Pit Bull Comforts Injured Owner after House Fire

pit bull stays with owner after house fire

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  1. Cassie Asleson KATHERINE HOUPT, VMD, PhD, DACVB

    Says Katherine Houpt, director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cornell and author of Domestic Animal Behavior: “Different breeds have genetic predispositions to certain kinds of behavior, though that can be influenced by how they are raised. The pit bull is an innately aggressive breed, often owned by someone who wants an aggressive dog, so they’re going to encourage it.”

    “I have seen so many pit bulls taken by very nice, very dog-savvy people who did all the right things,” said Houpt. “They take them to socialization class, they take them to obedience school, they are fine for a few years, and then they kill the neighbor’s dog.”

  2. Cassie Asleson KATHERINE HOUPT, VMD, PhD, DACVB

    Says Katherine Houpt, director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cornell and author of Domestic Animal Behavior: “Different breeds have genetic predispositions to certain kinds of behavior, though that can be influenced by how they are raised. The pit bull is an innately aggressive breed, often owned by someone who wants an aggressive dog, so they’re going to encourage it.”

    “I have seen so many pit bulls taken by very nice, very dog-savvy people who did all the right things,” said Houpt. “They take them to socialization class, they take them to obedience school, they are fine for a few years, and then they kill the neighbor’s dog.”

  3. Cassie Asleson Please take the time to learn the history of the breed Cassie. It is ignorant people like you who have caused this problem. The English cross bred white terriers with bulldogs and selectively bred them to be killers. Your ignorance gets kids killed.

  4. Cassie Asleson Please take the time to learn the history of the breed Cassie. It is ignorant people like you who have caused this problem. The English cross bred white terriers with bulldogs and selectively bred them to be killers. Your ignorance gets kids killed.

  5. Cassie Asleson A picture does not prove a breed is unsafe. Pit bull history tells us why the are dangerous. These 2015 kill stats prove they are dangerous. 2015 Dog Bite Related Fatalities in the U.S.
    Updated after each fatality following fact finding research
    32 Dog Bite Related Fatality
    by Breed.
    24 by Pit Bull/Pit Bull Mix
    2 by Rottweiler
    1 by Golden/mixed breed
    1 by American bulldog,Rhodesian Ridgeback, Labrador mix
    4 Unknown/Pending

  6. Cassie Asleson A picture does not prove a breed is unsafe. Pit bull history tells us why the are dangerous. These 2015 kill stats prove they are dangerous. 2015 Dog Bite Related Fatalities in the U.S.
    Updated after each fatality following fact finding research
    32 Dog Bite Related Fatality
    by Breed.
    24 by Pit Bull/Pit Bull Mix
    2 by Rottweiler
    1 by Golden/mixed breed
    1 by American bulldog,Rhodesian Ridgeback, Labrador mix
    4 Unknown/Pending

  7. Cassie Asleson Historically pit bulls were kept by dog fighters, not family’s. Less than 1% of the dog population were pit bulls and dogmen knew they were dangerous (how could you not?) When the pit population increased because the pit lobby lied to the public telling them they were safe and then over bred the hell out of them, kills went way up. You are so ignorant to compare them to other breeds who have never approached the severe injury and kill stats that pit bulls have.

  8. Cassie Asleson Historically pit bulls were kept by dog fighters, not family’s. Less than 1% of the dog population were pit bulls and dogmen knew they were dangerous (how could you not?) When the pit population increased because the pit lobby lied to the public telling them they were safe and then over bred the hell out of them, kills went way up. You are so ignorant to compare them to other breeds who have never approached the severe injury and kill stats that pit bulls have.

