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28 Feb

Six States Look Into Outlawing Breed-Specific Legislation

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Bully breeds, like the pit bull, are targeted by breed-specific legislation. (Credit: Jack Hollingsworth/Corbis)

Pit bulls and their owners, rejoice! Six states are considering bills that would make breed-specific legislation illegal.

The states examining the issue are Maryland, Missouri, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont and Washington. If any of them sign a bill into law, they would join 17 others that prohibit bans based on breed, according to the Huffington Post.

Like the name describes, breed-specific legislation (BSL) are laws that would ban or restrict owning dogs considered to be dangerous, like pit bulls, Rottweilers, and German shepherds, according to the American Humane Society.

BSL critics, who include President Obama, argue that BSL isn’t well supported. The American Human Society claims there is little evidence proving BSL reduces dog bites and attacks, and that unfavorable situations result in altercations, not the dog itself. Best Friends Animal Society also maintains that enforcing breed bans would be expensive, as illustrated in this calculation tool.

According to DogsBite.org, more than 700 cities in the United States have breed-specific legislation, including Denver. Breed-specific bans can also be found abroad in Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain and Ireland, among other countries.

Do you think breed-specific legislation is effective or useless? Comment and let us know!

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3 May

Pit Boss: Shorty's Top Dog: Mario Crowned Future Top Dog!

 

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Mario has been settling into the family and training for many months now, learning all that he'll need to know to be a service dog to Shorty.  And, it's now time to decide if he's got the chops to take the spot of Top Dog someday, when Hercules retires.

Is Mario ready for this big role?! Shorty breaks down his decision - watch it now:

 

 

 Watch all the episodes at the Pit Boss: Shorty's Top Dog site >>



Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for AnimalPlanet.com. Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook for the cutest animal posts EVER.

25 Apr

Pit Boss: Shorty's Top Dog: Mario Meets Adoring Fans at His First Pet Expo

 

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It's pet expo day - which means GO TIME for Mario! Shorty takes the growing pup to his very first expo to see how he'll do around the loud, busy atmosphere and fans. This is one of the last big tests for Mario to see if he can handle the life of a service dog and being at Shorty's side 24/7.

If he doesn't do well with all the attention and people, he could be out of the running for Shorty's Top Dog!  Can he handle the pressure?  All the LOVE and adoration from the fans?! He's been a good boy, a GREAT boy, so far! ... See how he does in his big Final Exam:

 

 Watch the latest episodes at the Pit Boss: Shorty's Top Dog site >>

 



Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for AnimalPlanet.com. Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook for the cutest animal posts EVER.

18 Apr

Pit Boss: Shorty's Top Dog: How to Train a Rapidly Growing Pit Bull Puppy

 

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Mario is growing FAST and it's time to see if he can handle the basics of Dog Training 101! Being a service dog is a tall order and if he can't learn the basics — like, SIT — then Shorty's in trouble.

Shorty calls in trusted dog trainer Candy to work with Mario. Can he be a good boy?! How will he do?? Watch and see for yourself:

 

 

 

 Watch the latest episodes at the Pit Boss: Shorty's Top Dog site and stay tuned for more episodes >>

 



Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for AnimalPlanet.com. Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook for the cutest animal posts EVER.

11 Apr

Pit Boss: Shorty's Top Dog: How Do You Feed Eight Dogs at Once?!

 

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Not many families have EIGHT dogs in the pack but if you're considering it, you'll have to figure out how to handles the basics -- like feeding dinner to many HUNGRY mouths.

But Shorty's a pro and he's got this down. Watch and learn from the master on how you wrangle so many pups at once:


 Watch the latest episodes at the Pit Boss: Shorty's Top Dog site and stay tuned for more episodes >>

 



Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for AnimalPlanet.com. Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook for the cutest animal posts EVER.

4 Apr

Pit Boss: Shorty's Top Dog: Four Dogs on the Road Equals a LOT of Potty Time

 

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If you have a dog, you may know they aren't always the best on lengthy car rides. Well, multiply that by FOUR and get ready for one LONG road trip.

Shorty's always traveling and sometimes, that means many pups in tow. That's a whole lot of canine to keep in line! Not to mention the bathroom breaks - those pit stops alone are quite a production!  Watch Shorty with his pack and see how he manages all that potty time!

Watch the latest episodes at the Pit Boss: Shorty's Top Dog site and stay tuned for more episodes >>

 

 


Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for AnimalPlanet.com. She loves dogs so much it hurts. Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook for the cutest animal posts EVER.

29 Mar

Pit Boss SEASON FINALE: The End of Shortywood?!

 

Pit-boss-season-finaleShorty and his entire staff are invited to Miami Beach to fight against Breed Specific Legislation.

Ashley of course is not welcome but she makes a major decision that might lead to Shorty's forgiveness. 


Tune in to the SEASON FINALE, The End of Shortywood?
Saturday @ 9 p.m. e/p

A rally to overturn the legislation that bans pit bulls from residing within Miami Dade city limits draws hundreds of supporters and the Pit Boss cast shines. But when Shorty comes back from Miami, Shortywood has been destroyed.

 

 This season of PIT BOSS may be ending but you can still keep up with Shorty and Hercules!  Watch the latest episodes of the all-new, original web series, Pit Boss: Shorty's Top Dog! Visit the site and stay tuned for more episodes >>

 


Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for AnimalPlanet.com. She loves dogs so much it hurts. Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook for the cutest animal posts EVER.

28 Mar

Pit Boss: Shorty's Top Dog: Hercules is One Well-Traveled Dog

 

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Shorty and Hercules are ALWAYS on the road - and any future service dog for Shorty will have to be able to handle it.

In the latest episode of Shorty's Top Dog, Shorty gives a glimpse into what life is like on the go. You couldn't ask for a better companion than Hercules who just tags along with his BFF for any wild ride. Watch the latest episode:

 

Watch the latest episodes at the Pit Boss: Shorty's Top Dog site and stay tuned for more episodes >>


Tune in to the SEASON FINALE of PIT BOSS,
this Saturday @ 9 p.m. e/p!

 

 


Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for AnimalPlanet.com. She loves dogs so much it hurts. Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook for the cutest animal posts EVER.

22 Mar

Pit Boss: Shorty FACES OFF With Ashley's New Boss

 

Pit-boss-shorty-sidAshley feels guilty after Shorty confronts her boss about stealing talent from his roster.  Shorty and Sid Levine finally meet face-to-face and things get UGLY.  

Ashley is even more overcome with guilt when she realizes what's happening back at Shortywood and Shorty's Rescue. 

 

Tune in to Things Get Ugly Saturday @ 9 p.m. e/p!


Meanwhile, an abandoned dog at a construction site proves to be a rescue that even Shorty can't handle without help.

 

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21 Mar

Pit Boss: Shorty's Top Dog: Mario Gets (ADORABLE) First Bath

 

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Mario is finally settling in after meeting his new family and it's now time for the not-so-fun puppy stuff — bath time! Watch Shorty puppy-wrangle this slippery, adorable, little furball and get him all squeaky clean. It's SO CUTE I can't stop watching:

 

Watch the latest episodes at the Pit Boss: Shorty's Top Dog site and stay tuned for more episodes >>


Tune in to an all-new episode of PIT BOSS,
this Saturday @ 9 p.m. e/p!

 

 

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