Photo Shopped Screenshots – Pit Bull Advocacy Hits A New Low

In the five years since my son was brutally mauled to death by family pit bulls, I’ve seen their [pit bull] “advocates” do and say some pretty dishonest, deceiving and despicable things. They get even worse when they get desperate. But I think the new low they hit yesterday has really opened up a Pandora’s box.

I opened up a PM I received to Daxton’s Friends Facebook page that said this:

See, you might not know why they’re [pit bull advocates] currently targeting Mr. Wildgoose, but you would understand if you have been following his Facebook page. Mr. Wildgoose recently raised enough funds from VICTIMS of pit bulls and their advocates to purchase a billboard in Michigan and a billboard truck in Manhattan last weekend.

Of course I thought it was totally awesome, but pit bull advocates weren’t so thrilled.

Before I get back to the original PM screenshot I showed you, I need to rewind it one more day to show you their first feeble attempt at slandering Mr. Wildgoose:

So let’s see. They are so threatened by Mr. Wildgoose, that in under a week, they [pit bull advocates] have accused him of being a pedophile and a racist.

I don’t have a lot of time in my day anymore, so I’ll keep this post short. Back to the original PM to Daxton’s Friends. Unless you’re a pit bull advocate, you’re a pretty smart person. So I’m confident you’ll figure it out. At first I thought some of the super nutters on the internet made a fake Facebook page (click here to see what I’m talking about) to make it look like Mr. Wildgoose was saying such horrific things, but thanks to the quick eye of my friend who pointed it out, their tactic is much worse. One of the pit bull advocates is now using Photoshop to make it look like advocates for public safety are saying things online that they are not. Here is the proof:

I’m going to show you the original post and two screenshots before Joanna removed her comment side by side. It is so obvious what is going on here. Notice the next comment by Joanna followed by Wayne’s.

After Photoshop

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A warning to pit bull fanatics on the internet:

If these are the tactics that pit bull advocacy are going to start engaging in, you really don’t want to know what kind of ideas you have inspired in me. So far the victims of pit bulls harassment, the comments, false blogs, targeting of our places of employment, flat out lies and slander we receive have not had to be taken out of context or completely made up. I don’t think you want to see how creative my friends and I can be. The possibilities are endless. My advice to you would be to find out whoever made these Photoshop comments and put an end to it.

My response: I wasn’t that far off, was I?

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Paula Sully Sullivan from Pikeville, North Carolina, Harasses And Lies About Victims Of Pit Bull Attacks and Their Supporters

Paula Sully (Redd) Sullivan from Pikeville, North Carolina, Volunteering at Crossposting and Advocating for Animals, all at Pit Bull Activist, Co-Owner at Crazy for Pitties, Advocate at Animal rights activist, stalks, harasses and lies about victims of pit bull attacks and their supporters.

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“The babysitter and parents of the child were friends and the baby had been in the babysitter’s house before – this was a routine day.  The dogs were the babysitter’s own dogs and all indications show that she was a good dog owner.  The house was clean, the dogs were healthy, and there was no indication that the dogs were mistreated in any manner.

The babysitter went outside with the baby and her dogs began jumping on her in a manner that was either playful or attention getting and then turned into jumping on the babysitter in an attack mode.  The dogs separated the babysitter and baby, where the babysitter tried to lay over the baby to protect the baby.  The dogs then pulled them apart and continued to attack both the babysitter and the baby, killing the baby and leaving injuries on the babysitter.

Nothing in the investigation showed any negligence or mistreatment to these dogs prior to the attack and it doesn’t appear that the dogs were provoked in any way.

I read that the babysitter had raised the dogs from puppies and they were loved and adored.  The neighbors said the dogs were friendly and lovable.  There were no charges filed because the owner had done nothing wrong.  I understand this one incident does not condemn every pit bull but but does your organization have any explanation as to what may have occurred in this case?”

Bob LeGare

Aurora City Council

Read more: https://daxtonsfather.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/coloradogs-a-dangerous-plethora-of-hypocrisy-lies-and-deceit/

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“Iwicki stated that the dogs are kenneled at night and were kenneled most of the day TODAY. (We had 6” of snow the night before) She has had them out of their kennels when Daxton has been there in the past with no problems. She stated she was holding Daxton in her arms when she led both dogs out to the back yard fenced in area to pee. She stated both dogs went of and peed. She said when both dogs came back to her, one of the dogs began to pull on her pant leg of her jeans. She said that she began to slap the dog in the muzzle, telling it to stop. She said she was unsure if it was Bosston or Penny. She stated then both dogs began to bite her on her coat, tearing the pocket, causing her cell phone to fall to the ground. She said at that point, Daxton began to cry. She said the dogs then started jumping up on her, biting Daxton as she held and attempted to shield him from the dogs.

“Report of Humane Ofcer Deputy Richard Lagle: Deputy Lagle states that he monitored the situation via portable radio in his office at the Sherif’s Department. He reports that the dogs were described as two 65 lb pit-bull type dogs. He stated that he contacted Cindy Wroebel, who is the Humane Officer at the Lakeland Animal Shelter, and advised her of the situation. Due to the nature of the attack, Deputy Lagle and Ms. Wroebel came to the decision that the dogs must be euthanized. Ms. Wroebel responded to the scene to remove the dogs. The dogs were transported to Elkhorn Vet Clinic, and euthanized by Dr. Jefrey Korosec. He is the one who prepared the dogs for rabies testing, by removing their heads.

Deputy Lagle asked Dr. Korosec “How the dogs looked?” Dr. Korosec stated that both dogs looked healthy and were in “good” shape. On March 7th, Deputy Lagle retrieved the specimens from the Elkhorn Vet Clinic and drove them to the State Lab of Hygiene. The specimens were turned over to Dr. Jim Kazmierczak for testing. Deputy Lagle states in his report: “As the heads were removed from the box, it is my opinion that they were pure bred “pit-bull” dogs.” The dogs heads were tested and repackaged. Neither of them had rabies. Deputy Lagle contacted the Lake Geneva Animal Hospital, Walworth Clinic, where the dogs received their last evaluation in September 2011. At that time, the female weighed 58 lbs, and the male weighed 49 lbs.”

Read more: https://daxtonsfather.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/coloradogs-a-dangerous-plethora-of-hypocrisy-lies-and-deceit/


Comment discussed here: https://m.facebook.com/groups/240277562791489?view=permalink&id=896119277207311


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Stop by Paula’s Facebook profile and let her know how you feel about this comment.

Pit Bull Ambassador, Angie Martinez from Seattle, Washington, Send Hateful Message To The Father Of A Child Killed By Pit Bulls

Angie Martinez, Former Sales Clerk at Deja Vu Adult Superstore, Worked at WholeFoods Market, Lives in Seattle, Washington, Married to Nathan Davis, From Everett, Washington, Sends Hateful Message To The Father Of A Child Killed By Pit Bulls

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You just read the ENTIRE conversation, folks. Now read her backpedaling and her friends being called in her defense a few weeks later:

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I have not attack ANYONE, Angela. YOU came to MY page and sent me a message without knowing or CARING to know what happened to my son. Then you go to your friends, “this Jeff guy is attacking me and not showing the whole story.” YOU. ARE. A. LIAR.

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Stop by this lost soul’s Facebook page (have your vomit bags ready) and tell Angie Martinez how you feel about this.

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Dealing With “Willfully Ignorant” Pit Bull Activists On Your Facebook Pages

We’re giving you one more chance before you’re banned from the page.

 

FB_IMG_1457204797295You’re obviously a fan of pit bulls. Whether it’s because you’ve been brainwashed by ANY part of the $60 billion dollar per year pet care and supply industry into thinking these dogs were anything BUT purposely bred by human beings for centuries FOR the purpose of dogfighting, or you’re just going to give us more anecdotal evidence because “my pit bull is sweet and I’ve only had good experiences with them,” you choose to defend the one breed type that kills, maims and mauls more humans and animals than all dog breed types combined. The admins of this page have also had good experiences with pit bulls, until the day we did not.

 

FB_IMG_1456422682734I agree with you that most of the victims of pit bull attacks, their families and supporters were “ignorant” and truly “uneducated” about the history, heritage and PURPOSE of pit bull type dogs. However, there is a difference between being “ignorant” and “willfully ignorant.” Most of the supporters of BSL were ill-informed by this “pit bull propaganda machine” into believing these dogs are safe family pets if just “raised right.” Most of the supporters of BSL were ill-informed by this propaganda machine into thinking pit bulls are “just like any other dogs.” They were indeed, “ignorant” and “uneducated.”

 

Which brings this back to you.

 

13233126_1082552601804089_1027567039452473341_nYou have just commented on one of our pages created by formerly “ignorant” and “uneducated” victims, their families, friends, supporters and former pit bull owners LIKE YOURSELF. We have created these pages in an attempt to spare other families and friends of the pain and suffering we have had to endure by giving you HONEST information. Not DISHONEST information from the countless organizations and TV shows whom are OWNED, CONTROLLED, or FUNDED by dog breeders, owners, veterinarian or animal welfare groups that have a vested interest in keeping the status of pit bulls unregulated, but HONEST information from people that have nothing to gain from this position. We also understand that in sharing this HONEST information about pit bulls, we will be attacked and ridiculed by the “ignorant” defenders of this breed type like you. It is not the “ignorant,” but “willfully ignorant” that is the reason these types of dogs will continue to destroy families for many years to come. Stay with me here.

 

We believe in giving someone the chance to absorb this HONEST information in an ocean of DISHONEST information about pit bulls on the internet and TV, which is why we will give you ONE more comment before we ban you from this page. Frankly, we don’t have time to waste on the “willfully ignorant” anymore. There are plenty of fence sitters out there that are willing to at least READ the information we’re providing.


You get ONE more comment. If you say ANY of the following in that comment, you’re banned from the page:

 

-“Any dog is capable.”

-“All dogs can bite.”

-“Sorry for your loss, BUT” or “Sorry for your loss, HOWEVER”

-“You’re ignorant.”

-“Educate yourself.”

-“Back in the 70’s, 80’s it was, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah.”

-“According to the NCRC, AVMA, UKC, AKC, etc….” (or any info copied and pasted from part of the $60 billion dollar per year pet care and supply industry)

-“My pit bull is sweet and never hurt a fly.”

-“Coconuts kills more people.”

-“Here’s a picture of my pit bull and child. Does it look dangerous?”

-“Pit bulls used to be nanny dogs.”

-“It’s all how you raise them.”

-“All dogs show warning signs.”

-“That source is not credible.”

-“You’re a racist.”

-“Guns, cows, people, wasps, cars, etc. kill more people.” (or any other straw man arguments)

-“Media only reports pit bull attacks.”

“It’s the owners.”

-“Pit bull is not a breed.”

-“You can’t identify a pit bull without DNA.”

-“Pit bulls pass the ATTS test.”

-“Petey was a pit bull, or Sgt. Stubby.”

-“What about all the pit bulls that save people?”

-“Dachshunds are more aggressive that pit bulls.”

-“Pit mixes are not pit bulls.”

-“What did they do to provoke it?”

-“BSL doesn’t work because it doesn’t stop all dog ‘bites.”


Acceptable comments will be:

 

-“Wow, I didn’t know that.”

-“I had no idea it was so bad.”

-“I will take extra precaution with my fighting breed from now on, especially around children.”

-“I will look into a break stick and how to use it.”

-“I’m so sorry for your loss.” (no BUT’S)


Relevant links:

“We thought he was going to be a great dog. He acted like one. He was a good example of a good pit. Until he just decided to attack. He slept in our bed and everything. We never left the kids alone with him. They were never mean to him. We had 5 other dogs including another female pit and they never fought.
It’s NOT the way they are raised. Our dog was well loved and raised. He obeyed all commands and never showed any aggression. These myths almost cost my sons life. How many more people have to get hurt because of a lie?”
Jennifer Arp

“The backdoor was open and suddenly we heard people screaming from outside. Bexar, with zero warning, had lunged at Gavin, and his jaws were clamped down on Gavin’s face, right in front of everyone. Let me point out that there were 8 people within arms reach of Gavin when Bexar attacked. This is a critical point, because I have heard from many people about this, who say that they would never leave their children “alone” with “any” dog. Gavin was far from being alone when this attack happened. Even 4 grown men were unable to pry Bexar’s jaws off of Gavin’s head. Greg ran out and was finally able to get Bexar to release, saving Gavin’s life.”
Maggie Bain

“My brother had raised many pit bulls and one particularly captured our hearts…He was the sweetest well mannered gentle dog I had ever seen…I was always told the aggressive ones were because they were trained to fight and it was all in how they were raised….and if u got them from puppies that was the best way to raise any dog…Both of the dogs who attacked were brought home as puppies and picked out by Kara…These dogs never displayed any people aggression. ..Always sat dutifully by her side, watched her have tea parties, sat by her side when she was sick, thought they were lap dogs and liked to snuggle…..no warnings, no snapping, nogrowling…….just snapped!”
Roxanne Hartrich

“Children are blessings from God. Dogs are animals, I understand peoples love for animals and a lot of people choose or may not be able to have children so have these dogs and treat them as their own kids. They will always be animals, not children. For those who choose the dangerous breeds please stop and think, is it worth taking the chance on it turning and killing our children and family members?”
Johnna Harvard

“Our son was brutally killed by our pet pit bull of 8 years…On April 24, 2013 we lost both our beautiful son Beau and our family dog, affectionately known as Kissy Face. Our dog had been part of our family for 8 years and lived up to her name, for she was eager to overload everyone with kisses. Oh, she was such a very loving and family oriented dog. Kissy Face had been around since her birth on November 22, 2005.
Then with no warning, matters changed dramatically and our world was irrevocably altered. Shortly after Beau’s 2nd birthday, I made a quick trip to the restroom. Just a few minutes later I returned to find my son lying in a pool of his own blood.”
Angela Rutledge

“Her right shoulder was dislocated in a backward fashion, half her right face was missing, as well as part of her right neck, and most of her right ear. My mother had bite marks all over her face, neck, and scalp. Her vocal box was ripped, that’s why my niece only heard one yell. Her C1 & C2 were fractured; part of her spinal cord was ripped from her lifeless body. She fought and fought. She suffered from a horrific, sustained, vicious and violent attack at the jaws of a completely unpredictable breed of dog. My mother’s autopsy report shows her wounds to be consistent with defending her grandchild. The report states that my mother was defending her grandchild. My mother is a hero. She saved my nephew’s life.”
Ruth Halleran

Read the full stories and more at: http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/victims-stories/


Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education & Awareness was formed in honor of Daxton Borchardt, who passed away on March 6, 2013 due to severe injuries sustained in a dog attack. Daxton’s Friends would like to educate the public about the importance of understanding dog breeds and how, with proper education and pet care, the number of dog-related incidents can be reduced.

If Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education and Awareness has incorrect information we will efficiently correct or retract statements. There must be substantial evidence that there has been an error in order for corrections to be made. Please e-mail all corrections or concerns to our email address on our homepage:

American Pit Bull Terrier

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The American Pit Bull Terrier is, like all the ‘bully’ breeds, one of this group of descendants of the British ‘bull and terrier’ type fighting bulldogs. Once imported into the United States, it was bred up to be bigger again, and again used in baiting animals and in dogfighting. The American Kennel Club (founded 1884) was unwilling to register these fighting dogs, so in 1898 the United Kennel Club was founded specifically to register working pit-fighting dogs and to promote dogfighting. In order to be registered, a dog had to first win three pit fights. The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) became a ‘breed’. As dogfighting declined in popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, Colby (the most famous and prolific breeder of these dogs) began to search for a new market and began promoting the APBT as family pets. This despite the fact that his breeding lines included child killers.

Learn more HONEST facts about the American Pit Bull Terrier: http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/american-pit-bull-terrier/


2015 U.S. Dog Bite Related Fatalities: All sources provided: http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015-dog-bite-related-fatalities/

Eugene W. Smith (87) – Killed by his own pit bull while taking down Christmas tree (1/7/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/01/eugene-w-smith-killed-by-his-own-pit-bull-while-taking-down-christmas-tree/

Declan Moss (18-mo) – Killed by the family pit bull-mixes (1/19/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/01/declan-moss-18-months-old-killed-by-the-family-pit-bull-mixes/

Malaki Mildward (7) – Killed By Two Family Pit Bull-mixes While Playing In His Yard (1/22/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/01/malaki-mildward-7-years-old-killed-by-two-family-pit-bull-mixes-while-playing-in-his-yard/

Frederick Crutchfield (63) – Coal Hill, AR – Killed by pack of dogs (2/4/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/02/frederick-crutchfield-coal-hill-ar-dog-bite-related-fatality/

Tay’Lynn DeVaughn (2) – Killed by pit bull while visiting her aunt in West Mifflin, PA (2/22/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/02/taylynn-devaughn-killed-by-pit-bull-west-mifflin-pa/

Roy Higgenbotham Jr. (62) – Killed by roommate’s pit bull in Wheeling, WV (3/8/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/03/roy-higgenbotham-jr-killed-by-roommate-pit-bull/

Betty Wood (78) – Killed by her pet Rottweiler in Sulphur Springs, TX (3/12/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/04/betty-wood-killed-rottweiler-sulpher-springs-tx/

Julia Charging Whirlwind (49) – Killed by pack of dogs – White River, Rosebud Indian Reservation, SD (3/14/15)http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/04/julia-charging-whirlwind-white-river-sd-dog-bite-related-fatality/

De’Trick Johnson (36) – Killed by 7 pit bulls in Jefferson County, AR (3/21/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/04/detrick-johnson-pine-bluff-ar-fatal-pit-bull-attack/

Neta Lee Adams (81) – Killed by pack of dogs, found in ditch – Washington, GA (3/31/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/04/neta-lee-adams-dog-bite-related-fatality-washington-georgia/

Kenneth Ford (79) – 1 of 3 victims attacked by 3 pit bulls last month in Pahrump, Nevada dies (4/14/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/04/kenneth-ford-pahrump-nevada-pit-bull-fatality-dog-attack/

2-mo-old, Brayden Lamar Wilson – Killed by the family pit bull when dad went outside to turn on sprinkler (4/20/15)http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/04/brayden-lamar-wilson-killed-by-family-pit-bull-texas/

Canyon Lake, TX – Multiple dogs attack, kill 7-year-old Gaege Anthony Ramirez (5/2/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/05/canyon-lake-texas-dogs-kill-seven-year-old-boy/

James W. Nevils III (5) – Killed by pit bulls – Neighbors hit dog with rocks to stop attack (5/25/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/05/james-w-nevils-chicago-pit-bull-fatality/

Jordan Charles Collins-Tyson (3) – Killed by pit bull while visiting his great-grandmother – Lawton, OK (6/28/15)http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/07/jordan-charles-collins-tyson-killed-pit-bull-lawton-ok/

Norberto Legarda (83) – Killed by Oscar Rodriguez’s 3 pit bulls while looking after his daughter’s lab – Pecos, TX – (7/2/15)http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/07/norberto-legarda-pecos-tx-killed-by-pit-bulls-oscar-rodriguez/

Joshua Phillip Strother (6) – Killed by recently adopted pit bull after climbing a fence – Henderson County, NC (7/7/15)http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/07/joshua-phillip-strother-fatal-pit-bull-attack-henderson-county-north-carolina/

Annie L. Williams (71) – Killed by pit bull after 10 minute attack – Shaker Heights, OH – (7/12/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/07/annie-williams-killed-by-pit-bull-shaker-heights-ohio/

Carolyn Sue Lamp (67) – Killed by 3 pit bulls & 1 Rottweiler while picking up cans – (7/24/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/07/carolyn-sue-lamp-killed-by-pit-bulls-rottweiler-redbird-oklahoma/

Porsche Nicole Cartee (25) – Killed by family pit bull of 10 years (8/22/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/09/porshe-nicole-cartee-killed-by-pit-bull-spartanburg-nc/

Cathy Wheatcraft (48) – Killed by neighbor’s pit bull while getting mail (8/24/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/09/cathy-wheatcraft-killed-by-neighbors-pit-bull-while-getting-mail/

