When we mention California, it is usually in a pejorative context, but every dog has his day, and so, we are going to take a temporary hiatus from the negativity toward the The Golden State and be positive for a moment.  One of California’s new laws for 2017, AB-1825, was passed to give dogs used in dog fighting syndicates a chance to find a new home and prevent automatic euthanasia.  As a dog lover, I can’t applaud this legislation enough, because it prevents dogs, who are victims themselves in these cases, from being slated for sure death upon being taken from the dog fighters.  For the full text of the bill, check out California’s Legislative Information page.

Prior the the passage of the bill, dogs recovered from fighting rings were labeled as “vicious,” and therefore were tagged to be executed.  This bill will allow them to potentially become adopted as long as they don’t fall under another category requiring a “vicious” dog label. And since I believe the family of dogs making up the pit bull breed, which are commonly found in dog fighting rings, are the world’s most misunderstood and unjustly maligned breed, this will hopefully allow people to see that pit bulls are not inherently the Jaws of dog breeds. When you teach a dog to fight or die from essentially birth, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the dog always feels required to defend himself/herself.   Yes, pit bulls tend to me more aggressive than certain breeds, such as a retriever or bulldog, but they aren’t as aggressive as most people think.  According to Pethelpful’s Top 10 Most Aggressive Dog Breeds, pit bulls are only ninth on the list, so don’t judge the breed based on stereotypes.

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