There are some shelters where the number is higher than that -- but a large number that have very few pit bulls in them. That would mean that over the past decade, there would have been over 838 MILLION pit bulls killed in shelters -- even though the total number of all DOGS killed at shelters is generally agreed to be around 20 million. > READ MORE ABOUT SAL Pittie Posse Presents: "Bad Reputation" Lady Luck's burlesque show with no limits except that the music must rock. If you would like a ball Pit Bulls are the Caucasian Males of the Dog World. Please try again. At any rate, the term "nanny dog" may be new, but the idea of this is not. Ten years later, that percentage had increased fivefold, and that’s just of the dogs that were registered. In the 12 years since, you can bet that the Pit Bull population has only grown larger. @Laura: to me the point is that there ARE NO national statistics that can justify any generalizations about how many pit bulls exist, how many are turned into shelters, and/or how many are killed. Pit bulls were selectively bred for "gameness," the ability to finish a fight. You are looking at a unique, one of a kind, game tile pendant made to honor the millions of dogs and cats that die in shelters every year. But this number gets us to about 800,000 'pit bulls' killed in shelters each year. Pit Bull Prejudice Contact Us. 1 in 600 pit bulls in shelters will be adopted but the rest will be killed. Posted by: As others have said, THANKS for doing the math and showing how this number can't possibly be true. May 24, 2011 at 08:30 PM. Laura Francis | The house feels empty now since she passed on. Posted by: May 17, 2011 at 01:57 PM. Those statistics affect taxpayers. Parents with autistic children are so desperate for an answer and help they are still trying to sue vaccine manufacturers based on that study. In this country, it is generally agreed upon that somewhere between 4 -4.5 million animals are killed in shelters every year. Dog bites vs dog attacks -- What determines the difference? August 22, 2011 at 06:01 PM. As KMK points out, it seems that the majority of dogs of whatever look (or breed) are seldom used for their "designed" purpose. An award-winning photographer has made it her mission to change these stats. David Hall, director of the New Albany Floyd County Animal Control and Shelter, said pit bulls and other similar breeds, such as the Rottweiler, often come into the shelter. var e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src','https://static.typepad.com/.shared//js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e); When the reporter asked this woman which breed was perfect for a family with small children, the woman replied "NONE of them", and then went on to explain how it's more about training, etc. Whew! if ( permalink == url ) { Next up for someone: the emergence of the "pit bull was called the nanny dog" nonsense. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.). (And why watching our language would help our cause), Academic Study on dog bites in the Netherlands (and partially why they repealed their breed ban). I think especially considering all the "backyard breeding" going on with this family of breeds, that the percentage of owned pit bulls (or pit-bull type dogs) that were adopted would be lower. kmk | Brent | Especially too many dogs being killed because someone thinks they might be "pit bulls" and automatically unadoptable. Pit bull is a term used in the United States for a type of dog descended from bulldogs and terriers, while in other countries such as the United Kingdom the term is used as an abbreviation of the American Pit Bull Terrier breed. BadRap took a crack at the b.s. Estimates say that 2,800 pit bulls a day, and, 1 *million* pit bulls a year are euthanized. Katie | There will be more studded leather than you can handle! May 17, 2011 at 02:12 PM. The Pit Bull Foundation is dedicated to lowering the kill rate and removing as many Pit Bulls as possible. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths. I know that was the point ;o) I thought others who don't know that the "haters" use it against the dogs would be interested to hear that nanny dog "history" lessons might not be that effective and can actually be used against the dogs. 