Barbara McCormick (65) – Attacked and killed by Golden/mixes while feeding them. Autauga County , AL [8.2.15]http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/09/barbara-mccormick-utauga-alabama/

Emilio Rios Sr (65) – Attacked and killed by 2 pit bulls while watering plants. Riverside County, CA  [8.8.15] http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/11/emilio-rios-sr-fatal-pit-bull-attack-north-shore-california/

Carmen Reigada (91) – Killed By a Pit Bull Type-Mix and “Lab-Mix.” (9/22/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/11/carmen-reigada-killed-by-pit-bull-type-miami-dade-county/

Lamarkus Hicks (2) – Killed By Neighbor’s Pit Bull-Mix (9/28/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/12/lamarkus-hicks-kearneysville-west-virginia-fatal-pit-bull-attack/

Edgar Brown (60) – Killed By 5 Pit Bulls in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (10/16/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/12/edgar-brown-killed-by-pit-bulls-oklahoma-city/

Tanner Smith (5) – Killed By 2 Pit Bulls While Jumping On A Trampoline (10/18/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/12/tanner-smith-vidor-texas-killed-pit-bulls/

Amiyah Dunston (9) – Killed By a Pit Bull While Playing In The Backyard (11/8/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2015/12/amiyah-dunston-fatal-pit-bull-attack-long-island-new-york/

Anthony Riggs (57) – Killed By A Rottweiler He Adopted Earlier That Day (Madison County, TN) (11/12/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2016/01/anthony-riggs-madison-county-tennesse-rottweiler-fatal/

Carter Hartle (11-mo) – Killed By Family Pit Bull/Shar Pei-Mix (Oneida County, New York) (11/15/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2016/01/carter-hartle-killed-by-family-pit-bull-sharpei-oneida/

Xavier Strickland (4) – Killed By 4 Pit Bulls Walking To School With Mother (Detroit, MI) (12/2/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2016/01/xavier-strickland-killed-by-pit-bulls-walking-to-school-with-mother/

Rebecca Hardy (22) – Killed By Pit Bull & Pit Bull/Husky-Mix – (Port Huron, MI) (12/3/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2016/01/rebecca-hardy-killed-by-pit-bull-husky-mix-port-huron-michigan/

Maria Torres (57) – Killed By Her Own Pit Bulls While Breaking Up Fight (Gridley, CA) (12/16/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2016/01/maria-torres-killed-by-own-pit-bulls-breaking-up-fight/

Nyjah Espinosa (2) – Killed By Father’s Pit Bull Type Dog – (Miami-Dade, FL) (12/20/15) http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2016/01/nyjah-espinosa-killed-by-pit-bull-type-miami-dade-florida/

ColoRADogs, Longmont Humane Society, Aimee Sadler, Carly Shivers – A dangerous plethora of hypocrisy, lies and deceit

FinalreviewAD2x4On October 2nd, 2014, Daxton’s Friends For Canine Education & Awareness started an ad campaign in the greater Denver area. Our board voted to go with a more aggressive approach due to the ballot initiative (prop. #2D) allowing voters to decide on whether or not to allow pit bulls back into Aurora. We decided to keep our 501(c)(3) status in good standing by not mentioning the upcoming vote even though we were well within our legal rights to do so. The ad was approved by the Denver Post and ran in the “Pink Edition” of YourHub, an insert that covers Aurora, CO. The ad simply stated, “FACT: Pit Bulls Kill More Humans & Animals Than ALL BREEDS Combined!” Our ad did not include the full name of the American Pit Bull Terrier due to ad space. Almost two weeks went by and we received ONE e-mail. Here is a copy of that e-mail and Daxton’s Friends response:

Dear Daxton’s Friends.
I recently came across an incredibly misleading ad in a newspaper posted by your agency. Although I can barely think how to empathise with the loss of a child, I must speak out for memebers of another innocent community.Your advertisment stated that “pit bull” attacks account for more than all of the deaths caused by all other types of dogs combined. This is a blatant untruth not backed up by any factual evidence. I ask you to rescind your ad and make the correction that ALL dogs can bite and ALL dogs can cause fatalities.You can examine this link if you like. It represents the reasons whiy so often dogs are misidentified.
http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dogbites/dog-bite-related-fatalities/As part of the rescue community and wanting to determine which dogs are worth my organization’s time and money to rehabilitate, I have invetisgated this issue thoroughly. I have found that a media bias unfairly condones dogs of nearly any unknown heritage as “pit bulls”. As I am sure that you know, pit bull is not actually a breed but a set of characteristics displayed by which a person of authority may describe a dog and thus render the dog that title. I also work in a professional capacity with reported dog bites and I can tell you that I have had pure bred labradors, golden retriever mixes, hunting hounds and even a short haired St. Bernard mix labeled as a “pit bull”. Furthermore, I can tell you that police officers and animal control staff have mislable a pekinese as a pomeranian and a Brittany spanel as a springer spaniel. I have seen bites from every breed and mix imaginable. Thank goodness I have seen no fatalities.Your irresponsible ad condemns a multitude of dogs spanning every breed, age and domestic background. These dogs are as innocent as Daxton.Looking over your website, I could not find the painful story of how you lost Daxton. Perhaps it is there and I did not see it. Perhaps it is too painful to share. Again, I cannot imagine and you have my sympathy. But please cease to be the frothing frenzy that is the anti- “pit bull” movement. Your pain is real but your science, your methodology and your perception is wrong. Dogs do bite. Dogs do kill. But “pit bulls”? They don’t exist. If you must find a bogeyman it lives in humans alone.Thank you,
Janelle

Janelle,
We appreciate your concern about our organization and are more than willing to print a retraction. Please provide us with documented proof that there has been misidentification of the dogs involved in fatalities and we can recalculate our numbers. Unfortunately, we do not consider your provided link as a credible source. Those familiar with the NCRC understand that the director is Karen Delise, a strong supporter of pit bulls. The NCRC is under the leadership of Jane Berkey and the Animal Farm Foundation. The sole purpose of the Animal Farm Foundation is “securing equal treatment for “pit bull” dogs”. We do encourage you to contact the Animal Farm Foundation and let them know that pit bulls are “not actually a breed” and “don’t exist”.
Since you missed Daxton’s story, we will take a moment to fill you in. Daxton was killed on March 6, 2013 at 14 months of age by his babysitter’s two pit bulls. The dogs were raised by the babysitter since they were puppies. They were raised in a loving environment, were spayed and neutered, and well trained. They could follow basic commands and even knew how to kennel themselves. There was no indication of neglect or abuse and a thorough police investigation concluded the babysitter did no wrong doing. On March 6, 2013, she let the dogs out for a potty break. Her yard is an acre fenced doggie paradise. She went outside with Daxton in her arms and called them back to the house. For no reason, the dogs started to attack her and ripped Daxton from her arms. She struggled with the dogs for 15 minutes to get Daxton back and call for help. Unfortunately, Daxton did not survive the attack.
While the Daxton’s Friends team understands that “any dog can bite”, we do not consider a torn off face, crushed skull, severed spinal cord, multiple bite wounds, and extensive blood loss to be a “bite”. Daxton suffered a brutal mauling. There is the common misconception that “bites” and “maulings” are the same and that fatalities are caused by single “bites”. If Daxton was bitten that day, he might have seen a doctor for bandages and antibiotics. As for “ALL dogs can cause fatalities”, we agree. Yes, all dogs can, BUT they are not. If you consider the fatalities the year Daxton was killed, pit bulls clearly lead the count. Other breeds that killed that year are the Bullmastiff, which is 40% pit bull, and the Rottweiler. Still there is not a breed that came close to causing as many fatalities as the pit bull.
The ASPCA has found that 93% of animal shelter workers could accurately identify a pit bull. The mislabeling of dogs most often happens when the public believes, with the help of animal shelter workers and dog advocates, that a pit bull is a “boxer”, “lab”, or “hound” mix. These misidentifications often make dog bite/mauling statistics inaccurate and pit bull bite numbers may actually be higher.
The Daxton’s Friends team does recognize that “a bogeyman it lives in humans alone”. We get to see this “bogeyman” every time someone spreads the “nanny dog” myth or other propaganda to make parents unaware of the true dangers of fighting breed dogs. Or, when pit bull activists compare a single Chihuahua bite to a 15 minute mauling. Or, when people feel compelled to send hateful messages devaluing the life of a child, wishing harm on our families, or faking sympathy with the true intention of defending their precious breed. After the horrific death of a child, the “bogeyman” is not nearly as scary as reality.
Again, thank you for contacting our organization. We wish you the best with your animal rescue endeavors.
Thank you,
Daxton’s Friends

pit bull instagram

I recognized the blotch in the photo and my mother-in-law’s coffee table

That was the ONLY e-mail we received in regards to our ad until October 12th, 2014, when it showed up on “Pitbullinstagram” with a link to the Denver Post’s contact info encouraging pit bull fanatics to send an e-mail and tell them “positive” stories and “facts” about their pit bulls. As you can imagine, we started to see a major increase in traffic to our website but they were not coming to read anything from it. They were going to the website simply to get our e-mail address to harass us and tell us what a bunch of jerks we were. There were a few comments that went up for moderation on the website under our “Potentially Dangerous Breeds” section, but I came to the conclusion they were landing there because it is linked on our home page.

A worthy side note:
After the ad ran in YourHub, my mother-in-law from Centennial sent us a picture that she took from her phone of the ad sitting on her coffee table. I then forwarded the picture to a few of my friends and fellow advocates but didn’t say whether or not I wanted it shared. I forgot to tell them not to share it until after the vote on Nov. 4th. I didn’t want it getting out there due to the pit bull apologists harassment and intimidation tactics that this country has become so accustomed to. The picture was then posted on Craven’s Desires and that’s how the pit bull fanatics from all over the world got it. You see? These weren’t the citizens of Aurora. Not even close. These messages were being sent from all over the country and WORLD. The small mistake I made ended up being a blessing in disguise. Just like the pit bulls they protect, they cannot help themselves from attacking the victims.

Here are just SOME of the e-mails we started receiving:

Jessica

Your post in the CO news paper has gone viral. With it being National Pit bull Awareness month, I think you need to become aware of pit bulls.  I don’t think that you understand stand one bit. Due to your post, it shows that there are IGNORANT people like you and your ‘friends’ that think all pit bulls are dangerous. I understand that the result of your page is due to the loss of someone who was attacked. But any animal can attack, it’s not just a pit bull. Just because Pit bull attacks are reported more, doesn’t make them a bad breed. Do you know about any of the hero Pit bull stories? This link from Huffington Post is Great! (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/29/pit-bulls-heroic-happy-and-good_n_5563496.html). It features numerous stories about the good things pit bulls have done, and the lives they saved. The reason that these dogs get there bad name is because of people like you! The uneducated morons who go and breed bash.

Sophie is my 2 year old, 90lbs, female, red nose who’s also mixed with a Bull Mastiff, which is also considered an aggressive breed. Not only that but I have a female, with a red nose, to society she is the most ‘aggressive’ pit bull and I am not afraid of her at all! She’s never been aggressive! Anyone who has ever met her can tell you that she is one of the nicest, and best dogs you could ever have. She follows me wherever I go. She sleeps with me every night. When I brought Sophie home she was 6 weeks old.  She’s great with kids and other animals. I took her for a walk and had a shepard attack her, and she didn’t even respond to the other dog.  You can’t just say ALL pit bulls are bad and dangerous. Quit being so ignorant.
I’m sorry for the loss of anyone who has lost their life from being attacked. Its a tragedy that this has happened. But the next time you go and breed bash, know that NOT EVERY PIT BULL IS DANGEROUS.
“PITBULL FACTS AND FICTION:Mortality Characteristics pit bulls don't have lock jawPit Bulls have locking jaws – FICTION. Pit Bulls can’t lock their jaws. Their jaws are constructed just like any other dog. In fact if you take the x-ray of a Chihuahua and compare it to that of a Pit Bull, you will see that they are both the same except for the size difference.Pit Bulls are unpredictable and more likely to bite than other dogs – FICTION. Pit Bulls are no more vicious than Golden Retrievers, Beagles or other popular dogs! In a recent study of 122 dog breeds by the American Temperament Testing Society (ATTS), Pit Bulls achieved a passing rate of 83.9%. That’s as good or better than Beagles … 78.2%, and Golden Retrievers … 83.2%. How did your favorite breed do? See for yourself – go to: www.ATTS.orgPit Bulls are good with children – FACT. Pit Bulls always test high as one of the most stable breeds of dogs in the country. These statistics can be found with the American Temperament Test Society of the United States, where they always fall as one of the top five most stable dogs. Because of this, they are extremely patient and tolerant of children.All Pit Bulls will “snap” and attack a person sooner or later – FICTION. Pit Bulls are a very popular breed and rarely attack. Pit Bulls are very powerful animals, so when something does go wrong, it usually makes the news. Almost all Pit Bull attacks have involved unaltered Pit Bulls, so it is very important to have your Pit Bull spayed or neutered as soon as possible. Additionally, serious Pit Bull attacks rarely involve spayed/neutered Pit Bulls who have received proper training and socialization.Pit Bulls are good dogs for apt./condo living – FACT. Though Pit Bulls are athletic and love to get out and play, if they had their druthers, they would be sleeping on the couch, 24/7. They are short coated dogs and do not do well outside in the cold weather or very hot weather. They don’t shed too much and are easily groomed, thus making them the ultimate indoor dog.“Red nose” Pit Bulls are more aggressive – FICTION. Are blondes dumb? Do redheads have a quicker temper? Of course not. “Red nose” is simply a color/style. They have a lighter pigment such as a pinkish nose with yellow/green eyes. They act no different than black, brindle, or white Pit Bulls. Pit Bulls are easy to train – FACT. Extremely easy to train. All they want to do is please you. As they are so sensitive to your feelings, verbal training comes easily with this breed. Pit Bulls cannot be with other dogs and/or cats – FICTION. This is probably the biggest misconception and biggest misunderstanding when it comes to this breed. With proper training and handling, your Pit Bull can learn to live peacefully in the company of other dogs and often cats as well.”  (http://www.beachpetpals.org/info/display?PageID=5124)
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Daxton’s Friends Response:

Dear Jessica

Thank you for contacting Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education and Awareness. Due to the high volume of e-mails we receive, we unfortunately can no longer respond personally to each one.

If your e-mail included photographs of your pet, we appreciate the photographs, but unfortunately we cannot accept them as evidence that our facts about dangerous dog breeds are incorrect.

Unless you can provide actual evidence that pit bulls have not killed more humans and animals than any other dog breed, we will not consider retracting our ad in the Denver Post. We do not accept personal stories or accounts of your pet as evidence.

We wish you, your family, and pets the best.

Thank you,

Daxton’s Friends

American Pit Bull Terrier breed bio:http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/american-pit-bull-terrier/

How many other animals did pit bulls kill last year?http://www.animals24-7.org/2014/03/22/how-many-other-animals-did-pit-bulls-kill-last-year/

Why did the CDC stop tracking fatal dog attacks by breed in 1998?http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2014/07/non-profits-urge-cdc-resume-collecting-richer-data-set-for-dog-bite-fatalities/

The National Canine Research Council was purchased by Jane Berkey (Animal Farm Foundation) in 2007:https://daxtonsfather.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/the-pit-bull-lobby-jane-berkey-animal-farm-foundation-karen-delise-the-national-canine-research-council-indeterminate-breeds/

A few former pit bull owners and victims recall their attacks:http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/victims-stories/

2013 dog bite related fatalities:http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/category/fatal-dog-attacks-2013/

The full story of what happened to Daxton Borchardt:http://blog.dogsbite.org/2013/07/beyond-the-interview-essay-of-a-fatal-pit-bull-mauling.html

Canine myths. (Including “pit bull is not a breed – nanny dogs”)http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/canine-myths-2/

Acknowledging negative traits in breeds is “racism”: https://www.facebook.com/jeffreydborchardt/posts/695491930505747

2014 Dog Bite Related Fatalities
Updated after each fatality following fact finding research

30 Dog Bite Related Fatalities
by Breed:
22 by Pit Bull / Pit Bull Mix
3 by Bullmastiff / Mastiff Mix
2 by Rottweiler
1 by Cane Corso
1 by Shepherd Mix
1 by Catahoula Leopard Dog

By age:
17 Children
12 Adults

By State:
TX – 6 deaths
AL – 3 deaths
OH – 3 deaths
FL – 3 deaths
NC – 2 deaths
MI – 2 deaths
AZ – 1 death
CA – 1 death
CT – 1 death
DE – 1 death
IL – 1 death
LA – 1 death
MS – 2 death
NJ – 1 death
MO – 1 death
AR – 1 death
Names and ages of the deceased:
Christina Bell-Burleson – 43 – Houston, TX – 2 Pit Bulls [01.05.14]
Betty Clark – 75 – Canyon Lake, TX – 2 Pit Bulls [01.06.14]
Kara Hartrich – 4 – Bloomington, IL – 2 Pit Bulls [01.17.14]
Annabel Martin – 89 – Corona, CA – 3 Rottweilers [01.26.14]
Klonda Richey – 57 – Dayton, OH – 2 Mastiff Mixes [02.07.14]
Je’vaeh Mayes – 2 – Temple, TX – Pit Bull [02.17.14]
Braelynn Coulter – 3 – High Point, NC – Pit Bull [02.24.14]
Summer Sears – 4 – Tallassee, AL – Shepherd Mix [02.26.14]
Kenneth Santillan – 13 – Paterson, NJ – Bullmastiff [02.28.14]
Raymane Robinson, Jr. – 2 – Killeen, TX – Bullmastiff [03.01.14]
Nancy Newberry – 77 – Phoenix, AZ – Pit Bull [03.14.14]
Mia DeRouen – 4 – Houma, LA – Pit Bull [03.25.14]
Christopher Malone- 3 – Holmes County, MS – 2 Pit Bulls [03.31.14]
Dorothy Hamilton – 85 – Kaufman, TX – 2 Pit Bulls [03.31.14]
John Harvard – 5 – Riverside, AL – Pit Bull [04.06.14]
Petra Aguirre – 83 – San Antonio, TX – Pit Bull Mix [04.11.14]
Katie Morrison – 20 – Phenix City, AL – 3 Pit Bulls [05.03.14]
Nyhiem Wilfong – 1 – Caldwell County, NC – Rottweiler [05.04.14]
Kasii Haith – 4 – Kent County, DE – 3 Pit Bulls [05.07.14]
Rita Pepe – 93 – Branford, CT – Pit Bull Mix [05.25.14]
Holden Garrison – 10 wks – Davisburg, MI – Catahoula Leopard Dog [06.09.14]
Logan Shepard – 4 – Riverview, FL – 2 Pit Bulls [07.19.14]
Jonathan Quarles – 7 mo – Dayton, OH – Pit Bull [07.20.14]
Craig Sytsma – 46 – Metamore Twp, MI – 2 Cane Corso [07.23.14]
Cindy Whisman – 59 – Madison Twp, OH – Pit Bull [08.04.14]
Joel Chireieleison – 6 – Fanning Springs, FL – 2 Pit Bulls [08.07.14]
Deriah Solem – 22 mo – St Charles County, MO – Pit Bull Mix [08.09.14]
Javon Dade – 4 – Miami, FL – Pit Bull [08.13.14]
David Glass Sr.-51-Benton County, MS – 3 Pit Bulls [09.20.14]
Alice Payne – 75 – Cave City, AR – 1 Pit Bull [09.26.14]

Non – Bite Related Canine Deaths

Demonta Collins – 13 – Augusta, GA – Chased into traffic by at large Pit Bull [04.10.14]
Davon Jigget – 17 – Fulton County, Ga – Chased into traffic by at large Pit Bull [04.11.14]
Ryan Brown – 15 – Fayette County, TN – Killed by pan thrown by brother when attempting to break up dog fight [08.08.14]

On average so far this year someone has been killed by a pit bull every 12 days. Some of these pit bull attacks were from the family dog that was well trained and had never shown signs of aggression before. The only common factor in these severe and often fatal attacks is not abuse or lack of training, it is breed. Choose the breed of dog you trust the lives of your loved ones with wisely.

