Pit Bull News Highlights – Week of July 1, 2012
Pit Bulls: Bad Breed or Bad Owners
Pit bulls continue to be a challenge for the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts in Brockton. They come with a stigma and some insurers will not provide homeowner’s insurance for pit bull owners. Some landlords will not allow pit bulls at all because they are a liability. As we well know, some owners feel the powerful, muscular dogs give them a tough image, but they can be wonderful companions and loyal friends if cared for properly. Pit bulls are a popular breed in Brockton, leaving room for opportunities to be misjudged and mistreated.
South Carolina Man Performs CPR on Pit Bull in Distress
Rich McCoy, of Fort Mill, never thought he would have to perform CPR on a canine, but when a friend called him in a panic he didn’t hesitate to come to the rescue. Ashley Wilson, owner of pit bulls Colt and Bam-Bam, found Colt hanging by his collar from the top of his fenced-in kennel. She called McCoy to help her get him down. Once the dog was brought to the ground, McCoy immediately started CPR and continued for approximately 45 seconds until Colt started panting, blinking and moving his tongue. McCoy is a hero! It just goes to show that knowing the proper techniques can come in handy at any time.
Alarming Cruelty Epidemic
Philadelphia is suffering from an epidemic of arson, and the target is living creatures. This week marks the fourth time in six weeks that animal control officers have seen the aftermath of such an act, the latest case being a 4-month-old pit bull puppy that has been named Hercules by the Pennsylvania SPCA. You may have seen pictures of another young Philadelphia pit bull named Chloe, who died from severe injuries after being set on fire. Investigators have several leads on that case. The PSPCA is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever set fire to Chloe. The PSPCA is also planning a rally, "Justice for Chloe," on July 12th to bring attention to extreme animal cruelty in the city.
New York Shelters Say Pit Bulls Have an Unfair Reputation
According to the Times Herald-Record, serving New York’s Hudson Valley and the Catskills, local shelter volunteers have had enough. Tired of the bad reputation pit bulls have, shelters are uniting to set the record straight with an article dispelling myths about the breed.