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PIT, fossa. A hole dug in the earth, which was filled with water, and in which women thieves were drowned, instead of being hung. The punishment of the pit was formerly common in Scotland.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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He was locked on good," Miller said, adding the pit bull let go of the German shepherd after he started twisting on its collar as it started choking, (https://www.boston25news.com/news/good-samaritan-helps-save-police-officer-s-family-and-dog-during-dog-attack/942481528) Boston 25 News reported.
Only last week, two dogs were reportedly mauled by American pit bull terriers in brutal attacks in Yunlin and Nantou separately, one of which was fatal.
The helpless husky put its paw on the pit bull's head but it was unable to break free as handlers struggled to pull the animals apart.
An arrest warrant has been issued against the 30-year-old woman who owns the two pit bulls.
When loading the Pit Bull cartridges do not simply drop them in.
A primary objective of this study was to examine the reliability of shelter staff's ability to identify dogs with pit bull heritage and to compare their assessments with DNA results.
If you're bitten by a poodle it's unlikely to be news, but a pit bull "attack" still sells papers in much the same way shark attacks do (one paper called pits "sharks on paws").
At a major fundraiser on Saturday, SPOT hopes to raise $12,000 to fix 150 pit bulls in Lane County.
"I never thought that as a 62-year-old I'd be on the floor fighting a pit bull."
A lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Oregon claiming that people with disabilities shouldn't be turned down for homeowners insurance because they have pit bulls for service dogs, reports KOB4.
Meantime, the city has not, apparently, considered remedies other communities employ who have pit bull problems: