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Pit bulls: Killers with four legs

“If anyone is working round the clock to besmirch the reputation of pit bulls, it is pit bulls themselves,” said Charles Leerhsen in TheDailyBeast.com.

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I was walking my sweet little Wheaten terrier the other day, said Charles Leerhsen, when a pit bull “exploded out of a car and, rumbling with blood lust, charged us.” The snarling dog dug its teeth into my dog’s chest, ignoring the punches I delivered to its head, until its owner finally put a leash on the beast and dragged it away. My dog will survive, but has been maimed.

Its owner shrugged and told the cops that his dog “doesn’t get along well with other dogs.” This is a typical pit bull owner response. Although pit bulls were bred to fight and to bite with savage ferocity, their owners invariably insist that they are “misunderstood creatures” that, if trained well, pose no threat to other dogs or the public. Statistics, though, show that pit bulls “are by far the most dangerous breed of dogs.” Just Google “pit bull attacks” and you’ll find dozens of chilling stories about children, old women, police officers, and other dogs that have been mauled and even killed. One study found that over three years, pit bulls killed 52 Americans. “If anyone is working round the clock to besmirch the reputation of pit bulls, it is pit bulls themselves.”

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