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Pit Bulls do not have an easy life. Despite the fact that at one time these dogs were referred to as “nanny dogs” because of their caring demeanor around children, Pit Bulls’ strong and naturally fierce appearance has made them vulnerable to exploitation. Cruel people have made this breed synonymous with violence, aggression, gangs, and fighting rings. Because of this reputation, Pit Bulls have an extremely difficult time getting adopted. Nowadays, simply because of their breed, Pit Bulls can be overlooked hundreds of times and ultimately euthanized. One in four of all animals brought into shelters are Pit Bulls, and their average euthanasia rate at shelters hovers at 93 percent, a depressing statistic that really shows how wrongful stereotypes can get out of hand. Breed specific legislation has also made life difficult for this breed, even if they have a forever home. And we can only imagine how terrifying it can be to be a stray Pit Bull, always susceptible to kidnapping, abuse, or being killed simply out of fear.

A Pit Bull by the name of Chesty is the perfect example of how stereotypes can lead people to make pretty rash decisions out of fear. Three years ago, Chesty was a stray dog who was simply living day by day, trying to stay away from trouble, get enough food in his belly, and drink enough water to survive. In 2013, Chesty, who was just a year old, was enjoying some shade under a bush, trying to get some relief from the sweltering heat of an Ohio summer. A police officer walked up to Chesty while he was taking a nap, and nudged the pup with his foot. After being jolted awake, Chesty, like most other stray dogs, had no idea if the police officer was there to harm him or help him. So, he did what any dog would do – he barked loudly and charged. The officer immediately whipped out his weapon and shot Chesty from a close range.

With a shattered shoulder, Chesty was taken in by the Miami Valley Pit Crew, a local animal rescue organization. Chesty went in immediately for surgery. Over 50 bone fragments were removed from his shoulder. What a trooper!

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Eventually, a man by the name of Steffen Baldwin decided to foster Chesty and give him a second chance at life. Chesty would require a lot of care, but Baldwin was ready to take on the responsibility. 

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First, Chesty became acquainted with the rest of Baldwin’s dogs. They got along swimmingly! 

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Then he got to know more of Baldwin’s human family. He fit right in there, too! 

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Baldwin eventually ended up adopting Chesty and brought the pup along for several dog safety demonstrations with his non-profit organization, Animal Cruelty Task Force of Ohio.

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Chesty was not only behaving wonderfully at home, he was getting other people to learn more about Pit Bulls and how to interact safely with dogs in any situation. 

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In 2015, Baldwin began working with a fellow animal welfare advocate, Pit Bull owner, and renegade dog rescuer, Gordon Shell. One of the initiatives involved developing a class to teach police officers how to interact with dogs.

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It’s unclear as to how many dogs are actually shot by police every year, but as animal lovers, we can’t help but think any number of dogs being shot by police is too high of a number. 

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The impact of the class was immediate. Local officers were put to the test in certain situations and successfully applied the training instead of resorting to deadly force. “I felt more comfortable, having had the training,” Officer Temper told the Columbus Dispatch.

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Chesty continues to help officers learn how to approach dogs and teaches them “the most subtle changes in our body positioning and methods of approach can completely change a dog’s response.” It’s important for officers to know that all dogs are different and most of them are just scared. 

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While it’s very easy to write off Pit Bulls as dangerous and aggressive and hurt them out of fear, it is infinitely better to learn about their personalities and trace what is at truly at the root of all the stigmas against them. Now more than ever it is imperative for people to realize that Pitties are simply a reflection of those around them. If someone approaches them aggressively, they will respond aggressively. However, when these dogs are shown kindness, love, and respect, they respond accordingly. We’re so glad that Chesty is spreading the word on how to interact with dogs to make a kinder and safer world for all.

All image source: Steffen Baldwin/Pupjournal 

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5 comments on “Pit Bull Who Was Shot by a Cop Now Helps Officers Learn How to Safely Interact With Dogs (PHOTOS)”

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Robert Thomson
1 Years Ago

Thank you for giving Chesty a second chance at a decent life!

steve c
1 Years Ago

ok great another feel good story. Pitbulls are the most lovable dog in the world right up until the moment that they are not. Then may God help you.

teresa bonelli
1 Years Ago

Oficial ,...los Pitvulls te dicen ,,,mil gracias por tu hermoso corazon.

Jacqueline-May Byron
1 Years Ago

In the 1900's they were called " Nanny dogs " humans are the evil ones

Judy Assed
26 Oct 2016

It was even earlier, in the 1800's. They were used as babysitters because they were so good with children. And you're right it is the humans that are evil.

Jacqueline-May Byron
27 Oct 2016

Yes ,l shared a page to do wth Nanny dogs, and its not the breed at all,where the problem is ,my vets cant wait til l bring in my babies,l am sure they kept my girl longer when l had her desexed cause of her beautiful nature, Dr lucy said in her lifetime has she ever seen a dog take there medication and chew it up in there mouth like she did, they love kids and would never hurt one in anyway

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Bettina Goodall
1 Years Ago

Excellent! Much needed!

Sarita Andreola
1 Years Ago

Pitties get bad raps, look at that face !

Magda Amor
1 Years Ago

Sheila E. Whitehead
1 Years Ago

My first Pit named Dusty (R.I.P.) remains the best dog to date that I\'ve ever had. I trained him properly and he NEVER disobayed any command. My out-laws were afraid that once my son was born, Dusty would become jealous and attack him. WRONG. Dusty protected my son as well as myself. Story: I was mowing the front yard one day and my son was in the front yard playing. I looked constantly to see that my son was still there. I rounded a corner in the yard and looked, my son was not there. Dusty immediately saw me looking and he pointed his head to the back yard and started barking. Dusty let me know where my son went. Brings tears to my eyes when I think about Dusty. People wanted me to fight him and I became defensive and said *@%&#* NO ! I\'m a Pit Bull Advocate. I know how they truly are. Love Pits !


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