City lawmakers uphold Aurora’s ban on pit bulls

“If some kid gets mauled by a pit bull, $100,000 is not going to make that situation whole,” said Councilman Bob Broom.

AURORA | City lawmakers turned back a proposal to repeal Aurora’s ban on pit bulls in lieu of forcing owners of the controversial dogs to carry big liability insurance policies.

City Council informally voted down measure at a study session Monday that would repeal the 9-year-old  ban but would require owners of the three prohibited breeds— American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and Staffordshire bull terriers—to carry $100,000 for liability coverage in homeowners or renters insurance for the dog. City lawmakers agreed to send the measure back to a city council committee to make possible revisions. It’s unclear what legislation might look like when it returns to a  city council study session later this month.

Pit Bulls

Juliet Piccone (left), a lawyer and animal advocate, talks with ColoRADdogs members David Walsh and Emily Cain before a city council meeting March 3 at the Aurora Municipal Center. City lawmakers informally voted to uphold Aurora's ban on pit bulls. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Pit Bulls

Advocates for pit bull ownership, including members of ColoRADdogs, congregate before a city council meeting March 3 at the Aurora Municipal Center. City lawmakers informally voted to uphold Aurora's ban on pit bulls. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Pit Bulls

Advocates for pit bull ownership, including members of ColoRADdogs, congregate before a city council meeting March 3 at the Aurora Municipal Center. City lawmakers informally voted to uphold Aurora's ban on pit bulls. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Pit Bulls

Advocates for pit bull ownership, including members of ColoRADdogs, congregate before a city council meeting March 3 at the Aurora Municipal Center. City lawmakers informally voted to uphold Aurora's ban on pit bulls. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“Since the ban has been in place, bites are down 73 percent from pit bulls,” said Cheryl Conway, a spokeswoman for the city’s animal care division.

She described various problems the city encountered before enacting the ban in 2005 that included irresponsible owners letting the dogs run at large, and owners using pit bulls to taunt pedestrians.

She added that the dogs placed a tremendous burden on city staff. According to city documents, before the ordinance was enacted in 2005, up to 70 percent of kennels in the Aurora Animal Shelter were occupied by pit bulls with pending court disposition dates or with no known owner.  That number is now only 10 to 20 percent of kennels.

“There hasn’t been a human mauling in many years. Complaints and requests related to pit bulls are down 50 percent. Euthanasia of pit bull dogs is down 93 percent. Of those few that are put down, they are primarily those that come in as strays and their owners don’t come to claim them,” she said.

She said six of the eight municipalities that ban pit bulls in Colorado abut Aurora, and a repeal would result in pit bulls being relocated to Aurora.

Bob LeGare asked why Rottweiler’s and German Shephards, dogs that have also been studied and considered dangerous, were not included as part of the ban.

“It was the severity of the (pit bull) bites that prompted staff research and council action,” said Nancy Freed, deputy city manager.

Proponents have long argued that all dog owners, not just breeds should be held to the same standards.

“I’m convinced repealing with the safeguards that are in here—the $100,000 of insurance, and making the owner responsible—is the way to go,” said City Councilwoman Sally Mounier.  “It shouldn’t be breed-specific. It should make the dog owner responsible.”

But critics say that an insurance award isn’t the same as justice when someone is injured or killed by a dog.

“If some kid gets mauled by a pit bull, $100,000 is not going to make that situation whole,” said Councilman Bob Broom. “We’re listening to the people who are adamant about this subject, not to the people in the community. Put it on the ballot in November and let the city-at -large determine if they want to repeal this ordinance or not.”

Advocates for pit bulls who couldn’t fit into the study session space poured into the lobby and watched the meeting on TV. Around 40 of them later filtered into council chambers to express their concerns with the breed-specific legislation.

Juliet Piccone, a lawyer who has represented several clients cited for having a banned breed, said after the study session that it was a positive sign that 4 out of 10 council members supported the repeal.

“In the next couple of weeks while they revise the language of the ordinance, and they beef up the vicious dog ordinance, I think we can get the votes we need to repeal it,” she said.

Jennifer Bryant, an Aurora resident of Ward VI and community outreach director for ColoRADogs, said the ban does not protect Aurora residents.

“There’s a message being put out that the responsibility relies on the dog and the truth is we need to keep all owners accountable regardless of what breed their dogs are.”

About 50 other cities around the country have lifted their ban in recent years, according to figures from Aurora Animal Control. Still, more than 500 cities around the country and several other nations still ban certain breeds.

The ordinance will be revisited in an Aurora Public Safety committee meeting Tuesday, according to city staff.

Brandon Johansson contributed to this report.

  • thatindividual

    Good move, congratulations. May these poor dogs be phased out so they don’t have to suffer anymore.

    • whenwilltruthprevail

      Really? May individuals be phased out next.

      • thatindividual

        You will know when truth has prevailed when there is peace. As long as pit bulls are running around killing people’s kids and pets, there will be no peace. No peace, no truth. So one side or the other is telling porkies. I think the pit bull advocates are telling porkies – “nanny dogs”, “man biters culled”, “it’s not the breed”, “wouldn’t hurt a fly”, “never been aggressive before”, “they were provoked”.

        • Thomas McCartney

          Myth: Pit Bulls have been called the Nanny Dog.

          Truth: This myth was started by statements made by two people. Mrs. Lilian Rant, President, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America, magazine editor said they are referred to as a nursemaid dog in an interview published in the New York Times in 1971.

          Second in 1987 Toronto Star article where Breeder Kathy Thomas, president of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Association said “In England, our Staffies were called the nanny-dog”.

          No sources, citations or evidence just two biased people heavily invested in trying to change the image of Pit Bulls made these statements and started this whole myth.

          The “nanny dog” is a complete historical fabrication. The sole known published reference to the “nanny dog” notion, before the rise of opposition to breed-specific laws in recent decades, came in a 1922 work of fiction, Pep: The Story of A Brave Dog, by Clarence Hawkes, a blind man who wrote by dictating his stories and, though able to spin a gripping yarn, routinely muddled his facts.

          This work of fiction also appears to be the point of origin of many of the other popular myths about the history of pit bulls. Indeed some dogfighters did photograph their pit bulls with their children, to help advertise the sale of their cull dogs as pets, but that hardly means pit bulls were safe pets.

          One of the most notorious of these gents, professional dogfighter John P. Colby, of Newburyport, Massachusetts, produced his first pit bull litter in 1889. The Boston Globe on December 29, 1906 reported that police shot one of his dogs, who mauled a boy while a girl escaped. On February 2, 1909 the Globe described how one of Colby’s dogs killed Colby’s two-year-old nephew, Bert Colby Leadbetter.

    • gouko787

      I feel the same way about people who base their life views on hate and fear.

      • John

        Typical liberal. Perhaps Jews first? Maybe Chinese Nationalist, or perhaps Armenians, or better yet Christians? Its people like you that cause hate and fear.

        • gouko787

          You are correct, I hope Jews, Chinese Nationalists, Americans, Christians and all peoples of the world receive education, experience and knowledge so they can base their views on these virtues, phasing out those who base their life on fear and hate,
          Typical Republican, reading what you want, not what the words actually say. Have a great day.

          • Kristy Graham

            Ya know gouko787, I”m a republican. I’m also a pit bull owner. I was with you til you posted this last comment. Turning this into a political thing is a HUGE mistake. I suggest you stop it. You can beat the foamers with true facts and research. You don’t have to stoop to his level.

          • gouko787

            Thank you Kristy, but my comment was in reply to being called a typical liberal and being accused of wanting to eliminate groups of people. I am well aware this is a non-partisan issue.

          • John

            Then don’t bring up politics in the first place.

          • DontBullyMyBreed

            I am a conservative and pro pit bull as I own two, however I do have to point out that you are calling the kettle black seeing as how you initiated the political comments.

        • gouko787

          So John, as a whole hearted American conservative that believes in individual rights and freedom, what Is your take on the ban of dogs based on appearance?

          • thatindividual

            What part of, “Euthanasia of pit bull dogs is down 93 percent” in Aurora are you upset about? Is that not good news to you?

          • gouko787

            To start, the fact that the data is a comparison of two unique parameters. In the middle of the collection of stats DNA testing was introduced reducing the dogs that were labeled pit bulls, and the definition of a pit bull was changed in Aurora. Statistics and Data Collection require consistent data in order to make comparisons. I can make up all kinds of stats that show “good news” but if they are based on false numbers, WHO CARES!!

          • thatindividual

            So, please, give us your more modest estimate, Gouko. Perhaps if their was a reduction in the number of dogs labelled pit bulls it was because pit bull advocates went out of their way to label pit bulls everything but pit bulls, like “lab mix” “boxer mix” shepherd mix” “staffy” “st francis terrier” “new yorky” “American bulldog” . At least the city of Aurora still knows what to label bull.

          • gouko787

            Yes ACC does, if it bites it’s a pit bull. If not it’s a lab mix. Too bad DNA testing got in the way of their ultimate authority to visually determine breeds.

          • tbcseod

            The former bait dog named Stallone was deemed a “Pit bull” by visual ID by a ACO in October 2013 – he spent 21 days at the Aurora shelter where he nearly died.

            I was involved in the case and know the man who was adopting him in New York (He is a military member who suffers from PSTD and the physical ailments of having worked to help rescue, recover and clear the bodies and rubble form the towers on 9-11) as well as the woman how saved him in Arizona and even the transporter ( got a call about the seizure moments after it happened).

            The transporter in this case did take Stallone to a dog park against the advisement he was given and Stallone did react in a manor that could be termed as aggressively dominate to another dog at the park. Stallone was then confiscated as a pitbull.

            In the end the transporter appears in court and was fined several hundred dollars (over $2 grand) for transporting and stopping with a RB as he passed though the city. The transporter also cover all the check up and medical care for the other dog (who has fully recovered from a few prior minor injuries that were aggravated that day). The transporter also had to pay the city for time spent at the shelter. If that was not enough money spent – Stallone’s Adopter had to fly here for the court date as did his rescuer from Arizona.
            The day Stallone was released a city certified DNA test was performed (it was the first day the city would allow the test sample to be taken) – the results came back WELL after Stallone was safely out of Colorado.
            The results – not a drop of restricted breed blood in his body….. He was wrongly persecuted based on looks alone.
            When the city was informed of this and asked if the fines would be waived the response was : The case is over and the fines paid (they had to be paid that day to secure Stallone’s released) – its not of concern to us what the results were………..
            Yet, those results proved he was not a restricted breed and that literally thousands of dollars were spent by citizens to defend him AND THE CITY to prosecute over the case.

            Now, to complicate things, the city (Aurora animal shelter) still lists Stallone (by name) as a vicious dog of restricted breed status that was caught under BSL and is counted in the 2013 city stats………

            I don’t know about anyone else but I find that alone disturbing on both counts – such a case wasting so much of everyone’s money and the blatant padding of statistics……. Sometimes one has to follow where the money trail leads.

            I am very happy to say that Stallone is now improving in health and putting on weight and is now his adopters new SD in training. Best of all is that his handler reports he has really changed his life since getting him in October………

            The moral is : Unfortunately the city has no idea what is or is not a pitbull without a DNA test……..

          • Emily Sieger

            I assume the killing of dogs for the appearance… dogs that are not “pit bulls” of any sort and have done no harm… can give pleasure only to the most cruel people.

          • tbcseod

            1200 pit bull class dogs killed in 7 years in Aurora following the ban being put in place might might have something to do with that lower figure (That’s from the released city stats directly)……

            I have to say I respect your position as your calm and polite in this thread – Civilized perhaps would be a fitting word for your conduct.

            For that I can respect you and your possion reguardless if I agree or not.

            be well

          • thatindividual

            Thank you. I feel the same. I would venture you exhibit responsible ownership of the breed. I still regard them as dangerous. My comparisons only illustrate my feeling for the damage pits can, and do, do. It’s not my intent to compare size with my examples, although with small slight meek pit bulls I know I can overpower, I don’t feel fear. Their design, the intent behind their design, the style of attack designed in them and their power makes the case for me for a pit bull’s danger to people and animals, based on my experience. People have compared them with guns, too, and really, I think I find it hard to compare them accurately with anything, Their threat seems unique. With what can you compare a dog designed for killing other dogs? I cannot find anything! Terriers kill rats. I had a lurcher once that killed every bird she saw. I hated that she did that, but I could not train it out of her!!! I could not reconcile this with her sweetness! Stubborness but sweetness! I could only keep her contained to stop her. There was no threat to others pets or to children though. Still though. I love birds. But I have cats who in their wildest dreams have never killed so many birds! I eventually gave her away, the only dog I ever gave up. I just couldn’t bear it. I would feel safer if people didn’t have pit bulls or any bull baiting, dog fighting, gripping dogs. They frighten me to death. their style of attack and power, when it gets loose on our streets terrifies people rightly so, simply because of the damage they can and do inflict. Whatever wonderful qualities they display, or you and others enjoy, for me and many others this and the threat they impose seems to really tip the scale against them in society, no matter how we try to revamp their image. Their image doesn’t kill pets and kids, they do. I don’t find a problem with their image, just the dogs. What I wish for? Fans spend all the money and time on advocating for them instead on focused and corrective breeding so they no longer pose an unreasonable threat and I would feel confident, and you could save the dog. That’s how to repair an image, by bringing both reality and image into reconciliation. My best to you.

          • John

            I disagree with it entirely. Pit bulls can be the friendliest dogs out there. Sadly bad owners make a bad dog in many cases. I have 2 neighbors that each have a chihuahua from the same litter. One is a great little dog, needs no leash, is very people friendly, the other I won’t let my children near.

      • thatindividual

        Gouko, I don’t think you have to worry about pit bulls being phased out or their suffering ending anytime soon. Over one million pit bulls a year are euthanized in shelters and pounds. They are euthanizing them in truckloads because they are being bred in truckloads. People like myself who think they make dangerous pets and would like to see dogfighting stop aren’t breeding them, so guess who is? Pit bull advocates and owners who don’t want BSL. Don’t blame us for this calamity.

        • gouko787

          You don’t have to persecute a breed to stop dogfighting. That is already illegal.

          • Thomas McCartney

            Illegal but not enforced or stopped which is the whole reason for pit bull advocacy, to create a vial behind which the dog fighters can continue to carry out their perverted activities unabated by making it appear normal and acceptable to own a pit bull type dog.

      • thatindividual

        Perhaps you could speed the process along with your gripping dogs? Please! Pit bull owners are causing society to suffer!

  • Yotie

    Wow, common sense prevails! Pit bull
    Euthensia is down 93%! BSL works to protect people and dogs!

    • Mustang

      Done be ignorant, euthanasia of PIT BULLS is down. It’s doesn’t take a genius to realize that if you ban them and and remove them from an area bite rates and euthanasia rates will go down because the dogs aren’t around.

      If labs bite a person 5 times a year and then you ban the breed and no one owns a lab, then guess what, you would have zero bites from labs next year.

      BSL is ridiculous, instead of offering resources to promote better pet owners they put all these resources into trying to kill of a perfectly good breed.

      • Thomas McCartney

        That 4% of the dog population carries out 70%+ of the killings, mauling, crippling, disfiguring and dismembering attacks to such a disproportionate extent speaks for itself and to the genetic truth and reality that exists in any pit bull type dog, it is what it is and does what is in it’s DNA.This has been breed into them over 600 years and is their truth, they must therefore become extinct.

        Any other dog will bite and run giving you a few stitches, a pit bull will not stop till you are DEAD.What about that do you not understand, the difference between another dog’s bite and a pit bulls mauling and dismembering, disfiguring and killing.

        • Fast Eddie

          Actually there are over 5 million “registered” pit bull sin the US and an estimated 5 million more unregistered and mixes. total dog population in the US estimated at 74 million, if you get out your calculator Lori you will see pit bull type dogs make up roughly 14% of the US breed population and that is not including Mastiffs, Presas< canes and the other 20 breeds your side inaccurately calls pit bulls. Again it is quite easy to debunk your inaccurate information. Perhaps you should find a valid source to review

        • DontBullyMyBreed

          If a pit bull didn’t stop till you are DEAD, Colleen Lynn would not be here….. Thoughts on that!?

      • Jaloney Caldwell

        Can you listen to yourself? Yes euthanasia is done and this is the goal. We are putting down ONE million pitbulls annually in US Shelters and that is subsidized by your taxes. How humane is that? And dog fighting is rampant. If we were putting down that many ferrets people would be screaming. You can’t put resources into people to make them “better owners”. We have a shortage of resources and funds to promote better parents of human children are tight. We should just let all these dogs die in a publically funded blood bath to appease you. Bans on pitbulls are not focused on biting. Lab owners routinely spay and neuter. PItbull owners resist spay and neutering and flood areas with pitbulls. Then you give up more of your pay check to kill them. And bans are not focused on biting but on stopping catastropihic life changing and life ending attacks. Labs and lab mixes have been attributed to three deaths in all recorded history.. Pitbulls to over three hundred. I guess you flunked math?

        There is a reason
        they are not paying stars to promote poodles on t.v. When dog fighting was
        legal, no one incuding dog fighters promoted pitbulls as pets. After the
        government made dog fighting illegal they spent millions on a public relations campaign to popularize the breed so
        they can hide their vicious and sadistic “sport” in plain sight. “stars” are paid a lot to peddle
        pitbulls on t.v. just like big tobacco used stars to promote cigerettes. Pitbull owners are duped. They are the pawns
        of wealthy dog fighters that don’t care about victims or pitbulls. Every pitbull owned helps hide dog
        fighters. We have a sea of one million
        overbred unwanted pitbull euthanized each year in the USA. There is a billion
        dollar untaxed economy surrounding pitbull dog fighters. Pitbull owners should know that their choice
        helps a pitbull die in a fight pit everyday.
        Pitbull owners are supporting dog fighters.

        dupe (dp, dyp)

        1. An easily deceived person.

        2. A person who
        functions as the tool of another person or power.

        3. To deceive (an unwary person). See Synonyms at deceive.

        tr.v. duped, dup•ing,
        dupes

        • Fast Eddie

          Again pit bull euth rates are decreasing every single year due to the huge increase in pit bull adoptions. You rinfo is outdated and unsourced

      • thatindividual

        You left out the part of them not bring bred in an area. There the problem lies. Huge excess not bred, huge excess not euthanized. That’s the beauty of it for the pit bulls. Otherwise keep breeding them and you might as well put them in the gas chamber yourselves.

    • Emily Sieger

      75% of the dogs they kill for being “pit bulls” have NO pit bull component in their DNA. Do you like that?

      • Thomas McCartney

        There is no DNA test that determine breed of any breed according to the University of Cal Davis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Emily Sieger

          well you should talk to all the shelters and scientific studies that use DNA…

          • Thomas McCartney

            Scientific studies do not use them and any shelters that do are carrying out fraud as they can only show lineage and parentage not breeds or types.

          • Fast Eddie

            That is an outright LIE Lori

          • Emily Sieger

            dumba** lol so you admit that YOU are a fraud since you cited DNA as evidence in a previous post.

        • Fast Eddie

          Actually that report is several years old and Canine DNA testing does in fact determine breed make up. Wow how uneducated on this subject are you?

      • Jaloney Caldwell

        They kill so many pitbulls because there are so many of them being overbred. People like you want to pay for them to be euthanisized near you like flies. LOGICAL? That is not animal advocacy it is stupidity.

        There is a reason
        they are not paying stars to promote poodles on t.v. When dog fighting was
        legal, no one incuding dog fighters promoted pitbulls as pets. After the
        government made dog fighting illegal they spent millions on a public relations campaign to popularize the breed so
        they can hide their vicious and sadistic “sport” in plain sight. “stars” are paid a lot to peddle
        pitbulls on t.v. just like big tobacco used stars to promote cigerettes. Pitbull owners are duped. They are the pawns
        of wealthy dog fighters that don’t care about victims or pitbulls. Every pitbull owned helps hide dog
        fighters. We have a sea of one million
        overbred unwanted pitbull euthanized each year in the USA. There is a billion
        dollar untaxed economy surrounding pitbull dog fighters. Pitbull owners should know that their choice
        helps a pitbull die in a fight pit everyday.
        Pitbull owners are supporting dog fighters.

        dupe (dp, dyp)

        1. An easily deceived person.

        2. A person who
        functions as the tool of another person or power.

        3. To deceive (an unwary person). See Synonyms at deceive.

        tr.v. duped, dup•ing,
        dupes

        • Fast Eddie

          Hmmm actually pit bull adoption rates have skyrocketed over the past few years. Pit Bull adoption steadily increase by over 150,00 per year in the United States. the main adopters you ask? Middle to upper middle class families with children. FACT

        • EulaF

          Jaloney (Joan), the only person here being duped is you!

      • Fast Eddie

        TRUTH!

    • Jaloney Caldwell

      Yes it does. Only dog fighters and back yard breeders.. as well as a few nut jobs that make their living surrounding pitbulls fight bsl. Six kids and ten people total killed by bully breeds this year already including two boys on March 1st..one in Texas and one in New Jersey.

    • Fast Eddie

      Actually that is an incorrect statement and very misleading with “partial truth” if there is no number of a breed in an area due to a ban then of course euth rates go down. But Miami has some of the larges dog fighting rings in the US and some of the worst issues with dog fighters yet they have had an outright ban for over 23 years. So tell me again how BSl protects these dogs?? Again you post an invalid comment to try and prove and invalid point. You make this far to easy with your complete lack of knowledge and thinking “partial truth’ works in this day and age is laughable. Again common sense debunks your comment with the greatest of swiftness and ease and the general public and people with average intelligence see right thru it. All you do is copy and paste the same debunked info over and over and only make yourself look less than average when it comes to intelligence. LMAO at you

  • fearnot

    This is the exact reason I never travel to CO if I fly through there if I HAVE to fly through there I leave lots of information about how BSL is WRONG.. Many bull breeds are therapy dogs, live with children and save peoples lives.. many are service dogs They are NEVER taken into account when BSL is considered.. dogs are jsut dogs.. all of them the same.. it is the owners who need to take responsibility

    • Thomas McCartney

      16 children were killed by pit bull type dogs in he US last year and 6 already this year, number of children killed by lab dogs, Labs or Goldens?, ZERO!!!, what about those numbers do you not understand?

      • fearnot

        100’s of people have been given therapy by “pit bull” type dogs.. consoled in their grief.. helped in thier process of dying in a hospioce.. and thousands of children have been introduced to ‘pit bulls’ by having them in reading classes.. hundreds of people have been rescued by “pit bull” dogs in search and rescue and many illegal drugs have been found by working “pit bulls” in police work.. more children are killed by their parents than nay other type of death.. so what is your answer to that?

        • Thomas McCartney

          Pit bull type dogs are almost universally banned from police and military work and are not used for SAR duties and i might add were not at 911.

          The so called therapy dogs are frauds, calling them one does not make them one.

          • fearnot

            lies lies and more lies.. but then all you have to do is google it.. to prove you are a liar.. people do your own work .. ignore the troll
            oh and you might ask the SAR dog here what kind of dog he is
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiUdMumli34

          • thatindividual

            Yes, and be sure to get your information from one of the pit bull talking point websites. You will recognize them from their tired talking points. But you must remember, there is no such thing as a pit bull 😉 Prepare to enter a house of mirrors.

          • tbcseod

            As a former K9 handler in the military we had a pittie on team, typically they are not used though because there are faster dogs with higher bite rates – also a large number of dogs breeds typically have longer run endurance than the pit class of dogs – those things need to be taken in to consideration when evaluating when and why they are used in enforcement roles. As for their role in 9-11:https://www.google.com/search?q=pit+bull+9-11+search&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb

          • BAN”Thomas”

            You are so uneducated its hilarious. It’s like you vomit out lies and just post them onto the internet as facts. Because you don’t like pit bulls they are not therapy dogs? How about the FACT that the AMERICAN HERO DOG 2013 is Elle the PIT BULL, a THERAPY dog?!

        • thatindividual

          You think no other dog can do that? remember they are all the same! Ridiculous, other dogs would provide the same “therapy” without the risk! A “therapy” dog is not a “service” dog. “Consoled in their grief.” Give me a break. Do you send them in to console their victims families?

      • Emily Sieger

        “pit bull type” can of course mean anything, like the various mastiffs who have been involved. It could also be Lab mix.. many of which are killed because the “appear” to be “types”. You don’t care about the victims of dogs that are NOT “types”… nor do you care about the innocent dogs caught up in the vicious dragnets.

        • Thomas McCartney

          The mastiffs were Bullmastiffs which are half mastiff and half pit bull as in APBT and are pit mixes legally considered to have 40% pit bull in them.

          Pit bull type dogs with pit bull DNA are 6% of the dog population and carry out over 75% of the serious maulings and killings, what about those numbers do you not understand,.??????

          • Emily Sieger

            wait, didn’t you just assert to me that DNA couldn’t be used to determine breed? lol……..

          • BAN”Thomas”

            I was literally about to post the exact same thing. Whooops “Thomas” got caught up in “his” lies

        • thatindividual

          Great, then you won’t miss them.

    • thatindividual

      So then what difference does it make if yours is a pit bull? You won’t miss him if they are all the same. A bunch of people and a gazillion pets will get to live though that wouldn’t have with neighbouring pit bulls. And many others won’t be maimed and disfigured for life. Perfect. Problem solved.

      • fearnot

        a “gazillion” what are you? 12? all people ar the same as well so do you think some of them should be banned?/ my sister was attacked by a person of a minority groups .. should they all be banned? sure why not.. they won;t be missed.. none of them no matter if some are doctors.. or scientists.. rock stars or athletes.. just get rid of them all

        • thatindividual

          Minority groups of which I am one are not breeds of dogs, nor are we “bred”. That’s an insult. We choose our mates just like white folks.

  • gouko787

    The report in not accurate.

    The proposal will be moving forward to a vote in the full City Council session.

    It only takes one person to move the measure forward and it received four. The date has been delayed in order for the Public Safety Committee to hear the vicious dog ordinance the City Attorney is presenting as an alternative. So the date has not been set so that both ordinance changes can be considered together.

    On a side note, the City Attorney, who has not been swayed by the aggressive DBO campaign will hopefully be presenting a complete report that is not simply focused on the cherry picked and inaccurate statistics ACC chooses to present.

    ACC reported a selection of stats showing pit bulls and bites by pit bulls are declining in Aurora, but also failed to account for the fact 2 years ago they redefined what a pit bull was, again, taking of 7 dogs AND started DNA testing dogs to determine their breed. The result, was less pit bulls by definition and less aggressive short haired dogs being labeled pit bull despite the fact a DNA test would have shown otherwise. They are comparing two sets of data based on two sets of parameters. Not a very sound report.

    ACC also presented the data they have been presenting for years, but this time when asked why DBO was their predominate source, they said the reference page was a mistake. Two questions on that, what are your referenced then? and if the report is the same as it was 3 years ago, why would the references have changed?

    ” Euthensia is down 93%! BSL works to protect people and dogs! ” No Yotie, redefining and DNA testing has reduced the pool of dogs ACC can label as pit bull, so the same number of dogs are being killed, they are just not called pit bulls.

    Bob LeGare needs to be commended, not just for his tenacious study on this topic, but on his attitude and motivation overall as a member of City Council. I will be knocking on doors for him when it is time for his re-election.

    • Lauri bell

      Gouko787, isn’t it true as well the number of bites that are reported have not gone down that much either? Or is that misinformation I saw somewhere. I also read that there has been either one fatality or a bad mauling by a other dog breed as well?

      • The number of bites have not decreased. Animal Control loves to say that bites have been reduced by 70%. However when adjusted for population, the actual risk, or real number that matters, is 0.07%. A huge difference! Bites by non-restricted breeds have increased. One thing to note is that Aurora allows American Bulldogs and pit bulls that are less than 51% by DNA. So a 52% pit bull is an issue but not 51%? It’s important to note that the recent tragedy where a child was bitten severely in Evergreen was not by a breed who is banned. Nor have the last three fatalities in the US been by a pit bull, but by two Bullmastiffs and a white G.Shep mix. Breed neutral laws make safe communities, not breed bans.

        • Lauri bell

          That’s what I thought Colorado dogs. I recently started watching States that ban and paying attention to BSL laws, so I’m a bit new to most. Being a owner for numerous years, I’m trying to become more familiar WITH laws regarding my breed of choice. I DO however, understand that bans don’t work, and that bad owners of any breed need to be held accountable! I think that the work you do is wonderful, thank you.

        • The Good Fight

          The current laws are reactive instead of proactive making them ineffective. Breed bans would not be necessary if the pit bull advocacy admitted there was a problem and addressed it. Of all the other breeds that held this “devil dog” title only the pit bull community has chosen to deny there is a problem for over 30 years. It is time to stop pit pushing but instead enact self imposed breeding restrictions, cull puppies that are overtly aggressive only adopt from breeders that provide new owners with a contract that states they will take their dogs back for any reason. This along with real education about the negative and positive traits of the breed. The pit advocacy needs to stop thinking over 800,000 new homes can be found year after year for their unwanted dogs. If you loved the breed you would stop blaming everything except the breed and take Real action on behalf of the breed.

          • Samantha Oglesby

            Real action? Like what you propose – culling puppies? Your only other suggestion is to blame the breed, and then what? I don’t see a lot of positive outcomes or usefulness in what your putting forward here.
            I don’t blame dogs, they follow their instincts and have the traits WE bred them to have. If there are too many of them it is because they were not spayed/neutered when breeding was not the intent. If they are aggressive, it is the owner’s responsibility to train them out of it or to keep the dog isolated from strangers/triggering situations as much as possible. When you take in a dog you take on ALL responsibility – the owner is always to blame

          • The Good Fight

            What you say makes a lot of sense on a small scale but in the grand scheme of things pit bulls have held the title of “devil dog” for over 30 years. Spay/ neuter has failed this breed group. I don’t merely propose culling puppies. If we look at other breed groups that changed things… They first didn’t question there was a problem. They knew their dogs were being overbred causing unstable temperaments. The didn’t deny it and instead self imposed breeding restrictions on themselves to restore stable health and temperament. Only then did they cull puppies that were going to perpetuate unstable health and temperament. They then educated new owners about the pros and more emphatically the cons of the breed to ensure awareness….then the ultimate fail safe for dogs and humans alike they made new owners sign a contract to bring dogs back for any reason completely circumventing the shelter system all together. Please note these other breed groups never blamed bad training or bad kids or bad babysitters. They understood that even under the worst circumstances their dogs should not be overtly aggressive. I apologize if you thought I said culling puppies was all that was needed.

          • Samantha Oglesby

            Spay/neuter has failed all breed groups. U.S. shelters put down millions of dogs a year – that problem does not belong to any one “breed group.” The issue here isn’t that the owners aren’t failing to identify that their dogs have a potential to be dangerous; they are failing to be proactive and prevent/reduce incidents. Fixing the dog, providing healthy socialization, exercising these dogs are easy steps to take to reduce the likelihood that our pets will snap. Have you ever had a pit bull, or even spent time with one? I worked at a shelter in a county where they were allowed, and I worked with hundreds of Pit bulls and mixes – I only ever met one that I was weary of and that dog was the result of many years of abuse

          • The Good Fight

            When 6% of the dog population are the offending dogs in most deaths and maimings action on behalf of the poor breeding standards need to be addressed not simply the issue of spay/neuter. Your argument is failing to address the real issues at play but you have yet to even admit their is a greater problem. Your mindset that you can spay/neuter your way out of this problem does not stabilize the breed. You actually have to start breeding stable dogs as well as direct your community to seek those dogs out. The breeders then as other breed groups do take their dogs back if owners cannot care for them. They would also be culling unstable puppies. All these factors are counterintuitive to animal rescue but this is SOLUTION that will help the dogs.
            My career for a lifetime has been saving dogs predominantly pit bulls but I am watching the pit bull community harm their own breed and endanger people.

        • Gabriel Barros

          Pit bull advocates have no interest in fixing the pit bull problem.

      • The Good Fight

        Bans do work. Bans are not in place to reduce dog bites whose numbers remain static but to reduce maulings, maimings and killings.

        • Samantha Oglesby

          Give me solid proof that a reduction in maimings and killings has occurred since the ban, but please don’t forget to address the concern that for most of these originally reported incidents, it was later discovered that the dogs involved WEREN’T actually pit bulls.

          • The Good Fight

            You do live right next door to Denver, right? While I don’t agree with rounding up beloved pets instead of grandfathering dogs in , their ban has worked. They had one fatality since the ban was enacted.
            Actually, when discussing fatalities the breeds are well documented. Breed determination is predominantly based on physical characterics since the term “pit bull” is a breed group and cannot be determined by DNA testing. Sadly, to identify true UKC registered pit bulls they would have to win three fights first. I prefer to use physical characteristics instead.

          • Samantha Oglesby

            Physical characteristics are common across many breeds so it’s actually a terrible way to discriminate – since so many are hellbent on discriminating. If there isn’t a good way to identify a dog breed from other breeds you can’t ban that breed for lack of a means to properly identify it. When experts review the dogs that have been labeled as pit bulls, staffordshires, or American staffordshires they most often find that they have been incorrectly identified. Can you give me the name of your sources where these breeds are well documented. I have reports from insurance companies I can show you where more maulings were reported from labs and golden retrievers than any of the bully breeds – this is true for places that have no breed bans enacted as well. I’m going to say this out of the interest of good information- you can’t just throw out the “1 bite since the ban = ban works” statement. What type of dog bit and killed a person since the ban and how many people were killed, by what breeds, and what frequency before the ban? I think you’re buying what they’re selling.

          • The Good Fight

            A breed ban does not lesson the number of dog bites. That number remains static. The most bites currently are from labs. That varies depending on which dogs make up the largest dog population at any given time. What a breed ban does reduce if not completey eliminate are maimings and deaths.
            Dog breeds are well documented by breed when a death occurs. Police reports, owner statements are all completly documented. Due to my years as Director my information is first hand research. I find that the two camps pro and against seem to reflect an agenda.

            I do not believe the breed identification issue is as dire situation as you state. One of the most recent studies in VA document an over 95% accuracy rate identifying pit bull type dogs and their mixes. As for lifetime of experience I find those charged with breed identification take it very seriously and are not overly presumptuous.

            In essence I would not advocate for a breed ban but I am disheartened by the pit bull communities failure to admit their is a problem and continue with the barrage of excuses on behalf of the dog. Other breed groups that faced this same “devil dog” title did not denie it existed. They acknowledged that due to overbreeding their dogs were unstable. A breed ban was not necessary because they self imposed breeding restrictions, they culled puppies that were overly aggressive. And last but certainly not least breeders took back their dogs in the owners could not care for them practically eliminating their breed showing up in shelters. With a million pit bulls dying in shelters year after year I hasten to wonder why in the world isn’t the pit bull community admitting and addressing the problem. It has been going on for over 30 years. The pit bull communities failure to act on behalf of their OWN breed is why breed bans continue. The pit bull is succeeding in over turning many bans but continue to ignore the problems with their breed that needs to be resolved. This shortsighted goal is killing a million of their dogs a year and churning out overbred unstable dogs.

