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Pit bull reputation improving, despite setbacks

The public's perception of pit bulls is improving in small steps, The Huffington Post reports. This breed of dog, which was originally bred to fight other dogs and animals, still maintains a negative reputation because of what the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) calls pit bull bias.

Despite the thousands of other attacks and injuries to humans caused by various breeds of dog every year, the media tends to give particular attention to pit bulls, the news source reports. Over-reporting of these incidents as well as false reporting - calling any dangerous dog a pit bull, even if its breed is unknown - has made pit bulls some of the least desirable dogs at animal shelters.

This is unfortunate, since pit bulls are the most in need of adoption, Washington Animal Rescue League CEO Gary Weitzman wrote in a blog for The Huffington Post.

Last year, the shelter was granted money for a pit bull booster pilot program by PetSmart Charities, the HuffPo reports. While the program caused pit bull adoption to rise by 15 percent, it was not refunded this year. Still, workers from this shelter and many others are working to support opinions and policies that judge dogs as individuals, not breeds. 
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