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    Posted November 29, 2013 by
    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    Pit Bulls are a Reflection of their owners

    I recently spoke with Amber Grosch the Kennel Operations Manager at the Coulee Region Humane Society (CRHS). Roughly two years ago a 5 month old Pit Bull came to the CRHS. Vinny was malnourished, covered in fleas, feces, and been kenneled a compelling long time his bones were growing incorrectly. Vinny was told he would have arthritis and be incapable of walking longer than a mile. Moreover, Vinny found an astounding family who took him in with love and care. This heartfelt family gave Vinny a second chance to life, along with being loved the correct way. Today Vinny is running over 5 miles, carefree.
    La Crosse, Wisconsin has a population just over 50,000 with roughly over 200 Pit Bulls registered. In 2012, 182 dogs were euthanized 44 of those were Pit Bulls. In 2013 thus far, 86 dogs were euthanized 18 have been Pit Bulls. These numbers seem staggering for the Pit Bull breed. However, as a community we are doing our best on advocating, bringing awareness, and controlling over population in the Pit Bull breed. Gratefully, Amber has not seen any significant amounts of Pit Bulls involved within criminal activities throughout the La Crosse County. Criminal activities within the breed are popular and on a steady rise, causing the wrong individuals to become owners of Pit Bulls. Resulting in the negative image Pit Bulls have obtained over the years. Pit Bulls need an owner who will advocate for them, demonstrate strong leadership qualities, and provide the right amount of exercise. Granted, changing the mentality of individuals who are adamant on their perspective of Pit Bulls is an ongoing process. Amber states now days there are more individuals especially in the La Crosse community who are open minded and becoming more on the same page in regards to the real truth of Pit Bulls. Pit Bulls ranked one of the highest breeds of temperament were known as the “nanny” breed. How has that changed you may ask yourself? Time and time again if a Pit Bull happens to attack and injure someone or something the Pit Bull makes top headlines throughout the United States thanks to Mass Media. Frightening news sells; no one wants to hear about the Pit Bull who saved thousands of lives throughout WWI. The chances of a Pit Bull causing injuries are higher due to the fact there are triple the amount of Pit Bulls in the United States than any other breed. Pit Bulls are and will always be one of the nicest, loving, honest, loyal, and compassionate breeds.
    Its families like Vinny’s we need more of in society on removing the hesitation barrier on adopting a Pit Bull who has come from an abusive situation. We all need to be the voices of Pit Bulls who do not have a voice themselves; every Pit Bull deserves the right to find a loving owner. Pit Bulls are a reflection of us.
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