Big, handsome Alex
escaped his yard during a windstorm on Saturday, March 2. Lost, he wandered the streets, trying to find his way home and in his search, he ventured onto a property near his home where he was killed and dragged into the woods.
Why was he killed? No one knows for sure, other than that a cashier at a convenience store where Alex was spotted made the statement that she saw him near the store and “everyone was afraid of him”. He was also described as a “big black Pit Bull”.
In fact, Alex was an Italian Mastiff, not a “Pit Bull” at all. And according to his owner, he was an affectionate pup that loved babies, cats, and people. She doesn’t believe anything, even the confusion and fear that may have come with being lost, would’ve provoked her boy to behave in a way that would’ve frightened people, and certainly she doesn’t believe he did anything that should’ve resulted in his being killed.
So again I ask, why did this happen? The only explanation I can come up with, given the facts as I understand them, is that someone believed the myths. Someone saw a “Pit Bull” and decided to be a hero. Someone who obviously knows nothing about the breed, who didn’t know Alex, who didn’t care about who he was or the fact that he might be someone’s beloved pet, did a heinous, heartless thing and now, won’t even return Alex’s body to his grieving family.
Our dogs are dying at the hands of ignorant, uneducated, hate-mongering idiots in record numbers every single day. This happens not just in horrific situations like Alex’s case, but also every time a perfectly healthy, smart, loving Pit Bull-type dog is put to death in a shelter because no one came for him, and every time a family is forced to surrender a much loved pet due to the ignorance and shortsightedness of BSL (breed specific legislation).
It could happen to my dog. It could happen to yours. Whether your dog is a “Pit Bull” or not, it could happen simply because he’s got a big blockhead or a short, stocky body. It’s obvious most people wouldn’t know a “Pit Bull” if it licked them right in the face.
The world is judging our dogs, and it’s handing down death sentences every day out of fear and ignorance and stupidity.
We must stop this! We must use every single opportunity we’re given to show the world the truth about our dogs. We must rise above the myths and the misinformation by being responsible, loving, law-abiding dog owners.
We must train our dogs, socialize them, and teach them how to be good canine citizens. We must spay, neuter, vaccinate, and do everything right.
You know why? Because the world expects us not to, and they think that gives them the right to continue to judge our dogs, and us as well.
The senseless, inexplicable killing of our dogs will not end until we wipe out the lies and myths and replace them with shining examples of the amazing Pit Bull. It’s time to step up and show the world who we are, and let them know that we will no longer tolerate the bias media and the lies.
We are Alex, all of us. This is our fight, and it’s time to go to war. Who’s with me?
–Fly free, sweet Alex, and know that your death will not be in vain!