    • jorge

      Is there a place or page where I can follow the prigress of this issue so I can be informed of the latest news regarding this topic

  • 123tl78

    A little media bias perhaps? What are the chances? Richard Jewell’s life was ruined by media bias and jumping the gun on inaccurate news. This happens with dogs and many other things unfortunately. This is the media. They want ratings. It’s a business. That’s it.

    • thatindividual

      Pesky little thing all those kids killed and pets killed by pit bulls though.

      • gouko787

        Very, very sad. How does killing a dog that did not attack undo what was done?

        • thatindividual

          Who is killing a dog that did not attack? Are you confused? Are you talking about the overflow in pounds and shelters being euthanized? No one is coming to kill your dog unless it kills first. I think you can rest easy, Gouko, if you are a responsible owner. I hope you get lots of sloppy kisses on your pillow tonight, just try not to have a seizure or you could wake up dead. Then your dog will likely be trafficked and renamed by the Lexus folks, not euthanized.

          • EulaF

            You are so wrong on so many different levels. Go back to your bubble.

          • gouko787

            Sorry, I can not sleep easy while those filled with hate and fear try to blame the actions of a few on the entire group.
            Obviously you are either blind or willfully ignorant if you think the banning, collection and euthanizing of dogs in Aurora did not include the killing family pets.
            I am not a person who will others face injustice simply because I may be spared.
            First they came for the pit bulls, then they came for the Rotwiellers, then the Mastiffs, then the German Shepards…..
            You won’t stop until everything you fear is on the endangered species list…and then you find something else to fear. I will fight you every step of the way, because bigotry in any form needs to be stamped out.

          • thatindividual

            “I am not a person who will stand by while others face injustice simply because I may have been spared.” Is it not an injustice to you all of those people and pets killed by pit bulls? You have been spared that?

          • EulaF

            And you are just so certain that particular dogs are not seized? Child, you have much to learn about life and the way that the world operates.

          • thatindividual

            I think we can all have something to learn from one another.

          • thatindividual

            I think unless your dog continually escapes or gets caught in a dirty deed, you have more to worry about from dogfighters stealing your dog.

          • EulaF

            You would just love that, wouldn’t you? Your hate is clearly seen and cannot be hidden behind your words.

          • tbcseod

            Wow, you have never been to the Aurora pound, have you? Have you looked at the RB kill rate in Aurora? Seriously……… If you don;t think pitbulls are killed by the ban then wow, just wow…….

        • thatindividual

          Furthermore, Gouko, why should our pets (not to mention our children and neighbours!!!) have to die violent deaths before our very eyes so you can have your pit bull? It’s worth it to you??? What a lot of nerve you have!!!!

          • gouko787

            My dog is not a threat. The fact that you lump me in with people who have dangerous dogs, regardless of breed simply illustrates you ability to think the worst of people.
            My neighbors, all of them love my dog and would defend my dog to the end.
            Hell yes it is worth it to me to have a loving dog that has nothing to do with attacks of others. Why would I look at him differently because of something other dogs have done? That would make me like you.

          • thatindividual

            So then why are you here defending an entire breed?

          • gouko787

            Because you are condemning the entire breed.
            Is my presence altering your plans. Would you prefer I let you just spread hate and fear unchecked…..too bad.

          • thatindividual

            The fear is real.

          • EulaF

            Is it worth it to you to kill a sentient being based on looks? Is it worth it to you to see children cry because some a$$hat like you decided that because their dog looks a certain way that the dog should be killed? Is it worth it to you to know the pain and suffering of losing a beloved animal based on looks and not natural causes, especially if the dog did no harm? Talk about a lot of nerve. You have the audacity to say because YOU think that all pit bulls are dangerous that they should be killed? You are the epitome of idiocy.

          • thatindividual

            Eula, please don’t put words in my mouth Our pets and loved ones are sentient beings too. You don’t think so? Eula, none of us live on an island. The things we do, the choices we make affect all those around us. I am more worried about children dying than children crying and the sentimentalism and fanaticism pit advocates are caught up in. We can ignore reality they say, but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.

          • EulaF

            I didn’t put words in your mouth. Who are you to question my beliefs when I am fighting for equality among sentient beings?

          • thatindividual

            Eula, you have your beliefs.

          • tbcseod

            Far more children (and pets for that matter) die from poor diet/obesity, child/animal abuse and not being properly restrained during a car accident.

            By your statment for concerns for children dying then you are for and active in the process for banning of fast food, parents and children riding vehicles?

            If not then your statement above is hypocritical at best, the ban kills pitbulls every single day – pitbuls that have never cause a single tear to fall but they are killed based on looks and location on the map alone……… That’s when those who have lost a pitbull to BSL weep.

            Again, my opinion is thatproperly implemented aggressive dog laws that promote responsilbe ownership (to include training, proper care and exercise) would single out dogs (of all breads) who are aggressive as well as owners who probily shouldn’t own a dog of any breed let alone a powerful breed.

            Be well

  • Bob Cronk

    The most recent
    comprehensive examination of dog bite data was published in the Journal of the American
    Veterinary Medical Association this past December. The researchers, who
    included the lead author of the CDC’s 2000 study, compiled much more extensive
    case histories than the CDC had previously. And this time, the researchers
    concluded that breed was not a significant contributing factor in fatal dog
    bites.

    In
    more than 80 percent of the 256 dog bite fatalities the JAVMA researchers
    examined, breed could not even be reliably determined.

    These
    figures are in line with a National Institute for Health study from 2009,
    looking at dogs identified at pit bulls in Florida animal shelters. That study
    also found that most people are fairly bad at identifying what breed of dog
    they’re interacting with.

    • Thomas McCartney

      The truth about The American Veterinary Medical Association’s position on pit bull sterilization and animal welfare issues.

      The AVMA position against legislation to mandate sterilization of pit bulls is subsumed within the assertion that, “Banning specific breeds to control dog bite injuries ignores the scope and nature of the problem and is unlikely to protect a community’s citizens.” This claim is, first of all, blatantly false.

      In truth, the few large U.S. cities which prohibit or restrict possession of pit bulls have had markedly fewer dog attack fatalities and disfigurements over the past 30 years than any others of comparable size. Also of note is that these cities––San Francisco, Denver, Miami, and New York City––impound and kill just a fraction as many pit bulls as those without breed-specific laws.

      Bluntly put, the AVMA appears to oppose breed-specific legislation by way of pandering to the same “fanciers” who popularized “cosmetic” surgeries and were long a big part of many veterinarians’ clientele, even if they didn’t have many dogs neutered.

      Though dogs have bred prolifically without human help since long before the rise of human civilization, canine obstetrics has become a lucrative branch of the veterinary industry, for example because dogs often need help to birth breeds with disproportionately large heads.

      • gouko787

        I respect your opinion, but it is just that, not fact.
        As evidenced by your use of the word “appears” and your reference to numbers and stats with no numbers to support your opinion.

      • Jaloney Caldwell

        A vet that is not afraid of losing business. Speaking out
        against pitbulls!
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtqJxjeEee8&feature=youtu.be

        • Fayclis

          Vets speak out regarding a “pit bull” hoax. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtqXudr7qAQ

          • thatindividual

            Are you going to tell me pits are the only breed with irresponsible and negligent owners? Because they are the ones out there doing the vast majority of killing! Why hasn’t my neighbour’s loose weiner mutt killed anybody? I will tell you why, because he lacks both the chops and the desire. A pit bull has both, whether he is neglected or not. A pit is a working dog bred to kill to please both its owner and its instincts.

          • gouko787

            Why is your neighbor’s weiner mutt loose and why are you not concerned about that?

          • thatindividual

            How do you know if I am?

          • Aforallie

            Because a weiner mutt is not capable of tearing the arms off two women, like pitbulls did last year.

          • Karen

            Duh – because neighbor’s weiner mutt has neither the drive/desire, or the capability to take down and kill me, my children, and/or my normal dogs. The weiner mutt isn’t going to dig under my fence or climb it to get to my pets or children and kill them. The neighbor’s weiner mutt is not going to crash through the glass or screens on the front door or windows to attack and kill us inside our own homes. As long as we don’t bother him, weiner mutt is likely going to go on his way with no harm to anyone. If we do try and catch him and he is aggressive, weiner mutt is likely to give is a few warning growls or barks, along with his hair raised to let us know not to go any further. If we don’t heed his warning, he will likely do a quick bite, perhaps two, to make his point and escape. If he really latches on to our pet or child, a swift kick is going to send weiner mutt packing with a loud howl and his tail tucked. Weiner mutt is typical of almost every dog breed and mutt that DOESN’T have pit bull genetics. *That* is why we aren’t concerned about the loose weiner mutt (or Poodle, Golden, Beagle, Shepherd, Jack Russell, Schnauzer, or any of a couple hundred other breeds).

          • Missk

            I feel you live in a wonderful fantasy land and have simple watched too much television. Put a cap on the over active imagination you have and let us look at things from a realistic point of view shall we.

          • tbcseod

            In this comparison you seem to be reasoning that a CLASS of dogs known a s “Pitbulls” – a class that comprises anywhere between 3 and 11 breeds (depending on where your looking) as a group is more dangerous that one specific dog? Again, I am not trying to pick a fight but it seems like your stacking that comparison a bit – its like saying red cars in general have caused more injuries or deaths than my neighbors brown car………. A statement I don’t doubt to be true but one that doesn’t prove anything other than your neighbors car has not been involved in a major accident when compared to thousands of other cars that are out and about who happen to looks a certain way……. Fact is that EVERY breed has irresponsible owners, that is why there’s still a bite rate statistic in places with BSL…….

          • thatindividual

            No it is like saying freight trains have caused more damage to those in their paths than go-karts.

          • tbcseod

            The ban doesn’t have a size requirement, you keep typing about hummers verses bikes and now trains verses go carts…. Are you saying every large dog is a bad dog? Or Aurora RB’s class dogs are the bad ones?

            I guess given the line of statements regarding size and the fact that you already stated that “Pit bulls have that nasty desire to kill, too, which dogfighters developed in them for dog fighting.” (indicating that every pitbull alive has come from a dog fighter? I would have thought I would have seen and remembered a study that concluded that…….) I guess you should be more concerned about the mental state of a dog over size or breed.

            If were basing argument on size and innocents attached then a skate board should be less harmful that even a go-cart so food for thought:

            There’s a game in some cities with the youth called “The knock out game”, the object of the game is to sneak up on someone that you don’t know then hit them in the back of the head (usually with a punch) in a effort to “Knock them out” (Go ahead, Google it).
            Several “players of the game” have started using skateboards to “Skate by” and as they pass they flip the board up and bop the target in the head.

            Think of the owner as the train conductor or the hummer driver or the bicyclist, ect and the moral of the story is in the wrong hands even a skate board, go cart or bicycle can do some pretty big damage…….

            Best regards

        • Mary Olson
      • Thomas would you please give us your real name as we know you are actually a female. We’re also aware that you belong to the same group and defend the firefighter who was demoted. We’ve seen your comments on your Facebook page about “dumb Mexicans” and you do not even live in the United States. Perhaps you are better off working on issues in your own community rather than working to dictate what should happen in others. You spend a great deal of time and effort on websites nationwide with this misinformation.

      • Steve Barker

        Thomas McCartney is a dogsbite.org disciple. That website is run by a woman dedicated to the elimination of not only all “pit bulls”, but many other types of dogs as well. Her disciples seek out stories about “pit bulls” on the Internet (whether positive or negative) and flood the comments section with reams of copy/pasted “statistics”, none of which are even remotely provable.

    • fearnot

      give up the trolls have arrived in all of their bigoted, biased costumes and masks

  • Gouko787 is right. The Aurora Sentinel did a poor job of reporting facts this time but it was a good headline grab.

  • Linda Hart

    Interesting that some in Aurora city are still using the argument that “if we lift the ban all the pitbulls from other cities will flood in and kill our residents!” Really? Have you all learned nothing in this debate? Englewood decided against a breed ban over 5 years ago when Denver decided to kick all the pitts out. The same argument was being used to try to pass a ban. The citizens and city worked together to find a resolution, and we put a great dangerous dog law and owner education program into effect instead. Stats from Englewood show NO problems with pitbulls since that time. We do have quite a few in the city and welcome them as long as they are well mannered and the owners are responsible dog owners. Any breed can bite. That is why a good dangerous dog law and owner education is what works. Breed bans do not.

    • thatindividual

      “Any breed can bite.” Yes, and any vehicle can run you over, but it is quite a different thing to get run over by a Hummer than a bicycle.

      • Linda Hart

        Well, I guess the “Hummers” in Englewood haven’t been a problem so what is your point? Supporting good dangerous dog laws rather than breed bans work. Good traffic laws and responsible drivers will keep you from getting hit by that bicycle or hummer also, unless you are blind enough to step in front of it. Common sense rules for both.

        • thatindividual

          The point? Pit bulls are more dangerous to human beings, pets and livestock when they attack and they are much more likely to attack. They are a working breed bred to kill. The trouble is Linda, it is hard to step on our own lawns anymore without our responsible neighbor’s pit bull attacking us or our dogs. It is hard to get our mail delivered. We can’t let our children out to play anymore. This is a problem. You don’t have to be blind to step into one. You have to be blind not to.

          • Linda Hart

            So, if you have problem dogs in your neighborhood, whatever the breed, what about a dangerous dog law would not address that issue? What if the dog was a german shepherd or a Golden Retriever? Breed bans wouldn’t help you in that case.

          • thatindividual

            How was Klonda Richey helped?

          • Linda Hart

            Well, your precious breed ban wouldn’t have been of any help since the dogs were not pitbulls or any breed banned in Aurora. A dangerous dog law would have resolved the issue before it got to the point of someone dying, and if a complaint was filed with the police. As you can see in the video the dog owner was encouraging the dogs. That is not a responsible dog owner and in my opinion he should be charged with murder or manslaughter for intentionally encouraging the dogs to attack someone. No excuse for that! Put the blame where it belongs, with the dog owners whatever the breed may be.

          • thatindividual

            I actually put the blame on the advocates and rescuers who I believe know the truth and take advantage of the public.

          • EulaF

            What a distorted view you hold, my friend.

          • Lauri bell

            True advocacy and rescue groups are RESPONSIBLE for what information and dogs they put out there and stand behind.

          • Karen

            You miss the point that in almost all pit bull attacks on both humans and animals, there was nothing prior that could have deemed them an “aggressive dog”. They had “never been aggressive before”, “it was such a shock”, “we never expected anything like this”, “he’s always been so good with the kids”. That’s the very core nature of the blood sport breeds. Normal dogs show aggression and give opportunities to avoid being attacked or bitten. There are often dozens of smaller incidents and warning signs over a long length of time and they continue to escalate, if unaddressed, to a severe bite or attack. Pit bulls can go from sweet and loving their whole lives, up to the very minutes prior to the attack, and then attack suddenly without warning or provocation and then they are in full-on maul mode and often nothing can stop them short of death – their victim’s or their own. A “dangerous dog” law won’t address the issue with the pit bull infestations.

          • Lauri bell

            Karen, you I’m sorry, are WAY off base with two of your comments. In a number of bites /attacks /fatalities there WAS prior aggression shown by the offending dog. In MOST cases, the dog/dogs are what are deemed “residential” dogs (although some owners would argue that they are indeed “family”, even though they are tied up in the back yard with little or no human contact and left to the elements)! In the most recent event of a attack on the boy in Arizona, apparently the “tied” dog had attacked and bitten a neighboring puppy who wandered into the backyard of the owners home, why was this not addressed? And WHY on the day of the child being attacked didn’t the “witness” intervene BEFORE the child got close
            enough (there are two separate accounts of what happened, one being the child tried to take a bone from the dog, and the other being no bone and a witness stating the dog reached the end of its chain and grabbed the boy)?! There are questions that are similar in many scenarios, unfortunately. Here is the thing Karen, and I’m POSITIVE that I’m not the ONLY owner out here. I have been around pitbulls for 30+ years with ZERO issues (as well as various family and friends). Is this a PEOPLE problem, or a dog problem. You zealots SCREAM about advocacy being the problem…… But in truth, TRUE advocacy supports everything (short of murdering the breed altogether) that you people want, the OWNERS to be responsible! I have owned and loved a breed of dog that started before it was “controversial” to do so. And to tell you the truth, I will continue, I’m sure once again, with ZERO troubles. You people continue to blame the wrong end of the leash…….. Think about it.

          • ARParent

            The term “resident dog” is a phrase coined by a pit bull advocate. It’s an invented “indicator”. It’s just another excuse for the attacks, like spay/neuter, male, more than one dog..It’s just excuses. All of them.

          • The Good Fight

            I know the difference between a resident dog and a family dog. My great aunt owned a farm and believed dogs belonged outside. She loved her dogs but they were the truest definition of a resident dog. Where in that determination is it acceptable for a resident dog to kill? Normal dogs no matter how they are kept kill. Normal dogs show some sign of bite inhibition pit bulls do not nor do they offer warning prior to an attack. You have to remember that pit bull aggression is not precipitated by being protective or territorial but instead most happy and content mauling. Know what you own and the tragedies will deminish. Denial and misinformation are killing.
            If I may elaborate. The mantra of the pit bull community is crate and rotate. When did this training method become neglect and abuse. I also am concerned about the term resident dog as it was created by the National Canine Research Council which may be a fancy name but is funded by Animal Farm, a pit bull advocacy group.

          • Robert Allen

            and MAJORITY of people are gonna say “it was totally unexpected” or “the dog NEVER acted like that before” cause then they are liable to be charged with owning a VICIOUS dog. and not containing it properly.and lots more legal charges. (and pit bull infestations? C’MON get real) thats sounding pretty predujice to me. and i just clicked on your name and MY GOD you ARE EXTREMELY predujice! did you actually post people from the south are not as smart in no uncertain terms? heres your quote(You are referring to “education”. I said “IQ”, which has nothing to do with being “book smart”. Book smart is someone who is well-educated; they may or may not have a higher than average IQ. There are also many conservatives that are being taken advantage of – one only has to look at most of the south.) and Pit Bulls are mutant? go to http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/index.htm and compare the American Pitbull Terrier to YOUR Rhodesian Ridgeback.as a former truck driver i have been around MANY of both and i feel safer around Pits than the HIGH strung ridgebacks ESPECIALLY around children

          • Robert Allen

            you REALLY need to spend as much time researching the facts as you do the negative media propaganda. if you look deeper some of those statics you look at..say from the CDC, those stats they get alot of from reportings from the media and lets face it a Pit attack is a more interesting story than a attack by a families cocker spaniel.

          • The Good Fight

            Fatalities are not left to question. Please review the pictures available on the internet of the dogs that fatally mauled and decide for yourself if they are in fact pit bulls. I have been an animal advocate who has loved and owned pit bulls but I am disheartened by the denial of fact and inaction of the pit bull community to at the very least admit there is a problem.

          • Robert Allen

            the post on your name says you had ridgebacks. here is a couple sentences from wikipedia on them : “They became the foundation stock of a kennel which developed dogs over the next thirty five years with the ability to bay lions,[3] that is, to hold them at bay while the hunter makes the kill.[2] The dogs were used to hunt not only lions but also other game, including wild pigs and baboons. (They have the ability to kill a baboon independent of a human hunter.) attacking if your not around?sounds like a AGGRESSIVE breed to me. BAN EM!!!and their weight is 80-90 lbs and Pits 22 – 78 lbs, (a bigger dog.) most of the sites i have seen, like wiki and dogbreedinfo…YOUR dogs are the aggressive ones

          • The Good Fight

            May I just bring your attention to the honesty of Wikipedia in stating the aggressive tendencies inherent to the breed. While Wikipedia is far from a credible source they in no way insinuate that you can train, socialize and love those aggressive traits out of the breed. That is what we are asking of the pit bull community. Expecting shelters to place over 800,000 pit bulls year after year implies that everyone should own one and I think you would agree that just isn’t true.

          • Joy Stucke

            and when the ridgebacks bite they are pit bulls or pit bull type! None of the statistics work because the dogs breed is not known without a DNA test.

          • ARParent

            That statement in itself shows that you are not basing your argument on science. There is NO SUCH THING as a DNA test for dog BREED. (check with the UC Davis ) It doesn’t exist, no matter what is being sold on the internet.

          • Ljw

            The only reason it seems sudden us because you are not a dog. They have behaviours and signals relative to far keener sensitivities. Also a dog can have been tolerant to a human behaviour it found threatening for years before it addresses it. If you know dogs, and you watch humans interact with them, you will be amazed people aren’t but constantly by every animal. We are noisy, pushy, and mean; but in human terms we are friendly, fun, and outgoing.
            There needs to be more awareness of human behaviour, and people training couldn’t hurt.
            The sickest irony is that you’ll require people to certify and train for guns, but let any ahole have one. Dogs go unchecked to untrained, irresponsible people and are put in impossible situations (many times abusive). But yeah, ban dogs cuz they’re the bigger threat.

          • The Good Fight

            Yes, ban dogs because they are a greater threat! Absolutely! Dogs have been bred to be companions. Any dog that requires the education and extensive rule book to be around cannot be categorized as a companion animal.

          • The Good Fight

            But pit bulls were bred to attack without the physical cues and language other dogs project. That is why being prepared with a bite stick is so important and not taking any pit bull type dog in public unmuzzled. These are simple common sense approaches to managing this specific breed type. Those in favor of breed bans would not be here if honest common sense approaches were being done voluntarily.

          • Robert Allen

            i agree with you Linda. the dogs were mastiffs not Pits and the owner should be charged with murder or manslauter.the same as if he shot her or stabbed her.

          • EulaF

            Did a ban on pit bulls help Annabell Martin? Did a ban on pit bulls help Tom Vick? Did a ban on pit bulls help Mia Gibson? Did a ban on pit bulls help Jordan Reed? Did a ban on pit bulls help Kenneth Santilla?

          • thatindividual

            2,739 pit bulls euthanized every day in the US. How is opposing BSL working out for the dogs they claim to love? Is limiting breeding so awful for them to think about? How is this love? Please explain to me.

          • gouko787

            So your in the “we had to burn the village and kill everyone to save them” mindset. Good luck with that!

          • thatindividual

            Gouko, I hope one day you will understand what I said, even if you don’t agree with it. I don’t think you did.

          • gouko787

            I will pass on the hate and fear. Thanks for offering though.

          • The Good Fight

            It bothers me to see such divide among animal lovers.

            I am not affiliated with any group but I do recognize we have a problem and would like it if we all worked together to proactively get the pit bull boom under control. I am really disheartened by the 800,000 that are euthanized in shelters annually. I do not blame the shelters. Eventually the communities are saturate with pit bulls and not everyone should own one which I know you agree with. Why isn’t the pit bull community stepping up their efforts on if not breed restriction self imposed breeding restrictions? I have seen how organized the pit bull community is so I am sure if only responsible breeders working to breed gameness out of the dogs were the place to get your next dog the pit bull community would only go to those breeders. They might want emulate what the GSD community did and have new owners sign an agreement to bring their dogs back to the breeder instead of surrendering them from shelters. This would reduce shelter deaths dramatically.

          • EulaF

            You did not answer the questions that were proposed regarding the deaths of people killed NOT by pit bulls but other breeds. Don’t try to change the subject. It won’t work.

          • thatindividual

            Eula, it is pit bulls people fear because it is pit bulls that are attacking and killing every week in staggering numbers. The numbers compared to other breeds speak for themselves and all of us who have been through a pit bull attack know why we fear them. You have expressed a disregard for us, our plight, our injuries, and our losses. I get it.

          • EulaF

            No, you don’t get it…at all. Why is my attack at the age of 17 by a collie (which left a six inch scar on my leg and took 20 stitches to close along with rehab) any different? I used to compete in track, but after the attack, I couldn’t due to muscle damage. I lost my college scholarship because of the injury. I couldn’t work because of the injury so I lost my job, too. But I found another way to pay for college and I did graduate. Rather than dwell, whine, cry, and complain about a situation that I had no control over, I turned being a victim into becoming a survivor. I am a survivor of a dog attack. Where is your sympathy for me? Do you want to know who saved me from the attack? My PIT BULL. Your plight is self-made by you, your losses are made up by you and are a figment of your own imagination. It is not my disregard for you, it is you that ignores and disregards responsibility. As well, you love playing the victim to gain emotional satisfaction. Everyone can see that, so you are not fooling anyone.

          • thatindividual

            Eula, I will consider your opinion of me thoughtfully, however I am not comfortable judging people. But I am comfortable judging ideas, dogs, and breeds for danger. I think prudent judgement of the danger of an animal or the stupidity of an idea is a human responsibility. Kudos to you for your graduation (and your finding another way to pay for it), and on being a survivor of a collie attack.

          • tbcseod

            A number of dog trainers will work with pitbulls and other “BSL / RB K9s” but will not work with small breed dogs (Usually under 20 or 25 pounds) – the reason, bite risk to the trainer…………. Honest fact to consider. I personally work with aggression rehab case dogs (Often former bait dogs, “attack” dogs and even a few former fighters) and have been bitten a number of times, it comes with the job I chose and do not ask for any consideration or sympathy for those bites as I put myself in that line of fire so that I can help the dogs that I work with overcome the issues they face – but in all those bites I have been sent to the ER 3 times, twice by dogs under 20 pounds of weight. The reason those bites needed attention, because generally speaking a smaller dog will bite in rapid succession to defend itself from a perceived threat where as a larger breed is more inclined to “Bite and hold”. That being said my personal experiences lead me to believe that “Bite risk” is not govern by weather a dog is a “Pit bull” CLASS of dog or not but by the dog itself as a individual…….

          • thatindividual

            Whenever I hear someone use a phrase like “honest fact”, I know that somewhere in his account lie dishonest facts. I won’t call you dishonest, but I will say with certainty somewhere in your paragraph lies an intent to deceive. I have seen how pit bulls bite first hand: brutally. I think you will find emergency room doctors who service pit bull victims have a different tale to tell than you. Pit bulls have that nasty desire to kill, too, which dogfighters developed in them for dog fighting. Some have said their attacks resemble bear attacks, involving scalping of their victims and pulling off their faces.

          • tbcseod

            Your welcome to point out my lie (I will say with certainty somewhere in your paragraph lies an intent to deceive.) in my statement – it would only seem right that if you make the claim then show the proof………

            Also, interesting semantics on saying you would not call me dishonest and then to say my statement hides the intent to deceive – the very definition of “lie”

            noun: lie; plural noun: lies
            1.
            an intentionally false statement.

            Verb: (of a thing) present a false impression; be deceptive.

            synonyms: :untruthfulness dishonesty
            misrepresentation

            antonyms:

            honesty
            Most honest people don’t lie, and in accordance with the definition of the word and its #2 synonym your stating I must be less than honest – thus dishonest……

            nice effort though…………..

          • Gabriel Barros

            Pit bulls tend to go for the face.

          • EulaF

            You are very comfortable judging people along with everything else. You don’t hold the capacity to master prudent judgement because of your distorted view. You congratulate me for being a survivor of an attack, but since it was not a pit bull, it is not your concern. What a sanctimonious and captious lifestyle that you live.

          • thatindividual

            I don’t think anyone would believe a pit bull lover would feel threatened by a collie. But maybe you will find some gullible people out there. I don’t know. Did the collie bite you, Eula? Did the pit bull bite the collie?

          • thatindividual

            Eula, Did the collie bite you?
            Also, do you see all pit bull victims plights and losses as “self made”?
            So I can correct myself if necessary, what responsibility did I disregard?

          • EulaF

            Do you know how to read and comprehend? I told you that I have a six inch scar on my leg that took 20 stitches to close. The blatant disregard of words that are right in front of your face tells your tale of antagonism.

          • thatindividual

            Yes, you did, Eula, but you did not say the collie bit you. In fact by giving regard to your words I noticed that.

          • EulaF

            The collie’s family opted to put down the dog. Yes, the collie bit me, unlike your cult leader’s staged attack where she intentionally frightened a dog, broke her arm from the fall, blamed the dog for the break, and then can’t keep her story straight. No, my pit bull did not bite the collie but only showed warning signs to the collie. The collie’s teeth put a six inch gaping wound on my leg. Play with words all you like. We can still see your ugly hate-filled agenda and we also recognize your method of operation. I answered your questions. Now it is time that you answer mine. Did a ban on pit bulls help Annabell Martin? Did a ban on pit bulls help Tom Vick? Did a ban on pit bulls help Mia Gibson? Did a ban on pit bulls help Jordan Reed? Did a ban on pit bulls help Kenneth Santilla?

          • thatindividual

            Eula, I don’t believe your story. I find it silly, ridiculous and embarrassing to you. Furthermore, I don’t think anyone would intentionally frighten a pit bull. I find so many things you say fantastic, unbelievable, incredible, improbable, unconvincing, unlikely, and even outrageous. However you present an excellent example. Thank you for that.

          • EulaF

            I would tend to guess that you simply cannot answer the questions that have been asked of you.

          • thatindividual

            I feel more concern for having offended you and been ugly to you. Please forgive me this and my failure to answer you.

          • Joy

            Wow, you are really dence thatindividual, This is the mentality of most of the pit bull haters!!!

          • thatindividual

            I will ask you again, was it the collie that bit you, Eula? What happened to the collie?

          • Lauri bell

            EulaF………..BRAVO, and well said!

          • The Good Fight

            I am sorry for your injuries. Don’t you want to prevent further injuries and if so wouldn’t you talk to other victims. What you would find as I have is that the victims are predominantly from pit bull attacks. That in no way discounts your tragedy.

          • EulaF

            You are not sorry for anything, The Good Fight. Come back when you have something more constructive to say.

          • The Good Fight

            What do you think the pit bull community can do to end the surplus of unwanted pit bulls? How do you suggest that owners of loved, trained and socialized pit bulls can prevent the attacks?

          • EulaF

            I think that if you quit demonizing the breed and feeding the stereotype that it would help matters tremendously.

          • The Good Fight

            The owners of most pit bull attacks do not suit the mantra that only irresponsible owners create dogs that attack. It isn’t the thugs involved in most attacks not because they are responsible owners but the very reason they have these dogs is because of their inherent aggressive tendencies. What is to be done when responsible dog owners are being attacked by their own dogs?

          • EulaF

            Your words are minced and misguided. Typical of such mindset. Once again…come back when you have something constructive to say.

          • Lauri bell

            NO sane and caring person would disregard a victim (including myself)!! But once again, it’s seriously time to look at the BIG picture. When you take on the responsibility of dog ownership (regardless of breed) there is responsibility. In almost EVERY dog bite/fatality /attack, either 1. The owners are nowhere to be found 2. There was NO adult or able bodied individual to intervene 3. The dog was not familiar with the victim or vice versa 4. The dog was a “residential” dog, not a family dog (and let’s throw in the unneutered males and females with pups protecting their young for good measure)! I’m sure you will disagree with this, but in reality……. It’s reality. Are “bad owners” attracted to “bad dogs”? Or is it good dogs that are attracting” bad owners”?! Once again, a good advocate looks at the whole scenario. We want to EDUCATE in a non discriminatory manner. It’s true though what they say (and this saying I admit is a tad worn) blame the deed.

          • The Good Fight

            Pit bulls killed more people last year than all other dogs combined and if you question the accuracy of the breeds reported their pictures are available online.

          • EulaF

            Oh…yea…I forgot…lineage of a dog can be traced through a picture, right?

          • The Good Fight

            Those fatalities are no less tragic and yet do not outweigh the 30 additional fatalities that never had to happen by pit bull type dogs.

          • Karen Batchelor

            She certainly wasn’t helped by the inaction of animal control despite clear proof that here was a dangerous owner – breed irrelevant.

          • Karen

            German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers aren’t killing our pets and neighbors – pit bulls are.

          • EulaF

            I will propose to you the same question that I asked of your fellow cult member, Karen. Did a ban on pit bulls help Annabell Martin? Did a ban on pit bulls help Tom Vick? Did a ban on pit bulls help Mia Gibson? Did a ban on pit bulls help Jordan Reed? Did a ban on pit bulls help Kenneth Santilla?

          • thatindividual

            Let us count the numbers and read the names of all the people a pit bull ban would have helped. Fatal Pit bull Attacks dot com.

          • EulaF

            Why does being attacked by any other breed not matter to you? Does it make the person any less dead? Tell me how a ban on pit bulls helped Annabell Martin? Did a ban on pit bulls help Tom Vick? Did a ban on pit bulls help Mia Gibson? Did a ban on pit bulls help Jordan Reed? Did a ban on pit bulls help Kenneth Santilla? If you can’t make the dog look like a pit bull, then it doesn’t matter to you. Your true agenda of hate is shining through.

          • Robert Allen

            Annabell Martin was attack by Rottweilers,(http://blog.pe.com/breaking-news/2014/01/31/corona-pet-dogs-fatally-maul-woman/) and Tom Vick tried to break up a fight between 6 dogs. the one that got him was a boxer NOT a pit! and he wasnt attacked he put HIMSELF in THE MIDDLE of a dog fight. get the facts first. (http://www.businessinsider.com/husband-of-former-mayor-dies-after-his-own-40-pound-dog-attacks-him-2013-12)

          • Robert Allen
          • Robert Allen

            if you people WANT FACTS regarding BSL here is Facts from the American Humane Asso. quote ( American Humane supports local legislation to protect communities from dangerous animals, but does not advocate laws that target specific breeds of dogs)http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/stop-animal-abuse/fact-sheets/dog-bites.html also Any breed of dog can bite, and research suggests BSL does little to protect the community from dog-bite incidents

          • The Good Fight

            Reducing dog bites is not the goal. Reducing mauling, maiming and killing is! These are almost non existent in places where breed bans are enforced.

          • The Good Fight

            Every victim is a tragedy but after retiring as an Animal Control Director and working as a victims advocate I find that those tragedies are most of caused by pit bulls. We just want change and admission of a problem so We can work together to end or at least reduce these attacks. Preferably, without attacking each other. 🙂

          • EulaF

            IF you are a retired AC Director and IF you have worked as a victim advocate, then you would know that the problem does not only include pit bulls or pit bull mixes. If you want a change, then you would advocate for responsible ownership of all breeds and not the eradication of particular ones.

          • The Good Fight

            Who said eradicate the breed? It is through my experience that new pit bull owners aren’t given accurate information about the breed. They cannot be responsible owners with only limited information. I am asking the pit bull community to step up and take action on behalf of their breed. The pit bull community is failing their breed by not using there network to stop the breeding and have breeders take back their dogs if there is a problem. The backyard breeders would dry up and pit bulls would no longer die in shelters.

