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– There’s a pit bull population explosion, according to the Albany Times Union. But it’s not because people want the dogs as cuddly pets:

…there is no more room in this world for pit bulls, a breed that is being increasingly co-opted by irresponsible owners who more often want the dog as a menacing status symbol rather than a beloved pet. No where is this more true than in cities, including Albany, Troy and Schenectady, where animal control said 75 percent of the dogs seized last month were pit bull mixes.

Pit bulls are being over bred because people believe the dog is inherently aggressive — an idea based on the breed’s original job of locking their jaws down on big game during hunting expeditions more than 200 years ago.

I’m guessing this is also true in Rochester. My colleague tweeted the photo above of Benny, who visited our newsroom today in the hopes of finding a new home.

I’m often nervous when I encounter pit bulls owned by strangers. But I know they can be wonderful dogs. My brother brought home Pepper when she could fit in your hand. I love her dearly. She’s a smart, sweet dog.

There is a Rochester organization dedicated to pit bulls, Pitty Love Rescue.

– Fairport schools are proposed 37 job cuts. Electives would be slashed, along with the IB program. If this is what will happen in a wealthy district, what’s in store for everyone else?

– Be skeptical of the PANDAS diagnosis of the LeRoy girls, said the neurologist who is treating them in The Batavian:

It isn’t surprising, according to Dr. Laszlo Mechtler, that a doctor from New Jesery who makes a living diagnosing PANDAS came to that conclusion today in the Le Roy Illness case.

Dr. Rosario Trifiletti appeared on the Dr. Drew television show tonight and also released a statement saying that “five of eight girls show evidence of carriage of Streptococcus Pyogenes and seven of eight show evidence of infection with Mycoplasma Pneumonia.”

“This is what everybody expected him to do,” said Mechtler, who is part of the team at Dent Neurological Institute who diagnosed the girls with conversion disorder.

– It’s known as the “original sin” of newspapers – giving content away for free online. But that’s not why the industry is struggling today.

6 Responses to Poor Pit Bulls

  1. I love the photo of you and Pepper. As a dog-lover, I have come to believe that a dog’s behavior is largely a result of an owner’s love, care and training.

    My very best friend is my next door neighbor’s Alaskan Husky, Star. The neighbors have a very busy schedule, so they allow me to spend as much time as I wish with Star, inclusive of long walks and playing with her. As with the case of pit bulls, many will say that huskies are difficult to raise and train. In the case of huskies, they are extremely energetic, and require a lot of exercise. So, I take Star on daily runs and engage her in lively playtime. Pit bulls are often categorized as vicious. However, with proper upbringing, they can be very lovable dogs. They have very powerful jaws, so they simply need to be kept away from situations where they can cause damage.

    In any event, I love dogs and am happy you posted the photo and your comments concerning pit bulls.

  2. February 7, 2012 at 6:26 pm johnvon responds:

    I’m a cat person. The only dogs I like are Hebrew national and hartmann’s.

  3. April 19, 2012 at 2:19 am Lynn E responds:

    I have neighbors who have a pit bull mix and it was such a problem. They are moving soon but it took awhile for them to put a fence completely around the yard. I have cats and it was worrisome and other neighbors felt concerned that it would hurt their dogs. He broke the leash regularly. People who choose the pit bull seem to be attracted to the toughness and the ganster-ness of the dog’s image.

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