Richmond, VA—An online post calling for people to kill pit bulls on October 31 has animal lovers and advocates in our area concerned and outraged.
Dubbed "National Kill A Pit Bull Day," the disturbing "holiday" began after this post originating in Missouri went viral:
"I'm here by announcing October 31 National kill a pit bull day. After you take the kids trick or treating keep your costume on round up some friends and kill as many pit bulls as you can before midnight. Baseball bats,knives,bricks and poisons (a hotdog soaked in radiator fluid works well) are all suitable tools. Their owners like brag about there high threshold for pain. So don't worry them suffering they can take it. So remember to spread the word! OCTOBER 31, 2012 NATIONAL KILL A PITBULL NIGHT"
People across the country are encouraged to kill as many pit bulls as possible before midnight on Halloween. Since the post went viral, it has been denounced as a hoax, but pit bull owners and animal lovers say it's no laughing matter.
"Its one of those situations you don't have words for," says Jen Roberts. "Again, you have to chalk it up to ignorance. People don't take the chance to get to know a breed or a dog; and it could be any breed of dog, not just pit bull."
Many have expressed disgust and disbelief over "National Kill A Pit Bull Day." Dog owner Bill Troiano calls it "sick." "I don't know who started that. I don't understand how people can make a statement killing all pit bulls because of a label of a name of a dog."
Volunteers with pit bull advocate group Gracie's Guardians say the breed is often misunderstood, and ask that people view pit bulls as a breed of dog, not vicious killers.
Gracie's Guardians, an initiative of the Richmond Animal League, launched a new campaign with GRTC, to bring awareness to the plight of pit bulls and to help change the negative image associated with the dogs. The campaign also aims to promote responsible pit bull ownership to owners in high risk areas.
For more information on Gracie's Guardians and their volunteer efforts, please visit their website here.
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