          • EulaF

            IF you are a retired ACO and if you are a victim advocate, then the responsibility is also yours for the proclaimed failure of education regarding the breed.

          • EulaF

            Then the blame gets shifted to you because in your position as an ACO Director, it was your responsibility to properly educate the adopters.

          • The Good Fight

            As an ACO Director I applied all of my knowledge into every adoption. I made sure each pit bull returned to finalize their good citizen certificate. They were taught how and why a bite stick is necessary with training on their use. I informed them about genetic predisposition of aggression. If they had other dogs they were taught to crate and rotate. We also provided after adoption behavioral help. An informative packet of “why pit bulls are a special and require extra ordinary care” was provided. This and much more is what I have contributed to protect the breed. It is sad that due to a true lack of the national organizations staying educated on the breed…the breed is now a danger to the intentionally misinformed new owners. May I ask what you have done to protect the breed besides perpetuate only half of what it takes to own the breed?

          • EulaF

            Once again, the blame gets shifted to you because YOU failed to properly educate. Dogs are individuals and not all dogs have a genetic predisposition to aggression and that includes dogs of all breeds. You most certainly did not make sure that every dog returned for their certificate because you don’t even know what the proper name or who administers the test, let alone what is involved. You are a liar….blah blah blah. Face the truth that you are just another foamer.

          • The Good Fight

            You have yet to answer any of my questions. Everything I have said is true and I loved my behaviorist who provided the good citizen certification to the dogs I was charged to care for and adopt out. There isn’t anything wrong with giving all the information available. I ask again, what have you done to solve the current problems. Denying there is a problem isn’t a solution. I appreciate the dialogue though for everyone else that reads these comments. You are allowing me a great forum for me to offer sound information.

          • EulaF

            Sound information? More like bull puckey.

          • The Good Fight

            What is a foamer?

          • EulaF

            Look in the mirror and ye shall see.

          • EulaF

            Look in the mirror and ye shall see.

          • EulaF

            Look in the mirror.

          • The Good Fight

            Dogs have individual quirks and personality within their breed group but that is different than being an individual derived of circumstance and world experience that would be anthromorphism. Are you inferring they a clean slate that is “dog”? Are you saying a Pointer points because someone teaches their dog to point?

          • EulaF

            It is pretty obvious to me that you have not a clue about domesticated animal behavior.

          • EulaF

            It is pretty obvious to me that you have not a clue about domesticated animal behavior.

          • EulaF

            The only admission that you need to make is your own failure as an ACO/advocate. Face the truth, you failed as an ACO and as a victim advocate.

          • Robert Allen

            look at my replies for EulaF… BSL doent work,none of those were pits. should we now ban all husky breeds, Rotts, mastiffs, boxers?? what about all shepards, Dobies,Dalmations, Standard Poodles and any other dog larger than a terrier??? where does it stop? and there is a reason the small dogs are called “ankle biters” should we ban the small breeds also? responsiblity, education, and ENFORCED LAWS and possibly stiffer penalties for irresponsible owners does work. ANY ANIMAL can be a potential threat to a person. a friend of mine went to a friends hose and was attacked sitting on their couch by the family CAT (23 stitches on jaw ,neck, and shoulder. it smelled my friends cat) lets ban Tabbies(or any breed looking like a Tabbie.

          • The Good Fight

            Sadly, those 5 deaths would have occurred but the 30 others of the same year would have not happened.

          • Robert Allen

            i have had 2 dogs killed by a german shepard, a 1 by a golden retriever, also 1 by a australian sheperd. are the shepards and retrievers supposed to be like some kind of SAINT dog?? can do no evil??

          • The Good Fight

            There are aggressive anomalies in every breed but these traits are not an anomaly in pit pull type dogs. Speaking honestly about all pit bull breed traits will lead to true responsible owners. We are not seeing nearly the irresponsible owners that are reported but families only Educated on the positive traits of the breed and that has proved to be dangerous and irresponsible.

          • Robert Allen

            doesnt sound like a RESPONSIBLE neighbor to me

          • Ljw

            They are no more likely to attack than your cat or your bratty five year old. Species or breed specific aggression is a scientifically dispelled myth, and it needs to stop being used as the lazy way past a human problem.

        • Yotie

          Holding owners of dogs that maul responsible?! We don’t even do that now. The bad owner opens a “Save Mauler” Facebook page, blames a 4 year old kid for getting bitten and then raises $3,000. The dog gets “rehabbed” and the family of the shredded kid is left with the medical bills. Kevin in Arizona is the perfect example of this new norm.

        • The Good Fight

          I would agree with you if the laws were proactive instead of reactive. There is also the issue of responsible ownership. If new owners aren’t aware of the inherent risks of the breed and what they were bred to do, that one poses a risk. A dog that was bred to show no cues prior to an attack is need to know information and yet is not readily available to new owners. It is acceptance and knowledge of both positive and Negative traits that promote responsible pet ownership. Most new owners do not even realize the inherent risk of dog to dog aggression along with owning and knowing how to use a bite stick. They don’t even know what a bite stick is….

      • Fayclis

        The average weight of a banned breed is around 65 pounds Are you saying ALL dogs over 65 pounds should be banned? Do you KNOW how many dog types weigh OVER 65 lbs? In case you support and spew myths, you might want to google “Bite Force Competition-German Sheppard-Rottweiler-Pitbull”. Guess what dog came in LAST for bite force BOTH times the professional tests were done. Hint? Wasn’t the rottie or the sheppard.

        • Jaloney Caldwell

          the average weight of a banned breed has nothing to do with this discussion.. The bite force is not an issue. CASKETS are the issues as well as injuries that leave people looking like freaks for life. Plastic surgeries that are not covered by insurances and kids that will never go to a prom cause they look like they have been through a war. Empathy for them is not within your moral fiber cause it did not happen to you or yours? Dog fighters love you..

          • Fayclis

            I do not want the person down the street to be put in jail for what another person did who might LOOK like them. I believe in individual accountability and do not paint ALL people OR dogs the same based on what a few do. There are about 83 MILLION dogs in the US. Average fatal dog attacks range 28 to 36 a year. On average over 800 children die at the hands of parents and guardians every year. That does not make ALL parents or guardians dangerous. Tens of thousands of humans die due to other humans in the US every year but that does not make ALL humans dangerous. I believe in individual rights when citizens are responsible. I am a responsible citizen and have had these “types” of dogs in and around my family for a quarter of a century with NO issues as have MILLIONS and MILLIONS of others. I don’t believe in witch hunts; people wearing white sheets to intimate races of people or extinction of people or pets based on a “supreme race”. Don’t you DARE talk to me of moral fiber. I will put up my community and church work up against yours any day of the week, month or year. I abhor dog fighters but believe other bigots LOVE you.

          • Aforallie

            By your logic, it should be OK to keep a mountain lion as a pet just because it hasn’t attacked anyone yet.

          • Fayclis

            Ok let’s compare Lions as you DBO people love to do and the picture below even adds more of your “favourite” comparisons to dogs. On average, a male lion reaches 6 to 8 feet long and weighs from 270 to 500 pounds. It is “estimated” lions have a average bite force in the range of 600 to 800 pounds PSI. QUICK, let’s go back to an average pit bull type dog weighing around 65 pounds and being 24 to 26 inches in length with a bite force around 235 pounds per psi.
            MOUNTAIN LION:
            6 to 8 feet long
            Weight=270 to 500 lbs
            Bite force PSI=600 to 800
            PIT BULL TYPE DOG:
            24 to 26 inches in length
            Weight=65 to 75 lbs
            Bite force PSI=235
            NOW, let’s turn on brains.
            How can anyone, with even a quarter of a “working brain”, even remotely contrive a average dog, be it pit bull type or not, compares to a wild mountain lion? Duh?

          • EulaF

            Joan, why are you wishing further pain and mental anguish for victims? For you to say that they will never attend prom because of a scar is in direct violation of your own statement. For that matter, I don’t believe that you have any empathy for any victim. The only thing that you hold in your heart is hate, which reduces your moral fiber to zero. Get over yourself.

          • Mary Olson

            contraire Caldwell..dog fighters hate us..who the hell do you suppose put Vick in jail…who did the most protesting..

          • tbcseod

            I have empathy for those attacked or killed by any breed of dog, but, for what reason is it that properly enforced aggressive dogs laws could not prevent such tragedies without condemning ever dog based on its looks? Not trying to start a bicker match, just asking what I feel is a honest question?

          • Steve Barker

            Note to anyone reading this. Jaloney Caldwell is a dogsbite.org disciple. That website is run by a woman dedicated to the elimination of not only all “pit bulls”, but many other types of dogs as well. Her disciples seek out stories about “pit bulls” on the Internet (whether positive or negative) and flood the comments section with reams of copy/pasted “statistics”, none of which are even remotely provable.

          • Hybrid007

            Jaloney Baloney is what I say. She/he is an internet troll who’s been commenting on different stories about pits for years. She/he is obsessed. I thought surely she/he was run off along with the Westboro Baptist church by now, because that’s how she/he acts. She LOVES to quote the CDC 20 year bite study saying it supports the ‘aggressive pit’ image, but always leaves out the fact that the CDC concluded from their OWN report, that breed is not an important factor in determining whether or not a dog will be aggressive, lol. Oops.

      • Jaloney Caldwell

        as the families of the six kids already killed this year can testify to.. along with two different children.. one two and one thirteen that died on March 1st in Texas and New Jersey.

        • Jennifer Bryant

          The dog that killed that 13 year old in Texas was a Bullmastiff, which is NOT illegal in Aurora or a pit bull. Way to gloss over the death of the 4 year old this week in Alabama that was killed by a German Shepherd mix. We are interested in protecting all of our citizens by evaluating the facts and putting measures in place to create a safer community based on those facts. Your extreme and uneducated manipulation of evidence is not helpful.

          • Nomasidiotas

            FYI, the German Shepard mix in Alabama is a German Shepard/Pit Bull mix.

          • Jennifer Bryant

            Articles report a German Shepherd mix and possibly a lab mix, cite your source please.

          • thatindividual

            What a surprise!!!! Not! I am glad they sorted that!

      • Robert Allen

        number one.. you are comparing apples and oranges.(3000 lb + motorized vehicle to a 15 lb or so non-motorized.)and if the Hummer was yours you would keep the keys, where not just anyone could start it and hurt someone with it. right? same with a RESPONSIBLE dog owner of any breed. also bicyclist are always getting attacked by motorized vehicles should we ban the big bad Hummers? or have educated, responsible drivers?

      • Hybrid007

        The facts show that breed bans are failing all over the world. Pits are being replaced with other dogs by the same irresponsible people with the same results. Here’s the truth behind why some people refuse to see it: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/03/denial-science-chris-mooney It does no good to argue with people who refuse to see the science and research put into a subject. It’s better to start awareness with people who aren’t so adamant about the topic, because they are more open to listening to both sides and making an informed, educated opinion on the matter, rather than one made up by their own past convictions and fear of admitting they made a mistake.
        This groundwork has been laid and in place by many organizations throughout the world for education on the topic and it’s working. Countries, states, cities and counties all over are reversing breed bans after realizing they have spent millions of dollars and killed even more dogs with nothing to show for it except the same bite numbers from different breeds of dogs. The goal should always be to lower bites and attacks. Unfortunately, some people think the goal is to eradicate a breed of dog, with no regard to actually lowering bite numbers. I say, that’s their loss. The new generations are seeing things differently so don’t waste time trying to change people who are incapable of change and move forward being a responsible owner and educator on the matter to people who are capable of learning.

    • Jaloney Caldwell

      Breed bans work fine. They are much more humane and less costly than the overbreeding/kill cycle other areas subsidize. By the way, the national media has not reported any facts on the six kids killed by bully breeds this year.. The only “resource” spitting out propaganda that bsl doesn’t work is the bogus National Canine Resource Council owned and run by pitbull advocacy organization BEST Friends.

      There is a reason
      they are not paying stars to promote poodles on t.v. When dog fighting was
      legal, no one incuding dog fighters promoted pitbulls as pets. After the
      government made dog fighting illegal they spent millions on a public relations campaign to popularize the breed so
      they can hide their vicious and sadistic “sport” in plain sight. “stars” are paid a lot to peddle
      pitbulls on t.v. just like big tobacco used stars to promote cigerettes. Pitbull owners are duped. They are the pawns
      of wealthy dog fighters that don’t care about victims or pitbulls. Every pitbull owned helps hide dog
      fighters. We have a sea of one million
      overbred unwanted pitbull euthanized each year in the USA. There is a billion
      dollar untaxed economy surrounding pitbull dog fighters. Pitbull owners should know that their choice
      helps a pitbull die in a fight pit everyday.
      Pitbull owners are supporting dog fighters.

      dupe (dp, dyp)

      1. An easily deceived person.

      2. A person who
      functions as the tool of another person or power.

      3. To deceive (an unwary person). See Synonyms at deceive.

      tr.v. duped, dup•ing,
      dupes

      • Linda Hart

        Pitbulls have been wonderful family pets and companions of children for a long long time, so your comments are incorrect. I’ve worked with several veteran who have pitbulls as service dogs, as well as with a child with a seizure alert dog -also a pitbull. All very well mannered dogs willing to please and help their owners. Even the Colorado study of animal control reports done several years ago did not identify pitbulls as being a problem in the state in bite cases. It seems that you are the one being duped by those who prefer to hate a group of breeds rather than support good laws that really do do the job to keep citizens safe.

      • Fast Eddie

        Actually it is a FACT that breed bans have never increase over all public safety. Sorry but that is a FACT

      • Fast Eddie

        Oh and funny how between 4 & 5 million children have grown up with pit bulls as family pets over the past decade with out ever being harmed isnt it?

      • fearnot

        are you sure your first name does not start with a B

      • Steve Barker

        Jaloney Caldwell is a dogsbite.org disciple. That website is run by a woman dedicated to the elimination of not only all “pit bulls”, but many other types of dogs as well. Her disciples seek out stories about “pit bulls” on the Internet (whether positive or negative) and flood the comments section with reams of copy/pasted “statistics”, none of which are even remotely provable.

    • Joanna Mcmole

      What’s Wrong with Breed-Specific Laws?

      BSL carries a host of negative and wholly unintended consequences:

      Dogs go into hiding

      Rather than give up their beloved pets, owners of highly regulated or banned breeds often attempt to avoid detection of their “outlaw” dogs by restricting outdoor exercise and socialization and forgoing licensing, microchipping and proper veterinary care, including spay/neuter surgery and essential vaccinations. Such actions have implications both for public safety and the health of these dogs.

      Good owners and dogs are punished

      BSL also causes hardship to responsible owners of entirely friendly, properly supervised and well-socialized dogs who happen to fall within the regulated breed. Although these dog owners have done nothing to endanger the public, they are required to comply with local breed bans and regulations unless they are able to mount successful (and often costly) legal challenges.

      They impart a false sense of security

      Breed-specific laws have a tendency to compromise rather than enhance public safety. When limited animal control resources are used to regulate or ban a certain breed of dog, without regard to behavior, the focus is shifted away from routine, effective enforcement of laws that have the best chance of making our communities safer: dog license laws, leash laws, animal fighting laws, anti-tethering laws, laws facilitating spaying and neutering and laws that require all owners to control their dogs, regardless of breed.

      – See more at: http://antibsl.com/bsl-facts#sthash.P7ENBy7I.dpuf

      • Joanna Mcmole

        In the United States, those opposed to the restrictions imposed by breed specific legislation challenge the law based on its over-inclusiveness and its failure to allow due to process for the individual dog owner. Is breed specific legislation effective in achieving its stated goals? If one reviews findings in the scientific literature addressing this question, the overwhelming conclusion is that it is not.

        For example, a recent publication adds weight to the argument against the effectiveness of BSL by reporting the use of a statistic technique that has hitherto not been applied: namely, calculating the number of dogs from a target breed that would be needed to be banned or have restrictions imposed to affect a reduction in a desired outcome (for example, a desired outcome would be the reduction in the number of hospitalizations resulting from dog bite injury) (Patronek, G., M. Slater, A. Marder. J. American Veterinary Medical Association, 2010, 237, 788-792).

        • Joanna Mcmole

          What Is The Solution?

          There are several dangerous dog laws out there that are geared towards owners and individual dogs with no mention of any breed. Owners need to be held responsible for their dog?s behavior – if an owner cannot properly train or socialize a dog, let alone an APBT, then that person should not have a dog. It is high time that dogs stopped being killed after biting another dog or a person, it is not hard to reform a biter and why should the dog have to suffer for the idiocy of their owner. Unless the dog has an irreversible medical condition causing the aggression, every and all biting dogs should be given a second chance. Humans need to step back and realize that dogs do not go out and seek little children to gnaw on, there is no feeling of malice being expressed by these dogs – in fact, MOST bites occur because of miscommunication between humans and dogs, why should the dogs be killed and not the people? If both made a mistake, both need to learn what is proper and appropriate and a dog is more than capable of being taught discrimination (say between a squeaky toy and a screaming child) and proper behaviors.

    • Gabriel Barros

      She added that the dogs (pit bulls) placed a TREMENDOUS BURDEN on city staff.

      According to city documents, before the ordinance was enacted in 2005, up to 70 percent of kennels in the Aurora Animal Shelter were occupied by pit bulls with pending court disposition dates or with no known owner. That number is now only 10 to 20 percent of kennels.

  • Thomas McCartney

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

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

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

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

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

    DIANE JESSUP, pit bull expert, breeder, former ACO

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

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

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

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

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

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

    MICHAEL BURNS, Los Angeles Animal Control Lt.

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

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

    KURT LAPHAM, a field investigator for the West Coast Regional office of the Humane Society
    Most breeds do not multiple-bite. A pit bull attack is like a shark attack: He keeps coming back.

    DAVID GENDREGSKE, Clare County MI Animal Control Director
    “In my opinion they appeal to the most irresponsible pet owners and to younger people,” he said.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thomas McCartney

    Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to May.25, 2013.

    By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2013,
    Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, shows the breeds most
    responsible for serious injury and death.

    Study highlights

    Pit bull type dogs make up only 6% of all dogs in the USA.

    The combination of Pit Bulls, rottweilers, their close mixes and wolf hybrids and other Pit Bull Type Dogs:

    84% of attacks that induce bodily harm.

    75% of attacks to children.

    87% of attack to adults.

    72% of attacks that result in fatalities.

    80% that result in maiming.

  • Thomas McCartney

    9 People dead by dog attack in 2014.
    Pit bull type dogs killed 7 of them.
    Six of the dead are children.

    Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had
    been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression
    before’, and knew the victim.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (5)
    Kara E. Hartrich, 4 years old, Bloomington, Illinois. **
    Je’vaeh Maye, 2 years old, Temple Texas.
    Braelynn Rayne Coulter, 3 years old, High Point, North Carolina. **
    Kenneth Santillan, 13 years old, Patterson, N.J.
    Unknown Boy,2 years old, Killeen, TX

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type (2):
    Christina Burleson, 43 years old, Houston, Texas.
    Klonda S. Richey, 57 years old, Dayton, Ohio.

    That’s 78% killed by attacking pit bull type dogs.
    Pit Bull type dogs are only about 6% of the entire dog population.

    Summer Sears, 4 years old, Tallassee, AL by Husky/German Shepard Cross

    89-year-old Annabell Martin, Corona, CA. by her grandson’s three Rottweilers.**
    *******************************************************************
    33 People dead by dog attack in 2013.
    Pit bull type dogs killed thirty of them. sixteen of the twenty-nine dead are children.

    Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had
    been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression
    before’, and knew the victim.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (16):
    Christian Gormanous – 4 yrs old Montgomery County, TX
    Isaiah Aguilar – 2 yrs old Sabinal, TX
    Ryan Maxwell – 7 yrs old ** Galesburg, IL.
    Dax Borchardt – 14 mos old ** Walworth, WI.
    Monica Laminack – 21 mos old ** Ellabelle, GA.
    Tyler Jett – 7 yrs old Callaway, FL.
    Jordyn Arndt – 4 yrs old ** Prairie City, IA.
    Beau Rutledge – 2 yrs old ** Fulton County, GA.
    Ayden Evans- 5 yrs old ** Jessieville, AR.
    Nephi Selu – 6 yrs old ** Union City, CA.
    Arianna Jolee Merrbach – 5 yrs old Effingham, SC.
    Daniel (surname as yet not revealed) – 2 yrs old (Gilbert, Arizona) **
    Samuel Eli Zamudio – 2 yrs old** Colton, CA
    Jordan Ryan– 5 yrs old Baker city, Oregon
    Levi Watson-Bradford-4 years old** White County, Arkansas
    Jah’niyah White – 2 years old ** Chicago, Ill

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type (13):
    Betty Todd – 65 yrs old ** Hodges, SC
    Elsie Grace – 91 yrs old ** Hemet, CA
    Claudia Gallardo – 38 yrs old Stockton, CA.
    Pamela Devitt – 63 yrs old Littlerock, CA.
    Carlton Freeman – 80 yrs old Harleyville, SC.
    Linda Oliver – 63 yrs old Dayton, TX.
    James Harding – 62 yrs old -Baltimore, MD
    chased into traffic by two attacking pit bulls
    Juan Campos – 96 yrs old Katy, Texas.
    Terry Douglass 56 years old. **Baltimore, MD
    Katherine Atkins-25 years old ** Kernersville, NC
    Nga Woodhead-65 years old Spanaway, WA.
    Joan Kappen, 75 years old Hot Springs Ark
    Michal Nelson, 41 years old Valencia County, New Mexico **

    (1 non-pit type killing) [Rachel Honabarger – 35 yrs old – mauled to death by her own GSD mix] Coshocton, OH.

    (1 husky-mix killing, unknown if the other half of the dog was pit bull) [Jordan Lee Reed – 5 yrs old] Kotzebue, AK

    (1 Shiba Inu killing) Mia Gibson – age 3 months, of Gibson, OH – mauled to death by family Shiba Inu.

    Three of the pit bull type dogs were BULL mastiffs, ie 40% pit-fighting bulldog.

    If 27 of 33 dead were killed by pit bull attack, that’s 82% dead by pit
    attack, 9% dead by ‘molosser’, 3% by some kind of GSD mix, 3% by a
    husky + possibly pit mix, 3% by Shiba Inu.

    If you count the
    pit-mix mastiffs as pit bull types, that’s 91% killed by attacking pit
    bull types. Pit types are only about 5% of the entire dog population.

    The man who ran into traffic kept pit bulls himself. He knew perfectly
    well what the two stranger pit bulls that were chasing him would do if
    they caught him, so he preferred to risk a swift death by oncoming car.

    534 maimed by pit type dogs 2013 (as of November.28).

  • Thomas McCartney

    In a discussion of the Denver ban, Assistant City Attorney Kory Nelson recently told the San Francisco Chronicle that:

    “Since 1989, when that city instituted a pit bull ban, ‘we haven’t had
    one serious pit bull attack,’ said Kory Nelson, a Denver assistant city
    attorney. His city’s assertion that ‘pit bulls are more dangerous than
    other breeds of dog’ has withstood legal challenges, he said.

    ‘We
    were able to prove there’s a difference between pit bulls and other
    breeds of dogs that make pit bulls more dangerous,’ he said.”

    Sources: Denver Post
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    Toronto:

    In a November 2011, public health statistics published by Global
    Toronto showed that pit bull bites dropped dramatically after Ontario
    adopted the Dog Owners Liability Act in 2005, an act that banned pit
    bulls:

    The number of dog bites reported in Toronto has fallen
    since a ban on pit bulls took effect in 2005, public health statistics
    show.

    A total of 486 bites were recorded in 2005. That number fell generally in the six years following, to 379 in 2010.

    Provincial laws that banned ‘pit bulls,’ defined as pit bulls,
    Staffordshire terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, American pit
    bull terriers and dogs resembling them took effect in August 2005.
    Existing dogs were required to be sterilized, and leashed and muzzled in
    public.

    Bites in Toronto blamed on the four affected breeds
    fell sharply, from 71 in 2005 to only six in 2010. This accounts for
    most of the reduction in total bites.
    ***************************************************

    Salina, KS

    Rose Base, director of the Salina Animal Shelter who lobbied for the ordinance, told the Salina Journal:

    The ordinance has made a difference, she said. Records at the Salina
    Animal Shelter indicate there were 24 reported pit bull bites in 2003
    and 2004, and only five since — none from 2009 to present.

    Salina has 62 registered pit bulls, Base said. Before the ordinance she
    guessed there were “close to 300.” Since the first of this year three of
    the registered pit bulls have died of old age.

    “We definitely
    haven’t had the severity of bites that we had in the past,” Base said.
    “Our community has been somewhat safer because of the law that was
    passed
    ***************************************************
    Prince George’s County, MD

    Prince George’s County passed a pit bull ban in 1996. In August 2009,
    Rodney Taylor, associate director of the county’s Animal Management
    Group, said that the number of pit bull biting incidents has fallen:

    “Taylor said that during the first five to seven years of the ban,
    animal control officials would encounter an average of 1,200 pit bulls a
    year but that in recent years that figure has dropped by about half.
    According to county statistics, 36 pit bull bites, out of 619 total dog
    bites, were recorded in 2008, down from 95 pit bull bites, out of a
    total of 853, in 1996.”
    ***************************************************
    Salina KS (a second article)

    Note that they admit that the pit bull ban did not reduce the number of
    bites, but it did reduce the severity of bites reported by all breeds.
    Proof that when pit bull deniers find a jurisdiction that banned pit
    bulls, but reported no decrease in overall bites, is a moot point. Its
    death and dismemberment we are focusing on, not bite counts.

    In
    the monthly city newsletter, In Touch, published in September 2006, the
    City of Salina reported that the pit bull ban adopted in 2005
    significantly reduced pit bull biting incidents in just a 12 month
    period.

    The number of pit bull bites depicted in the “Salina
    Pit Bull Bites Reported” graph shows 2002 with 13 pit bull bites, 2003
    with 11 pit bull bites, 2004 with 15 pit bull bites and 2005 with only
    one bite. The newsletter notes that “animal bites reported have remained
    constant, but the severity of bites have decreased dramatically” since
    the enactment of the pit bull ban.
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    Springfield, MO

    In April 2008, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department released
    data to a local TV station – following the City of Springfield’s
    adoption of a 2006 pit bull ban:

    “The Springfield-Greene County
    Health Department reports that dog bites and vicious dog complaints are
    declining since the implementation of the Pit Bull Ordinance in the
    City of Springfield two years ago. In 2005 the health department fielded
    18 vicious dog complaints, but only eight in 2007. Bites were down from
    102 in 2005 to 87 in 2007.”
    ***************************************************
    Washington

    In 2008, the City of Wapato passed an ordinance that bans new pit
    bulls, rottweilers and mastiffs. Nine months after its adoption, in
    March 2009, Wapato Police Chief Richard Sanchez reported successful
    results:

    “Nine months into the ban and police calls about
    vicious dogs have been cut in half. The Wapato Police tell Action News
    they’ve gone from 18 reports in January, February and March of last year
    to seven so far in ’09. “Seven calls in three months… that’s
    nothing,” says Chief Richard Sanchez, Wapato Police Department.

    Chief Sanchez credits local cooperation for the decline of dangerous dogs.”
    ***************************************************
    Rhode Island

    When the City of Woonsocket was debating a pit bull ordinance in June
    2009, the animal control supervisor in Pawtucket, John Holmes, spoke
    about the enormous success of Pawtucket’s 2003 pit bull ban:

    “Holmes says he predicted that it would take two years for Pawtucket to
    experience the full benefit of the law after it was passed, but the
    results were actually apparent in half the time.

    “It’s working absolutely fantastic,” said Holmes. “We have not had a pit bull maiming in the city since December of 2004.”
    ***************************************************
    Per section 8-55 of Denvers pit bull ban:

    A pit bull, is defined as any dog that is an APBT, Am Staf Terrier,
    Staff Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical
    traits of anyone (1) or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting
    those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the
    standards set by the AKC or UKC for any of the above breed.

    Over the course of 22 years, the Denver ban has withstood numerous
    battles in state and federal courts. It has been used as a model for
    over 600 USA cities that legislate pit bulls, as well as US Navy, Air
    Force, Marine and Army bases ( so much for Sgt Stubby).

    without
    it, we’d see just what we see in Miss E’s lame replies. Every pit owner
    would claim their land shark was anything but a pit bull.

    Miami Dade county voted 66% to keep their pit bull ban, just as it is worded, last year.

  • Thomas McCartney

    Wichita, Kansas

    In January 2009, the Wichita Department of Environmental Services
    released a number of pit bull statistics. The figures are based upon the
    Wichita Animal Control department’s investigation of 733 dog bites in
    2008.

    Included in the data are pit bulls encountered by the
    Wichita Police Department. In the 1-year period, 95% of police
    encounters with aggressive dogs were pit bulls.

    The report also showed that the percentage of pit bull encounters had
    increased from 66% in 2004 to 95% in 2008. Subsequently, four months
    after the release of this data, the City of Wichita enacted a mandatory
    pit bull sterilization law.

    55% of all dogs deemed dangerous were pit bulls (41 pit bull dogs deemed dangerous).

    34% of attacks and bites involved pit bull dogs (246 pit bull attacks/bites).

    28% of dogs found running at large were pit bulls (1,279 pit bulls found running loose).

    25% of dogs impounded were pit bulls dogs (1,575 pit bulls impounded).

    37% of all dogs euthanized were pit bull dogs (1,255 pit bulls euthanized).

    23% of dog complaints involved pit bull dogs (2,523 complaints involved pit bull dogs).

  • Thomas McCartney

    9/10/2013

    Bites by pit bulls have dropped dramatically since 2004
    Hearing on Alix’s leash law violation put off to Sept. 20
    By ETHAN SHOREY, Valley Breeze Staff Writer

    PAWTUCKET – The city has seen a dramatic decline in the number of
    attacks by pit bulls since a 2004 ban on the breed went into effect,
    according to data released by local officials.

    In response to an open records request by
    The Breeze, the Pawtucket Police Department and Pawtucket Animal
    Control, through City Solicitor Frank Milos, provided documents showing
    just how rarely pit bulls have attacked people or animals in the city
    since the ban was enacted.

    For the four years leading up to
    the ban, from 2000 to 2003, officers responded to 71 incidents of biting
    or scratching involving pit bulls in Pawtucket, a majority of those,
    51, involving attacks on people.

    In the 10 years since the
    ban was put in place, police responded to 23 total attacks involving pit
    bulls, with only 13 of those involving attacks on people.

    For three years, 2008, 2010, and 2012, there were no attacks by pit
    bulls reported, according to the information provided by the city.

    The following are the 71 pit bulls attacks separated out by year for
    the four years before Pawtucket’s pit bull ban went into effect:

    * 2000 – 20 incidents, 18 involving attacks on people, two involving other animals.

    * 2001 – 14 incidents, nine involving attacks on people, five on animals.

    * 2002 – 17 incidents, 14 involving attacks on people, three on animals.

    * 2003 – 20 incidents, 11 involving attacks on people, nine on animals.

    The following are the 23 pit bull attacks in the city for the 10 years
    since Pawtucket’s pit bull ban was unanimously approved by the Rhode
    Island General Assembly:

    * 2004 – Eight incidents, five involving attacks on people, three involving attacks on other animals.

    * 2005 – One incident involving a person being attacked.

    * 2006 – Three incidents, one involving an attack on a person, two on animals.

    * 2007 – Four incidents, one involving an attack on a person, three on animals.

    * 2008 – No incidents.

    * 2009 – Two incidents, both involving attacks on people.

    * 2010 – No incidents.

    * 2011 – Two incidents, both involving attacks on people.

    * 2012 – No incidents.

    * 2013 – Three incidents, one involving an attack on a person, two on animals.

    John Holmes, Pawtucket’s veteran animal control officer and the key
    proponent of the 2004 ban, said the numbers before and after 2004 “speak
    for themselves.”

    “The law’s worked,” he said. “We didn’t put this law in to destroy pit bulls, in fact, quite the opposite.”

    The last serious pit bull attack in Pawtucket was the day the bill was
    signed into law, said Holmes. Residents have been safer because of the
    ban, he said.

    “Public safety has always been the issue,” he
    said. “They’re just missing so much of what this is all about. We’re
    going backward here.”

  • Thomas McCartney

    “The
    LA Times (and other advocates) are fond of mentioning that many pit
    bulls live without incident as gentle pets. These advocates ignore more
    compelling facts.

    321 humans have been killed or disfigured by dogs during calendar year 2013; 316 of those attacks were by pit bulls.

    16 of the attacks have caused human fatalities, 15 of those deaths were caused by pit bulls.***.

    California leads the nation in fatal pit bull attacks with 25% of the nation’s total.

    To omit this essential information in an editorial opinion on pit bulls is tantamount to a lie of omission.”

    Pit Bulls Lead ‘Bite’ Counts Across U.S. Cities and Counties.
    Dog Biting Incidents: 2008 to 2012.

    Animal control departments in at least 25 U.S. states report that pit
    bulls are biting more than all other dog breeds. These states include:
    Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia,
    Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska,
    Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania,
    Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

    The oft-quoted
    myth by pro-pit bull groups that pit bulls “do not bite more than other
    breeds” is categorically false. In addition to leading bite counts, the
    pit bull bite is also the most damaging, inflicting permanent and
    disfiguring injury.

  • Thomas McCartney

    A pit
    bull BSL works EVERYWHERE it is useful in almost eliminating all
    serious dog attacks that maim, disfigure, dismember, maul, cripple.

    or kill, this is a simply proven fact in all cases.The number of pit
    bulls is dramatically reduced as are the numbers of them put to death.

    The need to have BSL is to have a preemptive capability to avoid a pit bull attack from happening due to it’s extremely savage consequences.

    It is enacted against all pit bulls as they all have the genetic DNA
    propensity to carry out these horrific attacks that are non existent in
    99% of all other breeds, ban the breed and you ban the deed, simple as
    that.

    Dealing with an attack after the fact is simply not acceptable due to the horrific nature of said attacks.

    With any other breed other then Rottweiler’s, wolf hybrids and Akita’s
    and a few others in very small numbers it is not a naturally genetic
    reality for them to carry out such horrifying attacks.

    Hence
    they need to be dealt with in an aggressive reactive modality where all
    of the breed are not looked on as one but rather based on the actions of
    the individual misbehaving dog.

    This can be done in a very
    aggressive proactive manner so that as soon as a dog like a lab lets say
    starts behaving inappropriately severe consequences can be brought to
    bare on the owner and their dog in an escalating manner as needed to
    deal with a situation that has developed.

    This duel track
    approach can deal with the pits issue as other normal dog breeds can be
    dealt with as well so vicious dogs of other mainstream breeds are also
    held accountable for their actions.

