Before going to the Best Friends Animal Society hurricane relief animal shelter, I had only known one pit bull. He was a goofy, lovable dog, certainly not a dog to be feared. At Best Friends, I took care of dozens of pit bulls and pit bull mixes. All were similarly energetic, friendly, silly dogs who loved belly rubs and kisses. Because pit bulls have become more popular, there are more reports of pit bull attacks -- it is just a matter of numbers, not anything in particular to do with the breed.
The breed ban that is going on in cities all over the world is completely irrational, not based on any true assessment of dog behavior. (See previous post "Dogs are really not that dangerous"). In Denver, Colorado, the situation has gotten out of control with a local paper publishing the addresses of pit bull owners.
Hopefully, this article,"Troublemakers: What pit bulls can teach us about profiling," in The New Yorker by bestselling-author Malcolm Gladwell will get public officials thinking rationally, and get them to focus on dog owners and not dogs.
Photo: Sherry of Best Friends saying goodbye to pit bull going back to its owners