Jessica’s response:

Quit being fucking ignorant. Your wrong, end of story. Plus I never said they don’t. I’m sayin they are not all dangerous. Quit being fuck tards. I hope you die from being attacked. You fucks deserve it.

Sent from my iPhone


From Lynsie:

To whom it may concern,

I recently was made aware of a terrible advertisement in your news paper about pit bulls. I would like for you to remove this article and replace it with POSTIVE stories about pit bulls! This is my dog Stella, she is a rescue and the best dog I’ve ever had.

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She loves every human she’s ever seen. She’s never killed one. Not one! She’s never killed another animal! One time she caught a bird and didn’t know what to do with it and wandered around the whole day, seemingly depressed about it.
I have visited Denver many times throughout the years and am sad to know I could never move there because of breed specific legislation.
 
Please check out my account on instagram to see Stella, a positive pit bull ambassador!
The “pit bull” is not a breed, but a mix of many different breeds that are commonly mistaken for this certain type of dog because of their large head and muscular body. They are each individual dogs and should be judged per personality only! ALL dogs  can bite! It’s up to the owner to make sure they don’t.Here are some common misinterpretations and myths about pit bulls, please read:
 
In temperament testing, different variations of “Pit Bull Breeds” actually test better than common family pets like Dachshunds, Collies, Golden Retrievers, and Cocker Spaniels.

Pit Bulls do not have “locking jaws”. There’s no proof of any kind of “locking mechanism” of the jaw and/or teeth that is different from any other dog.

In the early 20th century, Pit Bulls were the number 1 family pet.

Pit Bulls are so good with children, they used to be considered Nanny Dogs. Every dog should be supervised when around children.

No single neutered household pet Pit Bull has ever killed anyone.

The term “Pit Bull” does not define a single breed. Many dog breeds fall into the category of Pit Bull, including Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Cane Corso, and American Pit Bull Terrier.

Pit Bulls are the most euthanized dog in the US. This is in part because there are so many myths surrounding them, which makes some people believe they’re not suitable for adoption. THIS IS NOT TRUE. A rescued Pit Bull can make a wonderful companion. Again, you have to judge each dog individually. You cannot make an intelligent, well-informed decision about a dog based on hearsay, myths, or stereotyping

Lynsie Ramos

 
@spookshowstella on Instagram


Daxton’s Friends response:

Lynsie,
 
Thank you for contacting Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education and Awareness. We appreciate the photograph of your dog, but unfortunately can not consider it as evidence that pits bulls have not killed more people than any other dog breed.
 
We will kindly include the link to our website that addresses several the myths you have included in your e-mail. Canine Myths
 
On a side note, may we ask what type of harness your dog is wearing? We are very familiar with the Easy Walk harness, which it appears that yours could be a version of. The idea of the Easy Walk harness is to connect the leash to the front hooks. This makes it difficult for the dog to pull and does not put pressure on the dog’s trachea. We are not familiar with a harness that attaches the dog’s harness to the collar and allows the dog to pull from the back. If this is not an Easy Walk harness, we do politely suggest your consider getting one. You will be amazed on how well they work.
We wish you and your pet the best.
Thank you,
Daxton’s Friends

Doney,
I just saw this ad you posted in the Denver post! Clearly you’re one of those stupid uneducated morons that knows nothing about pitbulls. I would love to see all your facts on this stupid ad your dumb ass posted! Its not the dog, its the owner! It how they are trained and brought up. Any and every dog can hurt anyone! Just like guns,knifes,automobiles etc  don’t kill people, people kill people!

Agnes from Estonia

It hurt my heart to see such topic that the dog breed is very dangerous. This is very untrue though. If you would have a dog yourself, you would understand this!

I dont think you have ever had a close enclosure with a pitbull before. They are super sweethearts! The only reason a dog can grow aggressive is when the owner is a bad human and doesnt know what (s)he is doing.. but this also happens with all the other dog breeds, such as golden retrievers, as they are more dangerous than the pitbulls. why? well because they are dogs and the bad parenting is making the dog bad, not the breed!! and you could lurk up more information about this!
I hope you will educate yourself a bit more next time you are going to bash someone that is so innocent and happy flower dog!
wow, so much negative energy from you! im glad we estonians, dont even read this piece of crap newspaper!
Agnes – American Staffordshire Terrier owner from Estonia

Kristina,
Saw your ad in the newspaper and honestly it broke my heart.. It’s ignorance like yours that kills millions of dogs a year off wrong tenses. Who are we to deem an entire breed and all the individuals in it as such monsters. When the MAJORITY of them aren’t.. I just hope one day you will find it in your heart to not judge and hate a living being before even giving them a chance and I hope that one day you will target the real monsters, the people that take advantage and neglect such a beautiful breed.
You are more likely to be killed by a coconut than a pitbull.. Maybe we should ban those too! And the relative number of pitbulls that do bite and the ones that don’t is MINUSCULE.

Patricia,
You’ve got a serious problem if you feel pit bulls kill more humans and animals than any other breed combined.  Not sure where your getting your statistics. I plan on sharing this with many many animal advocates to put a stop to your nonsense. There are more chow attacks then there are pit bulls- that’s a fact!

K Manka,
You should be ashamed of yourself. Your suppose to be techimg people about animal awarness and your slandering the pitbull breed with very little to no evidence and bastranising there name in a newspaper article are you serious you should be sued and put out of buisness. Do some reading and some reaserch instead of being racist toward a certain breed dogs are dogs and unfortunalty attacks will happen with any breed bit it is usually the neglogents of the owners. You should be ashamed your a racist and trying to pass your thought off on others and say it is education awarness you should be investigated for your non profit organization that is prob imbezzeling  money. How are you going to be a non profit and teach hate. Yea you will hear from my lawyers in your area then and will def be investigated for fraud.

Hello,
First I’d like to say how discriminatory your ad against pit bulls is! Not mention, incredibly FALSE INFORMATION. You should be sued for slander! Pit bulls are the most loyal, loving dogs in the world. Owners cause bad dogs, any dog with a gangster, dog fighting owner can turn out bad, and even than they can be rehabilitated. Pit bulls were first introduced to be nanny dogs to take care of kids because of their love and loyalty. YOU TWO HAVE MADE A HUGE MISTAKE!
SLANDER!
Sean Hooper

Daxton’s Friends response:

Dear Mr. Hooper,
Thank you for contacting Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education and Awareness. The information in the ad was indeed true. Pit bulls do kill more people than any other dog breed. If you have evidence to prove otherwise, please feel free to send it to us. As far as we know, dogs can not currently sue for slander. What we do know, is that the pit bull was never a “nanny dog”. The pit bull advocacy group, BADRAP, has already retracted that claim. We will kindly leave you with the link to the Canine Myths section of our website http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/canine-myths-2/
We wish you the best in your future endeavors.
Thank you,
Daxton’s Friends

Sean Hooper’s response:

BECAUSE OF THEIR OWNERS! You are blaming the breed, when it’s not. It’s the sick owners you own pitbulls, like I said gangsters and dog fighters, that’s why. If they fought golden retrievers, it would be the same stat. So stop your negative publicity, it’s bullshit. Don’t bully the breed, bully the bad owners. You are taking stats and working them in your favor without seeing the big picture and that’s bullshit. If you were a reputable company/newspaper, you would know to get all the facts! Like who owns the dogs who bite. That’s the argument. Maybe you should go after dogfighters, that’s where your problem lies. Not in the innocent breed.
Sent from my iPhone

Daxton’s Friends response:

Dear Mr. Hooper,
If any dog could dog fight, then dog fighters would be using a variety of dog breeds, including your mentioned Golden Retriever. Retrievers would not make suitable fighters due to their “bite and release” bite style and their breeding to be “soft mouth” dogs. Pit bulls are selected by dog fighters due to their specifically bred fighting traits. They have a “grip and shake” bite style and “gameness”.
We would love to continue discussing the issue with you, but need to take the time to respond to other e-mails.
Thank you,
Daxton’s Friends


 This continued on for about 80 e-mails. Most of them were saying the same thing so we ended up sending back a form letter that was included in this blog post.

 Fast forward to October 13th, 2014:

The Denver Post caves to on-line bullies:

Hi Jeff,

Is there anyway we can get a revised version of your ad that is not so in your face i guess. We have received a ton of hate mail and complaints against the Denver Post and my VP has asked that we tone the ad down before next run. I apologize in advance but this request comes from above.
Sincerely,
LM
Denver Post

Daxton’s Friends response:

Tone it down how? Make the font smaller? ​We are well aware of the hate mail you are receiving. This is just the tip of the ice burg of what victims of pit bull attacks go through every day.  Please forward this to your VP and tell him/her not to worry about it. The e-mails you are receiving are from all over the country and do not reflect the citizens of Aurora. Someone posted this on a Facebook page and an organized effort was put in place to silence the truth.

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We can back up our facts and our website does not promote “hate.” The citizens of Aurora deserve the cold, hard truth.

I assume your lack of response to our e-mails means your company will proceed as we planned and paid for? If you do not feel like dealing with the bullies sending you e-mails, you may simply direct them to us. Again, if our company does not receive a response from you, we will assume our ad will proceed as planned.


Jeff,

I apologize. We simply can not run the ad any longer and its out of my control. I also apologize that I have not gotten back to you and your emails. I have had a lot of my time and efforts taken from my day to day work to focus on this and I simply can’t spend much more time on something I can not change. I apologize and you will be refunded the remainder days.
Sincerely,
LM
Denver Post

That is OK. I would also like you to inform your VP that we will be writing about this and exposing the Denver Post for bowing down to bullies. This is a freedom of speech issue and was handled very poorly by your paper. When can we expect our refund?

Jeff Borchardt
DaxtonsFriends.com

Jeff,
I misunderstood my employers directions towards me it’s been a bit of a crazy week. I apologize and will be in touch shortly.

By this point I had already contacted the Aurora Sentinel and told them what happened. I was really upset and told them about the harassment that victims of dangerous dog attacks have to endure every day. A few days later, the article ran. Click here to read the article.
Thanks to some of the victims’ harassment pages, I came across a group called ColoRADogs. A non-profit organization that is based out of  Fort Collins, Colorado 80526 and beyond. Their mission statement on Facebook says, “ColoRADogs is comprised of a group of individuals, who are passionate about rescue, advocacy, outreach and education. We rescue most breeds, but our focus is on the group of blockheads called “ Pit Bull” dogs.”
I came across the following screenshot taken from a hate page on Facebook called, “Exposing Daxton’s Frends.”
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OK, so now they have involved my mother-in-law. Great. Thanks. But apparently these people knew a little more about my family than I was comfortable with. I knew Dax’s grandmother had been writing the Aurora city council when the ordinance was being discussed. At this point I thought that maybe one of the city council members was leaking personal information to ColoRADogs about my mother-in-law. I quickly gave this information to the Aurora Sentinel and expressed my concerns. The editor told me that it was probably brought up during the meeting, that she was very well aware of the organization, their involvement, and that’s how they obtained this information. This sparked my interest even more. So I asked my mother-in-law for a copy of all the e-mails that she sent regarding this matter only to uncover more interesting facts. The fact of the matter is, my mother-in-law NEVER identified herself as a resident of Aurora. It was a mistake by city council member, Bob LeGare’s part.

From: ***** *****>
Date: January 15, 2014 10:34:25 AM MST
Subject: Pit Bulls
I read in the November 14 issue of the Aurora Sentinel, that you are considering asking the City Council of Aurora to repeal their ban on pit bulls.As the Grandmother of a 14 month old grandson, who was mauled to death by two pit bulls, I’d like to ask you to seriously rethink your goal to repeal Aurora’s ban on pit bulls.The two pit bulls involved in the killing of my grandson were raised since puppies in a loving environment. My daughter, her husband, and my grandson had visited the home of their friends, who owned these pit bulls, on countless occasions. The female owner of the pit bulls had babysat my grandson numerous times. On the fateful day and  for some unknown reason, these two pit bulls attacked their female owner and my grandson. The female owner ended up needing medical care and my grandson ended up dead.My daughter and her husband, as well as, the two owners of the two pit bulls, believed, as many do, that it is not the breed of the dog that is the problem, but rather how the dogs are raised. None of them have this belief any more!Obviously, my husband and I will never get over the loss of our grandson. Our daughter and her husband are trying to put their lives back together – an unbearable task. It is amazing that they are actually functioning. Following her recovery after the attack, the female owner of the pit bulls ended up in the hospital due to a suicide attempt. One of the veteran first responders is now getting counseling, because of what he witnessed. The doctor and staff, who treated Dax, cried. A young friend of our grandson is going to group counseling at her school. Needless to say, no one who knew Dax will ever be the same.And so I ask, which is more important – a breed of dogs or the lives of our children?I will thank you in advance for your reconsideration of the goal to repeal the current pit bull ban.
Daxton’s Grandmother
Centennial, CO 80015

From: “LeGare, Bob” <blegare@auroragov.org>
Date: March 1, 2014 2:42:56 PM MST
To: ***** *******>
Cc: Elected <Elected@auroragov.org>
Subject: FW: Factors Contributing to loss of Dax Borchardt. Re: Repeal of 14-75

Dear Daxton’s grandmother,

I have not yet made up my mind on this pit bull repeal matter but I wanted to share the below emails and attached report with you.  After you sent me the additional info  links about your grandson’s death I read numerous articles about the case.  I also asked our city attorney to call the Wisconsin law enforcement entity and verify what I had read in the news links.  Everything reported was accurate.

The info below came as a result of my inquiry to the pit bull advocates as to how two well cared for, well mannered family pets could kill a 14 month old child.  The response offered several possibilities about what might have gone wrong.   You may have already seen all of this information but I wanted to share it with you because this and the info you shared has been part of my deliberation process.

Thanks,
Bob LeGare
Aurora City Council
303-819-8617

From: LeGare, Bob

Sent: Sunday, February 16, 2014 11:50 PM
To: Jennifer Bryant
Subject: RE: University Studies related to BSL

Thanks for the additional info Jennifer. I will review it before March 3rd.

While I don’t make decisions based on single anecdotes, the story below troubles me (see links below).  Daxton Borchardt’s grandmother lives in Aurora and she has pleaded that we NOT repeal the ban on pit bulls.  I asked our city attorney to call the law enforcement agency in Wisconsin that investigated Daxton’s death to determine if the dogs were abused or mistreated in any way.  The captain of the detective unit provided the following information:

The babysitter and parents of the child were friends and the baby had been in the babysitter’s house before – this was a routine day.  The dogs were the babysitter’s own dogs and all indications show that she was a good dog owner.  The house was clean, the dogs were healthy, and there was no indication that the dogs were mistreated in any manner. 

The babysitter went outside with the baby and her dogs began jumping on her in a manner that was either playful or attention getting and then turned into jumping on the babysitter in an attack mode.  The dogs separated the babysitter and baby, where the babysitter tried to lay over the baby to protect the baby.  The dogs then pulled them apart and continued to attack both the babysitter and the baby, killing the baby and leaving injuries on the babysitter. 

Nothing in the investigation showed any negligence or mistreatment to these dogs prior to the attack and it doesn’t appear that the dogs were provoked in any way. 

I read that the babysitter had raised the dogs from puppies and they were loved and adored.  The neighbors said the dogs were friendly and lovable.  There were no charges filed because the owner had done nothing wrong.  I understand this one incident does not condemn every pit bull but but does your organization have any explanation as to what may have occurred in this case?

Bob LeGare

Aurora City Council

303-819-8617


Before I continue with Bob LeGare’s attempt to find ANY reason for my son’s death, I would like to talk about a self proclaimed dog trainer and “expert” Carly Shivers.

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Carly Shivers “received  her training” from Aimee Sadler, then Director of Training & Behavior Modification at Longmont Humane Societyhttp://www.highdrivedogco.com/about/ Sadler left Longmont Humane Society right in the nick of time, in June 2012. http://www.newmexicopetsalive.org/blog/aimee-sadler-departs-longmont-humane-society-to-serve-shelters-nationally

Aimee Sadler still ships “problem” dogs across state lines to the Longmont Humane Society. http://www.newmexicopetsalive.org/blog/woof-let-s-help-ginger-get-to-longmont-humane-society-
The Longmont Humane Society is now (October 2013) nationally known for adopting out dangerous biters. The problem was so bad, they were nailed by police. [Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur] said that in 2012, nearly 16 percent of reported dog bites in Longmont were traced to dogs adopted out of the Longmont Humane Society. So far in 2013, 13 percent of reported bites were from humane society dogs.
December 2013, “Longmont Humane Society guilty of owning a dangerous dog” http://www.timescall.com/longmont-local-news/ci_24711561/longmont-humane-society-guilty-owning-dangerous-dog
Animal control officers ticketed the humane society after researching the dog’s history and finding that it had a documented record of aggression with other dogs and people in Mesa County. There, its original owners were forced to give up the pit bull during a court hearing. The judge allowed the dog to live at the time so long as it was surrendered to the Longmont Humane Society, where its owners had taken it for periodic training, according to reports.

Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur said in October that police and animal control officials were concerned about some of the dogs adopted out of the humane society.

The pit bull had only been with its foster owners for four days before it escaped the yard and attacked, according to police reports. The dog had been in training at the humane society to address aggressive behaviors and had been making progress before trainers approved her for foster placement, police reported.

Satur said in October that police hoped dogs could complete additional screening before release into the community.

It should absolutely be no surprise that the recent Portland “Streetcar” incident involving a pit bull “from Longmont” attacking and killing a smaller dog was also “adopted out” by the Longmont Humane Society.
October 2014, “Streetcar dog attack: Pit bull had history of problems with other dogs, report shows”
The report lists the owner as Erica Montoya of Westminster, Colo., and says that she reported the pit bull known as Baby Girl or Purdy missing from her home this past June after adopting it from the Longmont Humane Society in August 2012.

Any “so-called” training “expert” connected to the Longmont Humane Society is an extremely poor source of information about “dangerous dog behavior.”

 What is true about the the Longmont Humane Society is that they adopt out a high number of dangerous pit bulls who don’t just attack in Colorado, but attack in whatever state they end up in.

So why did Bob LeGare turn to Carly Shivers for an explanation as to why two loved, cared for, and in all sense of the words, “raised right” pit bulls would attack their owner and maul my son to death for fifteen minutes? I will give her explanation below with some of my added links to prove where Carly is either buying into the pit bull propaganda, or just full of shit, followed by my mother-in-law’s response. Please make sure you follow the links that I provide.


From: Jennifer Bryant [jenniferelainebryant@yahoo.com]

Sent: Friday, February 21, 2014 9:30 AM
To: LeGare, Bob
Cc: Peterson, Renie
Subject: Factors Contributing to loss of Dax Borchardt. Re: Repeal of 14-75
Council Member LeGare;
Please see the possible explanation for the events that led to the attack on Daxton Borchardt and Susan Iwicki below.  I had provided Ms. Shivers with a copy of the Police Report Synopsis, which I have attached for you.  The following day, I also received a full copy of the police report.
 
The only thing that was in the full report of significance that was not mentioned in the synopsis was that when the dogs were jumping up one of the dogs was going for and grabbed the ball on the top of baby Daxton’s hat and pulled it off.  Also these dogs had been kenneled for a significant period of time.  These facts only reinforce what Carly has to say below.
 
One of the major factors that contribute to serious injury and death as reported by various experts is “victim behavior”.  By this I do not mean to say that 14 month old Daxton did anything wrong, or that Susan Iwicki had been negligent, neglectful or abusive.
 
Ms. Iwicki’s response to the unwanted behavior of the dogs was to swat and yell at them, which only increased the energy of the dogs.  Ms. Iwicki had not had the benefit of attending a training session or received education to know that this response would escalate the problem.  In a training session I attended, and at outreach events, trainers talked about energy level and gave instruction on safely and effectively stopping unwanted behavior.
 
The dog owners background indicates that she was a loving owner, with the best of intentions.  I have no doubt that, had she known of affordable education or training sessions she would have taken that opportunity.  Had there been outreach in her community, such as the events I have attended and planned, she would have been provided behavior assistance, educated on the value of training, and how to safely and effectively calm the dogs and communicate that their behavior is unwanted.  Experts suggest a community approach including outreach and education.
 
