Pit Bulls are often wrongly accused of committing violent acts. Having garnered a negative reputation, the breed is usually the first to be blamed, regardless of whether the breed was even involved in a violent act. In a nation that is insistent on condemning the breed, statistics of Pit Bull bites or attacks are skewed at best. And many dogs are not even identified as the correct breed. Thanks to modern day media striving for sensationalism in order to drive up ratings, Pit Bulls are shown more in a negative light while the truth of their gentle nature is carefully hidden.
“The odds of being struck by lightning are 1 in 600,000 in the USA. Comparatively speaking.. the odds of being attacked and killed by a Pit Bull are approximately 1 in 145,000,000,” according to the American Pit Bull Registry, as stated on the Best Friends Animal Society website.
It would seem that an individual is more likely to be saved by a Pit Bull than harmed by one.
Meet Lilly, Chaos, Princess, Abby and X: just a few Pit Bulls that prove the heroic nature of the breed.
In Shirley, Massachusetts, Lilly, an 8 year old female Pit Bull, saved her unconscious person by dragging her off of the train tracks while an oncoming train was bearing down. Lilly got her female person out of the way in time but was hit by the train, losing her front leg and suffering from a fractured pelvis and internal injuries. Today Lilly is recovered and acting as a spokesdog for bully breeds. Visit her at Lilly the Hero Pit Bull Facebook page.
In Southbridge, Massachusetts, Chaos, an 11 month old male Pit Bull, helped save 11 people from a burning building. Chaos barked until his family woke up, alerting the three-family home to the fire. Unfortunately, Chaos did not make it out alive, but he has been credited for saving the lives of the 11 people living in the home. The fire was so large and intense, it took five different towns and 90 minutes to put it out.
In Leicester, Massachusetts, Abby, a female Pit Bull, is credited with saving a 4 year old girl from a fox attack. Abby and her friend Cally, a female Basset Hound, scared off a red fox that tried to bite the little girl. The girl got away unscathed as Abby and Cally ran the fox off.
In Southbridge, Massachusetts, Princess, a 5 year old female Pit Bull, put herself in harms way to save her person from a knife attack. Princess was stabbed repeatedly with a knife when she got between the knife and her person defending against the attacker. Her person was unharmed.
In Rhode Island, X, a female Pit Bull, is the first Pit Bull in Rhode Island to become a certified search and rescue dog, and is now part of the State Police Search and Rescue Disaster Team. She has successfully completed complex agility courses, which includes finding a missing person under rubble. This is one Pit Bull that will be saving lives over and over again.
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