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Anyone who has ever loved a dog will know just how much joy, fun, and enthusiasm these animals can bring into our lives. Their hilarious antics and peculiar way of looking at the world capture our hearts and fill us with laughter, and when they leave this world, the love they have given remains with us forever. Sadly, there are many dogs who will never get the chance to share their love with a human friend, thanks to the worldwide pet homelessness crisis.

There are an estimated 70 million homeless cats and dogs living in the U.S. Six to eight million animals enter the U.S. shelter system each year, mostly after being surrendered by their families or picked up on the streets by animal control authorities. Once the animals enter the shelter system, many of them sadly struggle to be successfully rehomed. Certain types of dog are more commonly overlooked in shelters than others – particularly elderly, ill, or black dogs. Pit Bulls are another type of dog who must frequently be put down in shelters, due to a lack of interest from potential adopters.

Dog breeds who fall into the Pit Bull category include the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Blue Blood Bulldog, and the Dogo Argentino. In recent years, many sensational news stories have circulated about these animals being “aggressive” or “dangerous.” Sadly, they are often utilized by abusive dog fighting rings because of their strong appearance, which feeds into this myth of aggressiveness. The truth is that Pit Bulls simply need to be raised with love and care, and appropriately socialized from a young age – just like any other dog. In fact, Pit Bulls used to be known as “nanny dogs” many years ago, because of their great loyalty and tenderness toward their guardians.

One woman who is trying to shift the public’s negative perception of Pit Bulls is Rebecca Corry.

A Look Into the Amazing Woman – and Dog – Who Launched a Movement for Pit Bulls Across the U.S.

Rebecca Corry is an actress, comedian, and writer who was inspired to help Pit Bulls after taking in a rescued Pit Bull pup named Angel, who had suffered years of abuse prior to her rescue, and had even had her ears cut off. Corry noticed that people would react negatively to Angel – based solely on her breed – and she was soon determined to change that. “People (ran) across the street to get away from us, people (asked) me, ‘are you afraid of her?’ It was a combination of being exposed to the breed and being directly affected by the ignorance, and I realized that doing nothing was not an option,” she said.

Corry’s love for her new friend inspired her to establish the Stand Up For Pits (SUFP) Foundation.

A Look Into the Amazing Woman – and Dog – Who Launched a Movement for Pit Bulls Across the U.S.

SUFP’s work involves raising public awareness around issues such as dog fighting, animal abuse, and the plight of Pit Bulls in shelters. The organization also provides grants to rescue groups who take in injured, abandoned, or neglected Pit Bulls, with the aim of giving them the forever homes they so richly deserve. The cornerstone of the foundation’s work is its regular events schedule, which can include anything from comedy gigs to silent auctions, as well as “Pibble adoption events” that have helped many rescued dogs to find loving homes. (The word “pibble” is an abbreviated form of “Pit Bull,” and is used as an affectionate nickname by many proud Pit Bull guardians.) SUFP events have been running for over six years, and they have attracted past performers such as Adam Sandler, Kaley Cuoco, Rosie O’Donnell, and David Spade.

In 2014, Corry led the first-ever One Million Pibble March on Washington, which aimed to end Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) at a federal level. This type of legislation, which can still be found in many states and provinces throughout the U.S., attempts to penalize the guardianship of Pit Bull type dogs, and discourage their adoption. It has led to dogs being driven out of their loving homes … even in cases where they have just saved their humans’ lives! BSL has been condemned by legal and animal protection groups such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Bar Association. BSL is regarded by these groups and others as problematic for civil liberties and costly to enforce. There is also scant evidence that BSL does anything to improve public safety.

The organization’s guiding principles are outlined clearly in their powerful statement on what they believe: “We believe Pit Bull ‘type’ dogs are born inherently good like any other dog. We believe humans should be held accountable for negligent and abusive behavior. We believe the media should be held accountable for over three decades of perpetuating myths untruths and hate speech toward Pit Bull type dogs. We believe discrimination and abuse is intolerable and goes against everything our country was built on.”

