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Date Posted: 01:44:14 03/07/04 Sun
Author: Noofies
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Subject: Resources for you
In reply to: Karen 's message, "Deaf Pit Bull" on 22:59:34 03/05/04 Fri

Chico will likely sire at least some deaf puppies. I have two adolescents fostering with me right now; the dam was deaf in one ear at least, and there were 3 deaf puppies out of a litter of 5.

Here's one link (will open in another window): http://www.asca.org/Education/Advanced/whitedeaf.htm

And here's another: http://www.steynmere.com/DALM_DEAFNESS.html This link is rather detailed, but it's a very clear explanation of how the lack of pigment and deafness are linked. If you can't get her to read it, maybe you can read it yourself and give her the Reader's Digest version. :)

Is there nothing that can be done to convince her to neuter her dog and keep him home? No citation with a fine for having a loose dog, with the fine to escalate with each incident? No significantly higher license fee for an intact dog?

>I work at a humane society and we have a frequent
>visitor named Chico. Chico is a white pit bull with
>blue eyes and he is deaf. He's a wonderful dog, but
>is not neutered and is constantly running at large.
>Besides the obvious problems of him being out and the
>risks of him getting hurt, his owner has taken on a
>female and plans to breed him. I have warned her that
>breeding him was not a good idea for again obvious
>reasons, but also because he's at a great risk of
>passing on the "white" gene. I have spent the last
>hour searching online for information on the "deadly
>white gene" however I've been unsuccessful at finding
>something she would read. Chico is at the shelter
>with his girlfriend right now and will probably be
>picked up soon. I would just like to know for future
>reference if anyone knows a good informational site
>that is either Pit Bull or non-breed specific on the
>downside of breeding a dog like Chico. It will
>probably go in one ear and out the other, but at least
>I tried. Thank you for your help.

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