The Pit Bull “Problem”
Dr. Seuss had one.
Helen Keller claims they’re one of the best therapy dogs.
Jon Stewart has two – and they watch over his young children.
But these aren’t the stories you hear when you hear about pit bulls.
Foster says he gets somewhere between 12-20 calls a day to come pick up a pit bull. “Every year in New Orleans, over 2,000 are euthanized,” he explains. “That’s a little more than five a day.”
I ask why the rate is so high, and the answer is complicated.
“People breed them poorly and don’t have the means to take care of them. People move and don’t want to take the dog with them,” he says. “Or, lately, a lot of people are into this ‘moving to New Orleans’ thing for a year to work on their art, adopting a pit bull, ‘cause that’s what everyone does here and then a year later are like, ‘I’m moving back home now, so can you take my dog?’”
Foster air-chokes that imaginary person and laughs a bit, but you can tell it’s an issue – one of many.
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“In a place like New Orleans, stigma is a big thing,” he says. “People have preconceived notions of what someone, or something, is supposed to be like and they subsequently get judged based solely on that.”
And as I get viciously attacked by an army of wet kisses and a powerful violent tail, I kind of start to see where he’s coming from.
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