Bad reputations are hard to shake — and that’s not just true of people. Anything can get a sheen of undesirability if spoken badly about enough times.
Yet all sorts of things have undeserved bad reputations, and one of the most glaring is the poor pit bull. Despite the breed’s reputation as an aggressive animal, Modern Dog reported that pit bulls were actually less likely to become aggressive than the average dog.
However, animus directed toward the breed has led to the abuse of numerous dogs. For example, WCSC reported that a South Carolina pit bull was found with terrible injuries on Feb. 2.
The animal had been dragged, tearing off the skin around its paws and opening a large wound on its chest the veterinarians couldn’t close. “This was serious, but unfortunately we see a lot of these types of cases,” said Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock. The pup went through multiple surgeries and is doing much better thanks to the care of her rescuers.
A Mississippi pooch thankfully found just the person he needed in his time of trouble. WJTV reported that a blue pit bull was dumped beside a local high-kill shelter.
The dog had been placed in a cage onto which someone had taped a sign bearing the words “Aggressive Breed.” But the worst part was that someone had shot the animal in the shoulder prior to abandoning it.
According to WLBT, a man named Aaron Travis Donald found the pit bull and placed him in his car. “Not aggressive,” he said on social media.
“Growled a little bit when I first walked up, but after I fed him, he let me pet him. He’s scared.”
Donald’s post drew the attention of Amber Burrus, who runs Coco’s House Senior Sanctuary and Rescue. She quickly took possession of the dog, who they named Johnny, and got him medical care.
“Although he is in pain and scared out of his mind he is not aggressive towards humans,” she wrote on social media. “Johnny is at our vet’s being cared for.”
Johnny’s future now looks much more bright. He will be put up for adoption and have a chance at a loving home.
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