  9. HELP PRECIOUS–and all dogs like her! She and her young puppies are now at the county shelter and won’t be returned to live with the family in Prince George’s County because of the breed ban. Maryland Dog Federation needs your help to convince the Prince George’s County Council that this breed ban needs to be overturned. You can email the Council Chairman, Mel Franklin, at [email protected] Please do help us by emailing and sharing the post. You can also Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MarylandDogFederation/?fref=ts

  10. HELP PRECIOUS–and all dogs like her! She and her young puppies are now at the county shelter and won’t be returned to live with the family in Prince George’s County because of the breed ban. Maryland Dog Federation needs your help to convince the Prince George’s County Council that this breed ban needs to be overturned. You can email the Council Chairman, Mel Franklin, at [email protected] Please do help us by emailing and sharing the post. You can also Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MarylandDogFederation/?fref=ts

  11. Historically, society has had their “bad breeds”. Used to be border collies, then german shepards and now pitbulls. Won’t buy into it. Never had a pitbull be aggressive to me. Had many other dogs of random breeds growl at me and lunge. Try looking up Bully Walks. Maybe enlighten yourself. You cannot stereotype a whole breed. It’s impossible and not true.

  12. Historically, society has had their “bad breeds”. Used to be border collies, then german shepards and now pitbulls. Won’t buy into it. Never had a pitbull be aggressive to me. Had many other dogs of random breeds growl at me and lunge. Try looking up Bully Walks. Maybe enlighten yourself. You cannot stereotype a whole breed. It’s impossible and not true.

  13. They were never created to kill. Humans decided to use them to fight. In history, they were not used to fight until some idiot realized they were very easy manipulated. My dog, I’ve raised her very responsibly and she’s around kids constantly and has never once growled or hurt anyone. You can post as many pictures as you want but I know too many pitbulls who have had long lives without any issues. So nope.

  14. They were never created to kill. Humans decided to use them to fight. In history, they were not used to fight until some idiot realized they were very easy manipulated. My dog, I’ve raised her very responsibly and she’s around kids constantly and has never once growled or hurt anyone. You can post as many pictures as you want but I know too many pitbulls who have had long lives without any issues. So nope.

  15. Scientific proof?…. LOL The breed was created to kill… LOL Why would anyone need scientific proof?? The breed kills more than all other breeds combined…. LOL Some would call that all the proof they need.

  16. Scientific proof?…. LOL The breed was created to kill… LOL Why would anyone need scientific proof?? The breed kills more than all other breeds combined…. LOL Some would call that all the proof they need.

  17. You can copy and paste really well but if the site isn’t credible, like most pitbull hate propaganda sites are, it doesn’t matter. It is HOW THE DOG IS RAISED. THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC PROOF THAT THEY ARE PRONE TO AGGRESSION. Good god.

  18. You can copy and paste really well but if the site isn’t credible, like most pitbull hate propaganda sites are, it doesn’t matter. It is HOW THE DOG IS RAISED. THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC PROOF THAT THEY ARE PRONE TO AGGRESSION. Good god.

