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Pit bulls not only animals that can attack

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -- Police now say two pit bulls are to blame for the death of a Northern Virginia man, found dead in his home earlier this week. While these pit bull attacks may seem common, that's not the case.

When you hear the words pit bull most people think the worst, but really even the smallest of animals can be a danger to you.

Richmond SPCA tells us you need to be careful if you put your pet in a situation and they start to act differently, like lunging towards others, growling, even running in the other direction. All are signs something could be wrong.

Police say something did go wrong when Carter Delaney got mixed up with two pit bulls, which his brother owned, biting and ultimately killing him.

At the SPCA, we spent the morning with two pit bulls who were friendly and gentle.

"I think people want to believe all pit bulls are bad and other dogs are safe and that's not true. There are dogs of all shapes and sizes who are left .... aggression or fearfulness and they need help," says Sarah Babcock, with Richmond SPCA.

Sarah adds, the key is making sure you act quickly.

There are plenty of ways to protect yourself and your pet through the Richmond SPCA. You can call the behavior helpline at 804-643-6785. There also are classes at the SPCA, along with other dog safety programs for kids and adult.

Some of Delaney's neighbors think he may have been trying to save a smaller dog when the two pit bulls attacked and killed him. A decision is expected to be made later today on the fate of those two pit bulls.

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