Fight Breaks Out
Dallas, TX - Shortly after a dog dream park opened in Dallas, the owners of the 50,000-square-foot park banned pit bulls. Co-owner, Cody Acree, cited the reason as "insurance." He also said that on the park's opening day, two pit bulls got in a fight. One of the pit bulls bit a person trying to break it up (apparently neither pit bull owner had a break stick). The incident also led to a "temperament observation" period, proof of shots and proof of breed validation prior to park entry.
Pit bulls are genetically "dog-aggressive" and stand a high risk of attacking and injuring other dogs. For this reason and important others, insurance companies often refuse to cover them in doggie day care and overnight facilities. Last year, PetSmart banned pit bulls from their PetsHotel Doggie Day Camp program. PetsHotel facilities are located in each U.S. state and across Canada. The day camp prohibits all dogs in the "bully breed" classification and wolf-hybrids.
Due to liability and dog-aggression, it is conceivable that the vast majority of doggie day camps prohibit pit bulls.
In past blog posts, DogsBite.org has noted that Barking Hound Village boarding and day care services (Dallas and Austin locations) also prohibit pit bulls. According to their website: "Due to the communal nature of our playgroups/boarding we cannot accept pitbulls or any mixed pitbull breeds." DogBoy's Dog Ranch of Austin does as well: "...after recent injuries inflicted by this breed [pit bulls and their mixes], we are no longer able to accommodate them for boarding or day care."
09/29/08: Break Sticks: A Tool Used to Pry Open a Pit Bull's Jaws
06/26/08: Flashback: Pit Bull Kills Puppy at Omaha PetSmart
05/05/08: DogBoy's Dog Ranch No Longer Accepts Pit Bulls and Pit Bull-Mixes
04/28/08: LA Folks Give Their Opinions on Pit Bulls After PetSmart Banishment
03/31/08: PetSmart Disses Pit Bulls, Not Invited to Doggie Day Camp