With all the violent pit bull imagery, especially with the recent Modesto case, it is hard to imagine sometimes that pit bulls are anything other than the vicious, savage animals. The Inquisitr previously reported on the case in central California.
KCRA in Davis, California, reported on Dr. Liz Stelow, a behavior specialist at the U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Stelow, the vet expert, had a surprising commentary on pit bulls while discussing the Modesto attack. According to the California vet expert, pit bulls are not as vicious as they seem, despite the constant negative news that many have come to be bombarded with.
"I tend to see a lot more aggression in shepherds than I see in pit bulls. Pit bulls aren't necessarily more or less aggressive than other dogs. However, when they attack, they are capable of inflicting much more harm than a Jack Russell or other terrier breed. The way a dog is treated by its owner has as much – or more – to do with its behavior than the type of breed it is"
Like the California vet expert, a Montana behaviorist has also tried to dispel the stigma surrounding the breed. The Inquisitr reported on Aditi Terpstra, who explained that there are at least two mistakes that are made by reports and the media.
"The most common misunderstanding that most people have about Pit bulls is that the very breed itself is instinctively born with a violent disposition, which as Ms. Terpstra explained is a vague description. According to Terpstra, the American Temperament Test Society suggests otherwise."
In essence, the pit bull breed continues to be a scapegoat for people who do not properly take care of or train their animals. One can only hope that dog fighting rings will cease. Hopefully, things will change, with many groups such as Ghetto Rescue FFoundation helping to take care of and find homes for pit bulls.
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