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What I learned about pit bulls woke me up

By Alexandra Phillips
As a social media assistant for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), I spend most of my days responding to people who post comments or questions on PETA’s Facebook and Twitter pages. But I recently visited PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, the Sam Simon Center, and volunteered with our fieldworkers for two days. This experience made it clear to me why PETA supports breed-specific protection measures for pit bulls—namely laws mandating that these dogs be spayed or neutered and that owners meet minimum standards of care, including no chaining.
Both days were spent in rural North Carolina, mostly checking up on dogs PETA’s fieldworkers have been working to help. On the first day, I met so many sweet dogs, mostly pit bulls. It was heartbreaking to see a little pit-mix puppy so desperate for love that he ignored dog treats in order to keep having his tummy rubbed. The puppy’s mother had no shelter. PETA had previously provided her with a doghouse, and it was still on the property, but she is kept chained and couldn’t reach it. It took us less than 10 minutes to move the doghouse over to where the dog was now chained—a task that seemed to perplex her owners. We left both dogs with full stomachs, fresh water, straw and shelter. At houses on either side of this one, there were more dogs in the exact same situation.
My second day started off much differently. Our first stop was a home with four dogs, two inside and two kept chained outside. The owner brought out a pit bull he said had been “rescued” from a dogfighting ring. She kept lunging toward us, and the owner kept saying, “She’s so mean. This is why we keep her locked in a bedroom.”
Next thing I knew, I heard shouting and looked over at what I thought was the pit bull attacking another animal.. I saw what looked like the dark fur of a lifeless animal lying in a ditch. The man pulled the pit bull off and took her inside. When I ran over to the ditch, I saw that the “dark fur” was actually a woman’s black pants. A neighbor had walked by and had been chatting with the man when the dog broke free and attacked her. Her shoes and hat had been knocked off, and she was lying there in complete shock. The muscles, tendons and fat had been ripped out of her arm, and some pieces had landed on her shirt and in the ditch next to her. It looked like a scene out of The Walking Dead.
Firefighters, police officers and an ambulance were soon on the scene. They treated the woman for a while and then prepared her to be transported to a trauma center. It was around that time that the shock wore off and she began to feel the pain. I will never get the image of her arm or the sound of her cries of pain out of my head.
I don’t have any friends or family nearby who own pit bulls. Before this, I had never even interacted with them.. So I didn’t have any perspective whenever I read about PETA’s stance on pit bulls. My experiences with PETA’s fieldworkers changed that.
The measures that PETA supports—mandatory spay/neuter laws for pit bulls and required minimum standards of humane care for them—would greatly help those sweet, sad dogs I met on my first day, who were living among garbage and their own waste. They would also help the puppy I saw with a chain around his neck that weighed more than he did and the pit bull kept locked inside a bedroom who will now most likely be euthanized because she attacked someone. It’s easy to feel that you’re right in saying, “Don’t discriminate against pits,” when you don’t see this sort of thing every day as PETA’s fieldworkers do.
Breed-specific protection for pit bulls would also help people like Miss E., the human victim here, who will probably never have full use of her arm again — if her arm can be saved at all.

From an InCity Times reader: My little Sweetpea!

Rescued: Sweet Sweetpea!!!

Last May while looking at the plights of homeless and abused animals on facebook, we saw a pair of little white adorable pitbull mix puppies that had been rescued by Second Chance Rescue in New York City.

We contacted them with questions about the dogs, who looked very thin and lost – and were sad to hear they had been rescued from irresponsible kids who were selling them on craigslist at only 2 weeks of age, and they were both very ill with pneumonia and other serious health issues.

After 6 weeks in the Animal Clinic of Harris Court in Flushing, NY, only one puppy was healthy enough to be adopted.

Their wonderful Kelcy agreed to meet us halfway in Wallingford in mid-June to pick up the sweet little “Sugar,” about 10 weeks old, who we then named “Sweetpea.” She is now a year and a half years old and is incredibly sweet, super friendly and extremely affectionate.

She comes to work with us every day, meets lots of people (and dogs) and absolutely LOVES everyone!  She has incredible energy and is very playful and healthy .

From now on, she will only know love, comfort and kindness.

