Becca Crovello-Anderson Stalks Victims Of Pit Bull Attacks – Daniel Rayborn Beats Attempted Murder Charge

Link to Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/Daniel.Rayborn

Saline, Louisiana

Original comments exposed here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/240277562791489/permalink/828120310673875/

Link to Becca’s Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/rebecca.andersoncrovello

Where ever you go, there you are, Jesus is the way and the only way to the father,Praise Jesus, PIT

Related posts:

“Hounded, and THE SCREENSHOT”, written by Jeff Borchardt: http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2014/12/hounded/

Taylor Moore from Lansing, MI Is Off Her Meds – Pit Bull Advocate Talking Points Debunked, Again

Taylor Moore from Lansing, Michigan did a thesis on pit bulls and decided to educate a Facebook page dedicated to victims of pit bull attacks.

I’ll add my commentary and links at the end.





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Wow, what a hateful, ignorant website full of lies. You should be ashamed of yourself!


Thank you for your message we will respond as soon as possible. We are committed to research and building life saving data from information gathered from dangerous dog attacks.
You’re not too smart are you??

I have 7 degrees lmfao
And spent an entire thesis about pitbulls
So I think you need to be asking yourself that
Unlike yourself, I went straight to credible, unbiased sources, not that dogbites.org garbage (1)
Do you know anything about colleen, the woman that wrote it?
If you did, you would be embarrassed to admit you used her lies and hate speech as support. Do you know anything about the breed? If you did, you’d know that the REALITY of the breed is the exact opposite of what you’re saying.
I will refrain from going down my list of degrees, but because part of them includes operating on people when they come into my trauma unit, I had to take class upon class upon class on how to decipher and analyze data.
Including sources, composition, presentation, etc. There is not one single credible information on the Internet bc it does not exist supporting your statements that pitbulls (I use that term loosely) are factually and genetically any of the things you say they are.

Did you include that pit bulls used to be nanny dogs in your thesis?


How is that relevant?
Mine was about breed specific legislation, how it is absolutely nothing but hateful bullshit and how the hatred for pitbulls is unfounded, unsupported and unproven.
As I said and will say again, please tell me how you are more educated, intelligent and qualified than me to make such hateful statements. I’m all ears. Please also tell me anything you think you know as fact about this breed that supports your claim and where you got the information from. I have thousands of pages to refute everything, so bring it on. If you’re going to put this kind of nonsense out there, be prepared to be challenged. Oh and the shit that comes from dogsbite dot org is not considered legit, so your sources need to come from elsewhere. For example, one of mine is the centers for diseases control. Yes! Our own, biggest research facility and government entity specifically for things such as infectious disease and dog bites. (2)

 I’m asking you a question. Did you or did you not include in your thesis that pit bulls used to be nanny dogs?

It was included that their history was widely centered around families and children
Nanny dog is a difficult term to use, specifically bc it implies the wrong thing

Oh, OK. Good to know. How much of your thesis included their history, heritage and role in dogfighting?


Could you be more specific? I’m happy to answer what I can, but my project was very long, so I could be here for hours lol

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He was rescued from the heart of flint, mi, smack dab in the ghetto from a let’s just say questionable individual. (6)
He is now my service animal. (7)
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He was also taken from a bad situation


How much more specific do I need to be? Who was Chauncey Z Bennett and what is his significance to pit bulls? John P. Colby? What is his significance to the AKC?


I have a pack of 12 dogs, sometimes 13. 3 of which are pits
Bennett is the kennel club guy (3)
I think
If I remember correctly, colby is the guy that bred his dogs to fight or something along those lines
Something to do with one of his dogs attacking someone (4)

LOL! “The kennel club guy?” You “think?” Alright then. Moving on to John P Colby? Can you tell me more about his relation to the AKC? Specifically what happened in 1936?

 Mam, I literally just woke up. Bare with me as I also have extremely bad adhd and have not taken my meds yet, sad as that is to say lol
Bennett is the kennel club guy
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If you’re being serious, I absolutely will
If this is a battle you want to fight, prepare to be destroyed. Lol
Finish him! *mortal kombat voice* 😂😂
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One of colbys dogs killed his nephew
That guy

7 degrees and still knows nothing about inherently dangerous dogs.

How are they inherently dangerous?
Literally what I’m saying to you is that they are not inherently dangerous. That is false
Our own government, which would profit from saying such things, has even come out and flat out said pitbulls are not “dangerous” dogs and breed restrictions do nothing
You also haven’t factored into anything the population and statistics that go accordingly (8)
And if I know nothing, please, as I’ve asked, tell me how you are more intelligent and educated than me. I accept there are people far smarter than I and I am absolutely willing to listen and hear out their argument with supporting information.

If you do not understand selective breeding and breed traits you have NO understanding of dogs. This is very basic, it is not complicated. Seems the only people who do not understand are Pit Bull advocates. They have to ignore so much or lie to advocate for these inherently dangerous dogs.

Before I even began rescuing dogs, especially pits, you don’t think I sat down and thought long and hard about what I was about to get myself into? I had to accept the reality that once I started this mission and opened Pandoras box on pits, I could very well find information I didn’t want to see bc it could leave me in a position where the evidence was overwhelming
Ok, what do u think you know about selective breeding and how they are so inherently dangerous

You have failed the very basic knowledge of dogs and you came to educate us. Sorry you have a lot to learn.

I haven’t even started lol what are you talking about?
You asked about an incident from 100 years ago
You have come up with circumstantial ifs. Nothing more
I can provide a litany of stone cold research and facts that contradict everything you’re trying to say about something someone did a long time ago and the breed, today.
Are you an animal behaviorist? Have you worked rescue? Have you engaged in alpha pack behavior and understand how to read animals?

The only way you can rescue Pit Bulls is to support mandatory Spay/Neuter its not rocket science. You’re just playing a game of never ending suffering for these dogs and their victims. Rescue is not what your doing our shelters are flooded with these dogs.

Do more pits need to be fixed? Absofuckinglutely
Is their over breeding an issue? Damn right it is.
I agree 1000% (9)

All pits need to be fixed. They are a man made mistake.

However, if you look at the representation of their breed amongst the population and bite statistics, (2) even if you factor in the skewed ones, their percentage is still lower than most breeds

So go out there and harass the breeders you have nothing useful for us. We are way ahead of you.

