Many people view Pit Bulls as natural dog fighters – the attackers. They live in fear of this breed. They succumb to all the stereotypical myths about Pit Bulls. They are clearly a nasty breed incapable of being part of a family! So much so that most home owners insurance companies will not insure you if they find out you own a Pit Bull.
But what is the truth about Pit Bulls and Dog Fighting. Well it starts with the people (surprised? – shouldn’t be). Dog fighting attracts people involved in gambling, drug dealing, illegal weapons and gangs. There is a strong correlation between animal cruelty and serial killers! Furthermore, studies have shown that aggressive tendencies cannot be adequately tied to specific breeds. Pit Bulls historically were known as family dogs and even represented the USA on certain distributed materials. But history has been altered – Pit Bulls are often now feared unnecessarily. Even as puppies they are often feared. I seriously don’t “get” it.
The bait dogs that I have come to know virtually have had miserable existences. Some have endured horrific torture, abuse, constant breeding and more.
I want to draw your attention to one in particular that breaks my heart. Roo is her name and here is her story (from her Facebook page): “On August 23rd the GBI went to serve an arrest warrant for suspects involved in the multi-state dog fighting bust. When they arrived at the house, the suspects were not there, but there were several dogs present, including Roo. The other dogs were not quite as bad off as our little Roo. Dekalb County Animal Services took all of the dogs into their care and arrested the woman that owns the house. When we met Roo, we knew Friends of Dekalb Animals had to find a way to help her. We worked with the county to coordinate her release to foster and are sponsoring all of her medical bills. Roo will have to remain in the county as “evidence” during the case, but thanks to her foster home, she can live in a home instead of at the shelter. When the case is over, she will be looking for a loving forever home. To donate towards Roo’s care, visit the Friend’s of Dekalb website:http://friendsofdekalbanimals.com/how-to-donate/ To send Roo a gift, visit her amazon wish list:http://amzn.com/w/VKTRZGQO5Z3K.
Roo had surgery to repair the leg that still had a paw – which had been quite deformed. The surgery was a great success. She is still in a cast but is doing very well. She is a gorgeous girl who has had a miserable life. Clearly had given up hope. But with the help of Friends of Dekalb and her foster parents (amazing people for sure) she is on the road to recovery and the light in her eyes will absolutely melt your heart. She has lost a portion of her front right leg, clearly had been bred or overbred, tons of scars and her left front leg had been severely broken and was quite deformed. She still managed to get around by hopping kangaroo style – hence her new name. Her recovery will be long and the bills extensive. If you have the ability – every donation helps.
Look how happy now!
Roo’s foster parents avoid the term bait dog – and whether or not she was is irrelevant. She suffered horribly. There are so many other dogs that have also struggled and been saved – but sadly many don’t get saved. Another “happy ending story” is Misty and you can also follow her story on Facebook.
To follow Roo’s road to recovery “like” Roo The Resilient on Facebook. You will see her growth on the Facebook page. Her initial photos looked like she was a lost soul. Now, even when uncomfortable, she looks hopeful, happy and content. Clearly this bait dog (along with many others) should not be destined to lose their lives simply because of their awful circumstances. Give them a chance at happiness, a home, a family and a future. Roo is not available for adoption at this time.
But how else can you help? There are so many ways:
Rescue one of these poor souls. For every dog that is adopted – two souls are saved. You save the dog you adopted and you open a foster slot for a soul that is on death row. How is that for making a difference! LOVE!
Help return the beautiful reputation pit bulls had until recently. Help change the perception of the breed – spread the word of their beauty. LOVE!
Share their photos. Help find them homes. LOVE!
Educate, educate, educate. Fight breed specific legislation. Don’t let ignorance prevail. I can’t state this one enough. Stop the breed specific nonsense. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Volunteer – home inspections, playtime, transportation, training, grooming, or just to work with a dog to get them used to LOVE!
Foster – LOVE!
Donate: Toys, towels, blankets, dog beds, elevated dog beds, leashes, collars, puppy pens, dog crates, money for fees, money for medical necessities, cleaning supplies. LOVE!
Photography services – help get these dogs placed. LOVE!