Director Loosens Adoption Policy
Atlanta, GA - Like a lot of big city shelters, Fulton County animal shelter houses hundreds of pit bulls every year. How careful should the shelter be with aggressive pit bulls and the people who adopt them? In a telling video, Fox 5 goes undercover and learns just how easy it is to adopt out an aggressive pit bull from the county shelter.
Choosing a pit bull named Bugsy, the investigator goes through the adoption process. He tells the shelter employee that he has "not taken the dog out of the cage" (not even to pet the animal). Then he tells her that he lives in a different county and has a fox terrier at his home. Each should have raised a red flag, but none did. Under the command of Jere Alexander, anyone -- including dogfighters and your grandmother -- could adopt an aggressive pit bull.
Due to liability reasons, some shelters -- both government and privately run -- do not adopt out pit bulls at all. Others choose a "no adopt out" pit bull policy in fear the dogs will be purchased by abusers and dogfighters. Prior to Barking Hound Village taking over the Fulton County animal shelter, the agency first did a "home check" before green lighting a pit bull adoption. The agency wanted to ensure that the home was suitable for adopting such a demanding breed.
5 dogs have been attacked and killed by pit bulls at the Fulton County Animal Services since Jere Alexander took over in March 2008.
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