OFF THE CHAIN: THE PIT-BULL STORY PART 1 OF 3
Few animals have received as much fame and notoriety as the American Pit Bull Terrier. A popular breed, the Pit Bull earned early fame as the beloved "Pete the Pup" in the "Little Rascals." But gradually, Pit Bulls have been getting a bad reputation.
Because of the popularity of illegal dogfighting and the actions of irresponsible owners and those who seek aggressive dogs, pit bulls have been stereotyped as a dangerous, vicious breed. In fact, the Pit Bull Terrier is now banned in over 200 American counties - and it is estimated that three million Pit Bulls are euthanized each year.
The Canadian province of Ontario has banned the breed completely, and Australia is now pushing legislation to ban the breed from the entire continent. What has happened in recent times to change this dog's iconic image from "best friend" into "public enemy?"
OFF THE CHAIN will give you a close look at the underworld of Pit Bull Fighting, the horrific sport that has transformed the Pit Bull's new status in pop culture into an urban symbol for violence, aggression and gang-life. Travel to the back alleys and dark corners of the inner city and as far as the backwoods and other rural communities to unleash the truth behind Pit Bull Fighting.
Beginning with a history of the American Pit Bull Terrier, OFF THE CHAIN explores the evolution of the breed and gives viewers a disturbing look into the minds of the dog owners and trainers who participate in the gruesome world of Pit Bull Fighting.