On April 2, 2016, Corry’s beloved Angel, who inspired her guardian’s entire movement, passed away after a long struggle with cancer. At the time of her death, Corry wrote, “My greatest accomplishment in life is that I was owned by an Angel. I loved every single second of every single minute and I will miss her every single second of every single minute for the rest of my life.”

The organization that she founded is a fitting tribute to Angel’s life, helping countless Pit Bulls to break free from the stigmas that we humans have placed upon them.

A Look Into the Amazing Woman – and Dog – Who Launched a Movement for Pit Bulls Across the U.S.

To find out more about the Stand Up For Pits Foundation, check out their website or Facebook page. For more information on Rebecca Corry, go to her website. To learn more about the truth behind Pit Bull stigmas, read the articles below:

And for proof that these dogs really can be the cuddliest, goofiest, most caring creatures you are likely to meet, check out these adorable pictures of pitties who just want give love and be loved in return!

All Image Source: Rebecca Corry

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John Pasqua
3 Months Ago

I HAVE OWNED MANY DOGS LIKE THIS . THEY ARE TRUE ANIMALS NOW.


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Dottie
3 Months Ago

Why do people never mention Tia Maria Torres . I don\'t know of anyone who has shown their love for the breed more than she has. We have been loyal fans of Pitbulls and Parolees for years. My sons have had Pitties for years and every one has been sweet and loveable.












her love for the breed more than she has


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Julie
3 Months Ago

Sorry, I\'ll take the medical peer-reviewed information over your misguided opinions of pit bull type-dogs.

Common Sense: Pit bulls are selectively bred to recognize other dogs as prey to fight in a pit to the death. You never know when it will be triggered. Simple noises and movement can trigger the pit bull\'s prey drive into a deadly attack. This is not a safe breed trait to have in a family pet.

New Warning from Pediatricians about pit bull type-dogs: A University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s largest dog bite study to date at a Georgia hospital in July 2016 came to this conclusion: “The study corroborates the largely negative interactions between pit bulls and children of any age.”

From the abstract: "Pit bull bites were implicated in half of all surgeries performed and over 2.5 times as likely to bite in multiple anatomic locations as compared to other breeds." https://www.researchgate.net/publication/305270428_Characteristics_of_1616_Consecutive_Dog_Bite_Injuries_at_a_Single_Institution

Medical peer-reviewed: Level 1 trauma center dog bite studies from all geographical regions in the U.S. are reporting a higher prevalence of pit bull type dogs injuries than all other breeds of dogs. In many cases, the studies (2009 to 2016) also report that pit bull injuries have a higher severity of injury and require a greater number of operative interventions. http://blog.dogsbite.org/2016/10/report-level-1-trauma-dog-bite-studies-pitbull-highest-prevalence.html

Correct there are nice pit bulls. The problem is that you can\'t tell them apart from the pit bulls that decide to kill. Would you deliberately choose a crib, car, or helmet with the highest record of fatalities and the worst safety rating? Pit bull type-dogs are responsible for 95% of severe attacks (level 4-6 dog bites) on people, pets and livestock in breed neutral zones. Please follow for one month. You will be shocked at all the people and pets that are severely maimed or killed by pit bulls.
http://www.nationalpitbullvictimawareness.org/ BITE CHART:
http://apdt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ian-dunbar-dog-bite-scale.pdf

Please spend some time witnessing to the victims of pit bull attacks. Most attacking pit bulls are not due to bad owners but naïve owners who do not understand the dangerous pit bull breed traits. From 2005-2017, 266 people killed by pit bull type dogs. http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-fatalities.php

I agree all dogs can bite. The issue with pit bulls is the degree of damage they inflict, and their attacks being more likely to result in fatality. Appellate courts across the United States have recognized the dangers of the pit bull breed for over 25-years. We\'ve listed excerpts from court decisions that demonstrate this.http://www.dogsbite.org/legislating-dangerous-dogs-appellate-court-decisions.php

Pit bulls do not lock their jaw but with their \'gameness\' trait they do not let go until their victims are dead.

Pit-bulls are dangerous because they have the capability of inflicting life-threatening injuries in a split second. Pit bulls are zero-mistake dogs.

