Pit Bull News Highlights - Week of June 10, 2012

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A Pit Bull Headline of a Different Kind

Three cheers for Bandit, a 6-year old pit bull mix at Peninsula Humane Society in San Mateo, CA for his extraordinary achievement. He is the first shelter dog to enroll in and pass their AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) class. He proved he has good manners, he can greet strangers in a friendly manner, can walk on a loose leash and through a crowd, and he can stay.

Bandit is currently available for adoption at the Center for Compassion in Burlingame.Once he is adopted, his new family will be able to contact the AKC, send in his CGC paperwork and make is certification official.

Neighborhood Pit Bull Day in Salt Lake

Best Friends Society hosted a Neighborhood Pit Bull Day on Saturday, June 15th to show that pit bulls can be loving pets. This event comes on the heels of an attack of a Salt Lake City police officer by a pit bull named Gotti. Gotti is now on death row due to the fact that it is his second offense. Best Friends Society wants to help Gotti and believes his alleged aggression is because he has not been neutered.

The San Bernadino Sun Sheds Light on a Worthy Cause

Change of Heart Pit Bull Rescue was started by Sarah Kosinski-Cope in 2009 when she found an emaciated pit bull roaming the streets of Perris, CA with cigarettes burns on her head. She was nervous about bringing the dog home because her mother believed pit bulls were not safe or trustworthy. The dog, eventually named Pandora, won over her mother and inspired Kosinski-Cope to start Change of Heart. She figured if her mother could get over her misconceptions, so could others in the community.

Change of Heart is dedicated to saving the lives of unwanted and abused American Pit Bull Terriers and their mixes in Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties in California. It focuses on aiding those who have been in shelters the longest, may not be easily adopted or are suffering from illness. As of today, they have placed 50 dogs in homes.

Kosinski-Cope faces an uphill battle of trying to change public opinion of pit bulls, but she is up for the challenge of educating the public, dispelling myths and providing personal training. If anyone can make a difference, it is her.  

Pit Bull Ban in Maryland

Are pit bulls inherently dangerous? Recent court cases in Maryland say they most certainly are. In fact, Prince George’s County has banned the ownership of pit bulls. New laws make it impossible for anyone who currently owns a pit bull to find a place to rent, as the landlords of tenants who own pit bulls will also be liable for any unfavorable events. Defenders of the pit bull name are afraid that many dogs will be abandoned or turned into pounds and eventually euthanized.

As we all know, “bad” dogs are the result of irresponsible owners, but the dogs will always end up to be the ones suffering the consequences. 

 

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