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May 12, 2013

Pit bulls: Bad breed or misunderstood?

Experts say perception isn't always the reality

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“We just didn’t want anything directed toward a specific breed,” Haverhill City Councilor Bill Macek said. “After we had a dog bite which was in the news, there was a point that was made, that not all dog bites come from just one or a few breeds.”

K.C. Theisen, director of pet care issues for the Humane Society of the United States, fights back when communities target specific breeds.

“They have a bad reputation that they just don’t deserve,” she said of pit bulls. “The only information that reaches the public eye is the one in a million incidents. We also get news clips all the time about pit bulls and they don’t even vaguely resemble pit bulls.”

Many people say it’s more about the owner than the dog.

“People train them to be mean and that’s not the pit bull’s fault at all,” said Deanna Obrey of Londonderry, who owns two pit bulls. “It breaks my heart because they are some of the best pets and just loving dogs. “

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