From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May 2012:
Many of the 216 surviving pit bulls seized in a December 2, 2011 dogfighting raid in Indang, Cavite province, the Philippines, “are not in need of rehabbing, as they were bait dogs,” Island Rescue Organization founder Nena Hernandez asserted in an April 4, 2012 e-mail to 25 other dog rescuers.
But the Animal Farm Foundation, of rural Dutchess County, New York, involved in pit bull rescue and advocacy for nearly 30 years, on January 16, 2012 appealed to pit bull advocates to “stop using the term ‘bait dog.’” Said the Animal Farm Foundation, “The dogfighting investigators we’ve consulted overwhelmingly agree that ‘bait dogs’ are mostly an urban legend.”
Both Hernandez and the Animal Farm Foundation, funded chiefly by literary agent Jane Rotrosen Berkey, sought to improve the image of pit bulls. To Hernandez, however, the term “bait dog” appeared to connote a non-threatening victim. To the Animal Farm
Foundation, “bait dog” appeared to connote instability and risk.