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Marley’s Pitbull Awareness Walk and handing over of raised funds to EL SPCA on 8 January, 2016.
 
Loyalty is defined as a strong feeling of support or allegiance and in today’s world this is a rare quality except when it comes to our four legged friend, the dog. Unwavering with a wagging tail, this loyal companion never lets us down, never judges us and is always there with a sturdy shoulder for us to cry on.
In mid-2015 several articles appeared in The Dispatch newspaper, reporting on Pitbull Terrier savagery, albeit isolated incidents, the viewers generalized about the breed and not the deed. There are a number of factors to be considered as to why dogs would be classified as dangerous or vicious, this depends on the genes, temperament and most obvious, the way the animal is raised and trained.
Statistics taken from “puppytoob.com” list the top ten most dangerous dogs based on biting and fatalities  as follows; St. Bernard is at number 10, not because it is vicious but for its sheer size, with the Great Dane taking number 9 for this same reason. Fatalities are recorded but the size of these playful chaps is far more problematic around children than the animal being vicious towards them. At number 8 is the Chow who does have an aggressive personality, especially around strangers and other pets. Again however, this has to do with ownership and not always a genetic problem with the dog.
The great and loyal Doberman Pinscher steps in at number 7. One of the most recognizable breeds as they are used extensively as guard dogs. Most of the recorded fatalities of this aggressive dog was in defense of their owner.
The Malamute is in 6th place but again a large dog causing unintended harm. The Wolf-dog Hybrid is in 5th place on the list. This one is no surprise as half of this dog is wolf and maintains much of the prey drive of their wolf genetics, making them quite dangerous.
The Husky is unlucky due to statistics as this animal is very intelligent but lists at number 4. They are definitely known as aggressive dogs but this has been linked to poor training and obedience issues. The German Shepard, like the Doberman is a sure pick for a guard dog and Police dog, with their high intelligence and aggressiveness. They list at number 3 with the statistics attributed to their line of work.
Rottweilers take second place with a temperament that is usually passive and attentive, but is known to be prone to aggressive outburst, usually because of their owners. They’re perceived as guard dogs and are treated in a more aggressive manner than most other dogs.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is no surprise at number 1 on a list of deadliest dogs however, this is purely a statistic and doesn’t necessarily tell the whole picture. Most people who have owned and own a Pit Bull for pure intentions, not to fight or intimidate, love the breed. While these dogs need to be trained due to their strength and ability to injure merely by circumstance, that is part of being a responsible owner. Unfortunately this dog has been included into a number of negative situations over the years with dog fighting at the top of the list. Pit Bulls are loyal and trusting, but can be extremely dangerous animals if mistreated. This is where the phrase “Love the Breed, Hate the Deed” prevails.
It is this negativity and generalization about the breed that angered Paige Spencer, co-owner of Marley, to become the voice for the fur babies we love so much. What started as a Facebook page for Marley grew to a 5km Pit Bull Awareness Walk in October last year with a participation of 246 owners and dogs, 29 stalls and numerous donations in gifts and funds. Paige put a great deal of effort into this project and raised much needed awareness for Pit Bulls and other needy animals. Marley and all her friends stood together and raised just over R5000. The funds raised were to be donated to another worthy cause, sterilization of feral cats and strays. Both Paige and Michelle Spencer agreed that trying to take on dog fighting would be fruitless and dangerous and decided that spaying would yield better results with monies raised. The East London public seemed to agree and this became an exciting project with the East London SPCA, KWT SPCA and EL Animal Welfare. They are hoping for year round sponsorship and donations and to make the Awareness Walk an annual event with greater participation from all involved as this is not only for Pit Bull Terriers but for all needy animals in East London and surrounding areas.
Written by Michelle Spencer
Photos supplied by Spencer Photography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

Handing over of raised funds from Marley’s Pitbull Awareness Walk
From left to right:
Allen Westerberg (SPCA), Marley Spencer and Paige Spencer
(Creator and Organizer of Marley’s Pitbull Awareness).
 
All smiles on receiving raised funds from Marley’s Pitbull Awareness Walk
From left to right:
Allen Westerberg, Margeret Poutz, Paige Spencer, Lygnoria Wellem, Zuki, Bianca Tupper with Marley Spencer.
 
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