Animal Behavior Expert Says Pit Bulls Not the Problem 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), attacks by pit bull ‘type’ dogs are not uncommon.A study done over a twenty year period, ending in the late nineties, shows pit bulls were responsible for more than twenty-seven percent of deaths caused by dog bites.But a local animal behavior expert says the breed has gotten an undeserved reputation.Don Hanson, of Green Acres Kennel in Bangor, says pit bulls aren’t inherently violent, and attacks they’re responsible for get more attention than they should.He believes people should look at the animal’s surroundings before pointing fingers.”I don’t think it has as much to do with the breed as it does the individual dog, the environment in which it has been brought up in. In a perfect world, when we get a dog, we like to know what Mom and Dad are like because their temperament may be similar, but when it comes down to it I know some really wonderful, sweet pit bulls.”The CDC says that while fatal dog attacks appear to be breed specific, it’s hard to determine a dog’s breed with certainty.Which they say could mean other breeds may actually cause bite related deaths at a higher rate.