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Pit bulls still tough to adopt out

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COLUMBUS: Dog shelter officials say it’s still difficult to find homes for pit bulls more than a year after Ohio stopped labeling them as “vicious.”

Pit bulls now aren’t automatically considered vicious without proof of that characterization.

Franklin County Dog Shelter director Joe Rock told The Columbus Dispatch that dogs considered at least part pit bull take three times as long as other dogs to be adopted. He said the shelter provides new owners with information about training and socializing pit bulls, which helps address perceptions that they’re fighting dogs.

At the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Cincinnati, pit bulls make up more than half the adoptable dogs at two shelters.

Some other county shelters transfer adoptable pit bulls to organizations better positioned to find them homes.


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