Cesar Millan, National Geographic Dog Trainer Dude, Thinks Pit Bulls Are Safe, Friendly Dogs Which Is Insanely Wrong

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I really despise this man.  I train dogs and horses and other animals and one animal I would not train is a pit bull.  They are unreliable as wolves and if you are injured, sick or have a baby, they switch to wolf mode and due to breeding, have very strong jaws and strong wills.  They are great for bull baiting and I trained oxen that weighed over a ton each and found them far safer to handle than pit bulls.  Here is Milan’s latest attempt at conning people into having pit bulls as pets:  I’m not a bully! Heartwarming portraits of rescue pit bulls hope to challenge harsh misconceptions about the breed | Mail Online

 

A New York-based commercial photographer has launched a campaign called Not a Bully which aims to challenge the all-too-common view of pit bulls as a ‘bully-breed’.

Douglas Sonders, 32, himself the owner of a pit bull mix called Emma, feels compelled to speak up for a breed that is often neglected, mistreated and typecast as mean, aggressive or dangerous.

‘Despite what some bad humans have done to these dogs, they are inherently sweet and very trainable,’ he tells MailOnline.

 

Here is a loving picture of a young boy hugging his favorite pit bull.  Note, please, the dog’s dark expression:  Nephi Selu 6-years old killed by his pet pit bull dog while they were playing| Union City, CA recently.

6 year old child Nephi Selu killed by his pet pit bull dog

The dog killed this child he knew for years just last year.  This boy was one of many children killed by this heartless breed.  These dogs also killed adults but in particular, they go after babies and toddlers.  I would presume they view these beings as rivals in the dog pack and thus, by killing them, have the entire attention of the pack leaders.  Of course, authorities have to shoot these creatures dead because you can’t easily pull them off when they are killing children or even adults.  Here is another Millan web page lying about pit bulls and their obvious dangers:  Going Pit Bull: How We Can End Prejudice | Cesar Millan

Seeing pit bulls being referred to in this manner (ed.–that is, as killers of children) upset me of course, but didn’t surprise me. If any of the candidates running for office think they have image problems, they have nothing on a pit bull. There has been so much bad information spread about this wonderful breed, it’s no wonder that people get nervous when they see a pit bull on the street—people have been trained to think of these dogs as scary and dangerous.

 

If you watched Dog Whisperer this week, you saw me visit some of the reformed gang members in South Central Los Angeles, who work for Homeboy Industries. I greatly enjoyed meeting them and working with their dogs, many of whom were pit bulls. Now when people see a big guy, covered in tattoos, walking his pit bull down the street, they respond with fear or anxiety. They’re afraid something bad is going to happen. What they don’t know is that the guy and the pit bull are really sweet and loving and not threatening at all. It’s like I said on the show—a breed is like a suit of clothes, it doesn’t tell you anything about the dog inside.

 

It’s hard to blame people for being afraid of pit bulls, when all they see on the news are stories about dog fighting rings and people being attacked. They usually leave out that it’s the owner who made the dog violent, not the breed.

 

In many of the pit bull killings of children or family members or even adults who owned them, the key factor is, these were dogs that were considered as pets, not ‘gangsters being tough.’  Most of the adult victims were women whose boyfriends or husbands kept these killing machines and who petted them, fed them and played with them.  Then, suddenly, the dog attacks and can’t be stopped except by shooting them dead.

 

2013 U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities – Dog Bite Statistics – DogsBite.org

2013 statistics

  • 32 U.S. dog bite-related fatalities occurred in 2013. Despite being regulated inMilitary Housing areas and over 700 U.S. cities, pit bulls contributed to 78% (25) of these deaths. Pit bulls make up about 6% of the total U.S. dog population.2

  • Together, pit bulls (25) and rottweilers (1), the second most lethal dog breed, accounted for 81% of the total recorded deaths in 2013. This same combination accounted for 74% of all fatal attacks during the 9-year period of 2005 to 2013.

  • The breakdown between these two breeds is substantial over this 9-year period. From 2005 to 2013, pit bulls killed 176 Americans, about one citizen every 18.6 days, versus rottweilers, which killed 33, about one citizen every 99.5 days.

  • In the year of 2013, the combination of pit bulls (25), rottweilers (1) and bullmastiffs (2) accounted for 88% of all dog bite-related fatalities. Notably, the two bullmastiff-mixes3 were littermates that inflicted death within a 6-month period.

  • Annual data from 2013 shows that 56% (18) of the fatality victims were children 7-years and younger, and 44% (14) were adults, 25-years and older. Of the total children killed by dogs in 2013, 61% (11) were ages 4-years and younger.

  • Annual data shows that when combining all age groups, male and female fatality victims were equivalent, 16 and 16. Amongst children 7-years and younger, however, males were excessively victims, 72% (13), versus females 28% (5).

  • In 2013, over one-third, 38% (12), of all dog bite fatality victims were either visiting or living temporarily with the dog’s owner when the fatal attack occurred, up from 32% in 2012. Children 7-years and younger accounted for 83% (10) of these deaths.

  • Of this subset of 12 fatalities, 92% (11) were inflicted by pit bulls and 58% (7) involved a babysitter, including a relative or friend under the directive to watch a child 7-years or younger. All 7 of these child deaths were inflicted by pit bulls.

  • 47% (15) of all fatalities in 2013 involved more than one dog; 16% (5) involved breeding on the dog owner’s property either actively or in the recent past, and 9% (3) involved tethered dogs. All 3 chaining deaths were attributed to pit bulls.

  • Dog ownership information for 2013 shows that family dogs comprised 47% (15) of all fatal attack occurrences; 78% (25) of the attacks resulting in human death occurred on the dog owner’s property and 22% (7) resulted in criminal charges.

  • California led lethal dog attacks in 2013 with 5 deaths. 100% were attributed to pit bulls and 60% resulted in criminal charges. Texas followed with 4 deaths and 0% criminal charges. Arkansas and South Carolina followed, each with 3 deaths.

2013 U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities

2013 fatal dog attacks by breed

2013 dog bite fatality chart

Here is a story about a killer pit bull and a small child last year:

Ryan Maxwell

7-years old | Galesburg, IL

7-years old, was attacked and killed by a pit bull while visiting family friends at a home on Whiting Avenue. Ryan had spent the previous night at the home. At the time of the attack, the boy had been playing in the backyard. Investigators believe the dog was tethered before the attack, but broke free. When police arrived, the pit bull was still clamped onto the boy’s neck. After police “disengaged” the dog, the animal was shot to death to prevent additional attacks. The boy was transported to Cottage Hospital where he later died from his injuries. The owner of the pit bull, Ashiya Ferguson, said she tried everything she could to get the dog off the boy, including beating the dog with a shovel. “I couldn’t stop it. I couldn’t stop it.” Ferguson repeated in anguish after the attack. She vowed to never own another pit bull again. In June, authorities announced that no charges would be filed. According to Knox County Assistant State’s Attorney Elisa Tanner, there was no evidence that a crime occurred.

 

This is the same disgusting problem we have with gun owners who are careless and stupid.  Sane, careful gun owners have to figure out how to stop this madness, leaving hand guns where children can grab hold of them.  There are way too many examples of this from just this last 30 days:  Toddler, 2, picks up loaded gun and kills 11-year-old sister, police say.  Father charged after 2-year-old fatally shoots herself and then there is this tragic story:  3-year-old Michigan boy kills self with gun he finds in bedroom, out West, a little Girl, 3, fatally shoots 2-year-old brother in Utah home, while a Boy, 5, shoots, kills girl, 7, at birthday party thinking it was toy gun …Toddlers Killed More Americans Than Terrorists.

 

Irresponsible adults are the cause of both forms of carnage as are parents who don’t secure their children properly in cars so they won’t become missiles in an accident.  When rich, famous people openly lie about dangers, when powerful people in DC and in the states don’t prosecute parents who leave lethal weapons where toddlers can find them, I notice most pit bull killings didn’t involve the arrest of the owners of these monster dogs except in California where desperate to stop these attacks, laws were passed to punish the owners.

 

In ‘conservative’ states, you can leave guns unattended and not be charged with child endangerment much less, murder, and ditto with the doggies.  This runs alongside the conservative howls about abortion and birth control, the love of fetuses especially when women are stuck with these, and the depraved indifference if the babies that are born die young due to stupid beliefs about guns and dogs both of which, I presume, are not to be controlled, regulated or used safely.

 

Meanwhile, the lunatic, Cesar Millan, gets a new season to spread his lies at National Geographic.  This is beyond disgusting.

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108 responses to “Cesar Millan, National Geographic Dog Trainer Dude, Thinks Pit Bulls Are Safe, Friendly Dogs Which Is Insanely Wrong

  1. Luc

    He is a celeb. His coin is self promotion.
    From what I read, PB are 5% of USA dogs and most of the bad and fatal attacks.
    There is a site for dog bites and attacks.
    Killer dogs

    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.
    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

    Rochelle Ritchie reports the pit bull had attacked before but was back in the owner’s custody.
    Advocates say the attack should not have happened. The woman had a huge gash on her face from a previous attack from her dog.
    Terry Douglass, 56, is the latest victim in Baltimore City to be killed by a pit bull, a dog she’s raised since it was a puppy.
    “You raise it from its young, you never expect something like that to happen. Me having dogs of my own–whether it’s a pit bull, German Shepherd, or the little shih tzus or anything– I’ve never experienced nothing like that, so it’s just sad,” said Wyna Powell, neighbor
    “Reports say that the owner, who suffered from Cerebral Palsy, might have fallen out of her WC, onto ther dog” How idiotic, the dog has attacked her before, leaving her with permanent facial damage, the dog has bitten family members, neighbors reported the dog as being vicious and were terrified of the thing. How about just reporting the truth without trying to find excuses for the dog. it was, yet another, fatal Pit Bull Attack, that never would have happened if Pit Bulls were banned. The dog lit into his owner, for the third time, this time killing her. And the local humane society, that had this dog impounded the last time it attacked, and most likely the first time it attacked also,should euthanized this dog the first time. Pit Bulls are considered inherently dangerous in Maryland, as they should be in every state.

    These dogs were never meant to be “family pets” All this propaganda about how great they are, the Hero Dog,that gets a Hero award for laying on the floor in a room where kids learn how to read,all this propaganda is just that, propaganda, put out by the very rich and very dishonest Pit bull Advocacy, who, along with dog fighters, have a monitary interest in seeing this breed stays around.They figure 38 deaths last year and 25 this year is just “collateral damage” for their industry

    2, The most dangerous Pit Bulls do not show aggression. To show aggression is for dogs who are trying to aviod a fight. Looking for standard dog behavior in a Pit Bull ,is the number one reason people are killed. It is like looking for the running behavior of a Greyhound in a Poodle.
    It makes me so sad how little people know about dogs and how many people who do not know dogs (they are just advocates) are working in these shelters.
    People who know dogs, don’t own Pit Bulls, unless what they know about dogs is what makes them get a Pit Bull. Ban the breed end the deed.

    3. Tina Marie Canterbury, pit bull advocate extraordinaire, raised a pair of pit bulls from puppies. She called them her “bully babies.” They were both altered, well trained and had never even so much as growled at anyone until a morning in October 2007 when Canterbury bent down to hug her “bully babies” goodbye as she was leaving for work. I’ve always wondered what Ms. Canterbury was thinking when her “bully babies” attacked and ripped her apart. She was overweight and the two land sharks literally ripped her to pieces
    YOU may not know “how the victim treated the dog,” but those of us who do not depend on a single news report for information, know. Her daughter and other family members said she treated the dog like a “member of the family” — a mistake a lot of dog-owners today make because dogs are animals and unless a “family” has four legs and a tail, no dog will ever be a “member” of it!
    Additionally, family members, animal control, neighbors, etc. said the land shark was well-cared for.

