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Online threats of pit bulls being targeted on Halloween

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With recent viral threats that pit bulls will be targeted on Halloween, some local residents are worried about the safety of their pets.

Online posts nationwide have deemed this year's Halloween, national kill a pit bull day.  The discussion has made its way to Helena and even onto local Facebook forums.

With some residents worried over their animals’ safety, Beartooth NBC’s Jill Jagelski sat down with some local officials to find out what you can do to keep your pet safe.

Online threats against pit bulls on Halloween have pet owners across the nation worried about the safety of their animals.

Lewis and Clark Humane Society dog adoption counselor Tanner Morgan says he doesn't understand why pit bulls are being targeted.

Morgan says, "Why? I don't know why pit bulls, I don't know why anything. It's the owner is why a pit bull would be bad, not the pit bull."

Morgan, along with many other Helena residents has heard about the viral threats.  He says the comments claim a group of people are going to poison pit bulls on October 31st.

Montana veterinary specialists' doctor Ashley Siders she has heard of similar threats in the past.

Siders says, "I've heard of people targeting specific animals before but really any dog can be a target of malicious activity if someone has a cold hear towards animals."

Siders says if pet owners are worried, there are precautions to take.  Morgan says the Humane Society may be taking precautions of their own as well.

While it is important to keep an eye on pets this holiday season, siders says she doesn't foresee a serious problem.

Siders says it is smart to check your yard to make sure there isn't anything that has been put their on purpose to harm your dog, like poisonous food or harmful objects.  

 

Story by Jill Jagelski, Beartooth NBC.
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