There's no denying that pit bulls are given a bad rap because of their strong physical appearance and reputation for fighting. The truth is, pit bulls are just like any other dogs, and their behavior is a direct effect of how their owners raise them.
Because of pit bulls wide mouths and stocky, muscular bodies, they are often sought out as fighting dogs. It is a terrible sport in which pit bulls are forced to fight each other until death. Once a dog is too old or too weak to fight, it is often inhumanely executed. Because of these cruel acts, many people have been improperly informed about pit bulls.
In reality, pit bulls are some of the most loyal dogs. They are loyal to their owners and protective towards those who show compassion to them. One Chicago pit bull, renamed Red, was so loyal that he took a bullet for his owner. During a home invasion, Red stepped in the way of a bugler and his owner, ending in a shot to his spine, paralyzing him.
Since then, Red's owner handed him over to PAWS Chicago due to medical expenses. Red has been adopted after 2 years in PAWS care.
Red is only one of the many stories of the big hearts and great courage that pit bulls have, making them love-a-bull, hug-a-bull, pit bulls.
For more information on the pit bulls available for adoption in the Chicago area, you can visit PAWS Chicago's Pit Pals webpage. http://www.pawschicago.org/adoptions/pit-pals/