  19. These are the 2015 stats for kills by dog breed. Pit bulls account for over 80% of fatalities in 2015. This is a breed specific problem. 2015 Dog Bite Related Fatalities in the U.S.
    Updated after each fatality following fact finding research
    32 Dog Bite Related Fatality
    by Breed.
    24 by Pit Bull/Pit Bull Mix
    2 by Rottweiler
    1 by Golden/mixed breed
    1 by American bulldog,Rhodesian Ridgeback, Labrador mix
    4 Unknown/Pending
    By Age :
    12 Children
    19 Adult
    By State :
    NM – 1 death
    MD – 1 death
    FL – 2 death
    IA – 1 death
    AR – 1 death
    PA – 1 death
    W. VA – 1 death
    TX – 5 death
    SD – 1 death
    AR – 1 death
    GA – 1 death
    NV – 1 death
    IL – 1 death
    OK – 3 death
    NC – 2 death
    OH – 1 death
    SC – 1 death
    AL – 1 death
    CA – 1 death
    WV – 1 death
    NY – 2 death
    TN – 1 death
    Names and ages of the deceased:
    Unidentified Native American – about 40 y,o. – Gallup, NM – Pack of Feral Dogs [1.2.15]
    Eugene W. Smith – 87- Frederick, MD – 1 Pit Bull [1.7.15]
    Declin Moss – 18 months – Brooksville, FL – 2 Pit Bulls [1.19.15]
    Malaki Mildward – 7yrs old – College Springs, IA – 2 Pit Bull/Bull Dog Mix [1.22.15]
    Fredrick Crutchfield – 63 yrs old – Johnson county, AR – Pit Bull [ 2.4.15]
    TayLynn DeVaughn – 2 yrs old – Pittsburgh, PA – Pit Bull [2.22.15]
    Roy Higgenbotham – 62 yrs old – WHEELING, W.Va. – Pit Bull [3.8.15]
    Betty Wood – 78 yrs old – SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX – Rottweiler [3.12.15]
    Julia Charging Whirlwind – 49 yrs old – WHITE RIVER, SD – Pending [3.14.15]
    Detrick Johnson – 36 yrs old – JEFFERSON COUNTY, AR – 7 Pit Bulls [3.21.15]
    Neta Lee Adams – 81 yrs old – WASHINGTON, GA – Pending [3.31.15]
    Kenneth Ford – 79 yrs old – NYE COUNTY, NV – Pit Bulls [4.14.15]
    Brayden Wilson – 2 months old – Dallas, TX – Pit Bull [4.19.15]
    Gaege Anthony Ramirez – 7 yrs old – NEW BRAUNFELS, TX – Pending [5.2.15]
    James W. Nevils III – 5 yrs old – Chicago, IL – Pit Bull – [5.25.15]
    Jordon Tyson Collins – 3 yrs old – Lawton, OK – Pit Bull – [6.28.15]
    Norberto Legarda – 83 yrs old – Pecos, TX – Pit Bulls – [7.2.15]
    Joshua Phillip Strother – 6 yrs old – Hendersonville, NC – Pit Bull – [7.7.15]
    Annie L. Williams – 71 yrs old – Shaker Heights, OH – Pit Bull – [7.12.15]
    Carolyn Lamp – 67 yrs old – COWETA, Ok – 3 Pit Bull/1 Rottweiler – [7.24.15]
    Porsche Nicole Cartee – 25 yrs old – SPARTANBURG, SC – Pit Bull – [8.22.15]
    Cathy Wheatcraft – 48 yrs old – DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. – Pit Bull – [8.24.15]
    Barbara McCormick – 65 yrs old – Autauga County , AL – Golden/Mix – [8.2.15]
    Emilio Rios Sr – 65 yrs old – Riverside County, CA. Pit Bulls – [8.8.15]
    Carmen Reigada – 91 yrs old – Miami, FL. – American bulldog,Rhodesian Ridgeback, Labrador mix – [9.22.15]
    Lamarkus Hakeem Hicks – 2 yrs old – Martinsburg, WV – Pit Bull – [9.28.15]
    Edgar Brown – 60 yrs old – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. – Pit Bulls – [10.16.15]
    Tanner Smith – 5 yrs old – Vidor, TX – Pit Bulls – [10.19.15]
    Amiyah Dunston – 9 yrs old – Elmont, NY – Pit Bull – [11.8.15]
    Anthony Riggs – 57 yrs old – Madison County ,TN – Rottweiler – [11.12.15]
    Name Pending – 11 months old – MARSHALL, NY – Pit Bull – [11.15.15]
    (1/19)