The other problem is that dogs are constantly labeled as pitbulls. (5) There’s no such thing as a “pitbull”. But, bc a dog has a remotely similar feature, they get labeled as such and further incorrectly add to the stats.
No lol you’re not. I’m still waiting to hear how you’re ahead of me
Tell me how you surpass my years and years of education and field work in this matter

You have no idea what the problem is, you don’t even understand selective breeding and breed traits or inherently dangerous dogs.

You cant. You are absolutely entitled to an opinion of this breed, but don’t misrepsent it as fact and perpetuate hatred, resulting in the abuse of animals everyday that aren’t even pits. I know exactly what everything you said is and the problem.




My commentary and links:

You literally could not make this stuff up. I don’t blame Taylor for her ignorance, I blame the professional pit bull advocates and the countless organizations that are all part of the $60 BILLION dollar per year pet care and supply industry. This industry does not want to see any part of their cash cow regulated, in any way, whatsoever.
I’ve been accused by pit bull activists of being a copy and paste king. But I ask you, am I supposed to waste my time retyping the same debunked arguments these morons spout over and over and over? Will they even read it? Nope. Will I have to repeat myself? Probably so. Will they have an epiphany and realize they are keeping a ticking time bomb as a “pet?” No. They’ll just call me a “hater” and “ignorant.” So let’s commence with the copy and pasting now.

1. “Unlike yourself, I went straight to credible, unbiased sources, not that dogbites.org garbage”

DogsBite.org is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. They are the oldest and largest nonprofit committed to putting the safety of humans before dogs, as they are one of the few sources of information on this topic (pay attention to this next part because it is important) 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.


2.  “For example, one of mine is the centers for diseases control. Yes! Our own, biggest research facility and government entity specifically for things such as infectious disease and dog bites”

“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.”

Read more: http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2014/07/non-profits-urge-cdc-resume-collecting-richer-data-set-for-dog-bite-fatalities/

More from our recommendations document: 

The purpose of a breed-specific ordinance, nearly always targeting pit bulls, was never to “prevent all dog bites,” as the AVMA/CDC states in the 2000 study. Such laws are designed to significantly reduce the 5% (serious injuries) and eliminate the 2% (mauling and maiming injuries and deaths) inflicted by well-documented dangerous dog breeds.

Read more: http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/2014/07/non-profits-urge-cdc-resume-collecting-richer-data-set-for-dog-bite-fatalities/

Briefly, the joint study, and the last issued by the CDC on this subject, “Special Report: Breeds of Dogs Involved in Fatal Human Attacks in the United States Between 1979 and 1998,” was published in September 2000. The study was comprised of two human medical doctors and three animal “experts,” specifically, two veterinarians from the AVMA and one animal behaviorist.

The 2000 study was a culmination of three studies before it, which added 27 new deaths (from 1997 and 1998) to human fatalities examined in previous studies (from 1979 to 1996). The focal point of the 2000 study is clearly identified in its conclusions, which issued a policy statement unfavorable to breed-specific laws, despite no investigation of its effectiveness, along with using misleading vernacular about the purpose of breed-specific ordinances, which was and still is to dramatically reduce serious injuries and to eliminate mauling and maiming injuries and deaths.

Our other primary concern is the heavily weighted role of the AVMA in a United States government study examining human fatalities. Not only did the AVMA manage to ensure animal “experts” were represented on a study about health and human safety, they managed to ensure they were the majority of the study authors.

Additionally, when the study was released in 2000, it was not directly released to the American public. Instead, it was published in an AVMA journal (JAVMA), a private technical journal for veterinarians. This confused the U.S. media at that time, which initially called the study, “by the American Veterinary Medical Association.”

The AVMA even had to release a statement, along with a copyright notice to press members who requested a copy (attached). The “Special Report” to the American people could not even be freely distributed due to the AVMA copyright.

Now 14-years later, the AVMA/CDC study has been abruptly elevated into the public eye once again, this time by the White House, for political purposes or simply lack of knowledge. It is possible that the White House is even unaware that all three military divisions, the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force, have adopted uniform pet policies that ban this same handful of dog breeds from all privatized housing, domestic and abroad. Col. Richard P. Flatau Jr., commanding officer of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, stated the reason why most aptly in April 2009 following Camp Lejeune’s policy shift:

“These specific breeds present an unreasonable risk to the health and safety of our residents and are therefore prohibited.”

The CDC will tell you that they already did examine this issue. They will point you to the “policy” results of the dated 2000 study.

Yet, in the 2000 study, the CDC made the following statement, which diametrically opposes their rabies initiative of a large-scale apparatus to “prevent just one death,” as well as the very foundation of public health.

“Fatal attacks represent a small proportion of dog bite injuries to humans and, therefore, should not be the primary factor driving public policy concerning dangerous dogs. Many practical alternatives to breed-specific ordinances exist and hold promise for prevention of dog bites.”

Click here to read full CDC remedy document: http://www.dogsbite.org/pdf/dogsbiteorg-cdc-remedies-dog-maulings-and-fatalities.pdf

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What can a person do to make a difference? Each of you can do what Jeff Borchardt did. Contact your U.S. Representative or Senator and bring this issue to their attention. The CDC is fully aware that they are not providing sufficient information to the American public about this issue, and the CDC, whose mission is to protect America from health, safety and security threats, is turning a blind eye to a known danger that victimizes children the most.

Read more: http://blog.dogsbite.org/2014/07/nonprofits-urge-cdc-track-richer-data-for-dog-bite-fatalities.html


3. “The kennel club guy”

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, (by Chauncey Z. Bennett, “the kennel club guy”) 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/


4. “If I remember correctly, colby is the guy that bred his dogs to fight or something along those lines. Something to do with one of his dogs attacking someone”

“Human aggressive pit bulls were culled”

Did John P. Colby cull the pit bull that killed his nephew? This is unknown. What is known is that Colby produced man-biters, such as the one that savaged Bert Colby Leadbetter, continued to breed fighting dogs and continued to fight his dogs long after 1909. The death of his nephew did not slow his breeding business down, which continues today over 100 years later. Sadly, Colby and friends likely referred to the incident as a “yard accident” not long afterward.

