Help with an abused pit bull/ boxer foster dog....
(Bel Air, Md)
We have a pit bull/boxer mix. He was brought in to our program as a surrender from a family that seemed to be very dysfunctional. We don't know a whole lot about him except that when his owners would fight with each other the husband would do bad things to him just to make his wife upset. He has been thrown out of windows etc.... We are experiencing some issues with him that we are not educated enough on how to handle since we are mainly a rescue that works with small dogs.
He is a dog that really wants to please and he loves to play with you and listens very well to commands as long as he likes you. He does seem to be dog selective and people selective but once he knows you he is such a sweet heart. We would really love to find someone to help him rather than to just euthanize him because we are not experienced with his breed. Can anyone help us? Gale's Reply
I'm impressed that you're asking the question you have because a lot of people in your situation wouldn't even bother to ask.
One thing that the dogs seized from Michael Vick's dog fighting operation have shown us is that even dogs that have been horribly abused can often be rehabilitated. And from what you've said here, it sounds like your pibble/boxer is in much better shape than many of the Vick dogs were. So, at this point, I would be hopeful about his prospects.
There are several rescue groups that have emerged as being on the forefront of evaluating and working with abused pit bulls. The closest to you geographically is probably Recycled Love
in Baltimore. The Animal Farm Foundation
and Out of the Pits
are both located in New York state. And Bad Rap
is located in San Francisco. I would suggest getting in touch with some of these groups. If they can't take this dog themselves, they can at least give you the benefit of their guidance on the best way to proceed.
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