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28 thoughts on “Do Not Adopt A Pit Bull, Especially Right Now: Rescue and Shelter Shenanigans During the Coronavirus Crisis

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  1. What’s the difference between a pit bull pusher and pit bull?

    One is a dangerous animal and… ..

    …the other is a blood sport dog.

    • As expected, there are mixed messages from shelters around the country, but certainly some (the open admission shelters) must brace for a large influx. However, we are also seeing some open admission shelters shut down intake except for high priority cases (dangerous dogs, etc). It’s just too early to tell. Many unemployed people will also be getting temporary relief. So the actual fallout of people giving up pets and/or being forced into new living spaces could be months away. One thing is certain during this time, attacks by family pit bulls on family members will not decrease, and off-property attacks will decrease — foot traffic has plummeted as people stay inside their own homes.

      • Our local city/county announced a shutdown of all nonessential animal control and shelter functions. AC will still respond to law enforcement requests and bites/dangerous/aggressive dog complaints. But no leash law or stray dog pickups.

  2. Around me, at least, people are outside a LOT now – everyone is out in their yards gardening, the streets are filled with walkers. Everyone home, everyone unable to go to work or school or the stores… I’ve been assuming the number of attacks will go up. Kids are home from daycare/school? Lots of chances for your toddler to open the door just as the neighbors circle the block for the third time, out for the now-coveted chance to do something, anything, other than watch Netflix.

    Plus, if even more open-intake shelters start refusing to either accept surrenders or seek out roaming aggressive dogs, that’s going south in a hurry. My local shelters already balk at accepting surrenders and refuse to investigate loose dogs.

      • Quote snip from link: “…With more children at home during school closures, incidents of dog attacks on postal carriers have a tendency to increase, the United States Postal Service says. When kids rush out the door to see a mail, a household dog often follows behind, leaving the carrier vulnerable to a dog attack. …”
        Me: With more kids at home, there will be more dog attacks on pedestrians. Supervisor of Prescott Animal Control Shannon Gray: “…I then observed Victim/Complainant Buffalin on the north side of Delano Ave. jumping onto an electrical box to get away from the suspect dog. … … I asked suspect Kline if she knew her Queensland Heeler was loose, and she stated “Yes, he gets loose all the time due to the kids leaving the gate open”.
        Yes; me, the curbside electrical box, the loose dog that was chasing me, and the supervisor of animal control all converged at the same place at the same time. Kline got a citation for Dog at Large because “…her dog had chased a man (Buffalin) on Delano Ave. and also charged at me. (Supervisor of AC)”.

        • Sooooo

          Never occurred to this fool to NOT let the dog in the yard, alone with the children when she was not supervising?

          Or to do the obvious…

          Train the dog NOT to leave the yard, gate or no gate?

          But then, that takes a bit more effort than chucking kibble in a bowl.

          Silly me.

          Sorry that happened to you, Richard.

    • My local county shelter announced on its FB page last week that it would closed to the public for now, and not accepting surrenders. Interestingly, several people seem to have immediately recognized the implications of the surrender service being eliminated, and questioned that decision. The shelter did not respond.

  3. This is the peak of irresponsibility. Our priories should be on the well being of humankind. Not dogs! And especially not KILLER DOGS! Food and supplies are flying off the shelves live crazy. Literally who would even want to buy a dog at a time like this?

    The toilet paper scam is just pathetic. People are literally unable to actually get toilet paper because of hoarders. Now the shelter wants to bribe people into taking home a killing machine for the promise of a roll of TP?! Are they serious?!

    Also, this is extremely hypocritical coming from shelters. Aren’t they supposed to be against impulse buys? Isn’t that what they claim is the worst way one could get a dog? So why on earth are they trying to push these pits out to an unsuspecting, highly stressed out crowd who really does not need to be acquiring any sort of animal? Again, this is the PEAK of irresponsibility.

    And if any of these beasts ends up attacking someone, that’s only more strain on the already stressed out health system. They need to focus on the patients suffering from the virus, not pit mauling victims. This is not the time to be adding completely preventable attacks to our hospitals!

  4. In the interest of fair warning, it seems like that pizza joint could have at least pasted in a picture of a human limb in the dog’s mouth instead of the pizza slice.

    Thanks for the, as always, informative article.

  5. On the last killing, I posted this and I was dismayed that no one started a discussion on it but I am pleased we are talking about it now:

    Does anyone want to speculate what the coronavirus will do to animal shelters and the pit population? Financial pain is coming to the US and many of the pits are going to be surrender due to the cost of keeping them. With the shelters keep trying to store and rehome them? Will they have to get serious about euthanizing these (and other large dogs) due to the cost of boarding them? Areas hit with the virus are ghost towns. Businesses are feeling the pain. Schools are being closed and families are having to have one or the only parent stay home to watch the kids while they do cyber education. I think we are going to see more lose/pack pit bulls. I think we may also see a decline in their population. Maybe.

