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Couple aims to educate about pit bulls

His power, athleticism and determination are obvious even when he is just playing. But for his owners Ami and David Ciontos, these aren’t traits that make them scared of their pit bull Boss. These are just reminders of how responsible they must be as his owners.

“A fighting dog is a dog that has serious animal aggression and you have to place them with a family that understands that and understands they have to be hyper-vigilant about where their dog is at all times,” said Ami Ciontos, owner of Pit Bull Rescue. Ciontos has taken in approximately 100 pit bulls in the last decade.

They live their lives trying to break the stereotype of pit bulls as vicious dogs.

News of big dogfighting rings associated with big names like Michael Vick can work against that effort.

“What I worry about is he's a role model to many young men and many young athletes and they may follow in his footsteps,” Ciontos.

Boss still has scars on his legs and face from his fighting days. Ciontos said with work, he has turned into a good dog for her family.

While talk about dogfighting can breed fear, these rescuers see it as a chance to educate.

“These are wonderful pets when handled responsibly,” Ciontos. “This used to be Americas darling, America’s family dog -- the Buster Brown dog -- was a Pit Bull, the original Nipper from RCA was a Pit Bull.”

And as more people understand the breed, Ciontos feels, more work will go into stopping its abuse.

“I think the positive thing about all this, if we can find something positive is that it brings to light the problem of dogfighting and what really goes on,” Ciontos said.



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Jul. 20th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
Good for them! We need many others like them in the world. If only more people would educate themselves about pitties, there'd be no reason to dread BSL cropping up everywhere. If we let BSL be arbitrarily applied to one breed, it will happen to others eventually.

I know I'm preachin' to the choir with you, though. *g*
Jul. 21st, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
Preach away! It's good knowing others will defend the right to responsibly own (guard?) any type of dog. It's hard for me to fathom why anyone would want to ban or kill Mina.
Jul. 21st, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
Completely off topic, but I've got bunny food, some sort of hay or something that bunnies like (timothy hay?), and possibly shavings in my trunk, which my mom gave me to donate to the Animal Place bunnies. Do you have any requirements for bunny donations? If it's all good, then I'll have to arrange a time to drop it off.
Jul. 21st, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
What type of shavings are they? We just can't take cedar.

We'd definitely take the hay!
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