Is the Puppy Bowl Pro-Pit Bull? Animal Planet Packs Lineup With Adorable "Bullies"

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10-week old pit bull/German Shepard mix Eli plays with 4-month-old Catahoula/Boston Terrier mix Koda
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"It takes time to change people, no matter who you are. Some faster than others. I'm able to bring Hercules anywhere so people get to see, in an airport, a nice hotel, a supermarket, what a pit bull really is," Rossi adds. He attributes much of this change in public opinion to shows like his and the efforts of Animal Planet and others involved in breed awareness efforts.

Did we also mention that all the pups in the Puppy Bowl are rescues, available for adoption? Animal Planet is definitely on the side of the underdog.

And in response to those who continue to claim that pit bulls are dangerous, Rossi says that's nonsense. "Most of those people that have that opinion have never owned a pit bull, have never been around a pit bill, have never been victimized by a pit bull or know anyone who ever has. They have an uneducated, unpopular opinion of what they think is happening. Do your research before you make a judgement of a topic. Because of the shows on Animal Planet, because I traveled to over 40 cities doing breed awareness last year, I'm bring attention and awareness to what really is going on."

This year's Pit Boss season finale showcases the team's efforts in Miami, and it airs on March 30 at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet. In the meantime, Puppy Bowl fans can watch the epic showdown this Sunday starting at 3 p.m. Our money's on little Cash.

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rebtris
rebtris

What part of Pit bulls are BRED to KILL do people not understand? Just what the innocent kids and pets of America need.. more people keeping pit bulls.. NOT!

maxgold20
maxgold20

Quote from the recent study - "Mortality, Mauling, and Maiming by Vicious Dogs 2011"

"Over a recent 3-year period from January 2006 to March 30, 2009, a total of 98 dog bite fatalities involving 179 dogs occurred; 60% of the deaths were caused by pit bulls, and 76% were caused by pit bulls and Rottweilers. A total of 113 pit bulls were involved in these deaths, and they accounted for 63% of the dogs involved in fatal attacks. If the risk of fatal attack is normalized to Labrador Retrievers and Labrador-mix breeds (the most common registered dog in the United States), the relative risk of death related to pit bull attacks is more than 2500 times higher.

In one 85-day period from July to September 2008, pit bulls were involved in 127 dog attacks, 57% of which occurred off the owner’s property. In these attacks, 158 people were injured, 63% of them severely; 10% of the victims suffered severed body parts; and 6 victims were killed. 12 In the same period, 128 dangerous pit bulls had to be shot to death by police officers or citizens. A closer look at these figures indicates that 1 person is killed by a pit bull every 14 days, a person loses a body part to a pit bull attack every 5.4 days, 2 persons are injured by pit bulls each day, and 1.5 pit bulls are shot to death each day.

Dog bites are a serious public health concern in the United States and across the world. They result in substantial emotional and physical trauma and in a substantial economic cost to the victims and to society. Fortunately, fatal dog attacks are rare, but there seems to be a distinct relationship between the severity and lethality of an attack and the breed of dog responsible. The unacceptable actuarial risk associated with certain breeds of dogs (specifically, pit bulls) must be addressed. These breeds should be regulated in the same way in which other dangerous species, such as leopards."

Sounds like the ultimate pet for a sociopath.  Also, these Pitbull propaganda shows fail to mention how the serious maimings  maulings and killings at the jaws of Pitbulls have increased dramatically ever since they began TO PEDDLE THEIR LIES ABOUT THE BREED.  All they have achieved is to support and increase these regular and serious attacks as well as the mass euthanasia rate of Pitbulls.  You can't expect anything more from a Sociopathic Pitbull Loving TV Show.

HOBO87
HOBO87

You won't hear back from dogsbite.org because they are a bunch of sick puppies. They spread false information they must know is false. I don't what their problem is.

Kimberly Lynne
Kimberly Lynne

Alex, it's clear you've not met many (or any) pit bulls judging from your profoundly ignorant comment. I get that it was meant in a way to be satirical, however you missed the mark - by a lot. The vast majority of pit bulls (and the breeds that fall under this broad term) are just dogs. They're family dogs. They're service dogs. They're police dogs. They're companions. They're not vicious zombie-face-eating abominations. When you lump a large amount of different breeds into one category and use the collective term 'pit bull' to label them as one, and then you gather statistical data regarding this group which is now known as one, don't you think the data will be skewed? And just to be clear, there are about 12 breeds and then another dozen more crossbreeds labeled under the catchall term "pit bull". That is not to say there aren't a fair share of dogs of these breeds who are poor representations. Because, let's be honest, there are poor representations of every breed, everywhere. But to say a dog is inherently dangerous due to breed and breed alone is ridiculous.

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

caaauuuuuse they rip your face off if youre alone in a room with them...

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