Read more: http://blog.dogsbite.org/2010/05/1909-fatality-john-p-colbys-fighting.html?m=1

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The American Staffordshire Terrier is in fact the same dog as an American Pit Bull Terrier, but registered by a different kennel club. At the turn of the 20th century, the pit bull breeders wanted the respectability of AKC recognition, but the AKC was reluctant to register fighting dogs. The AKC finally recognized the American Pit Bull Terrier in 1936 after decades of lobbying by pit bull breeders. John P. Colby’s champion fighter, American Pit Bull Terrier ‘Primo’, formed the basis for the breed standard of the ‘new‘ AKC breed – but the AKC wasn’t willing to have the word ‘pit bull’ in the ‘ new’ breed’s name. The ‘new’ pit bull breed was dubbed ‘the Staffordshire Terrier’ in order to hide its relation to the pit bull and its origins and history in the fighting pit. The breed’s name was changed again to American Staffordshire Terrier in 1972, to distinguish the larger American version from the smaller English version (which kept the name ‘Staffordshire Bull Terrier’). In 1972, the breed register was also re-opened for a time to allow people to register their UKC registered pit bull as an American Staffordshire Terrier if they regretted not having done so earlier.

Read more: http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/american-staffordshire-terrier/


5. “The other problem is that dogs are constantly labeled as pitbulls”

But not yours, right Taylor?

This talking point is a favorite but has no basis in fact. Appellate courts state, “a dog owner of ordinary intelligence can identify a pit bull.” We find this decision in the Ohio Supreme Court ruling, Ohio State v. Anderson (1991) and similar language in other jurisdictions as well, including Colorado, Florida and New Mexico. Below are excerpts from appellate court decisions.

State v. Anderson, 57 Ohio St. 3d 168 – Ohio: Supreme Court 1991
Pit bull dogs possess unique and readily identifiable physical and behavioral traits which are capable of recognition both by dog owners of ordinary intelligence and by enforcement personnel. Consistent and detailed descriptions of the pit bull dog may be found in canine guidebooks, general reference books, state statutes and local ordinances, and state and federal case law dealing with pit bull legislation. By reference to these sources, a dog owner of ordinary intelligence can determine if he does in fact own a dog commonly known as a pit bull dog within the meaning of R.C. 955.11 (A)(4)(a)(iii). Similarly, by reference to these sources, dog wardens, police officers, judges, and juries can enforce the statute fairly and evenhandedly. – Ohio Supreme Court

American Dog Owners Ass’n v. Dade County, Fla., 728 F. Supp. 1533 – Dist. Court, SD Florida 1989
Despite the absence of scientific testing procedures for dog breeds, however, and the absence of pedigree in the majority of dogs owned in Dade County, the evidence demonstrated that the majority of dog owners know the breed of their dogs … Veterinarians opine that ordinary citizens may be trained to identify the breed of a dog based on the dog’s physical appearance. In fact, one resident of the County gave testimony that he was able to determine the breed of the dog he owned after comparing its physical conformation to that of other pit bulls he had seen in the media … The AKC or UKC standards at issue describe the pit bull dog as well as words can do. (T.R. at 406). Most of the terms in the standards are understandable to reasonably intelligent persons. – United States District Court, S.D. Florida

2011 – Court of Appeals of Kansas
State v. Lee, 257 P. 3d 799 – Kan: Court of Appeals 2011
Given the holding in Hearn, the common meaning of the term “predominantly” as used in the ordinance, and the existence of physical characteristics that make the breed of these dogs recognizable upon visual observation by an owner, veterinarian, or breeder, we conclude as a matter of law that the ordinance sufficiently conveys a definite warning and fair notice of the proscribed conduct and adequately guards against arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement.– Court of Appeals of Kansas

2009 – United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
Dias v. City and County of Denver, 567 F. 3d 1169 – Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit 2009
The Ordinance provides a clear standard to determine violations—it references breed standards articulated by the American Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club. Denver, Colo., Ordinances § 8-55. The City of Denver keeps a copy of these standards on file at their office for reference by the public, id., and the breed standards are available online athttp://www.akc.org (American Kennel Club) and http://www.ukcdogs.com (United Kennel Club). Although the standards are somewhat scientific in scope, they are not so scientific that a person of ordinary intelligence would be unable to understand their meaning. The Ordinance, therefore, certainly specifies a normative standard to which members of the public can conform their conduct. – United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

2007 – United States District Court, N.D. California
American Canine Foundation v. Sun, Dist. Court, ND California 2007
In any event, given that the Ordinance, on its face, applies to, inter alia, “any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, [or] Staffordshire Bull Terrier” and provides that the “AKC and UKC standards for [those] breeds are listed on their websites as well as online through the Animal Care and Control Department`s [ ] website,” see San Francisco Health Code § 43(a), it is difficult to imagine, at least with respect to purebred specimens, how the breed could be identified more precisely in the Ordinance. Indeed, courts regularly have rejected vagueness challenges to ordinances, on similar grounds, albeit based on an evidentiary record. See, e.g., American Dog Owners Ass`n v. Dade County, Florida, 728 F. Supp. 1533, 1541-42 (S.D. Fla. 1989) (rejecting vagueness challenge to ordinance defining “pit bull” by reference to AKC and UKC standards); Colorado Dog Fanciers, Inc. v. City and County of Denver, 820 P.2d 644, 650-52 (Colo. 1991)(rejecting vagueness challenge to ordinance containing identical definition of “pitbull” as instant ordinance); Greenwood v. City of North Salt Lake, 817 P.2d 816 (Utah 1991) (rejecting vagueness challenge to ordinance applicable to, inter alia,American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers); State v. Anderson, 566 N.E. 2d 1224 (Ohio 1991) (rejecting vagueness challenge to ordinance applicable to “any dog that . . . [b]elongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pitbull dog”).– United States District Court, N.D. California

2007 – Supreme Court of Ohio
Toledo v. Tellings, 114 Ohio St. 3d 278 – Ohio: Supreme Court 2007
Finally, the court of appeals erred in holding that R.C. 955.11 and 955.22 and Toledo Municipal Code 505.14 are void for vagueness. This court has previously held that the term “pit bull” is not unconstitutionally void for vagueness. In State v. Anderson, we stated: “In sum, we believe that the physical and behavioral traits of pit bulls together with the commonly available knowledge of dog breeds typically acquired by potential dog owners or otherwise possessed by veterinarians or breeders are sufficient to inform a dog owner as to whether he owns a dog commonly known as a pit bull dog.” – Supreme Court of Ohio

