism and myopic prejudice. My personal experience with Pits which were
subjected to some of the most atrocious behavior by humans--like being
mistreated and starved and chained out in blizzards and left abandoned for
weeks to die--demonstrates that they have responded with nothing but
forgiveness and love when finally given the humane treatment denied them for
most of their lives.

Or if you want to follow a case unfolding right now, check out how Gypsy is
responding after what most humans would consider some of the most
revoltingly disgusting treatment that could ever be given to any animal
(http://www.tricountyanimalrescue.net/gypsy.aspx.)

If you really want to do something to counteract the growing Pit Bull
problem in this country, start by disseminating correct factual information
rather than masquerading your personal prejudice as supposed truth. You
state: "it doesn't change the FACT that they kill (so do 36 other breeds of
dog--cf. Fatal Dog Attacks, the most comprehensive study of dog attacks in
the United States for the past 40 years), that they have locking jaws
(scientifically untrue), that they are an overly-aggressive breed (don't
confuse animal aggression with human aggression)."

Just because you are ignorant and misinformed doesn't mean that you are not
a good person. I'm sure you've taken the misguided position you have out
of a desire to make some positive social change. As a member of the media
you have the power to make a useful contribution which will lead to the
betterment of society. Use this power wisely and well. There is much you
might do to help spread understanding and improve the lot of both humans and
dogs. I hope you will. And I would be happy to cooperate with you in
setting the record straight should you so desire.

Dr. D.

Dr. David J. Hibler, Sr.

American Pit Bull Rescue Association
3103 North 50th Street
Omaha, NE 68104

[email protected]

phone: 402-933-3867

"Hug-a-Bull. Love-a-Bull. Save-a-Bull!"

"Saving just one Pit Bull won't change the world, but surely the world will
change for that one Pit Bull."


One side note the pic's of Gypsy are horrific. If you do not have a strong stomach please do not look.
 

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that was an amazingly written letter.

imo, pit bulls are no more violent than any other breed of dog. i think it all has to do w/ the training and how they're treated.. i mean, i've seen VICIOUS golden retrievers and gentle pit bulls.
 

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Great letter!! I did, however, forgo the viewing of Gypsy. After yesterday's poem from Marj about puppymill pups I have not gotten over that one yet.....
 

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OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG

poor gypsy!!!

i missed your warning about the graphicness


puke smilie really wanted right now
that poor dog.

everyone should donate for her care
 

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Originally posted by puppylucy@May 5 2005, 07:55 AM
that was an amazingly written letter.

imo, pit bulls are no more violent than any other breed of dog. i think it all has to do w/ the training and how they're treated.. i mean, i've seen VICIOUS golden retrievers and gentle pit bulls.
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i was going to say the same thing...but i havent seen a golden retriever that was vicious...but sprites totally aggressive at times!
 

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Originally posted by doctorcathy+May 5 2005, 10:53 AM-->
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@May 5 2005, 07:55 AM
that was an amazingly written letter.

imo, pit bulls are no more violent than any other breed of dog. i think it all has to do w/ the training and how they're treated.. i mean, i've seen VICIOUS golden retrievers and gentle pit bulls.
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i was going to say the same thing...but i havent seen a golden retriever that was vicious...but sprites totally aggressive at times!
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killer maltese?!

yeah my old next-door neighbor's golden was a FREAK. it got taken away by animal control
it attacked a bunch of wild animals and other dogs.

my old next-door neighbors were also freaks
 
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