“Some people will get them because of a fad or because of a trend,’’ said society spokesperson Destinie Hammond, ‘‘and whenever they realize they can’t care for them, they’ll cast them aside.’’
It’s estimated that there are about 4 million pit bulls in the United States, about 5 percent of the country’s total number of dogs.
No one came forward to claim Ally, so the shelter sought to find her a new home.
In time for Thanksgiving, she was adopted by a family from New Jersey. The shelter reported that the family is delighted with its new addition.
Parish animal control supervisor Angie Robert said incidents like the one that involved Ally are far too common.
“We’re asking everyone to keep their eye out for (animal abuse),” Robert told a local newspaper. ‘‘…[S]o many animals are being dumped or hurt, and they need help too. If you don’t get (Ally), hey, you can get someone else.”
St. Charles Parish, population about 53,000, is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in southeast Louisiana between New Orleans and Thibodeau.