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This August, as part of the nationwide initiative to Clear the Shelters, Lubbock Animal Services is having a special "Pitties for Pennies." Dogs designated as "pits" will have their adoption fees waived during the month of August.

Pit bull isn't really a breed per se, according to the American Kennel Club:

the term “pit bull” is commonly used to refer to mixed breed dogs with certain physical traits, such as a muscular body and broad head

Ripper was my pit bull. He was a beautiful, athletic, brindle-coated beauty. Pits can be the most loyal and loving dogs imaginably. Many pit bulls are total babies that just want to lay around and give kisses.

The stigma against pit bulls is arbitrary and ignorant. While it is true that pit bulls are responsible for the most dog bites that require treatment in the US, it is an owner-problem, not a dog problem. Seventy percent of dog bites happen with un-neutered animals. All animals from Lubbock Animal Shelter are either fixed before adoption, or come with a certificate for free alteration of the animal.

Another reason pit bulls are more likely to bite is that they are kept on a chain (which is illegal in most instances), trained to be aggressive, or are simply neglected. Every single one of these issues is owner, not breed, related.

Here some of the beautiful babies up for adoption at LAS as of Monday, August 3rd, 2020, along with some helpful notes about each animal from the shelter.