    There should be mandatory
    Spay/Neuter programs for all breeds but clearly the one that needs it
    the most and where the most change would be effected would be with the
    Pit Bull type dog.

  • Thomas McCartney

    Last
    Summer, Riverside County supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance
    requiring pit bulls older than 4 months in unincorporated areas of the
    county to be spayed or neutered. Registered breeders, law enforcement
    and therapy dogs are exempt from the ordinance, which takes effect next
    month.

    In 2010, San Bernardino County supervisors passed a similar ordinance for unincorporated areas of the county,
    such as Mentone. Owners of non-sterilized pit bulls can be fined $100
    for the first offense, $200 for the second and $300 for subsequent
    offenses.

    Highland and Yucaipa adopted the same ordinance,
    according to Brian Cronin, chief of the county’s animal control
    division, which handles animal control in those two cities.

    The San Bernardino County ordinance said pit bull breeds account for
    about 20 percent of the dogs at animal shelters and are put down more
    often than any other breed.

    Cronin emailed figures showing
    the county’s intake of pit bulls has decreased 28 percent since the
    ordinance took effect and that euthanization rates have dropped by 56
    percent.

    The ordinance was passed to reduce the number of dogs destroyed at taxpayer expense, Cronin said.

  • Thomas McCartney

    Animal Planet
    Pit Bulls Already Banned in a Dozen Countries
    By Terrence McCoy Wed., Feb. 27 2013

    Pit bulls have been banned the world over as well as 0ver 600 cities, towns and counties in the US alone.

    The prohibition on the pit bull type dog wouldn’t be anything unusual.
    In 1989, Miami may have been one of the first communities to ban pit bulls — but it sure hasn’t been the last, raising questions as to whether it’s only a matter of time before every municipality imposes some sort of regulation on the animal.

    Already, more than a dozen countries have banned pit bulls, making it,
    quite possibly, the most regulated and feared dog in the canine world.

    Composed from various online resources, here’s a breakdown of the bans and regulations:

    Countries that have enacted regulation on pit bulls (or some deviation):

    **In 1991, Singapore prohibited the entry of pit bulls into the country.

    **In 1993, the Netherlands banned pit bulls.

    **In 1997, Poland enacted legislation enforcing pit bull owners to
    display “clear warning signs” and keep the animal behind reinforced
    fencing.

    **In 2000, France banned pit bulls. The goal was to let the breed “die out.”

    **In 2001, Germany banned pit bulls.
    **In 2001, Puerto Rico banned pit bulls.
    **In 2003, New Zealand banned the importation of pit bulls.
    **In 2004, Italy banned pit bulls.
    **In 2009, Australia prohibited the imports of pit bulls.
    **In 2009, Ecuador banned pit bulls as pets.
    **In 2010, Denmark banned pit bulls and pit bull breeding.
    **In 2014, Venezuela will ban pit bulls.

    Nationwide, a ban on pit bulls is also far from exceptional.

    Cities that have laid down some sort of legislation:

    Sioux City, Iowa
    Council Bluffs, Iowa
    Independence, Missouri
    Royal City, Washington
    Denver, Colorado
    Springfield, Missouri
    Youngstown, Ohio;
    Melvindale, Michigan
    Livingston County, Michigan.

  • Thomas McCartney

    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Lancaster’s dog ordinance is cited in helping to drive down gang crime January 21, 2010

    A Lancaster ordinance imposing stiff penalties on owners of
    “potentially dangerous” and “vicious” dogs is reaping positive results,
    and may have even helped to drive down gang crime in the city, officials
    said.

    The law, adopted in January 2009, was primarily aimed
    at preventing gang members from using dogs, such as pit bulls and
    Rottweilers, to bully people or cause physical harm, officials said.

    City officials said that 1,138 pit bulls and Rottweilers were impounded
    last year by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and
    Control. Of those, 362 were voluntarily surrendered by their owners in
    response to Lancaster’s ordinance.

    “A year ago, this city was
    overrun with individuals — namely, gang members — who routinely used
    pit bulls and other potentially vicious dogs as tools of intimidation
    and violence,” Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said in a statement.

    “These individuals delighted in the danger these animals posed to our
    residents, often walking them without leashes and allowing them to run
    rampant through our neighborhoods and parks. Today, more than 1,100 of
    these animals have been removed from our city, along with the fear they
    create. Lancaster is now a great deal safer because of it.”

    Parris believes there is a correlation between the results of the dog
    ordinance and a drop in the city’s gang crime rate. Lancaster’s violent
    gang crime, which includes homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated
    assault, fell by 45% last year, and there was a drop in overall gang
    crime by 41%, Parris said, citing statistics from the Los Angeles County
    Sheriff’s Department.

    Under the dog ordinance, a hearing
    officer can deem a dog to be potentially dangerous, for example, if the
    animal becomes aggressive when unprovoked.

    The dog can be
    impounded, and the owner must have it properly licensed, implanted with a
    microchip and vaccinated at his own cost before the animal’s release.

    Dogs deemed to be vicious can be destroyed if they are determined to be
    a significant threat to public safety, according to the ordinance.

    It also requires owners of potentially dangerous dogs to ensure proper
    leashing and muzzling, complete a dog obedience training course, spay or
    neuter their animals, and pay a fine of up to $500 for each offense.

    Owners of dogs deemed to be vicious face fines of up to $1,000 per
    offense, and they could be prevented from possessing any dog for up to
    three years.

    Though city officials praise the dog law, some
    residents continue to challenge its fairness. They argue that
    “breed-specific” legislation is an injustice to canines, because
    irresponsible owners are to blame for a dog’s behavior, not the dog.

  • Thomas McCartney

    From the CDC (1998 report, page 4):

    “Despite these limitations and concerns
    (about identifying the exact ‘breed’ of pit bull type dog responsible for a
    killing), the data indicate that Rottweilers and pit bull-type dogs accounted
    for 67% of human DBRF in the United States between 1997 and 1998.

    It is extremely unlikely that they accounted for anywhere near 60% of dogs in the
    United States during that same period and, thus, there appears to be a
    breed-specific problem with fatalities.”

    Results of mandatory breed-specific S/N in SF: success in San
    Francisco, where in just eight years there was a 49% decline in the
    number of pit-bulls impounded, a 23% decline in the number of pit-bulls
    euthanized, and an 81% decline in the number of pit-bulls involved in
    fatal and disfiguring attacks.

    Ed Boks, Executive director,
    Yavapai Humane Society (responsible Jan 2004 as director City Center for
    Animal Care & Control in NYC for trying to rename pit bulls New
    Yorkies; is pb owner)

    Pit bull type dogs represent 3000% the actuarial risk compared to other types of dogs.

    Insurance companies will have calculated the risks the other listed
    breeds represent based on what they’ve had to pay out through the years.

    This isn’t ‘prejudice’, this is cold statistical reality.
    Actuarial realities don’t yield to sentiment or a feeling of entitlement
    — they just are what they are.

    • Linda Morris

      Lori, If you plan to cite the CDC, please cite the COMPLETE passage:

      CDC Special Report on Fatal Dog Bites

      “Conclusions–Although fatal attacks ‘APPEAR’ to be a breed-specific problem ( ) other breeds may bit and cause fatalities at higher rates. Because of difficulties in determining a dog’s breed with certainty, enforcement of breed-specific ordinances raises constitutional and practical issues”. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2000;217:836-840)

      Factoid: The CDC does NOT support breed specific legislation.

  • Thomas McCartney

    Research showing severe dog bites are fewer in Manitoba areas with pit bull bans.

    The study, conducted by University of Manitoba scientists, shows the
    number of dog bites requiring hospitalization have decreased since pit
    bull bans went into effect in 2005.

    It states the number of hospitalization attacks fell from 3.5 per 100,000 population to 2.8 after the legislation took effect.

    Many people feel the breed is inherently aggressive.

    The study doesn’t purport to be the last word on the issue but does
    contain some compelling data, particularly when comparing Brandon, which
    has never prohibited pit bulls and Winnipeg, which has, said study
    co-author, Dr. Malathi Raghavan.

    “I would not claim this is the ultimate study … all dogs bite,” she said.

    But she said the data collected from 16 larger Manitoba jurisdictions,
    along with recent Spanish and Texas studies suggesting similar results,
    is compelling.

    “We should pay attention to the fact there is something going on here,” said Raghavan.

    The Spanish data showed similar hospitalization reductions in the
    absence of pit bulls while the Texas research indicated higher rates of
    death, severe injury and treatment costs are linked to the breed.

    Raghavan said she was careful to isolate the pit bull factor from others, such as changes in dog populations.

    “The legislation was a variable coming out significantly,” she said.

  • Thomas McCartney

    Toronto dog bites fell after pit bull ban
    Patrick Cain, Global News : Monday, November 14, 2011 02:12 PM

    The number of dog bites reported in Toronto has fallen since a ban on
    pit bulls took effect in 2005, public health statistics show.

    A total of 486 bites were recorded in 2005. That number fell generally in the six years following, to 379 in 2010.

    Provincial laws that banned ‘pit bulls,’
    defined as pit bulls, Staffordshire terriers, American Staffordshire
    terriers, American pit bull terriers and dogs resembling them took
    effect in August 2005. Existing dogs were required to be sterilized, and
    leashed and muzzled in public.

    Bites in Toronto blamed on
    the four affected breeds fell sharply, from 71 in 2005 to only six in
    2010. This accounts for most of the reduction in total bites.

    The fall in bites blamed on the four breeds tracks a reduction in the
    dogs themselves, data obtained separately by globalnews.ca under
    access-to-information laws shows. Some 1,411 Toronto dogs were in the
    four breeds in 2008, as opposed to 798 in mid-2011.

    “It is
    encouraging to hear that fewer people are victimized by dangerous dogs,”
    Ontario Attorney-General John Gerretson said in a statement.

    About 1,000 Ontario pit bulls have been put down since the ban took effect.

    With totals of Toronto dogs by breed and ten years of bite data, it is
    possible to see which dogs are most likely to bite in Toronto based on a
    ratio between dogs of a given breed in 2011 and reported bites over the
    decade between 2000 and 2010. Below are the 20 most bite-prone dogs.
    The four prohibited breeds all appear in the top eight slots.

  • Thomas McCartney

    Miss Universe Canada has joined the fight for a pit bull ban in B.C., and plans to make the effort a major part of her reign.

    Sahar Biniaz, 26, was crowned Miss Universe Canada on May 19, and
    thinks the provincial government should adopt either a pit bull ban or
    at least require that pit bulls must be leashed and muzzled at all
    times.

    The Richmond resident was a victim of a pit bull attack herself at the age of 14, a year after her family adopted a five-month-old pit bull from a breeder.

    The pit bull “came from a really nice environment,” she said, but “then
    I ended up getting 16 stitches.” Biniaz still bears the scars on her
    chest to this day.

    “I was just sitting down and it just kept
    staring at me, and I don’t know what aggravated it,” she said. “It just
    all of sudden… went off.”

    Biniaz said her parents ended up
    getting rid of the pit bull as opposed to putting it down, but every
    time she hears of a pit bull attack she remembers that day.

    “This is something you hear all the time, over and over again,” she
    said, noting that with her Miss Universe Canada title she now has “a
    voice… to bring more awareness to this [issue].”

    Biniaz said recent pit bull attacks — like the one on Emma-Leigh Cranford, 4, on Aug. 23 in White Rock — spurred her to act.

    Cranford survived with 40 stitches across her jaw, but not before a two-hour surgery at B.C. Children’s Hospital.

    Biniaz said she has already spoken with White Rock Coun. Alan Campbell,
    who said he would bring up the possibility of a ban when council
    reconvenes Sept. 17.

  • Thomas McCartney

    Council Bluffs, Iowa.

    Pit bulls are not only problematic in large cities; they threaten
    mid-sized cities and small towns as well. Located in the heartland,
    Council Bluffs, Iowa has about 60,000 citizens.

    After a
    series of devastating attacks, beginning in 2003, Council Bluffs joined
    over 600 U.S. cities and began regulating pit bulls.

    The results of the Council Bluffs pit bull ban, which began January 1, 2005, show the positive effects such legislation can have on public safety in just a few years time:1.

    Council Bluffs: Pit Bull Bite Statistics.

    Year Pit Bull Bites % of All Bites.
    2004 29 23%.
    2005 12 10% (year ban enacted).
    2006 6 4%.
    2007 2 2%.
    2008 0 0%.
    2009 0 0%.
    2010 1 1%.
    2011 0 0%.

    http://www.dogsbite.org/legislating-dangerous-dogs.php

    • Fast Eddie

      What you fail to mention is that total dog bites went up in Council Bluffs after the Ban. Not hard to eliminate a breeds bite count if there are none there but the ban did nothing to curb total dog bites and attacks. FACT!

      • Thomas McCartney

        It was not a breed bite count that was eliminated nor was that the intent, it was the pit bull type dogs Genetic reality to Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure, Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit that was successfully eliminated when they were banned.

        It had nothing to do with minor bites that are moot to the pit bull equation as they do not carry out minor bite attacks.

  • Thomas McCartney

    No
    matter what you identify them as or what you choose to call them if any
    dog has pit bull genetics in it then the outcome of said genetics are
    always the same, death, mauling’s, crippled and disfigured victims when
    their DNA is expressed into reality which it invariably will be the
    case.

    So you can call them something else to protect them but they are still pit mixes who are what they are and do what they do, who as a result have no right to ever come into human contact.

    Pit bull or Pit bull cross, same difference same outcome same reality as to what they are.

    And all Pit bulls or restricted dogs including pit bull crosses by law
    should have leashes and Muzzles which they never have and all to often
    you seem them running around as such unmuzzled, this is an even greater
    problem then them being unleashed and that is bad enough.

    Certain breeds like Pit bulls etc.are fundamentally evil in nature and
    action and do not deserve the freedom of action to carry out their DNA.

    The point is, other dogs bite, Pit bulls and Pit bull crosses and
    others like mastiffs, Rotts etc. attack and kill and maim, that is the
    big difference in the outcome and should result in a completely
    different attitude towards these dogs and why they should be banned
    outright. The stats are very clear and accurate and show this reality
    even if you want to put your head in the sand, it still is what it is.

    2/3 of the fatalities by pit bull type dogs in 2013 were the actual
    family members of the pit bull who had been raised from a pup in optimal
    conditions, these are facts that are documented.

    • Fast Eddie

      False and “stupid” information.. Again there is no such thing as a “dangerous breed” of dog

      • Thomas McCartney

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

        Executive Director, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

        By its origin, a pit bull is a fighting dog that takes very little stimulous to initiate aggression, and it will continue to fight regardless of what happens.

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

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

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

        KATHRYN HAWKINS, DVM

        After seeing another dog die from a pit bull attack, I feel compelled to write. The opinion that pit bulls are “mean because of the way they are raised” is often not the case.

        A Both of the dogs I took care of that died were attacked unprovoked by pit bulls that were in families that raised them responsibly. Just as a retriever is bred to hunt birds — an instinct you can’t stop — many pit bulls have a genetic tendency to attack other animals.

        When they do, they are extremely powerful and don’t quit. I have never been bitten or growled at by a pit bull — they are very friendly. But when the instinct to attack another animal occurs, they cause serious damage, or death.

        They don’t bite people any more often than other breeds but when they do, it’s bad. The aggressiveness toward other animals and damage they do is not because of “the way they are raised” — it is usually due to a genetic instinct not in the control of the owner.

        ARTHUR HERM, veterinarian, animal control

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

        MICHAEL W. FOX, veterinarian, animal behaviorist

        “I spent 20 years studying the behavior of dogs and it’s not in their nature. Man, has created a monster, If you wish…These dogs were selectively bred to fight, they have greater propensity to fight than other animals, which is brought out in training.”

        “They can attack people, and because the attitudes of Pit Bulls it is more likely they will attack people. The worry is the power of the dogs jaw…to bite and not let go. It’s quite sufficient to crush right through a child’s arm or leg.”

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

        The injuries these dogs inflict are more serious than other breeds because they go for the deep musculature and don’t release; they hold and shake.

        Colleen Hodges, Veterinary Public Health spokeswoman

        Some families think that they can raise a loving pet if they treat a pit bull like any other dog. They may not realize that the dog was bred to fight and that some of these dogs may have fighting in their genes.

        They are tough, strong, tenacious. They are much more capable of inflicting serious damage, and some of them do. I would not recommend pits as a family dog.

        GARY WILKES, animal behaviorist

        No other breed in America is currently bred for fighting, in such great numbers as the American Pit Bull Terrier. No other breed has instinctive behaviors that are so consistently catastrophic when they occur, regardless of how rarely they happen.

        The reality is that every English Pointer has the ability to point a bird. Every Cattle Dog has the ability to bite the heel of a cow and every Beagle has the ability to make an obnoxious bugling noise when it scents a rabbit or sees a cat walking on the back fence. Realistically, if your English Pointer suddenly and unpredictably points at a bird in the park, nobody cares.

        If my Heeler nips your ankle, I’m going to take care of your injuries and probably be fined for the incident. If your Beagle bugles too much, you’ll get a ticket for a noise violation. If your Pit Bull does what it’s bred to do…well, you fill in the blank.

  • Thomas McCartney

    My Legislation Proposal to be enacted by all states,
    cities and counties in the US & Canada.

    All dogs must be:
    Or all dangerous dogs must be:

    Or all dangerous molosser breeds, including pit bulls (Staffordshire
    bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, and any dog generally
    recognized as a pit bull or pit bull terrier and includes a dog of mixed
    breed with predominant pit bull or pit bull terrier
    characteristics), rottweilers, presa canarios, cane corsos, chow chows,
    Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila
    brasieros, and their mixes must be:

    * Licensed
    * Micro-chipped with any bite history in database

    * Insured: All dogs must be covered by mandatory liability insurance of
    $100,000 min. generic and $500,000 after a skin breaking bite with
    insurance companies based on actuarial statistic’s determining said
    rate.
    * Spayed/neutered (except for limited approved show dog breeders)
    * All breeds involved in any bite incident must be kenneled in a locked five-sided enclosure with concrete bottom.

    For all other dog owners language can be written that enclosure such as
    fences must be capable of containing your dog period, such generic
    language puts the onus on the owner, have the fines be so onerous that
    said owner will ensure this they make this so.

    1,000 the first
    time, double the second time and permanent confiscation the third time
    with a ban on said person from owning any dog within city limits, this
    will create an effective outcome directly or indirectly.
    * All dogs must be on leashes outside of home enclosure
    * All molosser breeds must also be muzzled outside of home enclosure

    * No transport of declared dangerous dogs for the purpose of re-homing.
    (Dangerous dogs must be dealt with where their history is known.)
    * All of the rules listed above also apply to rescues: rescued dogs must be licensed and subject to inspection.

    $1,000 fine for noncompliance
    Elimination of the one-bite rule in all of the 50 U.S. states
    Manslaughter charges for owner of dog that kills a human
    Felony charge for owner of dog that mauls human, dog, or other domestic animal

    • Fast Eddie

      Canine professionals all agree that there is no such thing as a “dangerous, vicious or aggressive” breed of dog. FACT

      • Thomas McCartney

        Your a Liar and pit bull advocate propagandist.

        here are just some of the experts who call you ignorant and uneducated:

        HORSWELL BB, CHAHINE CJ, oral surgeons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        ROBERT D. NEWMAN, M.D.

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

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

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

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

        Seattle, April 16, 1998

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

        Pit bull attacks are typically the most severe, and in about one-third of all attacks, the animals are family pets or belong to close friends.

        That should be the message, that these dogs should not be around children, adults are just as likely to be victims.

        Everyone should be extremely cautious.

        DR. MICHAEL FEALY

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

        DR. CHRISTOPHER DEMAS

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

        DR. AMY WANDEL, plastic surgeon

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

        DR. PATRICK BYRNE, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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

        ANDREW FENTON, M.D.

        As a practicing emergency physician, I have witnessed countless dog bites. Invariably, the most vicious and brutal attacks I have seen have been from the pit bull breed.

        Many of the victims have been children. In a recent study from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, pit bull attacks accounted for more ER visits than all other breeds combined.

        In young children, the most common part of the body injured was the face. Numerous studies have proven that the number-one cause of dog bite fatalities is the pit bull breed.

        I am certain that many attacks are due to owner negligence, but the fact remains that many were unpredictable and were perpetrated by formerly “loving and loyal” pets.

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

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

  • Thomas McCartney

    Wapato, WA residents safer because of ban:

    In 2008, the City of Wapato passed an ordinance that bans new pit
    bulls, rottweilers and mastiffs. Nine months after its adoption, in
    March 2009, Wapato Police Chief Richard Sanchez reported successful
    results:

    “Nine months into the ban and police calls about
    vicious dogs have been cut in half. The Wapato Police tell Action News
    they’ve gone from 18 reports in January, February and March of last year
    to seven so far in ’09. “Seven calls in three months… that’s
    nothing,” says Chief Richard Sanchez, Wapato Police Department.

    Chief Sanchez credits local cooperation for the decline of dangerous dogs.”

    • Fast Eddie

      Wa will soon be an Anti BSL state silly girl

      • Thomas McCartney

        Actually they have already dropped it in committee twice and it is dead.

  • Thomas McCartney

    About 31,400 dogs attacked about 61,500 other animals in the U.S. in 2013, killing 43,500 and seriously injuring 18,100.

    The animals killed included about 12,000 dogs, 8,000 cats, 6,000 hooved
    animals, and 17,000 other small domestic animals, primarily poultry.

    The seriously injured included about 12,400 dogs, 4,000 cats, and 1,700
    hooved animals. Few small mammals and poultry survived reported dog attacks.

    Pit bulls inflicted 99% of the total fatal attacks on other animals
    (43,000); 96% of the fatal attacks on other dogs (11,520); 95% of the
    fatal attacks on livestock (5,700) and on small mammals and poultry
    (16,150); and 94% of the fatal attacks on cats (11,280).

    About 30,000 pit bulls were involved in attacks on other animals, many of them killing multiple other animals.

    There are about 3.2 million pit bulls in the U.S. at any given time,
    according to the annual ANIMAL PEOPLE surveys of dogs offered for sale
    or adoption via online classified ads.

    Thus in 2013 about one
    pit bull in 107 killed or seriously injured another animal, compared
    with about one dog in 50,000 of other breeds.

    Complete details
    of the year-long epidemiological survey that produced these estimates
    will appear in the January/February edition of ANIMAL PEOPLE.

    • Fast Eddie

      False and debunked stats 🙂

      • Thomas McCartney

        Truth and facts, deal with it.

  • Thomas McCartney

    When
    anyone is evaluating research the first thing that should be noted is
    who paid for it. The second thing is who actually did the research, who
    do they work for, who signs the paychecks of these people.

    In the case of the NCRC (National Canine Research Council)(http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/) the research is paid for by extreme pit bull advocacy, the AFF (Animal Farms Foundation). Who did the research?

    A professional breed specific advocate, Karen Delise,
    ( http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/about-us/staff/)
    she is an employee of the AFF
    ( http://animalfarmfoundation.org/) and is paid by Jane Berkey.

    (http://cravendesires.blogspot.com/…/fuck-you-jane…)
    (http://andfostermakesfive.com/…/animal-farm-foundation…/)

    When Karen is unable to identify a pit bull from a photo she sends the photo to Amy Marder

    (http://abrionline.org/expert.php?id=80)

    DVM, another individual closely tied to the AFF.

    “Research”
    created by and funded by the AFF should be given the same attention as
    the “research” funded and completed by product defense companies paid by
    Big Tobacco who went looking for “scientists” to deny the connection
    between smoking and lung cancer.

    The
    AFF is in competition with the tobacco lobby for shameless self
    promotion. Unfortunately, the AFF has a LOT of money and uses it to pay
    lobbyists to influence legislators.

    • Emily Sieger

      gee and who funds YOUR friends at dogbites.org??????

      • Thomas McCartney

        The truth is the only currency at dogsbite.org

        • gouko787

          So why do they alter and embellish stats?

          You currency is dropping in value as quick as you can cut and paste it.

          • Darrin Stephens

            75% of all Animal Shelters in the US will euthanize all pit bulls, pit crosses or any dogs that even looks like one immediately with no attempt to adopt them out.

            The other 25% will also euthanize within a few days to a week if adoption doesn’t take place.

            Why is this?, because nobody wants any of the evil disgusting Mutants, they can’t give them away, that is why 93% of all Pitts in Animal Shelters in the US are killed , over 1.1 Million Pit Bulls every year are killed in this manner every year after year after year after year in the US alone.

            Over 100 a day are killed in animal shelters in LA county alone, 73,000 a year after year after year after year.

            That is over 12 million pit bulls killed in Animal Shelters in the US in the last decade alone.

            The Idiot Pit Nutters who are playing their rescue game are losers and losing the battle as the few hundred they save is a pittance compared to the Million plus killed the same year.

            They show their support for these mutants by fighting against laws against their breeding that could prevent this as a result much needed mass slaughter of pit bulls, they are responsible for all of this and show their ignorance and hypocrisy by continuing fight against what is actually in the best interests of this perverted breed.

            That’s 2,750 a day or 345 every hour, right this moment somewhere in the US a pit bull will rip, ravage and maul no more and instead is feeling the loving sting of death, oh what a lovely truth and reality that no pit loving pervert can deny or combat, how does that feel pit nutters……Now the pit bull will find it’s true forever home, the deep dark forever night, all that it warrants or deserves, bye bye mutant and don’t come back!

    • Fast Eddie

      Wow, I love it when Dogsbite culties state that evrey canine professional, canine expert, Animal Organization, AVMA, American Bar Association and the host of other reputable Animal Organizations that debunk and disagree with everything the dogsbite posts are all lying and are being paid off by dog fighters and the Pit Bull mafia.. Yes folks that is what these ignorant people actually believe.. Funny that NO reputable Canine Professional, Canine Behaviorist or reputable animal org backs anything you post huh? When you have no factual or scientific proof I guess you just call everyone that does liars.. Oh by the way hey Lori Wilson (non US citizen)

      • Jaloney Caldwell

        There are a lot of other foundations springing up.. you keep blaming dogs bite.. Oh and there are those that are not in bed with pitbull advocacy that do not bow and cover to the power of money..

        Nonprofits focused on dangerous dog attacks.
        http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/

        http://bitebackforkids.com/

        http://www.babybeaufoundation.org/

        A vet that is not afraid of losing business. Speaking out
        against pitbulls!
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtqJxjeEee8&feature=youtu.be

      • Thomas McCartney

        The truth about The American Veterinary Medical Association’s position on pit bull sterilization and animal welfare issues.

        The AVMA position against legislation to mandate sterilization of pit bulls is subsumed within the assertion that, “Banning specific breeds to control dog bite injuries ignores the scope and nature of the problem and is unlikely to protect a community’s citizens.” This claim is, first of all, blatantly false.

        In truth, the few large U.S. cities which prohibit or restrict possession of pit bulls have had markedly fewer dog attack fatalities and disfigurements over the past 30 years than any others of comparable size. Also of note is that these cities––San Francisco, Denver, Miami, and New York City––impound and kill just a fraction as many pit bulls as those without breed-specific laws.

        Bluntly put, the AVMA appears to oppose breed-specific legislation by way of pandering to the same “fanciers” who popularized “cosmetic” surgeries and were long a big part of many veterinarians’ clientele, even if they didn’t have many dogs neutered.

        Though dogs have bred prolifically without human help since long before the rise of human civilization, canine obstetrics has become a lucrative branch of the veterinary industry, for example because dogs often need help to birth breeds with disproportionately large heads.

  • Thomas McCartney

    Marines tighten leash on pit bull policy.

    By TERI WEAVER.

    Stars and Stripes.

    Published: October 5, 2009.

    Each
    year, dogs bite 4.7 million Americans, according to Gail Hayes, a
    spokeswoman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On
    average, 386,000 of those bitten go to the emergency room. About 16
    people die, according to the CDC. The CDC does not keep statistical data
    on bites by breeds, Hayes said.

    TOKYO — Last year, a pit bull fatally attacked a 3-year-old boy at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

    In
    August, a pit bull mix at Yokota Air Base in Japan climbed out of its
    enclosure at the base kennel, killed one dog and wounded another.

    During the past year, military bases and privatized military housing began banning certain dog breeds and types.

    Now,
    the Marine Corps has issued the first worldwide policy banning pit
    bulls, Rottweilers, wolf hybrids and any dogs with “dominant traits of
    aggression” from all U.S. Marine Corps bases and housing facilities.

    The
    policy, issued in August, allows Marines and families currently living
    in base housing to keep their pets if they apply for a waiver by Oct. 10
    and if their dogs pass a behavior test. That waiver will last only as
    long as the family remains at the same base or until Sept. 30, 2012, at
    which time all Marine housing and Marine-controlled housing should be
    free of any full or mixed breeds considered pit bulls, Rottweilers and
    wolf hybrids, according to the policy.

    The
    policy comes as more local governments and public housing facilities
    are instituting similar bans, said Daisy Okas, a spokeswoman for the
    American Kennel Club in New York.

    “We’re
    seeing breed-specific bans pretty regularly,” she said. “We’re very
    against it. We look at how a dog behaves. It’s a frustrating topic.”

    It can also be a terrifying one, some say.

    “It’s
    pretty horrifying to see the jaws of one of these dogs ripping into
    you,” said Colleen Lynn, who was attacked by a pit bull two years ago
    and now runs a Web site, http://www.dogsbite.org, dedicated to tracking attacks. “It never goes away.”

    Marines
    living on a base where another service controls housing will continue
    to follow that base’s rules. On Okinawa, where housing for all services
    is controlled by the Air Force, Marines may keep their dogs in family
    housing, at least for now, 18th Air Wing spokesman Ed Gulick said last
    week. The base is reviewing the policy, however.

    Tiffany
    Jackson works for Marine Corps Community Services on Okinawa and
    volunteers with the Okinawan American Animal Rescue Society, a series of
    foster homes for abandoned pets in the military community there.

    Currently the network is caring for 30 dogs and 30 cats. Jackson is the only one who will take pit bulls.

    She
    can care for three abandoned pit bulls at a time, and her house is
    currently full. Many dogs she sees had owners who wanted the dog as a
    token rather than a pet. That neglect, she says, leaves both their
    bodies and their temperament in need of much care.

    “Yes,
    it’s an aggressive dog,” Jackson said. “It takes a lot of patience and
    trust. It’s a step-by-step process. They learn you’re not there to beat
    them.”

    She’s been able to find new homes for all the dogs she’s cared for in the past.

    Even
    though the ban might not affect Okinawa Marines, Jackson and her fellow
    volunteers are worried about a wave of abandoned dogs as news of the
    policy spreads. When asked what the Marine Corps is doing to discourage
    abandoned dogs, a Marine spokesman said that would be up to each base
    commander.

    “I
    think the calls will come more,” Jackson said of dogs needing homes.
    “We have already talked about it. And we don’t know how we’re going to
    handle that.”

    Waiver application deadline Oct. 10

    Policies and changes.

    MARINES

    Under
    the Marines’ rules, anyone seeking family housing after Aug. 11 may not
    house a Rottweiler, pit bull or wolf hybrid with them, according to a
    Marines spokesman. Anyone in family housing before Aug. 11 with those
    dogs must apply for a waiver by Oct. 10.

    The
    dog then must pass a “nationally recognized temperament test” by a
    certified tester at the owner’s expense, the policy states. The waiver
    must be approved by base commanders.

    Owners of banned dogs will still be able to bring their pets on base for veterinary care, the policy states.

    The
    ban covers mixed breeds, and it will be up to a military or civilian
    veterinarian to determine classification if registry papers do not
    exist, according the Marine spokesman. Installation commanders may ask
    for a base wide exemption from the policy, though that had not happened
    as of the middle of last week, the spokesman said.

    ARMY

    Early
    this year, the Army endorsed a similar dog ban at its privately run
    housing facilities, according to William Costlow, a spokesman for U.S.
    Army Installation Management Command.

    There is no ban for Army family housing in.

    traditional on-base settings, Army spokesmen said.

    NAVY

    The
    Navy’s policy allows that certain breeds may be prohibited, though
    local commanders have jurisdiction, according to Navy spokeswoman
    Rachelle Logan.

    AIR FORCE

    The
    Air Force allows each base commander to decide on the issue, and some
    have banned the same breeds, according to Air Force spokesman Gary
    Strasburg.

  • Karen

    In other words, the ban has been working wonderfully! Stick to your guns Aurora!

    • fearnot

      uh huh that is your problem in Aurora guns .. not dogs

    • Fast Eddie

      Actually it was ans is unwarranted 😉

  • fearnot

    move on people the trolls have arrived

    • Thomas McCartney

      Actually i was here first.!

  • fearnot

    cannot the moderator eject these multiple rants by trolls?

    • Thomas McCartney

      75% of all Animal Shelters in the US will euthanize all pit bulls, pit crosses or any dogs that even looks like one immediately with no attempt to adopt them out.

      The other 25% will also euthanize within a few days to a week if adoption doesn’t take place.

      Why is this?, because nobody wants any of the evil disgusting Mutants, they can’t give them away, that is why 93% of all Pitts in Animal Shelters in the US are killed , over 1.1 Million Pit Bulls every year are killed in this manner every year after year after year after year in the US alone.

      Over 100 a day are killed in animal shelters in LA county alone, 73,000 a year after year after year after year.

      That is over 12 million pit bulls killed in Animal Shelters in the US in the last decade alone.

      The Idiot Pit Nutters who are playing their rescue game are losers and losing the battle as the few hundred they save is a pittance compared to the Million plus killed the same year.

      They show their support for these mutants by fighting against laws against their breeding that could prevent this as a result much needed mass slaughter of pit bulls, they are responsible for all of this and show their ignorance and hypocrisy by continuing fight against what is actually in the best interests of this perverted breed.

      That’s 2,750 a day or 345 every hour, right this moment somewhere in the US a pit bull will rip, ravage and maul no more and instead is feeling the loving sting of death, oh what a lovely truth and reality that no pit loving pervert can deny or combat, how does that feel pit nutters……Now the pit bull will find it’s true forever home, the deep dark forever night, all that it warrants or deserves, bye bye mutant and don’t come back!

      • DontBullyMyBreed

        Are you kidding me? People dont want them and they can’t give them away?!?! That’s why so many people are fighting to repeal the ban?! Good grief, did you pass first grade!?

    • Karen

      Trolls because you don’t like the message?

