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Some say recent dog attacks shine negative light on pit bulls

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One of the Spartanburg Humane Society's pit bulls looking for a new home. (Jan. 14, 2013/FOX Carolina) One of the Spartanburg Humane Society's pit bulls looking for a new home. (Jan. 14, 2013/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

They're rambunctious, they're curious, but there's a perception that pit bulls are also dangerous.

"We have several pit bulls right now," said Katie Freseman with the Spartanburg Humane Society.

The Humane Society has several pit bulls all ready for adoption with some, Freseman said, waiting for months.

"Pit bulls are one of our more challenging breeds to find great homes for," Freseman said. "We don't have a lot of rescues that are willing to take pit bulls at this time. There seems to be an abundance of them all over the country."

Pit bulls are often called the most popular breed in the United States. But in the past week in the Upstate, pit bulls have taken center stage after three dog attacks - two in Spartanburg County.

Jamie Nelson with Spartanburg County Animal control said he's even gotten calls from people worried about pit bulls in their neighborhoods.

But Nelson said the numbers don't show they're dangerous.

"Of the four canine [bites], two were pit bulls, one was a Labrador, and another was a boxer," he said.

Nelson also told FOX Carolina that none of the dogs had rabies. The Spartanburg Humane Society said they took in those dogs for quarantine after the incidents, and noticed an interesting pattern.

"None of them have been up to date on their vaccines, none of them have been spayed or neutered, and that just shows that the individuals that own these pit bulls. They weren't provided the most basic veterinary care," said Freseman.

"It's not the particular animal," said Nelson. "But it is the animal that has teeth and nails that can bite and scratch you at any time."

Nelson said there have been six bite cases so far in January in Spartanburg County, four of which involved dogs. Last year, he said there were 11 bites throughout the entire month of January.

Fresemen said there is an overpopulation of pit bulls in the Upstate and in other communities across the country, more incidents involving them will be seen.

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