A volunteer at a North Carolina said she thought a rescued pit bull was “crying” in now-viral photos.
“I was waiting for them [the shelter workers] to health check a couple of the dogs we were considering pulling, and I was walking up and down the kennels, and I just saw this pit bull sitting there, and she was very humanlike — slumped over and very solemn,” Sarah Sleime told The Dodo. “So I bent over and started talking to her.”
She said that the 7-year-old dog had a litter of puppies, but her puppies were taken away.
“It was the craziest phenomenon,” Sleime said of the dog’s alleged tears.
Sleime said that workers thought she was confirmed.
The dog was then used “as a breeding machine,” she added. “She’s obviously had many, many litters.”
“I posted her video on Facebook, and little did I know, it would be viewed like 700,000 times on the first day,” she added.
Her friend, Meghan Shelton, eventually adopted the pit bull.
“I have a special place in my heart for pit bulls,” Shelton told The Dodo. “I think they’re a very misunderstood dog and a misunderstood breed. And when I saw her in that video, literally crying in a cage, I cried. My kids cried. I showed my husband, and he said we could go look at her tomorrow.”
Shelton said the dog was “super sweet.”
She added: “They had brought her into a room to meet with us, and we just let her relax. My kids were on the floor with her, and she sat on their laps and knocked them over with kisses.”
Pit Bull Grabs Baby
A heroic pit bull helped save a family from a house fire and carried a baby outside in Stockton, California.
“I open it and she runs in and starts barking at me like crazy and I was like, ‘OK, this is weird. This is not like her,’” owner Nana Chaichanhda said, Fox40 reported.
As the fire began to rage on the fourplex, 8-month-old pit bull Sasha banged on the back door.
Chaichanhda noticed the building was on fire and went to the bedroom to get her 7-month-old daughter.
Sasha was with her, she said.
“She had already had my baby by the diaper and was dragging her off the bed,” she told the Fox affiliate. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what are you doing?’”
Overall, she said, “Thanks to Sasha we were able to get out safe and call 911.”
‘Most Abused Dogs on Earth’
Animal rights group PETA has said that pit bulls are “the most abused dogs on Earth.”
“Pit bulls are left at shelters in record numbers—and since they are difficult to adopt out, reputable shelters (that don’t slam the door in the dogs’ faces) are finding that they must euthanize more pit bulls and pit bull mixes than all other dogs combined,” the group said.
Karen Delise, research director for the National Canine Research Council and author of “The Pitbull Placebo,” has investigated hundreds of dog bite incidents.
She wrote in a now-taken down article: “My study of dog bite-related fatalities occurring over the past five decades has identified the poor ownership/management practices involved in the overwhelming majority of these incidents: owners obtaining dogs, and maintaining them as resident dogs outside of regular, positive human interaction, often for negative functions (i.e. guarding/protection, fighting, intimidation/status),” according to a prior report from The Epoch Times.
Dog Bite Statistics
However, website DogsBite.org says that “each day, about 1,000 U.S. citizens require emergency care treatment for serious dog bite injuries. Annually, about 9,500 citizens are hospitalized due to dog bite injuries.”
In a 13-year analysis, the website says that of 433 fatal dog attacks in the United States, pit bulls contributed to 66 percent, or 284 deaths