I had read one persons comment that this would not have happened had the dogs been poodles.  Indeed, the outcome would be unlikely.  It would also be unlikely that Ms. Iwicki would have taken in poodles.  Her previous dog was a German Shepherd.  These dogs have been described as both “boxer mixes” and “pit bull mixes”.  Regardless of breed, the result would likely be the same with a vast number of other breeds or breed mixes.  There is no evidence to support the idea that these dogs, or pit bull type dogs, have any physical or behavioral trait unique to themselves that contributed to this tragic loss.  Further, it is impossible to say whether the owner would have had the dogs if her city had an ordinance such as 14-75.
Thank you for asking us for a response on this case, and your interest in the facts.  I feel that we were able to identify preventable factors.
 
Sincerely,
Jennifer Bryant
P.S. Please see Miss Shivers discussion below:
Carly Shivers

Carly Shiver’s response:

Feb 20 at 3:51 PM
As a dog trainer there are several things that come to mind when reading this account:

1) That breed was identified by sight: I was part of a nationwide study of canine professionals several years ago where we were shown pictures of dogs and asked to pick the breed / mix of breed. The result of that study showed that only 23% of the time did canine professionals guess breed correctly by sight. Additionally new studies have shown that as little as 1% of a dog’s DNA can determine his outward appearance. Knowing these facts makes it hard for me to assume any visual identification of breed is correct, so how can we make decisions and laws against certain breeds knowing this?

2) Dogs are animals. I feel our society has started to forget that. When I was growing up in the 70s if a child was bitten by a dog, people said bad parenting. There has been a shift in this thinking to react “bad dog” instead when so often the circumstances of the bites make sense when we remember the dogs are animals. Yes, they are domesticated, and therefore are safer to live with than, say, a lion, but we each assume the risk of possible outcomes when living with an animal, or as in this case, allowing our child to be in the home of a friend with their animals.

Mortality Characteristics Bred NOT to show aggression3) Dr. Roy when on to state: “ Breeds like Pitbulls, Shepards, and Rotweillers have a tendency to freeze when provoked or scared, which if the dog attacks, gives little warning. In other breeds, the dogs have a tendency to retreat first.” This is simply a false statement. Of the thousands of dogs we have worked with, with many of them being behavior cases since that is our specialty, I can state as fact that there is no one breed that freezes when frightened over others, just as there isn’t one breed that doesn’t warn before it attacks. It is natural for dogs to warn, sometimes people miss it because they don’t understand dog behavior and sometimes humans have punished the warning out of the dog, i.e., a dog growling. A growl is a dog’s way of saying I don’t want to have to bite you, please know I am uncomfortable – yet so many humans yell at the dog, hit the dog, etc. for growling instead of seeing it as a warning and moving to work on making a dog more comfortable in that type of situation. As a whole, vets have very little behavioral training or handling training, they just learned the medical piece. Thankfully there is a move to teach more about dog behavior in some vet schools, like Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida, but to date vets are most often reciting outdated information, and police and lawmakers should not look to them as authorities in dog behavior fields.
4) My take on this specific account: there is no doubt this is a tragedy. It is heartbreaking when any life is lost due to our canine companions. For me, as a professional dog trainer who is trained to always look at every situation from both the dogs’ and humans’ perspective as I help both live better lives together, I see it as a tragedy for the humans as well as the dogs.I have no doubt these two dogs were not human aggressive. Every single way I read the account – from each humans’ perspective, not the least of which is the first officer on the scene, Deputy Brauer, who states in his report “pulls his firearm, as he is unsure of the temperament of the dog, and the dog slows to a walk before approaching him. Deputy Brauer makes the determination that the dog is not going to be “vicious or violent” towards him, and holsters his weapon. The dog walks up to him, sniffs him for a few seconds, and takes off towards the
residence in a “slow trot” – shows me the same thing: these dogs were not aggressive. They were adolescents, untrained, with a high arousal personality. What happened next is a series of incorrect choices by the babysitter which fueled the fire leading to a tragedy:When the female dog started to nip at the babysitter’s pant leg, the fact that the babysitter stated “she was batting them away, and yelled at them to get down” was just bringing the energy level up – rather than the babysitter giving the dog information in a calm manner to knock it off, followed by a tool such as a spray bottle with water or a shake can with pennies in it as we train people every day in our dog training classes. This was likely adolescent behavior from the female that was more in line with play but behavior we, in training, would teach the dog was inappropriate while giving them a different outlet during play to get this energy level out, such as tug with a rope toy.
The other factor to consider is when you have excited dogs holding anything will make it something fun to try to get. The babysitter is now batting and yelling while holding something, in this case the toddler, and the dogs are getting more excited and trying to get it. I have no idea how the babysitter ended up falling and dropping the baby – I am baffled by a lot of things humans do –  but taking into account everything else I read in the report, I believe these dogs were young and untrained and had a high arousal personality, and that coupled with the fact that the babysitter is now screaming nonstop at the top of her lungs, we have what is much like a mob mentality happening now – everything is whipping up into a frenzy and the child is on the ground also screaming and the dogs’ natural instinct to tug is activated. This could all easily be the same sort of scenario as play if we replaced everything with a human and a tug toy and laughter and telling a dog to “get it” – all in good fun and exercise.It’s just that in this case, the human didn’t know what to properly do that would lower the energy level and get the dog to stop nipping instead of whipping it up into a frenzy, then falling and dropping the child, and screaming at the top of her lungs for 10 minutes. When I want to bring any dog’s energy level down, I become calmer and he matches my energy level.
I want to be clear, this is a tragedy. It is an event that if a few things were changed, the outcome would be different. We work with a lot of dogs, many with serious behavioral concerns when we meet them, and they are all different breeds, all different personalities, and in almost all cases it is a matter of teaching the humans how to better communicate with the dogs what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior. What is behavior we’d like to see more of, or less of. What is their job or isn’t their job. And it’s also about educating the humans on what kind of dog they have, and by “kind” I always mean personality: fear-based personality, high arousal personality, drivey personality. A high drive dog is one that will likely excel at being a K-9 cop or a search and rescue dog, and he is also one that if put into the tragedy described here might have the same horrible outcome if he were an adolescent, and/or untrained, and/or these human errors were made. But there is no one breed of dog that is more or less likely to be a part of a tragedy – they are all animals and all are capable of hurting us.
Best regards,
Carly Shivers
Trainer / Behavior Expert / OwnerHigh Drive Dog Company
101 Pratt Street, Unit D
Longmont, CO 80501303.747.4419 main
303.775.5181 cellVisit us on the world wide web:
www.highdrivedogco.com
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From: Daxton’s grandmother>
Date: March 1, 2014 4:47:38 PM MST
Subject: pit bulls

Mr. LeGare,

I want to thank you so much for the hours you have spent researching this issue. Obviously, you take this issue and your vote very seriously.I quickly glanced over the information that you sent and will read it more carefully on other occasions. The information is very informative, but also painful. I can only carefully read and digest a small amount of information at one sitting. March 6 will be the one year anniversary of Dax’s passing.Ms. Shivers, as a dog trainer, has a lot of expertise. But the reality is – that  most people, who own any kind of dog, do not receive dog training. So maybe we do need to control/ban the most dangerous types of dogs.Thank you again for all of the time that you have spent on this issue.
Daxton’s grandmother

Did you just see what happened here? An “expert” dog trainer that was trained by an animal rescue organization that has a history of adopting out dogs that attack humans and animals just blamed the victim for her own attack. She was trained by the Longmont Humane Society that has had criminal charges set against them. THIS is the woman that Bob LeGare turns to for an explanation?

Let’s take a closer look at the police report in my son’s death:

First Interview w/Susan Iwicki:
Deputy Craig Konopski interviewed Iwicki at the scene, while being  checked out by the ambulance crew members. Iwicki stated that  she had Daxton fully clothed in snow pants, a jacket and a hat. She had him in her arms and was walking with the dogs out the back  door to let them into a fenced-in area in the backyard. She opened  the gate to the fenced in area and stated that the female dog  became aggressive. The female was jumping up on her and Susan was pushing the dog back down. The male then joined in and Susan stated she was confused about what happened next but stated that  one of the dogs had jumped up on her and knocked her to the  ground, and when she fell to the ground, she fell on her stomach area and lost Daxton on the ground. While they were on the ground, she said that the female dog began attacking Daxton in the arms and legs, while the male dog grabbed the tassel on top of his hat and pulled the hat right of of Daxton’s head. Susan stated the  female was behind her and must have been the one to push her  down, as she was now standing on her back. Susan said she could not stand up, and the male dog kept biting at Daxton. She was swatting at the male dog and yelling at him to get away, and stated that she was screaming for help, hoping that a neighbor would come out of their residence to assist. She states she does not know how long this attack went on for, but the female dog finally got of her back and ran towards Daxton and joined in the attack. They were biting him in the head, face, arms and legs. Susan states that Daxton was screaming and crying. She got up to her knees, and then finally to her feet when she began to kick at the dogs with her boots. She was kicking the dogs in the ribs and head area while screaming for someone to help her. She said the child was still screaming at that time. She kicked the female dog in the head and was able to get on the ground between the dogs and the child. She grabbed the child with both arms, and got back up on her feet. While retreating, one of the dogs, bit the sleeve of her jacket of and the back of her coat. She said that she then pulled her cell phone out of her coat pocket, and dialed 911 as she moved toward the back of the house. She was able to enter the residence using the sliding glass door. One of the dogs was able to force its way into the house before she could get the door secured. She laid Daxton on the floor, got a hold of the dogs collar, and dragged it into the kitchen area where she put up a gate. She said she was on the phone with dispatch, screaming for help and she ran around to the side of the house, and let the second dog in, also confining it in the kitchen. She said that she then went back to Dax who was no longer screaming or moving. She said that the next thing she remembers is when Deputy Brauer entered the residence. She stated that the whole incident happened so fast that she “didn’t have time to react.”
Iwicki stated that the dogs are kenneled at night and were kenneled most of the day TODAY. She has had them out of their kennels when Daxton has been there in the past with no problems. She stated she was holding Daxton in her arms when she led both dogs out to the back yard fenced in area to pee. She stated both dogs went of and peed. She said when both dogs came back to her, one of the dogs began to pull on her pant leg of her jeans. She said that she began to slap the dog in the muzzle, telling it to stop. She said she was unsure if it was Bosston or Penny. She stated then both dogs began to bite her on her coat, tearing the pocket, causing her cell phone to fall to the ground. She said at that point, Daxton began to cry. She said the dogs then started jumping up on her, biting Daxton as she held and attempted to shield him from the dogs.
Report of Humane Ofcer Deputy Richard Lagle: Deputy Lagle states that he monitored the situation via portable radio in his office at the Sherif’s Department. He reports that the dogs were described as two 65 lb pit-bull type dogs. He stated that he contacted Cindy Wroebel, who is the Humane Officer at the Lakeland Animal Shelter, and advised her of the situation. Due to the nature of the attack, Deputy Lagle and Ms. Wroebel came to the decision that the dogs must be euthanized. Ms. Wroebel responded to the scene to remove the dogs. The dogs were transported to Elkhorn Vet Clinic, and euthanized by Dr. Jefrey Korosec. He is the one who prepared the dogs for rabies testing, by removing their heads.
Deputy Lagle asked Dr. Korosec “How the dogs looked?” Dr. Korosec stated that both dogs looked healthy and were in “good” shape. On March 7th, Deputy Lagle retrieved the specimens from the Elkhorn Vet Clinic and drove them to the State Lab of Hygiene. The specimens were turned over to Dr. Jim Kazmierczak for testing. Deputy Lagle states in his report: “As the heads were removed from the box, it is my opinion that they were pure bred “pit-bull” dogs.” The dogs heads were tested and repackaged. Neither of them had rabies. Deputy Lagle contacted the Lake Geneva Animal Hospital, Walworth Clinic, where the dogs received their last evaluation in September 2011. At that time, the female weighed 58 lbs, and the male weighed 49 lbs.

Oh, I think this self proclaimed “dog expert” has been hanging around Michelle Serocki from the “Brew City Bully Club” too much.

Flying pit bull advice Michelle Serocki

Excuse me Carly Shivers? Do you think it’s a normal reaction to “remain calm” when your pit bulls are ripping a baby to shreds right in front of your eyes? This goes against human nature you heartless woman! Not that you would know anything about being a decent human being or humanity when all you do is apologize for a breed that was created to slowly rip bulls apart and later fight each other to death in a pit.

“Ms. Iwicki had not had the benefit of attending a training session or received education to know that this response would escalate the problem.”

bullpit1-300x198You know some more education that would’ve been handy to Susan Iwicki that day Ms. Shivers? That the American Pit Bull Terrier is, like all the ‘bully’ breeds, one of this group of descendants of the British ‘bull and terrier’ type fighting bulldogs. Once imported into the United States, it was bred up to be bigger again, and again used in baiting animals and in dogfighting. The American Kennel Club (founded 1884) was unwilling to register these fighting dogs, so in 1898 the United Kennel Club was founded specifically to register working pit-fighting dogs and to promote dogfighting. In order to be registered, a dog had to first win three pit fights. The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) became a ‘breed’. As dogfighting declined in popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, Colby (the most famous and prolific breeder of these dogs) began to search for a new market and began promoting the APBT as family pets. This despite the fact that his breeding lines included child killers.

Read more about the history and purpose of the American Pit Bull Terrier by clicking HERE.


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Nancy Tranzow I wrote that

Journalistic Integrity- An attribute severely lacking in the Aurora Sentinel. Having been contacted by a reporter today asking us for a statement about Jeff Borchardt’s ads in the Denver Post, we corresponded and sent them a statement. Only to have a horribly biased report filed that is typical of the editor and then to be told that the reporter had not gotten a chance to look at the very statement we wrote.The people of Aurora are certainly ripped off in their ability to get fair information. We include what our statement was below:Please feel free to share out.We can only guess the Sentinel did not get the hateful, augmentative response they expected.ColoRADogs stands by their statement that the in-laws of Jeff Brochardt did identify themselves as Aurora residents in their initial email. We were contacted by an Aurora City Council member to speak about concerns they had based on information sent in a letter from the Sucharskis.But we feel there is a deeper issue than a “he said-she said” conversation that distracts from the real issues.We are deeply sorry for the Borchardt’s loss of their son Daxton. No parent should ever have to bury a child. To lose your child so suddenly, so tragically, would leave anyone searching for answers and struggling to find a solid solution to prevent any parent from having to live through that nightmare. However, what we see all too often is the adhering to an idea that is not founded in good science, and goes against what both true experts and peer reviewed empirical data tells us. That while there are many common factors in dog attacks/fatalities, breed is not on of them.My. Borchart tried to have family pets banned in his home city and was not successful. He is not a Colorado resident and we are at a loss as to why he, and his cohort Ms. Lynn of dogsbite.org, would spend so much effort to try and dictate what local communities in a state thousands of miles from them, should vote. Additionally, neither party, who are so adamant about banning dogs who look a certain way, lives in an area that has those breed restrictions. ColoRADogs firmly believes that the people of Colorado deserve to have this very important and profound discussion without out-of-state interests posting hysteria-based information. These are our communities, our friends, neighbors, and our dogs. These are our decisions to make.The one common ground we have is that we all want tragedies like what happened to Dax to end. We also know that when we look to enforce laws that address reckless owners instead of condemning a dog based on appearance, we increase public safety and reduce the chances of another horrific circumstance that ended this child’s life. We appreciate Mr. Borchardt’s passion and recognize his reasons. But the innocent lives of family pets in Colorado should not have to pay the price for his loss.

If Mr. Borchardt or Ms. Lynn would like to discuss this further in a public venue, ColoRADogs would be happy for the opportunity to dispel the misinformation they continue to propagate as truth.


 

Nancy Tranzow AFF money

All I can say is, “Busted, Busted, Busted.” You make me sick Nancy Tranzow. You could care less about public safety. All you care about are pit bulls. You support animal abuse as long as pit bulls are the ones abusing other animals. You receive money from the Jane Berkey’s AFF. You take the Jane Berkey controlled NCRC as law and don’t even question an organization whose mission statement is “Securing Equal Treatment & Oppurtunity for “pit bull” dogs.” You are the pit bull breed’s worst enemy when 3000 pit bulls are PTS in shelters and replaced by backyard breeders every day. You say that I don’t have any business meddling around with Aurora affairs, yet you take money from the AFF that’s based in Bengall, NY. Ledy VanKavage, board member of the AFF and heads up Best Friends Animal Society, is based in Knab, Utah. By your logic, they have no business meddling around with Aurora affairs either. Oh wait, that’s right. Aren’t you from Longmount Nancy? Isn’t that a 40 minute drive to Aurora? Daxton’s grandma lives on the border of Aurora you hypocrite. Oh wait, what’s this you’re telling people Nancy Tranzow? Here’s a screenshot of your organization encouraging people from all over the country to meddle around with Aurora law.

ColoRADogs tells people from everywhere to vote

You’re full of shit Nancy

I will take down this blog right now if you can prove that I, “tried to have family pets banned in his home city and was not successful.” Even IF I did live in Watertown, WI, I sure as hell didn’t try and have “family pets banned.” I SPOKE at the hearing after Alderman Fred Smith CALLED ME when he proposed a dangerous dog ordinance after hearing of the brutal, fatal mauling of my son by 2 pit bulls just 1.5 hours south of where he lives in Walworth County. And to be perfectly clear, BSL does NOT mean that “family pets will be banned.” That is just another scare tactic used by pit pushers to make people fear BSL and then oppose it. BSL does not mean the government comes into your house and takes your pit bull. If you are a responsible pit bull owner, and your dog does not do anything wrong, you are allowed to enjoy your pit bull for the rest of its life. Family pets. Tss. Give me a break. What kind of family pet decapitates a 2 year-old’s head while his mom goes to the bathroom? Probably should have kenneled the pit bull whenever you go to the bathroom. Oh wait, that’s right. The dogs killed my son because they WERE kenneled at night? What kind of family pet kills a 4 year-old on her forth birthday? What kind of family pet fractures grandma’s C1 & C2 while she’s watching her grandchildren? Better get ‘ol butch haircut Carly Shivers on the case to explain. Maybe grandma was screaming too loud and escalated the attack, right Carly?

Nancy Tranzow

That’s right Nancy. Keep blaming the victims. Join the rest of the “sorry for your loss, But” crowd. Tell me I need to seek professional help until I learn to shut up. Tell me I’m being taken advantage of while YOU keep spreading Karen Delise’s, National Canine “Research” Council’s bullshit and calling it truth. I already blogged about this Nancy. It was very in-depth. Maybe you missed it? Click here to read this wonderful masterpiece that covers everything from DNA, statistics and letters to victims FROM Karen Delise herself. I sure did get a response from Karen Delise right after she blocked me on Twitter. I suppose that may have been because I was in Centennial visiting my family and couldn’t sleep, so I was tweeting her at 4am telling her what a piece of shit she was.

Delise response to my blog

How pathetic is that? She goes right back to the AVMA study for her response. The AVMA who makes money on BOTH ends of the leash after a pit bull attack. Right Nancy? I got a kick out of Barbara Kay’s response though. Check it out.

Barbara Kay response to Deliese

Sound familiar Nancy? Sort of like you and ColoRADogs. Can I ask you a question Nancy? Would you go to the tobacco companies for “research” to prove there was no connection between smoking and lung cancer?

The NCRC is a business lobbying group funded by another pit bull business lobbying group. Karen Delise prepares lobbying propaganda for an industry. These are common in the business and commercial industries. Business lobbies produce “information” that relates to profit interests, and that creates a bias that can be exploited with falsehoods and deceit issued in propaganda, which is why people need to know that they are dealing with information from a business lobbyist so they can understand influences that can alter the facts or information. It’s called disclosure. Failing to disclose is deceitful.

