In one of the most well-known cases of a pit bull attack, the owner Dianne Whipple, was found guilty, not the dog. Bringing to light the need for responsible ownership. Unfortunately, the headlines read "pit bull" when the dog actually involved was a Pressa Canario. A breed from Spain that has very little relation to the American Staffordshire.
Even among clubs for pit bull owners there can be anywhere from 3 to 6 actual breeds of dog which fall under the category of pit bull. A news story involving a pit bull most times has nothing to do with the American Staffordshire. Unfortunately for the breed and it's owners, the general public and even our lawmakers don't know the difference.
There has been much said about the dangers of pit bulls. New laws have been tossed around our town and city halls, laws that would effectively ban pit bulls. Fortunately, there are still many responsible pit bull owners in our city, and many loyal, obedient, good natured pit bulls. The fact is that in temperament tests done by the AKC on various breeds of dogs, Staffordhires score higher than even the most famous of "family dogs", the Golden Retriever.
Since 1975 dogs of all breeds have been involved in fatal attacks including Yorkies, Dachshunds, and Labradors.Keep in mind that dog attack fatalities didn't even rank in the nation's death indexes. The facts show that pit bull types are as safe to own as any other large breed.
According to reports by the CDC, based on a 10 year period , German Shepherds were 5 times more likely to cause traumatic bites than pit bull type dogs.Rottweilers were the most reported breed involved in fatal attacks, ranking ahead of the notoriously dangerous "pit bull" types. The CDC stresses that in most cases of an attack the identity of dog breed is left up to eye witnesses. Therefore, it's difficult to positively identify the actual breed involved.
The Newark American Humane Societies take in 20-30 dogs a day, just from our city. They are part of the largest non-profit animal sheltering system in New Jersey. The next time you're in the market for a pet remember the facts and the Associated Humane Societies shelter at 124 Evergreen Avenue.
Adoption hours are: Mon-Fri 12:00pm to 5:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. The phone number is 973-824-7080, ask for Roseann Trezza, who was kind enough to share some of the valuable information on pit bulls. Let them know the Examiner.com and its' readers care about the fate of the American Staffordshire and other pit bull breeds and that we appreciate what they do in our community.