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Bully breeds get a second chance through Bull Runs program

March 25, 2012 | 3:28 p.m. CDT
The Central Missouri Humane Society implemented the Bull Runs program in October 2011, which adopts out bully breed dogs through a special process. “Bully breeds” is a term that usually covers many breeds with a reputation of aggressive behavior, such as American pit bull terriers, bull terriers, Staffordshire terriers and some mastiff breeds. Previously, it was policy at the Humane Society that if bully breeds were not claimed by an owner, they were put into a rescue organization or euthanized without being put up for adoption. Now, the shelter conducts behavior evaluations of the dogs, as well as placing them in a four-week stay in foster care to learn basic obedience training.

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