Kathy Lewis

One of my favorite personal essays …

It’s about a dog. It’s about a pitbull. Beautifully written by one of my literary heroes! – R. Tirella


By James Thurber

I ran across a dim photograph of him the other day. He’s been dead 25 years. His name was Rex (my two brothers and I named him) and he was a Bull Terrier. “An American bull terrier,” we used to say, proudly; none of your English bulls. He had one Brindle eye that sometimes made him look like a clown and sometimes reminded you of a politician with derby hat and cigar. The rest of him was white except for a brindle saddle and a brindle stocking on a hind leg. Nevertheless, there was a nobility about him. He was big and muscular and beautifully made. He never lost his dignity even when trying to accomplish the extravagant tasks my brother and I used to set for him.

One of these was the bringing of a ten-foot wooden rail into the Yard through the back gate. We would throw it out into the alley and tell him to get it. Rex was as powerful as a wrestler, and he would catch the rail at the balance, lift it clear of the ground, and trot with great confidence toward the gate. Of course, the gate being only four feet wide, he couldn’t bring the rail in broadside. He found that out when he got a few terrific jolts, but he wouldn’t give up. He finally figured out how to do it, by dragging the rail, holding onto one end, growling. He got a great, wagging satisfaction out of his work.

He was a tremendous fighter, but he never Started fights. He never went for a dog’s throat but for one of its ears (that teaches a dog a lesson), and he would get his grip, close his eyes, and hold on. He could hold on for hours. His longest fight lasted from dusk to almost pitch-dark, one Sunday. It was fought with a large, snarly nondescript belonging to a large colored man. When Rex finally got his ear grip, the brief whirlwind of snarling turned to screeching. It was frightening to listen to and to watch. The Negro boldly picked the dogs up, swung them around his head, and finally let them fly like a hammer in a hammer throw, but although they landed ten feet away, with a great plump, Rex still held on. Working their way to the middle of the car tracks, two or three streetcars were held up by the fight. A motorman tried to pry Rex’s jaws open with a switch rod; somebody lighted a stick and held it to Rex’s tail but he paid no attention. Rex’s joy of battle, when battle was joined, was almost tranquil. He had a kind of pleasant expression during fights, his eyes closed in what would of seemed to be sleep had it not been for the turmoil of the struggle. The Fire Department finally had to be sent for and a powerful stream of water turned on the dogs for several moments before Rex finally let go.

The story of that Homeric fight got all around town, and some of our relatives considered it a blot on the family name. They insisted we get rid of Rex, but nobody could have made us give him up. We would have left town with him first. It would have been different, perhaps, if he had ever looked for trouble. But he had a gentle disposition. He never bit a person in the ten strenuous years that he lived, nor ever growled at anyone except prowlers.

Swimming was his favorite recreation. The first time he ever saw a body of water, he trotted nervously along the steep bank for a while, fell to barking wildly, and finally plunged in from a Height of eight feet or more. I shall always remember that shining, virgin dive. Then he swam upstream and back just for the pleasure of it, like a man. It was fun to see him battle upstream against a stiff current, growling every foot of the way. He had as much fun in the water as any person I have ever known. You didn’t have to throw a stick into the water to get him to go in. Of course, he would bring back a stick if you did throw one in. He would have brought back a piano if you had thrown one in.

That reminds me of the night he went a-roving in the light of the moon and brought back a small chest of draws he had found somewhere–how far from the house nobody ever knew. There were no draws in the chest when he got it home, and it wasn’t a good one–just an old cheap piece abandoned on a trash heap. Still it was something he wanted, probably because it presented a nice problem in transportation. We first knew about his achievement when, deep in the night, we heard sounds as if two or three people were trying to tear the house down. We came downstairs and turned on the porch light. Rex was on the top step, trying to pull the thing up, but it had caught and he was just holding his own. I suppose he would have held his own until dawn if we hadn’t helped him. Next day we carted the chest miles away and threw it out. If we had thrown it out nearby, he would have brought it home again, as a small token of his integrity in such matters.

There was in his world no such thing as the impossible. Even death couldn’t beat him down. He died, it is true, but only, as one of his admirers said, after “strong-arming the angel of death” for more than an hour. Late one afternoon he wandered home, too slowly and uncertainly to be the Rex that had trotted briskly homeward up our avenue for ten years. I think we all knew when he came through the gate that he was dying. He had apparently taken a terrible beating, probably from the owner of some dog he had got into a fight with. His head and body were scarred, and some of the brass studs of his heavy Collar were sprung loose. He licked at our hands and, staggering, fell, but got up again. We could see that he was looking for someone. One of his three masters was not home. He did not get home for an hour. During that hour the Bull Terrier fought against death as he had fought against the cold, strong current of the creek. When the person he was waiting for did come through the gate, whistling, ceasing to whistle, Rex walked a few wobbly paces toward him, touched his hand with his Muzzle, and fell down again. This time he didn’t get up.