“My approach in both books was historical and investigative. Based upon my research, I specifically rejected a statistical/epidemiological approach. I have always concurred with the American Veterinary Medical Association Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions which stated, “Dog bite statistics are not statistics, and do not give an accurate representation of dogs that bite.” – Karen Delise

She rejected a statistical/epidemiological approach because “Dog bite statistics are not statistics and do not give an accurate representation of dogs that bite” ….WTF?!!!

Or maybe you missed the recommendations document that DogsBite.org and DaxtonsFriends.com submitted to Dr. Thomas Frieden at the CDC through my congressman’s office? I was very curious why the CDC bent under pressure from special interest groups like ColoRADogs and stopped tracking fatal dog attacks by breed in 1998 under the guise of “breed misidentification.” Making my son the 211th American killed by a pit bull since 1998. Just to catch you up Nancy, I’ll give a snippet. It’s YOUR job to “do your research” from here.

“We live and die in public health based on how good our data is,”
– CDC Director, Dr. Thomas Frieden

Joint Summary Statement

On February 4, I wrote a letter to my representative, Congressman Paul Ryan. I wanted to know why the CDC had stopped tracking dog bite fatality information by breeds of dogs in 1998.

After my son was brutally attacked and killed by his babysitter’s two pit bulls on March 6, 2013, I did not talk to the news media. This was far too painful. Instead, I began doing a lot of research on my own about this issue. By June, I felt armed enough with information and ready to share my story with the public. When I agreed to do the WISN interview, I was very adamant in wanting the public to know the current 2013 statistics. By early June, pit bulls were responsible for 93% of all dog bite fatalities (13 of 14 total); my son was one of these deaths.

I was so adamant that the statistics be aired in the segment that I went as far as stating them at least ten times during the lengthy interview. The reporter that interviewed me was very kind and the final story that aired tugged at the heartstrings of the viewer, but she did not use the statistics that I was so insistent on. The next day I asked her why? She said that management uses CDC statistics because it is a universally accepted website; they cite a variety of health related statistics from their website. But the CDC stopped tracking fatalities by dog breed statistics 15-years ago, so there was not any data to cite in my segment. My son’s death and hundreds of others since 1998 are simply uncollected data.

My experience with WISN, along with other similar experiences I have later, compelled me to reach out to my congressman the following year.

Click here to learn more Nancy

Nancy Tranzow no slander

You hear that Dawn? She just accused you of being Kory Nelson. LOL

I have done nothing but speak the truth since Dax was taken from us Nancy. Sometimes I have let my anger and sarcasm get in the way, leading to the TWO horrible screenshots that pit bull apologists continue to throw in my face. (That will be reserved for a future blog post) But I’m sorry if my truth and yours don’t line up Nancy. Have you ever considered for a second that the vitriol and deceit are coming from organizations like yours that exist to protect pit bulls over the safety of our communities Nancy? Does it matter to you that Jane Berkey spent $2.8 million of her daddy’s money toward the AFF? Does it matter to you that pit bulls have killed 447 Americans since 1883 Nancy? 

ColoRADogs

ColoRADogs Colleen dangerous agenda

Nancy Tranzow – Victim blaming 101

I’m going to end this blog with something one of my fellow advocates wrote in regards to this last screenshot from Nancy Tranzow. It pisses me off when you pit bull apologists accuse us “foamers” of being cult members of DBO and we are somehow “exploited” by Colleen Lynn. I, as well as many other victims of dangerous dog attacks, are perfectly capable of thinking for ourselves Nancy Tranzow. It is was “I” that reached out to Colleen Lynn after my son’s death, not the other way around. I consider her a very close friend and I will continue to defend her as one.

DogsBite.org is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. We are the only nonprofit committed to putting the safety of humans before dogs, as we are the only source of information on this topic that is not owned, controlled, or funded by dog breeders, owners, veterinarian or animal welfare groups.

DogsBite.org is a non-profit organization to raise dangerous dog awareness, promote safety and archives ALL serious dog attacks. The related blog and Facebook group sometimes include commentary in a post, but the primary focus and bulk of a post in evidentiary, factual and statistical details. Though pit bull fanatics would have you believe the entirety of the site is fabricated or invalidated because the founder is a pit bull attack victim, the truth is that;

Victim’s status should not be grounds to disqualify the experiences and professionalism as it pertains to their particular issue. If anything, are not victims of domestic violence best testimony about what it entails? Are mother against drunk driving (MADD) not well versed in the horrific aftermath of drunk driving? Is their data gathering any less valid just because they lost a loved one?

Even so, issue with the founder itself is not relevant here because the charity organization is composed of data and facts not issued by her individually but by other people and groups (detailed below)

It provided accessible and easily traceable citations for every assertion.

It cites hundreds – if not thousands – of external sources from independent studies, historical archives, news reports, literature, doctors, surgeons, animal control professionals, dog trainers, breed enthusiasts, canine organizations and kennel clubs, peer reviewed studies and polls, law enforcement, court records, eyewitness testimonies, images and videos, dog behaviorists, the mouths of pit bull owners and breeder themselves, shelter employees, pit bull lobbyists and their sites, pit bull celebrities and their reality shows, service dog agencies, dogfighting related professionals, and highly experienced veterinarians.

It’s a collective of external information, much like a library. To discredit the information therein requires going to any of the numerous external sources cited above and discrediting each to invalidate data of epic proportions.


Let’s take a moment of silence for ALL the victims of fatal dog attacks so far in 2014. That’s OK Nancy Tranzow. You keep on promoting pit bulls as safe family pets, putting them is a positive light, and keep Jane Berkey’s blood money coming in to ColoRADogs. Hopefully no one you love will never make this list.
2014 Dog Bite Related Fatalities
Updated after each fatality following fact finding research31 Dog Bite Related Fatalities
by Breed:
23 by Pit Bull / Pit Bull Mix
3 by Bullmastiff / Mastiff Mix
2 by Rottweiler
1 by Cane Corso
1 by Shepherd Mix
1 by Catahoula Leopard Dog
By age:
17 Children
12 AdultsBy State:
TX – 6 deaths
AL – 3 deaths
OH – 3 deaths
FL – 3 deaths
NC – 2 deaths
MI – 2 deaths
AZ – 1 death
CA – 2 death
CT – 1 death
DE – 1 death
IL – 1 death
LA – 1 death
MS – 2 death
NJ – 1 death
MO – 1 death
AR – 1 death
Names and ages of the deceased:
Christina Bell-Burleson – 43 – Houston, TX – 2 Pit Bulls [01.05.14]
Betty Clark – 75 – Canyon Lake, TX – 2 Pit Bulls [01.06.14]
Kara Hartrich – 4 – Bloomington, IL – 2 Pit Bulls [01.17.14]
Annabel Martin – 89 – Corona, CA – 3 Rottweilers [01.26.14]
Klonda Richey – 57 – Dayton, OH – 2 Mastiff Mixes [02.07.14]
Je’vaeh Mayes – 2 – Temple, TX – Pit Bull [02.17.14]
Braelynn Coulter – 3 – High Point, NC – Pit Bull [02.24.14]
Summer Sears – 4 – Tallassee, AL – Shepherd Mix [02.26.14]
Kenneth Santillan – 13 – Paterson, NJ – Bullmastiff [02.28.14]
Raymane Robinson, Jr. – 2 – Killeen, TX – Bullmastiff [03.01.14]
Nancy Newberry – 77 – Phoenix, AZ – Pit Bull [03.14.14]
Mia DeRouen – 4 – Houma, LA – Pit Bull [03.25.14]
Christopher Malone- 3 – Holmes County, MS – 2 Pit Bulls [03.31.14]
Dorothy Hamilton – 85 – Kaufman, TX – 2 Pit Bulls [03.31.14]
John Harvard – 5 – Riverside, AL – Pit Bull [04.06.14]
Petra Aguirre – 83 – San Antonio, TX – Pit Bull Mix [04.11.14]
Katie Morrison – 20 – Phenix City, AL – 3 Pit Bulls [05.03.14]
Nyhiem Wilfong – 1 – Caldwell County, NC – Rottweiler [05.04.14]
Kasii Haith – 4 – Kent County, DE – 3 Pit Bulls [05.07.14]
Rita Pepe – 93 – Branford, CT – Pit Bull Mix [05.25.14]
Holden Garrison – 10 wks – Davisburg, MI – Catahoula Leopard Dog [06.09.14]
Logan Shepard – 4 – Riverview, FL – 2 Pit Bulls [07.19.14]
Jonathan Quarles – 7 mo – Dayton, OH – Pit Bull [07.20.14]
Craig Sytsma – 46 – Metamore Twp, MI – 2 Cane Corso [07.23.14]
Cindy Whisman – 59 – Madison Twp, OH – Pit Bull [08.04.14]
Joel Chireieleison – 6 – Fanning Springs, FL – 2 Pit Bulls [08.07.14]
Deriah Solem – 22 mo – St Charles County, MO – Pit Bull Mix [08.09.14]
Javon Dade – 4 – Miami, FL – Pit Bull [08.13.14]
David Glass Sr.-51-Benton County, MS – 3 Pit Bulls [09.20.14]
Alice Payne – 75 – Cave City, AR – 1 Pit Bull [09.26.14]
Juan Fernandez – 59 – Modesto, CA – ? – [10.14.14]

American Pit Bull Terrier


APBT 3The ‘bull and terrier’ type was originally developed in England in the early 19th century. The lineage goes back to the mastiff / molosser types, including what we now call the Olde English Bulldogge, that were used for bear-, bull- and horse-baiting from the 12th through the 18th century. This isn’t the bear-baiting we think of today, when hunters feed bears in order to bring them out in the open to shoot them. Rather, the bear, bull or horse was confined in a public arena where the mastiff ‘bulldogs’ would slowly tear them apart alive for the public’s amusement1,2,3,4,5.

The popularity of this ‘sport’ declined as education became more emphasized in urban society of the Industrial Revolution and literacy among the population grew (from about 30% in the 17th century to 62% by 1800)6.  The ‘sport’ was banned altogether by Act of Parliament in 1835.

The lovers of blood ‘sports’ turned to dogfighting to satisfy their fancy, breeding the large, mastiff-type bulldogs to smaller working terriers to get dogs both smaller and more agile, easier to keep and to hide, but just as willing to attack and fight to the death. With the rise of the kennel clubs and the desire to distinguish dogs by looks and pedigree as well as by performance, this ‘bull and terrier’ type eventually divided into many official breeds. They all share the same ancestry and function, distinguishing themselves mostly by slight differences in appearance.

APBT 2

The American Pit Bull Terrier is, like all the ‘bully’ breeds, one of this group of descendants of the British ‘bull and terrier’ type fighting bulldogs. Once imported into the United States, it was bred up to be bigger again, and again used in baiting animals and in dogfighting. The American Kennel Club (founded 1884) was unwilling to register these fighting dogs, so in 1898 the United Kennel Club was founded specifically to register working pit-fighting dogs and to promote dogfighting. In order to be registered, a dog had to first win three pit fights7,8,9. The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) became a ‘breed’. As dogfighting declined in popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, Colby (the most famous and prolific breeder of these dogs) began to search for a new market and began promoting the APBT as family pets10,11. This despite the fact that his breeding lines included child killers12.

The APBT is of medium intelligence, and it is athletic. They have plenty of energy and exuberance for life. They are affectionate companions are often referred to as a “nanny dog”, which leads many families to believe that they are suitable companions for children. Many can live happily with children and never have an issue, but there are many cases of the family pit bull suddenly attacking or killing a child in the household. The Pit Bull advocacy group Bad Rap recently retracted their original “nanny dog” statements (https://www.facebook.com/BADRAP.org/posts/10151460774472399 )13. In 2013, in the United States, 16 children were killed by Pit Bulls and their mixes. Most of these children were killed by family pet pit bulls that had never been neglected or abused and had always loved the child. As with all breeds, the traits needed for their original tasks remain in the dogs – in this case, the sudden explosive aggression that was necessary to survive in the fighting pit. An APBT may never show this aggression, but if it does there will be no warning and the attack will not be easy to stop. Extreme caution should always be taken when this breed interacts with children. They are fun loving dogs that have “clownish” behaviors. Despite, their many positive qualities, this breed may not be suitable for everyone. Their high energy requires a family that can accommodate and appreciate this aspect of their personality. They usually do best with active families. Many American Pit Bull Terriers get calmer as they age and an older dog may work for a more reserved family.

APBTPit Bull Terriers need regular vigorous physical activity. They crave mental and physical stimulation. Regular long walks and plenty of play time can be ideal ways to burn energy. If their exercise needs are not met, they can develop destructive behaviors. They can often excel at physical activities, such as jogging and weight pulling. Some clubs admit them to agility and fly ball; others don’t because it is dangerous to have APBTs off leash near other dogs and the clubs don’t want to bear the liability in the event of an attack.

The American Pit Bull Terrier needs early socialization and training. Since they are active dogs, they can become unmanageable quickly. They need a firm and consistent handler that can maintain control at all times. They are eager to please and can learn tricks if trained patiently. They are very active both indoors and outdoors. Despite proper training and socialization, many dogs may be hard to manage and can still have unwanted behaviors.

The American Pit Bull Terrier has a history and bloodline deep rooted in the blood sports of animal baiting and dogfighting. As with all breeds, they retain their original traits. They often to do not accept other animals, especially dogs, and can be extremely aggressive towards them. They may accept animals they are raised with, but have been known to kill other family pets even after years of living together happily.

Most APBT puppies get along fantastically with other animals, including dogs. Puppies often love to play with and have companionship with other animals. This often gives owners a false sense of security. As the APBT matures, their relationship with other animals can change drastically. Often dog aggression issues emerge from 1-3 years in age, but some dog’s exhibit aggression as early as 6 months of age. They often will actively seek out other dogs to engage in fighting with and have broken their collars, crashed through windows, and torn through fences to do so, and one recently leaped from an apartment 2nd story balcony, to get to a dog. They can get along with other dogs at times, but things can escalate quickly and they can attack suddenly and for no apparent reason. They often redirect onto humans who try to break up the fight14. Extreme caution should be used with all animal interactions and owners should never be completely comfortable. They can be unpredictable and a dog that plays nicely with dogs for years can suddenly change. Many owners have been shocked to see their beloved pet’s fighting instincts suddenly surface. It is highly recommended that the APBT is separated from other animals in the household when they cannot be supervised15. This is not a breed that is suitable for interactions at off leash dog parks16.

pit bullIt is recommended that American Pit Bull Terrier owners have and carry a break stick17. A break stick is a device designed to open a Pit Bull type dog’s mouth while it is engaged in fighting. Pit Bull type breeds have a very distinctive fighting style and often will latch on their opponent and not let go. They usually will shake the other animal violently when they are latched on. This can cause horrific damage quickly. The break stick was designed by dog fighters to be inserted into the Pit Bull’s mouth and release his grip. The original purpose was to safely end a dog fight. The break stick often is the ONLY thing that will release the dog’s grip. People have been known to hit Pit Bulls with objects such as a bat or even shoot them and the dog still will not let go. Bully Breed owners should always have one handy in cause of an emergency. The break stick is not safe to use on other breeds of dogs and is only recommended for dogs in the Pit Bull family that were once used for dog fighting purposes.

Research is advised before selecting an APBT as a pet. They are often on the list of dogs that many landlords/property management companies do not allow. There are many American towns that have breed specific legislation or restrictions on certain breeds, including theAPBT. There are also many countries that have enacted restrictions or bans, such as the United Kingdom, that include the breed.  It is wise to make sure your pet will be allowed into your community.

Breeds in the Pit Bull family are the most common surrendered and stray dog breeds in the animal sheltering system. They are also the most commonly euthanized dog breed. Owners are often unaware and unprepared for these breeds. While many families own bully breeds successfully and have only positive experiences with the breed, there are families they are not suited for. Because shelters are so full of APBTs and other Pit Bull types, it’s important to neuter your APBT rather than breeding it – for the sake of the APBTs themselves18. No dog lover wants to breed any kind of dog only to have it quickly end up in a shelter after it’s sold!

The American Pit Bull Terrier requires a minimal amount of grooming and only sheds lightly. They are prone to several medical issues such as hip dysplasia, cataracts, allergies, and heart disease. They usually weigh between 30-70 lbs and their average lifespan is about 12 years.

In North America, from 1982-2013, Pit Bull breeds and mixes have seriously attacked 2,990 humans that resulted in 1,777 maimings and 275 deaths.

1. http://www.coeffic.demon.co.uk/bearbaiting.htm

2. http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-bear-bull-baiting.htm

3. Lee, Sir Sidney.  “Bearbaiting, Bullbaiting, and Cockfighting.” Shakespeare’s England: An Account of the Life and Manners of his Age.  Vol II.  Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1916.

4. Scott-Warren, Jason.  “When Theaters Were Bear-Gardens; or, What’s at Stake in the Comedy

of Humors.”  Shakespeare Quarterly.  Vol. 54, No. 1, Spring 2003. 63-82.

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica 3. Encyclopaedia Britannica Company. 1910. p. 575

6. Johnathon Barry, ‘Literacy and Literature in Popular Culture: Reading and Writing in Historical Perspective,’ in Popular Culture in England, c. 1500-1850, ed. by Tim Harris (London, 1995), pp. 69-94 (p. 70)

7. Colby, LB, Jessup, D, Colby’s Book of the American Pit Bull Terrier, T.F. Publications, Inc, NJ, 1997.

8. Beach, M, at http://dogs.about.com/cs/breedprofiles/a/pitbull_history.htm  (accessed February 2014)

8. Homan, M, The Complete History of Fighting Dogs, Ringpress Boods, 1999.

9. Gibson, H, Dogfighting Detailed Discussion, Animal Legal and Historical Center, Michigan State University College of Law, 2004.http://www.animallaw.info/articles/ddusdogfighting.htm  (Accessed February 2014)

10. The Dog Fancier, Vol. 27 – 28, 1918, pages 39, 45.

11. The Sun (newspaper), New York, February 3, 1909, The Sun Printing and Publishing Associates. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030272/1909-02-03/ed-1/seq-1/#words=JohnP+P+Colby&date1=1836&rows=20&searchType=basic&state=&date2=1914&proxtext=john+P.+Colby+&y=11&x=10&dateFilterType=yearRange&index=0  (accessed February 2014)

12. Bad Rap, Facebook posting, May 20, 2013 at 6:00pm. https://www.facebook.com/BADRAP.org/posts/10151460774472399  (accessed February 2014)

13. One example: http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/pit-bull-attack-prompts-push-for-tougher-laws/20369204?item=0

14. From Pitbullsontheweb.com, emphasis added, last accessed May 2011, the entire site has now been taken down:

  • 1. Thou shalt NEVER trust thy Pit Bull not to fight
  • 2. Thou shalt contain thy Pit Bull securely when not supervised by an adult
  • 3. Thou shalt NEVER leave thy adult Pit Bull alone and unsupervised with another dog
  • 4. Thou SHALT attend obedience classes most faithfully with thy Pit Bull
  • 5. Thou SHALT keep thy Pit Bull socialized with ALL KINDS of people
  • 6. Thy Pit Bull wilt NEVER be allowed off-leash in a public place
  • 7. Thy Pit Bull wilt NEVER be allowed to roam free in thy neighborhood, EVER!
  • 8. Thou SHALT take thy well trained Pit Bull out in public and show him/her off – on leash for good breed PR!
  • 9. Thy Pit Bull shalt go forth into the world as an ambassador of the pit bull breed
  • 10. THOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY WRONG DONE BY THY DOGS!

15. Ibidum
16. See (among others) :
http://www.pbrc.net/breaksticks.html

http://pitbullholocaust.wordpress.com/pit-bulls-and-their-different-jaws-pit-bulls-do-have-locking-jaws-pit-bull-owner-myth-exposed/

http://www.realpitbull.com/breakstick.html

17. See (among others):
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/More-pit-bulls-are-filling-area-shelters-1815274.php

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/02/09/20110209maricopa-county-animal-shelters-pit-bulls.html

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Pit-bulls-dominate-shelters-5003648.php

http://www.newsela.com/articles/pitbull-problem/id/2149/

Some Doctors and Dog Experts Thoughts About Pit Bulls

Decline in hospitalisations due to dog bite injuries in Catalonia, 1997-2008. An effect of government regulation?