2004 – Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District
City of Pagedale v. Murphy, 142 SW 3d 775 – Mo: Court of Appeals, Eastern Dist. 2004
Here, City Ordinance No. 1169 states, “No person shall within the City raise, maintain or possess within his or her custody or control a dog of the ‘pit bull’ breed.” (Emphasis added). There does not appear to be any Missouri case addressing the precise issue of whether the use of the term “pit bull” in an ordinance or statute without a definition is so vague and indefinite that the law is unconstitutional. However, the Supreme Court of Ohio in State v. Anderson, 57 Ohio St.3d 168, 566 N.E.2d 1224 (Oh.1991), cert. denied, Anderson v. Ohio, 501 U.S. 1257, 111 S.Ct. 2904, 115 L.Ed.2d 1067 (1991), has addressed the constitutionality of a similar law in their jurisdiction. We find its reasoning and holding instructive and apply it here.
In that case, the Ohio statute stated that a “vicious dog” was any dog that “’belong[ed] to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog,’” and that “[t]he ownership, keeping, or harboring of such a breed of dog shall be prima-facie evidence of the ownership, keeping, or harboring of a vicious dog.’” Id. at 1225 (quoting Ohio R.C. 955.11(A)(4)(a)(iii)). The dog owner in that case claimed on appeal that this statute was unconstitutionally void for vagueness.
Id. at 1226.
The court disagreed with the dog owner and held that the statute was not unconstitutionally void for vagueness. The court reasoned that “pit bull dogs are distinctive enough that the ordinary dog owner knows or can discover with reasonable effort whether he or she owns such a dog.” Id. at 1227. The court specifically discussed certain distinguishable physical characteristics[1] of pit bulls, as well as certain distinctive behavioral features.[2] Id. at 1227-28. 779*779 The court concluded that “the physical and behavioral traits of pit bulls together with the commonly available knowledge of dog breeds typically acquired by potential dog owners or otherwise possessed by veterinarians or breeders are sufficient to inform a dog owner as to whether he owns a dog commonly known as a pit bull dog.” – Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District

1993 – Court of Appeals of Wisconsin
Dog Federation v. City of South Milwaukee, 178 Wis. 2d 353 – Wis: Court of Appeals 1993
Although there are decisions that have ruled pit bull ordinances too vague to pass constitutional muster, see American Dog Owners Ass’n v. City of Des Moines, 469 N.W.2d 416, 417-418 (Iowa 1991) (ordinance banning Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier or dogs of any “other breed or mixed breed … known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs or pit bull terriers”); American Dog Owners Ass’n v. City of Lynn, 533 N.E.2d 642, 646 (Mass. 364*364 1989) (identification by breed name insufficient) (dictum), the Federation and the individual appellants here have not carried their burden of demonstrating beyond a reasonable doubt that the City of South Milwaukee ordinance is impermissibly vague on its face. As Peters notes, “’the dog owner, who harbors the dogs at his residence, is the one subject to the penalties of the law. He should know the kind of dogs he owns.’” 534 So.2d at 768 n.13 (citation omitted). Simply put, a person acquires a dog for certain physical and mental characteristics. The ordinance puts persons who have or acquire dogs on sufficient notice of the type of dog that is prohibited. Accepting as verities for the purpose of this decision Dr. Brown’s conclusions that there is no absolute way to determine whether a dog is in fact a pit bull as defined in the ordinance, those conclusions do not overcome the presumption of constitutionality. Problems of ultimate proof do not make the ordinance unduly vague on its face.[6] As succinctly phrased by Peters, whether a dog is within the ordinance “is a matter of evidence, not constitutional law.” – Court of Appeals of Wisconsin

1991 – Supreme Court of Iowa
American Dog Owners Ass’n v. Des Moines, 469 NW 2d 416 – Iowa: Supreme Court 1991
Subsections vi, vii and viii of the ordinance refer to particular breeds of dog. The record shows that the determination of a dog’s breed can be done according to objective standards, although there are limits on the precision of such classifications. We believe the breed classifications listed in subsections vi, vii and viii give the reader as much guidance as the subject matter permits. We believe these subsections permit a reader of ordinary intelligence to determine which dogs are included. – Supreme Court of Iowa

1989 – Court of Appeals of Ohio
State v. Robinson, 44 Ohio App. 3d 128 – Ohio: Court of Appeals 1989
In Garcia v. Tijeras (1988), 108 N.M. 116, 767 P. 2d 355, a New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld a municipal ordinance banning the ownership or possession of a breed of dog “known as American Pit Bull Terrier.” As in the case at bar, the animal owners in Garcia challenged the ordinance as violating due process on the basis of vagueness for failing to adequately define “American Pit Bull Terrier.” The trial court found that American Pit Bull Terrier is a recognized breed readily identifiable by laymen, and rejected the dog owners’ argument that the ordinance lacked meaningful standards that could be used to identify those dogs subject to its prohibition. – Court of Appeals of Ohio

1989 – United States District Court, S.D. Ohio, W.D.
Vanater v. Village of South Point, 717 F. Supp. 1236 – Dist. Court, SD Ohio 1989
“The Court concludes that the definitions of a Pit Bull Terrier in this Ordinance are not unconstitutionally vague. An ordinary person could easily refer to a dictionary, a dog buyer’s guide or any dog book for guidance and instruction; also, the AmericanKennel Club and United Kennel Club have set forth standards for Staffordshire BullTerriers and American Stafforshire Terriers to help determine whether a dog is described by any one of them. While it may be true that some definitions contain descriptions which lack “mathematical certainty,” such precision and definiteness is not essential to constitutionality. – United States District Court, S.D. Ohio, W.D.

1989 – Supreme Court of Kansas
Hearn v. City of Overland Park, 772 P. 2d 758 – Kan: Supreme Court 1989
The New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld a similar local ordinance from a challenge for impermissive vagueness in Garcia 644*644 v. Village of Tijeras, 108 N.M. 116, 767 P.2d 355 (Ct. App. 1988). The village ordinance prohibited the ownership or possession in the village of “any dog of the breed known as American Pit Bull Terrier.” The Court of Appeals concluded that there was sufficient evidence in the record to support the findings of the trial court.
“The trial court found that the American Pit Bull Terrier is a recognized breed of dog readily identifiable by laymen. We understand the trial court’s finding to have been that the breed can be identified by persons who are not qualified to be dog show judges….
“There was testimony at trial that the term ‘pit bull’ is the generic term for ‘American Staffordshire Terrier.’ There was also testimony at trial that there is no difference between the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier.
“In addition, there was testimony that each breed of dog has a typical physical appearance termed as ‘phenotype,’ and that an unregistered dog can be identified as being of the breed ‘American Pit Bull Terrier’ by its physical characteristics, or phenotype. Several witnesses testified that they could recognize an American Pit Bull Terrier by its physical characteristics.
“We believe this evidence supports a determination that the breed American Pit Bull Terrier is a breed of dog recognized by its physical appearance. Given our obligation to indulge every presumption in favor of constitutionality, we interpret the term ‘known as’ in light of the testimony at trial. Thus, we interpret the ordinance to include not only dogs that are registered, but also dogs that are recognizable, as American Pit Bull Terriers or American Staffordshire Terriers.”
– Supreme Court of Kansas

