Nightmare in Charlottesville
Charlottesville, VA - Sara Meehan runs the nonprofit Misunderstood Pit Bull Rescue, which takes in "ambassadors" of the breed from shelters and adopts them out. She says the dogs are great family pets and she's never had a problem. She and her one-year-old son share their home with 13 pit bulls. Three dogs are hers; the others are orphans, several of them puppies from a recent litter.
DogsBite.org advises you to not visit Meehan's home.
Meehan brings the dogs to the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA every third Sunday in an effort to put them into good homes. She also conducts a "parenting" class for owners of pit bulls. Recent attendance has petered out, though. Meehan blames the media and anyone else willing to be frank about two things: genetic pit bull traits and pit bull injury.
DogsBite.org need not remind Meehan of the number of pit bull owners who have been maimed and killed by their dogs after "never having a problem" before. Just last month, a woman in Greensburg had both of her arms chewed off by her pet pit bull. She is now a double amputee. Less fortunate owners are killed, such as: Tina Canterbury, Kelli Chapman, Seth Lovitt, Scott Warren, the list goes on and on...
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