  20. These are the 2015 stats for kills by dog breed. Pit bulls account for over 80% of fatalities in 2015. This is a breed specific problem. 2015 Dog Bite Related Fatalities in the U.S.
    Updated after each fatality following fact finding research
    32 Dog Bite Related Fatality
    by Breed.
    24 by Pit Bull/Pit Bull Mix
    2 by Rottweiler
    1 by Golden/mixed breed
    1 by American bulldog,Rhodesian Ridgeback, Labrador mix
    4 Unknown/Pending
    By Age :
    12 Children
    19 Adult
    By State :
    NM – 1 death
    MD – 1 death
    FL – 2 death
    IA – 1 death
    AR – 1 death
    PA – 1 death
    W. VA – 1 death
    TX – 5 death
    SD – 1 death
    AR – 1 death
    GA – 1 death
    NV – 1 death
    IL – 1 death
    OK – 3 death
    NC – 2 death
    OH – 1 death
    SC – 1 death
    AL – 1 death
    CA – 1 death
    WV – 1 death
    NY – 2 death
    TN – 1 death
    Names and ages of the deceased:
    Unidentified Native American – about 40 y,o. – Gallup, NM – Pack of Feral Dogs [1.2.15]
    Eugene W. Smith – 87- Frederick, MD – 1 Pit Bull [1.7.15]
    Declin Moss – 18 months – Brooksville, FL – 2 Pit Bulls [1.19.15]
    Malaki Mildward – 7yrs old – College Springs, IA – 2 Pit Bull/Bull Dog Mix [1.22.15]
    Fredrick Crutchfield – 63 yrs old – Johnson county, AR – Pit Bull [ 2.4.15]
    TayLynn DeVaughn – 2 yrs old – Pittsburgh, PA – Pit Bull [2.22.15]
    Roy Higgenbotham – 62 yrs old – WHEELING, W.Va. – Pit Bull [3.8.15]
    Betty Wood – 78 yrs old – SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX – Rottweiler [3.12.15]
    Julia Charging Whirlwind – 49 yrs old – WHITE RIVER, SD – Pending [3.14.15]
    Detrick Johnson – 36 yrs old – JEFFERSON COUNTY, AR – 7 Pit Bulls [3.21.15]
    Neta Lee Adams – 81 yrs old – WASHINGTON, GA – Pending [3.31.15]
    Kenneth Ford – 79 yrs old – NYE COUNTY, NV – Pit Bulls [4.14.15]
    Brayden Wilson – 2 months old – Dallas, TX – Pit Bull [4.19.15]
    Gaege Anthony Ramirez – 7 yrs old – NEW BRAUNFELS, TX – Pending [5.2.15]
    James W. Nevils III – 5 yrs old – Chicago, IL – Pit Bull – [5.25.15]
    Jordon Tyson Collins – 3 yrs old – Lawton, OK – Pit Bull – [6.28.15]
    Norberto Legarda – 83 yrs old – Pecos, TX – Pit Bulls – [7.2.15]
    Joshua Phillip Strother – 6 yrs old – Hendersonville, NC – Pit Bull – [7.7.15]
    Annie L. Williams – 71 yrs old – Shaker Heights, OH – Pit Bull – [7.12.15]
    Carolyn Lamp – 67 yrs old – COWETA, Ok – 3 Pit Bull/1 Rottweiler – [7.24.15]
    Porsche Nicole Cartee – 25 yrs old – SPARTANBURG, SC – Pit Bull – [8.22.15]
    Cathy Wheatcraft – 48 yrs old – DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. – Pit Bull – [8.24.15]
    Barbara McCormick – 65 yrs old – Autauga County , AL – Golden/Mix – [8.2.15]
    Emilio Rios Sr – 65 yrs old – Riverside County, CA. Pit Bulls – [8.8.15]
    Carmen Reigada – 91 yrs old – Miami, FL. – American bulldog,Rhodesian Ridgeback, Labrador mix – [9.22.15]
    Lamarkus Hakeem Hicks – 2 yrs old – Martinsburg, WV – Pit Bull – [9.28.15]
    Edgar Brown – 60 yrs old – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. – Pit Bulls – [10.16.15]
    Tanner Smith – 5 yrs old – Vidor, TX – Pit Bulls – [10.19.15]
    Amiyah Dunston – 9 yrs old – Elmont, NY – Pit Bull – [11.8.15]
    Anthony Riggs – 57 yrs old – Madison County ,TN – Rottweiler – [11.12.15]
    Name Pending – 11 months old – MARSHALL, NY – Pit Bull – [11.15.15]
    (1/19)

  21. Did you know that I keep my own statistics on severe dog attacks and fatalities? I fact check attacks and I have done thousands of hours of research on the topic. It is a common pit bull lobby strategy to discredit the statistics. I will not let that happen. The truth must be told. This little guy was killed 2.5 weeks ago by pit bulls. Why do you make excuses for the breed?

