Pit Bull News Highlights – Week of July 15, 2012
Pit Bull Puppy Found in Garbage Bag in Maryland
The Humane Society of the United States is offering up to $2,500 for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for tying a live pit bull puppy into a garbage bag and leaving him to die. The 8-month-old puppy, now named Hershey, managed to stay alive by poking his muzzle out of an opening in the bag. He is currently recovering and will be up for adoption soon. Anyone with information should call the Prince George's County Animal Management Division at 301-780-7241.
Operation Positive Pit Bull
Last week, Penny Eims of Examiner.com presented an idea that could potentially start a shift in a positive direction where pit bulls are concerned – Operation Positive Pit Bull. The project’s goal is to bring positive messages about the breed to readers. Hopefully, those readers will in turn share the stories and begin the chain of pro-pit conversation. In the days since the news broke, Eims has been flooded with stories about heroic, wonderful pits. To share a story, email Eims at Eims1@live.com and put “Pit Bull Story” in the email subject line.
Indiana Dog Saves Family from Intruders
On Thursday, the Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune published a story about Ruger, a 3-year-old pit bull, who saved his family from a late-night intruder in Valparaiso, Ind. Owner Jayne Casteel reported that a man knocked on her door around 3 a.m. early Wednesday morning and asked to use the phone. When Casteel would not let him in, he forced his way into her home. That’s when Ruger, sensing danger, lept into action. He grabbed the stranger’s arm and dragged him out of the house. Friends of Casteel’s then ran outside and helped scare the intruder and another man off the property. As for Ruger, he is a hero with a very proud owner.
Pit Bull Lovers Fight Back in Minnesota
A new twist is developing in Minnesota as part of an effort to fight the negative reputation pit bulls have. “Pittie Parties,” parades of pit bulls and their owners, have been taking place in parks to show the dogs’ caring and playful nature. The first parade was orchestrated by Secondhand Hounds, an Edina-based animal rescue that believes pit bulls are just like any other breed of dog and not something to be feared, banned or killed.
**Picture courtesy of the Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune.