Meet Sheeva, the newest member of the Littleville, Alabama police department! On the job for only a few months, Sheeva has already been credited with 6+ drug busts. To quote the local TV news coverage, Sheeva is "shattering stereotypes about pitbull mixes". Only dogs with excellent temperament and trainability ratings make the cut to be K9 officers and thanks to UniversalK9 and Animal Farm Foundation, more and more pitbull-type dogs are becoming K9 officers helping to protect communities all across the country. In the process, they are combating breed stereotypes and changing many hearts and minds about pitbull-type dogs. Great job, Sheeva!
Shattering stereotypes about pitbull mixes
Since November, breed-specific legislation (aka BSL or a breed ban) has been repealed in three more U.S. cities including: Mansfield OH, New Albany OH, and Libby MT. More and more, BSL is being recognized for what it truly is - an inhumane, dark ages policy that is based on fear and stereotypes that even when implemented, is ineffective for improving public safety because of the fact that serious dog bite-related incidents are not a breed-specific issue. Congratulations to Mansfield, New Albany, and Libby for being the latest cities to repeal BSL in favor of stronger, more effective breed-neutral regulations!
Regardless of any personal opinions about specific breeds (or types) of dogs, multiple peer-reviewed studies have concluded that BSL is ineffective and that "pitbull-type" dogs are not "more dangerous" than other strong breed dogs. Furthermore, the risk rates for pitbull-type dogs are fully in-line with other large and strong breeds given their growing population size.
This ban is not working
I would rather have a uniform piece of (breed-neutral) legislation citywide for enforcement
But now, we’re not living in that time ... the pit bull has entered the mainstream pet world
All across the U.S., BSL and breed bans are continually being challenged because:
It's really no surprise that when BSL is challenged by informed citizens and public officials, more and more often BSL is being repealed and replaced with stronger breed-neutral regulations that are based on facts and enhance public safety by allowing public safety officials to address any potentially dangerous dog, any bad owner, and any dog-related situation - instead of being restricted by an obsolete regulation that limits enforcement and penalties based on a dog's appearance or breed.
In 2017, at least 12 different breeds and mixed breeds were involved in fatal dog attacks (listed in the table below) including: Akita, Boxer, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, English Mastiff, Giant Schnauzer, and others. While every dog bite-related fatality is tragic, the variety of breeds involved in fatal attacks provides clear evidence that serious dog bite-related incidents are not limited to "pitbull-type" dogs. The fact that most people are only aware of incidents associated with pitbull-type dogs is a strong indication of the media bias against pitbull-type dogs when reporting serious dog bite incidents. Not only is it irresponsible for the media to cherry-pick and emphasize some incidents over others (based on breed) because it feeds myths, stereotypes, and misinformation - but it can also lead to poor public safety policy decisions such as breed-specific legislation (BSL) which multiple peer-reviewed studies have concluded is ineffective.
The dog bite-related incident data for 2017 fully debunks and disproves the myth that "only pitbull-type dogs cause fatalities" - while also confirming that:
The breeds (other than pitbull-type) involved in fatal dog attacks in 2017 are identified below:
The data, scientific studies, and risk rates clearly show that serious dog bite-related incidents are not a breed-specific issue. Therefore, for public safety, strong and comprehensive breed-neutral regulations are the most effective solution for reducing dog bite-related incidents because breed-neutral regulations address a number of issues including irresponsible ownership, loose dogs, spay & neuter requirements, neglect, and all potentially dangerous dogs and situations - regardless of a dog's appearance or breed.
There are a lot of myths about bites by dogs classified as "pitbull-type" dogs. Keeping in mind that the term "pitbull" is not a breed but instead, a term used to describe a "type" of dog based only on physical appearance (not on genetics or lineage) that can include physical characteristics found in over 20 breeds and in mixed breeds, attempting to attribute any kind of bite characteristic to a dog "type" is already a flawed and problematic proposition (even for a myth). However, as with all myths, they are eventually proven false by scientific studies and credentialed professionals (such as doctors and veterinarians).
Scientific studies and veterinarians have fully debunked the common myths associated with bites by pitbull-type dogs including:
Here are the facts:
The facts are clear - pitbull-type dogs do not have a more severe bite than other strong breed dogs. We are of course not comparing the bite of pitbull-type dogs to the bites of smaller breed dogs such as Chihuahuas or Dachshunds - but instead, to the bites of other strong breed dogs such as Dogo-Argentinos, Bullmastiffs, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and German Shepherds (which are all associated with dog bite-related fatalities). Can bites by pitbull-type dogs cause injuries? Of course they can, but so can the bites of many other strong breed dogs - bites by pitbull-type dogs are not more severe, different, or unique. The bite force of any dog is related to its overall size, strength, and energy - not to its breed.
Thanks to Animal Farm Foundation for their excellent article that also busts these and other myths about pitbull-type dogs.
Hello from the two-legged and four-legged team at Pitbullinfo.org! Thanks to your support, 2017 was a great year for us as we had a successful launch, exceeded all of our goals, and enjoyed robust traffic to our website and Facebook page - all evidence of the growing acceptance and support for our "pitbull-type" family members. In 2018, we're looking forward to another successful year as we continue to combat bias, stereotypes, and misinformation by providing facts-based insight, news, and analysis on issues and topics relevant to pitbull-type dogs. To support our mission, we don't ask for donations - instead, you can support us by sharing our posts and our website whenever you can. Sharing significantly reduces our promotional costs so we look forward to your continued support in 2018!
Our goals for 2018 include:
We look forward to sharing our posts and updates with you in 2018 - we will continue to work hard to support our "pitbull-type" family members!
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