1988 – District Court of Appeal of Florida, Third District
State v. Peters, 534 So. 2d 760 – Fla: Dist. Court of Appeals, 3rd Dist. 1988
As the ordinance makes clear, a dog is a “pit bull” if it substantially conforms to the American Kennel Club standard for Staffordshire Terriers or the American Kennel Club standard for Staffordshire Bull Terriers or the United Kennel Club standard for American Pit Bull Terriers. An owner or prospective owner of a dog need only look at each of the three standards and determine whether the dog is described by any one of them; if it is, then that the dog is not described by the other standards is irrelevant. – District Court of Appeal of Florida, Third District

1988 – Court of Appeals of New Mexico
Garcia v. Village of Tijeras, 767 P. 2d 355 – NM: Court of Appeals 1988
The trial court found that the American Pit Bull Terrier is a recognized breed of dog readily identifiable by laymen. We understand the trial court’s finding to have been that the breed can be identified by persons who are not qualified to be dog show judges …
In addition, there was testimony that each breed of dog has a typical physical appearance termed as “phenotype,” and that an unregistered dog can be identified as being of the breed “American Pit Bull Terrier” by its physical characteristics, or phenotype. Several witnesses testified that they could recognize an American Pit Bull Terrier by its physical characteristics.
We believe this evidence supports a determination that the breed American Pit Bull Terrier is a breed of dog recognized by its physical appearance. Given our obligation to indulge every presumption in favor of constitutionality, we interpret the term “known as” in light of the testimony at trial. Thus, we interpret the ordinance to include not only dogs that are registered, but also dogs that are recognizable, as American Pit Bull Terriers or American Staffordshire Terriers.”
– Court of Appeals of New Mexico

Now that it has been shown that high courts credit dog owners of ordinary intelligence with the ability to identify pit bulls, we come to research announced by the ASPCA in 2013 revealing that shelter volunteers’ visual identification of a pit bull agreed with the DNA test 96% of the time. http://www.aspcapro.org/blog/2013/09/25/bully-this%E2%80%94-results-are-in%E2%80%A6

Dog owners of “ordinary intelligence” can identify pit bulls and shelter volunteers can identify pit bulls. Who else can manage this magical task? Please visit a dog show in your community and watch the judges work. Every dog show ever held relies on a visual identification system. Dog show judges are mere mortals like the rest of us, but they visually identify breeds, and also identify minute deviations from individual breed standards in order to pick breed winners.

So, “ordinary” dog owners, shelter volunteers and certainly dog show judges can identify pit bulls, but veterinarians regularly state that they are unable to identify pit bulls.

The official position of the veterinary profession is found in a statement from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.

Since no scientific proof is required to establish breeds and inaccurate reporting of alleged breed has such great repercussions, it is now recommended that veterinarians and shelters refrain from trying to identify breed mixes visually. Dog DNA tests reveal that even professionals experienced at identifying dog breeds (veterinarians, dog trainers, breeders, animal control officials, shelter workers, etc.) are unable to reliably identify breeds. – American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

The reason these reluctant veterinarians are unable to “scientifically” prove breed ID for pit bulls via DNA test is that canine DNA tests are wildly unreliable, and no company producing canine DNA tests has been able to build a DNA profile for pit bulls.

The most widely used canine DNA test, the Wisdom Panel by Mars Veterinary, provides no independent scientific testing for the accuracy of their test. Mars claims 84% accuracy for offspring in first-generation crossbreds of known parentage. The accuracy of the test in dogs with more than two breeds and in dogs “lacking any purebred heritage” is unknown.

All of the pseudo-scientific papers by pit bull advocates attempting to show that visual identification is unreliable use this highly unreliable and unverified DNA test. One of these papers was obliged to disclose this about the Mars Wisdom Panel test they used attempting to discredit the accuracy of visual identification:

Limitations of our study include unknown sensitivity and specificity of the DNA breed testing and lack of a DNA test for American pit bull terrier. There is also no DNA test for ‘pit bull,’ since this term refers to a phenotype, not a pedigree. The test for the Bayesian analysis used by providers of the DNA testing relied on breed signatures of purebred dogs selected for the database and not a representative randomized sample of all dogs, which might be a source of inaccuracy. In addition, relatively little information exists regarding the accuracy of the DNA test for identifying the breed composition of mixed breed dogs. – Study authors

The Wisdom Panel does not include a DNA profile for the American Pit Bull Terrier, the most populous breed in the pit bull group. You could test every dog at a Pit Pride Parade and likely not get a single positive for pit bull. From the Wisdom Panel FAQ: “Due to the genetic diversity of this group, Mars Veterinary cannot build a DNA profile to genetically identify every dog that may be visually classified as a Pit-bull.” An additional quote states that the test is not to be used for BSL issues “Wisdom Panel® 2.0 is designed and intended to be used solely to identify the breed history of a dog and no other purpose is authorized or permitted. Wisdom Panel 2.5 and 3.0 are intended to be used to identify the breed history of a dog, as well as screen for the MDR1 genetic mutation and no other purpose is authorized or permitted.”


6. “He was rescued from the heart of flint, mi, smack dab in the ghetto from a let’s just say questionable individual”

A questionable individual? You mean a dogfighter? Taylor doesn’t even realize what she just did with this reply. She basically answered herself with everything she needs to know about the significance of the heritage of fighting breeds. Pit bull advocates are incapable of seeing the bigger picture. A great article:

Dogfighting, and bear- and bull-baiting by dogs have been practiced for centuries. These well documented “sports” are fueled by the human desire for competition and gambling. These dogs were selectively bred to fight. Sadly, to this very day in a town near you, dogfighting continues. It is practiced by those who make money from the gambling proceeds produced by the fight bets, and by breeding and selling dogs who have the will and ability to fight. Yes, dogfighting is technically illegal, but rarely prosecuted, and when it is, prosecution is more likely for the gambling, not the abuse of the animals. That is, unless you happen to be a famous sports personality.

