Dogs make great pets, service animals, and workers. From sheep dogs to guide dogs, to guard dogs, and police and military dogs, they take their work as seriously as being a pet.
Over the milennia, dogs have become domesticated, and bred for specific purposes, such as hunting, companionship, guarding the sheep, routing badgers from holes, and attacking.
Some breeds were bred for one thing, and when that thing was no longer needed, some folks enhanced that trait by further breeding it to be an attack dog. In the early part of the twentieth century they were bred to fight. Dog fighting had become a popular, and lucrative pastime for many.
Town orders pit bull to be euthanized
(NECN: Melissa Toupin) - The Sturbridge Board of Selectmen has voted to euthanize Peter, a pit bull that's allegedly been terrorizing residents. But Peter's owners are vowing to save him.
Residents raised concerns over the pit bull, and police brought the tough decision before the board Monday night, Shawn Sunoski, Sturbridge town manager, says they found the dog to be "dangerous and vicious" and voted to humanely euthanize him.
Sturbridge Police Chief Thomas Ford said his department was called to the Sturbridge Hills Condominium complex about once a month since August. Each time police arrived at the home of Bruce and Yaska Pote, they found violations by the 18-month-old pitbull and black lab mix named Peter.
Sunoski says the board listened to all sides for more than two hours. He says the Potes' lawyer offered an alternative of sending the dog to a trainer in Paxton, but that was rejected.