Kudos to our Congressman Jim McGovern …

… for Strengthening US Animal Fighting Laws!

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) commends U.S. Reps. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), John Campbell (R-Calif.), and Jim Moran (D-Va.) for reintroducing legislation to strengthen laws against animal fighting.  The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act would make it a federal offense to attend an organized animal fight and would impose additional penalties for bringing a minor to an animal fight.  The bill will apply federal criminal penalties of up to one year imprisonment and fines for attending an animal fight, and up to three years imprisonment and fines for forcing a minor to attend.

“Animal fighting is a brutal form of abuse where animals are exploited and forced to fight as their owners profit from their torture,” said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations. “Children need protection from the dangerous and illegal activities associated with animal fighting, including drugs, weapons, and gambling, and this measure would help law enforcement by allowing them to pursue the spectators who drive the market for animal fighting, keeping it alive. The ASPCA thanks the original cosponsors of this bill for their leadership in strengthening laws to combat animal fighting and protect public safety.”

Spectators at animal fights are not there accidentally; they intentionally seek out the criminal activity at secret locations, often travelling long distances and crossing state lines for the entertainment of watching animals fight to the death and the opportunity to gamble on the barbaric event. When animal fighting operations are raided, it is a common practice for the organizers, promoters, and animal owners to blend into the crowd of spectators in order to escape law enforcement. This legislation discourages individuals from enabling animal fights with their attendance and ensures that organizers cannot easily hide in the crowd when law enforcement officials arrive.

“As a former state and federal prosecutor, I’ve seen first-hand the criminal culture that surrounds animal fighting events and the damaging influence this environment has on our children,” said Rep. Marino.  “It is an honor to join with several of my colleagues, in a bipartisan manner, to make sure that law enforcement has all of the tools necessary to deprive the organizers and profiteers of these horrific events from receiving the support they need to continue this activity.  I look forward to building on the momentum we gained during the last Congress and seeing that this important legislation is signed into law.”

“I am proud to introduce this bipartisan bill to end the scourge of animal fighting,” said Rep. McGovern. “We must give our law enforcement officials the tools they need to bring those responsible for animal fighting to justice.”

In the 112th Congress, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act gained strong bipartisan support in both the U.S. House and Senate and passed the Senate by a voice vote on Dec. 4, 2012. Similar language was also included in the Farm Bill in both the House and Senate last Congress, but efforts to pass a final Farm Bill stalled. Additionally, the legislation is broadly supported by animal welfare groups and approximately 300 law enforcement organizations.

The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team has rescued countless animals from animal fighting investigations across the nation and launched its Blood Sports unit to investigate dog fighting and cockfighting in December 2010.

Dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.



Fun stuff to do … and let’s not forget the animals, city council and school committee!

Christmas Tree Lighting at Kelley Square!

December 2, Friday, 5:30 PM

Meet and have your photo taken with Santa, take a Wagon Ride, sing carols with District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller and State Rep. John Fresolo, and enjoy yummy refreshments!


If you have a chance, please stop by the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester at 65 Tainter St. this Friday December 2, from 5 pm – 6:30 pm. The Brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will be co-sponsoring a KWANZAA CELEBRATION of FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND CULTURE!

There will be refreshments.


Some animal rights issues our elected officials should think about supporting

By Deb Young

Bringing Humane Education into our schools

There was the incident on Canterbury Street where it is believed children with pellet guns shot / killed 3 kittens and 1 adult cat.
What can come out of this tragedy?

Well, Private Citizens for Pets in Peril has started to get the word out on teaching children respect for animals.

It would be helpful if the Worcester Public Schools had a program regarding animal abuse and the impact it has on our society. Kids learn from the adults in their lives and unless someone sets a good example for the children and teaches them to have empathy, and that it is not acceptable to abuse animals, they will continue to think it is the normal way of life.

This idea was presented to the School Committee it made it to the Standing Committee. Can we get this done?

