Recent headlines are telling the story of a toddler who was attacked by a pack of dogs. Here’s how I originally knew they weren’t American Pit Bull Terriers:
Toddler mauled by as many as seven dogs in Lake Worth
Notice the distinct lack of the words ‘Pit’ and ‘Bull’ in the headline.
It’s easy now days to find media bias on an issue. Had this been the family’s Pit Bulls, the headline would have read:
Toddler mauled by savage pack of Pit Bulls
I was curious as to what breed was responsible for this attack though, and so I went looking and found out they were Boxers.
No info will be released about the toddler, and I hope he’s ok.
It’s biased media reporting like this that leads to tragedy sometimes. The constant ignorance spewed by the media about American Pit Bull Terriers fueled the venom that led to the death of a soap opera actor recently.
After succumbing to pressure, Nick Santino, a soap opera actor, was so distraught about having, Rocco, his healthy pit bull mix euthanized Tuesday, that he commit suicide from remorse, devastation, and depression.
Santino, who appeared on All My Children and Guiding Light, was found dead by police in the bedroom of his NY condo, on what was his 47th birthday. It appears he died from a pill overdose.
The building had enforced strict new laws in 2010 against this breed living in the building. However the law didn’t apply to pit bulls that were curently living there.
But Santino found himself continuously harrassed and received complaints by neighbors and building management about Rocco. He was not allowed to use the main elevator or leave Rocco for more than 9 hours unattended.
In a suicide note, he wrote:
‘Today I betrayed my best friend. Rocco trusted me and I failed him. He didn’t deserve this.’
Don’t you find society’s silence on this issue interesting considering the push for anti-bullying legislation lately? I guess if we are talking about Pit Bulls, this doesn’t count as bullying.
This is the ignorance that fuels mob frenzy. I can still remember a woman’s terror as she pulled out her pepper spray to attack my 8 week old puppy when I was walking her. All Raven wanted to do was say hi and play. Again, she was 8 weeks old.
For many decades the APBT was the poster dog for the American family. Loyal, obedient, and gentle with kids. Those are still the natural traits of the breed. Sadly, their most desired traits are also their biggest liability. If an owner wants a APBT to be mean, they’ll be mean.
Do not confuse the natural traits of the breed that you get from a reputable breeder with the overly aggressive traits that are bred into some Pit Bulls by scumbags. As with all dogs, you must evaluate the breed for your lifestyle. You must also do the research on where you plan to get the dog, and its lineage if possible.