Read more: http://m.roanoke.com/opinion/harrison-pit-bulls-were-bred-for-fighting/article_e88cdde1-45fb-5a65-83a4-324034399b8e.html?mode=jqm


7. “He is now my service animal”

Forgive my French, Taylor, but BULLSHIT! He’s no more a “service” dog than I am a body builder like yourself.
I’ll refer you to my blog post, “Service and Therapy Pit Bulls that turned pit bull.” I’ll also give you a great quote from the following article:

“As for “therapy dogs,” there is presently no regulation whatsoever on who can call their dog a therapy dog and who cannot. If my dog holding out a paw makes a sick child smile, I can call him a therapy dog. Pit bull owners whose dogs have harmed other animals or people are notorious for slapping little “therapy dog” vest on their miscreants and photographing them making nice to kids to garner sympathy for their dogs and take the focus off their dogs’ victims. It’s a cynical ploy, but it works with gullible animal lovers, as we have just seen.”

Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/barabara-kay-sour-grapes-on-pit-bulls


8. “You also haven’t factored into anything the population and statistics that go accordingly”

Quote from the article:

“Pit bull advocates often allege that the popularity of “bully” breeds is why they inflict upward of 80% of all fatal and disfiguring dog attacks on humans and 95%-plus of fatal attacks on other animals.

The 2016 ANIMALS 24-7 survey of classified ads offering dogs for sale or adoption,  however,  shows the pit bull category slipping from market share of 6.7% and 6.6% in 2014 and 2015,  to 4.9% in 2016,  consistent with a seven-year average of 5.2%.”

Read more: http://www.animals24-7.org/2016/07/29/2016-survey-list-of-top-5-u-s-dog-breed-types-ousts-pit-bulls/


9. “Do more pits need to be fixed? Absofuckinglutely. Is their over breeding an issue? Damn right it is. I agree 1000%”

I saved this one for last because I (we) want you to remember this. Specifically, Pit bull advocacy needs to clean up its own mess, we (the victims and their supporters) can’t do it for you.”
I’ll refer you to a great comment that Carol Miller made this morning on the Facebook page, “Ignorance Is On The Internet/Pit Bull Apologists.”

“The only individuals that can solve the pit bull problem are pit bull advocates and owners.  The peaceful public can’t impact the numbers of pit bulls abandoned on the streets and surrendered to shelters, only responsible neuter and spay by the owners of pit bulls can stop this suffering.  Pit bull advocates refuse this surgery even when it free.  Please google Kansas City.  They got a $1000,000 grant for pit bull neuter and spay, at the end of the year nearly $87,000 of it had to be returned unused because pit bull owners ignored direct mail notices, TV and radio spots, signage, and house to house visits.  It is the same everywhere. 

Only pit bull owners can help starving pit bulls, the dogs are starved by their owners.  Abused pit bulls?  The abuse comes at the hands of their owners.

Advocates hoping to educate (and pit bull advocates have been promoting education to solve the pit bull problem for 30 years and it has never worked anywhere) should target their “education” to pit bull owners, not the peaceful public.  We are the survivors of pit bull attacks, or family members of those who did not survive.  We got our education direct from the pit bulls. 

If advocates could educate pit bull owners on responsible containment of their dogs, bred for an activity so violent that it is a felony in all 50 states, that would be a huge step forward.  Educate pit bull owners on the value of neuter and spay to prevent the horrific overcrowding of shelters, some 60% to 90% pit bulls, that would be a big step forward.  Mandatory insurance for pit bull owners would be huge, survivors pay their own medical bills till their money runs out. At this point survivors become Medicaid cases and the taxpayer foots the bill. If pit bulls were contained, insured, and neutered and spayed, and the safety of the public was protected then there would be no need or demand for regulation. 

Pit bull advocacy needs to clean up its own mess, we can’t do it for you.”

She’s absolutely correct.

From the April 1, 2011 issue of the JAVMA. Volume 238, Number 7

Page 901

Table 3 – Prevalence of castration among the 10 reported purebred dog breeds at 651 private veterinary hospitals in the United States during 2007.

Breed              Number (%) castrated

Labrador Retriever         62,058(72%)
Chihuahua                      32,309 (46%)
Shih Tzu                          31,943 (57%)
Yorkshire Terrier           23,750 (51%)
Pit bull-type*                  10,691 (27%)
Golden Retriever           25,150 (74%)
Dachshund                     20,878 (66%)
Boxer                               17,172 (58%)
Beagle                             19,980 (74%)
German Shepherd         15,526 (58%)

*Pit Bull terriers (APBT) were classified as pit-bull type since it is possible that identical breeds (ie, American Staffordshire Terrier)  which maintain their separate breed designation, may have nevertheless been recorded as APBTs in some instances.

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Thanks for the opportunity to educate, Taylor. Even though I doubt you’ll take much from this, it wasn’t really meant for you anyway.

Added 8/2/16: Yep, I was right.

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Updated 8/5/16:

New threats from Steve Weaver, C.E.O. at Sleepycloud’s Repair Service, Former Trainer at Personal Fitness Trainer, Former PowerServer at Toot’s – Murfreesboro, Former Chief Executive Officer at Jack of all trades, Studies Computer Science at MTSU

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Updated 9/27/16:

Apparently Taylor’s arrogance does not stop with harassing messages to Facebook pages dedicated to victims of pit bull attacks. She has now resorted to harassing people’s places of employment.

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Updated: 1/2/2017

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Michelle Lynn Heater Has Jeff Borchardt On The Brain

My son was killed by pit bulls.

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My son was the 285 American killed by pit bulls. http://www.fatalpitbullattacks.com/

She has files on me.

She has files on me.

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As she has typed behind the safety of Ignorance Is Unbelivabe for years…

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“not a scratch, I don’t work anymore” are you sure about that?

My son was 1 of 32 Americans killed by dogs in a year when 78% were by pit bulls

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This one had nothing to do with me, but I thought I should share.

This one had nothing to do with me, but I thought I should share.

ML like our page legal get you fired

Have you ever wondered who runs that page?

 

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Courtesy of “Exposing AFF Cult Members” https://www.facebook.com/animalfarmfoundationcultmembers/ PS. My son was killed by pit bulls

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

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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
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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/

Laurie Hoffman. Liar. Pit Bull Apologist. Founder of “Watertown for Responsible Dog Ownership”

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I recently read a story of a 56-year-old Wausau woman who was mauled last month while trying to save her dog from a pit bull that attacked it now is pushing the city to ban all pit bulls from Wausau.

