This adult pit bull looks tough; he’s anything but. He was found by two guys who kind of fell in love with him. They kept him and tried to find his owner. He had a black collar on, he knows “sit,” and he’s housebroken. He’s good with kids and other dogs (ignored yapping Chihuahuas who goaded him). They describe him as a great dog:
He was a very gentle dog. Ate treats out of my brother’s hand and loved the giant bone he got for him. Ha. Didn’t snap when we went near his food. He is really quiet.”
He’s maybe blind in one eye. Before an owner or adopter could be found, the father of they two young men turned him into Riverside County Animal Shelter. It’s not a good place for any dog to be, much less a pit bull who has horribly cropped ears and might have a bum eye.
According to Riverside Rescue in their post on Adopt-a-Pet, “…Over 1,000 dogs and cats are killed each month by Riverside County!” This guy doesn’t have a chance unless his owner is looking for him or someone takes pity on this sweet and gentle guy whose appearance does not reflect his lapdog personality.
He is at Western Riverside Shelter on 6851 Van Buren Blvd., Jurupa Valley, CA 92509. Their phone number is: (951) 358-7387. His ID number is A1214564 and you can see more on his Facebook thread. There is a link to another Facebook page there, and a link to his video — playing frisbee! These guys really care about this dog and don’t want to see him die. Please share his story.
More information on the Riverside shelter and the attitude of Riverside County regarding dogs and cats follows.
In an article published in April, 2015 by CNN Money, about counties that demand harsh fines from residents, wrote about Riverside County tactics.
“Indio, California resident Elizabeth Vasquez says that animal control officers seized her two dogs, Silver and Canelo, for being loose in the neighborhood and fined her $500. She claims they were secure in her backyard at the time.
She used her grocery money to pay $200 — enough to get Canelo back. But animal control killed Silver before she could scrape together enough cash to get the dog out, says Vasquez, who speaks only Spanish.”
Apparently, in Riverside County, inspectors go from door to door passing out citations that might be as much as $400 to people who may not speak English and, while they may be able to afford to feed their pets, cannot afford the mandatory spaying/neutering, vaccinations and microchips that make the license affordable.
When accused of only visiting the poorer areas with their citations, the official in charge of licensing said that in gated communities, they can’t get it. So those who can most afford to provide the care for their animals are getting away with not sterilizing them, but those who can least afford are being punished. And that’s life in America. Take advantage of those who aren’t in positions to fight back.
Please share this dog’s story. Maybe his owner is looking for him and will see it. Maybe someone who knows the dog will see it. Maybe someone will be touched by this dog’s plight and want to adopt him or rescue him. He needs help — he’s one pit bull out of hundreds on death row.
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