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Anonymous mrs.Poodle  |  10/13/2008 8:03 AM  |  Flag  
Force a passive pit bull to fight? I don't think so. Can't force them, if they don't want to fight they just give in (and are killed by their opponent as pits don't respond to signs of submission).

I think what she really means is: as these dogs were bred to fight with other dogs they are stolen to be used in dogfights.

The owner probably went for a holiday, kicked the dog out on to the street and now he's back and he wants his dog back without paying the pound.

Anonymous Jersey  |  10/14/2008 7:46 AM  |  Flag  
I think it's time we take a good, hard look at this bait-dog myth perpetuated by pit bull advocates and animal welfare organizations. If a pit bull is stolen, the shelter staff tells us it was stolen for bait dog purposes. If a pit bull has scars, it is adopted out as a former bait dog and is perfectly gentle and wouldn't fight. Now for a little common sense.

How long do you think an actual animal that refused to fight would last with a fighting pit bull that was bred for generations, conditioned, and encouraged for the purpose? I'm guessing not too long. Yet we are expected to believe that pit bulls and pit bulls only (because I don't recall any other breed of dog being adopted out as a scarred up former bait dog) can somehow withstand these attacks, possibly over a length of time gathering various episodes of scarring, escape the dog fighting compound while injured, and make its way to a shelter. To a logical person like myself, that just isn't a believable senario to begin with, much less something that could occur as frequently as we are expected to believe. And further, why would you need a pit bull to be a bait dog? Wouldn't any dog or other animal do just as well, and mostly likely be better as there would be less chance it could injure your money-generating fighting dog? Stray dogs, stray cats, squirrels, rats, etc. would all make good bait animals that could be caught in a live trap and wouldn't be missed. The act of stealing, either from a shelter or a private home, brings with it great risk, so their needs to be a payoff for that kind of risk. And when the dogs being stolen are only pit bulls, that payoff becomes quite clear: these people expect to make money off these animals, not as bait dogs but as fighting dogs. Because the dog fighters know the breed better than most pit bull owners, that they all are fighting dogs at heart and that how you raise such a dog does not remove the genetic traits needed for the task of dog fighting. It just seems to me that pit bull advocates would have us believe there are more bait dogs out there than fighting dogs, and this overwhelming need for even more bait dogs. I would think that in a large fighting organization there is a steady stream of puppies, some better at fighting than others. It looks like they have their own built in supply of bait dogs, that is if all fighters even use bait dogs as part of their training exercises. It seems much more plausible that pit bulls are stolen as fighting dogs - to replace losing dogs and bring in a different gene pool for breeding purposes.

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