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Shelter Animal of the Week: Meet Maurice

Maurice is a gentle and sensitive pit bull who is looking for a comfortable home and a loving owner to play fetch with.

Maurice is one of many pit bulls who is commonly overlooked at the shelter, but the wants people to know how he shines.

Maurice is three years old and has never been part of a household where he was cared for and loved. It took him a while to venture out of his kennel, and now that volunteers from LAP have given him attention, he has come out of his shell. Maurice loves squeaky toys and playing a game of fetch, and will even gently take treats from your hand. He is gentle, sensitive, smart, and devoted to those who take care of him.

The shelter has been taking its toll on Maurice. His ribs are beginning to show and his stomach is sore from lying on the hard floor. Please consider adopting Maurice so that he can know a comfortable home and an owner to love.

Maurice is uncomfortable around other dogs and does not get along with cats, so he would do best as the only pet in the household. Since he is on the larger side, he would do better in a home with older children.

He is neutered and has his rabies shot.

To meet Maurice or inquire about one of LAP’s many dogs, call their dog department at 631-757-9373, or email them at dogs@laphuntington.org.

BigDogDaddy December 20, 2011 at 11:01 PM
Below is an excerpt from an article written by YW Grossman May 4 2011. Astoundingly, for most of our history America’s nickname for Pit Bulls was “The Nanny Dog”. For generations if you had children and wanted to keep them safe you wanted a pit bull, the dog that was the most reliable of any breed with children or adults. The Nanny Dog is now vilified by a media that always wants a demon dog breed to frighten people and LHASA-APSO BITES MAN just doesn’t sell papers. Before pit bulls it was Rottweilers, before Rottweilers it was Dobermans, and before them German Shepherds. Each breed in it’s order were deemed too vicious and unpredictable to be around people. Each time people wanted laws to ban them. It is breathtakingly ironic that the spotlight has turned on the breed once the symbol of our country and our national babysitter. In temperance tests (the equivalent of how many times your kid can poke your dog in the eye before it bites him) of all breeds the most tolerant was the Golden Retriever. The second most tolerant was the pit bull. Pit Bull’s jaws do not lock, they do not have the most powerful bite among dogs, they are not naturally human aggressive , and they feel as much pain as any other breed .
BigDogDaddy December 20, 2011 at 11:12 PM
Some famous Pitt Bulls : Petey from the Little Rascals, Nipper the RCA dog, the dog in the ads for Buster Brown shoes. Some of the Buster Brown dogs were Pitts, some were Boxers. At one time, the Pitt Bulls was held in the same high regard as the Golden Retriever is now. When companies wanted to show a warm loving family dog, they chose the Pitt Bull, which embodied Love, and Loyalty. Do you know why Pitt Bulls have become so popular for dog fighting. It is not their strength. There are stronger breeds. They were chosen because they were the breed least likely to bit their handler AFTER the fight. Do an internet search on the history of Pitt Bulls, there is much to be learned.
Maryanne Hickey December 21, 2011 at 05:08 PM
I, too was going to mention the pit bull's reputation as the Nanny Dog. I have a pit mix who is incredibly sensitive and gentle, especially with children. The LAP volunteers are responsible as well as conscious of what type of animal they are sending back into society when they try to re-home a pit bull...they are some of the best dogs out there.
Dan December 21, 2011 at 05:18 PM
I don't know the answer ... but went looking for some statistics and did come across this paper http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/images/dogbreeds-a.pdf linked on this page http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Dog-Bites/dogbite-factsheet.html covering dog bites in a much broader sense.
Erin Schmahl Grins December 23, 2011 at 11:35 PM
I have had dogs my entire life and when we went looking for a new one to join our family, we came across Ozzie (at LAP) - a pit mix. I was a bit hesitant at first when considering adopting a pit. The hype about these dogs had (of course!) made me wary. However, I did some research and what I learned astounded me! Pits have been loyal, human-friendly dogs for hundreds of years. Pits are remarkably intelligent (something I see every day with our dog), incredibly affectionate and one of the best breeds I have ever had. LAP is impressively vigilant about screening their dogs - our dog definitely needed some training (he had been in the shelter for two years) but they were behind us 100% and we have never regretted our choice! Respectfully, Mr. Kemp needs to read some more facts and maybe own one or two pits before adding to the already overblown hype about these powerful, loving animals.

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