ASPCA Guide to Handling Pit Bulls in Shelter Environments
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“The Care of Pit Bulls in the Shelter Environment,” by Leslie D. Appel, DVM
Director of Shelter Veterinary Outreach ASPCA
The ASPCA is an animal welfare agency that strongly opposes breed-specific laws (AKA pit bull laws), yet in their own documentation (“The Care of Pit Bulls in the Shelter Environment,”) they spell out the unique dangers of pit bulls. To “protect” shelter workers from dangerous pit bulls, they include the following in their guidelines:
—There are cases of experienced handlers who had developed good relationships with the dogs over a period of months still being attacked without warning or obvious provocation.
—Pit bulls ignore signs of submission from other dogs and give no warning prior to attack. This is different than normal dog behavior. There goes the often preached theory that “all dogs are equal.”
—Today’s pit bulls have various names including: Staffordshire Terrier (AKC 1935) and American Staffordshire Terrier (AKC 1972, Am Staff). There goes the claim that Staffordshire terrier is not a pit bull.
—These dogs can be aggressive towards humans and more likely to cause fatal attacks to people than other fighting type dogs.
—Pit bulls will climb fences, chew up stainless steel food and water bowls, destroy copper tubing of automatic water systems and conventional cages, attack other animals through chain link fences.
—Pit bulls can break through conventional cage doors and destroy typical epoxy paint on the floors and walls.
—Pit bulls require special housing considerations and isolation from other animals if dog aggressive or have a high prey drive.
—Install a panic button in rooms housing pit bulls along with other restraint equipment in any room housing pit bulls.
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