Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
Rocky, like so many
other pit bulls,
was used as a living burglar alarm. He was kept outdoors in all weather
to a flimsy doghouse, with no life, no love―no nothin'.
Brutus had broken
free of his chain and gotten his ear nearly ripped off by another dog, but his
owner was oblivious to the extent of the injury―not that he had made any effort
to find out how severe it was. Instead, he just chained Brutus up again and
went back inside his own warm, comfortable home, while Brutus cowered inside his
These are just two
of the countless pit bull cruelty and neglect cases that PETA's Community Animal Project and Emergency Response Team have dealt with recently, and the abuse and neglect
of pit bulls in particular seem to be getting worse. Everyone knows that animal
shelters are full of these vulnerable dogs. 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.
That's why we are trying
to stop pit bull abuse at its roots by preventing pit bulls from being born
into a world that largely views them as cheap bodyguards, burglar alarms,
punching bags, and back-alley gladiators. No one needs to bring even one more
dog into this world while there are so many still homeless.
PETA's mobile clinics
provide no-cost to low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to hundreds of pit bulls every year, and we'd
like to push that number even higher. Love pits and don't want to see more of
them tied up by tractor-trailer chains or torn up like Brutus was? PETA has now
launched a special fund through which all donations
will go toward free pit bull spay
surgeries. Click here
to make a donation today to help prevent more pit bulls from falling into the
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