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Shelter struggles to place pit bulls

Beata Liebetruth, shelter manager at Home at Last Humane Society in The Dalles, sits with “Ripley,” one of three young pit bulls at the shelter. The dogs have been hard to place in homes because of their breed.

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Beata Liebetruth, shelter manager at Home at Last Humane Society in The Dalles, sits with “Ripley,” one of three young pit bulls at the shelter. The dogs have been hard to place in homes because of their breed.



When people come looking for a dog to adopt, the first thing they say is “no pit bulls,” said Beata Liebetruth, shelter manager at Home at Last Humane Society...

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Charles 2 years, 2 months ago

The humane society worker quoted in this article is apparently willing to lie and misrepresent to get these dogs out of her shelter and into loving families. She needs to educate herself as to the truth about these dogs, which were originally bred for fighting bulls and each other.

The most egregious falsehood in this article is the statement that "pit bulls are not different in a way that makes them dangerous". This is utter hogwash. Their physical strength, their strong jaws, and most of all, their inbred tendency to attack without warning and "grip and shake" is what makes these dogs potentially deadly. Pit apologists seem to accept that other dogs can have inbred behaviors - such as border collies that herd, or retrievers that fetch - but are in denial about the pit bull's inbred behavior.

Thank you for quoting Dogsbite.org and Merritt Clifton, who have a solid understanding of the issues regarding these dogs. However, it is not necessary or OK to present mistruths in an attempt to make the article seem more "balanced".

People who say "no pit bulls" are not being prejudiced... they are being smart. And yes - Ripley does deserve to die.

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Dmrs1978 2 years, 2 months ago

DBO and Merritt Clifton are not reliable sources. DBO is run by a woman who has been proven to be a liar and a fraud. Both DBO and Merritt make up stats to push their agenda.

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Liv1995 2 years, 1 month ago

I have a pit bull that is absolutely amazing. He has been attacked by 2 chihuahuas and just sat there afraid not knowing what to do. Yet, my dog's breed is the one that is being attacked. You can judge a dog without actually getting to know it first. Just like you can't judge a person without getting to know them. The reason that it is hard to keep a pit is because of housing laws. It was extremely hard for me to find a place to rent because of my dog breed. If you met my dog you would see that he is a super nice and playful dog. usually the ones that have something bad to say are the ones that have never had a pit or even had real experience with them.

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