Facts tell pit bull story

Thank you so much for your article about pit bulls [Cover story, "Rescued," April 3, 2003] (http://www.readthehook.com/93261/cover-story-pits-dogfightings-bloody-af...). I am a proud owner of an American Pit Bull Terrier and am part of a group of responsible, anti-dogfighting pit bull-owner list called Pitbull-l, with about 500 members.

My pit bull is a spayed female, and I had seen Bronx, the male pit bull in the SPCA website. My heart sank when I read in the article that he had been put down. I am in tears as I write this because such is the case for so many pit bulls. I hear everyday how awful and vicious they are. People are so ignorant and prejudiced against this breed, but you set the record straight. As you mention, Pete The Pup from The Little Rascals was a pit.

My girl, Troubles, would never hurt anyone. She is around children almost every day of her life. I try to be a good owner by taking her to obedience class and learning as much as I can about the breed and dogs in general.

A woman named Kristine Crawford has two "search and rescue" pit bulls, one of which went to Texas for the Columbia remains search. This pit bull is also a dog specializing in finding human remains. These are pit bulls that were rescued from shelters, and people do not realize that pit bulls can do so much.

Crawford's website is forpitssake.org. Other great websites with info are pbrc.net www.badrap.org pitgirls.com.

Nely Mendoza
Madison
nely@cstone.net