    XXXX

    • The Animal Rights movement founded by the Leftists and always has been morally deprave and filled with some of the vilest sociopaths in society to pretend otherwise is to be the purest definition of a fool.


    Perhaps someone would take Kevin’s case, pro bono, and sue the dog in civil court for damages. Then a LOT of the money that was raised for the dog can be sent where it deserves – to Kevin and his recovery – rather than this perversion of the law group known as the “Lexus Project
    he canine offender, named Mickey, attacked little Kevin Vicente last month, shattering the child’s eye socket, cheek bone and jaw. But the dog dodged death row on Tuesday when a Phoenix judge decided to spare its life, instead sentencing Mickey to be defanged, neutered and microchipped.
    The verdict is the latest in a string of legal victories for the Lexus Project, a group that comes to the aid of dogs accused in vicious attacks against humans and other animals. The Long Island-based nonprofit claims that in the last few years it has helped save more than 100 dogs across the country deemed “dangerous” and facing euthanasia.
    “All dogs deserve to live, be loved and be cared for,” said Robin Mittasch, who runs the group with her husband, Richard Rosenthal, an attorney. “We are their voice.”

    been on a roll ever since, delivering dozens of victories for dogs facing certain execution. In 2013, Rosenthal and Mittasch helped rally more than 170,000 supporters behind a yellow Labrador retriever in Missouri that was going to be euthanized for biting and dragging a 7-year-old girl. And earlier this year, they won custody of a mastiff-Rhodesian mix that had killed a toddler in Nevada.
    The family of Kevin Vicente filed a vicious dog court petition against Mickey in Phoenix after the pit bull ripped into the little boy’s face on Feb. 20. The boy’s family said he had picked up a bone lying on the ground near the dog, which was kept on a chain outside.
    The attack crushed multiple bones in Kevin’s face and mangled his eye socket. Doctors say Kevin could have years of reconstructive surgery ahead of him.
    Still, more than 66,000 animals lovers took to social media to defend Mickey and blame the dog’s owners and the child’s babysitter, who was watching him at the time of the attack. Scores more held candlelight vigils for the dog.
    Pit Bull – To anyone who knows dogs, the American Pit Bull Terrier is no surprise at #1 on a list of deadliest dogs. In this study the Pit Bull stood far ahead of all the other breeds with 66 fatalities attributed to it. Known for their extremely aggressive nature, many states have legislation banning the breeding of pit bulls [sources unknown].

  2. Luc

    Rotts…..I recall how popular they were in the 1980s. The owners soon found how not user friendly Rotts are and I do not see many of them anymore.
    I am not sure if online statistics would bear out a decline in their sheer numbers.
    A few years back one snatched a baby from its granma and killed it.
    This occurred in Pasadena or Altadena.

  3. Luc

    Meanwhile, the lunatic, Cesar Millan, gets a new season to spread his lies at National Geographic. This is beyond disgusting.

    Then tell him off! Write an article and send it to LA Weekly, LA Times etc.
    I assume he is or was LA based.

    [Do PB have the strongest jaws of all dogs?]

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    ELAINE: I wrote to National Geographic and complained very loudly but I doubt they will listen.

  4. Luc

    In the first 5 months of 2013, pit bulls inflicted 93 percent of all dog bite fatalities. This is well above the average of 60 percent from 2005 to 2012.

    As the pit bull population rises, more human fatalities ensue. During the last eight-year period (1991-98) that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied fatal attacks by breed, pit bulls were estimated at 1 percent of the U.S. dog population. Pit bulls killed an average of three people per year.

    The pit bull population has since grown to 4 percent. During the most recent eight-year period (2005-12), pit bulls killed an average of 19 people per year.

    If the current rate of fatalities inflicted by pit bulls continues, 33 Americans will lose their lives to pit bulls by the end of 2013.

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    DogsBite.org is a national dog bite victims’ group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. We urgently bring this information to your attention.

  5. emsnews

    By the way, I have had a wonderful Mastiff named ‘Cleo’ who was totally trustworthy especially with babies and children to the point, if she heard a baby crying on TV she would walk up to the set and peer hard into it and then turn to me and make a sad moan and I would tell her it is OK, to lie down.

    Pitt bulls, on the other hand, are nothing but trouble. I had to kill one once.

  6. Jim R

    We are a dog loving family here. Maybe too dog loving, we have adopted a lot of dogs from the kill shelter downtown. And my spouse always takes them to the vet for any little ailment, so the live a long long time. We have an elderly border collie, an elderly papillon, and an elderly malanois, among others of varying ages and sometimes mixed breeds.

    But we always turn down pit bulls, and we have had to do that. It’s so sad to see them in the shelter, but we know we can’t trust them with our other dogs, as they lack certain canine social responses.

    Chihuahuas have sort-of pit bullish personalities (as in, they’ll cheerfully bite you), but you can just pick them up and kick them out in the yard.

  7. Jim R

    Oh, and we had a poorly socialized jack russel that just passed away recently. The russel is a terrier breed like the pit bull. But small enough that it wasn’t a menace to out other dogs.

    Couple of things worth noting here …
    The different dog groups have distinct personalities, probably based on small differences in their brains.

    For example you have scent hounds that have the big noses and just love to sniff and follow things.

    Or the spitz breeds, the ones with curly tails. Like malamutes, huskies, eskies, and even little pomeranians. They are very loyal family dogs, and can become attached to one person. Of the spitzes, a chow can be a problem if it is not well socialized — the chows have more wolf-like personalities than the others.

    The spaniels are ‘soft’ dogs, they are very affectionate and not at all inclined to bite. Very good dogs for small children. examples are cockers, and king charleses.

    And so forth, for the shepherds and retrievers and setters and others … you sort of know what the dog will be like from the breed.

    But the other thing I think worth noting is that the kennel clubs and the dog show business in general, do not really understand the importance of having a little bit of diversity. And as a result, many breeds have been inbred until they have all sorts of health problems, and sometimes personality problems too.

    For example, our malanois. He flunked out of police dog school, and we adopted him out of pity. The cop we bought him from said he was scared of the dark — we thought he was kidding. But no, he’s afraid of everything. The cop had rescued him from people who were breeding them for show dogs, and not police work, and his family tree did not branch.

    The cop was training rescue dogs for scent work, but this one couldn’t even do that. Ugh.

  8. Luc

    1-10 million dogs and cats are killed in USA each year.
    Me, I am more concerned w humans and the 100 000 000 [yes 100M] birds killed in USA by people who let their cats roam or dump their cats and the cats go feral.

  9. Luc

    Also if you want to see Pit bull attacks, there are 100s? 1000s at Youtube.

  10. shawntoh

    Okay, then make mine Scotch Highland Oxen instead.

  11. Duski

    “Then, suddenly, the dog attacks and can’t be stopped except by shooting them dead.”

    Except it is nearly always not “suddenly”. Most of the times people simply cannot read the dogs expressions at all and then they get surprised when something unexpected happens. In any case, leaving toddlers alone with any dog is plain stupid, because small children won’t understand anything of dogs behaviour. Well, most adults don’t either.

    I’d say the problem is not in pit bulls per se, but people mishandling dogs all the time, every breed there is, and the effects of that causes all sort of trouble – too bad that with pit bull it leads often to very bad things. With small and weak dogs, they can too be extremely nasty when mishandled, but they just don’t have power to kill.

    All and all, I would not trust people to learn to really handle their pets properly, so maybe only choice is to ban that breed…
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    ELAINE: Babies can’t do that. Since this is the #1 animal that kills them, it would seem they should be forbidden in homes with babies and toddlers not to mention adult women and large children and elderly men, etc. Quite a large range of people who can’t ‘read’ these violent dogs.

    I read them well and then I shoot them and I have killed this sort of dog when they attack my sheep, horses or anything.

  12. melponeme_k

    It is very sad for these dogs. They can’t change their nature, it is in their genetic makeup.

    Their ownership should be strictly regulated and any mixed breeds with their ancestry should be euthanized. We can’t afford to mix wildness into other dog breeds.

  13. John

    Pffffft.

    I’ve had friends who’ve had pits, rotties, dobies etc. for years. Never any problems. Great dogs.

    I couple decades ago, German Shepards were getting the same bad press. It’s the owner, not the breed.

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    ELAINE: Most people happy with these violent dogs are adult males. On the other hand, I do admit they are great for target practice when they try to kill livestock or one’s own, less violent dogs.

  14. Jim R

    It’s a matter of nature, John. We have a friend who loves pits, and some of her pits have been sweet, while others have been aggressive. So it isn’t all in how well socialized they are. Pits are terriers, and they have that ‘killer instinct’. You may not have to shoot them dead, but when they get started on something, they can be hard to stop.

    On the other hand, when a cocker spaniel is mistreated, it just gets depressed and it may try to hide. It will not bite, ever.

    Different dog breeds are different. As are individual dogs.

  15. Luc

    Nonsense, cockers will bite. I had one who did. There is something that goes ‘haywire’ in their brain.

    I do not know of a year when, in USA, 10-40 people were killed by any breed other than ‘pits and pit mixes’.
    Yes other breeds have killed people. A tiny pomeranian killed an infant but I very much disagree with ….I’ve had friends who’ve had pits, rotties, dobies etc. for years. Never any problems. Great dogs.

    I couple decades ago, German Shepards were getting the same bad press. It’s the owner, not the breed.

    Yes GSDs have killed people. ITS THE DNA. Not the owner.

  16. JimmyJ

    The only dogs to have drawn my blood were German Shepherds.

    Twice as a kid out in public settings GS bit me enough that I had to get Dr care. And again last year when bike riding along a city street a GS came out of his yard and immediately bit into my calf before I could protect myself. That wound also required medical care. The male owner who was in the yard and lost control of his dog was contrite but his female partner blamed me for causing their dog to bite!

    I think owners are the biggest problem, in that they own dogs they can barely control. But the GS breed is known to be dangerous.

    Wiki says: “…by far the most common specific single breed involved in fatal attacks (16) was the German Shepherd Dog” -Fatal dog attacks in the United States

    http://goo.gl/BjpJA8

    DogBiteLawyer says: “…German Shepherds are responsible for the highest number of dog attacks out of all breeds of dog. Additional studies show that they are more prone to attacking people than any other dog, and that bites from a German Shepherd cause the highest number of bites needing medical attention.”

    http://goo.gl/VXrWVj

  17. Jim R

    If a pomeranian killed an infant, those parents needed to be out of the gene pool anyway.

    As for aggressive cockers, I have never heard of it, but there are individual variations. Also, there is a lot of inbreeding because of dog shows as I mentioned above. A lot of the popular breeds develop epilepsy as a result of that, and seizures cause chaotic changes to the brain — and any dog can bite _during_ a seizure.

    German shepherds are herders, with more wolf-like social skills, and must be socialized as puppies. They tend to be protective of their property and humans, and they are big. So yeah, you need to socialize them as pups. The police use malanois nowadays, because they are smart enough that they can be trained to take a gun away from a human without damaging the human, while german shepherds tend to bite. But, individual variation still matters. Our malanois is a useless slacker.

