Out of the six to eight million cats and dogs who end up in U.S. shelters every year, one in four are Pit Bulls or pit-associated breeds and mixes. Sadly, these dogs are currently, the most wrongly marginalized in the U.S. and many other parts of the world. Pit Bulls carry the burden of years of false stigma and myths that they are naturally vicious animals when actually, this stereotype comes from the fact that they are frequently abused and misused in illegal dogfighting rings.
According to the American Temperament Test Society, American Pit Bull Terriers, the most popular breed used in dog fights, have a very high positive temperament passing rate of 82.6 percent. Even dogs commonly thought to be kind and gentle (and they are, with the right care) like Bearded Collies and Chihuahuas scored lower than American Pit Bull Terriers.
One Pit Bull lover, Mallory Smith, is fed up with the myths surrounding these loving dogs. She took to Facebook to write a powerful note to all the people who think her Pit Bull “is not a nice dog” and often cross the side of the street to avoid walking past the dog.
The note has since gone viral with almost 56,000 shares, where she states, “Give these sweet dogs a fair chance and I guarantee you won’t be able to resist falling in love with them.” You can read the passionate note in length here.
We hope this passionate testimony will help to dispel the myths surrounding Pit Bulls. As Mallory notes, years ago, Pit Bulls were considered “Nanny dogs” because of their loyalty and gentleness toward their guardians. They were also once an American favorite, earning the title “America’s dog.” Unfortunately, people soon found ways to exploit Pit Bulls’ behaviors and tendencies to use them in dog fights, and their strong appearance became a symbol of violence, drug culture, and gangs.
But if more people would just give Pit Bulls a chance, they can be very loving companions, and in some communities, they have even become heroes, saving people and their guardians from harm. Some even protect citizens by using their talents by working on a police force!
Do you live with a sweet Pit Bull of your own or perhaps simply love this misrepresented dog and want to help? Share Mallory’s post on Facebook and help educate your friends and family about these amazing dogs!
Image source: Mallory Smith/Facebook