Two words to prove pit bull type dogs are inherently dangerous: "BREAK STICK".

Does this sound like a normal and safe dog breed to have live in our neighborhoods? Pit Bull Rescue Central recommends ALL pit bull owners to have a "break stick", a wedge-shaped piece of wood used to pry open a pit bull’s jaw during an attack. "Since pit bulls have a strong fighting background, we recommend that pet owners also have a breaking stick as a precaution, even if they don\'t plan to use it in an illegal context. However, please be discreet. Breaking sticks are not something to brag about and the general public might have the wrong impression if you walk around with a stick in your hand. Breaking sticks are not illegal, but they are considered dog fighting paraphernalia in certain states and/or with certain law enforcement agents."
http://blog.dogsbite.org/2008/09/break-sticks-tool-used-to-pry-open-pit.html

This person demonstrates how to use a break stick on a pit-bull: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfMVH4wY5Pg


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Julie
25 Aug 2017

A urgent message from a pro pit bull org, \'Pit Bull Federation of South Africa - PBFSA\':

"Pit Bull Attacks on other animals.

It is with great concern that the PBFSA is noticing an increase in the number of attacks by pit bull type dogs and pit bulls on other animals. These attacks are happening in public places, in peoples own gardens and even in the street. This is not acceptable and is avoidable therefore these attacks sit squarely on the shoulders of the owners of these dogs.

We cannot stress enough to the public, to breeders, to pit bull owners and to those rescuing these dogs, that no amount of socialization or love can remove their genetics and their propensity for dog aggression and animal aggression. They can be managed but we can never change their genetic make up. They are phenomenal animals with people, when bred, raised and trained correctly. But they were never designed to be 100% safe with other animals. Even the most dog friendly, relaxed pit bull often does show some kind of dog aggression sometime in its life. Do not take chances.

The American Pit Bull Terrier like every breed in existence was developed for a purpose. Like the Border Collie was bred to herd sheep, the Labrador Retriever to retrieve and the basset and bloodhound to scent and hunt, the American Pit Bull Terrier was bred for purpose and that was for Dog fighting. While the PBFSA is against dog fighting, we cannot deny our breeds heritage and history. As uncomfortable as these facts make people, we cannot undo centuries of genetic selection and genetic traits that make these dogs what they are.

Therefore we are calling on EVERYONE who either owns a pit bull, who breeds these dogs, who advocates these dogs and who trains these dogs to please stop setting these dogs up for failure. They are just not designed to be off leash around other animals and they need to be kept safely and humanely in their own gardens. If you want a Pit Bull it is your LEGAL OBLIGATION to ensure that your dog cannot escape or cause problems for the community it lives in.

Pit Bull owners are urged to please be responsible and considerate.

1: NO OFF LEASH WALKING OR PLAYING WITH STRANGE DOGS in parks or on outings.. Don\'t do it. It just takes a small incident to result in tragedy. Keep your dogs on a leash and harness and collar when out. We strongly advise walking your dogs in quiet places, and we also advise AGAINST walking your dogs through the suburbs. Dogs at their gates are territorial and are going to bark at your dog and are going to cause your pit bull to react. All this type of walking does is teach your dog how to practice reactive behavior. Ideally drive your dog to a quiet park or place and walk on leash always.
If you are a pit owner who is having problems with off leash dogs running up to your dogs in a public place, or in the streets, please take clear videos of the dogs, and try get a car registration or address and report it to your local metro. Kindly note that NUISANCE DOGS ARE NOT AN SPCA/NSPCA AREA.

If you have nuisance pit bulls again, report to your local metro. If these dogs are not aggressive and you can get them into your car safely please take them to your local SPCA. That way their owners will have to claim them and there will be a record of their owners details at SPCA. If your dog is dog aggressive, we strongly advise muzzle training with a baskerville muzzle so that your dog can enjoy walks and outings safely. However you will need a force free trainer to help you muzzle train your dog

2: It is YOUR duty as a pit bull owner to ensure that your dog is safely contained in your garden/yard at all times. There is no excuse for your pit bull escaping and causing mayhem. We strongly urge the public who have fallen victim to nuisance pit bulls to contact their local SAPS to consider the option of charges against the owners for damage to property.

