According to NBC NY, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter the shelter system each year. Of those 3.3 million dogs, the most common breed found in shelters is the American Pit Bull Terrier.
Sadly, the Pit Bull is a very misunderstood dog. While they are the most common dog in shelters, they are also the number one dog being bred in the country. This is due to their popularity in dog fighting, which has given them a bad reputation through no fault of their own. Because of this bad rap, they are often subjected to many breed-specific laws and are even banned from living in certain cities.
With a 93% euthanasia rate, Pit Bulls are by far the most euthanized breed. According to Save-A-Bull Rescue, “about 75% of municipal shelters euthanize Pit Bulls immediately upon intake, without them ever having any chance at adoption.” And when they are offered for adoption, they’re usually the first breeds that are euthanized when shelters become overcrowded.
Since Pit Bulls don’t have a voice of their own, many people all over the country are fighting for these dogs’ rights. One shelter volunteer took to social media to explain a horrific situation that she encountered first-hand.
On May 10, Dacia Anderson was helping a Amarillo-Panhandle Human Society employee complete a walk-through of Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare’s facility when she came across a pregnant Pit Bull, dubbed “G7.”
G7 was surrendered by her owners the previous day for being “aggressive,” but Anderson states that she was extremely friendly and jumped on her for comfort.
Later on, Anderson witnessed G7 go into labor and give birth to a puppy. When she noticed there was no whelping box, she alerted employees, including the director, Richard Havens.
But instead of employees bringing G7 the whelping box, G7 was euthanized while giving birth.
“Her last moments, while she lay dying, were spent still trying to clean her newly birthed puppies. Their words, not mine,” Anderson wrote in her Facebook post.
“I am aware that euthanasia is a reality at the shelter. I am well aware of the overpopulation problems. I am also well aware that AMW has to make hard decisions. However, I feel that this action is the exact opposite of a what “the most humane community in the Panhandle of Texas” would do,” Anderson continued to write in her post. “This act was horrific to say the least. If this is acceptable to the leadership of the shelter, then what is out of bounds?”
Havens explained that the decision to euthanize G7 came down to the owners surrendering her due to aggression. But Anderson told KAMR that there were none of the routine markers on the dog’s kennel deeming her aggressive, and that she did not witness her exhibiting any signs of hostility either.
Anderson has since stopped volunteering at AMW. She urges people to adopt before shopping for their next new pet. You could save the life of a dog like G7 and her babies.