Pit Bulls are some of the most misunderstood dogs in the world. Despite the fact that they were once called “nanny dogs” for their sweet demeanor around children, the reputation of this breed has gotten increasingly tarnished over the years. Cruel people began to exploit Pit Bulls’ strong and naturally fierce appearance and made this breed synonymous with violence, aggression, gangs, and fighting rings.
The stigma against Pit Bulls isn’t just untrue and a shame, but it directly affects their ability to get adopted from the shelter. 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.
Thankfully, not everyone feels this way about Pit Bulls. Recently, a police officer found an abandoned Pit Bull-Labrador mix at a park and brought the pup back to the station.
Aware of the limited space in the local shelter and of the high euthanasia rates Pit Bulls face, the officers decided to keep the sweet pup around until they knew for sure she would be going to a loving home.
The police crew decided to name the sweet pup Felony. Her crime? Being dangerously adorable!
She hung around the station for the rest of the day and even accompanied the officers on their rounds.
She was pretty tuckered out by the end of the day.
While the police officers clearly enjoyed having some canine therapy, they posted on Facebook to try to find her a guardian. And they succeeded – Felony found a forever home!
We’re so happy that this police crew was able to look past all of the negative stereotypes about Pit Bulls and gave this darling dog the best gift she could have ever gotten. Unfortunately, not every Pittie is as lucky, and many of them will spend their days listlessly in a kennel, at constant risk of being put down. We can all do our part to help dispel the wrongful stereotypes about Pit Bulls by raising awareness about the true nature of these sweet pups. All dogs are individuals and deserve to be treated and viewed as such. If you agree, share this post and encourage others to give Pits a chance!
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