Abstract
“To analyse population-based data on hospitalisation caused by dog bite injuries after changes in legal regulations on dog ownership, including breed-specific regulations. Descriptive study. Hospitals in Catalonia (Spain), 1997-2008. Persons hospitalised with injuries caused by dog bites. There has been a significant decline in hospitalisation caused by injuries from dog bites from 1.80/100,000 in 1997-9 to 1.11/100,000 in 2006-8, after the enactment of stricter regulations on dog ownership in 1999 and 2002. The magnitude of this change is significant (-38%), and has been greatest in less urban settings. Government regulations were associated with a sizable decrease in injuries caused by dog bites in Catalonia. More evaluative studies in this field may provide criteria to focus future regulations and other preventive interventions.”

Characteristics of 1616 Consecutive Dog Bite Injuries at a Single Institution

Article (PDF Available)inClinical Pediatrics · July 2016with812 Reads

DOI: 10.1177/0009922816657153
2016-08-19_09h03_52Another medical study shows that pit bulls are the worst offenders. The new study, published in Clinical Pediatrics, corroborates a growing number of other studies that have been published since 2008. See more of those studies listed here: (http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-bibliographies-injury-studies.php)
“Dog bite injuries remain a common form of pediatric trauma. This single-institution study of 1616 consecutive dog bite injuries over 4 years revealed a much higher prevalence of dog bites as compared with other similar centers. Though inpatient admission was rare (9.8%), 58% of all patients required laceration repair, primarily in the emergency department. Infants were more than 4 times as likely to be bitten by the family dog and more than 6 times as likely to be bitten in the head/neck region. Children ≤5 years old were 62% more likely to require repair; and 5.5% of all patients required an operation. Pit bull bites were implicated in half of all surgeries performed and over 2.5 times as likely to bite in multiple anatomic locations as compared to other breeds. The relatively high regional prevalence and younger age of injured patients as compared with other centers is a topic of further study but should draw attention to interventions that can minimize child risk.”

Ickes: Q-C plastic surgeon: Too many pit bull bites

Updated May 2, 2016

571e9aabd7249.imageEvery time a Quad-Citian was taken to the emergency room with a dog-bite wound, a plastic surgeon who was called to fix it asked about the breed.

During his 27-year career, Dr. Benjamin Van Raalte detected a trend.

“It wasn’t until the pit bulls (became popular) that I started seeing the really vicious attacks,” the Bettendorf plastic surgeon said Monday. “The worst pit bull mauling I ever saw was an incident in which a dog bit off the entire cheek of a 5-year-old boy.”

Of the severe bites he has treated, Van Raalte estimates, more than half have been the result of a pit bull attack. The high number of serious injuries, along with the appalling and increasingly popular “sport” of dog fighting have convinced him the time has come for an all-out ban on pit bull breeding.

“I’m just saying it’s time to stop breeding them,” he said. “Yes, there are lots of lovable pit bulls. I’m not advocating putting down pit bulls.

“They’re primarily bred for fighting. In 2016, we need to say we’re done breeding pit bulls. It’s primary purpose is to be a weapon. It’s doing what it’s supposed to do.”

Despite insistence by many pit bull owners that their dogs never would bite, the breed often surprises them. Too often.

Just last week, a newborn baby was killed by a pit bull in California. The dog owners obviously loved and trusted the dog, because they had it in their bed with them and their 3-day-old son. When the dog was startled by a noise, it came into contact with and killed the baby, police said.

Although he wasn’t commenting on the most recent death, Van Raalte said pit bulls sometimes simply do not know their own strength.

“When dogs are annoyed, they nip,” he said. “Mom dogs nip at puppies. But puppy skin is loose, and they have fur.

“It’s a leave-me-alone warning. When kids don’t take note of the warning, their face is at dog level.”

Other times, pit bulls are simply abiding by the hard-wired tendency of certain demonstrably aggressive terrier breeds. While many breeds of dog can be intolerant of other dogs, those bred to fight can do more damage than others.

Van Raalte has had experience with pit bulls outside the operating room. When his Shetland sheepdog was mauled by an off-leash dog at a Bettendorf park, his dog had to be stapled back together.

“And they (the dog owners) didn’t offer to pay,” he said. “They just high-tailed it out of there. When a pit bull clamps down on a person, it tears away the tissue.”

Dog experts say that pit bulls do not have any special biting powers. The damage they do is attributable to their personalities. When they’re onto something, they’re committed.

“Even labs, as big as they are, don’t do that kind of damage,” Van Raalte said of his dog-bite experience. “The only time I had a bad lab bite, the dog turned out to be sick.”

He is not the only one keeping statistics, of course. Regardless where you look, dogs identified as a type of pit bull are far and away the worst offenders when it comes to serious bites. They often are responsible for more serious injuries than all other breeds combined.

It is for the dogs’ sake and ours that Van Raalte wants to see an all-out ban on future breeding.

“If you have 100 drugs that treat high blood pressure, and one of those drugs caused half the deaths, it would be taken off the market,” he said.

Given the disproportionate number of deaths and injuries caused by pit bulls and the fact so many are bred to be fight-to-the-death gladiators, Van Raalte says it’s time to move on.

“It’s so disheartening,” he said. “Victims and their families think, since a plastic surgeon is called, there will be no scar. I have to tell them there will be a scar.

“The dog fighting is cruel and unusual to the animals. There are a lot of other dogs out there — a lot of good choices.

“If we as dog owners don’t figure out how to get rid of the bad actors … it could get to the point you can’t afford to have a dog because the insurance will be too high. Who wants that?”

http://qctimes.com/news/local/barb-ickes/ickes-q-c-plastic-surgeon-too-many-pit-bull-bites/article_1593fdda-136f-52ef-a3fb-597d2af20628.html


Boyle column: Pit bull attack shreds arm, changes minds

636023839763765753-IMG-0741Kim Brophey, a dog behaviorist who owns the The Dog Door Behavior Center in Asheville, has extensive experience with all dogs, including pit bulls. She’s also the author of an upcoming book on dogs and dog behavior.

She maintains that pit bulls, if raised with good training and socialization around people and other dogs, can be great, loving pets. But she acknowledged their bull baiting and fighting past and says owners have to be vigilant in training, and in keeping their dogs from become highly aroused.

“Pit bulls were bred more for a “high-arousal” ability than viciousness, she said. In other words, they needed to be able to burst into that “high-arousal” mode quickly, conserving energy the rest of the time.

It is a breed that can quickly move from a quiet zone to one of intense, adrenaline-pumping arousal. It’s crucial that owners control the events the dogs are involved in and prevent the “high-arousal” mode from kicking in.

For me, this is not a chance I want to take. My bassets get highly aroused and go nuts running around the house and play biting each other or us, but I don’t worry about them killing people.”

Read more: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/06/25/boyle-column-pit-bull-attack-shreds-arm-changes-minds/86329160/


DR. BILLMIRE is professor and director of the Division of Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

billmire2“As one who, for the last 30 years, has been on the receiving end of the dog-bite injuries that pass through the Children’s Hospital Emergency Room, as well as on the staff at the Shriners Hospitals for Children where we see the late effects of these injuries from across the nation, I can categorically tell you that the problems associated with dog bites are indeed breed-specific.

When I started my career, the most common dog-bite injuries were from German shepherds and occasionally retrievers. These injuries were almost always provoked, such as food-related or stepping on the dog, and in almost every instance, the dog reacted with a single snap and release – essentially a warning shot. There were no pack attacks.

Starting about 25 years ago, my colleagues and I started to see disturbingly different types of injuries. Instead of a warning bite, we saw wounds where the flesh was torn from the victim. There were multiple bite wounds covering many different anatomical sites. The attacks were generally unprovoked, persistent and often involved more than one dog. In every instance the dog involved was a pit bull or a pit bull mix.

Now, I am a dog lover and virtually every one of my family members has a dog. But it is a fact that different dogs have always been bred for specific qualities. My sheltie herded, my daughter’s setter flushes birds and my pug sits on my lap – this is what they are bred for. Pit bulls were bred to fight and kill and, unfortunately, many current breeders favor these aggressive traits. There is no need for any dog with the characteristics.

I recently gave a talk summarizing my 30 years of practice in pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery, and one segment was titled “Why I Hate Pit Bulls.” I watched a child bleed to death one night in our operating room because a pit bull had torn his throat out. I have had to rebuild the skull of a child who had his ears and entire scalp torn off. I am currently reconstructing the face of a child, half of whose face has been torn off down to the bone. I have had to rebuild noses, lips, eyelids, jaws and cheeks of numerous children. On older children, I have had to reconstruct legs and hands. The unfortunate young victim whose recent attack has initiated this discussion will bear the scars of this attack for the rest of her life.

Based on my extensive experience, I believe that the risk posed by pit bulls is equivalent to placing a loaded gun with the safety off on the coffee table. In my opinion, these dogs should be banned. I know this is an unpopular stand in some circles, but how many mauled children do we have to see before we realize the folly of allowing these dogs to exist?

The arguments made by advocates of these dogs are the same arguments made by people who feel that assault weapons are an essential part of daily living. There are plenty of breeds available that peacefully coexist with human society. There is no need for pit bulls.”

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/06/29/doctor-says-ban-pit-bulls/11709481/


Expert not surprised

920x920Benjamin Hart, professor emeritus at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and an animal behaviorist, said he wasn’t surprised by Iona Keanaaina’s assessment of Kava.

“It’s quite common for a pit bull to show no signs of aggression,” Hart said Wednesday. “People will call it a nice dog, a sweet dog, even the neighbors – and then all of a sudden something triggers the dog, and it attacks a human in a characteristic way of biting and hanging on until a lot of damage is done.”

http://m.sfgate.com/crime/article/Often-no-warning-signs-in-pit-bull-attacks-4611027.php


Pit bulls weren’t bred to be household pets

“After having worked in two veterinary clinics and an emergency animal hospital, and seeing the statistics on pit bull attacks on both animals and humans, and after having now had two close friends’ dogs viciously ravaged by pit bulls, I feel compelled to address this issue very frankly.

I have heard both sides of the argument dozens of times, and when I put all the facts, opinions, stats and justifications together into a final perspective, this is what I conclude: Many pit bull supporters don’t seem to realize they are populating this country’s towns and cities with a lethal attack dog that needs to be rigorously controlled.

All the characteristics that make this breed notorious were selected centuries ago. They were used in the sports of bull and bear baiting. They were bred to attack without provocation or warning (hence their “unpredictability”); clamp on to a vulnerable area of the victim’s body with a hold-and-shake grip to inflict major physical damage; and sustain tremendous pain in order to continue damaging the victim. They were not intended to be household pets. They do these things for the same reason pointers “point” – it’s bred into them. It has nothing to do with “irresponsible ownership.”

It’s long past time to bring some common sense (and compassion for victims) back to this debate. Many countries and U.S. municipalities have taken measures to regulate or even outright ban these dogs, and it’s not due to some arbitrary “breed bias.” If you happen to dislike breeds that drool a lot, that’s a bias. Controlling the ownership of a breed that has proven to be a vicious killer is not; it’s sensible and humane policy.”

Martin Penkala

Buffalo

http://mobile.buffalonews.com/?articleRedirect=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.buffalonews.com%2Fopinion%2Fletters-to-the-editor%2Fletter-pit-bulls-werent-bred-to-be-household-pets-20151025


Nearly 20 years before the ASPCA existed, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Hamiliton Smith weighed in on the topic in The Natural History of Dogs, published in 1839-1840 by W.H. Lizars of Edinburgh, Scotland. This was the book that established the basis of most of the breed standards still used by fanciers today. Hamilton Smith spoke well of every dog mentioned, except one. Of pit bulls, he wrote,

“The bull-dog differs from all others, even from the mastiff, in giving no warning of his attack by his barking. He grapples his opponents without in the least estimating their comparative weight and powers. The bull-dog is possessed of less sagacity and less attachment than any of the hound tribe; he is therefore less favored, and more rarely bred with care, excepting by professed amateurs of sports and feelings little commendable to humanity. He never leaves his hold, when once he has got it, while life lasts.”


Douglas Skinner, DVM

“I have been in veterinary practice for 43 years and never have seen anything like the infusion of this breed. Having worked with more than 100,000 dogs of all breeds, I defy any apologist to offer up such experience.

Sure, there are sweet pits, but telling one from the bad ones, the Jekyll and Hyde ones that can be incited to violence by some catalyst, is near impossible. While most apologists fancy themselves good trainers, 95 percent of owners are clueless.

Many breeds have a history of use based on genetics; the border collie’s is herding, German short hair pointers find birds, and pits have a history of violence. With that information, it still makes sense from the “it’s how you raise your dog” crowd that any dog could be made to herd or point; I mean, it’s how you raise them, right?

A border collie herds instinctively, pointers find game birds, and a pit bull? Well, it wants to chase two girls across a field with three of its buddies and maul them.

Neuter all pit bulls, require high, double fencing, and give severe fines/incarceration of owners for such attacks. I’ve had it with pit bulls and their mixes trying to bite me during exams or scaring other pet owners. Six weeks old, three months old, you can’t trust them; you can only make excuses for them.”

http://www.dogsbitedecatural.com/2015/10/indiana-journal-and-courier-letter-to.html?m=1


ANDREW FENTON, M.D.

“As a practicing emergency physician, I have witnessed countless dog bites. Invariably, the most vicious and brutal attacks I have seen have been from the pit bull breed. Many of the victims have been children. In a recent study from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, pit bull attacks accounted for more ER visits than all other breeds combined. In young children, the most common part of the body injured was the face. Numerous studies have proven that the number-one cause of dog bite fatalities is the pit bull breed. I am certain that many attacks are due to owner negligence, but the fact remains that many were unpredictable and were perpetrated by formerly “loving and loyal” pets. Dr. Chagnon has every right to leave our town as she claims she will if pit bulls are banned, just like every one of her patients has the right not to attend her clinic where she brings her pit bulls. I applaud Mayor Pro Tem Joanne Sanders for bringing this issue to the forefront. In the interest of public safety, I recommend we enforce a spay/neuter requirement on pit bulls while reviewing and revamping all of our policies relating to animal bites.”

http://physicians.akrongeneral.org/Details/218?index=1&lastName=fenton


DR. AMY WANDEL, plastic surgeon

“I see just as many dog bites from dogs that are not pit bulls as bites from pit bulls. The big difference is pit bulls are known to grab onto something and keep holding so their damage they create is worse than other breeds.”

http://health.usnews.com/doctors/amy-wandel-253554


Elements of Temperament – Drives, Thresholds and Nerves – By Joy Tiz MS, JD

“Most dog owners absolutely refuse to believe this. If I only had a dollar for every time someone has told me “It’s all in how they’re raised!” … No, it’s not. It’s all in how their DNA came together. A dog with foul temperament will always be a dog with foul temperament, no matter how wonderful the environment. A dog with sound, stable temperament will always be a sound stable dog, even in a lousy environment.”

“There is no perfect test, some are more horrendous than others. Experienced trainers of working dogs eventually come up with their own system for evaluating pups and young adult prospects. The best predictor of temperament is history. What are the pup’s parents like? Their parents? Grandparents? Keeping in mind that temperament is inherited, look to the ancestors as your best source of information.”

http://www.wildhauskennels.com/temperament.htm


MIKE JOYNER –

“As a judge in Environmental Court who has had to deal with numerous cases of dog on dog and dog on human attacks, I can without any bias say that pit bulls are a dangerous breed. The facts speak for themselves. You cannot argue against the data.

My wife owns a doggie daycare and I have dealt with every possible breed. In the six years she has been opened there have been over 1600 dogs that have been through the doors with the exception of the pit bull. Her liability insurance company will not insure her if she takes pit bulls, and as much as I love ALL dogs I do not trust pit bulls around children or other dogs.

I have been on the bench for several cases where a pit bull attacked a child and literally pulled the scalp off of a 12 year old girl’s head. It was a neighbor’s dog and she had pet it a week before the incident, which occurred in her own backyard with the pit bull jumped the fence and attacked her without any provocation or warning. I have had numerous cases where a pit bull attacked another dog and held it down or shook it until it was dead…even in the presence of the owner of the pit bull who could do nothing to separate the dogs.

I have nothing personal against the breed and I have never personally experienced anything negative from a pit bull. In fact from 1969 until 1972 our neighbor had a female pit named Sassy and she was as sweet a dog as I ever met, but knowing what I know I would be negligent if I promoted pit bulls as pets to any family with children or neighbors with pets.

http://www.columbusga.org/courts/recordJudge.htm


Lindsay R. Mehrkam  – Department of Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA

Clive D.L. Wynne  – Department of Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA

Abstract

In both popular media and scientific literature, it is commonly stated that breeds of dogs differ behaviorally in substantial, consistent and predictable ways. Since the mid-twentieth century, scientists have asked whether meaningful behavioral differences exist between breeds of dogs. Today, there are over 1000 identified dog breeds in the world, but to date, fewer than one-quarter of these are represented in studies investigating breed-specific behavioral differences. We review here scientific findings of breed differences in behavior from a wide range of methodologies with respect to both temperament traits and cognitive abilities to determine whether meaningful differences in behavior between breeds have been established. Although there is convincing scientific evidence for reliable differences between breeds and breed groups with respect to some behaviors (e.g., aggression, reactivity), the majority of studies that have measured breed differences in behavior have reported meaningful within-breed differences has well. These trends appear to be related to two main factors: the traits being assessed and the methodology used to assess those traits. In addition, where evidence for breed differences in behavior has been found, there is mixed consistency between empirical findings and the recognized breed standard. We discuss both the strengths and limitations of behavioral research in illuminating differences between dog breeds, highlight directions for future research, and suggest the integration of input from other disciplines to further contribute to our understanding of breed differences in behavior.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159114000823


DR. CHRISTOPHER DEMAS

“Bites from pit bulls inflict much more damage, multiple deep bites and ripping of flesh and are unlike any other domestic animal I’ve encountered. Their bites are devastating – close to what a wildcat or shark would do.”

http://health.usnews.com/doctors/christopher-demas-464401


DR. MICHAEL FEALY

“When a Pit Bull is involved the bites are worse. When they bite, they bite and lock and they don’t let go… they bite lock and they rip and they don’t let go.”

http://www.mjfealymd.com/


Dr. EDGAR JOGANIK (after trying to reattach scalp and ear to a pit bull victim)

“Pit bull attacks are typically the most severe, and in about one-third of all attacks, the animals are family pets or belong to close friends. That should be the message that these dogs should not be around children, adults are just as likely to be victims. Everyone should be extremely cautious.”

http://journaltimes.com/users/profile/thomas%20mccartney/


DR RICHARD SATTIN, chief of unintentional-injuries section of the Centers of Disease Control

“We’re trying to focus public attention on this greatly underestimated public hazard. In 1979, pit bulls accounted for 20 percent of fatal attacks by dogs. That figure had risen to 62 percent by 1988. Nobody knows the dog population of the United States or the exact breakdown by breed. We do not believe that pit bulls represent anywhere near 42% percent of dogs in the United States. Therefore, we believe that the pit bull excess in deaths is real and growing.”

http://health.usnews.com/doctors/richard-sattin-498229


HORSWELL BB, CHAHINE CJ, oral surgeons Dog bites of the facial region are increasing in children according to the Center for Disease Control.

“To evaluate the epidemiology of such injuries in our medical provider region, we undertook a retrospective review of those children treated for facial, head and neck dog bite wounds at a level 1 trauma center. Most dog bites occurred in or near the home by an animal known to the child/family. Most injuries were soft tissue related, however more severe bites and injuries were observed in attacks from the pit-bull and Rottweiler breeds. Younger (under five years) children sustained more of the injuries requiring medical treatment. Injury Severity Scales were determined as well as victim and payer mix demographics, type and characteristics of injury, and complications from the attack.”


