The Chicago Tribune is stepping up and reporting on pit bull statistics in Chicago and the surrounding area. Read this in depth article about the state of the pit bull population in the Chicagoland area.
Graphics plainly show that since Safe Humane Chicago was founded with grant money from Best Friends Animal Society in 2007, the percentage of pit bull bites has skyrocketed from 27% of all dog and cat bites to an astounding 44% in 2012.*
While total numbers of dogs impounded and euthanized remains in the same ballpark as 2010, the percentage of pit bulls euthanized has risen from 57% to 66% in the first 11 months of 2013.
Nearby Waukegan's pit bull problem is noted in the article. One rescuer says that there is a litter of pit bull puppies in every other house in Waukegan despite an (unenforced) ban on unlicensed dog breeders. Despite that, animal control director Susan Elliot says it is that dog breeding licensing law that she feels addresses the pit bull problem in Waukegan. hmmm...
Elliot says that people get pit bull puppies and then surrender them when the pits are between 10 months to 1.5 years old. This is exactly the age when dogfighters would see their fighting dogs "turn on" and become aggressive, high energy fighting dogs. Elliot has noticed that a major reason people give up pit bulls is because "it has too much energy." That might be a way to say, "I am terrified of my maturing fighting dog." About half of the dogs entering the Waukegan shelter are pit bulls.
Unfortunately, the Tribune article ends with pit bull advocates saying that BSL isn't the answer, education is. This is exactly what they have been saying for 30 years and look where we are now.
*see THIS POST to read about the influence Safe Humane Chicago, Best Friends Animal Society, and Animal Farm Foundation have had on Chicago Animal Care and Control since 2007.
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