Your teammates send best wishes. And management has decided to hire someone in a mascot outfit instead of having a live animal.
Pits are fantastic dogs, incredibly eager to do whatever is necessary to please their owner. It’s certain pit owners that are the problem, not the breed itself. Successfully ban pits and the problem people will turn to Rottweilers, Dobermans, etc., etc. (both also very sweet, eager-to-please breeds).