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If you would like to adopt Bella, you can email Sarah at HelpAdoptBella@gmail.com. Tell her a little about yourself and the home you think you could provide for Bella. Sarah is going to interview anyone who wants to adopt Bella and make sure she feels that the person chosen can provide a great life for her.
Anyone with information on who may have shot or abused Bella is asked to call the Kootenai Humane Society at (208) 772-4019

UPDATE: Many of you may remember Bella, the American Staffordshire Terrier that stole our hearts after she was found by a family camping in the woods near Coeur d'Alene beaten, starving and nearly dead from two gun shot wounds. The family who found her, rushed her to the vet who determined she had just had a little of puppies - those puppies were never found. No one thought she would survive the surgery that she needed to remove a .38 caliber bullet from her neck, but somehow she did.

Sarah Spier who owns an American Staffordshire Terrier herself and is an advocate for all "pit bull" breeds, took Bella into her home to nurse her back to help and find her a good home. From the start Spier advocated for a home for Bella where she could be the only dog and have undivided attention. Bella has been severely abused and neglected and needs to be in a home with a person who is very experienced with dogs and her breed. Spier received hundreds of emails both of support and people offering to adopt her...but is was very hard to find a home for her where she really could be the only dog.

Spier decided to give her to a very loving home who was more than willing to give her a great life. However, they already had a female pit bull with a dominate personality and after staying with the family for nearly two weeks, the family decided Bella would not be a good fit for them because the dogs did not get along.

So, once again, Sarah is looking for good home for Bella. Spier not only wants to help Bella, she also wants to work to change the harsh stereotype that pit bulls have. As a pit bull owner herself, she knows what loving, fun spirited companions they can make, even for children. "It's a misunderstood breed, but I think it goes deeper than that. We live in a society where if we say that something's bad, and then that becomes the public voice, they don't have a chance," Spier said.

'If we were told every time there was a dog attack on either another dog or a person and it wasn't breed specific, I think people would think a lot different. German Shepherds have a harder bite than pit bulls, I read a statistic that golden retrievers [bite more] than pit bulls. So the problem is, every time there is something horrible that happens, you know, it's "pit bull attack" and that's what we hear. Any time it's a dog attack, you'll notice, it just says "dog attack."'

Sarah believes that for the pit bull reputation to change, it will have to start with responsible ownership. "I think people need to stop getting these dogs because they think that they're cool...they deserve love and they need owners that are going to be able to stand up and be advocates for them, but also work with their specific needs."

Sarah would like people to know that the name "pit bull" is actually not the correct name of the breed. "Pit bull" is just a term used to describe the physical characteristics of several different types of dogs with similar features. The proper term to use for the breed is "American Staffordshire Terrier."

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), "Today's pit bull is a descendant of the original English bull-baiting dog—a dog that was bred to bite and hold bulls, bears and other large animals around the face and head. When baiting large animals was outlawed in the 1800s, people turned instead to fighting their dogs against each other. These larger, slower bull-baiting dogs were crossed with smaller, quicker terriers to produce a more agile and athletic dog for fighting other dogs."

"The reality is that dogs of many breeds can be selectively bred or trained to develop aggressive traits. Therefore the responsible ownership of any dog requires a commitment to proper socialization, humane training and conscientious supervision. Despite our best efforts, there will always be dogs of various breeds that are simply too dangerous to live safely in society. We can effectively address the danger posed by these dogs by supporting the passage and vigorous enforcement of laws that focus, not on breed, but on people's responsibility for their dogs' behavior, including measures that hold owners of all breeds accountable for properly housing, supervising and controlling their dogs."

For more about pit bulls from ASPCA, click here: http://tinyurl.com/n6t7duu

If you would like to adopt Bella, you can email Sarah at HelpAdoptBella@gmail.com. Tell her a little about yourself and the home you think you could provide for Bella. Sarah is going to interview anyone who wants to adopt Bella and make sure she feels that the person chosen can provide a great life for her.

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