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Published August 17, 2012, 09:18 PM

Pitbulls are getting a bad reputation in the Metro

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The headline to that story today did not sit well with dog lovers, especially those who volunteer and operate animal shelters. See there are some who believe the bad rep pit bulls have -- is because of how the media handles stories.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The headline to that story today did not sit well with dog lovers, especially those who volunteer and operate animal shelters. See there are some who believe the bad rep pit bulls have -- is because of how the media handles stories.

To know a breed of dogs reputation -- look no further than local animal shelters. The ones around here are filled with pitbulls; almost no one will adopt them.

Vice President of "4 Luv of Dog" Amy Kracht has 3 pit bulls, she introduced us to 2 of them today. Before adopting her dogs, she had the same perception as most people.

Amy: "one of my friends made a casual comment like oh you got a pitbull mix and i'm like oh my god I got a pit bull mix and she's going to eat my children and realized I was being completely stupid because I had had the dog for 2 days and she was nothing but fantastic."

Amy says that perception comes from the media. Most stories force people to blame either the dog or person bit -- Experts say it's often the owners fault...

But Amy says for an example of this irresponsible reporting -- look no further than the story headline.

Amy: "it always says pit bull if it's any other dog it's a black dog or brown dog or a small dog but if it's a pit bull or has a big head it's a pit bull."

The "American Temperament Test Society" conducts thousands of tests -- studying the odds a certain breed of dog would lash-out or bite a person.

The pit bull tested better than most dogs -- better than a poodle, better than a border collie and received a similar rating as a lab.

Amy Kracht: "we could have a pit bull and a lab with the same personality and the lab will go first."

4 Luv of Dog right now has about 60 dogs up for adoption -- 23 of those are pit bulls or mixed with a pit bull...

Another thing that makes it tough for people to adopt pit bulls. Most apartments have a rule against what they deem as "dangerous dog breeds." On that list -- rottweiler, doberman, akita and pit bull.

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