If you watch any of the classic films, mainly those from the silent era through approximately the 1940’s you will see the Pitbull featured as the beloved family pet and often babysitter of the youngsters in the film. Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Our Gang all featured Pitbulls in co-starring roles.
When did all this change? When did this symbol of the perfect all American pet become so loathed, feared, and murdered because of their genetic makeup?
Despite having been wonderful companion animals, Pitbulls seem to attract the worst kind of dog owners;those who are only interested in them for fighting or protection. It is the dog fighters and bad owners who have transformed this loyal and affectionate breed into one that is hated and feared.
How do we undo decades of misinformation and unfounded prejudices and restore the Pitbull back to its original status as a gentle, loving dog? Instead of banding together to help these poor animals escape their tragic lifestyle we fan the flames of prejudice by banning them from our cities, subdivions and apartment complexes and cite them as inherently dangerous to the public.
In 2012 the world mourned when Lenox, Tony and multiple other dogs were seized from their home, incarcerated and killed at the hands of their local justice departments. When will this stop??
Sniffing Snouts Rescue in Central Florida has stepped up to the plate and gone to bat for Pitbulls for two years.
They strongly dismiss the myth that Pitbulls are savage, dangerous dogs. They have been rescuing Pitbulls since 2010. They rescue dogs from Orange County Animal Services and have even rescued dogs off the streets. They also volunteer their time to help the dogs in shelters that do not have a voice. To assure their animals are placed in good homes they conduct mandatory home visits for all potential fosters/adopters.
Their most recent acquisitions include Jane and Ginger who were rescued from a fighting ring in Tennessee.
This past Thanksgiving night, authorities in Cheatham County, Tennessee uncovered what is believed to be the largest dog fighting rescue operation in the state’s history. Responding to a call for help, Animal Rescue Corps was on the ground in Tennessee cutting the chains of 60 dogs in less than 18 hours after receiving the call for assistance. Jane and Ginger were two of the dogs rescued in what has now been referred to as “Operation Broken Chain.” Sniffing Snouts volunteered to take them both in.
Both Ginger and Jane lived their tortured lives in horrific conditions. Jane was used as a breeder dog and had her teeth filed down to prevent her from biting the male dogs. Both dogs are currently up for adoption.
To date Sniffing Snouts has saved over 100 dogs. Many of the dogs like Jane and Ginger come to them after they have been badly abused and severely injured. Through love, dedication and patience they have rehabilitated these cast off dogs and found good homes for all of them. They do not have a facility, just foster homes throughout Central Florida. In addition to Jane and Ginger they have many other dogs that need adopting. They are in desperate need of foster homes and will even provide food, vetting, crate,flea and heartworm meds.
Please visit their website http://sniffingsnouts.com to learn more about them and their work to save Pitbulls and prove they can be the loving, loyal companion animals.
You can also join in the battle to stop dog fighting and breed specific legislation by supporting stronger laws against dog fighting in your state, alert the media and your local law enforcement if you suspect dog fighting is going in your area, and give Pitbulls a chance to prove themselves by adopting one and letting them be an ambassador for their breed!