Seattle Photographer Works To Prove That Pit Bulls Are Just Dogs

Thursday, July 31st 2014, 2:33 pm
By: News 9

A Seattle photographer is going the extra mile to show people that pit bulls aren't monsters, they are just dogs.

According to an article posted on HuffPost Good News, in 2006, Photographer Jenny Persing adopted her own pit bull, Rain, and began meeting many other inspiring people and pets. 

Persing decided to start the Just Dogs Project, a collection of photos and stories from owners of pit bull- type dogs in the Seattle area.  Since June 2013, Persing has been collecting and showcasing stories of the love shared between these supposedly "dangerous" dogs and their owners.

Learn more about the Just Dogs Project

The project also features several other breeds, including Akitas, chows, Rottweilers, Doberman pinschers, German shepherds and huskies. These dogs often appear on "dangerous dog" lists, and can cause trouble for people looking to rent an apartment or get insurance.

Persing said she and her dog-walking group have witnessed some discrimination since adopting Rain. 

According to HuffPost, discrimination happens in adoption centers as well. Every year in shelters, according to National Geographic, pit bulls account for 30 percent of dogs admitted, and 60 percent of dogs euthanized. 

Persing is doing what she can to lower these startling figures.

You can read the complete story here. This article is part of HuffPost's ongoing PitBull Week coverage.