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Fear of pit bulls quite unwarranted

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Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2001 10:00 pm

The pit bull breed has been in the news lately, and I thank Julia Priest for her column which pointed out that it isn't breed which controls aggressive behavior, it's conditioning.

In other words, treat puppies with love and kindness and you will produce a gentle, good-natured dog. This is true for pit bulls, as well, but the public's fear brought on by incomplete news reporting is condemning puppies and dogs of this breed to unfair extermination.

The headlines read: "Boy attacked by pit bulls," and the media, far from extracting and reporting the truth, simply deepens the myth and public prejudice.

Priest is correct in pointing out that Labradors or retrievers deprived of food, water, affection and instead beaten or incited to violence, would attack other animals and humans.

I am currently fostering two pit mix puppies. Although both are darling in both appearance and manner, no one will adopt them. Mixed breed puppies enjoy a wide variety of genetic traits, generally making them less prone to diseases which plague pure breds. In addition, pits have wonderfully short, soft coat, which doesn't shed or soil their owner's furnishings.

Please, don't condemn an entire breed of dog, because hideously evil people have trained a few of them to fight and kill.

Secondly, if you can give a pit mix puppy or dog a home, please call Animal Friends Connection, (209) 368-2671, and save an innocent life. Elvis and Sondra are awaiting your call.

Kathy Haring Woodbridge

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