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Dizzying Intellect » Me, me, me. Them. You.

Me, me, me. Them. You.

I haven’t mentioned it on here, but many of you probably know from twitter that I’m a volunteer at the Humane Society of Missouri.

And that same group of you also knows about the pit bull rescue. I don’t know how much this has made national news — I’m sort of in an echo chamber, here, and it feels like it’s not getting nearly enough coverage. The hsmo broke up a multi-state pit bull fighting ring last month, and it was the single largest dog fighting raid and rescue in US history. They rescued over 400 dogs, who had never known anything but fighting and torture and abuse.

I know that pit bulls have a terrible reputation, but if you’ve never met one in person, you owe it to yourself to do so. They are extremely affection-driven and will do anything for their beloved family — even if it means fighting to the death. This, in itself, makes the dog fighting “sport” obscenely cruel.

Perhaps the one benefit of this heartbreaking ordeal is the opportunity to prove to the public that these dogs aren’t monsters. Some of them have been bred specifically for aggression, but the vast majority of the breed has not. They’re just dogs, who want nothing more than love and affection, and a friendly face to lick.

If you have any way of helping us, please do. We need supplies and money to care for these dogs every day until their case is finished. (Amazon has amazing prices on extreme kongs — and you could buy three and get free shipping to the shelter! Or toss your old mismatched, unwanted bath towels in box and send it, that’s great too.) If you can’t give money or supplies, please contact your local government offices and encourage them to make stronger laws about dog fighting and animal abuse. And if you have the time, visit your local Humane Society and cuddle with a homeless pit bull for a while. I promise they’ll change your mind.

4 Comments

  • By Stacy, August 2, 2009 @ 7:05 pm

    We had three at the Humane Society I volunteered for when I was 15 or so. They were sweet, beautiful dogs. I won’t tell you what happened to them. The people who turn them into killers need a taste of the same treatment, I think.

  • By radix, August 2, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

    unreal the nfl might let vick back in….

    sad times we live in

  • By selwyn marock, August 2, 2009 @ 10:44 pm

    One definitely gets the feeling that politicos do not want to harm dog-fighter’s and drug-dealer’s 1)They vote.
    2)They can offer large bribes and donations from their ill-gotten gains.
    smarock10@yahoo.com

  • By Tanya, August 5, 2009 @ 9:26 am

    I don’t know if I’d go that far. Dogfighting is now illegal in all 50 states. The penalties should definitely be tougher, though.

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