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Meet Zara: Two-Year-Old Pitbull Needs New Home

Meet an adoptable pet living at the North Central Animal Shelter.

Zara, a two-year-old Pitbull now living in the North Central Animal Shelter in Cypress Park, needs a new home.

According to a video posted on the shelter's Youtube account, Zara was surrendered by her owner, who "did not have time" for her.

The brindle-coated Zara--who weighs 46 pounds--has been living at the North Central Animal Shelter since late March.

From North Central Animal Shelter's Facebook Page:

Zara is a 2 year old Spayed Female Brown Brindle American Pit Bull Terrier and Dutch Shepherd mix who was surrendered by her owner on March 25th to the North Central LA City shelter because they had no time for poor Zara. Weighing only 46 lbs., Zara is very sweet and almost puppy-like. Zara is super sweet and takes treats gently from your hand. Zara was around a lot of other dogs at our photoshoot and she seemed to get along great with all of them. Zara would be a perfect addition to any family home. All North Central animals come spayed/neutered, microchipped and with full shots (including rabies).

As can be seen from the video above, Zara is still bursting with energy, but is also described as "really great with people" and a "really, really friendly dog."

The North Central Animal Shelter is located at 3201 Lacy Street in Cypress Park. It can be reached by phone at 888-4LAPET1 or 888-452-7381.

