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Fake anti-pit bull add angers fans of the breed

Posted at 1:26 PM, Jan 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-26 13:26:41-05

SACRAMENTO, CA (KTXL/CNN) - Who could say no to wagging tails, happy feet and knowing noses?

Well, frankly, a lot of people who, for whatever reason, would forgo all that four-legged cuteness because it's attached to a pit bull.

Five-year-old Olivia Rodgers isn't one of them.

Her family adopted Boo in November from pit crew rescue of Sacramento, CA, so their older pit bull would have a buddy.

"I grew up with pets my whole life and I couldn't imagine not having them in my kids’ lives,” Erin Rodgers said. “Pit bulls were originally bred as family dogs and people don't understand they think the breed has just been misconstrued as this horrible attack breed, but as you can see they're attacking us with kisses and snuggles and it's how they're raised and how they're treated."

This Roseville family, one of many proud pit owners upset about a southern California lawyer's choice to float what he said was a Super Bowl commercial on social media.

It told people specifically not to adopt pit bulls and sharing stats that this breed killed most of those mauled to death in 2017.

Creator Kenneth Phillips represents dog bite victims and runs dogbitelaw.com.

"It makes my blood boil," dog rescuer Ilbra Beitpolous said.

Beitpolous has no problem admitting that pit bulls do bite but said, "golden retrievers and labs are usually the ones that have the highest bite rates. German shepherds are high up there."

She also said that with something falsely billed as a Super Bowl ad spreading with social media speed, it unfairly hinders the efforts of shelters and rescues like her pit crew which are trying to breed responsible ownership by teaching good behavior at playgroups.

"We receive about 100 emails, Facebook messages, calls a week, trying to give us dogs," Beitpolous said.

After being called out by dog lovers online, Kenneth Phillips did eventually admit all this is his effort to protect who he calls the innocent and not a real Super Bowl ad.

"It's all in how dogs are raised and treated and if you have a dog that's treated with love and respect they're going to give it back," Rodgers explained.

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