UPDATE: No rescue came for Pearl. She was euthanized yesterday.
Poor Pearl is a pit bull at a shelter that won’t adopt them out. Pearl is still practically a puppy — and you can see from the look in her eyes that she’s heartbroken at the shelter. And pit bulls can only leave one of two ways: if a rescue pulls them or when they are killed. It may even be too late for Pearl.
Yet those in the know understand that pit bulls, who used to be referred to as “nanny dogs,” are intelligent, sweet, gentle dogs. At least they are in the same ratio as other breeds. In fact, in a study mentioned on the American Veterinary Medical Association site,
Breeds found to be more aggressive toward people based on behavioral assessments and owner surveys includes tend to belong to small- to medium-sized breeds such as the collies, toy breeds and spaniels.”
However they also note:
When dogs of small stature show aggression aggressive their relatively limited strength means they are less likely to inflict serious bite injury except on vulnerable individuals or as part of a group of dogs.”
And about pit bulls? They write:
…controlled studies have not identified this breed group as disproportionately dangerous.”
- Facebook thread
- ID# 01615 – FF kennel (she is way past her due date)
- Address: 14269 Road 28, Madera, CA 93638
- Phone: (559) 675-7891
- Please contact LDS7784@yahoo.com for serious enquiries
While Madera County shelter workers and volunteers work hard to get every dog out of the shelter safely, they are an open access shelter. That means that they must take all strays and owner surrenders. When the cages are filled, dogs are killed to make room for the new dogs. That’s the harsh reality at many city and county shelters. Their Adopt-a-pet information states:
Madera County Animal Control is the only shelter in the county. We take in all types of animals and try very hard to place as many as possible.We still have a very high euthanasia rate and hope this information will help.”
To change that reality, if you live in Madera County, write the Madera County Board Chairman, David Rogers at 200 W. 4th St., Madera, CA 93637 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Instead of criticizing, offer suggestions on how to make Madera County a no-kill county. Without lots of foster homes and rescues to pull the dogs, it won’t work. And no public shelter can take in all the dogs without a way to find them rescue or adoption.
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