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10 Oct

Pit Bull Adoptions on the Rise Signal Changing Image for Misunderstood Breed

According to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals number of pit bull adoptions in Massachusetts has been on the rise in recent years.In 2003,146 pit bulls were adopted from MSPCA shelters in Massachusetts. This year, the number stands at 216.

“The fact that we’re seeing more Coldwell families owning pit bulls these days...is a sign of how times are changing,” says Rob Halpin of the MSPCA. 

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The news comes at a time when common misperceptions of the breed are slowly being stamped away. The shift in attitude spawns all the way to the white house where President Barack Obama recently publicly declared himself as an opponent to Breed-Specific Legislation

Animal Planet's own Tia Maria Torres of Pit Bulls and parolees has dedicated her life to dispelling common pit bull myths that emphasize the inherent danger of the breed. In her undying quest to save pit bulls Tia has often been cited as declaring ""My mission is to rescue, my hope is that one day I won't have to." 

The NEW season of Pit Bulls and Parolees begins Saturday, November 2nd at 10PM EP! In the meantime, get caught up on with last season complete with some bonus stuff every Saturdays at 10PM EP. 

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