GARY WILKES, animal behaviorist

“No other breed in America is currently bred for fighting, in such great numbers as the American Pit Bull Terrier. No other breed has instinctive behaviors that are so consistently catastrophic when they occur, regardless of how rarely they happen. The reality is that every English Pointer has the ability to point a bird. Every Cattle Dog has the ability to bite the heel of a cow and every Beagle has the ability to make an obnoxious bugling noise when it scents a rabbit or sees a cat walking on the back fence. Realistically, if your English Pointer suddenly and unpredictably points at a bird in the park, nobody cares. If my Heeler nips your ankle, I’m going to take care of your injuries and probably be fined for the incident. If your Beagle bugles too much, you’ll get a ticket for a noise violation. If your Pit Bull does what it’s bred to do…well, you fill in the blank.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEmGDdb5U0A


SHERYL BLAIR, Tufts Veterinary School symposium – Animal Aggression: Dog Bites and the Pit Bull Terrier

“The injuries these dogs inflict are more serious than other breeds because they go for the deep musculature and don’t release; they hold and shake. Colleen Hodges, Veterinary Public Health spokeswoman Some families think that they can raise a loving pet if they treat a pit bull like any other dog. They may not realize that the dog was bred to fight and that some of these dogs may have fighting in their genes. They are tough, strong, and tenacious. They are much more capable of inflicting serious damage, and some of them do. I would not recommend pits as a family dog.”


Dr. Radcliffe Robins – Dog behaviorist

“Temperament is 100% genetic; it is inherited, and fixed at the moment of the dog’s fertilization/conception/birth. Temperament in the dog cannot be eliminated nor transformed from one type to another. It cannot change during the dog’s lifetime. It is the permanent mental/neurological characteristic of the individual dog. Environment, socialization or training can MODIFY the expression of an individual dog’s temperament, but they cannot transform it nor eliminate it. The dog will die with the temperament with which it was born.”

https://www.facebook.com/PioneerKennel/info?tab=page_info


MICHAEL W. FOX, veterinarian, animal behaviorist

“I spent 20 years studying the behavior of dogs and it’s not in their nature. Man, has created a monster, If you wish…These dogs were selectively bred to fight, they have greater propensity to fight than other animals, which is brought out in training.” “They can attack people, and because the attitudes of Pit Bulls it is more likely they will attack people. The worry is the power of the dogs jaw…to bite and not let go. It’s quite sufficient to crush right through a child’s arm or leg.”

http://www.drfoxvet.com/library/special-reports


ARTHUR HERM, veterinarian, animal control

“I disagree with those people who believe they can train aggressiveness out of dogs, and added he believes aggressiveness is “inherent” and “genetic” in all dogs while pit bulls “seem to have more of that.”

http://www.manta.com/c/mmffsyz/arthur-herm-dvm


KATHRYN HAWKINS, DVM

“After seeing another dog die from a pit bull attack, I feel compelled to write. The opinion that pit bulls are “mean because of the way they are raised” is often not the case. A Both of the dogs I took care of that died were attacked unprovoked by pit bulls that were in families that raised them responsibly. Just as a retriever is bred to hunt birds — an instinct you can’t stop — many pit bulls have a genetic tendency to attack other animals. When they do, they are extremely powerful and don’t quit. I have never been bitten or growled at by a pit bull — they are very friendly. But when the instinct to attack another animal occurs, they cause serious damage, or death. They don’t bite people any more often than other breeds but when they do, it’s bad. The aggressiveness toward other animals and damage they do is not because of “the way they are raised” — it is usually due to a genetic instinct not in the control of the owner.”

http://local.aarp.org/yp/valdez-veterinary-clinic-hawkins-kathryn-dvm-po-box-708-valdez.html


TRISH KING, Director, Behavior & Training Dept. Marin Humane Society

“There is no direct eye contact or very little direct eye contact. It is very quick and over with. Which is one reason why with pit bulls and rottweilers, we have problems. Because they’re bred to do direct eye contact and so they are off putting to other dogs and actually scary to other dogs. The fourth undesirable characteristic – arousal or excitement – is actually the most problematic. Many bully dogs cannot seem to calm themselves down once they get excited. And once they get excited all their behaviors are exacerbated. Thus, if a dog is over-confident and has a tendency to body slam or mount, he or she will really crash into the other dog or person when he’s aroused, sometimes inadvertently causing injury. He may begin to play-bite, and then bite harder and harder and harder. When you try to stop the behavior, the dog often becomes even more “aggressive.” In this way, play can turn into aggression fairly quickly. Research on the brain has shown that excited play has exactly the same chemistry as extreme anger. This allows a play behavior to switch quickly into aggression. And, once the dog has become aggressive a few times, the switch is much easier.”

http://www.canine-behavior-associates.com/about-trish/


MELANIE PFEIFFER, veterinary assistant

“Working in a veterinary hospital, you are exposed to all kinds of animal trauma. One of the more common ones is dog fights. I can honestly say that in three out of four cases, an American pit bull terrier is involved. Many times, we are able to save the life of the afflicted, but yesterday, we were not.”

“I propose that all owned American pit bull terriers be registered and all breeding be halted indefinitely. How many mutilated faces, mangled limbs, butchered pets and even human deaths does it take to convince us that this breed needs to be phased out?”

http://mcgdconsulting.info/247-emergency-animal-hospital-eagle-find-trusted-veterinarian-animal-hospital-in-vail-eagle-summit-county-970-524-3647/


KEVIN COUTTS, Head Dog Ranger, Rotorua, New Zealand

“There was concern among dog authorities about American pitbulls being allowed into New Zealand as they were dangerous, unpredictable animals, Mr Coutts said. “A lot of people in this town get them because they are a staunch dog and they will fight. They are perceived as vicious … It’s frustrating they were ever allowed in the country … we can’t go back now though,” Mr Coutts said. COUTTS’ comment on a pit car mauling This sort of thing happens when people own this breed of dog and then don’t look after them.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PooU_vNxhrU


ALEXANDRA SEMYONOVA, animal behaviorist

“You will also not prevent the dog from being what he is genetically predisposed to be. Because the inbred postures and behaviors feel good, fitting the body and brain the dog has been bred with, they are internally motivated and internally rewarded. This means that the behavior is practically impossible to extinguish by manipulating external environmental stimuli. The reward is not in the environment, but in the dog itself! As Coppinger and Coppinger (2001, p. 202) put it, “The dog gets such pleasure out of performing its motor pattern that it keeps looking for places to display it.” Some dogs get stuck in their particular inbred motor pattern. As pointed out above, this kind of aggression has appeared in some other breeds as an unexpected and undesired anomaly – the golden retriever, the Berner Senne hund, the cocker spaniel have all had this problem. The lovers of aggressive breeds try to use these breeding accidents to prove that their aggressive breeds are just like any other dog, “see, they’re no different from the cuddly breeds.” But a cuddly breed sometimes ending up stuck with a genetic disaster does not prove that the behavior is normal canine behavior. All it proves is that the behavior is genetically determined. “These dogs aren’t killers because they have the wrong owners, rather they attract the wrong owners because they are killers.” The 100 Silliest Things People say about dogs.

http://www.amazon.com/Silliest-Things-People-About-Dogs/dp/1904109187


MARK WULKAN, MD, surgeon at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

“There is a difference with the pit bulls. In the last two years we’ve seen 56 dog injuries that were so severe the patient had to be admitted to the hospital so this doesn’t count just a little bite and then goes to the emergency room. Of those 56, 21 were pit bulls. And then when we look at our data even further, of the kids that were most severely injured, those that were in the hospital for more than 8 days or had life threatening injuries, 100% of those were pit bulls.

http://www.surgery.emory.edu/about-us/faculty_directory/faculty_profile_mark_wulkan.html


The latest study, which was just released, by the NCBI, The National Institute of Health:

“CONCLUSIONS:
The patients most likely to suffer dog bite injuries of the head and neck are children. Although a number of dog breeds were identified, the largest group were pit bull terriers, whose resultant injuries were more severe and resulted from unprovoked, unknown dogs. More severe injuries required a greater number of interventions, a greater number of inpatient physicians, and more outpatient follow-up encounters. Healthcare utilization and costs associated with dog bites warrant further investigation.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25311183


STEPHEN COHN, MD, professor of surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center

“I think this is a public health hazard, this particular dog. We just have to have them contained in a way that protects the general public. I don’t want to see another kid come in dead.”

http://surgery.uthscsa.edu/faculty/cohn.asp


JOHN BINI, MD, chief of surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center

“There are going to be outspoken opponents of breed legislation, who say: ‘My pit bulls lie with my baby and play with my rabbit.’ And that’s fine. I just think we’re seeing something here, and I think it does warrant a discussion as to whether this is a risk that a community wants to take.”

http://surgery.uthscsa.edu/faculty/bini.asp


MORTALITY, MAULING, AND MAIMING BY VICIOUS DOGS, April 2011 Annals of Surgery

“Fortunately, fatal dog attacks are rare, but there seems to be a distinct relationship between the severity and lethality of an attack and the breed responsible,” they wrote in an article published in the April issue of the medical journal Annals of Surgery. “These breeds should be regulated in the same way in which other dangerous species, such as leopards, are regulated.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21475022


DAVID E. BLOCKER, BS, MD, Dog Bite Rates and Biting Dog Breeds in Texas, 1995-1997

Bite Rates by Breed page 23
One out of every 40 Pit Bulls (2.5%) and about one out of 75 Chow Chows (1.4%) generated a reported human bite each year (Table 29; Figure 7).

One out of 100 Rottweilers (1%) caused a reported bite, and less than one out of 250 German Shepherds (0.37%) bit a human each year, not statistically different from the average for all dogs combined (0.53%).

Huskies, Dobermans, and Australian Shepherds had bite rates slightly lower than German Shepherds but higher than Labrador Retrievers.

Less than one in every 500 Labrador retrievers (0.15%) was associated with a reported bite each year. All other breeds examined individually, including Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, and Dachshunds, had bite rates lower than Labrador Retrievers.

Odds ratios for each of the five most commonly biting dog breeds versus all others presented similar findings (Table 30). The odds of a Pit Bull in Bexar County causing a bite were 5 times greater than the odds for all other breeds combined, at 4.9 to 1.

Chow Chows and Rottweilers also had odds ratios significantly greater than the average, at 2.9 to 1 and 1.8 to 1, respectively. The odds ratios for German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers were significantly lower than the average, at 0.67 to 1 and
0.26 to 1.

http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-bibliographies-injury-studies.php


PETER ANTEVY, pediatric E.R. physician, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

Dr Antvey sees at least five dog-bite victims a month in his emergency room. Unfortunately, he said, “the biggest offender is the pit bull.”

http://www.pediatricemergencystandards.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=56


MELISSA ARCA, MD

“The reality is that any dog can bite, and statistically speaking, a child is most likely to be bitten by the family dog or a dog that they know. When you’re talking about bite severity resulting in life-threatening and even fatal injuries, pit bulls and Rottweilers are the main culprits.

Experience absolutely colors our perception, and in this case I can’t help but be affected by what I’ve seen. I will never forget a young child I treated in the ER during my pediatric residency. She suffered severe facial lacerations and tears to her face after a pit bull attack in her local park.”
9.16.2013

Legal Experts and the Enemy of Humanity

https://twitter.com/Melissa_DrMom


THOMAS J. MOYER, Chief Justice, Ohio Supreme Court 1987-2010

“The trial court cited the substantial evidence supporting its conclusion that pit bulls, compared to other breeds, cause a disproportionate amount of danger to people. The chief dog warden of Lucas County testified that: (1) when pit bulls attack, they are more likely to inflict severe damage to their victim than other breeds of dogs; (2) pit bulls have killed more Ohioans than any other breed of dog; (3) Toledo police officers fire their weapons in the line of duty at pit bulls more often than they fire weapons at people and all other breeds of dogs combined; (4) pit bulls are frequently shot during drug raids because pit bulls are encountered more frequently in drug raids than any other dog breed…. The evidence presented in the trial court supports the conclusion that pit bulls pose a serious danger to the safety of citizens. The state and the city have a legitimate interest in protecting citizens from the danger posed by this breed of domestic dogs.”

https://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/SCO/formerjustices/moyer/


WILLIAM M HOEVELER, US DISTRICT JUDGE, ADOA v Dade County, Florida

Despite plaintiffs’ contention that there is no such animal as a pit bull, plaintiffs’ own experts have written articles about their pedigreed dogs referring to them by the common nickname of pit bull. At trial, these experts identified photographs of dogs as pit bulls, rather than delineating the dogs into any one of the three breeds recognized by the kennel clubs. Moreover, veterinarians commonly identify dogs as pit bulls — rather than one of the three recognized breeds — by their physical characteristics.

Two veterinarians, testifying for the defendants, stated that they are often called upon to identify a dog’s breed because it is an integral part of the animal’s health record. This they do by reference to standard physical characteristics. Generally, these veterinarians testified, owners themselves know what breed their dog is.

There was ample testimony that most people know what breed their dogs are. Although the plaintiffs and their experts claim that the ordinance does not give them enough guidance to enable owners to determine whether their dogs fall within its scope, the evidence established that the plaintiffs themselves often use the term “pit bull” as a shorthand method of referring to their dogs. Numerous magazine and newspaper articles, including articles in dog fancier magazines, refer to pit bull dogs. Veterinarians typically refer to the three recognized breeds and mixed breeds with conforming characteristics as pit bulls. In addition, the veterinarians who testified stated that most of their clients know the breeds of their dogs.

http://www.floridabar.org/tfb/TFBProfess.nsf/840090c16eedaf0085256b61000928dc/25b0965d6160575985256d50006481db?OpenDocument


DON BAUERMEISTER, Council Bluffs, IA prosecutor

“All dogs can “get into it”. The reality, though, for way too many dog owners is the sudden, unprovoked, violent and very serious attack from a pit bull. These folks have to pay the immediate vet bill. Yes, sometimes, the Court is able to intervene and order restitution, but what about the dead dog. What about the psychological damage to those who had to witness the attack. I have seen pit bulls attack and injure other dogs. It is something that you will never forget. A very purposeful bite, indeed. Pit bulls are pros and the rest of the dog world are amateurs. Man made them this way.”

https://www.facebook.com/don.bauermeister


KORY NELSON, Denver, CO City Attorney

“The most significant point about the justification for bans or restrictions of pit bulls is that these are not dependent upon a claim that every pit bull has a higher than average propensity for attacking humans. The justification is based on the clear evidence that, as a group, pit bulls, compared to other breeds, generally have a higher propensity to exhibit unique behavioral traits during an attack.

These behaviors have a higher likelihood of causing more severe injuries or death. The Colorado Dog Fanciers trial court made this clear, stating that, while it could not be proven that pit bulls bite more than other dogs, there was “credible evidence that Pit Bull dog attacks are more severe and more likely to result in fatalities.” The court, in great detail, noted fourteen separate areas of differences, including: strength, manageability and temperament, unpredictability of aggression, tenacity, pain tolerance and manner of attack.

A municipality that is experiencing a problem with pit bull attacks needs to consider for itself the best course of action to protect its citizens, especially those most likely to be unable to defend themselves from the tenacious and sustained attack of a pit bull, who will likely bite, hold, and tear at its victim despite efforts to stop it. However, given the clear rational evidence, breed-specific legislation is still a legally viable option.There is no new evidence that undermines the holdings of Colorado Dog Fanciers, only new relevant evidence that adds additional support for BSL, as the differential treatment of pit bulls is based upon logical, rational evidence from the scientific field of ethology.”

http://pview.findlaw.com/view/1942689_1


BOB JOHNSTONE, Cincinnati, OH city attorney

“We have amassed what I consider an overwhelming amount of information that demonstrates to me that pit bulls are, by far, responsible for more fatal or serious attacks than any other breed.”

http://www.cincybar.org/news-resources/legal-directory.php/19401


JUDGE VICTOR E. BIANCHINI, San Diego, CA

“A pit bull is the closest thing to a wild animal there is in a domesticated dog.”

http://www.judicatewest.com/neutral/297


U.S. SUPREME COURT, April 26, 1897, SENTELL v. NEW ORLEANS & C. R. CO.

“Laws for the protection of domestic animals are regarded as having but a limited application to dogs and cats; and, regardless of statute, a ferocious dog is looked upon as hostis humani generis, and as having no right to his life which man is bound to respect.”


HORSWELL BB, CHAHINE CJ, oral surgeons

“Dog bites of the facial region are increasing in children according to the Center for Disease Control. To evaluate the epidemiology of such injuries in our medical provider region, we undertook a retrospective review of those children treated for facial, head and neck dog bite wounds at a level 1 trauma center.

Most dog bites occurred in or near the home by an animal known to the child/family. Most injuries were soft tissue related, however more severe bites and injuries were observed in attacks from the pit-bull and Rottweiler breeds.

Younger (under five years) children sustained more of the injuries requiring medical treatment. Injury Severity Scales were determined as well as victim and payer mix demographics, type and characteristics of injury, and complications from the attack.”

http://thetruthaboutpitbulls.blogspot.com/2012_07_01_archive.html


DR RICHARD SATTIN, chief of unintentional-injuries section of the Centers of Disease Control

“We’re trying to focus public attention on this greatly underestimated public hazard.

In 1979, pit bulls accounted for 20 percent of fatal attacks by dogs. That figure had risen to 62 percent by 1988.

Nobody knows the dog population of the United States or the exact breakdown by breed. We do not believe that pit bulls represent anywhere near 42% percent of dogs in the United States. Therefore, we believe that the pit bull excess in deaths is real and growing.”


ROBERT D. NEWMAN, M.D.

“As a pediatrician I was disturbed to read Vicki Hearne’s assertion that there are no bad breeds, just bad dogs (Op-Ed, April 15). There is ample evidence to suggest that certain breeds of dogs are more dangerous to children than others.

From 1979 to 1994, there were 177 known dog-bite-related fatalities in the United States. Of these fatalities, 66 percent were caused by five breeds: pit bull, Rottweiler, shepherd, husky and malamute.

If you include crosses among these five breeds, that number rises to 82 percent. Other breeds, like Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers were not implicated in a single fatality during this same period.

I laud the American Kennel Club’s attempt to include information about dog breeds considered ”not good with children” in the coming edition of ”The Complete Dog Book,” and lament the fact that the book is being recalled at the request of some breeders.
Seattle, April 16, 1998″

http://globalhealth.washington.edu/faculty/robert-newman


DR. PATRICK BYRNE, Johns Hopkins Hospital

“I can’t think of a single injury of this nature that was incurred by any other species other than a pit bull or a rottweiler.”

Dr. Chagnon has every right to leave our town as she claims she will if pit bulls are banned, just like every one of her patients has the right not to attend her clinic where she brings her pit bulls.

I applaud Mayor Pro Tem Joanne Sanders for bringing this issue to the forefront. In the interest of public safety, I recommend we enforce a spay/neuter requirement on pit bulls while reviewing and revamping all of our policies relating to animal bites.

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/facial_plastic_reconstructive_surgery/index.html


BONNIE V. BEAVER, BS, DVM, MS, DACVB, Professor and Chief of Medicine, Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University

Executive Director, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
By its origin, a pit bull is a fighting dog that takes very little stimulus to initiate aggression, and it will continue to fight regardless of what happens.

Pit bulldogs have been responsible for about 70 percent of the deaths of humans killed by dogs since 1979.

The AVMA warns veterinarians to be careful about supplying behavioral evaluations of dogs for insurance purposes.

“It’s risky for veterinarians,” said Dr. Beaver, explaining that there are many situations in which a dog may behave aggressively, and temperament tests can’t rule out the possibility of aggression. “You don’t have temperament tests that can identify all possibilities.”

http://vetmed.tamu.edu/directorydetail?UserID=958


COLLEEN HODGES, Veterinary Public Health spokeswoman

“Some families think that they can raise a loving pet if they treat a pit bull like any other dog. They may not realize that the dog was bred to fight and that some of these dogs may have fighting in their genes.
They are tough, strong, tenacious. They are much more capable of inflicting serious damage, and some of them do. I would not recommend pits as a family dog.”

https://www.google.com/search?q=ARTHUR+HERM&oq=ARTHUR+HERM&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j0l5.2453j0j8&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8#q=COLLEEN+HODGES%2C+Veterinary+Public+Health+spokeswoman


TRISH KING, Director, Behavior & Training Dept. Marin Humane Society

“There is no direct eye contact or very little direct eye contact. It is very quick and over with. Which is one reason why with pit bulls and rottweilers, we have problems. Because they’re bred to do direct eye contact and so they are off putting to other dogs and actually scary to other dogs.”

