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Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin is the founder, president, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Drexel University, where she specialized in breed-specific legislation.

WDMD Note: This was a very hard subject to discuss and interview about. It is just so horrible to think that these amazing dogs would be put through such horrible things for our entertainment. 

What is Pit Bull dog’s history?

In Scotland and England, there were pit bull type dogs that were used for Bear Baiting and Bull baiting as well. And what that meant and this is very interesting to talk about, and this is in the late 1800’s, that the time when we were hanging witches, just to give you perspective on the types of people and their mindset at that point. But this time, they were using Pit bull type dogs to get Bulls to be fearful, and when they had Bulls in a fearful state, the butchers believed that it helped raise their blood in a certain way when they butchered the meat. The meat was supposed to be more tender. However, is a lot of meat eaters now that actually makes them the meat more firm. But at the time it was actually the law, if you were butcher, you had to have a dog that was fearfully putting the bulls into this situation and then the Bulls would go about in their fearful state. But a lot of these dogs were killed.

But this time, they were using Pit bull type dogs to get Bulls to be fearful, and when they had Bulls in a fearful state, the butchers believed that it helped raise their blood in a certain way when they butchered the meat. The meat was supposed to be more tender. However, is a lot of meat eaters now that actually makes them the meat more firm. But at the time it was actually the law, if you were a butcher, you had to have a dog that was fearfully putting the bulls into this situation and then the Bulls would go about in their fearful state. But a lot of these dogs were killed.

Then they realized that they could put these dogs in the certain situations where they were fought, and that was very unfortunate because again lots of dogs were killed, a lot of dogs were maimed and injured, and this is essentially abuse. And so at that time, people were also pretty poor, and they were worried about you know how are they going to put food on their tables, and this became a thing that people found as a sport and that they thought it was something that could be productive financially, unfortunately. And then pit bull fighting or fighting, in general, was eventually frowned upon. So, they started using what they called “ratters” they were dogs that would basically go into bars and focus on getting rid of the rats. That’s how they develop the rat terrier, interestingly enough.

Somebody named Joseph Colby came over to the United States and brought these dogs with him, and he is believed started the lineage of Pit-bull type of dogs in America.

PFPB is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate people about the history, temperament, and plight of the pit bull-type dog; raising awareness to rally against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and Breed Discriminatory Laws (BDL). PFPB’s goal is to restore the image of the pit bull-type dog to its former reputation of America’s companion animal, war hero, and family member.