  • Fast Eddie

    LMFAO at DBO and the usual 20 haters jumping all over and inaccurate story from a reporter that obviously should not have their job. Once agaqin showng how the media reports invalid information and dogsbite does not “FACT Check” the BS they post.. Oh and of course leave it to Lori Wilson and a few others with multiple fake pages to bombard the comment section with completely invalid and debunked stats that have no validity and no Canine Expert or Animal Organization or the CDC agree with. Guess they just make it up as they go along huh? Now we have more than one council member on our side and we are providing the council with “factual’ info from reputable canine experts, reputable animal organizations (Animal Farm Foundation & the National Canine Research Council, the AVMA and HSUS) 🙂

    naccurate reporting is SUCH a drag! The Aurora Sentinel has it all wrong. The repeal is not dead. Last night was a study session in which a vote of interest was taken. It only requires one city council member to move it forward and we had more than that. The vote was whether the proposal was ready to move forward as is. Because repeal requires looking at the existing laws and tweaking leash laws, it was not ready. Not to worry, everything is going as planned. We’ll be on PBLN tonight to discuss it further. Please share this out so fellow advocates know what is up.

    By: ColoRADogs

    • Thomas McCartney

      When
      anyone is evaluating research the first thing that should be noted is
      who paid for it. The second thing is who actually did the research, who
      do they work for, who signs the paychecks of these people.

      In the case of the NCRC (National Canine Research Council)(http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/) the research is paid for by extreme pit bull advocacy, the AFF (Animal Farms Foundation). Who did the research?

      A professional breed specific advocate, Karen Delise,
      ( http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/about-us/staff/)
      she is an employee of the AFF
      ( http://animalfarmfoundation.org/) and is paid by Jane Berkey.

      (http://cravendesires.blogspot.com/…/fuck-you-jane…)
      (http://andfostermakesfive.com/…/animal-farm-foundation…/)

      When Karen is unable to identify a pit bull from a photo she sends the photo to Amy Marder

      (http://abrionline.org/expert.php?id=80)

      DVM, another individual closely tied to the AFF.

      “Research”
      created by and funded by the AFF should be given the same attention as
      the “research” funded and completed by product defense companies paid by
      Big Tobacco who went looking for “scientists” to deny the connection
      between smoking and lung cancer.

      The
      AFF is in competition with the tobacco lobby for shameless self
      promotion. Unfortunately, the AFF has a LOT of money and uses it to pay
      lobbyists to influence legislators.

    • Thomas McCartney

      The truth about The American Veterinary Medical Association’s position on pit bull sterilization and animal welfare issues.

      The AVMA position against legislation to mandate sterilization of pit bulls is subsumed within the assertion that, “Banning specific breeds to control dog bite injuries ignores the scope and nature of the problem and is unlikely to protect a community’s citizens.” This claim is, first of all, blatantly false.

      In truth, the few large U.S. cities which prohibit or restrict possession of pit bulls have had markedly fewer dog attack fatalities and disfigurements over the past 30 years than any others of comparable size. Also of note is that these cities––San Francisco, Denver, Miami, and New York City––impound and kill just a fraction as many pit bulls as those without breed-specific laws.

      Bluntly put, the AVMA appears to oppose breed-specific legislation by way of pandering to the same “fanciers” who popularized “cosmetic” surgeries and were long a big part of many veterinarians’ clientele, even if they didn’t have many dogs neutered.

      Though dogs have bred prolifically without human help since long before the rise of human civilization, canine obstetrics has become a lucrative branch of the veterinary industry, for example because dogs often need help to birth breeds with disproportionately large heads.

  • Fast Eddie

    FACT Dogsbite.org nor Merritt Clifton have any Canine Professional “peer reviewed” information or statistics. In fact their stats have been debunked and discredited for years. they only gain stats from media reports, which as we can clearly see here are less than credible. They provide no valid information that ha been investigated nor do they ever post their errors in reporting misinformation about attacks. Oh and Mastiffs are not pit bulls crazeen 🙂

    • Thomas McCartney

      Re: Letter to the editor, Breed-specific language Burnaby NOW, Sept. 10, 2013.

      Dear Editor:

      DogsBite.org advocates on behalf of victims of serious dog attacks. The United States-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization also tracks U.S. dog bite fatalities, dog bite injury studies, jurisdictions with breed-specific laws and appellate court rulings that uphold these laws.

      Statistical data from DogsBite.org is cited in the peer-reviewed scientific medical study, Mortality, Mauling, and Maiming by Vicious Dogs, published in the Annals of Surgery in April 2011.

      The study’s conclusion:”Attacks by pit bulls are associated with higher morbidity rates, higher hospital charges, and a higher risk of death than are attacks by other breeds of dogs. Strict regulation of pit bulls may substantially reduce the US mortality rates related to dog bites.”

      The amicus brief DogsBite.org submitted in the landmark case, Tracey v. Solesky, helped move Maryland’s highest court to modify common law.

      In April 2012, the Court of Appeals declared pitbulls “inherently dangerous” and attached strict liability when a pitbull attacks a person. This liability extends to landlords when a tenant’s pitbull attacks a person.

      The Maryland Court of Appeals went as far as pointing out in their decision – concerning the opposing brief written by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which sought to eliminate a financial remedy for the young mauling victim – the following:”Some are similar to the arguments made in the appellant or amicus’ briefs filed in the present case by supporters of pitbulls.

      In light of Maryland’s situation, we find those particular arguments unpersuasive. We have fully reviewed and considered all the briefs.”

      Research and statistical data from DogsBite.org has exceptional credibility with appellate court justices, surgeons and medical practitioners, attorneys who champion and represent dog mauling victims, the many local, national and international news agencies which have cited our data, parents and activists and of course the victims themselves.

      Colleen Lynn

      Founder and President, DogsBite.org

      Austin, TX

      • EulaF

        ANYONE can write an Amicus Brief. And Colleen’s level of credibility has already been shot down, but yet she continues to further discredit herself. Her call, but I say go for it because she only continues to harm her cause, just like you continue to make a fool of yourself, Thomas/Lori/Darrin.

        • Thomas McCartney

          BARBARA KAY: The Dog (Bite) Days of Summer.

          BY BARBARA KAY.

          1 August 2013.

          Behaviourists (and I) call the cluster of breeds imbued with a genetically-endowed propensity for impulsive aggression – such as the mastiff, Cane Corso, Dogo Argentina and others – “pit bull type dogs.”.

          Earlier this month my esteemed colleague at the National Post, George Jonas, wrote a reminiscent column about irascible dogs.

          Dogs are a suitable topic for the dog days of summer, and – considering the additional time spent out of doors by children with exposed limbs – dog bites an even more timely theme. But, little did Jonas know, not being immersed as I am in the bizarre world of canine politics, that he committed an enormous faux (ahem) paw in his ruminations.

          The two dogs Jonas singled out as particularly ill-tempered were Soossee, a female “of uncertain breed,” but definitely containing some mastiff blood, and Muki, a Rottweiler hybrid, who bit him when he was a child, in the course of a dog fight Jonas attempted to break up.

          Later in his column, Jonas remarks: “Startle a Spaniel and it may cost you an upper lip; startle a Rottweiler and it’s likely to be an arm and a leg.” He is not wrong, but nowadays it is considered caninely incorrect to “stereotype” any breed, even though stereotyping is just another word for genetic line breeding.

          A mastiff is a larger version of a pit bull, and Rottweilers are first cousins to pit bulls. The genetic history of both the mastiff and the Rottweiler is rife with “impulsive aggression,” a consistent, often deadly trait, for which the pit bull (sometimes known by its image-laundering alias of American Staffordshire) is the poster canine.

          Many dog behaviourists (and I) call the cluster of breeds imbued with a genetically-endowed propensity for impulsive aggression – such as the mastiff, Cane Corso, Dogo Argentina and others – “pit bull type dogs.”.

          Most dogs will not attack humans under normal circumstances. Of those that have attacked humans, 70% are mixed-breeds, and 30% are purebreds. There are about 400 breeds of dog. Of them, only 44 are statistically represented in attacks on humans. Of the 44, pit bulls and Rottweilers account for 75% of the total actuarial risk for injury since 1982.

          When you get into the highest-damage categories of maulings, maimings, dismemberments and dog bite-related fatalities, it can truly be said that pit bulls and Rottweilers own the field.

          So Jonas did not distinguish the mastiff and Rottweiler hybrids out of malice. The malice encoded in those dogs’ genes created the high probability that they would exhibit memorably bad behaviour.

          Which brings us to the question of what to do if you are the victim or the witness to an attack by dogs like these. Pit bull type dogs do not just “bite,” as normal dogs do. They grip and tend not to let go. As they grip, they rend their way through flesh to the bone. Pit bulls have not earned the sobriquet of “land sharks” for nothing. Photographs of pit bull maulings bear a sickening likeness to shark attacks.

          It is never a good thing to intervene in any dog-on-dog fight (as George Jonas learned the hard way), but especially dangerous to put your hand anywhere near the mouth of a fighting dog, in case he redirects his murderous ferocity onto you.

          Once engaged, gripping dogs almost never react as normal dogs do to commands or painful blows to the head or body with sticks or baseball bats. Even bullets, unless they hit the brain or heart, can be fruitless in the case of pit bulls, as many policemen can attest. Either they don’t feel the pain as normal dogs do, or they feel it but their drive to fight to the death overrides it.

          One thing you can do if you’re desperate to stop the fight or attack is to lift a gripping dog’s hind legs high into the air. He can’t turn on you and he won’t be able to sustain his attack very well, even if he doesn’t let go. At least it allows for his owner to leash him while he is immobilized.

          Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People News, is the world’s leading investigative journalist/historian on the subject of fighting dogs. He strongly advises against hitting a gripping dog on the head with any object, as it won’t deflect the dog, and will likely serve only to drive the teeth further into the flesh. Pepper spray – illegal for citizens to carry in Canada – is not the best choice, as one has to get very near the dog to be effective, and the fumes spread with the breeze. In any case, according to Clifton, it is only successful about 40% of the time.

          Clifton’s rather surprising weapon of choice is a fire extinguisher, which has a success rate of about 70% with pit bulls. Unlike pepper spray, with a fire extinguisher, you can stand farther back and aim with precision.

          The spray suffocates them if they don’t let go. Obviously you won’t have a fire extinguisher handy in the normal course of a day’s outdoors activities, but in the U.S., of 123 fatal or maiming attacks on children in 2013 so far (120 of them by pit bull type dogs), 47 occurred on public streets, but 49 of them occurred at home. In those cases, a child’s life or limbs could have been saved by deployment of a handy fire extinguisher. Clifton always has a fire extinguisher in his car, a prudent idea that can’t do harm, and may prove useful in any number of scenarios.

          Not a cheery-beery topic, but the sobering fact is that because of misleading propaganda put out by the pit bull advocacy movement and Rottweiler fans, pit bulls are growing in popularity as pets; as a result, maimings of humans by pit bulls in North America have gone from 35 in 1992 to 184 in the first six months of 2013 (equal to all of 2012).

          The bottom line: Don’t intervene in a dog fight between normal dogs, as the fight will almost certainly resolve swiftly with relatively minor damage to either dog. Keep your own dogs, and especially kids in your care far, far away from pit bulls and Rottweilers (and in Canada to unleashed Huskies, whose track record for risk is problematic, often for geo-cultural reasons, a topic for another day).

          Most important for your own safety and that of the humans and animals you love: Don’t believe a word of the propagandist (pit) rubbish you hear and read. Fighting dogs really are high-risk dogs you should never “rescue” or buy

          • EulaF

            Once again, aligning with fools seems to be your strong suit.

    • Thomas McCartney

      Sadly one does not even have to search for the many attacks of these savage mutant pit bull type undog’s on humans and pets, there are literally hundreds of new incidents every day carried out by these disgusting creatures, here is another.

      These are all major daily newspapers and network TV station accurate factual reports with direct access to Doctors, ER’s Animal control officers, Police, the victims family, witnesses, the guilty pit nutters, all in news reports from major city newspapers and TV stations, as legit therefore as it possibly can be.

    • Thomas McCartney

      Bred by English gamekeepers in the 19th century to assist English wardens or gamekeepers guard estates. As a result the bullmastiff is known as the Gamekeeper’s Night Dog.

      The Bullmastiff was a cross of 40% Old English Bulldog (not the short, chubby Bulldog of today) and 60% English Mastiff for its size, strength and loyalty.

      They bark much less often than other breeds; however, they will bark on alarm. They were also bred to pull things.

      The Old English Bulldog is the precursor from which the APBT Pit bull was created from in America after being imported from the UK.

    • Mary Olson

      McCartney sounds a little like Merritt Clifton doesn’t he?

      • Thomas McCartney

        Thank you for the compliment.!!!!!!

        Barbara Kay: Dog bites man — again and again.

        Barbara Kay | 13/08/22.

        Thanks to (literally) thick skin, a Calgary-resident beagle named Arlo will recover from a recent unprovoked attack by two neighbouring pit bulls. The vet bill for stitching up Arlo’s neck and shoulder — $3600 — tells us that what will be officially recorded as “bites” were in fact the mauling typically associated with pit-bull-type dogs.

        If Arlo had been the family’s thin-skinned child, one shudders to think of the likely outcome. Here is yet another reminder that the vaunted “Calgary model” for containing dangerous-dog harm isn’t working.

        Because of the disproportionate damage they cause to other animals and humans, especially children, some 600 communities across North America have chosen breed selective legislation to ban pit-bull-type dogs. But Calgary opted for “responsible pet ownership”: strict licencing, public education and owner accountability.

        So the (unlicenced) pit bulls’ owner is paying the vet bill. Which is no solace to Arlo and his owners, or other neighbours, now understandably fearful in their instantly-devalued homes.

        Arlo’s assailants should be euthanized. Instead they will be “assessed,” after which they may get a second chance, as juvenile first (human) offenders usually do. Trouble is, dogs are not humans.

        The purpose-bred fighting breed cluster pit bulls represent, genetically programmed for impulsive aggression, cannot be trained into reliable sociability, any more than greyhounds can be trained to adopt the running gait of a sled dog.

        If this strikes you as mere common sense, reader, you are out of the canine-correctness loop. Most dog-industry spokespeople — veterinarians, humane shelters, animal charities — have bought into the sentimental, but anti-scientific tropes promoted by pit bull advocates. Ignoring hard evidence, they piously invoke common mantras like “all dogs bite” and “it’s bad owners, not bad dogs.”.

        Both statements are misleading. Unlike pit-bull-type dogs, non-fighting dogs usually only bite defensively. When they do, they grab and release; they don’t maul in the grip-and-rend style of fighting dogs. Explosive, unpredictable aggression can emerge in pit bulls as young as four months. Bad owners may exacerbate pit bulls’ inherited traits, but even ideal owners cannot eliminate or reliably control them.

        In his continually updated “Clifton Report,” available online, Animal People editor Merritt Clifton publishes tallied of serious human damage — maulings, maimings and fatalities by dogs — tallied by breed. (He has been tracking such data since the early 1980s.)

        According to these numbers, derived from Centers for Disease Control and police reports, amongst other sources, pit-bull-type dogs represent 3000% of the actuarial risk of more typical breeds. Rottweilers represent 2000%, and — to show the disproportion — German Shepherds, the third highest-risk breed, represent only 300% average risk.

        Since 1982, pit bulls have killed 259 of the 511 North American victims of fatal dog attacks.

        In fact, Farmers Group Insurance in California recently stopped liability coverage for pit bulls and Rottweilers (and wolf hybrids). Tellingly, the number of attacks and the amount of payout has doubled in those jurisdictions that — like Calgary — refuse to enact breed selective legislation.

        Before the late 20th century proliferation of pit bulls into the dog population, no other breed had ever killed or maimed humans in numbers that come even remotely close to those killed by pit bull type dogs. (Dobermans, widely maligned in their fashionable day as dangerous, have killed four people in the U.S. since 1982.)

        The exponential growth of pit bull love — they currently represent the second most popular breed after retrievers in sales — is a worrying cultural phenomenon. Now 6% of the dog population, since 1982, pit bulls have killed 259 of the 511 North American victims of fatal dog attacks, according to Clifton.

        Bans work. They eliminate the loathsome crime of dog fighting and ancillary criminal activity, notably drug dealing, that dog fighting attracts. They stop the co-optation of public spaces by intimidating youths parading canine weaponry. Overcrowded humane shelters empty out, as dumped pit bulls represent much of their intake.

        Most important: Bans spare animals and people horrible suffering. San Francisco saw an 81% decline in fatal or disfiguring pit bull attacks in the eight years following its ban; Toronto dog bites have decreased by 32% — from 486 to 329 — since the 2006 Ontario ban on pit bulls.

        The Calgary model is failing. Despite its record licencing rate of 90% — four times higher than the average in other cities — Calgary area pit bull attacks have more than tripled: from 58 in 2009 to 201 in 2012.

        Facts are facts. What part of “public safety hazard” does Calgary not understand?

        National Post

        • EulaF

          To say that being compared to Merritt-less is a compliment sure says a lot about your character.

        • Stiffler

          Compliment? Lmao Merritt is a bigger fraud than Colleen.

  • Fast Eddie

    Again McCartney (Lori Wilson) The annals of surgery is not “peer reviewed’ by any Canine Expert and you mention the Maryland Court Ruling but you failed to mention that that MD ruling is about to be overturned in Maryland by State Legislators.. Again you cite invalid information that is mostly “opinion based” and has no canine professional backing. That is plain and simple FACT

    • Thomas McCartney

      Your a liar that appears to have a problem with fact based truths that are corroborated by the reality of pit bull type dog attacks.

      Proof given in a court of law has validity, a bunch of bought off politico’s do not no matter what they will determine which has not yet been determined but has failed to be brought about for 2 straight years.

      Letter received from a pit bull owner:

      I was an upper middle-class pit bull owner just like you. My husband is a doctor and I am a stay-at-home soccer mom and we live in a lovely suburban neighborhood. We got our dog as a puppy from a reputable breeder and put her through puppy classes and basic obedience. She was spayed and properly vaccinated, stayed indoors and was very loved. I used to defend the breed to everyone I met, just like you. I used to think I knew my dog inside and out, and I was sure she would never, ever hurt my child.

      Then my dog turned 3 and, literally overnight, her dog-aggression came out. She tried to attack the neighbor’s poodle through the backyard fence (she had been in a fenced yard beside this same dog literally thousands of times with no show of aggression).

      When my 8 year old daughter tried to pull her away from the fence, our pit bull locked onto her forearm (she only got her forearm because my daughter threw it up to protect her face, she was going for the face) and it took 8 minutes for my husband to beat her off, he eventually wound up using the weed whacker, after a baseball bat broke over the dog’s back without even being noticed by her. My daughter lost partial use of her right arm and she is still relearning all of the basic skills with her left. Her life will never be the same.

      We have been accused of being at fault for not “being there to call off the dog”. Well, we were there, we were sitting on patio chairs watching my daughter throw a ball for our pet, who she had spent three years playing with and which had never shown so much as a lip lift to anyone or anything up to that point. We couldn’t, physically, call off the dog.

      We couldn’t physically BEAT off the dog for over 5 minutes. After the dog was off my daughter, my husband was on the ground struggling with it to keep it from going at her again as I pulled her into the house. There was so much blood that I kept sliding on it and falling down. There are still blood stains on the patio almost 2 years later. All the dog wanted was to get back on my daughter and finish the job. The dog didn’t make any noise while she was

      attacking and her tail was wagging faster and harder than it had ever wagged

      before. I believed then, and I believe now, that that dog was the happiest it

      had ever been when it was locked onto my daughter and trying to kill her.

      Let me tell you, you have no idea – none – how completely different pit bulls are from normal pet dogs. When that dog was triggered she went from being a goofy pet and companion to being a cold-blooded predator in a millisecond. You cannot imagine what it is like knowing that your dog is trying to kill your child and knowing that it might just succeed because it is stronger than you are. There is nothing like it in the world.

      There was no news coverage of my dog’s attack on my daughter. None. So much for the overhyped media aspect, hush?

      You are insane to own a fighting dog when you have children. Absolutely insane. I wish we had been protected from our own stupidity by legislation. What is worse is that you are also, by your own admission of a picket fence the dog could easily escape over, putting other people’s children at risk. Fighting dogs are not pets and we need laws in place to protect people from them.

      P.S. You are also insane if you take your fighting breed dog to a dog park, besides being pathologically narcissistic and criminally selfish.

      • Fayclis
        • Thomas McCartney

          Breedism: what is a breed?

          What is a breed, anyway? It may seem like an inane question, but it’s a good idea to be clear about what we mean.

          It can be rather frustrating to take part in a discussion where each party is using the same terms and assumes they mean the same thing to everyone, but where each party attaches radically different meaning to those terms.

          A quick consultation with Google provides this basic definition of the noun “breed”: A stock of animals or plants within a species having a distinctive appearance and typically having been developed by deliberate selection.

          It was popularly believed that our domestic dogs descended from wild wolves tamed by humans, but more recent research indicates that domestic dogs evolved gradually from canine ancestors in response to conditions in their environment, adapting themselves to a niche on the fringes of human civilization.

          These canids differed from wolves in that they were less fearful of humans. They scavenged food from human garbage dumps, living in close proximity to man.

          These early “village dogs” would have been killed off had they presented a threat, but because they were able to coexist peacefully with humans, their destiny connected with ours, and Canis Familiaris became man’s best friend.

          Since the appearance of the early dogs, the remarkable flexibility of Canine DNA has given rise to a diverse collection of domestic dog types, with an incredible range of size, appearance, temperaments and behaviors, which we’ve grouped into over 400 breeds.

          If humans displayed same range of diversity as canids, we could have adults ranging from 1 foot tall to 17 feet tall, and we’d have drastically different body types, temperaments, and mental capacities.

          Of course, there is no such range diversity in human biology. What diversity of human appearance does exist is extremely minor compared to that found among the population of the domestic dog.

          We’re all humans, and respond in similar ways to given environmental conditions. In other words, there is only one human race, and the concept of different breeds as in the domestic dog simply has no parallel in humanity.

          But I digress. The point I want to make here is that Canid DNA is incredibly adaptable, and that the various breeds of domestic dog have taken on distinct, breed specific characteristics, in response to deliberate efforts by humans to select for those very characteristics.

          For instance, pointers were bred to point to waterfowl, while retrievers were bred to retrieve downed waterfowl, with a soft mouth. Sheep herding breeds arose from selection for the ability and inclination to herd sheep. Livestock guardians were bred to protect weaker creatures under their care. Each of these working breeds was equipped, over time, with the skills to do it’s specific job, from birth.

          Beginning in the Elizabethan era, bull dogs were bred by selecting for temperament and physical characteristics useful in dogs which would torture animals – for instance de-horned bulls or de-clawed bears – for “sport”.

          When bull-baiting was outlawed in 1835, the “sportsmen” turned to dog fighting, and bred specifically for those characteristics best suited to a life in the fighting pit, tearing apart dogs (A bit of terrier was added to the bull dog for more energy, creating the “bull & terrier”).

          Such characteristics, copiously documented in diverse places, include, but are not limited to, a hair trigger attack reflex, a determination to continue attacking the victim, ignoring signals of submission, as well as injury to itself, and a freakish insensitivity to pain.

          This collection of traits characterizes the “pit bull”, or the “pit fighting bull dog”, which, though called by various names over time, has always displayed the distinctive traits which speak of its original purpose.

      • Stiffler

        Blah blah blah Larry Tate. lmao

      • Stiffler

        Please stick to your obsession with Bewitched. You are making yourself look very foolish. Just like you did when you got kicked off of Facebook for threatening and harassing people. You concocted that story they wanted your credit card and other documents for you to regain your acct. I contacted legal with FB and they confirmed your account was disabled for your continuous threats. Get a clue old man. Oh, and I am one of the ones that got your account closed.

    • Stiffler

      No Thomas is really Thomas. He just plays a girl on FB. Can’t wait until the article on him is finalized. Good suff.

      • Thomas McCartney

        There’s an old saying which is somewhat apropos here: “You can take the dog out of the fight, but you can’t take the fight out of the dog”. Just as frustrated border collies without sheep to herd will take to herding children, frustrated pit bulls, without opponents in the pit to attack, will escape confinement and go looking for neighborhood pets to kill.

        The propensity for a pit bull to jump out of a moving car or a second story window to attack and kill a little dog is well documented, as is the rather breed specific pit bull behavior of finding ways into other people’s houses to torture and kill the animals inside.

        There have been several such cases just within the past few weeks, and such nightmares are truly heartbreaking for anyone who has the least bit of compassion for animals.

        The foregoing background was a preparation for the question: If we have deliberately bred lines of dogs for centuries to produce breed-specific characteristics, why is it somehow “racist” to note the existence of these very breed specific characteristics which we’ve deliberately produced?

        Another question comes to mind: If we can accept that for instance border collies must have a job to do, and their job is herding, because it’s in their DNA, why do we deny all genetic influence when it comes to pit bulls?

        These bully breeds are working dogs too, and their work is killing. I’m at a loss as to how the pit bull propaganda machine continues to condemn “breedism”, as though there are no genetic factors in a dog’s behavior. They speak as though a pit bull were no different from a lab.

        Why does the pit propaganda machine shout “racism” and speak nonsensically of “condemning a breed for the actions of a few” when that’s not at all the issue?

        The issue is instead recognizing that specific breeds were created with specific purposes, and we deny reality at our peril. A quick glance at the statistics for serious and fatal injuries from dog attack over the past 30 years makes it clear that it is all about the breed, regardless of owner or upbringing.

        Bottom line: It’s absurd to pretend that breed specific characteristics which were deliberately created by humans don’t exist. And to call those who recognize these breed specific characteristics “racist” reveals a profound ignorance on the part of the accuser.

        A final thought: When someone speaks of the unfairness of “killing off a breed” what they are actually talking about is eliminating a specific set of characteristics which have proven to be a problem. The fact that sadistic humans created a “breed” to torture animals is no mandate to continue the existence of said breed. Nobody has suggested killing off the domestic dog – only those man-made expressions of temperament and behaviors which have proven to be harmful and cruel.

        • Stiffler

          Do you think I read your long boring post Thomas? Or can I call you Larry?

  • gouko787

    peoplecutandpaste.org – For every story you post about terrible incident, there are a thousand or more where pit bulls have lived happy, uneventful lives as beneficial members of families. But those don’t count because fear sells more tickets than love.
    Supporting an absolute law, with no absolute proof is absolutely incompetent.

    • Thomas McCartney

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

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

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

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

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

      DIANE JESSUP, pit bull expert, breeder, former ACO

      “Jessup, the animal control officer in Olympia, uses two pit bulls to train police and animal control officers on surviving dogs attacks.

      Unlike dogs who are nippers and rippers, her pit bulls are typically “grippers” who bite down and hang onto their victims.”

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

      on protection sports

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

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

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

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

      MICHAEL BURNS, Los Angeles Animal Control Lt.

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

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

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

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

      DAVID GENDREGSKE, Clare County MI Animal Control Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • thatindividual

      Bologna, read the pit bull forums:
      My pit bull killed my girlfriend’s dog.
      🙁
      My pit bull attacked me.
      🙁
      I can’t take my pit bull to the dog park anymore.
      🙁
      My pit bull got kicked out of doggy day care.
      🙁
      No one will rent to me with a pit bull, should I lie about his breed?
      🙁

      • gouko787

        I have. How about you attend a pit bull awareness, at which there has never been an incident, ever… and face your fears. Or is holding on to hate and fear all that is getting you through your empty life?

        • thatindividual

          I’d crap myself. Every time I see one my hair stands on end and my blood runs cold. I don’t think it is accurate to call what I feel hate. I think you might have had to go through an attack to understand. I have seen incidences (fights!) at pit bull gatherings on youtube. I don’t know if they were “awarenesses”. They freak me out. I would rather not ever risk another attack; as best I can avoid the breed I will, thanks! The insults are forgiven Gouko. I understand you are passionate about this subject.

  • Fast Eddie

    The FACT is that less than 0.001% of pit bulls in the US have ever or will ever bite or harm a person, yet this small minority “hate” group continually comments on how all of them should be killed. So 99.99 percent of a breed that will never harm a person should be killed?? The mentality that it is ‘ok” for any animal to become extinct due to humans in this day and age is complete lunacy and show the illogical mind and unwarranted fear of these people. Again to them every single Canine Expert, Canine Professional and Animal Organization are liars and are being paid off by the Pit Bull mafia.. Again crazy people follow crazy people and drink the insanity kool aid.. They even make statements that they will never “allow FACTS to get in the way of their opinion” There is no reasoning with this type of narcissistic personalities.. They refuse to listen to anyone with actual canine knowledge and instead follow a “blog” by a person with NO canine experience and NO canine credentials or expertise what so ever.

    Currently there are 6 states that have bill moving forward that will OUTLAW BSL in their respective states. Over the past 14 months 4 states joined 12 previous states in OUTLAWING BSL in their respective states. And the trend will continue in the US in the coming years. Legislators now know ans see dogsbite for the inaccurate and invalid source that it has always been and are now relying on Canine Expert info, common sense and basic logic to abolish BSL. The White House (in response to a petition I started at the end of 2012) publicly came out against BSL in mid 2013 citing the CDC that “BSL is a BAD Idea” Link below!

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/response/breed-specific-legislation-bad-idea?utm_source=wethepeople&utm_medium=email&utm_content=breedspecific-response

    • Thomas McCartney

      Fatalities reported in 2005

      News organizations reported at least 29 fatal dog attacks in the United States

      in 2005. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks

      were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (15 attacks), followed by Rottweilers (6

      attacks):

      Fatalities reported in 2006

      News organizations reported at least 30 fatal dog attacks in the United States

      in 2006. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks

      were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (16 attacks), followed by Rottweilers (9

      attacks).

      Fatalities reported in 2007

      News organizations reported at least 34 fatal dog

      attacks in the United States in 2007. The category of dog most commonly

      reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (18

      attacks), followed by Rottweilers (4 attacks).

      Fatalities reported in 2008

      News organizations reported at least 23 fatal dog

      attacks in the United States in 2008. The category of dog most commonly

      reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (14

      attacks), followed by Huskies (3 attacks).

      Fatalities reported in 2009

      News organizations reported at least 30 fatal dog

      attacks in the United States in 2009. The category of dog most commonly

      reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (14

      attacks), followed by Rottweilers (4 attacks).

      Fatalities reported in 2010

      News organizations reported at least 34 fatal dog

      attacks in the United States in 2010. The category of dog most commonly

      reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (18

      attacks), followed by Rottweilers (4 attacks).

      Fatalities reported in 2011

      News organizations reported at least 31 fatal dog

      attacks in the United States in 2011. The category of dog most commonly

      reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (21

      attacks).

      Fatalities reported in 2012

      News organizations have reported 34 fatal dog

      attacks in the United States in 2012. The category of dog most commonly

      reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (20

      attacks).

      Fatalities reported in 2013

      News organizations reported at least 18 fatal dog

      attacks in the United States so far in 2013. The category of dog most commonly

      reported involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (16

      attacks), followed by German Shepherd (1) “large, longer haired, black

      “Mixed breed or Mastiff-Rotweiller (

      • Fayclis

        Oh yes MEDIA reports. No bias there. ROFL. Fact is in 2010 THESE numbers came out.

        Death from accidental poisoning ( human errors) = 33,041.

        Motor Vehicle Accidents (humans DRIVE cars) = 35,332. Homicides (means humans killing humans) =16,259.

        Children dead from abuse; parent or guardian =1,537.

        Dog attacks (about 82 Million dogs in America) =33.

        Now if we were to estimate how many humans abused or killed dogs do YOU think it would be more than 33? Here’s a tidbit.
        Year 2000; reported that over 7,600 greyhound puppies and 11,400 adult greyhounds were killed. Reason? Not fast enough for insane dog races enjoyed by humans.
        Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/animal-abuse-statistics.html

        HSUS estimates about 40.000 people are involved with dog fighting. Most of these “types” of people are involved with other criminal activity and abuse. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_Fighting_Prohibition_Enforcement_Act#New_Federal_law_effective_May_2007 North America does NOT have a “pit bull” problem, but it sure has a PEOPLE problem. How about DBO leave good family dogs and responsible dog owners ALONE and put their fanatic efforts into getting REAL life criminals off the streets?

        • Darrin Stephens

          Myth #5: The media conspiracy against pit bulls

          Pit bulls have the highest propensity and frequency of any dog breed to be involved in a severe mauling. Media members understand this and are quick to report such attacks. The reason why “Child Suffers Dog Bite” does not dominate dog attack news headlines is due to the lower degree of injury inflicted. In 2012, the death of 2-day old Howard Nicholson Jr., who was killed by the family’s newly adopted husky, captured over 200,000 news headlines and web page results.12

          Recently, a writer from British Columbia commented on the “media conspiracy” claim voiced by pit bull advocacy groups. In a charming, yet biting piece titled, “Belligerent Bassets?” writer Andrew Holota, points out the ridiculous nature of this claim:

          “Yessir, there are oodles of poodles popped by cops all the time, and the press does not report it.

          And attacks by psychotic shih tzus? Covered up. Muzzled, so to speak.

          Children savaged by Scottish terriers? Quashed. Hushed puppies, if you will. Oh yes, the conspiracy runs deep indeed.”13

          What is true is that there is an absence of media regarding the collective damage inflicted by the pit bull breed since the early 1980s. In a recent 9-year period, from 2005 to 2013, pit bulls killed 176 Americans, about one citizen every 18.6 days.14 By 2017, pit bulls are projected to maul 305 Americans to death since 1998, the year the CDC stopped tracking fatal dog attacks by dog breed, and over 380 people since 1980.15 Major news agencies are AWOL on these important issues.

    • Thomas McCartney

      Over 600 Cities, Towns & Counties in the US currently have BSL against pit bull type dogs.

      Country’s,
      Cities, county’s, Provinces, Military Services & Towns where Pit
      Bulls type Dogs are Banned or severely restricted:

      http://www.scribd.com/doc/56495216/Estimated-U-S-Cities-Counties-States-and-Military-Facilities-with-Breed-Specific-Pit-Bull-Laws

      Animal Planet
      Pit Bulls Already Banned in a Dozen Countries
      By Terrence McCoy Wed., Feb. 27 2013

      Pit bulls have been banned the world over as well as 0ver 600 cities, towns and counties in the US alone.

      The prohibition on the pit bull type dog wouldn’t be anything unusual.
      In 1989, Miami may have been one of the first communities to ban pit bulls — but it sure hasn’t been the last, raising questions as to whether it’s only a matter of time before every municipality imposes some sort of regulation on the animal.

      Already, more than a dozen countries have banned pit bulls, making it,
      quite possibly, the most regulated and feared dog in the canine world.

      Composed from various online resources, here’s a breakdown of the bans and regulations:

      Countries that have enacted regulation on pit bulls (or some deviation):

      **In 1991, Singapore prohibited the entry of pit bulls into the country.

      **In 1993, the Netherlands banned pit bulls.

      **In 1997, Poland enacted legislation enforcing pit bull owners to
      display “clear warning signs” and keep the animal behind reinforced
      fencing.

