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A new Pit Bull video.

LavenderRott
August 17th, 2007, 11:03 AM
I haven't watched it yet because today is just not a day that I can handle this and I have it on very good authority that this video is GRAPHIC.


Permission to crosspost as long as letter and link to the video are together.

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The Realities of Dogfighting was difficult for me to make on many levels...
For one, it is such a underground "event" that I found myself having trouble
finding all the information that I felt I needed to make a complete
educational video.. As I delved deeper in my research on dogfighting, my heart broke
with each picture, each video clip, with each rescue story that at one point,
I struggled to continue with this video and even then, I took about a month
off and stayed away from it. What kept me going was the remarks I constantly
heard from people I work with, on the street when I'm walking my dogs, on
the internet, on football forums, " They are just dogs, what's the big deal."
Everything. The trauma, the neglect, the cruelty these dogs go through for a
"dog man's" entertainment is horrendous. It truly takes a sick person to
gamble at the lives of dogs.

Secondly, my worry was that I didn't want it to put the Bully Breeds in a
bad light... I felt like I had to make it clear that these dogs were being
exploited by their handlers to be fighting dogs as well as show that not all of
these dogs will want to fight when thrown into a pit. I hope I succeeding in
that...

Lastly, I have always been taught to end whatever you are doing on a good
note and the fact that The Realities of Dogfighting is so heavy on the heart, I
wanted to end on a lighter, happier note. I found 2 rottweilers and 2
pitbulls, who are Survivors of Dogfighting and tell their heartbreaking stories.
Their human families are just as remarkable. These families spent countless
hours working with these dogs, and spending their first year in and out of
hospitals to bring these dogs back to health, and caring for them after
countless surgeries. Listening to the stories these owners were telling me had me
bawling, I wish I could have gone into more detail on their stories in the
video... These owners are heroes, the tremendous up and down, and the constant
training and working with these dogs was hard, but now, years later for all of
them, they have great dogs and wonderful ambassadors for their respected
breeds...So, I stand up and clap my hands for them and tell them, " Thank You,
and if only in my eyes, you are a hero to me."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cGumyHGbVU

Thank You,
Linnea Shirley
Creator of The Realities of Dogfighting

wdawson
August 17th, 2007, 01:50 PM
sick.....i turned it off after the first pic.:sad:

LavenderRott
August 17th, 2007, 04:44 PM
sick.....i turned it off after the first pic.:sad:

I am sorry to hear that, though I certainly understand. Had you watched the whole thing (which I finally did - through many, many tears) you would see that Gypsy - the dog in that very first picture - is now a therapy dog.

Personally - I think that every one who works in the media, serves on a jury for a dogfighting trial, every judge, every defense attorney, every prosecuting attorney and every lawmaker in the country should have to watch this video.

breeze
August 17th, 2007, 04:53 PM
I only got half way through it and could not take any more :cry: :sorry:

chico2
August 17th, 2007, 05:12 PM
LavenderRott,no I will not watch it,but read the whole article.
I've seen more than I wish to see on other occasions:sad:
I am glad at least some of the dogs in this video ended up with caring loving people...it's a horrendous,crule"sport"to inflict on any living beeing,much less a defenseless dog,it just makes me sick:evil:
As I have seen on Animal Planet,most of these dogs forced to fight are usually euthanized,but even that is better than a life in hell.
I agree,everyone who have the"it's just dogs"attitude need to see this horror,but then again,it probably would not bother them much:sad:

Shaykeija
August 17th, 2007, 06:48 PM
:sad: that was so hard to watch.....