Sad Bully Facts

The Ban on Pit Bulls

What surprised us the most if the general public’s acceptance of the ban on pit bulls. We were thinking of taking Rosco on a vacation to Florida and we found out that pit bulls are banned in the Miami-Dade county. The whole county! No exceptions.

Pit bulls seem to be banned everywhere. Everyone just wants to shy away from the breed and not deal with it. Ohio particularly dislikes them:

Ohio State Laws mandate that “pit bull” type dogs be covered by a minimum of $100,000 liability insurance. This is because Ohio classifies a “pit bull” type dog as vicious regardless of actual temperament, personality, history, etc.

Chapter 955 Ohio Revised Code defines “vicious dog” as a dog that, without provocation:

  • Has killed or caused serious injury to any person
  • Has caused injury, other than killing or serious injury, to any person, or has killed another dog.
  • Belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog

(Courtesy of Take2Rescue)

Wait. So pit bulls being on the list has nothing to do with it having killed or causing injury. They’re just “vicious” because their mom gave birth to them. Unbelievable!

PETA, the so-called People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, supports the ban: They claim they have rescued many pit bulls from abusive homes where they were badly hurt, kicked, and beaten to the point of aggression for dog fights, or they chain them up on a short chain to make aggressive guard dogs, or drug dealers use them as weapons.

But here’s the truth: PETA is a well-funded machine that works hard at supporting laws which caused innocent dogs and families to be torn apart—and dogs to die. PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk sees pet ownership as “animal slavery” and pit bulls are better off dead. From Best Friends Animal Society’s blog post, PETA’s “better off dead” philosophy:

“PETA believes that all pit bulls should be killed upon entering shelters, rather than be adopted by the public. Why? Because PETA believes that there is a chance that someone with bad intentions might adopt a pit from a shelter and use him/her for fighting or tie him/her out in the yard to serve as a macho guard dog. Like the hoarder, PETA believes that their actions, in this case promoting the killing of pit bulls, is the highest form of love and protection that they can provide to an animal in the face of a future that they can’t control.

And it’s not just pit bulls. PETA also supports banning of German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans…basically powerful breeds that can easily be used to intimidate people and turn them into the ban supporters. To learn more about the real PETA, visit PETA Kills Animals.

Here’s an argument from the people behind Lift The Ban On Pit Bulls:

If pit bulls are completely wiped out…, will these people not simply pick another breed? Then what happens, will the government ban them? Then the next breed? And the next?

Pete the Pup, center, with Matthew “Stymie” Beard and Bobby “Wheezer” Hutchins in the Our Gang comedy “School’s Out,” c. 1930
Photo Source: Wikipedia


Now that’s something to think about. So for the love of the breed, be a responsible pet parent or we won’t see these beautiful breed in the future!


Content courtesy of Happy Pit Bull

  • There is an overpopulation of pit bull. Just look at thousands of them on Petfinder and hundreds of thousands available at shelters and rescue groups that don’t use Petfinder.
  • In shelters across the nation, the pit bull population of anywhere from 40% to 60% or more of the total shelter population (national average is 33%) and many shelters needing more space will opt to euthanize pit bulls before any other type of dog. Some shelters don’t even bother to put pit bulls up for adoption.
  • The pit bull euthanasia rate in shelters is at approximately 93% on average. That means for every 100 pit bulls that are surrendered to the shelter, only 7 will survive. And that number includes owner reclaims of lost dogs.

So here are a few key actions that every responsible pit bull owner must take:

  1. Spay or neuter your dog(s)!
  2. Do not breed or buy while shelter animals die. Adopt!
  3. Rescue, foster, or volunteer at a shelter.
  4. Encourage others to do the same.

Be good pet parents. Love the breed. Do something right by them.

Related links:

Obtaining a pit bull: Rescue groups and animal shelters
Spay/neuter resources
The Biggest Battle — The epidemic that’s killing the pit bulls
Dog Breeding and Pet Homelessness?