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Celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day

October 22 was National Pit Bull Awareness Day, a time to celebrate the good qualities of the breed that has an unfairly negative reputation, Dogster.com reports.

Because they are used in dogfighting rings, these dogs tend to attract owners who want them for the wrong reasons. They are trained to be vicious, making them the most abused breed of dog in America, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

Because of their history of irresponsible owners, pit bulls - a broad term used to describe breeds such as the American Staffordshire Terrier, the bull terrier and others - are thought of as a breed not to have. As a result, they end up in shelters more often than most dogs and tend to stay there. According to the HSUS, they comprise an estimated 70 percent of dogs housed and euthanized in urban animal shelters.

This makes them the perfect breed to adopt for Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month. Pit bull owners get the chance to know the friendly, goofy sides of these dogs that have been used in senior homes and other rehabilitation facilities as therapy dogs, according to the news source.  
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