PetSmart Bans Pit Bulls from Daycare

PetSmart Bans Pit Bulls from Daycare

Sad though it may be, it seems PetSmart has bought into the

negative stereotypes that surround Pit Bulls

. The typically charitable organization seems to have taken an oddly uncharacteristic stance on allowing pit bulls, or any breed sharing a similar resemblance, to participate in their doggy daycares. Here is their

list of exclusions


โ€œPit Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers, American Bulldogs, or mixed breeds that have the appearance or characteristics of one of these breeds.โ€

Why This Stinks for Pet Parents

The whole idea of segregating based on breed leaves a bad taste in your mouth, but what is most worrisome is the last part of that list - โ€œbreeds that have the appearance or characteristics of one of these breeds.โ€ What does that even mean? Are attendants at the daycare centers allowed to turn away potential customers because they look too โ€œpit bull-y?โ€ It is this type of vague, appearance based discrimination that perpetuates the idea that these dogs are inherently dangerous, and that is simply not the case.In a perfect world, every potential daycare dog would be judged individually, but concessions need to be made in order to efficiently provide a safe environment for all other dogs. But why Pit Bulls? Why not Rottweilers, Dobermans, German Shepherds, or other large โ€œaggressiveโ€ breeds? And what of the Pit Bulls that have proven, time and again, that they are

docile and friendly

? Should they be excluded simply because they fit somebodyโ€™s description of a โ€œdangerous breed?โ€

Why PetSmart is Wrong

True, there are some fears surrounding pit bulls, and if you look at the numbers they can be construed as a dangerous breed. But that is what happens when you take statistics out of context. The fact of the matter is there are a lot more pit bulls running around than there are Rottweilers or German Shepherds. Also, pit bulls are one of the breeds least likely to be neutered, which greatly impacts the chances that the dog will become aggressive.If PetSmart were to implement any policy, it should be that all dogs are

spayed or neutered before enrolling in day care, as that is the one major thing that correlates with attacks. By singling out pit bulls and other bully-type breeds, they are simply showing their ignorance of the facts and their willingness to cow to a deleterious myth.

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Source:Huffington Post - Why It Matters That PetSmart Discriminates Against Pit Bulls

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