  18. emsnews

    German shepherds were bred since WWI as attack dogs so yes, they can be dangerous. But they have a 2% kill rate compared to the 70% kill rate of pit bulls.

    There are animals that can destroy pit bulls. My stallion, Sparky, a feisty Austrian Haflinger, once almost killed a pit bull that attacked his Love of his Life, little Molly, a sweet mare.

    She whinnied and ran like hell with the three dogs in pursuit and behind them came Sparky with his teeth bared and he literally stomped them into the pasture. One badly mangled dog went backwards through a barbed wire fence.

    Now about horses: only very powerful, alert people can handle stallions. They are extremely dangerous and Sparky and I had a three day all out battle of dominance when I got him. I won…barely.

    Actually, he punched himself out when he violently swung his head into the hard object I was holding. Then, to tame him, I would toss his sweet mix to the sheep who would stand next to his stall window, hoping he would be naughty.

    Out the window goes the food! He would roar in rage and then stomp his feet and I would laugh at him.

    After three days and no food, he figured out that working with me was a lot more fun than fighting me.

  19. Jim R

    If testosterone were not a natural hormone, it would be pretty high up on the list of banned drugs 😉

  20. Luc

    JimmyJ, I clicked yr link to Wiki and looked at 21013-2014, saw only 1 killing by a GSD. I am on the record as saying no dog is 100% safe.

    I thought the comment about ‘parents out of gene pool’ was nasty. Since when do toy dogs kill humans? Well……always a 1st time.
    http://articles.latimes.com/2000/oct/09/local/me-34015

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    ELAINE: The little yappers drive you NUTS and then you jump out a window screaming, ‘Shut the hell up, you stupid dogs!’ And that is how they kill people. 🙂

  21. Alex lemas

    Look on craigslist under pets, now count the number of free pit bulls available. Ever wonder why?

  22. charlottemom

    I dont dispute any of your info on pbs and would never ever consider owning one.
    However….how did the pit bull become a killer..it was bred that way! And recently too..growing up i always thought that dobermans and german shepherds were the aggressive breeds. Genetics and environment. Moreover i agree that
    it is a mans dog..not a family pet or animal companion. It fights and it guards ferociously.. I associate it with dangerous neighborhoods and/or antisocial humans and mirrors a segment of society.

    I think issue of pbs like guns is more a consequence of america’s generalized violence and pyschopathic aggression and less on unchecked regulation.
    Or are pitbulls attacks happening in other countries?

  23. emsnews

    The problem is the ASPCA and National Geographic are putting out lies about pit bulls and telling people they make great family pets! THAT is a HUGE problem.

  24. charlottemom

    Milan thinks that the pb has a public relations problem and natl geographic promotes the nobility of the natural world but there is nothing natural about how the pb ended up the way it is.
    Futhermore i find it so counterintuitive that milan emphasizes the alpha male dominance mode of training with dogs.seems to me that by dog training vis a vis establishment of a “pack order” of dominance would leave the smallest weakest of the pack…children…very very vulnerable
    milan s methods are a disservice

  25. SPOT ON…
    17 deaths so far this year…

  26. There are basically two types of Pit owner. Type 1 are the uneducated, the easily duped, that believe the Pit can be rehabed…that love and training will overcome 300+ years of breeding to attack without provocation or warning. The Type 2 is the sociopath on a varying scale that actually love the aspect of killing and being stronger more aggressive beast to intimidate and run lose to kill and maul in their environment.

    This really seems to be the gist of sociopathy… the total lack of remorse or regard for other people.
    The DSM-IV criteria — the gold standard for diagnosing mental disorders — lists seven characteristics:

    1)failure to conform to social norms,
    2)being deceitful and manipulating,
    3)being impulsive, being irritable or aggressive,
    being unconcerned about the safety of the self or anybody else,
    being consistently irresponsible, and
    being unconcerned and
    unremorseful for hurting or stealing. To be a sociopath, you need 3 of the DSM-IV criteria.

  27. Thomas McCartney

    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.

  28. Thomas McCartney

    ALEXANDRA SEMYONOVA, animal behaviorist

    You will also not prevent the dog from being what he is genetically predisposed to be. Because the inbred postures and behaviors feel good, fitting the body and brain the dog has been bred with, they are internally motivated and internally rewarded.

    This means that the behavior is practically impossible to extinguish by manipulating external environmental stimuli.

    The reward is not in the environment, but in the dog itself! As Coppinger and Coppinger (2001, p. 202) put it, “The dog gets such pleasure out of performing its motor pattern that it keeps looking for places to display it.” Some dogs get stuck in their particular inbred motor pattern.

    As pointed out above, this kind of aggression has appeared in some other breeds as an unexpected and undesired anomaly – the golden retriever, the Berner Senne hund, the cocker spaniel have all had this problem.

    The lovers of aggressive breeds try to use these breeding accidents to prove that their aggressive breeds are just like any other dog, “see, they’re no different from the cuddly breeds.” But a cuddly breed sometimes ending up stuck with a genetic disaster does not prove that the behavior is normal canine behavior. All it proves is that the behavior is genetically determined.

    “These dogs aren’t killers because they have the wrong owners, rather they attract the wrong owners because they are killers.” The 100 Silliest Things People say about dogs.

    JOHN FAUL, animal behaviorist

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

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

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

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

  29. Thomas McCartney

    18 People dead by dog attack in 2014
    Pit bull type dogs killed 16 of them.
    Eleven 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 (10)
    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.
    Raymane Camari Robinson, 2 years old, Killeen, TX
    Mia Derouen, 4 years old, Houma, Louisiana
    Christopher Malone, 3 years old, Thornton, MS **
    John Harvard, 5 year old, Riverside, AL
    Demonta Collins, 13 years old, Augusta, Georgia
    he dashed into traffic as he was running from a pit bull attacking him and was hit by a car and was killed.
    Davon Jiggetts,17 years old, Riverdale, Georgia
    he dashed into traffic as he was running from a pit bull attacking him and was hit by a car as was the pit bull, both were killed.

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type (6):
    Christina Burleson, 43 years old, Houston, Texas.
    Klonda S. Richey, 57 years old, Dayton, Ohio.
    Nancy Newberry, 77 years old, Phoenix, AZ. **
    Dorothy Hamilton, 85 years old, Kaufman, TX **
    Petra Aguirre, 83 years old, San Antonio TX
    Betty Clark, 75 years old, San Antonio TX

    That’s 89% 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 6% 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).

  30. 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 (American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, American Bulldog, Bull mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, presa canarios, Japanese Tosa, cane corsos and their mixes 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, chow chows, Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, must be:

    * Licensed
    * All Pit bull type dogs Micro-chipped with any bite history in database for reference.
    * 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

  31. 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.

  32. Thomas McCartney

    Simply put, border collies do not herd sheep because they are raised on sheep farms; rather, they are raised on sheep farms because they herd. In addition pointers point, retrievers retrieve, and mastiffs guard, all because those traits are part of their breed expectations, meaning strong and continuous selection in the underlying breeding program ”

    Simply put Pit bulls do not attack because they are raised with dog fighters and drug dealers, dog fighters and drug dealers use pit bulls because they attack!

    It is their nature, their genetic truth and reality.!!

    It is not how you raise them rather it is simply what they are.!!

    Just like sled dogs run and pull, it is just their nature.!

    A pit bull type dog is what it is and does what it is.You can no more alter it genetic makeup then you can a collies to herd, a hounds to track, a retriever’s to retrieve, a labs to swim, a pointers to point, a sled dog to run and pull.

    They do what they are and a pit bull type dog is a mauling violent killer that has been bred to be a land shark, nothing you do can change that, even if you have them from birth.

    No matter if you love them, or how you nurture, train, rehabilitate, raise them optimally as normal dogs from birth, you can not change their Genetic reality to Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure, Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit.

    For over 600 years the current pit bull type dog was brought into being through careful selective genetic breeding to create the most violent murderous fighting dog possible

  33. Thomas McCartney

    Sadly one does not even have to search for the many attacks of these savage mutant 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.

    There is only one breed that has every been or is a threat to public safety and that is the pit bull, the sooner they are exterminated the sooner tragic attacks like the one below will be ended.

    Ban the breed and end the deed.

    Dogs are not humans, there is every reason to be threatened by a pit bull just because of what it is, no different then it would be to feel threatened by ANY bear, lion, tiger, wolverine, cobra etc. that you encountered, if they charged you then there would be justification to kill any of them if you were carrying, same thing with a pit bull, any pit pit bull.

    You can no more be biased or prejudiced against any pit bull then you can be so against any bear, lion, tiger, wolverine, cobra etc. so that is an absurd argument on the part of the nutters.

    That 6% 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.

  34. Thomas McCartney

    Merritt Clifton Editor OF Animal People:

    Of the 4,680 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 3,160 (68%) were pit bulls; 550 were Rottweilers; 3,991 (85%) were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, bull mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes.

    Of the 550 human fatalities, 289 were killed by pit bulls; 86 were killed by Rottweilers; 416 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds.

    Of the 2,812 people who were disfigured, 1,908 (68%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 321 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,382 (84%) were disfigured by molosser breeds.

    Pit bulls–exclusive of their use in dogfighting–also inflict more than 70 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class.

    Fatal and disfiguring attacks by dogs from shelters and rescues have exploded from zero in the first 90 years of the 20th century to 80 in the past four years, including 58 by pit bulls, along with 22 fatal & disfiguring attacks by other shelter dogs, mostly Rottweilers & bull mastiffs.

    The only dogs rehomed from U.S. shelters to kill anyone, ever, before 2000 were two wolf hybrids in 1988 and 1989. 33 U.S. shelter
    dogs & one U.K. shelter dog have participated in killing people since 2010, including 24 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, and two Rottweilers.

    Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are less than 6% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

  35. Thomas McCartney

    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

    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!

    Parents need to teach their brats proper kindness and respect around t-rex. ANY dinosaur has it’s breaking point when TERRIFIED!!

    Good news, T – Rex went extinct and no longer prey on communities.

    T-Rex’s are as safe as any other dinosaur. You guys are just racist.

    more kids are injured falling down, so what are we going to ban falling down next?!!!

    My T-Rex smiles at me every time I walk in the door. He even lets my two year old ride his tail. Was this T- Rex neutered??? This wouldn’t happen if he was. Do not spew your hate towards MY T-Rex! Responsible T-Rex ownership 101. WE ARE WINNING. OUR T-REX’S ARE WINNING. SUCK IT HATERS

    My T-rex pulled a baby from a burning building. He is the best nanny t rex god ever made. He wouldnt hurt a fly.

    My T – Rex is an ambassador for the breed. He passed his T – Rex Good Citizenship test performed by my best friend and passed with flying colors. I bring him to dog parks and he is a perfect angel. He even loves cats!

    my t-rex is gorgeous and sweet but would defend me to the bitter end

    It isn’t my T-Rex you need to worry about; it’s ME. They might have culled the man-biters out of HIS lizard-lineage, but they let them live in MY ancestors! Grrrrr!

    sorry to have to report this but

    my T-rex just killed my Dino dog, it had always been sweet and had never bit anyone before.

    The -Rex will be going to the flintstone dinosaur rescue farm for unstable dinasaur’s

    My t-rex is tattooed on my *#@!

    omg did you vagazzle it too!?

    My T Rex lets my 5 year old put press on nails on him.

    My t rex only wants to love and kiss you all over . Lmbo

    see you later i am off to see the T-rex fights tonight.