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The cut actually had a practical purpose - the hair left on the joints kept the joints warm. Your comment could not be posted. Education is key to their dream of being free. Still looking for the "study" to confirm this (and to see how they worked the math). Pit Bulls are used in Search and Rescue work. When I pointed out it was junk science a councilmember that's an attorney said, "Well, it's the only science we have". A study by the organization Animal People reports a 93% euthanasia rate for pit bulls and only one in 600 pits finding a forever home. May 27, 2011 at 12:13 PM. Posted by: And Brent, your post about how "Your city is broke" (also kind of a math post) was also unexpectedly popular. In the Los Angeles area alone, 200 per day are put to sleep. It seems at least that with so many cities with BSL, so many shelter that simply refuse to adopt out pit bulls, and too many rescues who have such harsh standards for adopters that it is virtually impossible to adopt from them, that 'pit bulls' would likely have a lower percent adopted than other types of dogs. It is part of the UKC description of the APBT (actually, part of the actual standard, as I read it) that these dogs were considered good with children. Main While I sympathize with their plight, I find it sad that everyone is so desperate they are willing to hang their hat on junk science. May 18, 2011 at 04:07 PM. Now, the SBT allegedly IS called the "nanny dog" in England but none of the SBT experts I have asked has ever found an historical reference to support the use of that term.. they speculate that it is was someone's promotional gimmick. Joel | That's why today's pedigrees all go back to the same dogs. Why is this happening? 1 IN 600 PIT BULLS NEVER MAKE IT TOUT OF SHELTERS Harley quinn Lulu ADOPT A PIT BULL THEIR LIVES DEPEND ON IT Adopt don't shop ... please ️ from Facebook tagged as Meme Once in the shelter system, only 1 in 600 Pit Bulls will find a home. :-), Posted by: DENVER (KDVR) — The Dumb Friends League Denver animal shelter says 38 percent of its current adoptable dogs are either pit bulls or pit bull mixes. (PS - I am a differnt Lori S. than the one above; I signed in with Google and that is how I am signed in there. Hospital reports maybe? Sure, it can help to give them an alternate image to consider, but give them FACTS and effective, breed-neutral alternatives for preventing dog bites & attacks. Having sad that, I totally get that the original statistic you talk about is wrong. Unfortunately it seems that many think sharing a "shocking" number will startle people into spaying or neutering, or adopting, or whatever the intended goal is. is "Redemption" possible for KCMO Shelter? Again, based on the percent of dogs in shelters and in ownership, I think splitting the middle here will work, and let's, for the sake of argument, say there are 7.5 million owned pit bulls in this country. An Honest Look at Pit Bulls By Laurie Lawless Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for a Degree in Professional Writing: Journalism & Freelance Submitted on 8 December 2011 WRT 465/Thesis Advisor: Prof. John P. Briggs !! Posted by: (And we all know how reliable his "statistics" are!). May 23, 2011 at 01:03 PM. I find that I have to try a different tactic, though, than to throw accurate stats at them, as they are not capable of evaluating good from bad stats and just fall back on whichever "data" they want to believe. There are some LOCAL ones, that might say something about a local situation. May 17, 2011 at 02:24 PM. Posted by: than the individual breed. This pendant is made out of recycled game tile. Of those 2 million,  based on the percentages from a lot of the data from urban shelters around the country, about 40% or so of the dogs killed in the shelters are "pit bull" type dogs. @Lindsay: that's just a website with some great pictures of dogs with kids, that's become viral right now. Submit. Of course it's become WAY overdone. Please enable JavaScript if you would like to comment on this blog. J | I also generally find "my dog is so sweet" arguments incredibly weak. Copyright © 2007-2021 DogsBite.org   |   Published by Lynn Media Group, DogsBite.org is a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. Why people adopt pets vs buy, & vice versa - Research from PetSmart Charities, Confirmation bias and the partisan politics of the animal welfare movement, Truth, deceit, & why Breed Specific Legislation fails regardless of what some might say, Creating Fear in the Media and Politics - on terrorists, pit bulls, & mis-information. We can't sustantiate it so stop repeating it as "fact". But they aren’t any more problematic than any other breed by nature.” Bites, Bans, and More. The CDC, JAMA, and other "scientific journals" have been persistent in publishing what amounts to "junk science" when it comes to dog attacks and dog bites. I finally got people to stop saying that. Post Sep 23, 2009 #1 2009-09-23T01:57 VS I don't want idiots