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American Pitbulls and the Law
American Pitbulls are sometimes used for dog fights. Although dog fighting is illegal in the United States and in most
countries, it is still practiced, and is sometimes accompanied by gambling. Participating in dog fighting is a felony in
most states, and United States federal law prohibits interstate transport of dogs for fighting purposes .
Most people who own these breeds direct their dogs' plentiful energy toward nonviolent athletic tasks. Some people train
their pit bulls for dog agility. Others involve their pit bulls in weight pulling competitions, obedience competitions
or schutzhund. The pit bull often excels at these sports. Out of the 25 dogs who have earned UKC "superdog" status (by
gaining championship titles in conformation, obedience, agility, and weightpull), fourteen have been pit bulls.
American Pitbulls are increasingly being prevented from participating in these events, due to the introduction of local
legislation requiring the breed to be muzzled and on leash at all times when in public — with no exceptions for dog
sports or obedience competitions.
This breed is also often the most common target of dog abuse in urban areas. Outside of dog fighting and guarding
property, the APBTs have been found beaten, starved, burned, mutilated, and mistreated to make them particularly
aggressive. After the owner no longer has any use for the dog, the dog is left for dead, turned loose to die, or finds
its way into animal control services, where it will most likely have to be destroyed. A large percentage of dogs
euthanized in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles are pit bull type breeds, despite the fact that in all three cities
this particular instance of animal cruelty is a serious felony.
In jurisdictions where breed-specific legislation threatens ownership of American Pit Bull Terriers, owners are often
advised by their peers to refer to their Pit Bulls, Pit Bull crosses, or even "pit bull looking" dogs as 'Staffys' or
'Amstaffs', which may be exempt from such regulations. Purists among American Staffordshire and Staffordshire Bull
Terrier owners find this unethical, and resent it, perhaps fearing that the ultimate result of the subterfuge will be
restrictions on their breed as well.
In the United Kingdom, the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 prohibits the sale or breeding of "any dog of the type known as pit
bull terrier." Some jurisdictions in the Australian states of Queensland, New South Wales, and the United States have
similar breed-specific legislation, varying from a total ban on ownership to muzzling in public.
The United Kennel Club was founded with an American Pit Bull Terrier. It was also the first registry to recognize them.
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They made me look mean by cuting off my ears.
This was in a pitbull fight.
 Urban myths
There are many urban legends surrounding the pit bull, mostly based on the idea that the dogs are somehow
physiologically different from other breeds of dog.
A Pit Bull's jaw.Many sources propagate the myth that pit bulls have a "locking jaw" mechanism, and that the dog cannot
let go once it has bitten. This is untrue. Dr. I. Brisbin of the University of Georgia states:
“ The few studies which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles and teeth of pit bulls show
that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different from
that of any breed of dog.
There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of 'locking mechanism' unique to the structure of the jaw
and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier. ”
Furthermore, the pit bulls that compete successfully in protection sports such as Schutzhund obviously do not display an
inability to release their grips after biting, as releasing the decoy's sleeve on command is an integral part of scoring
the competition.  Reports of pit bull type dogs refusing to release a bite grip is more likely a function of the
breed's gameness—a willingness to engage in a task (such as combat and aggression) despite pain and discomfort.
A variant of the 'locking jaw' story is told by Tom Skeldon, Lucas County (Ohio), dog warden, who said that an impounded
pit bull that had been used in fighting started "going wild," biting at the walls of the kennel. He shot the dog
with a tranquilizer, and then left it for five minutes to let it pass out. When he came back the dog had indeed passed
out, but not before it had leaped up and clamped its jaws on a cable used to open the door of the kennel. "Everything
else was relaxed, the dog was out cold, but its jaws wouldn't let go of that cable, and he was hanging in midair," said
Skeldon. "Not even a jaguar will do that." There is a video which shows live action where Skeldon is engaging a pitbull
dog, and the judge who viewed the video believed that it showed animal abuse.
However, an incident reported by the Associated Press suggests that other breeds may also fail to relax their jaws when
they become unconscious. An Albuquerque police officer was attacked, in October 2005, by a Belgian Malinois, a herding
breed with no significant commonality with "pit bulls", other than that which makes them both dogs. The dog bit the
officer on the arm. When the officer couldn't shake free, she shot the dog, killing it. Still, other officers had to
come to her aid, and pry the dead dog's jaws off the officer's arm.
In addition to the "locking jaw" myth, it is widely believed that "pit bulls don't feel pain". However, pit bulls have
the same nervous system of any other breed, and they can and do feel pain. Historically, those dogs that would tolerate
or ignore discomfort and pain and finish the task they were required to perform were the dogs that were bred and the
sort of dogs breeders strove to produce. This is the trait of “gameness” that so many breed fanciers speak of, which
may be defined as, “The desire to continue on and/or complete a task despite pain and discomfort.” Therefore, the
difficulty in deterring a pit bull from its task is in fact not an inability to feel pain but rather a desirable trait
in any trained working dog. Clearly shown in herding dogs which continue to herd despite a broken limb.
Another urban myth surrounding this breed states that pit bulls are the only type of dog that are not affected by
capsaicin-based dog-repellent sprays. In fact, many other dog breeds also display this resistance to pepper spray when
they are attacking. Documented cases include Bull Mastiffs, Rottweilers and many German Shepherds (including Police
K9s). In the words of two police officers, it is "not unusual for pepper spray not to work on dogs"  and "just
as OC spray doesn't work on all humans, it won't work on all canines." 
It is also untrue that the pit bull is the only dog that will keep attacking after being sub-lethally shot. Rottweilers,
Mastiffs and German Shepherds have all exhibited this capacity. 
Research performed by director, the late Marjorie Darby, finds that dogs involved in attacks overwhelmingly have a known
history of aggression, even though many dog owners deny or minimize this fact. The neighbours are usually a better
source for documenting negative aspects of a dog's history, than its owner(s). As such, it is further evidence that
dogs, including 'pit bulls', don't just "turn" on their owners. A followup to a CDC report on dog bite fatalities came
to a similar conclusion. 
Urban myths about pit bulls are well enough established to be spoofed, as in The Onion's mock caption 'Heroic Pit Bull
Journeys 2,000 Miles to Attack Owner' (Apr 17, 2002)  and 'Department Of Homeland Security Deputizes Real Mean Dog',
a Rottweiler-Pit Bull-Doberman mix introduced to the press corps approvingly by Tom Ridge (May 21, 2003).