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10 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Pit Bulls Like Mickey

An American Staffordshire Terrier, one of several breeds often called a "pit bull."
An American Staffordshire Terrier, one of several breeds often called a "pit bull."

Although Mickey the pit bull mauled 4-year-old Kevin Vicente, a judge decided this week to spare Mickey's life, amid outcry from many people who wanted to have the dog killed.

Many of the people who called for Mickey's head are misinformed or just plain wrong about the situation surrounding Mickey. Read on to find 10 things everyone should know about pit bulls, and dogs in general:

10.) "Pit bull" can refer to several dog breeds

"Pit bull" is not a breed of dog. There is an American Pit Bull Terrier, but other dogs, like Bull Terriers or American Staffordshire Terriers can also be called "pit bulls." Mickey is said to be an American Bulldog mix, which falls under the broadest definitions of "pit bull."



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