Why pit bulls are different

“They’re borderline dogs. They’re right on the edge all of the time. Even if the dogs are not trained or used for fighting, and even though they are generally good with people, their bloodline makes them prone to violence.”
F.L. Dantzler, HSUS Director of Field Services

“Pit bulls are different; they’re like wild animals. They’re not suited for an urban environment. I believe we should open our eyes and take a realistic approach to pit bulls.”
Alan Beck, Director for the Center for the Human Animal Bond at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, West Lafayette, Indiana

“It is genetically inbred in them to be aggressive. They can be very nice dogs, but they are very prey driven and they are extremely strong. It makes them high risk dogs and it makes them extremely dangerous.”
Arlene Sterling, Chief Animal Control Officer, Newaygo County, Minnesota

“Pit bulls are a breed-specific problem. The public is misled to believe that pit bulls are like any other dog. And they just aren’t.”

“Pit bulls have been bred to behave differently during a fight. They may not give warning before becoming aggressive, and they’re less likely to back down when clashing with an opponent.”

“If you are trying to create submission in a fighting breed, it’s not going to happen. They would rather die than surrender.”
Cesar Milan, TV dog trainer

“Most breeds do not multiple-bite. A pit bull attack is like a shark attack: He keeps coming back.”
Kurt Lapham, field investigator for the West Coast Regional office of the Humane Society

“Dog owners are naive about the dogs strength and stubborn character. People have pits and do not understand the potential risk factor.”
Kate Rindy, co-author Pit Bulls Are Different, former HSUS employee and assistant to Randall Lockwood, former executive director of Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society

Read the story of one couple who did everything they could to manage the danger of their pit bull

“All dogs can bite but not with that ferocity. [The pit bull] was raised to kill for centuries. You can’t breed it out in one generation. And they’re not one of the smarter breeds, despite other’s beliefs that they are intelligent.”
David Gendregske, Animal Control Director, Clare County Minnesota

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The American SPCA warns animals shelters about the dangers of pit bull type dogs, and recommends “panic buttons” be installed in areas where pit bulls are housed.