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This dog just may be the world's largest Pit Bull. Only 18-months-old, Hulk weighs a hefty 175 pounds.

Despite his intimidating size, his owners Marlon Grannan and his wife Lisa Grannan say Hulk is a sweet family dog and a best friend to their 3-year-old son Jordan.

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Not long ago I wrote about the breeds I miss seeing, those that used to be more popular but no longer caught the fancy of the general public. It wasn’t an argument for those breeds to start filling the veterinary offices again — raging popularity has never been good for any breed — but rather a nostalgic yearning for the wonderful pets I saw more of at the very beginning of my veterinary career.

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Author David McCandless might not realize it, but a graphic excerpted from his book Knowledge Is Beautiful: Impossible Ideas, Invisible Patterns, Hidden Connections–Visualized, is making waves amongst animal lovers … and not in a good way. The aim of this book is to collect the thousands of bits and pieces of data that we, as human beings, are bombarded with everyday and to display this information in a way that not only “makes sense” but moreover is visually beautiful.

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Just last week, two Pit Bulls injured a Lubbock woman.  These attacks are raising the question, who's responsible?

"When you start having problems with some of the breeds, it's because they're being neglected, they're lonely, they're being tied up in the back or some that are even being taught to be aggressive," said Animal Services Director, George Torres.

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Some dogs will face down a cougar or rush into a burning building to save a child. Others will duck and hide when threatened. Yes, there are small, yappy dogs that won’t run from a fight, but they lack the weight and chops to intimidate an attacker or yank a child from danger.

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is now offering free dog training for pet owners who purchase “power breeds”, such as Pit Bulls or Rottweilers.

Pet owners who purchase these breeds can get up to two months of free dog training.

The training comes as part of an agreement with Minneapolis Animal Care & Control and the Animal Humane Society.

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By Dr. Marty Becker

BigstockphotoLast year I wrote about the five breeds I miss seeing, those that used to be more popular but no longer caught the fancy of the general public. It wasn't an argument for those breeds to start filling the veterinary offices again - raging popularity has never been good for any breed - but rather a nostalgic yearning for the wonderful pets I saw more of at the very beginning of my veterinary career.

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Elma,Iowa-They may be man's best friend, but Pit Bulls and other so-called "bully breeds" are banned from dozens of towns in Iowa.

Authorities say the ban is necessary to protect people, but not everyone agrees.

With a little more than 500 residents, the tiny town of Elma, Iowa, bills itself as a community of re-birth and endless growth where many businesses, organizations, and families call home.

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