The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


May 6, 2014

Readers' Forum 5/6 | Pit bulls: Misunderstood dogs

JOHNSTOWN — Pit bull-type dogs are the most misunderstood kinds. Most people see them as an aggressive dogs that are known for attacking people. To challenge this we have to look at the history of them.

Pit bull isn’t a breed at all but a term to classify any dog that has a muscular build, short coat and blocky head. There are 20 different breeds out there that can be classified as or make up pit bull-type dogs. The main three breeds are the American pit bull terrier, the American Staffordshire terrier, and Staffordshire bull terrier.

The creation of these three main breeds came from Britain in the early 1800s. They were a cross between English bulldogs and terriers, originally known as a bull and terriers. They were a utility dog that was used on farms and ranches, for hunting and in butcher shops.

They were used for public entertainment such as bull and bear baiting. It

wasn’t until 1835, when baiting was made illegal, that dog fighting came onto the scene.

Pit bull-type dogs came to America in the early 1900s with their families. At the time they were still known as bull and terriers or yankee terriers. They were family pets and known as nanny dogs due to watching over children. They are war heros.

Due to irresponsible owners and their actions, along with the perception of media, they have become public enemies  today. Now, we have to challenge irresponsible owners and focus on humans’ actions instead of blaming the dogs.

Timothy Holsopple

Operation Pit Bull


Excitement ends with disappointment

I came home from the Cambria County War Memorial after enjoying an amazing concert with Chris Young and other talented performers. Hats off to those responsible for bringing such a show to the area.

My daughter had been anticipating this concert with great excitement since it was announced. It truly was a shame that some inconsiderate person had to ruin it for her by stealing her Chris Young T-shirt that she paid $30 for. She works hard for her money like everyone else does. Shame on you, whoever you are.

Patricia Waltimire


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