The fourth undesirable characteristic – arousal or excitement – is actually the most problematic. Many bully dogs cannot seem to calm themselves down once they get excited. And once they get excited all their behaviors are exacerbated.

Thus, if a dog is over-confident and has a tendency to body slam or mount, he or she will really crash into the other dog or person when he’s aroused, sometimes inadvertently causing injury. He may begin to play-bite, and then bite harder and harder and harder.

When you try to stop the behavior, the dog often becomes even more “aggressive.” In this way, play can turn into aggression fairly quickly. Research on the brain has shown that excited play has exactly the same chemistry as extreme anger. This allows a play behavior to switch quickly into aggression. And, once the dog has become aggressive a few times, the switch is much easier.

http://www.marinhumanesociety.org/site/c.aiIOI3NLKgKYF/b.7639481/k.BAC9/Behavior__Training.htm


DIANE JESSUP, pit bull expert, breeder, former ACO

“Jessup, the animal control officer in Olympia, uses two pit bulls to train police and animal control officers on surviving dogs attacks.
Unlike dogs who are nippers and rippers, her pit bulls are typically “grippers” who bite down and hang onto their victims.”

Jessup believes that much of dog behavior comes from their genes. “I truly believe that a dog is about 90% genetics,” says Jessup.
on protection sports

This difference in “sheepdog versus bulldog” mentality in a trainer is best understood when training the “out!” or release command. It is common practice for those training shepherds and sheepdog types to use force such as hard leash corrections or electric shock to get the dog to release the sleeve.

Sadly, I had one young man come to me because a club trainer was slugging his little Am Staff female in the nose, till she bled, trying to get her to release the sleeve.

She would not! And of course she would not! She was a good little bulldog, hanging on for dear life, just as her bull and bear baiting ancestors of old did.

She was a super little gripping dog, who took the pain she experienced as just “part of the job” once her owner set her upon the sleeve. And this is the response from well bred pit bulldogs—to ignore pain while gripping. It is, after all, what they are bred for! Give me a bulldog like her, rather than one which will allow itself to be yanked off the sleeve due to pain.

http://www.workingpitbull.com/


MICHAEL BURNS, Los Angeles Animal Control Lt.

“You have a dog that has aggressive tendencies enhanced through constant and incestuous breeding. If there are some recessive genes on the aggressive or psychotic side, they will make themselves manifest.

They are different. There’s an absence of the normal sounds a dog makes when it attacks. It’s almost a workmanlike way they hold on in an attack. It’s a persistence I haven’t seen in any other breed.”

http://articles.latimes.com/1987-06-23/local/me-10085_1_pit-bull


KURT LAPHAM, a field investigator for the West Coast Regional office of the Humane Society

“Most breeds do not multiple-bite. A pit bull attack is like a shark attack: He keeps coming back.”

http://articles.latimes.com/1988-03-11/local/me-1099_1_vicious-dog-law


DAVID GENDREGSKE, Clare County MI Animal Control Director

“In my opinion they appeal to the most irresponsible pet owners and to younger people,”

“The younger people have no jobs to support the animal, or they have to move where animals aren’t allowed and (the dogs) end up here.” Certain people like pit bulls because they are intimidating, he said. “They want to scare people. It’s an intimidation thing.

They’re number one with those being incarcerated. If there’s a dog left behind (when someone is sentenced to jail or prison), it’s always a pit bull,” he said. He cited the time a pit bull got out of a car and attacked a horse.

He was pulled off, but he went back and grabbed the throat. He was pulled off again and again and went back after different parts of the horse. “What kind of a dog but a pit bull would do that?” he asked. “All dogs can bite but not with that ferocity. “ Some people will say that how a pit bull acts and reacts is dependent upon how the dog is raised, he said.

“But he was raised to kill for centuries,” he said. “You can’t breed it out in one generation.” If the popularity of pit bulls is a fad, it’s a long term one, he said. “I keep seeing more and more pit bulls,” he said. “It’s getting worse.”

Pit bulls, he said, are not good as a working dog, except for perhaps wild boar hunting. “And they’re not one of the smarter breeds,” he said, despite other’s beliefs that they are intelligent.

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/david-gendregske/14/920/aa2


VICTORIA STILWELL, celebrity dog trainer

“Presas are not to be fooled with, they’re dangerous. You’ve got a fighting breed here. You’ve got a dog that was bred for fighting. You’ve got one of the most difficult breeds to handle.”

https://positively.com/


CESAR MILAN, celebrity dog trainer

“Yeah, but this is a different breed…the power that comes behind bull dog, pit bull, presa canario, the fighting breed – They have an extra boost, they can go into a zone, they don’t feel the pain anymore. He is using the bulldog in him, which is way too powerful, so we have to ‘make him dog’ (I guess as in a “regular” dog) so we can actually create the limits. So if you are trying to create submission in a fighting breed, it’s not going to happen. They would rather die than surrender.”. If you add pain, it only infuriates them..to them pain is that adrenaline rush, they are looking forward to that, they are addicted to it…That’s why they are such great fighters.” Cesar goes on to say…”Especially with fighting breeds, you’re going to have these explosions over and over because there’s no limits in their brain.”

https://www.facebook.com/jeffreydborchardt/posts/729728010415472


GARRETT RUSSO, dog trainer

“I estimate Medical & Veterinary bills related to injuries caused by pit bulls in the Tompkins Square dog run in 2011, $140,000.00. Estimated Medical (human) & Veterinary (canine) bills from all other breeds and mixed breeds combined during the same period, $5,000.00.” (Estimate gathered from reports to by owners to the dog park association.)

http://cravendesires.blogspot.com/2013/04/pitbull-attack-burnaby-fraser-foreshore.html


STEVE DUNO, dog trainer, pit bull owner

“The dogs that participated in these attacks weren’t Pekingese. You don’t have herds of Pekingese roaming the city attacking people. When someone says all breeds are created equal, well then they’re denying the definition of what a breed is. Breed serves a particular purpose.”

“I like them. They’re eager. They’re athletic. They’re aesthetically pleasing. But even if they’re bred perfectly, they can be problematic, particularly with other dogs.”

“When you combine the breed specific behaviors … with owners who either don’t give a rip, or with owners who (have) too much dog, you have a problem.”

http://www.amazon.com/Last-Dog-Hill-Extraordinary-Life/dp/0312600496


JEAN DONALDSON, dog trainer

“Most commonly, she sees dogs with aggression problems. While she’s a fierce opponent of “breed bans” like the proposed outlawing of pit bulls that San Francisco debated two years ago, she believes it’s undeniable that some breeds are predisposed to violence. Many breeds that were bred as guardians or fighting dogs were carefully designed to not like strangers, she says. She thinks it’s disingenuous of breeders to further enhance this trait, and then expect owners to compensate with training.”

https://www.academyfordogtrainers.com/


ARLENE STERLING, Newaygo County, MI Chief Animal Control Officer

“It is genetically inbred in them to be aggressive. They can be very nice dogs, but they are very prey driven and they are extremely strong. It makes them high risk dogs and it makes them extremely dangerous.”

http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2010/10/newaygo_county_animal_control.html


BOB KERRIDGE, New Zealand SPCA executive director

“That is the only real way to solve this problem – is to license owners and to give them the responsibility that goes with owning a dog. It would be extremely useful when you have a neighbour who is concerned about that dog next door. You can look at it and see they don’t have a license and take it away. That’s owner responsibility.”

“We led the charge to stop the importation of the pitbull because of the concerns they would be crossbred with other dogs… But there’s not a lot we can do about that because it’s happened. We wish someone had listened all those years ago.”

http://www.spca.org.nz/Aboutus/staff.aspx


JIM CROSBY, pit bull hired gun

“Line breeding tends to concentrate recessive traits. The propensity for violent attacks by a dog would be a recessive trait.”

http://blog.dogsbite.org/2008/07/comment-anatomy-of-whitewash.html


DIANE JESSUP, Washington pit bull owner and expert

“It’s not sensible to get an animal bred for bringing a 2,000-pound bull to its knees and say I’m going to treat this like a soft-mouth Labrador,” says Jessup, the former animal-control officer. She blames novice owners, as much as actual criminals, for bringing the breed into disrepute. “It’s a capable animal, and it’s got to be treated as such.”

http://www.workingpitbull.com/


JOHN ROCKHOLT, South Carolina dogman

“It’s inhumane not to allow them to fight. If you have to encourage them to fight they are not worth the powder it would take to blow them away. To never allow them any kind of combat…That’s inhumane.”

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=325047790928228&story_fbid=427290017370671


RAY BROWN, former pit bull owner, breeder, dog fighter

Pit bulls didn’t become dangerous because we fight them; we fight them because the English specifically bred them to be dangerous.

http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/25914746/deputies-dog-attacks-woman-kills-her-dog-in-jonesville


MARK PAULHUS, HSUS southeast regional coordinator

If it chooses to attack, it’s the most ferocious of all dogs. I’ve never known of a pit bull that could be called off (during a fight). They lose themselves in the fight.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcpaulhus


F.L. DANTZLER, HSUS director of field services

“They’re borderline dogs. They’re right on the edge all of the time. Even if the dogs are not trained or used for fighting, and even though they are generally good with people, their bloodline makes them prone to violence.”

http://www.ksfy.com/story/25617400/dog-attack


JOHN FAUL, animal behaviorist

Faul said they were dangerous and a threat to life. He said the pit bull was bred to be absolutely fearless and had a “hair-trigger” attack response.

“The cardinal rule is that these dogs are not pets,” he said.

“The only way to keep them is in a working environment.”

He said the only relationship one could have with the pit bull was one of “dominance, sub-dominance”, in which the dog was reminded daily of its position.

http://www.caninefeline.co.za/about.html


ANDREW ROWAN, PhD, Tufts Center for Animals

“A pit bull is trained to inflict the maximum amount of damage in the shortest amount of time. Other dogs bite and hold. A Doberman or a German shepherd won’t tear if you stand still.

A pit bull is more likely to remove a piece of tissue. Dogs fight as a last resort under most circumstances. But a pit bull will attack without warning. If a dog shows a submissive characteristic, such as rolling over most dogs wills top their attack. A pit bull will disembowel its victim.”

“A study by Dr Randall Lockwood of the US Humane Society found that pit bulls are more likely to break restraints to attack someone and that pit bulls are more likely to attack their owners, possibly as a result of owners trying to separate their dogs from victims.”

Jørn Våge, Tina B Bønsdorff, Ellen Arnet, Aage Tverdal and Frode Lingaas, Differential gene expression in brain tissues of aggressive and non-aggressive dogs
The domestic dog (Canis familiaris), with its more than 400 recognised breeds [1], displays great variation in behaviour phenotypes.

Favourable behaviour is important for well-being and negative traits such as aggression may ruin the owner-dog relationship and lead to relinquishment to shelters or even euthanasia of otherwise healthy dogs [2,3].

Behavioural traits result from an interaction of both genetic and environmental factors. Breed specific behavioural traits such as hunting, herding and calmness/aggression are, however, evidence of a large genetic component and specific behaviours show high heritabilities [4-8].

http://www.humanesociety.org/about/leadership/executive_staff/andrew_rowan.html


ALAN BECK, Sc.D

However, Alan Beck, director of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine Center of the Human-Animal Bond, favors letting the breed go into extinction.

“This breed alone is a risk of serious public health factors,” Beck said. “We are keeping them alive against their own best interests.”

Beck said while he does not advocate taking dogs from current and caring owners, he does feel that it has become more of a social and political issue for people than a health one.

“If these dogs were carrying an actual disease, people would advocate euthanizing them,” Beck said. “This breed itself is not natural.”

“It has this sort of mystique that attracts a population of people. Of course, most of these dogs are never going to bite, as champions of the breed will tell you. But most people who smoke don’t get cancer, but we know regulations help reduce a significant risk.”

“I know you’re going to get beat up for this. But they just aren’t good dogs to own. That’s why so many of them are relinquished to shelters. There are too many other breeds out there to take a chance on these guys.”

http://www.vet.purdue.edu/directory/person.php?id=64


MERRITT CLIFTON, journalist, Animal People editor

There are very few people, if any, who have written more on behalf of dogs over the past 40-odd years than I have, or spent more time down the back alleys of the developing world observing dogs in the habitats in which normal dogs came to co-evolve with humans.

But appreciation of the ecological roles of street dogs & coyotes, exposing dog-eating and puppy mills, opposition to indiscriminate lethal animal control, introduction of high-volume low-cost spay/neuter and anti-rabies vaccination, introduction of online adoption promotion, encouraging the formation of thousands of new humane societies worldwide, etc., are not to be confused with pit bull advocacy.

Pit bull advocacy is not defending dogs; it is defending the serial killers of the dog world, who kill, injure, and give bad reputations to all the rest. Indeed, pit bull advocacy, because it erodes public trust in dogs and people who care about dogs, stands a good chance of superseding rabies as the single greatest threat to the health, well-being, and human appreciation of all dogs worldwide.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifton_report

http://www.animals24-7.org/


STANLEY COREN, PhD

“A dog’s breed tells us a lot about that dog’s genetic heritage and makeup. Genetics is a strong determinant of personality. In the absence of any other information, we can make a reasonable prediction about how the dog will behave based upon its breed.” p 84

“When we crossbreed, we lose some of that predictability, since which genes will be passed on by each parent and how they will combine is a matter of chance. Fortunately, there is some data to suggest that we can still make predispositions without knowing much about its parentage.

John Paul Scott and John L Fuller carried out a series of selective breeding experiments at the Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbor, Maine. By happy chance, their results revealed a simple rule that seems to work. Their general conclusion was that a mixed breed dog is most likely to act like the breed that it most looks like.” p 77

Dog trainers/animal control, Pit Bull breeders, owners, fanciers, experts
Behaviorists/veterinarians

http://www.psychologytoday.com/experts/stanley-coren-phd-frsc


RANDALL LOCKWOOD, PhD

Randall Lockwood, who said he has witnessed the best and worst of pit bulls, said illegal dog-fighting is perpetuating dogs that are hazards to humans and other animals. Shaped by dog-fight enthusiasts, they are “a perversion of everything normal dogs should do. What they’ve created is a canine psychopath.”

“Fighting dogs lie all the time. I experienced it first hand when I was investigating three pit bulls that killed a little boy in Georgia. When I went up to do an initial evaluation of the dog’s behavior, the dog came up to the front of the fence, gave me a nice little tail wag and a “play bow” — a little solicitation, a little greeting. As I got closer, he lunged for my face.”

The pit bull, in its purebred or mixed form, has been responsible for most of the fatal dog attacks on humans in the last two years. In 1987, there were eight deaths from dog attacks in the country, and seven involved pit bulls. In 1986, there were 13 deaths, seven involving pit bulls. But pit bulls have been victimized by hype.

The dogs are no strangers to ordinances. A pit bull ban was passed in London in the 1400s.

These dogs can be canine crocodiles. They have a dark and bloody history.

In the United States, pets are considered property in the eyes of the law. And one of the most hotly defended rights of the individual is the right to own anything, no matter how stupid or dangerous the choice — even when what someone wants to own is a threat to them, their family, and the community around them.

http://www.oxfordanimalethics.com/2012/06/randall-lockwood/


FRANKLIN LOEW, dean of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine

“I’m not aware of any other breed of animal that has ever been singled out this way. This is man biting dog.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_M._Loew


HUGH WIRTH, veterinarian

RSPCA Victoria president Dr Hugh Wirth said the dogs were a menace and were not suitable as pets for anyone.

“They are time bombs waiting for the right circumstances.”

“The American pit bull terrier is lethal because it was a breed that was developed purely for dog fighting, in other words killing the opposition.

“They should never have been allowed into the country. They are an absolute menace.”

“The fact of life is that the community doesn’t want American pit bull terriers. They’ve said it loud and clear over and over again – they want them banned.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Wirth


GRAEME SMITH, veterinarian

“My views about associating a breed with dangerous behaviours were challenged over time as I saw the impact of Pit Bull attacks. Talking to owners with dogs of this breed who have themselves been turned on, it became clear that these animals are unpredictable and when they attack they can cause serious injury or death.”

“It is very hard to give Pit Bulls the benefit of the doubt.
Avoiding the identification of dogs and their behaviours by their breed means the legislation in place can be such that allows these Pit Bulls “one free bite.” This “one free bite” can have fatal consequences.”

If it looks like a Pit Bull, it is a Pit Bull.
What’s at stake is the safety of people and their own pets in the wider community, there is no room for gambling with an unpredictable animal.

And that is so often the case. No one knows where these dogs are until they come out and cause some form of grief. My position is about protecting the public and other animals from these animals.

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/graeme-smith/13/355/56b


NICHOLAS DODMAN, BVMS, ACVB, ACVA

“Rottweilers were originally bred to guard the money of peasants returning home from the city of Rottweil in Germany, so their fierceness was prized. Staffordshire bull terriers and pit bulls were programmed to deliver a full crushing bite to the noses of bulls. “They’re locked and loaded,” as Dodman puts it.”

on breed profiling
But Dodman defends the practice. “The insurance companies have no ax to grind,” he says. They base their decisions on actuarial statistics showing that certain breeds in certain homes are a recipe for trouble and the cause of lawsuits.

on the MA muzzling law
After a spate of attacks by pit bulls this summer, Massachusetts lawmakers passed legislation requiring the dogs to be muzzled in public. Some pit bull owners protested, but a Tufts expert says the law may be a good idea. Breeds like pit bulls and Rottweilers, says animal behavior expert Nick Dodman, are hardwired for aggression.

“Some of these dogs are as dangerous as a loaded handgun,” Dodman– director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at TuftsSchool of Veterinary Medicine – said in an interview with The Boston Globe Magazine.

Genetics play a big role.

“No doubt about it, pit bulls are genetically predisposed toward aggression,” he told the magazine. “Justas certain breeds of dogs were bred to herd, certain were bred to hunt, certain to point, and others to swim.”

While most pet owners accept that their dogs have certain genetic behavioral characteristics, there is still resistance to the idea that some dogs are more dangerous than others.

“Everybody accepts [genetic behaviors like herding or hunting] until you throw in the word ‘aggression’ and things like a full, crushing bite, which some breeds were specifically bred for in the past.”

Statistics on dog attacks reinforce the link between certain dogs and dangerous behavior.

“It’s like a scene from “Casablanca” when they say, ‘Roundup the usual suspects,’” Dodman told the Globe.“It’s always German shepherds, chow, husky, pit bull.The numbers do the talking.”

He added that pit bulls and Rottweilers alone account for more than 50 percent of the fatal dog attacks every year. Despite the danger, the owners of these dogs often fail to take proper precautions.

“A lot of owners of aggressive breeds are suffering from denial and ignorance, because no one wants to be fingered as having that kind of dog,” Dodman said.

“Genetics does play a role and people who think it doesn’t are kidding themselves,” says Dodman. “The pit bull is notorious for a very hard bite. They are always No. 1 in the lethal dog bite parade. The dog was bred for pit fighting. It was bred to never give up, to bite and hang on.”

http://vet.tufts.edu/behavior/staff.shtml


KATHERINE HOUPT, VMD, PhD, DACVB

Says Katherine Houpt, director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cornell and author of Domestic Animal Behavior: “Different breeds have genetic predispositions to certain kinds of behavior, though that can be influenced by how they are raised. The pit bull is an innately aggressive breed, often owned by someone who wants an aggressive dog, so they’re going to encourage it.”

“I have seen so many pit bulls taken by very nice, very dog-savvy people who did all the right things,” said Houpt. “They take them to socialization class, they take them to obedience school, they are fine for a few years, and then they kill the neighbor’s dog.”

http://abcofnm.com/


 

http://thetruthaboutpitbulls.blogspot.com/2013_09_01_archive.html

http://thetruthaboutpitbulls.blogspot.com/2012_07_01_archive.html