October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month: What you need to know about the breed
SALISBURY, Md. – “It’s not the dog, it’s the person that has trained the dog to be that way,” says Wicomico County Humane Society Executive Director, Kimberly Nock.
This October, pit bull advocates across the eastern shore are helping to shed new light on this bully breed to help erase the stigma that these furry friends are often associated with.
“You hear about people saying pit bulls will bite you or pit bulls are dangerous. Or you see people in the community and you walk by with a pit bull and they grab their kids or they grab their dogs up,” said K-9 Legend Dog Trainer, Tally Jackson.
Jackson tells 47 ABC many people are uneducated when it comes to pit bulls, and don’t even realize the amazing companions they can be.
“Pit bulls are real loyal dogs. They’re easy to train, they’re big teddy bears,” he explained.
Jackson says one of the biggest things people need to realize is that it’s not the dog that’s the issue, it’s often the owner and how they decide to raise them.
“Most of the time when we see bites or anything like that with any dog, it’s based on fear. When it comes to having a dog, any dog, exposure is going to be key. Exposure early on is going to be a big part of that dog’s life,” Jackson explained.
We’re told animal shelters are also often filled with so many pit bulls due to housing and insurance restrictions against the breed, forcing many people to give them up.
“That’s pretty much why we have so many of them. I know that there probably is a lot of unregulated breeding going on, people are trying to make money off of that breed too,” said Nock.
Which is why they say it’s so important now more than ever to break the stereotype against pit bulls and encourage people to give them a chance.
“If I can change the community’s mind by showing how they are, taking them out in public, showing them off on our Facebook page, educating people, taking them to school, that’s what I’m going to do,” said Nock.
If you’re interested in adopting a pit bull, make sure you head to the Wicomico County Humane Society’s website here.