There is also a organization called Spay Worcester. The goal of the Spay Worcester task force is to work to reduce the population of free roaming cats in the city through spay / neuter and public education. The focus is providing basic medical care (spay neuter & rabies vaccinations) for free roaming & un-owned cats through responsible trap neuter return. SW will also seek to increase the resources available for low income spay /neuter for pet cats by working with other organizations. They believe that all cat populations must be addressed in order to see a decrease in Worcester’s free roaming cat population.

When people are given an opportunity, education and the means to do what is right. People will step up.
If we take on the responsibly of a pet, we care for this pet and it stays in their home, It breaks the cycle of disposable pets.
Neighborhood cats are community cats..they are here because of owned cats not being S/N and allowed to be free-roaming.

When kids ask SW what are they doing, SW always explains what they are doing and goals. These neighborhood kids become SW eyes and ears on the street. They are starting to recognize the impact of unaltered pets is having in their neighborhood. Their perception is changing, these community cats that have been hiding in plain sight is becoming visible to them, they are starting to see the suffering and pain these cats endure everyday… The kids become more confident and united in a common goal of helping these cats. The kids see that, helping these cats have a real impact in their neighborhood, their street and even their own back yard. Spay Worcester is supported by the mayor of Worcester, the Worcester City Council, and this support needs to continue!

While, “The circus is coming to town” might conjure up images of old fashioned family fun, behind the bright lights and the curtains, something sinister lurks—Horrific animal abuse.

Ringling Bros and other exotic animal circuses are appalling in the treatment of they’re animals that include Asian elephants and tigers.

Just as the circus is an old-fashioned entertainment business, so are the “training” methods they utilize to get the animals to perform!

Circus-goers need to be educated about what really goes on backstage, because if they knew, most would no longer go and animal circuses will become a cruel thing of the past…

Enlighten them and vote to ban exotic animal circuses in Worcester.

Right now Worcester requires Pit bulls to be leashed and muzzled, or placed in a secure temporary enclosure, when taken off the owner’s premises. It also will require consent of a landlord to keep a pit bull on the premises; placement of a warning sign informing the public that a pit bull is on the premises; and notification of animal control officers or the police by owners whenever their pit bull injures or threatens any person or animal.

This in not an effective way to control dangerous or potentially dangerous dogs, for many reasons, Including:

1) This type of situation does not impact dogs of other breeds who may be dangerous.
2) Such an approach unfairly brands all dogs of a particular breed, regardless of their behavioral history, as dangerous.
3) When communities concentrate their public protection efforts on specific breeds, they only address the dogs, rather than on dealing with the true cause of these threats to public safety: pet owner irresponsibility.
Punish the Deed not the Breed!

Between 25% and 40% of battered women ( in US) are unable to escape abusive situations because they worry about what will happen to their pets should they leave.
Many pet-owning women entering shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims. Research also suggests that children who witness domestic violence are more likely to become abusers of animals.

Pets are sources of comfort & emotional support , Why can’t we work together with local rescues / shelters to provide temporary placement / foster for individuals in this position?

It is wonderful to see the City begin to address issues of animal overpopulation and abuse, and would be even more wonderful if the City Council became even more involved.

Many of these topics already have the support of the community, but the community needs the support of those who can be the “Voice of the Voiceless” and let us be heard!

Worcester’s pitbulls: breaking my heart!

By Rosalie Tirella

I tell you, this city breaks my heart. Riding around the city these weeks I have seen so many Worcester pitbulls under duress. While our city teachers and cops bitch and moan about their $100,000 salaries and clog up/slow down Worcester City Council meetings because they are quibbling over their most lucrative contracts, I see the stuff that matters:

In 80-degree weather, one afternoon, a pitbull is with his master – a Latino guy – who has decided that he will strenghthen his poor dog’s jaw by making it carry a bottle of water. So instead of panting (to cool it self off), the pitbull is clenching his jaw to hold – most likely – his master’s water bottle. Heat stroke, here we come.

If only citizens like me could make a citizen’s arrest. Or – as a few of my pals have done – stop driving, get out of their car and offer the punk $50 or $100 for the poor dog. Chances are the puke will take the money and unload his pitbull. He figures cnyically, correctly, that he can get another one easily – he has friends or he himself is a breeder (in the worst sense of the word).

Some people I know would love to be armed – to shoot the puke who is tormenting his dog.