Cindy Ryder was attacked June 19 by a neighbor’s pit bull after it charged from its home on the 900 block of Washington Street, just feet from her home. Ryder bent to protect her Chihuahua, Bartok, as the pit bull came at her and was bitten in the arm, wrist and back of the head. The pit bull eventually was brought under control by the father of the dog’s owner, but it was too late for Bartok. Ryder was taken by ambulance to the hospital as Bartok took his last breaths in the arms of a neighbor.

This story wouldn’t have made it on my radar because there are so many other animals getting mauled to death every day by pit bulls. But this story jumped out of the page to me because of a certain woman being quoted in the article, Laurie Hoffman.

From the article:

Owners of pit bull breeds also have been stigmatized. Laurie Hoffmann, founder of Watertown for Responsible Dog Ownership, said that popular myth — “a punk and a pit” — is being dispelled. Programs such as the Majority Project are trying to demonstrate that pit bull breeds are owned by “people from all walks of life,” said Hoffmann. The project, initiated by the Animal Farm Foundation,

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asked pit bull owners around the country to submit photos of themselves and their dogs to their website and discovered a diverse ownership. Click here to read more about Animal Farm Foundation.

 

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“Because of this and other facts we know about dog behavior and breeds,” Hoffmann said, “cities are overwhelmingly rejecting and repealing breed-discriminatory ordinances.”

How much do you really know about dog behavior Laurie Hoffman? How much do you know about the history and purpose of the American Pit Bull Terrier?

I really don’t think Laurie Hoffman has any business whatsoever being quoted in news articles when she was caught flat out LYING about the circumstances involving the death of my son. How DARE she call us “negligent?” Who do you think you are Laurie Hoffman? You are an EVIL woman and a LIAR that will say or do anything to protect the image of your precious breed that was created by man for his blood thirsty sport of dogfighting.

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The following is a copy of Laurie Hoffman’s letter to the editor to the Watertown Daily Times.

Laurie Hoffman Watertown daily times

Voice of the people

Editor, Watertown Daily Times 8/23/13

By Laurie Hoffmann (Watertown, WI)

“I cried when I read the tragic story of Dax’s death – for the baby, and also for the conscience of the father and baby sitter having been negligent in putting the child in a situation with the dogs that were obviously unruly. Dogs don’t become unruly overnight. Any dog of any breed can bite. Incidents like this don’t happen because of a dog’s breed or appearance. There are always warning signs and it’s the responsibility of the owner to read the sign and know their dogs.
I also cried when I heard National Public Radio report about the Wisconsin grandmother who put her grandson in a car seat on the floor with her Jack Russell terrier. That one act resulted in the death of her infant grandson.
I have only one child, and even though she’s grown, I can’t imagine the pain of losing her and the guilt that would haunt me if my negligence caused her death. When NPR reported the tragedy, they passed up a chance for a teachable moment – surely for the purpose of saving the grandmother the pain of additional guilt. They could have spent time on dog bite prevention right then and there and may have prevented the negligence that led to Dax’s death.
People don’t talk about the negligence aspect of stories like this because the parent, baby sitter or grandparent is assumed to already have enough pain and guilt. Unfortunately, Dax’s parent and baby sitter are not reflecting on their own actions. They’re blaming one breed of dog, when almost any breed can kill a child if parents and caregivers are negligent.
They are placing blame on local governments far and wide for the tragedy they were responsible for. This mentality puts our entire community at risk – creating a false sense of security with dogs other than the targeted breed.
Alderman Smith was quoted in the Times as saying, “It will be a miracle if we don’t have a tragedy in the city all too soon.” (If the new dog law is defeated.) What the council failed to recognize when they passed the law is that, when they imply that they’re preventing a tragedy by limiting ownership of one breed of dog, they create a false sense of security for the public. Some people will assume that it’s safe to repeat the negligent actions of Dax’s father and baby sitter with another breed of dog and another child will suffer the consequences.
Alderman Smith, Alderman Zgonc, Alderman Stocks and Alderman Tietz may believe that they are preventing a tragedy with this law, but the truth is that they’re setting us up for the next one. Is the safety committee going to amend the dog law after every tragedy the media reports to include the next devil-dog-of-the-day? When will the council realize that the world is full of dangers when people are careless? Parents are responsible for the safety of their children. If there is a loose dog in the neighborhood should parents disregard it because it’s “only” a Husky, Akita, Rottweiler, Mastiff, Jack Russell or Lab?
Is the council going to pass a law concerning trampolines, parade horses and swing sets next? Please call your alderman to let him know how you feel on this topic.”
-Laurie Hoffman, Watertown, WI

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My response to Laurie Hoffmann that was printed in the Watertown Daily Times:

“My name is Jeff Borchardt. I am the father of 14-month old Daxton Borchardt who was brutally killed by two pit bulls owned by a family friend on March 6th. It was a prolonged attack that lasted up to 15 minutes. The dogs crushed my son’s skull and ripped off the entire right side of his face. My friend Susan, was also sent to the hospital due to the injuries she received fighting off her own pit bulls to protect my son’s life.

In Laurie Hoffman’s letter to the editor (August 23, 2013), she made grievous errors about the circumstances of my son’s violent death. Being the father, I spoke at length with the Walworth County detective. Had there been any negligence on anyone’s part, criminal charges would have resulted. Susan’s dogs have never shown any signs of aggression prior to March 6th, both were also spay and neutered. These dogs appeared to be the nicest, friendliest family pets you could ever imagine. The only mistake I made was believing the myth, “It’s not the breed, it’s all how you raise them.”

I have no idea where Hoffmann got the story of the Jack Russell terrier that supposedly killed another Wisconsin boy. It never happened. The only recorded fatality by a Jack Russell in the past decade occurred in Kentucky. That infant was lying on a bed; there was no grandmother present or car seat, his name was Justin Mozer.

The desire of some people like Hoffmann to portray pit bulls as anything other than the ticking time bombs that they are is a great disservice to the public. Dogs selectively bred for hundreds of years for the repulsive sport of dogfighting. When Susan walked into her back yard carrying Dax on that snowy day in March, they viciously attacked them. The result of Susan’s two well-raised pit bulls turning “dead game.” It was a struggle so violent that the metal gate to the dog run was ripped down. Blood covered her backyard along with all of my son’s clothing. In addition to inflicting catastrophic injuries, the dogs stripped my son naked.

