By Lilly Spires
Lena (German Shepard), buddies up with one month old Kennedy
Large dogs are decreasing over the years and nobody seems to be doing anything about it. Shelters are euthanizing larger sized dogs and this is caused by families not wanting a dog for its size.
According to the animal shelter “Paws and claws” People adopt small and mid-sized dogs more frequently. People determine that larger sized dogs are more dangerous or not safe for their children to be around. People and families think of this because of what they see on the web or social media. People feel large dogs are more dangerous and more eager to attack because of their breed. The truth is, they are not dangerous dogs. It all depends on how these dogs are raised.The people that have these larger dogs disagree with the people that don’t have large dogs.
There was a school in Virginia called “Mckinley Elementary“ which put the school in lockdown from a Pitbull walking around the school boundaries and they said it attempted to jump over the fence. That was not at all necessary because they had all children inside but they still did it of precaution. Later on they found out this dog was sick and not trying to attack.
Before the mid 80’s Stories of Pitbull attacks are almost non existent. People’s actions in the area are getting worse by the year. It’s the owner, not the breed.
There is a large population of people being attacks by k-9’s but 87 percent of these people being attacked was the owner of the dog from abuse or torment. As in pits were used in dogfighting, Same with Rottweilers and Dobermans. So all people assume that these breeds are aggressive and dangerous.
On the backstory, Between 1975 and 1982, was known as the “Leakage Period”. When the breeding of pits drastically increased mostly threw gang members who wanted the “toughest dog” would breed these dogs to get the genes and looks they wanted on their dog so it could be and look “the best”. By breeding these dogs you would get a dog very large and intimidating.
People don't seem to understand that dogs are not as harmful as they seem. It’s all in the looks or the drama that they see on the internet. People need to understand what dogs are really made of and meant for. They need to be raised the way they are supposed be raised. Humans are the cause of dangerous dogs. They torment and abuse them so that these dogs will be criticized and no longer be trusted because they seem dangerous for defending themselves.