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  • Can't Judge a Bull by the Cover

    When Maryland’s highest court declared pit bulls "inherently dangerous" in 2012, the ruling demonstrated the numerous problems with breed-specific legislation and policies.

  • Pit Smitten

    Wallace, a new book by best-selling author Jim Gorant, tells the story of one pit bull’s journey from almost being euthanized in a shelter due to behavior problems to becoming a national Frisbee champion.

  • The Purebred Paradox

    The quest to create the "perfect" dog may be contributing to a genetic health crisis among purebreds. A lack of genetic testing, mating of closely related animals, and breed standards that encourage extreme features over health have been blamed for a host of health problems facing scores of breeds today.

  • A Tribute to Mutts

    Once disparaged as "mongrels," mixed-breed dogs are actually the ultimate hybrids'each one like a purebred unto itself. Shelters might do well to follow the example of boutique stores and let the public know that their available mutts are really something unique'a treat for true dog lovers.

  • An Unexpected Truth

    When a new breed-specific ordinance in Omaha threatened to undo all the work the Nebraska Humane Society had put into trying to place some of the shelter's pit bulls and pit bull mixes, the organization made the best of an unfortunate situation.

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