Why Do Pit Bulls Get A Bad Rap?


Bronwen Dickey pursues the answer:

Chain up any kind of dog, subject it to the jeers and taunts of passing strangers, and deny it food, shelter, and meaningful human company, and you may very well end up with a dangerous, unstable animal. With pit bulls, the media-stoked firestorm about their "viciousness" has created a tragic feedback loop: They have a terrible reputation, so the animal abusers are even more drawn to them.

(Photo of Petey, a purebred pit bull, by Flickr user MickiTakesPictures)