| ABOUT INDY PIT CREW
|Established in the Fall of 2005, Indy Pit Crew has been working tirelessly to raise public awareness about the plight of the Pit Bull. Instead of rescuing dogs and trying to empty the proverbial bathtub with a thimble, we are here to educate and put a stop to the breeding, neglect and abuse. Education, spay/neuter, microchipping and other services are our way of helping people to take better care of their pets, thus relieving the need for rescue before it can start.
One of the biggest obstacles we face is inaccurate public perception. “Pit bull” is not a breed of dog. Instead, it is a slang term used to describe any number of dogs that display certain physical characteristics. The most common breeds referred to as Pit Bull include American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, American Bull Dogs, and any other mixed breed dog that is perceived to have physical characteristics of a bully breed dog. Breed identification can be tricky business since there is no way to accurately determine a breed of dog by appearance alone. Consequently, since there is no quick and easy way to determine which breed of dog they really are, often times any dog with short hair and a square head are thrown into the catch-all category of “Pit Bull”. Add into the mix the irresponsible back-yard breeders, who, just to make a quick buck, will breed anything with four legs and call it a “Pit Bull”, and the accurate identification of distinct bully breeds becomes nearly impossible.
Pit bulls are bought, sold and traded with no consideration for the dogs’ health needs or safety. This disposable attitude toward these dogs has infected our society and has caused the people of Indianapolis to look the other way when faced with the horrific conditions these dogs endure. After all, these dogs are dangerous and mean, right? Wrong!
"Bully" type breeds of dogs have been an American favorite for generations for all kinds of jobs. Pit Bull's are a strong part of American history. Not only were they the symbol of American Pride on many posters during WWI, they have held a variety of roles such as: War hero that was awarded the Purple Heart and personally invited to the white house by three different presidents, search and rescue, therapy dogs, Alaska's first hearing aid dog, loving companion to Helen Keller, TV icon (Petey), and the first dog to travel across the united states in 1903. But remember this! Every dog you meet is an individual and has a unique personality just as varied as humans do. Not every dog will comply with a list of characteristics that should be its' "Breed standard".
The truth is that a true American Pit Bull Terrier should naturally be very people-friendly. The American Temperament Test Society, Inc, http://www.atts.org/about.html gives the American Pit Bull Terrier a passing grade of 83.5%, the American Staffordshire Terrier a passing grade of 83.3% and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier an even higher 84.7%. That is better than Collies, Great Danes, Beagles, and many other popular breeds!
What does that tell us? Pit bulls are getting a bum deal and they deserve better. That is where Indy Pit Crew comes in! We are dedicated to ending dog fighting, pit bull overpopulation and the awful treatment these dogs are often subjected to. Public education is essential. Without the support of the community and the insistence that Pit Bulls are cared for the same way we expect people to care for their Labradors and Chihuahuas, these dogs will never have a chance at a better life.
It doesn't matter if you like Pit Bulls or not, it doesn’t even matter if you like dogs or not, you can help. It is not acceptable (and it's illegal in Marion County, Indiana) to keep a Pit Bull (or any dog) chained up 24 hours a day. It is not acceptable to fight Pit Bulls (or any dog) and it is certainly not acceptable to mistreat Pit Bulls just because they are “Pit Bulls”. Tell your family, neighbors and friends that they are responsible for the proper care and treatment of their dogs. Nobody ever gets a dog by accident. Dogs do not fall from the sky. It is a conscious choice to buy/adopt/breed a dog. . People are responsible for the choices they make. Dogs are not responsible for what people allow their dogs to do.
So, the next time you see a pit bull, consider this…the REAL monster at the end of the chain may very well be the two-legged one responsible for the dog’s abuse, neglect and torment.