    Now, must of what I speculated on has come to fruition. The next stage is what China is dealing with: dogs being dumped on the street. Basically, a lot of dogs and puppies running around abandoned. We all know this is dangerous, especially at a time when being outside is one of the safest places.

    • Hopefully kill shelters will start making smart decisions to put these beasts down, considering the situation. It’s now more than ever an utter waste to keep these dogs alive and waste resources on them. The kill shelters are the only hope of the number of pits having even the smallest decline.

      But I have no doubts that no kill shelters like the one written about in this article will keep trying to push them in spite of the tragedy going on right now. They’ll probably just use the situation to make more ads to sell them; “This poor pooch was abandoned because the family didn’t want to keep her during the virus :(” and then try to get sympathy and sell the dogs off that way.

    • That is only going to be some families; other families have been and will continue to surrender their pets as the fall out of this crisis continues. Again, we think cat adoptions are appropriate at a time like this, as long as you keep them as indoor pets and you know the basics of feline health and their needs. Dogs have a much higher level of day-to-day responsibility (outside of the mainly indoor toy breeds), requiring house training, obedience training, socialization, exercising, kenneling when traveling and much more. Our concern is that there are never many “cute and fluffy” dog breeds to adopt from shelters. But these same shelters are loaded with unwanted pit bulls.

      • Small dogs are honestly a hot commodity at shelters and rescues where I live. I have two small dogs I bought from an animal shelter. I do not refer to them as ‘rescues’ though, as people often refer to any dog adopted from a shelter. If I had not adopted them, someone else would have. Cute small dogs tend to be adopted immediately from shelters where I live, even if they are older.

        It’s becoming more and more socially unacceptable to buy dogs from breeders (my husband really doesn’t want me to ever buy a pup from a breeder), but in some areas, if you want a nice small dog, it will be hard to find one from a rescue or shelter. At this point in time (pandemic, economic upheaval), I don’t think anyone should be breeding animals. But it’s really just a few types of dogs (primarily pit bulls) clogging shelters in some areas. Sadly, the types of reckless idiots who breed pit bulls aren’t responsible or level headed. I don’t see the pit bull crisis stopping anytime soon.

        I looked at the Niagara SPCA website. There are a couple of shepherd-type mixes and the rest of the dogs are pit bulls or mastiffs. A lot of shelters are like that – just full of impending disasters.

      • My husband just got a shelter dog after a two year search- standard poodle/Chesapeake Bay retriever, due primarily due to my allergies. I tried to talk sense into him but he’s dog crazy. He’s never considered a pit, that would be divorce territory.

        • That’s good. Finding good, safe dogs in shelters and rescues can be done. They are often overlooked because of all the pit pushing.
          I got my dog (Lab/Golden cross) from a rescue group. Had to spend a while looking and drive 2 hours to get him but that’s ok. He’s pretty much the ideal dog…friendly and biddable, and shows zero interest in chasing or bothering my cats. Good dogs are still out there.

          • He’s not even aware of anything concerning pit bulls but remarked that 75 to 80% of most shelters he’s been looking at are pit bull type dogs.

  6. The statement on the Brother Wolf website is artful and articulate. Worded so that even a pity partier would find it hard to argue. Warehousing is just awful, even for pit bulls. As must as I loath that breed, I would not want to see any of them imprisoned and getting mental illness from the confinement.

  7. Excellent article. “No-kill” shelters are a horrible idea, that most people don’t understand the true meaning of. Dogs that should have been painlessly and humanely killed months or even years ago, are still up for adoption to unsuspecting families. And many adopters don’t understand that dogs that need a home without children or other pets, are just as much a threat to the adult owner, as they are to other children and pets. It’s not a surprise that pitbull-firsters are seeking to take advantage of people during this national emergency & time of stress.

  8. All good points!

    “To a home with no other dogs, no small children”
    means
    “Will work to escape for the purpose of attacking, mauling and trying to kill dogs and small children”.

  9. Just in on Fox: “Florida dog tracks close over coronavirus, leaving hundreds of greyhounds in need of homes”

  10. This is beyond madness. Take home a high exercise, potentially dangerous dog, when you can’t exercise it anywhere? When everyone is stressed out and nobody is in a calm head space to train it?

    Watch the explosion of dog maulings, right before your very eyes.

    Richard, I’d take a greyhound over a pitbull any day.

    While they don’t actually DO much…they’re also the laziest dogs on the planet, surprisingly. They may look athletic but short of eating your hamster and possible housebreaking struggles, they’re generally very mild mannered.

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