Pitbulls are not bad dogs

To the editor:

We are taught from the very beginning to not judge a book by its cover and to give everyone a fair chance, no matter what we are told or think. Although a pitbull is not a book, why judge a breed of dog by what they are put through? Just as our parents teach us what is right and wrong, it’s the owners’ job to teach their pets right from wrong. Dogs can’t just do it, they have to learn, just like each and every one of us.

According to ASPCA’s website (www.aspca.org) there are actually only three different kinds of breeds that are pitbulls, such as the American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. There are about nine other breeds of dogs that are mistaken for pitbulls such as the Boxer, Dog Argentino, Persa Canario, Tosa Inu, Cane Corso, Bullmastiff, Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, Doque de Bordeaux, and the Olde English Bulldog. All these breeds aren’t given a fair chance at proving they are intelligent, loving, and loyal breeds. According to March Setter (www.understand-a-bull.com), pitbulls are used for a lot of helpful needs such as Registered Therapy Dogs in nursing homes and hospitals, and there is a Pitbull Search and Rescue team.

Also, Joshua Holland stated on www.alternet.org that the United Kennel club recognized that the American Pitbill was seen as the perfect “nanny dog” because of its friendly nature, stability and loyalty. There are many ways to prevent a dog from becoming aggressive. ASACP stated that early socialization during puppy years is essential. If a puppy has little to no experience with other dogs as a puppy, then the dog might become afraid and that might turn into aggression as the dog matures into adulthood. many good experiences will have less of an impact on the bad experience.

People believe pitbulls are a dog breed that should be banned but I believe that they are a very joyful, exciting dogs who are just extremely misunderstood. I have owned a couple pitbulls who would make my day go from a bad day to a good say just by having them by my side. Every pitbull I have owned has been kind, loyal, cheerful, and was always the joy of my life. They deserve a chance, just like each and everyone of us, they don’t deserve to be shoved aside and banned because everyone doesn’t feel like getting to know how they actually are and give them a fair second chance.

Shania Stanford

New Ulm

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