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Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes defends pit bulls after ad targets breed

Posted at 5:09 PM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 17:09:26-05

KANSAS CITY, MO (KSHB/CNN) - It's in a 30-second video a California attorney claims pit bulls are dangerous, are to blame for deaths and suggests to people not to adopt a pit bull.

The attorney who represents dog bite victims tweeted he won't pony up the $5 million to air it on Super Bowl Sunday.

Even so, it's already gone viral. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 6 million people have watched it.

"The fact that it is getting in front of a large audience is truly unfortunate and it's spreading fear among citizens that this could be a bad dog to own when that is the furthest thing from the truth that you can possibly imagine," Tori Fugate with the KC Pet Project explained.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes chimed in as well on Monday when he tweeted: "I love my dog #PitbullsForLife," referring to his 2-year-old, "Steel."

His followers replied with their own pictures of their beloved pit bulls.

The KC Pet Project took the opportunity to point out pit bulls like Banksy and Rhiannon are looking for a home.

The breed makes up 25 percent of the shelter's dogs.

"They are very popular breed in Kansas City we get a lot of them in here but there are fewer homes available for them because of these restrictions," Fugate said.

She's referring to breed-specific legislation that bans pit bulls in cities like Independence, KCK and Liberty.

In recent years, some cities have taken a second look at the law.

Roeland Park repealed its ban in 2015. Shawnee dropped it in 2016.

"Once they adopt one, they're like, 'Oh, my gosh, they're like cuddle bugs. they make great family pets and play well with other dogs, you know? It's like any other breed," Fugate explained.

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