    The owners need to wash the T-rex’s before the fight so that proves they are safe? right???

    T Rex’s are not fighting dinosaurs!!!!!! Please educate yourself about the bread!

    blame the deed not the bread

    my great grandaddy JP Colby bred game T-rex in the 1920’s

    all your fat over weight pigs have nothing on a real all american game bred T-rex.

    Damn Dino mommys

  36. 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.

  37. 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

  38. Thomas McCartney

    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.”

    “The ordinance, which requires pit bull owners to register their dogs annually, has also resulted in fewer pit bull dogs being impounded at the Springfield Animal Shelter.

    In 2005 there were 502 pit bull and pit bull mixes impounded, compared to only 252 in 2007.

    According to statistics taken from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, as reported in the News-Leader March 12, for the three-year period beginning in 2004, there were 42 “vicious” animal attacks recorded in the jurisdiction covered.

    After passing the local ordinance banning or strictly controlling the ownership of pit bull or pit bull types, the number of attacks has dropped dramatically.

    For the five-year period from 2007-2011, there was a total of 14.

    “Because we are impounding fewer pit bulls, we’ve also seen overcrowding in our shelter subside,” says assistant director Clay Goddard. “It is the natural tendency of pit bulls to fight, so our animal control staff are forced to segregate them in individual pens.

    When we have several pit bulls in the shelter simultaneously, this severely limits space for other dogs.”
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    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.”
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    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.”

    Holmes says the law also capped the number of legal pit bulls in Pawtucket to about 70 animals.”

    In July 2013, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and City Council President David Moran sent a joint letter to Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee asking that he reject a statewide anti-BSL measure before him.

    While they agree that some pit bulls can make good pets, said Moran and Grebien, “the number and severity of pit bull attacks against people and other animals in the early 2000s required us to take the action we did.”

    Prior to the 2004 city ordinance, Pawtucket Animal Control officers responded to many calls about serious pit bull attacks against people and animals, according to the letter. Two of the worst cases involved a nine-month pregnant woman and a child.

    While proponents of the bill argue that breed-specific bans don’t work, said Grebien and Moran, “the results in Pawtucket dramatically prove that they do work.”

    In 2003, the year before the local ban on pit bulls went into effect, 135 pit bulls, all from Pawtucket, were taken in at the Pawtucket Animal Control Shelter for a variety of health and safety reasons, with 48 of those dogs needing to be put down.

    In 2012, 72 pit bulls were taken in, only 41 from Pawtucket, with only six needing to be euthanized, according to the two officials.
    “That’s a tremendous improvement,” they state in their letter.
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    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.

  39. 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.
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    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
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    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.”
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    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

  40. 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%.
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    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.”
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    In June 2013, after a Bay Area child was killed by a family pit bull, San Francisco Animal Care and Control cited the decrease in pit bull bites and euthanasia since the adoption of a 2005 pit bull law.

    After 12-year-old Nicholas Faibish was fatally mauled by his family’s pit bulls, the city adopted a mandatory spay-neuter law for the breed. The reasoning was that fixed dogs tend to be calmer and better socialized.

    Since then, San Francisco has impounded 14 percent fewer pit bulls and euthanized 29 percent fewer – which is a “significant decrease,” said Rebecca Katz, director of the city’s Animal Care and Control department.

    Another significant indicator, she said, is that there have been 28 pit bull bites reported in the past three years – and 1,229 bites by other breeds during the same period. In the three-year period before that, there were 45 pit bull bites and 907 incidents involving other breeds.

    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.

    When the City of Auburn debated enacting a pit bull law in January 2010, Sgt. Bill Herndon of the San Francisco Police Department weighed in about the success of San Francisco’s 2005 pit bull law:

    “Since requiring all pit bulls to be neutered, they say they are finding fewer pit bulls involved in biting incidents.

    Sgt. Bill Herndon, of the San Francisco Police Department’s vicious dog unit, said the numbers and severity of pit bull attacks are down since San Francisco enacted an ordinance in 2005 after the mauling death of 12-year-old Nicholas Faibish.
    “The number of complaints of mean pit bulls has dropped dramatically,” Herndon said.

    San Francisco’s animal control department reports more than 30 percent fewer pit bulls at the shelter or being euthanized.”
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    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

  41. Thomas McCartney

    Ottumwa, Iowa
    Population 24,998

    In July 2010, Police Chief Jim Clark said there had been no recorded pit bull attacks since the city’s 2003 pit bull ban. Between 1989 and 2003, the city had a pit bull ordinance, but still allowed pit bulls as “guard” dogs.
    “Police Chief Jim Clark says since the ban, there have been no recorded attacks by the animals.

    “We haven’t had any attacks since then for one thing because it is illegal,” said Clark. “Most people are keeping their dogs inside their house or inside their basement and not letting them out loose so therefore they’re not around other people to attack them.”

    “In the two-and-a-half years before the 2003 ban, Ottumwa police recorded 18 pit bull attacks, including the death of 21-month-old Charlee Shepherd in August 2002. There were at least three other attacks on children during this time.”
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    Little Rock, Arkansas
    Population 189,515

    When the City of Indianapolis was discussing a pit bull sterilization law in April 2009, Little Rock Animal Services Director Tracy Roark spoke about Little Rock’s successful 2008 pit bull ordinance:

    “There was a day when you could walk down any street in center city Little Rock, you could see several pit bulls chained up. You don’t see that anymore,” said Tracy Roark with Little Rock Animal Services.

    Roark told Eyewitness News over the phone that pit bull attacks have been cut in half and credits their new law with getting them there.
    “This is the most abused dog in the city,” said Roark.

    The Little Rock law passed last year and requires pit bulls to be sterilized, registered and microchipped. Also dogs – regardless of the breed – are also not allowed to be chained up outside.”
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    Fort Lupton, Colorado
    Population 6,787
    When the City of Fort Collins was mulling a pit bull law in March 2009, Fort Lupton’s Police Chief spoke about Fort Lupton’s successful 2003 pit bull ban, including zero pit bull biting incidents since the law’s adoption:

    “Fort Lupton Police Chief Ron Grannis said the city hasn’t had a pit bull bite since the ban was enacted, but it still has the occasional pit bull that is picked up and taken away.

    Although he said the ban has not been well-received by every resident, he thinks it was the right decision for the city.

    “I believe it makes the community safer,” he said. “That’s my personal opinion. Pit bulls are not the kind of dogs most people should have. They are too unpredictable. … These dogs have been bred for thousands of years to be fighters.

    You can’t take it out of them. A lion cub may be friendly for a while, but one day it can take your head off.”
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    Reading, Pennsylvania
    Population 80,560

    After an 8-year legal battle, pit bull advocates dismantled a pit bull law adopted by Reading in 1998. It was reported in the same news article, in February 2008, that the law had significantly reduced biting incidents:

    “Reading’s 1998 law required that aggressive or dangerous dogs, when outside the home, be muzzled and kept on a leash shorter than three feet long with a minimum tensile strength of 300 pounds.

    The law also punished violators with fines of up to $1,000 or 30 days in jail.
    The law is credited with helping to reduce dog bites from 130 in 1999 to 33 in 2006. As a result, the law – or at least elements of it – were not being actively enforced, the Reading Eagle reported last year.

  42. Thomas McCartney

    Aurora, Colorado
    Population 339,030

    Also in March, Aurora released statistical data showing a significant reduction in the volume of pit bull attacks and pit bulls euthanized after adopting a pit bull ban in 2005.

    “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.
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    Omaha, Nebraska
    Population 415,068

    After the City of Omaha adopted a pit bull law in 2008, Mark Langan of the Nebraska Humane Society, who opposed the law, said in September 2009 that pit bull biting incidents were down 35% since its adoption:

    “Despite the attack of Haynes, The Humane Society’s Mark Langan says pitbull bites are down since new laws went into effect last year. Langan says so far this year 54 bites have been reported compared to 83 last year.”

    In September 2010, the Nebraska Humane Society provided bite statistical data to city council members and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the pit bull ordinance adopted by the City of Omaha in late 2008.

    “It is the position of the Nebraska Human Society that this ordinance has been effective in reducing bites involving dogs defined as “Pit Bulls” in the ordinance.”

    Judy Varner, President and CEO, Nebraska Human Society
    Varner’s attached statistical data shows that bites by pit bulls dropped 40% after one year of the adoption of the ordinance, 121 bites in 2008 down to 73 bites in 2009. The bite rate dropped even further in 2010.

    2008 Pit Bull Bites: 121 Total
    2009 Pit Bull Bites: 73 Total
    2010 Pit Bull Bites (through August): 28 Total

    In January 2013, the Nebraska Humane Society reported that pit bull bites dropped to 31 in 2012, down from 121 in 2008 (a 74% reduction), the year that Omaha enacted a progressive pit bull ordinance.

    2008 Pit Bull Bites Total: 121 (pre-breed specific ordinance)
    Level 2: 52; Level 3: 58, Level 4: 8; Level 5: 3 (69 were Level 3-5 attacks)

    2009 Pit Bull Bites Total: 73
    Level 2: 49; Level 3: 17; Level 4: 4; Level 5: 3 (24 were Level 3-5 attacks)

    2010 (through August) Pit Bull Bites Total: 28
    Level 2: 19; Level 3: 6; Level 4: 2; Level 5: 1 (9 were Level 3-5 attacks)

    2012 Pit Bull Bites Total: 31
    No bite level break down provided
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    Saginaw, Michigan
    Population 51,230

    In November 2012, Saginaw reported a reduction in dog attacks eighteen months after enacting a “Light” BSL ordinance1 requiring owners of the top 5 dangerous dog breeds2 to comply with new regulations.

    Eighteen months after Saginaw created its dangerous dog ordinance, put into effect in June 2011, Saginaw City Chief Inspector John Stemple said it has helped to lower the amount of dog attacks in the city.

    “It was the government reacting to a problem,” Stemple said. “And if you look at the numbers, it’s been very effective.”

    The ordinance requires residents to register dogs whose breeds are deemed “dangerous” at the City Clerk’s office, post a “Dog on premises” sign in the front of their homes and when outdoors, keep their animals either on a leash or within a 4-foot-high fenced area or kennel.

    The breeds included in the ordinance are pit bulls, presa canario, bull mastiffs, rottweilers and German shepherds.

    Stemple said he has heard from employees at Consumers Energy and the U.S. Postal Service that the signs and tethering rules have made their work safer. The number of reported dog bites fell in 2011 to nine, from 24 in 2009.

  43. Thomas McCartney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Bite Rates by Breed page 23

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

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

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

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

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

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

    0.26 to 1.

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

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

    MELISSA ARCA, MD

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

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

  44. Jim R

    Recall the shock, the horror, when Steve Irwin was killed by one of the venomous critters he loved so much. What shocked me most, was that it was not a snake, but a fish.

    Well, I can just see the future headline: “Cesar Millan Dies in Chihuahua Storm”, as the eminent dog trainer was assaulted by a pack of 140 chih’s that did not recognize him as the alpha chih. He was reduced to a skeleton, as the dogs circled like a school of yapping piranhas.