Ricardo June 11, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I am so disappointed in The Patch advertising this ad for the Animal Shelter with a pit bull, a dog breed that needs to eliminated from Metropolitan Los Angeles, County and all major cities in the world. I cannot tell you how many people I know who have chased or bitten by this breed of dog. The dog may look sweet, but pit bulls are unpredictable animals, wild violent dogs.
debbie bell June 11, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Pits are handicapped by their abilities and instincts created by the intentional selective breeding by cruel humans. They were created to NOT give warning before attacking (perhaps they don't even know that they are going to attack themselves), attack without trying to avoid a confrontation, not stop even if the victim submits, is down, "says uncle.", not stop even if severely injured. Many are acquired for reasons other than companionship, such as for status symbols, for weapons, or for the vicarious power and aggression they provide their owners. Therefore, few of these pits bulls are spayed or neutered, so they are currently breeding and dying like flies. Pits are victims too. Stop making more victims. Free mandatory enforced spay/neuter microchipping of all pits, pit mixes, all dog aggressive dogs. Only selfish cruel people who do not care about dog welfare/human welfare oppose this sane kind solution. Since they are cruel and anti-social, they do not get a vote. Those who think that pits are normal dogs should be required to view this video. It should be shown at every pit bull awareness day, every pit bull parade. It shows pits doing what they do best, what they were designed to do. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=81d_1327552290
Kristin Livingstone June 11, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Call me ignorant, but disappointing/irresponsible wasn't the first thought that came to mind when I saw that this article featured a pit bull. I hope that others feel the same way and that Zara finds a safe home.
Ricardo June 12, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I was sickened by the video that you posted, Debbie. Thank you for punctuating my point. It is horrifying to see this. I felt ill after I watched it. I have neighbors who bought two pit puppies and their children were so proud of the macho quality associated with the owning of such dogs. The children walked the dogs for one month and one month only. These dogs have never left the small yard they are forced to live in. They had two small dogs that they had owed for years. As the pits grew up, one of the small dogs mysteriously disappeared. Today both small dogs are suspiciously missing. Often I would watch the pit bulls attacking the smaller dogs. These dogs grew up to become very large and vicious, horrifying and terrifying creatures. Nobody can walk by the house without having to be barked at as the dogs leap and charge in an attempt to attack anyone who passes in front of their home. Their owners will not walk the dogs and never socialized them. These dogs are ticking time bombs waiting to not only hurt someone, but kill someone. The parents defend the actions of their children vehemently. They think the Animal Shelter is violating their rights to own these animals and do not care about the welfare of their dogs or the potential threat they pose to the community. The dogs are located only one block from an elementary school in the neighborhood in Highland Park. BTW, they also bred the dogs and had several puppies that are in the community now, too.
David Fonseca (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Ricardo, it sounds like you have a problem with the behavior of the owners than the breed itself. Correct me if I'm wrong. I agree that a poorly trained or neglected animal will become dangerous. I hope someone who has the time and patience to train Zara and give her the love/attention she needs will adopt her.
Shawn Richardson June 12, 2012 at 07:41 PM
It pains me to see people succumbing to the old pit bull hysteria. Pit bulls are not inherently aggressive or violent as shown by having above average results on temperament tests. They have to be made that way. I have know too many pit bulls that were incredibly loving and gentle family dogs to let these claims stand. Even the American Veternary Medical Association says the research does not indict the breed. http://www.avma.org/reference/backgrounders/dog_bite_risk_and_prevention_bgnd.asp
Shawn Richardson June 12, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Debbie, I'm guessing you have never seen a Jack Russel Terrier shake a squirrel so violently that the head pops off. Terriers have a kill bite bred into them. That's the bite and shake bite. There are a lot of breeds that have kill bites bred into them. That doesn't mean that they are going to attack people or other animals if properly trained. Also, there are a lot of breeds that have been trained to take down a wide variety of animals. These breeds are popular with the type of people that like scary dogs. If you ban pit bulls, then you just get people buying chows, akitas, huskies, shepherds, rhodesian ridgebacks (which were bred to hunt lions in Africa) of the more exotic species like presa canario, argentine dogue, or the gigantic ovcharka. It ends up being a game of whack-a-mole, that is based on fear instead of science.
Shawn Richardson June 12, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Actually, I should have said 'there are a lot of breeds that have not had the kill bite bred out of them," as the kill bite has been there since wolves first turned into dogs. I think this is an important distinction as the kill potential is in the genome and it has only been through specific and conscious breeding that some breeds no longer posses that instinct (i.e. retrievers and some guardian dogs).
Nimby pimp June 12, 2012 at 08:27 PM
No David - It sounds to me that Ricardo has a problem with the breed, which is well within his right. Your ever ready defense of pets has become tiresome and censorious.
David Fonseca (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Thanks for your response, Nimby, but I'll wait to see what Ricardo has to say, and I'm willing to converse with him about it. I'm sorry if my three comments in the last year-and-a-half arguing that pet behavior is often a response to human behavior has in any way chilled your willingness to express your true feelings on the subject.
Frank Mackey June 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM
All the love in the world is not going to change the fact that these are animals (powerful ones at that). My parrot has bitten me, one of my cats that I raised from a kitten has bitten me. Ask the lady whose face was eaten by the chimp or Siegfried & Roy, it happens. Every time I wrestle and play with a friends two Pits, all I can think about is the size and strength of the animal's heads and how I would have no chance (6ft, 200lbs) against even one of them if it turned on me. As much as I would like to own a great cat, I am not allowed to and with good reason. They can be as sweet as other dogs and I love them to death but Pit Bulls are the assault weapons of the domestic pet world.
Mike M June 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM
That's hilarious! I almost spit my water up laughing when I read your response!
Shawn Richardson June 13, 2012 at 12:23 AM
That's an interesting way to put it Frank, since assault weapons are not very likely to be used in gun related violence. The most common gun used in gun related violence is a handgun. That has an interesting relationship to the fact that you're more likely to be bitten by a small dog than a large one. Presumably that is because people with small dogs don't think they are dangerous. However, I think the person that got bit in the face by a shih tzu at Home Depot might disagree. Just like it's the gun wielder not the gun that's the problem, it's the dog owner not the breed that's the problem.
Nimby pimp June 13, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Ricardo already said what he had to say. Your response to his remarks read much more like a "correction" or a censure than an invitation to converse with you.
Frank Mackey June 14, 2012 at 01:33 AM
So we can't change human nature but as a society we can... help me out here. And small dogs can't dismember a child so I don't understand your point.
Nimby pimp June 14, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Frank - The point seems to be that the pet fanatics privilege the well-being of dogs over that of children, particularly the non-white, lower class children who reside in neighborhoods with the highest concentration of these kinds of attack animals.
Nina June 14, 2012 at 10:15 PM
This discussion is ridicules. Let's also outlaw cars while we're at it. It's not about the car itself. It's the driver.
Frank Mackey June 15, 2012 at 04:17 PM
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/06/san-diego-dog-attack-baby-dies.html
Concerned Parent and Community Member June 19, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Ricardo, perhaps you need more information about the owner's behavior before you judge the dog. I volunteer at rescue shelters and a dog's behavior begins with the owner! Train the owner and the dog will follow :-) This goes will all pets!

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