Your dog, YOUR responsibility. Make sure your walls are high enough, that your dog has no access to the road, and that there is no piles of rubble or items that your dog can use to get over the wall. If you have no option but a chainspot make sure it is a runner, that is secure, that your dog has access to food, water, and protection from the elements, with a correct collar. The chainspot must be nowhere near the wall too often dogs have hung themselves trying to escape.

If your dogs are free in your yard, make sure that when you pull in or out of your driveways that your pit bull cannot escape. Ideally there should be no access to a gate that opens at all.


It is every ones duty to ensure that their dogs are not going to be the reason for this wonderful and special breed being banned." https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2134509080109275&id=1622413151318873



Every pit bull owner should know how to use a break stick:
http://blog.dogsbite.org/2008/09/break-sticks-tool-used-to-pry-open-pit.html

This person demonstrates how to use a break stick on a pit-bull: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfMVH4wY5Pg

In the U.S.,Pit bull type dogs kill an estimate of 30,000 animals a year.
http://www.animals24-7.org/2017/01/11/record-32550-pit-bulls-killed-or-badly-injured-other-animals-in-the-u-s-in-2016/

David
3 Months Ago

Pit Bulls are dangerous, flat out. Look at the national rates for dog related homicides. Pit bulls account for over 70% of killings of humans by dogs in the last decade at least, with the next runner up having barely over 5%. These numbers are insane and everyone needs to quit ignoring them by brushing it off with not all statements. Yeah not all knives will fall off a counter and stab you in the foot but that doesn\'t mean you need to start a movement to convince people that knives are totally safe and you should have them around your children and other peoples pets.

I was sitting for a dog earlier this year, friend of a friend situation, it was a pit bull. Seemed nice, guy said he was friendly, loved people. Long story short I came home later that week to find my cat mauled to death in the kitchen and the Pit with defensive scratch marks on his nose. Pit bulls are dangerous, I will say once again that if you want to sit around and tell stories about how your pit was alive for 12 years, loved everyone and never even barked at a squirrel that\'s fine but I can find 2 people with a horror story for every one you have of the reverse.

We need to stop breeding this kind of dog, just let Pit bulls stop being around, there is no reason to have a pit over a statistically less likely to actually murder you unless you want a dog to murder someone. Adopt something else, it sucks that Pits are the way they are but to deny the provable facts of the situation for pixie dust and fairy farts is like giving your toddler a loaded gun and insisting they are safe if you treat them with love.


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zenyph
3 Months Ago

What a fitting name for a beautiful Pit. Angel, you only not touched Ms. Corry, but millions of us who are happy to know that you are truly loved!


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Suz
3 Months Ago

Bravo to Rebecca Corry for her outstanding work in helping pit bull-type dogs and their families. :-) Thanks for this wonderful article on her and her foundation.


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Stephen
3 Months Ago

The problem with the fighting dog breeds is that they were bred for fighting other dogs in the pit. Breeding is a form of genetic engineering. Can they be socialized and trained to be good dog citizens? Yes they can. However most of the people that purchase this breed do not understand the concept of obedience training which is imperative to these breeds. This training means that they should be focused on their masters and not on other dogs or people, They should obey the command first time every time and without hesitation. Most people do not want to put that kind of time energy and yes money into training and that is where the problem lies. Many people feel that obedience training is inhumane, which is nonsense. As I said this breed and those like them were bred to fight other dogs in the pit and the only way to insure that they will not attack somebody\'s toy poodle is through training and socialization.


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Suz
24 Aug 2017

The idea that pit bull-type dogs were bred for fighting and are therefore inherently dangerous is a common myth. For many decades now most pit bull-type dogs have been bred as family companions and for conformation, not for fighting. I can\'t go into all the details in a comments section like this on many other facets of this myth. Please see a recent blog post I published about this and other myths and misconceptions from both pit bull advocates and opponents. It tackles this myth at length. http://blog.dogyearbook.com/dangerous-dogs-part-2-myths-misconceptions-pit-bull-advocates-opponents/



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