      **In 2000, France banned pit bulls. The goal was to let the breed “die out.”

      **In 2001, Germany banned pit bulls.
      **In 2001, Puerto Rico banned pit bulls.
      **In 2003, New Zealand banned the importation of pit bulls.
      **In 2004, Italy banned pit bulls.
      **In 2009, Australia prohibited the imports of pit bulls.
      **In 2009, Ecuador banned pit bulls as pets.
      **In 2010, Denmark banned pit bulls and pit bull breeding.
      **In 2014, Venezuela will ban pit bulls.

      Nationwide, a ban on pit bulls is also far from exceptional.

      Cities that have laid down some sort of legislation:

      Sioux City, Iowa
      Council Bluffs, Iowa
      Independence, Missouri
      Royal City, Washington
      Denver, Colorado
      Springfield, Missouri
      Youngstown, Ohio;
      Melvindale, Michigan
      Livingston County, Michigan.

      • Fayclis

        Hummm 600 towns and cities out of how many in the US? Small numbers indeed. Noticed you mentioned the Netherlands ban BUT forgot it NO LONGER EXISTS? http://www.expatica.com/nl/news/local_news/Dutch-Agriculture-Minister-scraps-pit-bull-ban.html

        Italy also removed their ban (they were up to 98 banned or restricted breeds and types of dogs) based ALSO on EVIDENCE breed bans did not work.http://www.examiner.com/article/breed-specific-legislation-failing-globally

        Oh and Saxony, Germany REMOVED their ban based on an in-depth university study titled “Is there a difference? Comparison of Golden Retrievers and Dogs Affected by Breed-Specific-Legislation Regarding Aggressive Behavior”. You can find the study though google as a PDF.

        Funny you have NOT mentioned ALL the places in the US that have rejected or revoked BSL. Only a very small minority ever even consider targeting certain breeds or types of dogs. Breed discriminatory laws are not the norm now, nor have they ever been.

        I am not going to spend hours going over your other numerous posts as the information as in THIS post alone is VERY SELECTIVE or out and out just plain deceitful .

        • Thomas McCartney

          The
          simple reality is that small dogs bite more but restricted large dogs
          like pit bulls maim and kill more & do all for more then any other
          breed proportionally speaking % wise.

          A 1993 Toronto study found pit bulls accounted for 1 percent of licensed dogs but 4 percent of bites.

          More ominous is a 2000 study by the Centers for Disease Control looking at 20 years of data on fatal dog attacks in.

          the U.S.

          Of 238 such incidents in which the breed of the attacking dog was reported,

          “pit bull-type dogs” were involved in 32 percent, versus 18 percent for rottweilers and rottweiler mixes.

          and 11 percent for German shepherds and mixes.

          one study found 94 percent of pit bull attacks on kids were unprovoked,
          as opposed to only 43 percent of attacks by other breeds.

          • Fayclis

            QUIT MAKING STUDIES UP. There are NO such studies on much of what you have quoted. The Centre for Disease Control has come out AGAINST breed bans based on information they have. I have REAL statistics from Toronto Animal Services for 10 years (which is one of the ONLY places in Ontario that keeps track of dog bites based on breed). The report is from 2000 to 2010. The top three biters have been the top 3 consistently. They are; #1. The German Sheppard #2. Parson Jack Russell. #3. Labourer Retriever. Banned breeds are far down the bite list, Every single CREDIBLE expert organization testified AGAINST the Ontario breed ban. Former Attorney General Michael Bryant (now disgraced) had a dog walking company from HIS riding labeled an expert and the dog walking company was the ONLY “expert” government could get to testify for a breed ban. The Concise Summary of the Public Meetings can be seen at: http://www.dogwatch.net/bill132.pdf

            IF you want to discuss dog fatalities there is NOT one single documented case of a child EVER being killed in the whole of Canada since statistics were taken over 50 years ago by banned breeds. However there has been 34 children killed by dogs in Canada over the fifty year span. Most were in northern areas with unsupervised children approaching working dogs or stray packs of dogs attacking. There has been ONE fatality in the WHOLE OF CANADA from dogs deemed to be banned breeds. The owner was being attacked by a drunk wielding a bat. Here is information on how RARE dog bite fatalities are. http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dogbites/dog-bite-related-fatalities/

          • Thomas McCartney

            Nobody is making anything up, these are factual studies, deal with it the reality of it.

            My quotes are from the ACTUAL studies themselves.

            10 Reasons Why Pit Bulls Are NOT Dogs.

            1 They’re driven to kill their own

            species, dogs are not.

            2 They give NO warning of impending attack, dogs warn

            you.

            3 They attack unprovoked, out of the blue, dogs attack for a reason.

            4

            They break out of their housing and break into houses to attack, dogs aren’t

            driven to break out to attack.

            5 They attack to kill, dogs attack to protect,

            out of fear, dominance and more but not driven to kill.

            6 Pit Bulls continue

            to kill their victims long after their victim is dead, dogs will kill a rabbit

            for example and when it’s dead, eat it , carry it or leave it.

            7 Pit Bulls

            become more enraged with increased pain, dogs will stop attacks when pain is

            intense.

            8 Pit Bulls do not recognize nor honor submission, dogs do.

            9 Pit

            Bulls fight to their own death, dogs do not.

            10 Pit Bulls most often kill

            their owners or members of the family, dogs do not. None of Pit Bulls

            aggressive characteristics are dog-like or even like any other animal, wild or

            domestic.

          • Fayclis

            Hogwash. There is a REAL study on shelter dogs that found homes and when follow ups were done the study showed these dogs LESS likely to bite or attack their owners than MANY other types and breeds of dogs even when people were inexperienced first time dog owners. Can’t remember the darn name but it IS out there.

          • thatindividual

            That doesn’t make me feel good because we know pit bull owners have a porkies allowed policy.

          • Fayclis

            Hogwash. Please give a link to the “studies”. I would like to see them as I do not believe you. I believe studies of that kind were not done and as to this day no documentation of that sort are available.

      • Mike Stein

        Actually, the current count is approximately 568 jurisdictions representing a total population of 21.2 million. Worth noting is that 62 of those cities have populations under 1,000 and the median has a population of 5,900.

        • Thomas McCartney

          You just described the community context that comprises the vast majority of America.

    • Aforallie

      Actually, statistics show that 1% of all pitbulls will attack someone.

      • Phillipgalloway

        ROFLMAO are you really that stupid??

      • Stiffler

        Please post a link to this non-sense.

      • thatindividual

        Lots more will attack and kill animals. Many times, sadly, the pitty’s own companion animals. Pit owners have come home to blood baths in their own homes.

      • The Good Fight

        And that 1% are responsible for the majority of maulings, maimings and fatalities. Those are compelling enough to ask the pit bull community to actually work towards a solution instead of this mass denial.

  • Fayclis

    I see the BSL advocates are out in full force. Those in the DBO lobby group label American Bulldogs, Boxers, Mastiffs and numerous molosser-type dogs “pit bulls” for their bogus stats. The BSL Lobby group puts down every expert organization against discriminatory breed bans. Included but NOT limited are; The American Medical Veterinary Association; American Temperament Test Society, ASPCA, RSPCA, ASPCA, The White House, British Veterinary Association; Canadian Veterinary Association; Centre for Disease Control and Prevention; FAR to many other CREDIBLE organizations to note here. MILLIONS of innocent pets and are profiled, discriminated against and KILLED based on appearance and caring responsible dog owners are targeted with them. This kind of fear-mongering reminds me of witch hunts. Shame, SHAME on Bob Broom and those of his ilk.

    • Emily Sieger

      not to worry. It’s the last gasp of a dying movement. BSL is dropping all over the place, because rational people can tell truth from fiction.

      • thatindividual

        We reach market saturation. No place left for pibble to go, too many victims, not enough gullible and inexperienced with them left. That thankfully spells the end of this dangerous fad. Then the die hards can get to work on breeding that aggression out of them. Beautiful. No more walks of shame for pibble..

    • Thomas McCartney

      Pit Bull advocates lie as they drink the Kool aid.

      The Bullmastiff is a pit bull type dog or a pit mix.

      Nobody has said a Mastiff or a boxer is a pit bull type dog unless it has been crossed with a pit bull.

      By definition by the AKC an American Bulldog is a Pit Bull, simply be another name.

      Bred by English gamekeepers in the 19th century to assist English wardens or gamekeepers guard estates. As a result the bullmastiff is known as the Gamekeeper’s Night Dog.

      The Bullmastiff was a cross of 40% Old English Bulldog (not the short, chubby Bulldog of today) and 60% English Mastiff for its size, strength and loyalty.

      They bark much less often than other breeds; however, they will bark on alarm. They were also bred to pull things.

      The Old English Bulldog is the precursor from which the APBT Pit bull was created from in America after being imported from the UK.

      • Stiffler

        Don’t you have some cheap Bewitched videos to go sell people Thomas, Aka Jeff, Aka Lori.

    • Thomas McCartney

      American Temperament Test:

      The ATTS test, was NOT created to evaluate dogs for “pet” suitability.

      In 1977, Alfons Ertel designed the American Temperament Test in hopes of creating a uniform temperament test for dogs. Of the 75 million dogs that populate the U.S. today, 20 about 933 are tested per year (0.001% of all dogs).

      And he was a printer, NOT an animal behaviorist. He owned German shepherds and was involved in the sport called shutzhund, which involves training dogs in the same manner in which police dogs are trained.

      The ATTS was intended to test working dogs for jobs such as police work and it favors bold animals, i.e., dogs that face danger head-on without hesitation or fear.

      Courage was a desirable trait, timidity an undesirable trait. Thus, German shepherds did much better on the ATTS than did collies and other timid breeds.

      In fact, 95% of the dogs that fail the ATTS do so because they “lack confidence,” e.g., when approaching a weirdly-dressed stranger.

      Of course, pit bulls are going to score well on a test geared toward aggressive behavior because these monsters were bred for the purpose of fighting and killing other pit bulls and nothing deters them, certainly not weirdly-dressed strangers!

      The temperament data published by the group is not based upon scientific random sampling of any dog breed. It seems it would be virtually impossible to develop such a reliable study, as the base population source group is unidentifiable.

      Due to the temperament data being objectively statistically unreliable, it is also highly misleading. Pit bull advocates frequently use this misleading data to point to the breed’s good temperament and to advocate against breed-specific laws (“Pit bulls pass the ATTS test more often than beagles!”).

      Yet anyone one who has a minimal understanding of critical statistical analysis should be able to see that the ATTS “breed statistics” temperament data21 is essentially valueless.

      The 12-minute test stimulates a casual walk through a park with a range of encounters. The test focuses on stability, shyness, aggressiveness and a few other factors. According to the group, the overall pass rate (the combination of all breeds) is 81.6%.22.

      Unlike the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen test, no part of the ATTS test is performed without the dog owner present. It also fails to evaluate the most basic scenario that leads to aggression: How a dog reacts when it sees another dog.

    • Thomas McCartney

      The
      ASPCA has no obligation to share safety issues about pit bulls with the
      public. On their “Pit Bull Information” web page, they write: “Sadly,
      pit bulls have acquired a reputation as unpredictable, dangerous, and
      vicious.” Yet, spelled out in the ASPCA Shelter Guidelines — designed
      to protect shelter workers — are the unique risks attributed to pit
      bulls. One of them is that they “attack without warning,” which is equivalent to unpredictable behavior.

      From the ASPCA’s The Care of Pit Bulls in the Shelter Environment:

      There are “cases of experienced handlers who had developed good
      relationships with the dogs over a period of months still being attacked
      without warning or obvious provocation.”

      Pit bulls “ignore
      signs of submission from other dogs” and “give no warning prior to
      attack.” They add that this is “different than normal dog behavior.”

      “Today’s pit bulls” have multiple names including: “Staffordshire
      Terrier (AKC 1936), American Staffordshire Terrier (AKC 1972, Am Staff),
      American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier.”

      “These dogs can be aggressive towards humans and more likely to cause fatal attacks to people than other fighting type dogs.”

      “Pit bulls will climb fences, chew up stainless steel food and water
      bowls, destroy copper tubing of automatic water systems and conventional
      cages, and attack other animals through chain link fences.”

      “Pit bulls can break through conventional cage doors and destroy typical epoxy paint on the floors and walls.”

      “Pit bulls require special housing considerations” and “isolation from
      other animals if dog aggressive or have a high prey drive.”

      “Install a panic button in rooms housing pit bulls along with other restraint equipment in any room housing pit bulls.”

      It seems unlikely that the ASPCA or shelters participating in the
      “Adopt-A-Bull Contest” will tell potential adopters to install a panic
      button in their home or that pit bulls attack without warning.

    • Thomas McCartney

      From the CDC (1998 report, page 4):

      “Despite these limitations and concerns
      (about identifying the exact ‘breed’ of pit bull type dog responsible for a
      killing), the data indicate that Rottweilers and pit bull-type dogs accounted
      for 67% of human DBRF in the United States between 1997 and 1998.

      It is extremely unlikely that they accounted for anywhere near 60% of dogs in the
      United States during that same period and, thus, there appears to be a
      breed-specific problem with fatalities.”

      Results of mandatory breed-specific S/N in SF: success in San
      Francisco, where in just eight years there was a 49% decline in the
      number of pit-bulls impounded, a 23% decline in the number of pit-bulls
      euthanized, and an 81% decline in the number of pit-bulls involved in
      fatal and disfiguring attacks.

      Ed Boks, Executive director,
      Yavapai Humane Society (responsible Jan 2004 as director City Center for
      Animal Care & Control in NYC for trying to rename pit bulls New
      Yorkies; is pb owner)

      Pit bull type dogs represent 3000% the actuarial risk compared to other types of dogs.

      Insurance companies will have calculated the risks the other listed
      breeds represent based on what they’ve had to pay out through the years.

      This isn’t ‘prejudice’, this is cold statistical reality.
      Actuarial realities don’t yield to sentiment or a feeling of entitlement
      — they just are what they are.

      • Fayclis

        Hogwash.
        There are many different registered breeds referred to and labelled “pit bull” type never mind the mixes of various breeds of dogs. DBO gets their “stats” from MEDIA reports and media knows putting the term “pit bull” in a heading garners attention. THAT is a cold statistical reality. The video below shows just a FEW situations on how media all but ignores “other” dog bites or attacks.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOczrwleHdc
        Even the ASPCA made an official statement that when a dog attack happens media is interested in reporting IF can label a dog “pit bull” type. One researcher looked at how media reported dog attacks in Denver. The researcher found that before Denver ban 96% of media REPORTED dog attacks mentioned “pit bull”. However when ALL dogs attacks (during the same time period was reviewed) “pit bull type” dogs were responsible for a mere 2.6% of OVERALL dog attacks. MILLIONS of innocent pets are profiled and KILLED in North America because of this sort of bias. Look up “Is the media bias-pit bull”.

        • Darrin Stephens

          The reason for the %’s is because other normal dogs caused a nip, a stitch or two or a band aid while a pit bull type dog mutant undog attack caused a life flight to ICU for a disfigured or dismembered or dead victim, or is that too complicated for you to understand.!!!!

          No
          matter what you identify them as or what you choose to call them if any
          dog has pit bull genetics in it then the outcome of said genetics are
          always the same, death, mauling’s, crippled and disfigured victims when
          their DNA is expressed into reality which it invariably will be the
          case.

          So you can call them something else to protect them but they are still pit mixes who are what they are and do what they do, who as a result have no right to ever come into human contact.

          Pit bull or Pit bull cross, same difference same outcome same reality as to what they are.

          And all Pit bulls or restricted dogs including pit bull crosses by law
          should have leashes and Muzzles which they never have and all to often
          you seem them running around as such unmuzzled, this is an even greater
          problem then them being unleashed and that is bad enough.

          Certain breeds like Pit bulls etc.are fundamentally evil in nature and
          action and do not deserve the freedom of action to carry out their DNA.

          The point is, other dogs bite, Pit bulls and Pit bull crosses and
          others like mastiffs, Rotts etc. attack and kill and maim, that is the
          big difference in the outcome and should result in a completely
          different attitude towards these dogs and why they should be banned
          outright. The stats are very clear and accurate and show this reality
          even if you want to put your head in the sand, it still is what it is.

          2/3 of the fatalities by pit bull type dogs in 2013 were the actual
          family members of the pit bull who had been raised from a pup in optimal
          conditions, these are facts that are documented.

  • Linda Morris

    Hopefully the council will seek to overturn their BSL

  • Julie Edwards-Matanga

    I wish they would ban them everywhere!

    • gouko787

      Why? Do you like telling people how to live their lives?

      • Thomas McCartney

        No, so we can protect out lives.

        • gouko787

          You can never guaranty protection, all you can do is bankrupt your community trying to attain that absolute protection.
          I am protecting my family as well, you are targeting him directly. That threatens me and my children.

          • Thomas McCartney

            Dogs are not your children or your family, to think so is sick and deviant.

          • gouko787

            You are right, I have children, but my dogs are family.
            If I let you have your way they would be devastated. To think that my kids would not feel the pain of having our dog taken and killed is sick and deviant. If you want to label love deviant and sick it is no real surprise to me you feel that way. Perhaps owning a dog (if you do not) would bring you some of the love you are missing in your life.
            One really simple question Mr. Mccarthy…..
            Is every pit bull vicious?

          • Darrin Stephens

            Imagine if your pits were attacked, maimed and killed in the way that “good” pits attack other dogs?

            The pits owner won’t know when his dog’s time will come. Will it be in the back yard? Will it be walking to the car?

            One day, when the pit owner least expects it, a mauling machine attacks. It can happen when the owner is going out the door. A low, square mauling robot pushes past him and latches onto his pit bull.

            It happens that the wife and kids are in the living room at the time. The robot mauler attaches itself to the pit’s face and neck and impales the pit with long spikes. As blood spreads through the pit’s beautiful coat, the children begin to wail. The adults try frantically to find the “off” switch; there is none.

            The machine begins to shake the pit, with such force the pit is tossed about up in the air. “like a rag doll”. Blood spatters the walls, the couch, the kids. The machine suddenly stops, then positions itself on one front leg and again begins to shake the dog.

            The dog looks to his owners with pleading eyes. The wife tries to call 911, but knows it will be too late to save her dog. Suddenly the pit is free, but to the family’s horror, they realize the dog is free because the leg was torn from the dog’s body.

            Now, the pit owners can try to deliver their dying dog to the vet’s, with thousands of dollars due, and with little chance of the dog surviving. What does the future hold? Nightmares for all who witnessed their beloved dogs last moment, months/years trying to pay off the vet bill, years from now they will still find their beloved dog’s blood in their home.

            Now here’s the best part, learned from reading pit BULLY people’s comments: “It’s natural that dogs die. Accept it a part of life.” See, that makes it all better doesn’t it. NOT!

            Ban pit breeding, sale, mongering. Let these masters of mauling become extinct. Everyone sane and compassionate wins; all dogs win too.

    • Stiffler

      I wish they would ban Chows and Akitas.

      • Thomas McCartney

        An Ox be a Mutant Undog pit bull type dog by another name……………..works for me, this should be the outcome for all pit bull type dogs and pit nutter owners, we should include this in the next proposed BSL here, there and everywhere.

        28 If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit.

        29 But if the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death.

        http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/kjv/exo021.htm

  • 123tl78

    With all the information out there regarding dogs and dog behavior and the fact that pit bull isn’t even a breed of dog but an ever increasing way to target mixed breed dogs with some type of block head and it’s all done without DNA testing and the fact that breed bans are being repealed because of these facts, it is pretty surprising the fact that some bans are still there and bans totally disregard all the dogs that bite. The majority of dogs that kill are some type of mixed breed dog. That’s the only time that DNA testing might be done and the CDC has even admitted the type of dog is questionable in many cases because of the menagerie of breeds mixed in mixed breed dogs as a result of indiscriminate breeding. More bans are being repealed and rightly so. These dogs, all of them depend on the human to manage them properly. Not the other way around. So target some dogs and let the other dogs bite and/or kill? How could that make any kind of sense? The most recent fatalities were by a German Shepherd mix and a Lab Retriever mix, Boxers and Boxer mixes, a Bull Mastiff and the list goes on as to the varied kinds of mixed breed dogs that bite and a few purebreds. The only purebred dog with pit bull in its name is the American Pit Bull Terrier.

    • Thomas McCartney

      No DNA test to determine breed exists anywhere.
      There are several dogs from the same genetic source re pit bull genetics and their mixes that have the same genetic reality and outcome, hence the pit bull type dog, they essentially are all one and the same.

      9 People dead by dog attack in 2014.
      Pit bull type dogs killed 7 of them.
      Six of the dead are children.

      Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had
      been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression
      before’, and knew the victim.

      Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (5)
      Kara E. Hartrich, 4 years old, Bloomington, Illinois. **
      Je’vaeh Maye, 2 years old, Temple Texas.
      Braelynn Rayne Coulter, 3 years old, High Point, North Carolina. **
      Kenneth Santillan, 13 years old, Patterson, N.J.
      Unknown Boy,2 years old, Killeen, TX

      Adult fatalities by pit bull type (2):
      Christina Burleson, 43 years old, Houston, Texas.
      Klonda S. Richey, 57 years old, Dayton, Ohio.

      That’s 78% killed by attacking pit bull type dogs.
      Pit Bull type dogs are only about 6% of the entire dog population.

      Summer Sears, 4 years old, Tallassee, AL by Husky/German Shepard Cross

      89-year-old Annabell Martin, Corona, CA. by her grandson’s three Rottweilers.**

      • Mike Stein

        So Bullmastiffs (Santillan, Killee, TX) and Cane Corsos (Klonda Richey) are pit bulls now? And I notice you’ve removed the labrador mix from the Summer Sears incident. Convenient as always.

        • Thomas McCartney

          I didn’t remove the lab mix it was never on my list as it was not believed to be involved in the attack.

          Cane Corso’s and Bull Mastiff’s (40% pit bull DNA) have always been pit bull type dogs, nothing new there, they are what they are, don’t you know anything??

          • Stiffler

            Bullmastiff is a breed. You are the one that doesn’t know anything. Well, unless you are talking about Bewitched. You are incapable of your own thoughts so you copy and paste.

        • Stiffler

          Thomas is a freak. Google Thomas McCartney and Bewitched. He is obsessed. He even sells bad videos to people.

          • Mike Stein

            Oh I know.. I just like poking the crazy and seeing all the BS that comes out.

    • 123tl78

      Thomas. You post 50 pastes of posts in one article and obviously don’t care about facts. Your opinion doesn’t count.

  • glebec

    If they lift the ban the city will be liable the next time someone is mauled or killed. They will not be able to argue that they didn’t know the dogs were dangerous. That legal case will come soon somewhere.

    • 123tl78

      No they won’t. How do you explain many different types of dogs biting and/or killing? So now the City Councils all over the place have to predict the future actions of all dogs and dog owners? I don’t think that’s part of their responsibility. Each dog attack is unique, as are the dogs and the people involved and the steps that led to that attack. Dog bite prevention education would be more in line with helping reduce dog bites.

      • Darrin Stephens

        No, only that of the killers which as you can see are the pit bull type dog.!!!!

        Breed genetics are the cause of these bites and the removal of the genetic vermin that carry out said attacks is the means by which to bring them to an end.!!!

        Dog Attack Deaths and Maiming’s, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to May.25, 2013.

        By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2013, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, shows the breeds most responsible for serious injury and death.

        Study highlights

        Pit bull type dogs make up only 6% of all dogs in the USA.

        The combination of Pit Bulls, rottweilers, their close mixes and wolf hybrids and other Pit Bull Type Dogs:

        84% of attacks that induce bodily harm.

        75% of attacks to children.

        87% of attack to adults.

        72% of attacks that result in fatalities.

        80% that result in maiming.

        • Stiffler

          Did you see the dirt on Merritt today? Here I will get you the link. What an awesome (puke) person you like to quote.

  • Thomas McCartney

    My Legislation Proposal to be enacted by all states,

    cities and counties in the US & Canada.

    All dogs must be:

    Or all dangerous dogs must be:

    Or all dangerous molosser breeds, including pit bulls (Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, and any dog generally recognized as a pit bull or pit bull terrier and includes a dog of mixed breed with predominant pit bull or pit bull terrier characteristics), rottweilers, presa canarios, cane corsos, chow chows, Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, and their mixes must be:

    * Licensed

    * Micro-chipped with any bite history in database

    * Insured: All dogs must be covered by mandatory liability insurance of $100,000 min. generic and $500,000 after a skin breaking bite with insurance companies based on actuarial statistic’s determining said rate.

    * Spayed/neutered (except for limited approved show dog breeders)

    * All breeds involved in any bite incident must be kenneled in a locked five-sided enclosure with concrete bottom.

    For all other dog owners language can be written that enclosure such as fences must be capable of containing your dog period, such generic language puts the onus on the owner, have the fines be so onerous that said owner will ensure this they make this so.

    1,000 the first time, double the second time and permanent confiscation the third time with a ban on said person from owning any dog within city limits, this will create an effective outcome directly or indirectly.

    * All dogs must be on leashes outside of home enclosure

    * All molosser breeds must also be muzzled outside of home enclosure

    * No transport of declared dangerous dogs for the purpose of re-homing. (Dangerous dogs must be dealt with where their history is known.)

    * All of the rules listed above also apply to rescues: rescued dogs must be licensed and subject to inspection.

    $1,000 fine for noncompliance

    Elimination of the one-bite rule in all of the 50 U.S. states

    Manslaughter charges for owner of dog that kills a human

    Felony charge for owner of dog that mauls human, dog, or other domestic animal

    • Stiffler

      Your “proposal” doesn’t mean crap to the USA. You don’t live here. You don’t have a say. Remember that , Larry.

  • Emily Sieger

    funny thing just happened. The City Council scheduled a vote on the breed ban. An ACTUAL vote on the issue. Since the Sentinel already decided the law was upheld, they probably won’t bother to cover the meeting….. Meanwhile the heads of those people who think newspapers are reliable sources (I’m talking to YOU dogbite.org wacko’s) are exploding.

    • Darrin Stephens

      The pit bull ban repeal failed and is dead, deal with it. !!!!!

      AURORA — A heavily debated measure to repeal a ban against pit bulls in Aurora failed to gather enough council support to move forward during an informal vote at the study session March 3.

      City staff recommended that council extend the rules that apply to owners of pit bulls who lived in the city before the breed ban was enacted in 2005. Specifically, city law requires those owners to carry $100,000 in renters or homeowners insurance in case of an attack.

      Only four of the 10 council members — Bob LeGare, Sally Mounier, Barbara Cleland, Renie Peterson — supported further exploration of that option, so Mayor Steve Hogan moved the discussion off the table indefinitely.

      “I didn’t support repealing the ban, because we had a severe problem with dog bites … when we put the ban in place, and (the ban) has been a very successful program,” said Ward VI councilman Bob Broom. The number of bites by pit bulls has gone down quite a bit, he said.

      He added: “And really, if your child is mauled by a pit bull, no amount of money will compensate.”

      Ward II Councilwoman Renie Peterson said she would bring the ordinance back to city council herself at a later date, saying a ban on a particular breed of dog is discriminatory.

      Council agreed that the public safety committee should discuss how to amend the vicious dog definition to make it less narrow.

      • Stiffler

        Thomas, why are you posting under one of your fakes? Send anyone any bad Bewitched tapes lately? There is a blog about you. Have you seen it?

      • Stiffler

        And this wasn’t a repeal you idiot. Deal with it. It is far from over. Just like Maryland. OUCH…think I hear you crying from here.

      • Stiffler

        Here. Be a good little pooch and share this link with your bud Merritt with no merit.http://whoiscolleenlynn.com/clifton_study_and_statistics_a_reliable_source/

      • Emily Sieger

        want some crow with your stupidity?

  • Crazy A-Town Rules

    I wonder if Pit Bulls would be able to eat the illegal roasters? Do Pit Bulls like hens? Hmmm……………..

  • pjbarton404

    the ban is unfair.

  • Darrin Stephens

    Myth 1: It’s the owner not the T-rex

    Myth # 2: It’s impossible to identify a T-rex

    Myth 3: Human-aggressive T-rex’s were “culled”

    Fatal attack statistics about T-rex’s are false

    The media conspiracy against T-Rex’s

    T-rex’s are not unpredictable

    T-Rex’s do not have a locking jaw, they just eat you alive

    T-Rex’s used to be the most popular dinosaur in America

    T-rex’s pass the American Temperament Test

    Punish the deed not the breed (of dinosaur)

    T-rex’s originally were “nanny dinosaurs”

    T-rex’s were once known as nanny dino’s.

    T-Rex’s will lick you to death.

    There’s no need to muzzle and leash your T-Rex in the Doggy Park.

    Don’t forget to attend our ‘Million T-Rex March’ on The White House. President Obama loves T-Rex’s and he thinks everyone should own one. Except him.

    Its not an attack if the T-rex is wagging its tail.

    There no bad T-rex’s…only bad owners.

    I’ve seen chihuahuas more aggressive than my T-Rex.

    *giggles*

    TSL has been proven not to work in Denver

    Best babysitters ever….NOT

    MY T-rex is the sweetest dino ever.

    T.Rex’s make the BEST Therapy Dinos ever. And are wonderful as Guide-Dinos for The Blind.

    velociraptors bite more than T-rex’s.

    Let’s set up a T-rex kissing booth for our kids.

    Let’s bring a T-rex into school and let the children read books to a perfectly trained T-rex

    Let’s bring our T-rex to the walk for the victims of T-rex’s in Houston to show them they don’t have to be afraid of T-rex’s

    T-rexBite dot org

    • Stiffler

      Please seek help Thomas McCartney.

      • DontBullyMyBreed

        FOR REAL!!! The number of posts and time you took writing them all is just insane!

        • Thomas McCartney

          Kenneth Phillips, the country’s leading attorney for victims of dog attacks. This is what he sent me:

          I just finished giving a 21 minute interview to a reporter for a major San Francisco newspaper on a similar topic.

          In 2013, there have been 18 canine homicides of which 17 were committed by pit bulls or pit bull mixes. Our dogs are not killing us. Pit bulls are killing us.

          And although pit bulls attack and kill strangers like Claudia

          Gallardo, 38 (killed by a pit bull in the front yard of its owner’s house in Stockton, California) and Pamela Devitt, 63 (killed by 4 pit bulls running at large as she took a walk in Antelope Valley, California), the usual victims are our children, parents and guests.

          I have come to believe that the modern pit bull should not be thought of as a dog at all. A dog is man’s best friend, but this is an animal that will kill the man, his wife, his children, his parents and the guests in his home.

          Clearly this is not man’s best friend; clearly it is not a “dog”

          in the sense that we think of a dog. Charles Manson was

          anatomically a man, sociologically a neighbor, and legally a citizen, but he is spending his life behind bars because he was a deranged individual who orchestrated mayhem and murder.

          Just because pit bulls look like dogs, they do not have

          to be thought of like we think about dogs such as golden retrievers and Yorkshire terriers.

          In almost all homicides carried out by pit bulls, the owners and neighbors express shock and disbelief because the animal never gave a sign that it wanted to kill anyone. But to me, this is like a drunk driver expressing shock and disbelief that his car could kill.

          In both types of cases, a person made a choice to do something incredibly reckless, either by getting drunk or by getting the animal that makes headlines because of the frequency and brutality of its killing. We need to stop people from doing

          these reckless things.

          Lawmakers have to stop listening to the nonsense about breed specific laws which is spouted by the owners of bully dogs like pit bulls. Since 2006 there have been 3 psychological studies which focused on the personality and behavioral traits of the owners of pit bulls and other high-risk breeds of dog.

          A study published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence

          showed a link between ownership of high-risk dog breeds and deviant behaviors, crimes against children and domestic violence. Another study concluded that “vicious dog ownership may be a simple marker of broader social deviance.”

          A third study established that the owners of high-risk

          breeds of dog displayed more antisocial thinking styles, have an arrest history significantly higher than owners of other dogs, and engage in fighting to a significantly greater degree than other dog owners.

          They also had higher levels of overall criminal thinking patterns to go with the actual criminal behavior. These people, who are fixated on the animals that kill, maim and terrorize, are not the people that a lawmaker needs in his camp.

          Reasonable people want fair laws that provide a solution to the

          obvious problems caused by pit bulls.

          I hope this helps the cause.

          Sincerely,

          Kenneth M. Phillips

          Attorney at Law

          • Stiffler

            Kenneth Phillips is an ambulance chaser and he drinks the DBO and Merritt(less) kool aid. Enough said.

          • Thomas McCartney

            Affidavit Released In Fatal Bullmastiff Attack

            The bullmastiff/pitbull mix that attacked and killed 75-year-old Joan Kappen Nov. 21 is from the same litter as a dog that killed a 5-year-old Jessieville boy June 9, according to an affidavit.

            That’s according to KARK, a content news partner with Hot Springs Daily.!

            Warrants have been issued for Brande Michelle Coy and her daughter Emily Ann Coy. Brande is wanted for manslaughter, unlawful dog attack and harboring a vicious animal. Emily Ann Coy has a warrant for harboring a vicious animal.

            The findings of the Hot Springs Village Police Department also reveal the dog known as ‘Patrone’ had a history of aggression, biting or snapping at a number of people on multiple occasions.

            “Brande Coy knew or had to reason to know that the bullmastiff/pitbul mix breed dog (Patrone) had a propensity to attack, cause injury, or endanger the safety of other persons without provocation,” the affidavit states.

            Brande Coy told investigators Patrone had bitten her sister in the face two months prior to Kappen’s attack. Emily Coy revealed to an animal control officer that the dog would “bite out of fear.”

            The affidavit also states that Emily Coy had been bitten on two separate occasions, and she was aware that Patrone had bit a neighbor in face in July 2012.

            “Brande Coy recklessly allowed the dog to attack another person. Brande acted recklessly by allowing the dog out in a public area unsupervised and unsecured. Accoriding to witnesses, the dog had also been allowed out in a public area unsupervised and unsecure on at least one occasion to the incident involving Kappen.”

            In conclusion:

            “The action of recklessly allowing the dog out in a public area unsupervised and unsecured contributed to and resulted in the death of Kappen.”

          • Stiffler

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      • Thomas McCartney

        Fatalities reported in 2005

        News organizations reported at least 29 fatal dog attacks in the United States

        in 2005. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks

        were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (15 attacks), followed by Rottweilers (6

        attacks):

        Fatalities reported in 2006

        News organizations reported at least 30 fatal dog attacks in the United States

        in 2006. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks

        were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (16 attacks), followed by Rottweilers (9

        attacks).

        Fatalities reported in 2007

        News organizations reported at least 34 fatal dog

        attacks in the United States in 2007. The category of dog most commonly

        reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (18

        attacks), followed by Rottweilers (4 attacks).

        Fatalities reported in 2008

        News organizations reported at least 23 fatal dog

        attacks in the United States in 2008. The category of dog most commonly

        reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (14

        attacks), followed by Huskies (3 attacks).

