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Defend against injustice and bigotry for Runty!

Updated on March 26, 2012
This is Runty. The innocent puppy who needs your help.
This is Runty. The innocent puppy who needs your help. | Source

Pitbull Parade...


I can't say that I like injustice of any kind. I am always wanting to pick up my gear and defend the weak. My mother says that I have always been like this and that she called me Joan of Ark. Unfortunately, today's world is full of injustices big and small. I guess it means that we have not made such big strides in human nature since the times of Joan of Ark. It seems that we are limited to improving only in technological and personal advances.

I think that the worst thing for me to deal with is injustice against the defenseless. While crime is a sad topic that makes me cringe, crimes against children, the elderly, and animals affect me the most. They never had a fighting chance. So, now I want to introduce you to Runty. He is a pitbull belonging to a woman I once worked with a long time ago. This is not a favor for a friend as we barely knew each other. I just read the article and felt that Runty's situation is completely unfair. He did nothing wrong other than be a pitbull. Pitbull's do not have the best reputations. Because of bad raising and training and a history of being used as fight dogs, pitbulls are feared for their aggression. I think all big dogs seem more territorial when other dogs pass by but because of a reputation and their genetic ability to lock jaw, pitbulls are revered as the 'dangerous dog'. Even insurance companies charge higher premiums to home owners who also have 'dangerous dogs'. Mind you, I do agree that extra precautions need to be in place when owning any large powerful dog. Children need to learn to respect dogs or they will get bit, even if it is a family dog. The truth, however, remains that people have been a bigger threat to these dogs then they have ever been to people.

Runty was jailed because of the company he kept. In January, Runty's roomate, another pitbull, dug out of the fence to fight with a dog. Runty followed. Even the other dogs owner admitted early on that Runty was more of a spectator and did not get involved with the fight. Obviously, the other dog owner wanted to take steps against the dog that came after her dog and no one can blame her for that. The problem is that the dog never came back after the day of the fight. So the story continues and somehow the decision is made that Runty is a 'dangerous dog' and took him out of the house. The story itself is ripe with injustice as I present it but add to that the fact that state laws are being ignored and manipulated in order to take Runty and there is no reason for him to be captive. I want you to decide on your own after reading the story.

Today, the owner and her legal representative have already done a hearing and are preparing to take the next step in court. I am not sure that this article will help. I am not sure that joining the internet cause will help either but I am still going to ask you to do it. I am hoping that it will work like a petition. This whole article is my desperate plea for a little dog life that I may never officially meet. Honestly, how dangerous could a dog that wears booties be? This is sad and frustrating.

Do you own or know a pitbull?

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I would love to hear your views. I also welcome any family pitbull stories.


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    • Moms-Secret profile image

      Lissette 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I never owned a pit but I know enough dogs to know that they can't be generalized like that. I also have seen my fare share of sweet pits.

      Florida does have its huge gray areas. I can't believe the goats didn't have any rights in their own pen. It's only trespassing if there is a sign? Really? Thanks for reading and commenting. Look forward to seeing more of you.

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      Know all kinds of pitbulls. Some are as sweet as pie. I had a stocky little border collie who did not put up with their guff. He was super quick and too smart for them.

      Animal control is a trip in Central Florida. The enforcement of laws and handling of animals is not always consistent. I know of a case where some guys let their pitbulls loose in a goat pen so two experienced dogs could show the young one how to kill. They got off, because there was no sign warning against trespassing.

      Welcome to Florida. Good ol' boys still rule.

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      Lissette 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Hi Frank! We have more in common... must be our 'out of the box' mentality. I kept going about this on my blog, which I am trying to get back into. Never really considered myself a blogger.

      Some have come forward about this article to remind me that not all pits are safe and they are right but not all are bad either. My point is to keep it case by case. How do you feel about it?

      Yeah, I think we will stick to dog eat dog... the latter sounded like it should be in some horror flick. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Joan.. you know I too hate when the weak get picked on.. dogs cats and small children.. I put them all in the same catagory.. a wonderful share.. pitbulls.. they're just lovable dogs.. Man's best friend... we are a savage race... sadly.. dog eat dog.. should be man eat man.. damn that didn't sound right..:(