All Pit-bull advocates want the city commissioners to do is look at the facts, not the propaganda. Statistics can be confusing and conflicting, the best way to make an informed decision is to hear the testimony of those who live to rescue, rehabilitate when needed and re-home animals of all breeds but especially Pit bulls.
Interviewed by a local television station Assistant City Manager Wes Smith was quoted as saying “ I think it boils down to two things. Pit bulls are a fairly small percentage of the population of dogs but they are definitely a much higher percentage of the events.” This writer would love to take Mr. Smith on a tour of our local shelters or even a ride on our country roads and show him the abandoned dogs on the side of the road and languishing in shelters awaiting euthanasia are predominantly Pit or pit mixes such as my beloved Cheeto.
Extremely conservative estimates conclude that at least 1,000,000 Pit Bulls are euthanized every year and probably much more than that. There are 35,000 Pit Bulls available for adoption right now.
( http://www.dontbullymybreed.org/euthanasia.php ) says
statistically, bully breeds are the most often euthanized dog in America. As backyard breeders pump out litter after litter of puppies to anyone with cash, landfills are being loaded with the bodies of pit bulls whose only crime was being born.
The city commission has effectively kept advocates from speaking out by moving the date and no longer allowing speaker applications. This will not stop the advocates or the media from being there.
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