  45. Luc

    this is from a NY news paper [Cityscape?]
    SCARED OF PIT BULLS? YOU’D BETTER BE!
    BRIAN C. ANDERSON

    PIT BULLS DROVE MY FAMILY FROM THE BRONX. MY PREGNANT WIFE AND I HAD MOVED TO BEDFORD PARK, OFF MOSHOLU PARKWAY, LATE IN 1997. THOUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAD ROUGH EDGES, WE GOT USED TO IT, AT LEAST FOR A WHILE. AFTER OUR SON WAS BORN, HOWEVER—AND AS SPRING BLOSSOMED, AND WE VENTURED OUTSIDE MORE OFTEN—WE FOUND OURSELVES GROWING EVER MORE FRIGHTENED OF DANGEROUS DOGS. PIT-BULL OWNERS HAD CONVERTED THE LITTLE PARK IN FRONT OF OUR APARTMENT BUILDING INTO A DOG-TRAINING GROUND, WHERE THEY GOADED THEIR ANIMALS INTO ATTACKING ONE ANOTHER OR TAUGHT THEM TO HANG FROM TREE BRANCHES TO STRENGTHEN THEIR JAWS AND THEIR TENACITY. NOT SURPRISINGLY, WHEN THE DOGS WERE RUNNING WILD, THE NEIGHBORHOOD’S YOUNG MOTHERS GATHERED UP THEIR CHILDREN AND FLED. SENIORS COWERED TOGETHER ON A FEW BENCHES. LIKE THE MOTHERS, OWNERS OF SMALL DOGS WAITED UNTIL THE PARK WAS PIT-BULL-FREE BEFORE TAKING THEM FOR A WALK. THE PARK HAD BEEN LOST AS A PUBLIC SPACE, IMPOVERISHING THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
    THE DOGS HAD TAKEN OVER MORE THAN THE PARK. WALKING DOWN 204TH STREET OR PAST THE GONE- TO-SEED LOW-INCOME HOUSING ABUTTING THE METRO-NORTH BOTANICAL GARDEN STOP, WE REGULARLY RAN A GAUNTLET OF THUGS FLAUNTING SPIKE-COLLARED PIT BULLS, BESPEAKING A WORLD OF ANARCHY AND DREAD. AS A FRIEND AND I WALKED HOME ONE SPRING NIGHT, WE SAW THREE STOCKING-CAPPED TOUGHS SLOUCHED AGAINST A CHAIN-LINK FENCE, BARELY RESTRAINING A THICK- NECKED, SNARLING PIT BULL. MY HEART RACED, UNTIL I NOTICED TWO YOUNG COPS WALKING IN OUR DIRECTION, JUST BEYOND THE BAD DUDES. MY RELIEF WAS SHORT-LIVED. “IT’S A FULL MOON, AND DOGS GO CRAZY IN THE FOOOOL MOON,” ONE OF THE THUGS HOWLED WILDLY, AS HE LET THE PIT BULL LUNGE TO THE END OF HIS LEASH AT THE COPS. A CONFRONTATION SEEMED IMMINENT, BUT THE TWO OFFICERS NERVOUSLY CROSSED THE STREET TO AVOID IT. “I GUESS WE KNOW WHO WON THAT BATTLE,” MY FRIEND GLUMLY NOTED, AND WE CROSSED THE STREET, TOO.
    AFTER A RASH OF UNSETTLING INCIDENTS—INCLUDING A TORNADO OF EIGHT UNLEASHED PIT BULLS SWIRLING ACROSS THE PARK AND THE SAVAGE MANGLING OF OUR NEIGHBOR’S SMALL MUTT BY ANOTHER LOOSE PIT BULL—WE DECIDED THIS WAS NO PLACE FOR A BABY, AND WE LEFT. WE HAD LEARNED THAT INTIMIDATING DOGS CAN IMPAIR A NEIGHBORHOOD’S QUALITY OF LIFE AND GIVE THE SENSE THAT NO ONE IS IN CHARGE EVERY BIT AS MUCH AS DRUG DEALING, PROSTITUTION, OR AGGRESSIVE PANHANDLING.
    THOUGH DOG ADVOCATES WOULD DISPUTE IT, OUR FEAR WAS JUSTIFIED. ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL, DOGS BITE 4 MILLION TO 5 MILLION AMERICANS EVERY YEAR. FEW ATTACKS ARE FATAL (25 IN 1996), BUT SERIOUS INJURIES—EVERYTHING FROM A GASH IN THE ARM REQUIRING A FEW STITCHES TO SEVERED HANDS AND FRACTURED SKULLS—CONTINUE TO RISE AND NOW STAND AT MORE THAN 750,000 ANNUALLY, UP NEARLY 40 PERCENT FROM 1986. DOG BITES ARE ONE OF THE TOP CAUSES OF NON-FATAL INJURIES IN THE NATION.
    CHILDREN ARE THE MOST FREQUENT VICTIMS, ACCOUNTING FOR 60 PERCENT OF THE DOG BITES AND 20 OF THE 25 DOG-BITE FATALITIES IN 1996. DOG ATTACKS ARE NOW THE NO. 1 REASON THAT CHILDREN WIND UP IN HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOMS. INCREDIBLY, NEARLY HALF OF ALL AMERICAN KIDS HAVE BEEN BITTEN BY THE AGE OF 12. THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES ESTIMATES THAT MORE THAN $100 MILLION GETS SPENT YEARLY TREATING DOG BITES IN THE NATION’S EMERGENCY ROOMS, AND U.S. INSURANCE COMPANIES PAID OUT $250 MILLION IN DOG-BITE LIABILITY CLAIMS IN 1996.
    PIT BULLS AND PIT-BULL CROSSES (NOT ALWAYS EASY TO DISTINGUISH) HAVE CAUSED MORE THAN A THIRD OF THE NATION’S DOG-BITE FATALITIES SINCE 1979 AND A COMPARABLE PROPORTION OF SERIOUS INJURIES. THE RISING NUMBER OF ATTACKS, AND THE UNEASE PIT BULLS AND OTHER DANGEROUS DOGS CAUSE IN PUBLIC SPACES, HAVE SPURRED MANY MUNICIPALITIES TO CRACK DOWN WITH LEGISLATION RANGING FROM MUZZLE LAWS TO BANS ON PIT BULLS AND CERTAIN OTHER BREEDS.
    NEW YORK CITY, WITH A MILLION DOGS, CONFORMS TO THESE NATIONAL TRENDS. IN 1997, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTED 7,075 DOG BITES IN THE CITY AND SOME 1,000 COMPLAINTS ABOUT FRIGHTENING DOGS. GOTHAM POLICE AND OTHER AUTHORITIES HAD TO ROUND UP 892 BITING DOGS IN 1997, 200 MORE THAN THE YEAR BEFORE. OF THESE, 294—33 PERCENT—WERE PIT BULLS OR PIT-BULL MIXES, THOUGH THEY MAKE UP ONLY AN ESTIMATED 15 PERCENT OF THE CITY’S DOGS.
    RECENT PIT-BULL ATTACKS IN NEW YORK CITY HAVE HIT THE HEADLINES. IN ONE HORRIFIC INCIDENT A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO, FOUR UNLEASHED PIT BULLS SWEPT, BARKING AND GROWLING, THROUGH RICHMOND HILL, TEARING AT ANYONE IN THEIR PATH, AS SCREAMING PASSERSBY TOOK COVER ON TOP OF CARS OR FLED INDOORS. TWO OF THE ENRAGED ANIMALS RAMPAGED THROUGH A SUPERMARKET ON 135TH STREET BEFORE POLICE SHOT THEM TO DEATH. POWERFUL TRANQUILIZER DARTS DOWNED THE OTHER TWO DOGS. THREE PEOPLE WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THE FRENZY. OTHER RECENT ATTACKS WERE NO LESS VIOLENT. IN LATE 1996, THREE PIT BULLS MAULED AN 85-YEAR-OLD BRONX MAN TO DEATH. IN 1997, TWO PIT BULLS SEVERELY INJURED A 12-YEAR-OLD BROOKLYN GIRL, AND OTHER ATTACKS LEFT A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD QUEENS BOY WITH A BONE-DEEP WOUND TO HIS LEG, AND AN 11- YEAR-OLD QUEENS BOY WITH A SHREDDED ARM. PIT BULLS CAN INFLICT SUCH TERRIBLE DAMAGE BECAUSE THEIR MASSIVE SKULLS AND POWERFUL JAWS GIVE THEM ALMOST SUPER-CANINE BITING POWER.
    PIT-BULL-INFLICTED INJURIES IN NEW YORK CITY WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY SPIKE UP BECAUSE OF A SENSELESS NEW FEDERAL LAW ENDING A 60-YEAR OFFICIAL BAN ON ANIMALS IN HOUSING PROJECTS. THE NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY LONG LOOKED THE OTHER WAY AS PROJECT RESIDENTS TOOK IN PETS. BUT TWO YEARS AGO, AFTER TENANTS BARRAGED A NEWLY INSTALLED QUALITY-OF-LIFE HOTLINE WITH DOG-RELATED COMPLAINTS, RANGING FROM ORGANIZED DOG FIGHTING TO PIT-BULL ATTACKS ON OTHER PETS, THE AUTHORITY LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN AGAINST VICIOUS ANIMALS IN PUBLIC HOUSING. INTIMIDATING DOGS HAD MANY RESIDENTS, ESPECIALLY SENIORS, LIVING IN A “STATE OF FEAR AND TERROR,” AS AUTHORITY SPOKESMAN HILLY GROSS PUT IT. THOUGH AMBIGUOUS WORDING IN THE FEDERAL LEGISLATION MAY ALLOW THE AUTHORITY TO RETAIN SOME RESTRICTIONS, THE NEW LAW INVITES DISASTER BY PERMITTING LOTS OF PIT BULLS WITHIN BITING DISTANCE OF LOTS OF CHILDREN AND OLD FOLKS.
    PIT BULLS ARE ALSO WREAKING HAVOC ON THE CITY’S PUBLIC PROPERTY. AS MANHATTAN PARKS COMMISSIONER ADRIAN BENEPE OBSERVES, “SOME PIT-BULL OWNERS TRAIN THEIR ANIMALS TO FIGHT BY HAVING THEM LOCK THEIR JAWS ON RUBBER SWINGS IN CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUNDS, WHICH VERY QUICKLY DESTROYS THE SWINGS.” THE COST TO TAXPAYERS: $250,000 ANNUALLY. “PERHAPS MORE OMINOUSLY,” BENEPE ADDS, “THESE OWNERS HAVE STARTED TO USE YOUNG TREES TO TRAIN THE PIT BULLS.”
    PARKS COMMISSIONER HENRY STERN, AWARE OF THE PROPERTY DAMAGE AND SENSITIVE TO COMPLAINTS FROM “TERRORIZED” PARENTS, JOGGERS, AND SENIOR CITIZENS ABOUT ROVING CANINES IN CITY PARKS, NOW IS ENFORCING THE CITY’S LEASH LAW, REQUIRING OWNERS TO KEEP THEIR DOGS LEASHED BETWEEN 9 AM AND 9 PM, UNLESS THEY ARE USING ONE OF THE CITY’S DOG RUNS. THE NEW CAMPAIGN, TARGETING CENTRAL AND RIVERSIDE PARKS, ISSUES $100 FINES FOR FIRST OFFENDERS AND DOUBLES THE PENALTY, UP TO $1,000, FOR EACH SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE. SO FAR, DESPITE HOWLS FROM SOME PET OWNERS, SPOT CHECKS SHOW THE PERCENTAGE OF UNLEASHED DOGS DOWN DRAMATICALLY, AS OWNERS HAVE GOTTEN THE MESSAGE. MAIL TO THE PARKS DEPARTMENT HAS RUN THREE-TO-ONE IN FAVOR OF STRICT ENFORCEMENT.
    STERN’S INITIATIVE FOLLOWS CLOSELY ON THE HEELS OF THE GIULIANI ADMINISTRATION’S PROPOSED NEW DANGEROUS-DOG LEGISLATION, ANNOUNCED EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE MAYOR’S PROPOSAL JACKS UP FINES FOR OWNING A VICIOUS DOG, MAKES IT EASIER FOR THE CITY TO LABEL A DOG DANGEROUS, AND REQUIRES PIT-BULL OWNERS TO PURCHASE $100,000 IN LIABILITY INSURANCE BEFORE THEY CAN GET A DOG LICENSE. PREDICTABLY, THE PROPOSAL HAS ENRAGED DOG OWNERS.
    ACCORDING TO NEW YORK CITY HEALTH COMMISSIONER NEAL COHEN, THE CITY NEEDS THE NEW LAW BECAUSE OF ITS HIGH NUMBER OF DOG-INFLICTED INJURIES. THE EXISTING DANGEROUS-DOG LAW, ON THE BOOKS SINCE 1991, HAS BEEN INEFFECTIVE IN PRACTICE, BECAUSE IT REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, WHICH ADJUDICATES DOG-BITE CASES, TO PROVE THAT A DOG WASN’T “PROVOKED” BEFORE IT CAN LABEL THE ANIMAL DANGEROUS AND REQUIRE IT TO BE MUZZLED OR IMPOUNDED. AS COHEN OBSERVES, “IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO DEFINE WHAT A PARTICULAR DOG SUBJECTIVELY PERCEIVES AS A `PROVOCATION.’ ” THE LAW ALSO REQUIRES LENGTHY HEARINGS BEFORE THE CITY CAN TAKE ACTION. AS THEN-CORPORATION COUNSEL PAUL CROTTY COMPLAINED AFTER A PIT- BULL ATTACK IN 1997 KILLED A QUEENS MAN, “IT’S A DOPEY LAW THAT PUTS THE EMPHASIS ON PROTECTION OF DUE-PROCESS RIGHTS OF DOGS . . . RATHER THAN ON THE PROTECTION OF PEOPLE.”
    BUT THOSE PRIORITIES ARE JUST WHAT DOG ADVOCATES WANT. LISA WEISBERG, VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS OF THE ASPCA, TESTIFIED AGAINST THE NEW LAW, ARGUING THAT ITS “PROPOSED ELIMINATION OF A HEARING PROCESS TO FAIRLY AND ADEQUATELY DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT A DOG IS TRULY DANGEROUS IS EXTREMELY DISTURBING AND DEPRIVES A DOG OWNER OF HIS/HER DUE PROCESS.” IN FACT, DOG ADVOCATES OFTEN EMBRACE A STRANGELY ASKEW, DOGGY-CENTRIC VIEW OF THE WORLD. GORDON CARVILL, PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN DOG OWNERS ASSOCIATION, IS A CASE IN POINT. WHEN I DESCRIBED TO HIM THE FEAR MY WIFE AND OTHER YOUNG MOTHERS IN OUR BRONX NEIGHBORHOOD HAD ABOUT USING THE PUBLIC PARK WHEN PIT BULLS WERE ON THE LOOSE, HE DEFENDED THE DOGS. “SOME PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF ANY KIND OF DOG—YOU KNOW THAT,” HE ADMONISHED. “DOGS KNOW WHEN SOMEONE IS AFRAID, AND THEY’RE APT TO BE MORE AGGRESSIVE.” SO THE MOTHERS ARE THE PROBLEM.
    CARVILL SECONDS WEISBERG’S OBJECTION THAT THE CITY’S PROPOSAL THREATENS THE DUE-PROCESS PROTECTIONS OF PET OWNERS. BUT THE LAW’S BIGGEST DEFECT, HE SAYS, IS THAT IT SINGLES OUT A SPECIFIC BREED, IN ITS REQUIREMENT THAT PIT-BULL OWNERS BUY LIABILITY INSURANCE. (THE CITY’S DESIRE TO REGULATE PIT BULLS IS IN SEEMING CONFLICT WITH A 1997 STATE LAW, SIMILAR TO THOSE 11 OTHER STATES HAVE PASSED, THAT BARS BREED-SPECIFIC LOCAL LEGISLATION.) FOR CARVILL, ALL DOGS ARE CREATED EQUAL; DIFFERENT BREEDS DON’T HAVE DIFFERENT HEREDITARY CHARACTERISTICS. “THERE IS NO DOG BORN IN THIS WORLD WITH A PREDISPOSITION TO AGGRESSION,” HE FIRMLY STATES.
    BUT HE’S WRONG, AND DEAD WRONG IF WE’RE TALKING ABOUT PIT BULLS. ALL MEN MAY BE CREATED EQUAL, BUT NOT ALL DOGS. SAYS KATHERINE HOUPT, DIRECTOR OF THE ANIMAL BEHAVIOR CLINIC AT CORNELL AND AUTHOR OF DOMESTIC ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: “DIFFERENT BREEDS HAVE GENETIC PREDISPOSITIONS TO CERTAIN KINDS OF BEHAVIOR, THOUGH THAT CAN BE INFLUENCED BY HOW THEY ARE RAISED. THE PIT BULL IS AN INNATELY AGGRESSIVE BREED, OFTEN OWNED BY SOMEONE WHO WANTS AN AGGRESSIVE DOG, SO THEY’RE GOING TO ENCOURAGE IT.”
    PIT BULLS HAVE BEEN BRED SPECIFICALLY TO BE AGGRESSIVE. THEY’RE DESCENDED FROM THE NOW- EXTINCT OLD ENGLISH “BULLDOGGE,” A BIG, TENACIOUS BREED USED IN THE BRUTAL EARLY- NINETEENTH-CENTURY SPORT OF BULL BAITING, IN WHICH ROWDY SPECTATORS WATCHED DOGS TEAR APART AN ENRAGED BULL. VICTORIAN REFORMERS, CONCERNED ABOUT THE COARSENING EFFECT BULL BAITING HAD ON ITS DEVOTEES, BANNED IT BY THE EARLY 1830S, BUT ENTERPRISING BULL BAITERS MERELY MIGRATED TO AN EQUALLY BLOODY SPORT: ORGANIZED DOG FIGHTING.
    AS CARL SEMENCIC, AUTHOR OF SEVERAL INFORMATIVE BOOKS ON GUARD DOGS, AND A BIG PIT-BULL FAN, DESCRIBES IT, THE BULLDOGGE OWNERS MADE A STRIKING DISCOVERY: “A CROSS BETWEEN THE BULLDOGGE AND ANY OF THE GAME [I.E., BRAVE AND TENACIOUS] AND RELATIVELY POWERFUL TERRIERS OF THE DAY PRODUCED A GAME, POWERFUL, AGILE, AND SMALLER, MORE CAPABLE OPPONENT IN THE DOG PITS.” THESE BULL-AND-TERRIER CROSSES BECAME RENOWNED FOR FIGHTING PROWESS AND SOON WERE THE ONLY DOGS USED IN ORGANIZED DOG FIGHTING IN ENGLAND AND LATER IN THE UNITED STATES. TO PRESERVE THE BULL-AND-TERRIER’S PUGNACIOUS TRAITS, THE DOGS WERE BRED ONLY TO DOGS OF THE SAME CROSS. THUS WAS BORN THE PIT-BULL TERRIER, “THE MOST CAPABLE FIGHTING DOG KNOWN TO MODERN MAN,” SEMENCIC ENTHUSES.
    THOUGH BREEDERS, REALIZING THE PIT BULL WAS AN ATTRACTIVE DOG WHEN IT WASN’T SCRAPPING, BRED A LESS FEISTY VERSION—THE AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER (“PETE” OF THE OLD OUR GANG COMEDY SERIES IS A WELL-KNOWN REPRESENTATIVE)—THE PIT-BULL TERRIER IS FIRST AND LAST A FIGHTING DOG. ITS BREEDING HISTORY SEPARATES IT FROM OTHER TOUGH DOGS LIKE DOBERMAN PINSCHERS AND ROTTWEILERS, WHICH HAVE BEEN BRED TO GUARD THEIR MASTERS AND THEIR PROPERTY. PIT BULLS ARE GENETICALLY WIRED TO KILL OTHER DOGS.

