Los Angeles Animal Services is launching a first of its kind program to help improve the lives of pit bulls in the Los Angeles area.
The Pit Bull Training Academy is designed to assist Animal Servicesâ€™ quest to make Los Angeles the largest no-kill city in the United States by helping the city’s most at risk and misunderstood pet population, the pit bull.
“Pit bulls and pit bull mixes represent 25% of all dogs rescued each year by LA Animal Services, 19% of all dogs adopted, and 41% of all dogs euthanized,” said Ed Boks, general manager of LA Animal Services. “We are often asked if pit bulls are a dog problem or a people problem. The answer is both!”
To address this problem, LA Animal Services is partnering with Villalobos Rescue Center, the largest pit bull training program in the United States, to establish the nationâ€™s first public/private Pit Bull Training Academy.
“What makes this new program so powerful”, said Tia Torres, president of the Villalobos Rescue Center, “is that our teachers and rehabilitators are â€˜two legged Pit Bullsâ€™ who understand what it means to overcome being an underdog,” referring to the parolees from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation who are specially trained by the Villalobos Rescue Center to rehabilitate pit bulls.
The Pit Bull Training Academy allows parolees and pit bulls to work “hand in paw” to show the rest of the world that anyone can change for the better when given a second chance.
At The Pit Bull Training Academy, many of the cityâ€™s lost and homeless pit bulls will be housed, trained, and rehabilitated by their “two legged counterparts” who are intent on raising awareness and enhancing the adoption opportunities of this largely misunderstood breed by educating the public on what it takes to be a responsible pit bull guardian.
Source: Press release