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The Most Misunderstood Dog Breed

To rectify this situation, we must determine where these rumors originated. Although illegal, dog fighting made a comeback in the 1980s, with the beloved pitbull the fighter of choice due to its muscular build and physical power. Then, in 1987, there was a highly publicized attack in which a pitbull guarding illegal drugs in California mauled and killed a two-year-old boy.

While these were isolated incidents, fear and terror grew immensely in potential dog adopters, eventually spiraling into the mess we all see today. As a result, breed-specific bans are in effect in various cities across the country, and millions of dogs have been euthanized because they were not able to be adopted out.

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  • Updated: 10/13/2017: 8:57:32 AM ET