coming here telling me that "One paw swipe from bear and it's all over" - Yes common sense but these are fighting pitbulls that have the fighting mentality, these are man made monsters & by far the best fighting dog for their size, I'd go with the dogs in this match up because the bear is overpowered in this match up. Pit Bull Prejudice. I have challenged many people to find me an historical reference to the use of this term, and no one has come up with anything. years ago a TV reporter from Joplin in southern Missouri went to a friend's farm to interview them about their pit bulls. In fact I believe that term became common in this country only in recent decades (as families with 2 parents that worked outside the home hired young women to take care of the kids). I've bookmarked this so that, the next time I see it, I can refer people to your simple but logical numbers. THANK YOU, Brent! Second, if they are bothering to bring the dogs to an obedience class that also increases the odds of the dog staying in the home. This subject is important to me as a dog lover and pit bull owner. Lindsay McCormick | May 17, 2011 at 02:40 PM. I'm from the UK, and I've always heard SBTs referred to as "nanny dogs". Jeffersonville, IN - Jill Dolon, president and founder of the animal rights coalition, Unconditional Love Foundation, says about 1 in 600 pit bulls born survive. If they are unclaimed by their owner -- with evidence of ownership such as a veterinary bill -- within three business days, the animals are euthanized. (Name and email address are required. THANK YOU! Across Canada, there is a patchwork of municipal regulations involving pit bull bans. Euthanizing Pit Bulls is More Common Than Most Animal Lovers KnowJeffersonville, IN - Jill Dolon, president and founder of the animal rights coalition, Unconditional Love Foundation, says about 1 in 600 pit bulls born survive. Pit bulls contributed to 66% (346) of these deaths. Brent - I have a question about an assumption you made that I'd be curious to hear your opinion about. And it's certainly a challenging one (and like Emily notes, no data for it). These dogs were trained in the past to be vicious dog fighters. This  would make the number of pit bulls that enters the shelter finding a forever home as closer to 1 in 6 -- not 1 in 600. Pro-pit bull groups advocate for responsible pet ownership that is not breed-specific. Dogmen consider pit bull terriers, who they commonly call "100% bulldogs," to be the ultimate canine gladiator. Thank you! But we need to be honest -- and not use outlandish statements that make the stigma worse, not better. Animal People News recently reported that "U.S. shelters kill about 1.4 million dogs per year, including 750,000 pit bulls and close mixes.". If we base our assumption that there are about 7.5 million owned pit bulls in this country - and let's say, for arguments sake, 20% are gotten through adoptions (the national number is probably somewhere between 24% and 30% based on the studies above). If only 1 pit bull finds a home for every 599 that is killed, for the "1 in 600" data point to be true, that would leave only 1,333 pit bulls that are adopted from shelters or rescues (800,000 divided by 600). Meaning isn't in a shelter. Did you know there are shelters around the country where 1 in 600 pit bulls make it out alive? Posted at 10:14 AM in Mythbusting, Pit Bulls | Permalink, | Even when it was legal only about, what, 2% of the dogs were matched? I've taken to asking people who use it where they got it from & they always cite some other website, never a study, etc. And third - where did this number come from? The dogs most at risk are the ones that were "free" and the result of an accidental litter and were given to someone by an adult child, a neighbor, relative, or co-worker. Posted by: Over 75% of shelters euthanize pit bulls right after they`ve been taken in. So let's talk a bit about the numbers -- and why this number cannot even be remotely close to true. 800k bites that require hospitalization.. that's the only hard statistic. One example of well known SAR Pit Bulls is Kris Crawford and her dogs. Only one out of 600 pit bull type dogs born find and keep a forever home, facts on the ground, pit bulls in the incinerator. I never spent the time crunching the numbers, but I've looked for a long time for the source of this & CAN'T find it. |, Posted by: EmilyS | is that poodles WERE originally hunting dogs... they're just not used for that purpose in this country now. Right now, nearly 200 of the 600 dogs in Albuquerque shelters are pit bulls or pit bull mixes. 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