Pit Bull Once Used For Dog Fighting Is Now Helping Save Lives

by Catie Keck
Catie Keck is a New York-based staff writer at LittleThings who has produced work for various web and print publications.

A special dog named honey — a pit bull survivor of dog fighting — is now the face of an incredible initiative to raise awareness about breed bias and violence against animals.

“She was found on the streets of York about three years ago,” reports FOX 43. “She was suffering from several puncture wounds, and her jaw bone was exposed. The injuries were from dog fighting.”

Now, they say, Honey is the face of Honeyfest, a daylong event that works to educate its West York community about “bully breeds,” which typically include the American pit bull terrier, Boxer, Boston terriers, and Bulldog. According to Animal Planet, “[T]he term actually has nothing to do with the dogs’ temperament or behavior, and everything to do with their origin and history.

Bully breeds all come from the same root stock called Molosser, which is a breed that originated in ancient Greece.” Because of the muscular builds of those breeds, they began being used for the horrific “sport” abuses that Honey herself survived. Honeyfest is an opportunity to both fight stigmas by introducing people to dogs of these breeds, and help orphaned pups find their forever homes.

“Heartwarming, the number of people who have come out to acknowledge there is an issue in our city, and that we need to take care of it and educate people more,” Honey’s adoptive owner Jennifer Crider told FOX 43, adding that Honeyfest is helping people become more accepting of dogs falsely perceived as vicious by nature.

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