You”ve probably heard about how divided people can be about pit bulls. Most people understand that their aggression is usually the result of how they”ve been raised by humans, and that they”re actually quite sweet. Still, some people maintain that this particular breed is inherently dangerous and a menace to society at large. Some even go so far as to call for the eradication of the breed.
Usually, the latter group people are all talk. Yet sometimes, these hang-ups can have violent, often tragic results. Just ask Fifty.
Fifty lost two of his legs and almost lost his life when he was shot by someone who saw him rooting through their garbage. Assuming he was a danger because of his breed, they simply opened fire.
Due to his massive wounds, Fifty”s owners could no longer afford to keep him, so Fifty landed in a high-kill shelter. Luckily, he was saved by Doberman Rescue Plus, and eventually found a permanent home with Kelly Michael, who loves pit bulls regardless of their bad publicity.
In his loving new home, Fifty proved to be the sweet, lovable pooch Kelly knew he was.
Because of his disabilities, Fifty needs some extra care. He can hop around a bit.
He gets regular physical therapy (complete with life vest).
He also has a bionic leg to help him move around more easily.
Other than that, Fifty is just a regular old mush of a dog. He likes hanging out with his other canine friends.
He enjoys a good roll in the grass.
He also loves the occasional car adventure.
Kelly was smitten with Fifty as soon as they met. “As soon as I met him, it felt right and I knew he was my soulmate,” she says. Now, she and Fifty are working to educate the community in and around Chicago about pit bulls and the misconceptions about the breed. Kelly says that she”s going to keep working until pit bulls are as loved and accepted as any other breed.
Big kisses from Fifty!
(via Boredom Therapy)
It”s easy to get caught up in stereotypes and rumors about pit bulls. However, when looking at Fifty and the thousands of other gentle, loving pit bulls, their kind nature should immediately tell you that these dogs are just like any others, and all they want is your love.
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