A few years ago, I saw one pitbull in Piedmont, carrying (courtesy of his stupid master) a red brick, wrapped in some cloth. His idiot owner felt his pit was in training – this creul task was strenghthening his dog’s jaw.

No one, absolutley no one cannot tell me Worcester has no pitbull fighting rings. We’ve got them – they are just totally underground. The city should offer a $1,000 reward for anyone coming to them with info on a pitbull fighting ring. They will be up to their earlobes in dead pit bulls (mostly bait dogs).

The past executive director of the Worcester Animal Rescue League, my pal Doreen, was pushed out of her job by uber-bitch/tough-to-deal with (and power hungry) Jan Beckwith of Second Chance Animal fund (cuz she wanted Doreen’s job). Now Doreen is no gone and the new executivbe director at WARL is lovely but doesn’t have a clue as to how to help pits. She has turned WARL into a no kill pit bull shelter and refused to accept any Worcester dogs because of the city’s recently adopted pitbull ordinance.

Back to Doreen. Doreen knew pitbulls and the hellish lives they lead in our city. She had “tools and gear” at WARL confiscated from pitbull fights. She saw the pain and fixed it. For example, Doreen drove – DROVE – the pitbulls that were too damaged for immediate adoption but still adoptable in the near future (they just needed extra time/socializing) to Boston – Jamaica Plain – to a pitbull foster care agency. For special pit bull foster care. The good folks in Jamaica Plan took Worcester’s pits and worked with them – saved their lives. These dogs got adopted!

The pit bull puppies, the young, easy going pits, Doreen kept them at WARL – they were totally adoptable. And guess what? They got adopted.

Now this insanity. WARL is run by kids who don’t deal with the real world and Doreen – the woman who knew how to deal with these special needs dogs – is ousted.

The good news: the City of Worcester is working with Barton Brook Kennel and the Leicester facility is working miracles with our pitbulls.

But in the meantime, I still see all the pain, all the suffering that our city pits endure. In a way,the pit bull ordinance is beside the facts: the assholes who are killing and tormenting these lovely animals – dogs with so much heart! – are continuing their brutal ways, are killing pits in their cellars, attics, inner-city apartments – you name it.

This is why I hope there is a God. So he or she can hear me and my friends as we pray for and try to help our city’s pitbulls.

WARL’s director on Worcester’s proposed pitbull muzzling ordinance

By Allie Simone, Acting Director, Worcester Animal Rescue League

The Worcester Animal Rescue League has received considerable feedback from the public in response to Monday’s T&G article regarding the proposed muzzling ordinance. Clients, volunteers, WARL supporters and county residents are deeply concerned about the negative impact such an ordinance will have. Should this ordinance come to pass, we are certain that many dogs will be abandoned and consequently seized in record numbers.

And, where will they go? There is no official, city-financed “dog pound” in Worcester. The only facility in the city capable of accepting lost or abandoned animals is the Worcester Animal Rescue League. The Worcester Animal Rescue League is a private, non-profit, limited intake animal shelter, accepting pets only when space is available; Adoptable pets are not euthanized because of time or space constraints. This is our firm policy, and we have worked hard to make this a positive reality for the homeless animals of Worcester County. The Worcester Animal Rescue League currently has only 96 kennels for dogs and 41 cages for cats, plus a very limited number of foster home caregivers. On average, the WARL receives over 2,600 homeless animals each year. And, in the current economy, adoption rates have dropped while surrender rates have climbed.

We are very concerned that the City Council has not thought through the ramifications of the passing of this ordinance. Animal control officers were not consulted. County shelter administrators were not conferred with. What will happen to the numerous pit bulls, pit bull crosses and others mistakenly identified as pit bulls, all of which the city finds itself newly in possession of?

The Worcester Animal Rescue League values the long standing relationship it has built with the City of Worcester. However, it is not currently held by a contract to accept impounded dogs found in Worcester. If this ordinance passes, the Worcester Animal Rescue League will no longer accept dogs from Worcester. The dedicated staff and supporters have worked too hard and advanced the organization too far in the quality of care given to its animals to suddenly reverse our no-kill, limited intake policies. This ordinance would be asking us to take a giant step backwards, becoming once again a kill shelter. We wish to be very clear: The Worcester Animal Rescue League will have no part in euthanizing dogs or any other animal due to breed discrimination.