    THE PIT BULL’S UNUSUAL BREEDING HISTORY HAS PRODUCED SOME BIZARRE BEHAVIORAL TRAITS, DE- SCRIBED BY THE ECONOMIST’S SCIENCE EDITOR IN AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED A FEW YEARS AGO, AT THE PEAK OF A HEATED BRITISH CONTROVERSY OVER DANGEROUS DOGS THAT SAW THE PIT BULL BANNED IN ENGLAND. FIRST, THE PIT BULL IS QUICKER TO ANGER THAN MOST DOGS, PROBABLY DUE TO THE BREED’S UNUSUALLY HIGH LEVEL OF THE NEUROTRANSMITTER L-TYROSINE. SECOND, PIT BULLS ARE FRIGHTENINGLY TENACIOUS; THEIR ATTACKS FREQUENTLY LAST FOR 15 MINUTES OR LONGER, AND NOTHING—HOSES, VIOLENT BLOWS OR KICKS—CAN EASILY STOP THEM. THAT’S BECAUSE OF THE THIRD BEHAVIORAL ANOMALY: THE BREED’S REMARKABLE INSENSITIVITY TO PAIN. MOST DOGS BEATEN IN A FIGHT WILL SUBMIT THE NEXT TIME THEY SEE THE VICTOR. NOT A DEFEATED PIT BULL, WHO WILL TEAR INTO HIS ONETIME VANQUISHER. THIS, TOO, HAS TO DO WITH BRAIN CHEMISTRY. THE BODY RELEASES ENDORPHINS AS A NATURAL PAINKILLER. PIT BULLS SEEM EXTRA-SENSITIVE TO ENDORPHINS AND MAY GENERATE HIGHER LEVELS OF THE CHEMICAL THAN OTHER DOGS. ENDORPHINS ARE ALSO ADDICTIVE: “THE DOGS MAY BE JUNKIES, SEEKING PAIN SO THEY CAN GET THE ENDORPHIN BUZZ THEY CRAVE,” THE ECONOMIST SUGGESTS.

    FINALLY, MOST DOGS WARN YOU BEFORE THEY ATTACK, GROWLING OR BARKING TO TELL YOU HOW ANGRY THEY ARE—”SO THEY DON’T HAVE TO FIGHT,” ASPCA ADVISOR AND ANIMAL GENETICIST STEPHEN ZAWISTOWSKI STRESSES. NOT THE PIT BULL, WHICH ATTACKS WITHOUT WARNING. MOST DOGS, TOO, WILL BOW TO SIGNAL THAT THEY WANT TO FROLIC. AGAIN, NOT THE PIT BULL, WHICH MAY FOLLOW AN APPARENTLY PLAYFUL BOW WITH A LETHAL ASSAULT. IN SHORT, CONTRARY TO THE WRITINGS OF VICKI HEARNE, A WELL-KNOWN ESSAYIST ON ANIMALS WHO—IN A BIZARRE BUT EMOTIONALLY CHARGED CONFUSION—EQUATES BREED-SPECIFIC LAWS AGAINST PIT BULLS AS A KIND OF “RACIST PROPAGANDA,” THE PIT BULL IS A BREED APART.

