More than one third of New Jersey's shelter's dog intake is made up of bully breeds, but these dogs make up less than a tenth of dog adoptions. That means that half the dogs on any adoption floor at any point in time are bully breeds.
THE PITTIE PROJECT’S GOAL IS TO GET INTO COMMUNITIES AND OFFER SUPPORT AND EDUCATION TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF BULLY BREEDS IN THE SHELTER.
DOG-FIGHTING IN AMERICA
All dog breeds have potential to make wonderful, loving and loyal family dogs. The strong, active and dedicated personalities of the Pitbull breed have made them an unfortunate target through the years. In some communities, these bully breeds have become a status symbol and money makers for dog fighters, which causes over-breeding and abuse.
Dog-fighting happens throughout the entire country, from big cities to small towns. It is a cruel sport and many dogs are killed and tortured every day.
Education on the horrors of this sport is the first step in stopping the cruelty. Pushing for stronger laws regarding dog-fighters is another way to get involved. Reach out to your local township to see how you can help stop dog-fighting.
If you hear of dog-fighting in your area or anyone involved in dog-fighting, please contact your local authorities or animal shelter. In New Jersey, please call the state’s cruelty hotline at (800) 582-5979.