14,000 Pit Bulls in Maricopa County Shelters Seek Homes

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Maricopa County animal shelters face a looming epidemic: their shelters took in 14,000 pit bulls last year, and sixty-eight percent of them never found a home.

The shelters report that thousands of dogs may not find a home and face the risk of euthanasia. Shelter employees say that when potential adopters learn that dog has any sort of a pit bull mix, they become disinterested.

Dr. Rodrigo Silvewith, with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, believes the dogs end up stranded in shelters due to breed discrimination. Pit Bulls have endured years of biased media reporting, and Animal Care and Control workers are requesting that people stop breeding and purchasing pit bulls if they are not prepared to care for them.


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26 thoughts on “14,000 Pit Bulls in Maricopa County Shelters Seek Homes”

  1. It has come to the point that in Southern California, the only dogs left at the pounds for rescue are Chihauhuas and Bull Terrier mixes. It is out of control. In the 1980s, Dobermans were the breed that needed controlling, and it seemed to work. We need that same plan of action. Shipping the little ones to New York is not the answer.

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  2. I have lived in Maricopa County my entire life. These figures are DISGUSTING. We are in desperate need of laws that limit the breeding or sale of any pet!! Until the profit is removed the problems will NEVER go away:(

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  3. This is why I adopted a American Pit Bull in October 2011. A fellow networker and shelter volunteer in Tennessee said that noone would adopt him because of his breed. As a society, we have put a death sentence of the Pit Bull dog: the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (and any other breed or mix that “looks” like a Pit Bull dog). Most people can’t even correctly identify these breeds. They rely on media hype to educate them. Sharing and praying for these precious dogs…..

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  4. THIS IS SO SAD I REMEMBER WHEN THIS WAS ALL ABOUT THE DOBES THEN IT WAS THE ROTTIES, AT ONE TIME GERMAN SHEPARDS HAD A BAD RAP WHEN WILL PEOPLE LEARN THESE PUPS ARE WONDERFUL DOGS AND IF THINGS GO MY WAY IM GOING TO GET ONE, I DONT JUST LISTEN TO ALL THE ROTTEN CRAP OUT THEIR AS WITH DOBES MY DAD SAID BACK IN THE 60S THAT IT WASNT THE DOGS FAULT IT WAS THE PERSON RAISING THE DOG,SAME PROBLEM JUST 40 PLUS YEARS LATER, AND YES THE WORD NEEDS TO GET OUT THERE THE MEDIA PUT THE SCARE IN A LOT OF PEOPLE AND I BELIEVE THE MEDIA CAN HELP WITH TEACHING PPL THE BETTER PART OF THESE DOGS, LIKE I SAID I AM GOING TO GET ONE MYSELF BECAUSE I LOVE THE BREED MY DAUGHTER HAS A PITT MIX AND SHE IS ONE OF 5 KIDS IN THE HOUSE SHE ROLLERBLADES WITH THE KIDS BY THAT I MEAN SHE PULLS THE KIDS AROUND AND SHE LOVES EVERY MIN OF IT SHE SWIMS WITH THEM PLAYS BALL WITH THEM YOU NAME IT SHES JUST A LOVE BUG, AND TO HONEST IVE ONLY HEARD HER BARK TWICE AND SHE IS NOW 9 YRS OLD.JUST WISH I COULD HAVE A TV NETWORK AS I WOULD HAVE A SHOW ON IT AND IT WOULD BE CALLED GROWING UP WITH THE PITTS, SO EVERY TIME I HEAR A NEGATIVE WORD ABOUT A PITT IM THE FIRST ONE TO DEFEND THEM AND THE FIRST ONE TO TELL PPL THAT ITS THE CRUEL HUMANS THAT HAVE DONE THIS NOT THE DOG ANY DOG CAN BE AGGRESSIVE NO MATER WHAT THE BREED , AND ITS THE HUMAN THAT MAKES THEM THAT WAY

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  5. DOG FIGHTING!!!!DON’T THESE MORONS KNOW THAT ITS MORE THEN PIT BULLS IN THE FIGHTING RING.AND THERE IS 2 REASONS THAT PITTYS ARE THE MAIN DOG.THEY ARE GOOD AT IT.AND THEY ARE EAGER TO PLEASE.EAGER TO PLEASE..YES.THIS DOSENT MEAN FIGHTING.EAGER TO PLEASE THERE MASTER IN ANYTHING THEY WANT THEM TO DO.ITS NOT THERE FAULT THERE ARE HORRIBLE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT WOULD MAKE THEM DO THIS.MY PITTYS ARE EAGER TO PLEASE ME AT BEING A LOVING, CARING, COMPASSIONATE,AND WANTS TO BE THE FAMILY DOG WE WANT THEM TO BE.THE THING IS THIS IS IN THERE NATURE.NOT TO BE IN A RING FIGHTING.

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