  22. Did you know that I keep my own statistics on severe dog attacks and fatalities? I fact check attacks and I have done thousands of hours of research on the topic. It is a common pit bull lobby strategy to discredit the statistics. I will not let that happen. The truth must be told. This little guy was killed 2.5 weeks ago by pit bulls. Why do you make excuses for the breed?

  23. You can get fake statistics from anywhere. Did you know that “pitbull” isn’t one breed but more used to describe physical characteristics. It is how they are raised. I know WAY TOO MANY pitbulls that are beautiful and loving and loyal. I’ve been lunged at by golden retrivers, and almost bitten by a doberman… Seen a cocker spaniel tear apart another docile dog for no reason. Never had any problems with a pitbull. So, no. It’s not a breed specific thing.

  24. You can get fake statistics from anywhere. Did you know that “pitbull” isn’t one breed but more used to describe physical characteristics. It is how they are raised. I know WAY TOO MANY pitbulls that are beautiful and loving and loyal. I’ve been lunged at by golden retrivers, and almost bitten by a doberman… Seen a cocker spaniel tear apart another docile dog for no reason. Never had any problems with a pitbull. So, no. It’s not a breed specific thing.

  25. But it is a breed specific problem Cassie. You need some education. 1 million pit bulls will be put down this year in Canada and the USA. This is a breed specific problem. Over 80% of the dog attack fatalities this year in the USA are from pit bull attacks. This is a breed specific problem.

  26. But it is a breed specific problem Cassie. You need some education. 1 million pit bulls will be put down this year in Canada and the USA. This is a breed specific problem. Over 80% of the dog attack fatalities this year in the USA are from pit bull attacks. This is a breed specific problem.

  27. Are you kidding me? ANY breed is capable of attack if not raised right. It’s certainly NOT a breed problem. I have a pitbull who is the most loyal and maternal dog I’ve ever had. Stop being an ignorant sheep. You’re making it too easy.

  28. Are you kidding me? ANY breed is capable of attack if not raised right. It’s certainly NOT a breed problem. I have a pitbull who is the most loyal and maternal dog I’ve ever had. Stop being an ignorant sheep. You’re making it too easy.

  29. Another child is killed by pit bulls in Detroit today. When will we ban the breeding of pit bulls? Why are pit supporters OK with trading pit bull lives for children’s lives?

  30. Another child is killed by pit bulls in Detroit today. When will we ban the breeding of pit bulls? Why are pit supporters OK with trading pit bull lives for children’s lives?

  31. I would walk in and take my dog back. They have no right to keep your pet especially if he or she is friendly and you went through a tragedy.

  32. I refuse to live anywhere that has a breed ban. I don’t own a pit….but if people are that stupid to have a ban I don’t want to be living anywhere near them. Any town official and law maker that supports those backwards ass laws deserves to be shot before any pit.

  33. I refuse to live anywhere that has a breed ban. I don’t own a pit….but if people are that stupid to have a ban I don’t want to be living anywhere near them. Any town official and law maker that supports those backwards ass laws deserves to be shot before any pit.

  34. Ceaira Preuett I would place a large bet on that dogs’ breeding line as Old Line Irish Red. At one time almost extinct, bred originally for livestock work. Also, because of extensive inbreeding to bring the line back prone to a congenital sterile viral infection condition commonly treated with prednisone. The condition most commonly presents as pustules and infection between the toes. If combined with chemical allergies can also appear on the body.

