When members of the public do a good thing for animals and open their hearts and homes to homeless shelter dogs, don’t they deserve to be told if the dog has a history of biting humans or killing other animals or has been returned to the shelter because it bit a prior adopter or perhaps a child?
Dr. Becky Morrow believes they do. She told KDKA2 News recently that she does not want another person to experience the type of devastating attack that almost cost her an eye when she attempted to give a rabies shot to a pit bull named Chad. The animal shelter website says, “Chad is a brindle bundle of joy.”
Morrow said she is not the only person at the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley shelter who has been bitten by aggressive pit bulls — some with a history of biting — that are available to the public for adoption.
"This is Forrest,” Morrow told KDKA2 News. “Forrest has bitten two people we know of at least. One was a police officer while Forrest was walking outside on a leash.” The shelter website says: “If Forrest could talk, he would say, ‘Play ball!'" "Forest is a puppy at heart."
Another dog, Zara, according to the website, is “looking for an energetic owner/family who will understand his need for exercise.” Morrow said Zara killed a pug about a month ago.
Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, located in New Kensington, Pa., states on its homepage, under Pit Corner, “Adopting pit bulls, especially in a no-kill environment, can be difficult at times ... On any given day, if we have 23 dogs in our kennels, at least 15 of the dogs will be a pit bull-type dog.”
Animal Protectors call pit bulls “A misunderstood breed” and explain, “Locking jaws. Unpredictable behavior. Aggressive. Status symbol. All of these words have become associated with the pit bull breed. It’s our goal to change these words to loyal. Playful. Family pet. “
A doctor and a former staff member call the facility a “ticking bomb,” saying many of the dogs are capable of attacking anyone that takes them home.
Video taken inside the shelter by animal rescue volunteers in the last week shows not a single dog marked as dangerous, KDKA2 News reports.
“I have a professional obligation to the public,” Morrow said. “One of the things we take an oath on is protecting public health and that’s the reason why I’m so worried a child or another dog will get killed.”