    PIT-BULL EXPERT SEMENCIC MAKES A MORE SOPHISTICATED ARGUMENT AS TO WHY PIT BULLS SHOULDN’T BE SINGLED OUT FOR REGULATION. PIT BULLS, HE SAYS, WERE BRED NOT TO BE AGGRESSIVE TO PEOPLE. “A PIT BULL THAT ATTACKED HUMANS WOULD HAVE BEEN USELESS TO DOG FIGHTERS,” HE CONTENDS; “THE DOGS NEEDED TO BE HANDLED BY STRANGERS IN THE MIDDLE OF A FIGHT.” ANY DOG THAT WENT AFTER A HANDLER WAS IMMEDIATELY “CULLED”—THAT IS, PUT TO DEATH. BUT SEMENCIC’S ARGUMENT ASSUMES THAT THE CULLING OF MAN-AGGRESSIVE DOGS IS STILL GOING ON—WHICH IT ISN’T. AS ROBIN KOVARY, A NEW YORK-BASED DOG BREEDER AND PIT-BULL FANCIER, ACKNOWLEDGES, “ONCE THE WORD GOT OUT, 20 YEARS AGO OR SO, TO YOUTHS WHO WANTED A TOUGH DOG TO SHOW OFF WITH, THE BREED PASSED INTO LESS THAN RESPONSIBLE HANDS—KIDS WHO WANTED THE DOGS TO BE AS AGGRESSIVE AS THEY COULD BE.” GENETICIST ZAWISTOWSKI GIVES THE UPSHOT: “IRRESPONSIBLE BREEDERS HAVE LET THE DOGS’ BLOCK AGAINST BEING AGGRESSIVE TO PEOPLE DISAPPEAR. THEY’VE CREATED A KIND OF PIT BULL WITH WHAT I CALL `UNDIFFERENTIATED AGGRESSION.’ ” A MILWAUKEE MAN LEARNED THIS THE HARD WAY IN JANUARY, WHEN HE TRIED TO BREAK UP A FIGHT BETWEEN HIS TWO PIT BULLS AND HAD ONE FOREARM RIPPED OFF AND THE OTHER SO BADLY MAULED THAT DOCTORS LATER HAD TO AMPUTATE IT.
    YET KOVARY IS AT LEAST PARTIALLY RIGHT WHEN SHE SAYS, “IT’S THE TWO-LEGGED BEAST, NOT THE FOUR-LEGGED ONE, WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT.” ONE NEEDS NATURE AND NURTURE TO CREATE A TRULY NASTY DOG. RAISED RESPONSIBLY, THE PIT BULL’S GOOD SIDE CAN COME TO THE FORE. “PIT BULLS CAN BE PLAYFUL, INTELLIGENT, ATHLETIC, LOYAL, AND USEFUL IN SPORTS,” KOVARY EXPLAINS. BUT PIT BULLS HAVE BECOME ENMESHED IN THE BRUTALITY OF UNDERCLASS CULTURE, MAGNIFYING THE BREED’S PREDISPOSITION TO AGGRESSION. “IN THE WRONG HANDS,” KOVARY WARNS, “PIT BULLS CAN BE BAD NEWS.”
    ABUNDANT EVIDENCE OF OWNER IRRESPONSIBILITY IS ON DISPLAY AT THE CENTER FOR ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL (CACC), A NONPROFIT SHELTER THAT OPENED IN LATE 1994 IN THE HEART OF SPANISH HARLEM, TO TAKE OVER NEW YORK CITY ANIMAL CONTROL FROM THE ASPCA. PIT BULLS ARE ITS BIGGEST PROBLEM. MORE THAN 60,000 ANIMALS, HALF OF THEM DOGS, ENTERED THE SHELTER LAST YEAR. ACCORDING TO CACC OFFICIAL KYLE BURKHART, “MORE THAN 50 PERCENT OF THE DOGS ARE PIT BULLS OR PIT-BULL MIXES—A HUGE PERCENTAGE.” THAT WORKS OUT TO 40 OR SO PIT BULLS A DAY, MOST OF WHICH HAVE TO BE PUT DOWN BECAUSE OF THEIR AGGRESSIVENESS. WAITING IN THE CACC’S LOBBY, I GOT A FIRSTHAND LOOK AT THE PIT BULL AS A STANDARD-ISSUE ACCESSORY TO UNDERCLASS LIFE: TOUGHS IN BAGGY PANTS AND STOCKING CAPS PARADED IN AND OUT CONTINUOUSLY, NEGOTIATING TO GET THEIR IMPOUNDED DOGS BACK OR TO ADOPT NEW ONES.
    THREE DISTINCT CLASSES OF IRRESPONSIBLE—OR, MORE ACCURATELY, ABUSIVE—OWNERS ARE THE SOURCE OF THE CACC’S FLOOD OF PIT BULLS. FIRST ARE THE DRUG DEALERS, WHO USE PIT BULLS, OR PIT-BULL CROSSES, AS PARTICULARLY VICIOUS SENTINELS. NEW YORK CITY COPS HAD TO SHOOT 83 DOGS TO DEATH IN 1997, MOST OF THEM PIT BULLS GUARDING DRUG STASHES. BURKHART SHOWED ME A FEW SUCH SENTINELS IN THE CENTER’S DANGEROUS-DOG WARD. LUNGING AGAINST THEIR METAL CAGES, THESE PIT BULLS WERE THE MOST FEROCIOUS ANIMALS I’D EVER SEEN: PURE ANIMAL FURY. “THIS ONE WOULD BITE MY HEAD OFF IF HE HAD THE CHANCE,” BURKHART SAID OF ONE SCHWARZENEGGER-MUSCLED DOG, BROUGHT IN FROM A POLICE RAID ON A CRACK HOUSE. INTIMIDATED, I KEPT AS FAR FROM THE CAGES AS I COULD. “SOME OF THE PIT BULLS COMING IN WILL ACTUALLY HAVE THEIR VOCAL CORDS REMOVED IN ORDER TO SURPRISE SOMEONE LURKING AROUND A CRACK HOUSE,” BURKHART NOTED.
    DOG-FIGHTING RINGS ALSO FILL THE CACC WITH ABUSED ANIMALS. “SOMETIMES A RAID ON A DOG- FIGHTING RING BRINGS US 20 OR 30 PIT BULLS AT A TIME,” BURKHART TELLS ME. THE RINGS, MOVING CLANDESTINELY THROUGHOUT THE STATE, STAGE BATTLES BETWEEN PIT BULLS, SOMETIMES TO THE DEATH, AS CHEERING SPECTATORS WAGER ON THE OUTCOME. THE DOGS THE CACC RECEIVES FROM THE RAIDS WILL OFTEN BE MISSING EARS OR WILL BEAR DEEP SCARS FROM THEIR BATTLES. MANHATTAN PARKS COMMISSIONER ADRIAN BENEPE ISN’T SURPRISED AT THE SAVAGERY: “WE REGULARLY FIND DEAD PIT BULLS IN THE PARKS; ON ONE OCCASION, WE FOUND EIGHT PIT-BULL CARCASSES DUMPED IN RIVERSIDE PARK. THEY’D BEEN KILLED FIGHTING OTHER DOGS.”
    IT’S AN UNSAVORY CROWD THAT PARTICIPATES, WHETHER AS TRAINER OR SPECTATOR, IN THE BLOOD SPORT, SAYS ASPCA HUMANE-LAW-ENFORCEMENT OFFICER GEORGE WATFORD. “THE TRAINERS PREPARING A PIT BULL FOR A FIGHT THROW A ROPE OVER A BRANCH WITH A BAG TIED AT THE END; INSIDE THE BAG WILL BE A LIVE CAT,” WATFORD EXPLAINS. “YOU’LL SEE A DOG HANGING FROM THE BAG, AND IT’LL BE A CAT HE’S KILLING INSIDE IT, GIVING THE PIT BULL THE TASTE FOR BLOOD.” THE SPECTATORS ARE JUST AS BAD, WATFORD SAYS: “WHEN WE RAID A RING, NOT ONLY WILL THERE BE SHOTGUN-ARMED LOOKOUTS, BUT WE’LL SEARCH PEOPLE AND FIND DRUGS AND WEAPONS, AND WE’LL ALWAYS FIND PEOPLE WANTED FOR RAPE, MURDER, ROBBERY CHARGES.”
    FINALLY, THE CACC GETS PIT BULLS OWNED BY TEENAGERS AND GANG MEMBERS—”YOUNG PUNKS,” WATFORD CALLS THEM—WHO RAISE THE DOGS TO INTIMIDATE. “IT’S A MACHO THING,” WATFORD SAYS. “THESE PUNKS WILL GET INTO THE TYPICAL PARK SCENARIO, A `MY DOG IS TOUGHER THAN YOUR DOG’ THING, IN WHICH THEY LET THE DOGS FIGHT.” I RECALLED A BRONX MOTHER SCREAMING AT TWO TEEN LOWLIFES FIGHTING PIT BULLS IN THE PARK IN FRONT OF OUR APARTMENT BUILDING. THE TEENS, SPORTING MILITARY FATIGUES AND SHAVED HEADS, IGNORED HER AND WENT ON WITH THEIR BARBAROUS FUN. TYPICALLY, THESE TEENS LOSE INTEREST IN THEIR BRUTALIZED—AND USUALLY UNNEUTERED—DOGS AND LET THEM LOOSE, SWAMPING THE CITY WITH STRAY PIT BULLS.
    WHAT SHOULD NEW YORK CITY DO ABOUT ITS DANGEROUS DOGS? ONE POSSIBILITY: BAN THE PIT BULL, AS ENGLAND HAS DONE. UNFORTUNATELY, THANKS TO THE 1997 STATE LAW NIXING BREED- SPECIFIC LEGISLATION, SUCH A BAN WOULD ENTAIL A DIFFICULT BATTLE FOR STATE PERMISSION. AND IF THE CITY BANS THE PIT BULL, WHAT’S TO STOP THUGS FROM SHIFTING TO OTHER BREEDS THAT CAN BE MADE INTO WEAPONS, SUCH AS THE CANARY DOG OR THE DOGO ARGENTINO? OUTLAWING THEM ALL WOULD BE AN EXTREMELY DIVISIVE POLICY.
    WHAT ABOUT THE CITY’S IDEA OF FORCING PIT-BULL OWNERS TO BUY PRICEY INSURANCE POLICIES? IT MAKES LITTLE SENSE. GIVEN THAT A PALTRY 10 PERCENT OF THE CITY’S DOGS HAVE LICENSES, ONLY THE LAW-ABIDING MINORITY OF PIT-BULL OWNERS—NOT THE LOUTS WHO TERRORIZE PARK-GOERS—ARE LIKELY TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW REQUIREMENT, ASSUMING IT CAN GET PAST THE STATE OBJECTION TO BREED- SPECIFIC LAWS. MOREOVER, THOSE WHO WANTED TO COMPLY WOULD HAVE A HARD TIME FINDING AN INSURER. THOUGH HOMEOWNERS’ POLICIES GENERALLY COVER DOGS, FEW INSURANCE FIRMS WILL ISSUE ONE TO SOMEONE WITH A DANGEROUS ANIMAL. MUCH SOUNDER ARE THE CITY’S PROPOSALS TO ELIMINATE “PROVOCATION” AS A DEFENSE FOR A DANGEROUS DOG’S BEHAVIOR AND TO PARE AWAY LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR DANGEROUS DOGS. AS CORNELL’S KATHERINE HOUPT UNDERSCORES, “IF A DOG HAS BITTEN SOMEONE, WE SHOULD CONSIDER IT DANGEROUS UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE. WHO CARES IF A CHILD HAS POKED IT WITH A PENCIL?”
    THE CITY’S BEST COURSE WOULD BE TO REQUIRE THE OWNERS OF ALL DOGS WEIGHING MORE THAN 40 POUNDS TO KEEP THEM MUZZLED IN PUBLIC, AS GERMANY DOES WITH POTENTIALLY AGGRESSIVE BREEDS. A MUZZLE LAW IS NOT UNDULY HARSH TO THE DOGS. AS FOR ITS IMPACT ON OWNERS: SURE, IT MIGHT DIMINISH THE THRILL A TOUGH GETS AS HE PARADES HIS PIT BULL DOWN A CROWDED SIDEWALK AND NERVOUS PEDESTRIANS GIVE HIM A WIDE BERTH. AND THAT WOULD BE ALL TO THE GOOD.
    AS MAYOR GIULIANI AND POLICE COMMISSIONER WILLIAM BRATTON DISCOVERED WHEN THEY PROSECUTED NUISANCE CRIMES LIKE PUBLIC URINATION OR PUBLIC DRINKING AND HELPED RESTORE CIVIC ORDER, GOTHAM CAN DO A LOT OF GOOD SIMPLY BY ENFORCING LAWS ALREADY ON THE BOOKS, AS PARKS COMMISSIONER STERN IS DOING WITH THE LEASH LAW. NEW YORK MAKES LITTLE EFFORT, FOR EXAMPLE, TO ENSURE THAT ITS DOGS ARE LICENSED, THOUGH THE LAW REQUIRES IT. THE CANADIAN CITY OF CALGARY, WHICH HAD A PROBLEM WITH DANGEROUS DOGS IN THE EIGHTIES, HALVED AGGRESSIVE INCIDENTS THROUGH STRICT LICENSING ENFORCEMENT: IT LET OFFICIALS KEEP COMPUTERIZED RECORDS OF COMPLAINTS AGAINST INDIVIDUAL DOGS AND IMPOUND THEM OR REQUIRE THEM TO WEAR A MUZZLE IF THEY POSED A CLEAR THREAT TO THE PUBLIC. EIGHTY PERCENT OF CALGARY’S 100,000 DOGS NOW HAVE LICENSES; 90 PERCENT OF NEW YORK’S 1 MILLION DOGS DON’T. THE CITY SHOULD STEP UP LICENSING ENFORCEMENT.
    THESE MEASURES WOULD STRIKE A PRUDENT BALANCE BETWEEN THE ENJOYMENTS OF PET OWNERS AND THE CITY’S RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT ITS CITIZENS AND KEEP ITS PUBLIC SPACES FROM GOING TO THE DOGS.