  35. Ceaira Preuett I would place a large bet on that dogs’ breeding line as Old Line Irish Red. At one time almost extinct, bred originally for livestock work. Also, because of extensive inbreeding to bring the line back prone to a congenital sterile viral infection condition commonly treated with prednisone. The condition most commonly presents as pustules and infection between the toes. If combined with chemical allergies can also appear on the body.

  36. Really . Duh …. Of course any dog will protect its owner when they are hurt. Did they take a DNA of this dog and can say 100 percent it’s a pit ??

  37. Really . Duh …. Of course any dog will protect its owner when they are hurt. Did they take a DNA of this dog and can say 100 percent it’s a pit ??

  38. I just hope the owner has a place where he can take his dog so it doesn’t end up being put to sleep because of the breed. People are so narrow minded when it comes to Pits but for anyone who has ever had one can tell you on how loving they truly are. I’m glad they made it out alive and hope they stay that way. <3

  39. I just hope the owner has a place where he can take his dog so it doesn’t end up being put to sleep because of the breed. People are so narrow minded when it comes to Pits but for anyone who has ever had one can tell you on how loving they truly are. I’m glad they made it out alive and hope they stay that way. <3

  40. The crazy thing is I used to live in PG County and was literally 5 minutes from the D.C. city line. Legal to have pitts in DC but PG County which pretty much shares the same territory

  41. The crazy thing is I used to live in PG County and was literally 5 minutes from the D.C. city line. Legal to have pitts in DC but PG County which pretty much shares the same territory

  42. Any dog is dangerous if it has a terrible owner! Good owners have absolutely wonderful dogs. In the Victorian Era they were called Nanny dogs because they were so gentle. It used to be German Shepherds, then Dobermans., then Rotwielers, now Pitbulls. Get a grip people. Humans make dogs aggressive, not the breed!

  43. Any dog is dangerous if it has a terrible owner! Good owners have absolutely wonderful dogs. In the Victorian Era they were called Nanny dogs because they were so gentle. It used to be German Shepherds, then Dobermans., then Rotwielers, now Pitbulls. Get a grip people. Humans make dogs aggressive, not the breed!

  44. And now she is being taken away from her owner because this county has a pit bull ban! are you f—ing kidding me?! I only hope that beings his house is destroyed he can move out of this horrible county and have his dog back! Peoples ignorance makes me so damn mad!

  45. And now she is being taken away from her owner because this county has a pit bull ban! are you f—ing kidding me?! I only hope that beings his house is destroyed he can move out of this horrible county and have his dog back! Peoples ignorance makes me so damn mad!

  46. I’m glad the firemen had the sense not to shoot this beautiful dog who was just doing what pit bulls do, protecting her owner.

  47. Bully breed mix. There’s only one pit bull and that’s the American Pit Bull Terrier (if you Google it, search results will come up with american bully, bbm, etc mixes so i wouldn’t Google it.) I’ll find a picture of some and comment it for example.

  48. Bully breed mix. There’s only one pit bull and that’s the American Pit Bull Terrier (if you Google it, search results will come up with american bully, bbm, etc mixes so i wouldn’t Google it.) I’ll find a picture of some and comment it for example.

  49. Dogs are amazing creatures. Their Loyalty is beyond comparison . Praying everyone is safe and they are able to get into a warm place to live. God Bless All of our Loyal Dogs.

  50. Dogs are amazing creatures. Their Loyalty is beyond comparison . Praying everyone is safe and they are able to get into a warm place to live. God Bless All of our Loyal Dogs.

  51. Absolutely terrific! Know what else is terrific? This Adoptable Dogs of Pennsylvania page! If you’d be kind enough to help some good dogs get some great homes, like it, and its content! Thanks!

  52. Absolutely terrific! Know what else is terrific? This Adoptable Dogs of Pennsylvania page! If you’d be kind enough to help some good dogs get some great homes, like it, and its content! Thanks!

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