        Fatalities reported in 2009

        News organizations reported at least 30 fatal dog

        attacks in the United States in 2009. The category of dog most commonly

        reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (14

        attacks), followed by Rottweilers (4 attacks).

        Fatalities reported in 2010

        News organizations reported at least 34 fatal dog

        attacks in the United States in 2010. The category of dog most commonly

        reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (18

        attacks), followed by Rottweilers (4 attacks).

        Fatalities reported in 2011

        News organizations reported at least 31 fatal dog

        attacks in the United States in 2011. The category of dog most commonly

        reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (21

        attacks).

        Fatalities reported in 2012

        News organizations have reported 34 fatal dog

        attacks in the United States in 2012. The category of dog most commonly

        reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (20

        attacks).

        Fatalities reported in 2013

        News organizations reported at least 18 fatal dog

        attacks in the United States so far in 2013. The category of dog most commonly

        reported involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (16

        attacks), followed by German Shepherd (1) “large, longer haired, black

        “Mixed breed or Mastiff-Rotweiller

        • Missk

          Thomas you have proven to be excellent at utilizing the copy and paste feature. However just because you read it on the web or from you cult leader does not make it true! “Bonjour” people!

  • Darrin Stephens

    Hey now…educate yourself guys.

    My T-Rex likes coconuts!

    you’re all just racist against T-Rex’s!!!

    please leave t~Rex’s alone my family had bred them for years and the only time i was bitten was by a pibble.

    educate yourself you hater,I hope get mauled by a chihuahua.

    t-rex make the best nanny dinosaur, its all how they are raised don’t you know.

    I will be posting this at the dinosaurs love kids and kids love dinosaurs.

    don’t you know the famous dinosaur barney?

    president roosevelt had a dinosaur and fred flintstone.

    helen keller had 25 of them.

    wiggle tails?

    educate yourself its haters like you that give dinosaurs a bad name.

    come over to my house and meet my t-rex

    awww you really hurted my feelings, Im going to go eat worms!!

    My brontosaurus bites and my T-Rex never does. In fact the T-Rex is scared of him!

    T-rex only bite if they’re trained to

    my vet says t-rex is the only dinosaur that doesn’t bite

    I have 8 t-rex and I’m a vet tech

    I’am a vet tech too and i have a therapy dinosaur, it reads to kids at schools

    64 kids crawl all over my t-rex, and he’s never shown aggression

    Get the FACTS!!!

    there’s no such thing as a t-rex

    people are so quick to label anything 20 ft tall with a 5 foot neck and muscular as a so called “t-rex”

    all dinosaurs have teeth

    Their are over 30 types of dinosaur mistaken for a T-Rex, not only that, their is a media conspiracy against them. T-Rex attack stories sell.

    My T-Rex saved my life; he roared at a bit of smoke & we evacuated the house. Last week I read that a T-Rex killed a child; that is SO rubbish – there is no such thing as a T-Rex! Get educated! I’m so done with this – I’m going to feed my T… I mean my Giant Lizard. Goodbye!

    t-rex aren’t real. nothing is real.

    omg u ppl r so ignorent!!!!!!! i had a terradactle an that little basturd was way meaner than my t-rex!!!!!! only ppl who fight t-rexes make them mean an bite so dont judge the hole bread just cuz a few buttwipes train there dinos to attack i raise my t-rex with love an he kisses us all the time!!!!!! U PPL R RACIST AN U MAKE ME SICK!!!

    t-rex built this great nation

    ROTFLMAO!

    You haters only have 153 likes. Our T-Rex breeders club has 4000! TAKE THAT, HATERS!!!

    It’s a nannysaurus!

  • Karen Batchelor

    Less than 3% of law-making jurusdictions have breed bans in the US.

    http://btoellner.typepad.com/kcdogblog/2013/07/the-popularity-of-breed-specific-laws-is-600-a-lot-some-perspective.html

    “According to “The Straight Dope”, there are 19,355 incorporated places in the United States. And another 3,143 Counties (or county equivelents). That’s 22,498 total law-making bodies.

    So if we do a little math, if the 600 is the number of juristictions that have breed-specific laws, that means that only 2.6% of the total juristictions have breed-specific laws. It’s 3.1% if you assume that their inflated number includes just cities. And keep in mind, the 600 number is the high end of a debatable number.

    This means that an overwhelming — and I mean OVERWHELMING — number of cities and counties have made the decision to target laws toward dogs based on the BEHAVIOR of the dogs and owners, not based on breed.”

    • Phill Mcracken

      ARAGON, SPAIN

      Spain passed the Dangerous Animals Act in 2000, placing restrictions on nine breeds of dogs and dogs possessing “characteristics” of those breeds. A scientific study analyzing dog bites reported to the Aragon health department during a five year period before the Act was passed (1995 to 1999) and the five year period after passage (2000 to 2004) found that there was no significant difference in the number of dog bites in Spain before or after the Dangerous Animals Act passed.

      Furthermore, the study found that the most popular breeds (none of which were targeted by the legislation) were responsible for the most bites both before and after passage of the BSL. The targeted breeds accounted for a very small portion of bites both before and after passage of the BSL. The scientists concluded that there was no rational basis for Spain’s BSL.

      • Phill Mcracken

        What Defines a Breed, Anyway?

        We can’t really talk about whether breeds are predictive of personality without first understanding what a breed is. Breed, naturally, has to do with breeding. Skoda is (presumably) a Boxer because his dame and sire were (presumably) both Boxers. Simple, right?

        Well, it’s a little more complicated than that. Many of our current dog breeds are fairly recent innovations, a product of Victorian-era attempts to produce superior dogs. The early breeders responsible for our modern purebred dogs actually crossbred dogs with characteristics they found desirable, and eventually created a genetically limited pool of dogs that would reliably produce pups with similar traits. The Boxer, for example, goes back just 150 years, after breeders began crossing a progenitor of the English Bulldog with a now-extinct breed known as the Brabanter Bullenbeisser. Skoda is a Boxer because he is descended from dogs that someone has termed “Boxer,” but he, like other Boxers, is fairly recently related to Bulldogs and any other dog bred from the Bullenbeisser. Today, dog breeds represent closed gene pools; in order to qualify as a Boxer, Skoda has to come from an unbroken lineage of Boxers—with no ancestors from any other breed—going back decades.

        Most dog lovers recognize Skoda as a Boxer (although he’s occasionally mistaken for a Bulldog or a Pit Bull) because of his smushed-in nose, his lean body, his short, floppy ears, his arched skull, and that adorable underbite. (The snaggletooth, while cute, is one of many reasons he doesn’t quite physically conform to breed standards.) They don’t check to see if he’s suspicious of strangers (he is), patient with children (yes, but he hates babies), alert (to a fault), or energetic (he starts bouncing up and down at the mere mention of a W-A-L-K), but they do make assumptions about his personality.

        This recognition of breeds through appearance more or less fits with the breed standards as defined by show organizations like Britain’s Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club. If you watch conformation shows like Crufts or the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the judges are looking for physical conformation to breed standards. If Skoda were to compete in a conformation show (something that wouldn’t happen for a number of reasons), judges would be looking at his size, the shape of his body, the color of his coat, his gait, the proportions of his skull, and a host of other largely physical traits. (Although he would be penalized for “evidence of shyness, or lack of dignity or alertness,” so my wary goofball might not do well on that front, either.)

        Kennel club breed standards are controversial on a number of fronts, not the least of which is concern that certain physically desired traits aren’t particularly healthy for dogs.The modern English Bulldog is a rather extreme example; their skin folds make them prone to dermatitis; their flat, wide, short-snouted heads make it difficult for them to breathe and regulate their bodily temperature (Boxers have that problem, too); and it is extraordinarily difficult for them to give birth: more than 80 percent of English Bulldog litters are delivered by Caesarian section. There are also additional health concerns related to the limited gene pool; for example, Boxers and Golden Retrievers are at extremely high risk of developing cancer.

        It’s worth noting that not all dog breeds are recognized by kennel clubs, but major kennel club recognition can have an effect on genetic diversity within a breed. In a 2003 paper published in the Journal of Heredity, researchers found a much lower correlation between heterozygosity (having different alleles at a particular genetic locus) of a breed with its population size than with the dates the breed was recognized by the AKC registry. Breeds that had been recognized by the AKC more recently had a significantly greater heterozygosity than breeds that had long been on the AKC registry.

        Some breed enthusiasts oppose kennel club conformation standards for a reason that is much more pertinent to our discussion here: because it emphasizes morphological traits over behavioral ones. The United States Border Collie Club (USBCC) was founded in 1975 in part to oppose the AKC’s use of appearance standards, rather than behavioral standards, for Border Collies. The Border Collie is, after all, a herding dog, and fans of the breed tend to prize it precisely for those qualities that make them good herders, such as stalking, chasing, and grab-biting. A Border Collie, by that rationale, should not be judged primarily for the shape of its body, and certainly not for its willingness to hold its head up in a conformation ring. If you’re interested in more on the relationship between the AKC and Border Collies, Donald McCaig documents how the dispute played out in the 1990s in his book The Dog Wars: How the Border Collie Battled the American Kennel Club.

        Certain behaviors, such as those related to hunting and other working skills, do correlate strongly with breeds. But does that mean that breeds truly fit their personality stereotypes?

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  • Thomas McCartney

    Linda Oliver

    63-years old | Dayton, TX.

    Linda Oliver, 63-years old, was viciously attacked by a stray dog she began caring for two weeks earlier. Liberty County Sheriff’s Office said Oliver called her husband that morning and said that the dog attacked the couple’s pet “weiner” dog then attacked her when she intervened.

    Helpless to save his wife — the husband was an hour away working in Pearland — he called 911. Deputies arrived at the couple’s home and found Oliver already dead on the living room floor covered in dog bites. Deputies confronted the dog named “Bruiser” and fired three shots at it, hitting the animal twice.

    The dog fled the property, prompting a search effort throughout the Woodland Hills subdivision where the couple lived. For nearly two days the dog eluded authorities. On the evening of July 2, deputies located the dog, described as a rottweiler-mastiff mix, and shot it to death. Friends said Oliver loved animals and often rescued abandoned pets. She was also the owner of Linda’s Dog Grooming in Dayton.

    [source citations]Date of death: July 1, 2013.

    Chained: No

    Breed of dog: Rottweiler-mastiff mix Relationship to dog: Family.

    Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Victim.

    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No

    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No.

    Juan Campos

    96 years old | Katy, Texas.

    A man and his dog were found dead in their backyard in Katy Friday, both covered in dog bites. Right now, investigators can’t say if the attack is what killed the man.

    Investigators tell Eyewitness News a relative came home to the 2200 block of Maplewood Friday afternoon and found the man dead in his backyard covered with severe dog bites.Deputies have seized five dogs in the area. They say it’s possible pit bulls from a neighbor’s yard behind the home got through a hole in the fence and began attacking.

    Investigators say a Chihuahua was also found dead. They say the dogs also mauled and nearly killed another family pet, which relatives rushed to the vet.

    His Grandson Miguel Velasquez says they’ve had problems with their neighbor’s dogs in the past; the fence shows previous patches. But no one ever thought it would come to this.

    “Those dogs should have been either kept in a better, safer place or tied up somehow. Now our family is suffering,” Velasquez said.

    Date of death: Aug.30, 2013.

    Chained: No

    Breed of dog: Pit Bull Type Dogs Relationship to dog: Neighbor.

    Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Neighbor.

    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: 3

    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Unknown.

    Daniel

    2 years old |Gilbert, Arizona .

    A man and his dog were found dead in their backyard in Katy Friday, both covered in dog bites. Right now, investigators can’t say if the attack is what killed the man.

    A 2-year-old boy has died following a dog attack in Gilbert, and the toddler’s babysitter underwent surgery for lacerations she suffered trying to save the child.

    A special needs toddler and his four siblings were being cared for at the babysitter’s house near Val Vista and Germann Sunday morning when three adult pit bulls began fighting.

    Somehow, the boy and the babysitter got in the middle of the dogfight, and the dogs began attacking the child.

    The babysitter, a 28-year-old female, tried to intervene and pull the dogs off the child, but he was mortally injured.

    The child was rushed to the hospital and where he was pronounced dead. The babysitter was wounded and underwent surgery Sunday afternoon. She was listed in stable condition.

    Date of death: Sept.22, 2013.

    Chained: No

    Breed of dog: Pit Bull Type Dogs Relationship to dog: Babysitters.

    Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Babysitters.

    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: 3

    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Unknown.

    Jordan Ryan 5 yrs old | Baker city, Oregon

    Authorities say a pit bull has mauled a 5-year-old boy to death in Baker City.

    District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff tells the Baker City Herald the attack happened Friday morning and remains under investigation. The boy was at a friend’s home when the dog attacked.

    Police Chief Wyn Lohner says the pit bull has been impounded and poses no further threat. He says more information will be released Monday.

    The boy has been identified as Jordan Ryan of Baker City.

    A memorial will be held Sunday night in front of the kindergarten he attended. An organizer, Cassie Glerup, says candles will be lit and balloons will be released.

    Date of death: Sept.27, 2013.

    Chained: No

    Breed of dog: Pit Bull Type Dogs Relationship to dog: Friends.

    Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog:Friends family.

    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: 1

    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Unknown.

  • Thomas McCartney

    Ayden Evans

    5-years old | Jessieville, AR.

    Ayden Evans, 5-years old, was mauled to death by a bullmastiff-mix. The boy lived in Oklahoma, but was staying at his aunt’s house in Arkansas for the summer. Ayden was visiting his aunt’s neighbor, Lynne Geiling, when her dog attacked him.

    The animal came from another room and attacked the boy when Ayden became upset and started crying. Geiling was unable to separate the two until her husband arrived to help. The boy died on the way to the hospital from blood loss relating to head and neck injuries. The boy’s body was released to a funeral home in Hot Springs before his parents arrived from Oklahoma.

    They took their son’s body back home in an urn. After the attack, the dog fled the home. The escaped dog was found and shot by a neighbor the next day. After examining the dog, Hot Springs Animal Control said the dog “was at least 50 percent pit bull.” As of June 28, 2013, the investigation into the boy’s death is still open.

    [source citations]Date of death: June 9, 2013.

    Chained: No

    Breed of dog: Bullmastiff-mix Relationship to dog: Non-family.

    Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Neighbor.

    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No

    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Pending.

    Nephi Selu

    6-years old | Union City, CA.

    Nephi Selu, 6-years old, was bitten on the head by his uncle’s pit bull and died several hours later at a hospital in Palo Alto. The attack occurred at the boy’s grandparents’ Union City home where he and his mother had been staying for an extended period. The boy’s uncle, Keala Keanaaina, is a San Mateo police officer. His seven children and wife also reside at the home.

    Cousins he was playing with at the time of the attack said that Nephi had been “ridding the dog like a horse,” when it suddenly threw him down and clamped onto his head. Once alerted, Keanaaina took a hold of the dog by the jaw, and the animal released. The 2-year old male pit bull named Kava was the child’s “best friend,” according to his mother Tilema Selu.

    She said the attack came as a shock, “like one best friend turned on the other.” A Beware of Dog sign is posted on a fence at the family’s home. Neighbors always maintained the family owned two pit bulls, though this was not confirmed by police in media reports.

    [source citations]Date of death: June 17, 2013.

    Chained: No

    Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix Relationship to dog: Family.

    Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Uncle.

    Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: No

    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No.

    Arianna Merrbach

    5-years old | Effingham, SC.

    Arianna Merrbach, 5-years old, was mauled to death by a chained pit bull-mix while visiting her aunt’s home. Florence County Coroner Keith Von Lutcken said the incident occurred at 11:15 am at 7208 Fork Road in Effingham. The girl was pronounced dead on scene. Responding firefighters said she walked up to the dog, which was chained at the home. Lula Waddle, who lives next door to where the girl was attacked, said the victim “grew up with the dogs.

    ” Autopsy information was released one day after the fatal incident. Lutcken classified the girl’s death as accidental. The cause of death was due to multiple sharp blunt force injuries. Herbie Christmas with Florence County Environmental Services confirmed the dog was an adult pit bull-mix. He said it was the first fatal dog mauling in the county in the 17-years of his service.

    His agency seized the attacking pit bull along with two other pit bulls from the residence. The offending male dog was euthanized shortly after the fatal attack.

    [source citations]Date of death: June 25, 2013.

    Chained: Yes

    Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix Relationship to dog: Family.

    Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Aunt.

    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No

    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Pending.

  • Thomas McCartney

    2013 dog bite fatalities ::

    It often takes several weeks to identify fatal dog attack parameters.1 This is why recent dog bite fatalities may not appear on this page.

    In the interim, please visit the DogsBite.org blog.

    2013 victims

    Betty Todd

    65-years old | Hodges, SC

    Betty Todd, 65-years old, was brutally killed by her son’s pit bull while babysitting his three children. Her son, Andrew Todd, and his wife were out to dinner at the time.

    The eldest child called her father, alerting him to the attack then “evacuated” her younger siblings out of the house. Deputies arrived to a bloody aggressive pit bull inside the home. When deputies were able to enter, they discovered the woman’s body lifeless on the living room floor covered in blood with bite wounds on her head, face and neck.

    The coroner’s report said that Betty died of severe neck and spinal injuries. The family had owned the pit bull for four years. The victim’s brother-in-law, David Todd, told the media, “This dog has never shown any aggression before.” It was later revealed that the dog had killed the family’s Siberian husky four months earlier.

    The pit bull had been neutered just days before killing Betty Todd in hopes of lowering its aggression.

    [source citations]Date of death: January 8, 2013

    Chained: No

    Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family

    Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Son

    Spay/Neuter: Yes Multiple dogs: No

    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

    Christian Gormanous

    4-years old | Montgomery County, TX

    Christian Gormanous, 4-years old, was mauled to death by his neighbor’s chained pit bull. The attack occurred on a Saturday afternoon on the 5700 block of Pinehurst Drive in west Montgomery County. Christian and his 9-year old sister, Trinity, had been playing in their family’s backyard when the boy climbed over a chain-link fence into the neighbor’s yard.

    What awaited Christian was a dangerous dog, a chained pit bull. Though the animal was chained, the boy was still within its reach. The dog viciously attacked the boy. Trinity managed to get her younger brother back over the fence then ran and told her mother who called 911. The boy’s injuries were so severe, he was airlifted to a Houston hospital.

    The boy did not survive his injuries; he died at the hospital that evening. At the time of the attack, the boy’s mother had been feeding a newborn inside the home. Charges against the dog’s owner are not anticipated.

    [source citations]Date of death: January 19, 2013

    Chained: Yes

    Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Non-family

    Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Neighbor

    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No

    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

    Elsie Grace

    91-years old | Hemet, CA

    Elsie Grace, 91-years old, was discovered dead in a hotel room after being mauled to death by her son’s two pit bulls. Hemet police Lt. Duane Wisehart said the victim had “a great deal of trauma to her body.” Elsie and her son had been staying at the hotel because they were in the process of relocating to Hemet.

    Her son was away at the time of the deadly attack. Elsie was a nationally known watercolorist who taught for 33 years at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree. After her retirement, she was commissioned by La Quinta Hotel and painted 230 watercolor views of the hotel’s casitas. Elsie was also a member of the La Quinta Arts Association and exhibited her work at the La Quinta Arts Foundationʼs Art Under the Umbrellas event.

    Family members created a memorial website to celebrate her life and to start the Elsie Grace Scholarship for the Arts Fund.

    [source citations]Date of death: February 8, 2013

    Chained: No

    Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Family

    Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Son

    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes

    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

    Isaiah Aguilar

    2-years old | Sabinal, TX

    Isaiah Aguilar, 2-years old, was struck down by his neighbor’s pit bull. The boy had been playing with a balloon outside his home when the wind blew it into a neighbor’s backyard. When he chased after the balloon, he was attacked by a female pit bull tied up in the yard. Richard Aguilar, the boy’s father, said he was able to get into the neighbor’s yard because there was a huge hole in the fence.

    By the time Aguilar reached him, Isaiah had already stopped breathing. Police officers transported the child to a hospital in Uvalde, but he did not survive. According to the boy’s family, a person from the dog owner’s home opened the door during the attack, but did not help the boy. He just shook his head and shut the door.

    The pit bull — left tethered and unattended in an accessible yard — had committed vicious acts in the past, including: killing its own sire and attacking its own litter of puppies.

    [source citations]Date of death: February 16, 2013

    Chained: Yes

    Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Non-family

    Sex of dog: Female Owner of dog: Neighbor

    Spay/Neuter: Uknown Multiple dogs: No

    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

  • Thomas McCartney

    Jordyn Arndt

    4-years old | Prairie City, IA.

    Jordyn Arndt, 4-years old, was viciously mauled by her babysitter’s pit bull while under her care. She was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines with life-threatening injuries. She died the following day. At the time of the attack, Jena Marie Wright, 24, had been babysitting Jordyn and her brother.

    The babysitting arrangement had started about two weeks earlier. According to news accounts, Jordyn was in the backyard of the home with Wright’s daughter, 3, when the dog attacked. Wright was arrested just hours after the girl died and charged with child endangerment resulting in death, a class B felony, and neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, a class C felony.

    The combined charges carry up to 35-years in prison. The Wright household told police the dog was an American Staffordshire terrier, an alias for the pit bull terrier since 1972, thus always included in the legal definition of a pit bull.

    [source citations]Date of death: April 23, 2013.

    Chained: No

    Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Non-family.

    Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Babysitter.

    Spay/Neuter: Uknown Multiple dogs: No

    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Yes.

    Beau Rutledge

    2-years old | Fulton County, GA.

    Beau Rutledge, 2-years old, was savagely killed by his family’s pit bull at his Wexford subdivision home. The boy’s mother told police she went to the bathroom and came back to find Beau dead from the attack. Police, emergency medical personnel and news media swarmed the cul-de-sac street.

    Neighbors called the scene “surreal.” First responders said the scene was “horrible,” so gruesome, police hung a sheet over the doorway of the home to keep it hidden from view. “I felt like I was in a horror film,” said one neighbor who briefly saw inside of the home. The family had owned the pit bull, named Kissy Face, for eight years.

    Though identified as a pit bull numerous times, including by police and Fulton County animal services, the American Journal-Constitution began calling the dog an “American Staffordshire terrier-mix,” an alias for the pit bull terrier for over 40-years, thus always included in the legal definition of a pit bull.

    [source citations]Date of death: April 24, 2013.

    Chained: No

    Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family.

    Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Parents.

    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No

    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No.

    Rachael Honabarger

    35-years old | Coshocton, OH.

    Rachael Honabarger, 35-years old, was brutally attacked by her family German shepherd, sustaining life-threatening injuries. A neighbor driving by her residence saw that she was in clear distress with the dog beside her. As the neighbor approached to help her, the dog began attacking her again, this time biting into her neck. There were no witnesses to the initial attack.

    The man was able to pull the dog off Honabarger and secure it in an outdoor kennel. He then called 911 and administered life-saving first aid until EMS arrived on scene. Rachael was transported to a local hospital then airlifted to Grant Medical Center in Columbus. She died two days later. Another neighbor said the dog was very aggressive, but never went beyond the property line; the dog guarded the family home.

    The male German shepherd was euthanized the day after her death and transported to the Ohio Department of Health for rabies testing. The results came back negative.

    [source citations]Date of death: May 2, 2013.

    Chained: No

    Breed of dog: German shepherd Relationship to dog: Family.

    Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Husband.

    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No

    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No.

    Pamela Devitt

    63-years old | Littlerock, CA.

    Pamela Devitt, 63-years old, was viciously mauled by four pit bulls while taking her morning walk. A passing motorist saw the woman on the ground being attacked and called 911. Authorities said her injuries included being “scalped” and one arm removed. The woman died en route to the hospital. Deputies began house-to-house ground and air searches to capture the dangerous dogs.

    County Supervisor Mike Antonovich offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the “capture of the four killer pit bulls.” Detectives later received information that led to the service of a search warrant in a home near the site of the mauling. Authorities seized 8 dogs from the property — 6 were pit bulls. During the search, detectives uncovered a “marijuana grow” operation.

    Alex Jackson, 29-years old, was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana. On May 29, after conducting DNA tests on the dogs, authorities charged Jackson with second-degree murder in connection to Devitt’s death.

    [source citations]Date of death: May 9, 2013.

    Chained: No

    Breed of dog: Pit bull (4) Relationship to dog: Non-family.

    Sex of dog: Uknown Owner of dog: Property owner.

    Spay/Neuter: Uknown Multiple dogs: Yes

    On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Yes.

    Carlton Freeman

    80-years old | Harleyville, SC.

    Carlton Freeman, 80-years old, was dragged from his wheelchair by four dogs and savagely attacked. Freeman was a double leg amputee as a result of diabetes. Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet said that Freeman was going down the side of the road in his wheelchair when the dogs attacked. He was taken to Trident Hospital where he died four days later. “He had bites and lacerations from his legs to the top of his head,” Nisbet wrote in a news release.

    “Mr. Freeman was basically helpless [against] the attack.” Neighbors said the dogs had been roaming the area for months. Barbara Goodwin, also a neighbor, admitted to caring for three of the dogs. Authorities seized those dogs; each had traces of blood on their fur.

    Freeman’s family members, who witnessed the attack, identified all four dogs as pit bulls. During the investigation, deputies determined all four dogs to be feral and did not belong to any one person. At the request of the victim and his family, no charges were brought.

    [source citations]Date of death: May 12, 2013.

    Chained: No

    Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix (4) Relationship to dog: Non-family.

    Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Ownerless.

    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes

    On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: No

  • Marianne Erikson

    The other thing a repeal would do is give the dog breeders license to breed these poor dogs and use them for fighting. I am glad is was upheld.

    • Phill Mcracken

      CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

      BREEDS OF DOGS INVOLVED IN FATAL HUMAN ATTACKS IN THE UNITED STATES BETWEEN 1979 AND 1998

      This is perhaps the most misused and misunderstood dog bite report. Politicians and the media often quote this report inaccurately.

      The main flaw in the CDC study is that it attempts to characterize dog attacks by breed, while ignoring all other possible factors.

      Media as a source of data

      The CDC study uses media accounts in their findings. The media is known to misreport and skew articles on dog attacks and misidentify breeds (see Difficulty of Breed Identification).

      Missing data

      The report also admits that it does not cover twenty-eight percent of fatal dog attacks. It is not clear what the study results would have been if all fatal dog attacks were included.

      Miscategorization and misidentification

      In the study, on the chart showing the number of dog bite-related deaths, the CDC has divided the attacks into sections titled Purebred and Crossbred. The CDC has listed Pit Bull-type and Husky-type under both the Purebred and Crossbred divisions. A “type” is not a breed.

      Pit Bull-types are often categorized as dogs with short fur and a boxy head. There are over twenty breeds of dogs that fit this description, including the American Bulldog, Boxer, Olde English Bulldogge, Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, Bull Mastiff, American Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Tosa Inu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Dogue de Bordeaux, Fila Brasileiro, Presa Canario, Catahoula Leopard Dog, Cane Corso, Black Mouth Cur, and the Shar Pei.

      Husky-types are often identified as medium sized dogs with long fur. This is extremely vague. Dogs that meet this description include the Akita Inu, Shiba Inu, Alaskan Malamute, Samoyed, Elkhound, Hokkaido Inu, Laika, Siberian Husky, Chow Chow, Alaskan Husky, and the Greenland Dog.

      It is inaccurate to list all such breeds under one title; such groupings distort the study’s findings. Yet few people could recognize all these breeds correctly.

      The CDC study uses inconclusive sources, fails to account for breed misidentification, and erroneously groups breeds.

      Study conclusion

      Despite the study’s flaws, the study authors conclude that breed-specific legislation is inefficient; BSL fails to recognize that any dog of any breed can exhibit aggressive behaviors.

      • Phill Mcracken

        MERRITT CLIFTON

        DOG ATTACK DEATHS AND MAIMINGS, U.S. AND CANADA, 1982 THROUGH 2007 (UPDATED YEARLY)

        Merritt Clifton’s study is a medley of newspaper articles that present a very biased and inaccurate overview of dog bites. It is more of an incomplete tally of severe bites than a study.

        Media as only source of data

        Clifton’s only source for his findings is the media, and he focuses on cases that required “extensive hospitalization.” This term is never defined in his article. It might mean stitches, or it might mean amputation.

        • Phill Mcracken

          Inability to determine risk scientifically

          In Clifton’s analysis, he attempts to evaluate dog behavior based on breed, bite frequency, and “degree of relative risk.”

          Yet Clifton has shown numerous times in his report that he cannot identify a breed properly, or even spell breed names correctly.

          Both bite frequency and degree of relative risk are impossible to calculate. No one knows how often breeds bite since hundreds of bites go unreported. And to attempt to determine a “degree of relative risk,” Clifton would have to know every factor that contributed to every dog bite.

          Even the CDC concluded at the end of their own flawed study (see above) that there is no way to determine relative risk:

          There is currently no accurate way to identify the number of dogs of a particular breed, and consequently no measure to determine which breeds are more likely to bite or kill.

          Merritt Clifton apparently does not understand the many factors that go into a reliable calculation of relative risk, nor does he wish to acknowledge that trained researchers realize that many, if not most, of those factors can never be known or calculated.

          • Phill Mcracken

            AURORA, CO

            Aurora passed a breed ban on “pit bulls” and seven rarer breeds (e.g. Dogo Argentinos) effective 2006. The most recent statistics from Aurora demonstrate that the annual total of dog bites, including severe dog bites, has not decreased. The bites are primarily inflicted by non-banned breeds and types of dogs. Statistics also indicate that severe bites have not decreased, and non-banned breeds of dogs have been overwhelmingly responsible for those—putting lie to the oft-repeated claim that banning “pit bulls” reduces severe bites.

            Perplexingly, after passing their ban, Aurora changed the way they tally dog bites—along with some other poor data collection procedures that make their numbers extremely difficult to compare from year to year. In 2011 discussions about the breed ban, city officials carefully ignored the city’s collected data on dog bites; possibly this was due to the data’s flaws, but more likely, the numbers were just plain embarrassing. The data shows that citizens of Aurora are no safer from dog bites today than they were before the breed ban was instituted.

  • Animal rescue

    what a crock of nonsense. Public officials have not only become over zealous with breed ban laws but the are irrational and unconstitutional.

    • Phill Mcracken

      DENVER, CO

      Denver’s ban on “pit bulls” has been in place since 1989, and has long been touted as a success by a handful of Denver officials, but it turns out that the results of the ban have been unclear.

      Since the ban, there has been…

      But…

      no fatal attack by a pit bull Fatal attack by a chow mix

      fewer bites by pit bulls Dog bites by all types of dogs have declined

      fewer pit bull-related complaints Pit bull population is not believed to have decreased in Denver

      Thousands of “pit bull”-looking dogs have been killed by animal control for no reason other than appearance.

      Bites by other types of dogs now exceed the number of bites by pit bull types

      Recent press coverage has also noted: “Between 1995 and 2006, Denver had almost six times as many dog-related hospitalizations compared to Boulder, even though Denver’s population is less than twice that of Boulder.” Boulder does not have BSL

      • Phill Mcracken

        Missing data

        In the beginning of the study, Clifton states that attacks by police dogs, guard dogs, dogs trained to fight, and dogs whose breed may be uncertain are excluded. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume a good number of attacks are not included. This might leave the reader with the assumption that Clifton has included all other dog attacks.

        The CDC reports in their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that of the “333,700 patients treated for dog bites in emergency departments in 1994, approximately 6,000 were hospitalized.” (July 4, 2003 article at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5226a1.htm)

        However, Clifton lists only 2,363 bites total—and that is over the 25 years that he has tallied media reports of attacks.

        If approximately 6,000 people require hospitalization each year because of a dog attack, then over 25 years, there would have been 150,000 people hospitalized. Yet Clifton has apparently only found media reports for 1.6% of all these attacks.

        Clifton’s report therefore implies that the remaining 98.4% of bites that required “extensive hospitalization” according to the CDC were by non-identifiable types of dogs or police, guard, or fighting animals. This is highly unlikely. Clifton’s data is so incomplete as to make it virtually useless for analyzing patterns related to severe dog attacks.

    • Joanna Mcmole

      A new national survey commissioned by Best Friends Animal Society reveals that 84 percent of those polled believe that local, state or federal governments should not infringe on a person’s right to own whatever breed of dog they choose.

      This survey*, conducted by Luntz Global, is consistent with a growing trend by many state and local governments that have repealed breed discriminatory provisions and enacted behavior-based, breed-neutral dangerous dog laws. Of the 850 polled, 59 percent were dog owners. Only four percent of those polled believed the federal government should dictate what breed of dog a person could own, while six percent supported state government restrictions and 11 percent local government limits.

      Supporting the survey is the fact that 17 states have passed laws that prohibit cities and counties from banning or restricting dogs because of breed. Even the American Bar Association passed a Resolution 100 in August, 2012 calling for all political subdivisions to repeal breed discriminatory provisions.

  • Lindsayblaze

    I’m sorry but it’s not bad dogs it’s bad owners and their the ones that should be punished. I own a pit and he is gentle, loving, kind, kid friendly, and has changed many peoples opinions on that breed since meeting him. He has no aggression, never has attacked, bitten or done any harm to any other animal or human being.
    I am now in a horrible situation, where my dog is not at fault and could have a huge consecuince just cause of his breed.
    I was walking my dog on a leash next to a park where I always walk my dog. Apparently there is an aggressive dog that lives right next to the park ( where children play and children’s dogs play) that climbed a 6ft wooden fence just to attack my dog. I kept my dog from fighting back ( the other dog had no wounds) cause I didn’t want a dog fight and I didn’t want things to get worse. I told my dog “no” and ” it’ll be ok” and my dog did not fight back. My dog had major wounds, he had 4 punctures 2 being huge and bleeding and 2 being not so terrible. He under went surgery where lines had to be put In to allow for drainedge and many stitches. During the process the owner of the other dog got bit, not sure by who, but now my dog could be punished just because of his breed.

  • Lindsayblaze

    So since I technically live where pit bulls are banned now my dog could be euthanized because he was attacked by another dog that was aggressive and escaped his 6 ft fence yard.. He was not a pit bull breed, so is he deemed none aggressive?? And he has a prior history of attacking other animals. So should it really be a pit bull ban or aggressive dog ban??
    I guess I’m more concerned that this known aggressive dog was housed next to a park where children play and bring their dogs. What if it was a child walking their dog and was attacked by this dog instead of an adult?? Things could of definently been worse off.
    In this cause it was a non pit bull breed that was aggressive and attacked and the pit bull could be punished just cause of his breed..
    Sorry but that’s not exceptable and it’s ridiculous…

  • Phill Mcracken

    Fanning the Flames, Fear of Dogs becomes epidemic!

