There are some animals at the shelter in Muskingum County that have longer stays than others.
It's been more than a year since Ohio stopped labeling pit bulls as vicious. Now the animals aren't automatically stamped with the label without proof of that characterization. Unfortunately, for the animal perceptions about them can keep it behind shelter cages for a longer time than other pets.
"They do sometimes have a longer length of stay just because of the breed, but we also have beagles that can have a longer length of stay also," explained Executive Director of the Animal Shelter Society Jody Murray. "We have them here and we have some limited space. They are a larger dog and we have laminations on how many large dogs we can take."
Murray said that if someone is interested in a pit bull as a pet they need to keep in mind that by nature the dogs are strong, energetic and need training.
"It still comes back to if you're trying to select a pit bull or any other breed do your research and make sure you understand that a larger, stronger, sometimes potentially aggressive dog can be more difficult to take care of, " said Murray. "If there is a biting incident it's going to be more serious."
Murray said no matter what the breed people looking to adopt they need to make sure they pick a breed that fits their lifestyle. He encourages people to come in and spend time with the animals and bring your children and other dogs that may be in the home to make sure everyone gets along.