Originally Posted by American_Pit13
Been there more than once. Dogs got put down for the better of the breed.
Sorry for posting after the thread was closed, but I had to echo this. I've been there as well.
These are not our children. They are dogs of a very controversial breed which we owners need to carefully manage. When a dog tries to hurt somebody, it isn't about just you anymore. It is about protecting the breed at the expense of your own selfish desires. (And yes, keeping a dangerous dog around is selfish.) Everything we do reflects on the breed as a whole. Some people get into these dogs without the requisite thought and then they find that they are in way over their heads but too proud to admit it.
There is an old saying that's been around in the breed for many years: "Man-biters must die." Albeit this credo has not been followed religiously, and we can all come up with examples of man-biters that were not culled, and were often bred. But overall, I'd say we've done a good job of weeding out the temperamentally weak, and we need to continue. For every unstable Pit Bull kept as a family pet, I could probably find 3 stable dogs sitting around in rescue just begging for a chance at their own families. We don't need to preserve every individual dog; we need to preserve the breed.
That sounds harsh, but it is a harsh reality we face. I little-booboo-cake-momma's-good-girl my dogs all day long, but they are stable. If I felt they weren't, if the question of them ever biting someone came into play, it would be over. And nobody can even suggest I don't love my own.