    By Naomi Kane

    First Published in Dogs in Canada Magazine

    Run for your lives there is a dog bite epidemic! Or at least some people would like you to think so. Fear of dogs is on the rise that is the real epidemic. The world has become sanitized and safety crazed, people buy helmets for toddlers learning to walk so it shouldn¡¯t be surprising that dogs are perceived as dangerous too. Fuelled by unconfirmed statistics and irresponsible not to say hysterical media attention people are feeling quite justified in their fear. So let¡¯s take it down a notch and look at the reality.

    Dogs hold a unique position in our lives as companions, workers and heroes and at the same time as threats and dangers to be avoided. For some people dogs are family members, kept in our homes and involved in our activities at the other end of the spectrum are those who believe that dogs are unclean and should never be touched much less kept as pets. And then there are those that keep dogs as possessions to be chained to a dog house or left in a basement unsocialized and untrained or worse trained to attack other dogs or people. Irresponsible, abusive and ignorant dog owners, create most of the situations where dogs have harmed people.

    We all know that early and positive training and socialization with children is the best way to teach dogs that kids are not so scary or dangerous. The same goes for kids, early and positive interaction with dogs, learning how to pat them and play with them, learning the ¡°Do¡¯s¡±, not just the ¡°Don¡¯ts¡± will teach kids that dogs are not so scary or dangerous. Familiarity breeds not contempt but confidence and ability. People with the proper skill set won¡¯t torment, tease or unwittingly provoke a dog. Parents who are terrified of dogs need to look carefully into the facts before instilling an unreasoning fear into their kids.

    In doing research for this article I came across an astonishing amount of contradictory information, inflammatory language, misinformation and inflated numbers. The oft quoted number of four point five million Americans, or two percent of the population bitten per year, and that one in five dog bites require medical attention has been used to prove how big a problem dog bites are in North America. But wait, the National Canine Research Council points out that number was obtained by phone surveys of just over five thousand people conducted in 1994, by J.J. Sacks, M. Kresnow and B.Houston and the data was ¡°weighted to provide national estimates¡±. The estimated numbers are not corroborated by actual public health agencies. Even if the huge numbers estimated were correct how can a problem that affects not quite two percent of the population and in most cases requires no medical attention be called an ¡°epidemic¡±? The facts are that dog bites have decreased steadily even though the dog population has increased and yet the perception remains that dog bites are a major problem especially for children.

    The Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP) database has compiled injury reports from the program which takes data from the emergency rooms of ten pediatric hospitals and four general hospitals across Canada. To put things in perspective using actual data from real hospitals bicycles or hockey are far more dangerous than dogs but dogs are a bit more dangerous than wheeled shoes or hot beverages. Check the reports yourself on the CHIRPP website http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/injury-bles/chirpp/injrep-rapbles/index-eng.php

  • Phill Mcracken

    SURELY SOMEONE HAS HAD SUCCESS WITH BSL?

    The effects of BSL on public safety are seriously understudied, especially by the scientific community.

    The few scientific studies that exist have indicated that BSL has little to no effect on public safety. In some cases, as in the U.K., dog bites appear to be a growing problem in spite of BSL.

    To date, there are no scientific studies anywhere that confirm BSL or breed bans have had a significant positive effect on public safety.

    The reasons for this lack of data are numerous:

    Some cities that pass BSL fail to collect bite data after passage of the legislation. They assume that the problem is solved, and do not look into the issue again.

    Or, as with Aurora, the city changes its method of bite data collection so that it becomes difficult if not impossible to compare pre- and post-BSL dog bites.

    Sometimes the city only tracks bites by “pit bulls” and not other breeds, so it is not possible to discern whether another breed is causing more problems after passage of BSL.

    Often, the city does not make its dog bite data freely and easily available upon request. The reasons why are unclear. One could surmise that this may be because of improper or outdated methods of record-keeping, overburdened office workers, or embarrassment over unfavorable statistics.

    Breed identification and many other issues raise questions as to the accuracy and validity of many dog bite statistics.

    There is no uniform method for collecting dog bite information, nor is there a primary organization to which all dog bites are reported.

    In the few cases where sufficient data has been scientifically gathered and analyzed, BSL has not been shown to reduce dog bites or improve public safety

  • Phill Mcracken

    Q: What is the trend in BSL? There is a growing awareness that BSL does not improve community safety and penalizes responsible dog owners and their family companions. Both the Netherlands and Italy have repealed their BSL in recent years. From January 2012-May 2013, three times as many American communities have either considered and rejected a breed- specific ordinance, or repealed an existing one, as have enacted BSL. Massachusetts, Nevada, Connecticut , Rhode Island, and South Dakota have recently enacted state laws that prohibit their towns and counties from regulating dogs on the basis of breed. Seventeen states now prohibit BSL. The Obama Administration has announced its opposition to BSL, stating that “research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources.”[10] – See more at: http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dog-legislation/breed-specific-legislation-bsl-faq/#sthash.2jYRPnMe.dpuf

  • Phill Mcracken

    “the U.S. had a grand total of 15 dog attack fatalities:

    9 by pit bulls, 2 by Dobermans, four by unidentified

    mutts.” ,, you see this is were i have the problem, you see BSL targets pitbulls and assuming this statements right then, that means even if BSL works a charm what about the 6 deaths involving non pitbulls?? doesn’t anyone care about them? just because it wasn’t a pitbull that killed them they’re still dead, So these 6 dead mean nothing and it’s perfectly acceptable for there to be deaths by dog attacks so long as they’re not pitbulls?? this is the massive big hole in the logic of BSL it only protects and or prevents victims of pitbulls not any other breed it’s as if they’re saying there’s an acceptable level of deaths by dog? Any law for it to work has to breed neutral as that’s the only way to stop all the deaths BSL on;y effectively is meant to stop pitbull bites??

  • Phill Mcracken

    WHAT DOES HAPPEN UNDER BREED-SPECIFIC LEGISLATION?

    Innocent people continue to be threatened, bitten, traumatized, disfigured, and killed—by non-targeted breeds and types of dogs.

    Innocent dogs are killed because they look a certain way.

    Millions of dollars are wasted and animal control resources stretched thin in order to kill dogs and not save people.

    Abusive and irresponsible owners carry on with “business as usual.”

    Good owners and their families are outcasts (if they keep their targeted dog) or devastated (if they give up their targeted dog).

    Reason, science, and expertise gets ignored or, even worse, scoffed at.

    Nobody learns anything about the real reasons why dogs bite and attack, safety around dogs, or responsible dog ownership.

    Breed-specific legislation makes victims of us all.

  • Phill Mcracken

    At petMD, we’ve has had some long and spirited discussions about dog breeds and human attacks by dogs. Many contributors to the discussion rightly pointed out the lack of reliable data surrounding this issue. Yet the political answer to the situation is always breed specific legislation (BSL). In other words, ban the ownership or restrict the activity of specific breeds alleged to be involved in human attacks. Municipalities persist with this narrow focus despite studies that indicate the ineffectiveness of these programs

    The results of a 10-year study recently reported in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association sheds further light on the complexity of this issue. It identifies preventable factors that are far more significant than breed.

    The researchers examined the data from 256 dog bite-related fatalities in the U.S. between the years 2000-2009. They generated the following statistics for factors involved in the fatal attacks:

    – In 87% there was an absence of an able-bodied person to intervene

    – 45% of the victims were less than 5-years old

    – 85% of the victims had only incidental or no familiarity with the dogs

    – 84% of the dogs were not neutered

    – 77% of the victims had compromised ability (age or other conditions) to interact appropriately with dogs

    – 76% of the dogs were kept isolated from regular positive human interactions

    – 38% of the dog owners had histories of prior mismanagement of dogs

    – 21% of the dog owners had a history of abuse or neglect of dogs

    – In 81% of the attacks 4 or more of the above factors were involved

    – 31% of the dog breeds differed from media reports

    – 40% of the dog breeds differed from both media and animal control reports

    – Only 18% of the dogs had validated (DNA) breed identification

    – 20 breeds and 2 known mixed breeds were represented in the attacks

    These statistics indicate that most of the factors surrounding dog-bite related fatalities are preventable and unrelated to dog breed.

    The first statistic shows the obvious lack of supervision in these attacks. Responsible dog and victim parental or caretaker supervision most certainly could have prevented the majority of these deaths.

    73% of the dogs were chained or isolated in fenced outdoor areas or indoor areas. Only 15% of the dogs were allowed to roam. Nearly three-quarters of the attacks occurred on the dog owner’s property. Restricting access to these areas could prevent many attacks.

    Interestingly, 67% of the older victims that were deemed compromised were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, another preventable circumstance. Only five of the victims were compromised due to Alzheimer’s, dementia, or uncontrollable seizure disorders.

    The reporting errors in this study are also disturbing. Fatal dog attacks are always media sensations and heavily reported. Yet we can only trust that 60% of the reports of breed identification from the media and involved animal control officials are accurate. And unfortunately, it is media reports rather than fact that spur the political decisions that lead to breed specific legislation. Based on this study, 20 breeds and 2 mixed breeds should face legislation rather than the few that are presently targeted.

    The ugly truth about this study is that it points to human behavior as the cause of dog attacks on humans. Social responsibility cannot be legislated. Many of these dog owners had histories of animal mismanagement, yet the penalties or consequences were inadequate to change the behavior. It would have been interesting if the study had also looked at previous behaviors and histories of the parents of the young victims.

    Whether programs for responsible pet ownership, bite prevention education, or dog related parent supervision education are widely effective has yet to be proven. Certainly breed specific legislation is not the answer. A recent Canadian study showed that there were no significant differences in the number of bite related hospital visits before and after communities adopted breed specific legislation.

    Dr. Ken Tudor

    “Dog Bite Fatalities: Breed or Human Problem?” originally appeared onPetMD.com.

  • Phill Mcracken

    THE NETHERLANDS

    In June 2008, the Dutch government announced the repeal of their 15-year-long ban on pit bulls due to its failure to ensure public safety. Dog bites continued to rise in spite of the ban. The government is now looking into behavior-based, rather than breed-based, legislation. (Note that the article says the ban lasted 25 years; this is obviously incorrect if the ban passed in 1993.)

  • Phill Mcracken

    Miscategorization and misidentification

    On Clifton’s list of all dog attacks and the dogs’ breed, he makes several mistakes.

    He lists the Australian Blue Heeler, the Australian Cattle Dog, the Blue Heeler, and the Queensland Heeler as separate breeds. These are all different names for the same breed. Listing these attacks under separate breed names skewed the results of the study.

    It should be noted that Clifton does not attempt to divide pit bull attacks into separate breed names. If he were to do so, it is not clear what his study results would show; “pit bull” is a generic term for at least three different breeds of dogs, and dozens of other breeds are often lumped into the “pit bull” category based on their similar appearance.

    There are also 33 attacks that were supposedly done by “Bull Mastiff (Presa Canario).” Bull Mastiffs and Presa Canarios are distinctly different breeds, and if there is question about which breed the dog is, this attack should not be listed as a “clearly identified breed.”

    The report also attempts to identify the predominant breed in dogs. Clifton gives no reason as to why he listed an attack as being done by an Akita/Chow mix instead of a Chow/Akita mix. How did he determine that Beagle was the predominant breed in the attack done by a Beagle/German Shepherd Dog?

    Clifton makes several spelling mistakes throughout his report. Misidentified breeds listed as a “Chox mix,” “Dauschund,” “Doge De Bordeaux,” “Fila Brasiero,” “Buff Mastiff,” “Great Pyranees,” and “Weimaeaner” compromise Clifton’s credibility.

  • Phill Mcracken

    THE UNITED KINGDOM

    The United Kingdom’s Dangerous Dog Act bans the American Pit Bull Terrier and three other breeds of dogs and their crossbreeds. Yet reports from the U.K. indicate that dog bites requiring hospital treatment have not decreased. Rather, 4,328 dog bites were reported treated by U.K. hospitals in 1999, whereas in the year ending April 2011 there were 6,118 such treatments—an increase of 41% over ten years [HES data]. The U.K. also continues to experience approximately four dog bite fatalities per year.

    The media and many others have noted a sharp increase in the number of “status dogs” being obtained and ultimately abused. A Dogs Trust press release from 2012 noted that numbers of stray “status dogs” had increased by 148% from the previous year. One contributor to a 2011 roundtable debate on the DDA observed: “Banning breeds inevitably makes them more desirable for the wrong kind of person. Pit bulls and Staffie crosses are now so common that people are inevitably moving on to the next thing – huskies, molosos, presca canarios. We can’t add every dog to a banned list. We need to look at why people are getting these dogs.” The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has repeatedly observed that the Dangerous Dog Act does not address the ownership and management issues that lead to the creation of dangerous dogs.

    Following a fatal attack in early 2013, a select group of MP’s formed a committee to review the Dangerous Dogs Act and the changes officials proposed in response to this incident. The ultimate outcome of this committee is a report that concludes the banning of certain breeds in the UK is accepted as a failure in reducing bites by both targeted dogs and all others.

    The U.K. has been struggling for at least half a decade to decide how to handle their continued problems with dangerous dogs. Most officials and organizations agree that the DDA is not protecting the public, but very few agree on exactly what should be done about it. In February 2011, Scotland officials took matters into their own hands by revising their laws to remove BSL (but unfortunately, as part of the U.K., Scotland cannot get out from under the DDA).

  • Phill Mcracken

    Q. Does BSL reduce dog bites?

    No. BSL has not succeeded in reducing dog bite-related injuries wherever in the world it has been enacted.

    • An analysis published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association explains why BSL does not reduce serious dog bites. The authors calculated the absurdly large numbers of dogs of targeted breeds who would have to be completely removed from a community in order to prevent even one serious dog bite-related injury. For example, in order to prevent a single hospitalization resulting from a dog bite, the authors calculate that a city or town would have to remove more than 100,000 dogs of a targeted group. To prevent a second hospitalization, double that number.[4]

    • Denver, CO enacted a breed ban in 1989. Citizens of Denver continue to suffer a higher rate of hospitalization from dog bite-related injuries after the ban, than the citizens of breed-neutral Colorado counties.[5]

    • A study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior (2007), compared medically treated dog bites in Aragon, Spain for 5 years prior to and following enactment of Spain’s “Law on the legal treatment of the possession of dangerous animals” (sometimes referred to Spain’s Dangerous Animal Act) (2000). The results showed no significant effect in dog bite incidences when comparing before and after enactment of the BSL.[6]

    • The Netherlands repealed a 15-year-old breed ban in 2008 after commissioning a study of its effectiveness. The study revealed that BSL was not a successful dog-bite mitigation strategy because it had not resulted in a decrease in dog bites. [7]

    • The Province of Ontario in Canada enacted a breed ban in 2005. In 2010, based on a survey of municipalities across the Province, the Toronto Humane Society reported that, despite five years of BSL and the destruction of “countless” dogs, there had been no significant decrease in the number of dog bites.[8]

    • Winnipeg, Manitoba enacted a breed ban in 1990. Winnipeg’s rate of dog bite-injury hospitalizations is virtually unchanged from that day to this, and remains significantly higher than the rate in breed-neutral, responsible pet ownership Calgary.[9]

    – See more at: http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dog-legislation/breed-specific-legislation-bsl-faq/#sthash.2jYRPnMe.dpuf

  • Phill Mcracken

    Draft Policy on Dangerous Dog Strategies and Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)

    Animal Aid supports the creation of evidence based regulatory policy.

    While enforcing the enacted legislation, Animal Aid would seek to replace Breed related legislation aimed at reducing dog bite statistics on the grounds that:

    • BSL does not reduce the number of dog bites.

    • BSL does not address the number of bites that arise from other breeds and cross-breeds.

    • BSL ignores the fact that there may be highly sociable and well adjusted individuals in any breed.

    • The identification of Pitbull Terriers (the breed under scrutiny at present) and other banned breeds from visual standards cannot be determined with complete relaibility.

    The Facts

    • Studies have shown that BSL has not reduced bites in the UK (Klaassen, Buckley, & Esmail, 1996), Germany (Schalke, Ott, & von Gaertner, 2008; Ott, Schalke, von Gaertner, & Hackbarth, 2008) or the Netherlands (Cornelissen & Hopster, 2010) and BSL has been repealed in Germany and the Netherlands. Only one study supports the effectiveness of BSL and that incorporated many other strong initiatives to promote responsible ownership (Villalbi et al., 2010).

    • Incontestably identifying a ‘restricted breed’ dog is currently impossible. Visual determinations of breed made by a Victorian government appointed ‘breed panel’ of experts was overturned by legal challenge.

    • There are no definitive objective criteria, such as a DNA test, to identify a Pitbull Terrier.

    • The Division of Local Government in NSW reports that in 2005 only 1-2% of attacking dogs were identified as restricted breeds i.e. 98% were not. The percentage of bites attributable to restricted breed dogs has been steadily decreasing (0.06% in 2008 and 0.2% in 2009). Therefore, BSL could only ever be expected to reduce the number dog bites by a very small amount.

    • Any breed of dog breed can bite regardless of breed. The challenge is identifying which one is likely to do so before they actually do it. Recommendations

    • Identifying strategies that work elsewhere and implementing them. For example, Calgary, Canada has reduced dog bites and shelter euthanasia; increased desexing and regulatory compliance without BSL or mandating desexing. Incidentally, Calgary has a very high population of Pitbull Terriers

    (see http://www.petsmartcharities.org/resources/the-calgary-model-for-success.html).

    • Develop the ability to identify individual dogs that have a propensity to bite, regardless of species by establishing if there are genetic markers of canine aggression.

    • Provision of widespread, low-cost dog training targeting problematic and anti-social behaviour to proactively prevent issues developing.

    • Development of validated assessments for good temperament and only breeding with dogs that have passed such tests to reduce aggression. While all dogs have the ability to bite, the risk is mediated by the size and sociability of the dog, genetic factors, specific breed characteristics (which are the focus of current attention) and owner responsibility. The Calgary experience indicates that owner responsibility is the key variable. Animal Aid believes that society’s interests are best served by moving away from BSL and using a combination of strategies to reduce dog bites including rewarding responsible owners who register, socialise and train their dogs while rigorously enforcing registration requirements and owner liability for the offences that their dog’s commit. Reference List

    Cornelissen, J. M. & Hopster, H. (2010). Dog bites in The Netherlands: a study of victims, injuries, circumstances and aggressors to support evaluation of breed specific legislation. Veterinary Journal, 186, 292-298.

    Klaassen, B., Buckley, J. R., & Esmail, A. (1996). Does the dangerous dogs act protect against animal attacks: a prospective study of mammalian bites in the accident and emergency department. Injury, 27, 89-91.

    Ott, S. A., Schalke, E., von Gaertner, A. M., & Hackbarth, H. (2008). Is there a difference? Comparison of golden retrievers and dogs affected by breed-specific legislation regarding aggressive behavior. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 3, 134-140. Schalke, E., Ott, S. A., & von Gaertner, A. M. (2008). Is breed-specific legislation justified? Study of the results of the temperament test of Lower Saxony . Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 3, 97-103.

    Villalbi, J. R., Cleries, M., Bouis, S., Peracho, V., Duran, J., & Casas, C. (2010). Decline in hospitalisations due to dog bite injuries in Catalonia, 1997-2008. An effect of government regulation? Inj.Prev., 16, 408-410.

  • Bob Doone

    AMERICAN ANIMAL FOUNDATION

    ARE FATAL DOGS ATTACKS ACCURATE WHEN WE READ ABOUT THEM IN THE MEDIA ????

    The Center for Disease released a study on fatal dog attacks from 1979 – 1998.

    The CDC study assistance from the HSUS an organization supporting the end to domestic

    pet ownership. The CDC study was bias and serves no scientific purpose. The study was

    done intentionally to support breed specific legislation by making claim that Rottweilers and

    Pit Bulls were responsible for the majority of fatal dog attacks during 1979 – 1998. The CDC

    study failed to include the populations of breeds responsible for fatal attacks and without

    populations of breeds to make a statement that specific breeds are responsible for the

    majority of fatal attacks is intentional.

    The CDC has been used by organizations lobbying to pass breed specific legislation in an attempt to target Rottweilers and Pit Bulls.Data shows us apx. 22 people die each year from using hiar dryers while standing in bath tubs filled with water. For the last 40 years

    between 12 -25 people each year have died from dog attacks and the numbers have not changed even though the populations of canines has increased.

    The main cause of fatal dog attacks is irresponsible dog owners who do not properly train

    and socalize their dogs which leads to aggressive behavior and irresponsible parents who

    leave young children unattended around dogs.

    Breed is not a contributing factor to fatal dog attacks and spay and neutering does not reduce canine aggression.

    DR POLLEY DVM

    Addressing The Testosterone Issue

    “Testosterone plays a role in modulating certain behaviors such as roaming, urine marking in-doors, sexual mounting and aggression toward other dogs (versus playful activity or dominance). Neutersol reduces the male hormone, testosterone, by 41-52% while surgical castration reduces testosterone by 95%. These behaviors may persist after either neutering method.

    While testosterone plays a role in affecting certain sexually dimorphic behaviors, it is not the only factor. In fact, the veterinary behavioral textbooks point out that there are multiple contributing factors with regard to these behaviors. Surgical castration does not completely eliminate these behaviors. The controlled scientific studies that have assessed the effects of surgical castration with regard to behavior have shown that most dogs continue exhibiting these behaviors. Aggression toward humans shows little

    significant effect after surgical castration. Surgery can have an effect in some of these, but is far from absolute. The FDA has reviewed the data for both surgery and Neutersol and included wording in the prescribing information of Neutersol addressing this fact, “As with surgical castration, secondary male characteristics (roaming, marking, aggression and mounting) may persist.”

    There is no scientific process available to identify the American Pit Bull Terrier and over 30 breeds that look like the Pit Bull. We find the media only reports what they call Pit Bull attacks labeling dogs that are not even related to the American Pit Bull Terrier. Of the fatal dog attacks in the last 40 years very few dogs labeled as Pit Bulls were actually purebred American Pit Bull Terriers registered

    with dog registries with pedigrees.

  • Bob Doone

    American Bar Association (ABA) urges repeal of all breed-specific laws

    Posted on August 7, 2012 by admin

    On Monday, August 6, 2012, the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates, meeting at the 2012 ABA convention in Chicago, approved a resolution urging “all state, territorial, and local legislative bodies and governmental agencies [. . .] to repeal breed discriminatory or breed specific provisions.”

    This comprehensive recommendation is accompanied by an extensive report detailing the legion of problems associated with breed specific regulation, including significant questions of due process; waste of government resources[i]; documented failure to produce safer communities[ii]; enforcement issues connected with identifying the dogs to be regulated or seized[iii]; and infringement of property rights.

    The complete resolution and accompanying report can be read by clicking here.

    The American Bar Association (ABA), founded in 1878, considers itself to be the world’s largest voluntary professional organization, with some 400,000 members. In addition to being dedicated to accrediting the nation’s law schools and providing practical resources for legal professionals, the ABA prides itself in working to improve the administration of justice.

    In addition to urging repeal of all breed specific regulations, Resolution 100 endorses “breed-neutral dangerous dog/reckless owner laws that ensure due process protections for owners, encourage responsible pet ownership and focus on the behavior of both individual dog owner and dogs[.]“[iv]

    With the passage of Resolution 100, the ABA adds its name to the long list of national organizations opposed to breed specific regulation, including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the National Animal Control Association (NACA), the association of animal services professionals charged with enforcing the nation’s animal ordinances.[v]

    SOURCES: American Bar Association (ABA). Resolution 100. (August 2012). [Text of Adopted Resolution and Report] Accessed at: http://www.abanow.org/2012/06/2012am100/

    Cassens-Weiss, Debra. Annual Meeting of the ABA House of Delegates. (August 6, 2010). Pit Bull Bias? ABA House OKs Resolution Urging Breed-Neutral Dog Laws. ABA Journal. Accessed at: http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/pit_bull_bias_aba_house_oks_resolution_urging_breed-neutral_dog_laws/

    NOTES

    [i] See: Best Friends Animal Society’s Breed Discriminatory Law (BDL) Fiscal Impact Calculator.

    [ii] See these additional NCRC Commentaries, as well: The Worldwide Failure of Breed-specific Legislation; Denver: Selective Counting and the Cost to People and Pets; Maryland’s Experience: the Public Record and the Tracey v Solesky Ruling; Miami-Dade County: No Positive Results; Dog Breed-Specific Legislation: The Cost to people, pets and veterinarians, and the damage to the human-animal bond (AVMA Convention, July 11 – 14, 2009 Seattle, Washington), and Sioux City Breed Ban Misses the Mark. Additional commentaries are accessible here.

    [iii] See also: A Comparison of Visual and DNA Identification of Breeds of Dogs, by Victoria L. Voith, PhD, DVM, DACVB. Published in Proceedings of Annual American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention, July 11-14, 2009 Seattle, WA. (See also: Voith, V., Ingram, E., Mitsouras, K., & Irizarry, K. (July 2009). Comparison of Adoption Agency Identification and DNA Breed Identification of Dogs. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. 12(3). 253-262.) A poster illustrating the project, which was presented at ACVB/AVSAB July 2010 can be viewed here.

    Also refer to “Dog breed identification is no basis for shelter policy,” an NCRC commentary on a study report and poster authored by Kimberly R. Olson, BS and Julie K. Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, of the Maddie’s®Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida and Bo Norby, CMV, MPVM, PhD, of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University. The poster can be viewed here.

    [iv] See also NCRC’s ‘Responsible Pet Ownership’ information. Click here to open these webpages.

    [v] See also CDC and AVMA statements on this subject by clicking here. Click here to view the NACA statement regarding breed-specific legislation (which can be read under the section heading ‘Extended Animal Control Concerns’).

    Also see this NCRC report summarizing a recent AVMA Task Force Report (AVMA Animal Welfare Division. (17 April 2012) The Welfare Implications of the Role of Breed in Dog Bite Risk and Prevention.) for additional reference: ‘Pit Bull’ Regulation Not a Basis for Dog Bite Prevention.

  • Joanna Mcmole

    Who’s Against BSL?

    Several animal welfare organizations have issued formal position statements AGAINST breed specific legislation. These organizations realize that BSL does not target the true problem of irresponsible dog ownership and, therefore, it is an ineffective method of discriminatory animal control. Below are just a few of these organizations:

    National Animal Control Association

    Humane Associations of Georgia, Wisconsin, Ottowa, Idaho

    Association of Pet Dog Trainers

    American Kennel Club

    Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)

    American Veterinary Medical Association

    National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors

    Canadian Kennel Club

    National Animal Interest Alliance

    American Animal Hospital Association

    International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

    California Veterinary Medical Association

    Colorado Veterinary Medical Association

    Texas Veterinary Medical Association

    Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association

    Chicago Veterinary Medical Association

    American Humane

    Maryland Veterinary Medical Association

    New York State Veterinary Medical Association

    American Temperament Test Society

    American Dog Owner’s Association

    American Canine Federation

    International Association of Canine Professionals

    American Dog Breeders Association Inc.

    SPCA Los Angeles

    If you know of an organization that should be added to this list, please contact me at fightBSL-owner@yahoogroups.com

  • Joanna Mcmole

    American Bar Association (ABA) urges repeal of all breed-specific laws

    Posted on August 7, 2012 by admin

    On Monday, August 6, 2012, the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates, meeting at the 2012 ABA convention in Chicago, approved a resolution urging “all state, territorial, and local legislative bodies and governmental agencies [. . .] to repeal breed discriminatory or breed specific provisions.”

    This comprehensive recommendation is accompanied by an extensive report detailing the legion of problems associated with breed specific regulation, including significant questions of due process; waste of government resources[i]; documented failure to produce safer communities[ii]; enforcement issues connected with identifying the dogs to be regulated or seized[iii]; and infringement of property rights.

    The complete resolution and accompanying report can be read by clicking here.

    The American Bar Association (ABA), founded in 1878, considers itself to be the world’s largest voluntary professional organization, with some 400,000 members. In addition to being dedicated to accrediting the nation’s law schools and providing practical resources for legal professionals, the ABA prides itself in working to improve the administration of justice.

    In addition to urging repeal of all breed specific regulations, Resolution 100 endorses “breed-neutral dangerous dog/reckless owner laws that ensure due process protections for owners, encourage responsible pet ownership and focus on the behavior of both individual dog owner and dogs[.]“[iv]

    With the passage of Resolution 100, the ABA adds its name to the long list of national organizations opposed to breed specific regulation, including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the National Animal Control Association (NACA), the association of animal services professionals charged with enforcing the nation’s animal ordinances.[v]

    SOURCES: American Bar Association (ABA). Resolution 100. (August 2012). [Text of Adopted Resolution and Report] Accessed at: http://www.abanow.org/2012/06/2012am100/

    Cassens-Weiss, Debra. Annual Meeting of the ABA House of Delegates. (August 6, 2010). Pit Bull Bias? ABA House OKs Resolution Urging Breed-Neutral Dog Laws. ABA Journal. Accessed at: http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/pit_bull_bias_aba_house_oks_resolution_urging_breed-neutral_dog_laws/

    NOTES

    [i] See: Best Friends Animal Society’s Breed Discriminatory Law (BDL) Fiscal Impact Calculator.

    [ii] See these additional NCRC Commentaries, as well: The Worldwide Failure of Breed-specific Legislation; Denver: Selective Counting and the Cost to People and Pets; Maryland’s Experience: the Public Record and the Tracey v Solesky Ruling; Miami-Dade County: No Positive Results; Dog Breed-Specific Legislation: The Cost to people, pets and veterinarians, and the damage to the human-animal bond (AVMA Convention, July 11 – 14, 2009 Seattle, Washington), and Sioux City Breed Ban Misses the Mark. Additional commentaries are accessible here.

    [iii] See also: A Comparison of Visual and DNA Identification of Breeds of Dogs, by Victoria L. Voith, PhD, DVM, DACVB. Published in Proceedings of Annual American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention, July 11-14, 2009 Seattle, WA. (See also: Voith, V., Ingram, E., Mitsouras, K., & Irizarry, K. (July 2009). Comparison of Adoption Agency Identification and DNA Breed Identification of Dogs. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. 12(3). 253-262.) A poster illustrating the project, which was presented at ACVB/AVSAB July 2010 can be viewed here.

    Also refer to “Dog breed identification is no basis for shelter policy,” an NCRC commentary on a study report and poster authored by Kimberly R. Olson, BS and Julie K. Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, of the Maddie’s®Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida and Bo Norby, CMV, MPVM, PhD, of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University. The poster can be viewed here.

    [iv] See also NCRC’s ‘Responsible Pet Ownership’ information. Click here to open these webpages.

    [v] See also CDC and AVMA statements on this subject by clicking here. Click here to view the NACA statement regarding breed-specific legislation (which can be read under the section heading ‘Extended Animal Control Concerns’).

    Also see this NCRC report summarizing a recent AVMA Task Force Report (AVMA Animal Welfare Division. (17 April 2012) The Welfare Implications of the Role of Breed in Dog Bite Risk and Prevention.) for additional reference: ‘Pit Bull’ Regulation Not a Basis for Dog Bite Prevention.

    • Distrubance

      And facts do they bring to the table other than their opinion. The city has a huge drop in serious dog incidents. You experts should be studying this clear fact.

  • Justin Paglino

    Bravo! The proof that this is a good idea is that it has worked. Maulings seem to be a thing of the past for this smart community. As the councilman said – no amount of money can replace a lost child. Pitbull lovers? You can commiserate with Tiger lovers and Wolf lovers. Get a Lab, a poodle, or a labradoodle, and let the rest of us live in peace.

  • KaD

    Unlike much of the country the Denver area hasn’t had a dog bite related fatality in over 20 years. Let’s keep it that way. BSL works, and public safety shouldn’t be up for a vote. http://blog.dogsbite.org/2010/06/cities-with-successful-pit-bull-laws.html

  • Renee Martin

    KEEP BSL
    BAN the BREED. END the DEED.
    No one has the right to own a dangerous dog. That it is allowed anywhere just shows the insanity of some of our citizens.

    Why would anyone want to invite trouble into a place where there is none? Pit bull owners have PROVEN they cannot be responsible. If they could, there would not be the huge number of deaths and severe injurie. And of course, there will also be how many thousands euthanized if the BSl is lifted? BSL is good for both people AND pits.

  • The Good Fight

    As a retired Animal Care and Control Director with over 25 years in the field I now advocate for BSL. Throughout my career I have seen the progression of dog fighting being outlawed and the then influx of pit bull type dogs into the pet population. At the time I viewed all dogs as just that, dogs, but as time went on common sense dictated that just as all other dogs were bred for specific tasks and traits so too were pit bulls. Pit bulls do not attack on the basis other dogs attack but as an inherent reaction to specific stimuli. The same as a retriever being unable to resist chasing a ball and retrieving it and being happy to do it, so too pit bulls may attack without being angry. Dogs were bred in a form follows function way as well. Lean bodies, a low hanging tail for stability and a tenacious nature to attack and not let go until what they are holding is dead. This bite style lends itself to the damage we are seeing victims suffer. Bite inhibition is what causes most dogs to warning bite and release hoping to chase away whatever they felt threatened by. Pit bulls require a bite stick to release their strong hold.

    I would not be in favor of BSL if this information I just stated was given to perspective owners but as you are seeing in the comments, pit bulls, more than ever are being promoted as being like any other dog. While all dogs bite very few breed types maul and kill.

    The national pit bull lobby is second only to the tobacco lobby. Please do not be bullied or fall victim to the smoke and mirrors being presented. One of their most persuasive tactics is that you cannot identify a pit bull because they are a breed type not one identifiable breed. Yes, they are a breed type and yes there are many pit bull mixes but no they are not difficult to identify so I would urge you to once again rely on common sense.

    This is a very polarizing subject but I hope your decision puts public safety first.

  • Samone Rosario

    Question, are Italian Mastiffs banned in Aurora?

  • Joshua

    I say owners who have pit bulls should do jail time if their dog attacks others and make them have the insurance as well for those who get bitten is not the dog is the owner. There are pit bulls in Aurora now i have one next door tied to a tree all the time and this is what makes them attack and the pit bull has broken off his chain and came after people just last week. The best solution is those who own make them responsible by stiff fines jail time ect

  • Gabriel Barros

    Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Killed by Family Pit Bull in Cave City, Arkansas

    Vicious Dog Ordinance

    UPDATE 10/24/14: The mauling death of 75 y/o Alice Payne by her pet pitbull on September 26 has prompted Cave City Council members to consider a vicious dog ordinance. In the days following the deadly attack, Cave City Police Chief Nate Stephens asked council members to consider one.

    “These dogs were bred to fight to death, bite harder, get stronger and be tougher. This breed is what is known as pit bulls. They get the name from the dogs being placed in pits to fight each other. These dogs weren’t bred for intelligence, to be docile or make good pets.”