My only desire is to honor the memory of my son by sharing the truth about pit bulls with other people who believe the myth that I did. If the truth in this letter can contribute to a safer Watertown, my son will not have died in vain.”

– Jeff Borchardt

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Susan Iwicki’s response to Laurie Hoffmann that was printed in the Watertown Daily Times:
“My name is Susan Iwicki. I was caring for my friend’s 14-month-old son, Daxton Borchardt, at my home in Walworth, WI when my own two pet pit bulls attacked me while Dax was in my arms. It was the most violent and bloody 15 minutes of my life. This was not just “a dog bite” incident. This was a vicious and prolonged attack on our flesh. This was a mauling by “normal house pets” that without warning reverted to what their breed was initially bred for: killing. No amount of force I exerted, including gouging at the female’s eye, was enough to stop or even create pause in their attack.

I never saw a single flash of aggression in those dogs since they were brought into my home as puppies three years prior. I truly believed, “It’s all how you raise them.” And they were raised with love, attention, and proper discipline. They were each spayed and neutered as early as the vet allowed and had regular veterinary visits. Both dogs were socialized, played with numerous children and small animals throughout their lives, and loved to cuddle. I was their “mama.” My dogs never experienced a day of neglect or abuse in their existence. The false sense of security is in believing it is the owner, not the breed.

On March 6th of this year, my so-called “babies” attacked their “mama” and ended the life of a real, human baby. A sweet, curious, happy little boy named Dax. In Laurie Hoffmann’s letter to the editor on August 23rd, she refers to the “negligence aspect” of pit bull victims’ stories. If the breed is so safe and truly are “nanny dogs,” how could any owner of a pit be negligent for having a child near their “nanny dog” that was raised well?

I urge you to look at that “friendly” pit bull you or your neighbor owns. Perhaps you believe the myth that I did, “It’s all how you raise them.” It certainly sounds attractive to believe, doesn’t it? It isn’t. It is an outright distortion of reality and one of the most dangerous myths to believe and perpetuate. From 2005 to 2012, pit bulls killed 151 Americans, about one citizen every 19 days. By 2016, pit bulls are projected to maul 275 Americans to death since 1998, the year the CDC stopped tracking fatal dog attacks by breed.”

– Susan Iwicki

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There is so much more to this story in Wausau if you keep reading.

“Mary Kirlin, executive director at the Humane Society, said a dog’s behavior is influenced by both its bloodline and its training. In her experience, all breeds have the capacity to attack.”

 

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I’ll agree with you about one thing Mary Kirlin. Dogs behavior is highly influenced by it’s bloodline.

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 by Chauncey Z Bennett 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.

Click here to read more about the American Pit Bull Terrier

Mary Kirlin goes on to say:

“I have seen it from awesome dogs, I have seen it from poodles, from shepherds, from pit bulls,” Kirlin said. “I have seen it from just about every breed that is out there.”

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Really Mary Kirlin? You’ve seen poodles do this?

 

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Really Mary Kirlin? You’ve seen shepherds do this?

 

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Really Mary Kirlin? You’ve seen Golden Retrievers do this?

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Really Mary Kirlin? Have you seen a Chihuahua do this?

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Really Mary Kirlin? All dogs “bite”?

 

Shall I continue?…OK. I will. Back to the article.

Mary Kirlin goes on to say this:

“To prevent attacks, training and socialization is key, said Kirlin. She said anyone who owns a dog should be prepared to raise it just as they would raise a child — with love, attention and discipline.”

 

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This is a picture of one of the pit bulls that killed my son. Susan and Steve had raised their dogs from puppies with all the love, affection, proper care, exercise (One acre fenced in dog run) and food that is required. For some unknown reason, Susan’s 2 pit bulls attacked her while she was carrying Dax and mauled him to death for FIFTEEN minutes. She was punching them, kicking them and gouging their eyes out to get them to let go. Nothing she could do to get them to let go of my son’s head. Click here to read the full story.

 

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“You get what you put in,” Kirlin said. “We are supposed to be the smarter species.”

Shame on you Laurie Hoffman. Shame on you Mary Kirlin. How many more Americans must die a horrible and tragic death before you pick a different breed to save? There is a reason the shelters are over run with pit bulls. NOBODY WANTS THEM!!!!

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

42 Dog Bite Related Fatalities

by Breed:

27 by Pit Bull / Pit Bull Mix
3 by Bullmastiff / Mastiff Mix
4 by Rottweiler
1 by Cane Corso
1 by Shepherd Mix
1 by Catahoula Leopard Dog
4 Unknown Breed
1  Mix Breed

By age:

20 Children
22 Adults

By State:

TX – 7 deaths
AL – 3 deaths
OH – 3 deaths
FL – 5 deaths
NC – 4 deaths
MI – 2 deaths
AZ – 1 death
CA – 2 death
CT – 2 death
DE – 1 death
IL – 1 death
LA – 2 death
MS – 2 death
NJ – 1 death
MO – 1 death
AR – 1 death
WI – 1 death
WY – 1 death
SD – 1 death
IND – 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]
Jessica Norman – 33 – Sebring, FL – 3 Pit Bulls [4.30.14]
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 – 4 Pit Bulls – [10.14.14]
Logan Thomas Meyer – 7 – Hustisford, WI  -1  Rottweiler –  [10.24.14]
Alemeaner Dial  – 83 – Robeson County, N.C. – 4 Pit Bulls – [10.31.14]
Deanne Lynn Coando – 40 – Wind River Indian Reservation, WY – Unknown – [11. .14]
Stella Antanaitis  – 91 – Stamford, CT  –  Mix Breed – [11. .14]
Jayla Rodriguez  – 8 – Pine Ridge, SD – Unknown – [11.18.14]
Bobbie Cheveallier – 85 – Grant Parish, L.A. – Unknown – [12.1.14]
Jose Robles – 62 – Madison, N.C. – Pending – [11.23.14]
Christopher Camejo  – 2 – Crystal River , FL –  Rottweiler’s –  [12.6.14]
Rita Woodard  – 64 – Corpus Christi , TX – Pit Bull – [12.15.14]
Edward L. Cahill – 40 – Porter County, IND. – Pit Bull – [12.25.14]

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 in 2014 someone was killed by a pit bull every 13 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 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.