We all know that each animal is an individual. The staff and volunteers at the Worcester Animal Rescue League care for thousands of animals each year (including many wonderful pit bulls, which happily find forever homes throughout the county and beyond) and do not believe in discriminating against a specific breed of animal. What’s more, most animal behaviorists agree that humans are the cause of the vast majority of behavior issues.

Alternatively to the City Council’s proposed plan, the Worcester Animal Rescue League believes establishing a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance for pit bulls would be a much more effective program. We are convinced that a muzzling ordinance in Worcester will ultimately fail. Why? Muzzling does not prohibit breeding; what it does do is make a dog look more intimidating, which only satisfies the social/cultural needs of irresponsible owners who use the dogs as a status symbol.

According to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), 75% of dog bites are caused by intact (that is, unneutered) male dogs. It is no wonder than that a proactive bite prevention program begins with a stricter enforcement of spay/neuter practices. This is simply common sense.

The Worcester Animal Rescue League has nearly 100 years of experience in such matters, and it welcomes members of our community and the Worcester City Council to tour the shelter, meet the staff and new director, and visit with all the great pets waiting for a home. Additionally, The Worcester Animal Rescue League hopes to work collaboratively with the City of Worcester in developing practical pet ordinances that serve all residents (both two and four-legged) of our community.

One InCity Times reader writes re: City Councilor Bill Eddy and his pit bull ordinance

City Councilor Bill Eddy and his pit bull ordinance

By Pam Toomey

I am writing because as a owner of a pit bull I will be directly affected Worcester City Councilor Bill Eddy’s pit bull ordinance. I am hoping you can help me to get the word out that this is an unfair ordinance and that pit bulls are a very misunderstood breed. A little positive publicity and education of these wonderful dogs could do wonders.

My dog Carly is a perfect example of how great these dogs can be. I adopted her about 6 months ago after a failed attempt at fostering pit bulls. She is extremely sweet, gentle and the most understanding, want to please dogs I have ever met. It is no doubt to me that this is exactly what made the breed American Staffordshire Terriers so popular. Carly came into my life when I needed her most. I am a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and have been diagnosed with PTSD as a result. Since I have separated from the military in 2008 I have had problems adjusting to civilian life, regaining lost confidence and finding a way to do something meaningful for my fellow vets. Continue reading One InCity Times reader writes re: City Councilor Bill Eddy and his pit bull ordinance

Worcester City Council needs to watch this TV special on the pitbulls of Michael Vicks

By Rosalie Tirella

They need to learn how incredible pit bulls are.

It’s a National Geographic channel special: Michael Vicks’ pitbulls – what happens to them after they are rescued and brought to Dogtown, the nation’s largest no-kill animal shelter. It’s a “Dogtown” TV show dedicated to these poor animals who football pro/murderer Michael Vicks tortured/fought/drowned/raped on his compound down South.

You meet these poor souls(pitbulls): Cherry, the bait dog, a dog so fearful, so broken (she is naturally submissive so Vicks threw her in with the fighters he was grooming so they could practically kill her and, thus, gain self-confidence). It takes months for Cherry to stop trembling when a person gently pets her head. Then there’s a big, beautiful pitbull with teeth pulled (so she could be raped by other dogs – and bred). Vicks “home” is/was nothing but a torture chamber – blood and fighting pits and metal wheels and chains … Like ancient Rome – only the slave-gladiators were the dogs. Continue reading Worcester City Council needs to watch this TV special on the pitbulls of Michael Vicks

Worcester County pit bull owners speak out

editor’s note: in light of tonight’s Worcester City Council meeting, some testimonials from pit bull owners:

My dog Angel

In September of 2008, we began searching to rescue a pit bull. We wanted to rescue a pit bull particularly because of the bad reputation they have gotten due to irresponsible ownership. I researched the breed and thought a pit would fit wonderfully with our family. We have two young daughters, seven and three as well as two cats. It took just a couple of weeks to find Angel, called Amy at Worcester Animal Rescue League. Angel was in isolation due to a case of kennel cough. I figured it was a perfect chance because not many knew she was even at the shelter unless they had searched the web like me. I called the rescue league and set up a meeting for the next day. When they brought Angel out, she greeted us with a wagging tail and unbelievable happiness. She didn’t jump on my children which was a great bonus! Angel was brought to the shelter as a stray Continue reading Worcester County pit bull owners speak out