  46. JT

    I agree about pitbulls.
    Rottweilers, German Shepards etc are ok but only in experienced capable hands.

    But there is another point to this.
    A**holes own dangerous breeds.

    “Overall, findings suggest that there is a significant relationship between dog breed ownership and specific personality traits, with owners of breeds widely considered to be “aggressive” harbouring more psychotic tendencies than people who choose to keep dogs with a reputedly less aggressive temperament.”
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886912002875

    So it is a very much possible that the problems arise with sick people owning risky breeds of dogs.

  47. melponeme_k

    Check google news with the words pit bull everyday and a tsunami of news reports will result. Stories like this one, where a courageous mother wrestled and bit off a pit bull’s ear to save her daughter. Mind you, this was a dog both were familiar with and had no problems with aggression until it suddenly attacked.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/mom-attacks-pit-bull-save-2-year-old-article-1.1766437

    These dogs need to be banned.

  48. emsnews

    The last two years, pit bulls were responsible for a shocking 60% of the fatalities and it is rising, not falling.

  49. John

    “Thomas McCartney” needs to get his own blog. Sheesh.

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    ELAINE: 🙂

  50. melponeme_k

    The attacks just keep on coming.

    This article focuses on the irresponsible owner of a pit bull. The pit bull jumped over its fence in order to attack a pedestrian and her small dog. A relative of the woman being attacked stabbed the dog to death in order to get it off her.

    Irresponsible owner is frightened of people carrying concealed knives and her dog was soooo friendly.

    http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20140424/NEWS/140429680?Title=2nd-loose-pit-bull-killed-on-West-Volusia-street

  51. emsnews

    Yes, many nice people have very dangerous pit bull dogs and think they are sweet and lovely and yes, they can be…until the minute they decide not to be.

  52. Kira Wilson

    How can one person write so much hate?
    This makes me so sad to think someone can be so ignorant to think that a domesticated dog breed can act like a wild animal unpredictably.
    Dogs are not unpredictable. Dogs reflect their owners’ energy. Like children, they only know what their owners teach them. If their owners don’t discipline them well, they can cause problems, yes. These cases of aggressive attacks have almost nothing to do with the dog, however, they have to do with the owner. It has become popular to use pit bulls for their strength in dog fighting, creating a huge misconception about the breed. You can’t deny this isn’t “K-9 racism.” Not to mention lack of education about the breed causes aggression too. People chain them up all day and expect them to be calm. How can you do this to a living thing? If I was chained up all day, I’d wanna run, too.
    This page is very sad. Cesar Millan is a great man. I would also like to mention that I live with my parents and I’m 18, my brother is 12 and my sister is now 2. My dad brought home a pit bull last year who was rescued from dog fighting. He was a “practice puppy” ..his owners tied his muzzle so the fighter dog could practice on him. He has scars all over him and he lived in a cage besides being attacked by fighter dogs for his first 8 months of life. My dad took him in, trained him, and no one believes me now when I tell his story. The most vicious thing he ever does is jump up on me to hug me and lick me. He knows to be careful around the baby and he doesn’t even mind when she hits him or kisses him, he doesn’t even move. He is still a crazy “teen boy” dog and chews up everything he can outside, but he doesn’t dare touch the babies toys or our toys because we taught him boundaries. My dog is happy, affectionate, calm and submissive because his owners are calm and assertive. He is NOT a “vicious breed” he is an INDIVIDUAL and he really doesn’t like this discrimination because fewer people want to pet him. Does this dog look vicious to you? Take a look and then tell me about vicious pit bulls.

  53. melponeme_k

    @Kira

    Congratulations your family played russian roulette with a pit bull. Luckily every time you spun the barrel it came up empty.

    Did you read the links that Elaine gave or anyone else did on this page? There are thousands of families who hit the chamber with the loaded bullet to their everlasting regret. Every one of them said the pit bulls who attacked were friendly and loving until they killed. I don’t doubt them. Which is why this breed needs to be banned or highly regulated. And all pit bull mixes that shelters are trying to unload on unsuspecting families need to be euthanized. It is sad but the natures of these dogs cannot be changed.

  54. Duski

    It’s not enough that you get dog to recognize you (or whoever in family) as pack leader, dog also need to be shown to be in lowest position in the pack. That job falls into everyone in the family.

    Most people won’t read dogs properly, until dog gets very agitated (showing teeth, growling, etc). Most people will pay attention to dogs in wrong ways (leaders get most attention in dog packs) and approach dogs aggressively (patting head first, looking into eyes, doing everything one can to make dog to be afraid of possible attack). For just one example, dog wagging tail does NOT mean happy dog, it only means agitated dog – which can be from happiness, or from being afraid, or fighting.

    Naturally most dogs are just used to human behaviour and won’t mind, or are submissive enough so that won’t cause problems. I guess more often dogs have learned to read humans and adapted than humans have learned to read dogs behaviour / body language.

    So, about pitbulls: Owners need to do things very precisely and correctly from start to finish. For example, if we think family dog that suddenly kills a baby, owners have failed to teach dog that it’s position in pack is lower than babys. As I wrote before, I feel that almost everyone should abstain of getting those breeds, because most people will not be aware of EVERYTHING that they need to be aware. With most breeds, there will be some trouble, but it pales to what pit bulls etc do.

    Also I think Cesar Millan is wrong here defending pit bulls as family dogs (although I agree on almost all of his teachings). It’s not that they cannot be trained to be safe, but rather that too many of people will make mistakes in that training / following dogs behaviour and results of that can be awful. For example, making sure dog thinks to be in lowest position in family and keeping it that way etc.

    And to people who think about “It’s wrong to set up hierarchy of leader / follower!”, dogs won’t follow your logic. In dogs point of view, there is leader and followers, and hierarchy. If you don’t want to set it up and control it properly, don’t get dogs in the first place. But many of people who are against of natural order will still get dogs and I can only hope they get naturally submissive ones that won’t easily cause bad trouble.

    We had a nice family dog, a retriever, which was submissive and easy to handle. Even so, when I worked in another town for few months and visited at parents at weekends, once when we were playing I realized even that dog challenged my position; naturally when that situation happened, I did the classic challenging myself – making the dog turn away from me first. All it took was a bit patience, but it was crystal clear to me that our gentle family dog had challenged my position. If that dog had been more aggressive breed, I should have chosen more careful approach, but I knew he would very likely give in just for little pressure.

    Even so, had I been more aware at the time, this situation would never have happened in the first place! I would have kept dog very aware of it’s position relatively to mine; it was basically my mistake of letting things slide into that confrontation into first place.

  55. Duski

    And I should not give myself too much credit at that time; if our family dog had been aggressive breed, I don’t know if I had realized that I should be more careful in that situation, and who knows what might have happened.

  56. JT

    On the other hand.
    I saw Cesar’s show when he visited Helsinki.

    I have no doubt that pitbulls raised (and very carefully selected propably) by him are totally safe.

    He is one of the good guys so no need to attack him personally.

    It is always a combination of a bad owner and the wrong breed.

  57. emsnews

    TOTALLY WRONG, JT.

    Look, these dogs attack when they see ‘prey’. So Milan, who hits dogs (you don’t see that part of him) scare them enough they are friendly. Yes, fighting dogs are like that, I have had this sort of dog.

    But when you are wounded or a child or baby: BOOM. They attack. My guard dog, Duke, was just fine until my husband became very ill.

    Then one day, he attacked my husband. So I shot the dog.

    See?

  58. Luc

    Yahoo News is a new ‘idiot box’….here…this just appeared:
    A pit bull that attacked a 4-year-old Arizona boy earlier this year will live out the rest of his days at a jail-turned-animal shelter run by controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and staffed by sheriff’s deputies and inmates with special privileges.

    In February, Kevin Vicente wandered into a backyard where Mickey the dog was chained. The dog reportedly attacked the boy, biting into his face. Kevin required multiple surgeries following the attack.

    A month later the dog was sentenced to be defanged, neutered and sent to live in a no-kill shelter. Following that ruling, attorneys representing the dog’s interests were tasked with finding a shelter that would take in Mickey.

    Yahoo News spoke with John Schill, who served as attorney for Mickey. “Back in February, I was contacted by a group called the Lexus Project that establishes trusts for the defense of dogs,” he explained.

    A Facebook page titled “Save Mickey” has more than 70,000 likes. Schill pointed out that no donations went to him or his firm. “We did everything for free,” he said.

    The legal battle began when a petitioner asked the judge to have Mickey put to sleep. Schill said he asked for Mickey’s life to be spared and “that’s what we were able to do.”

    The judge agreed that Mickey wouldn’t be euthanized and would spend the rest of his life in a shelter. The costs associated with the housing of Mickey will be taken c….

    A Facebook page titled “Save Mickey” has more than 70,000 likes.

    A Facebook page titled “Save Mickey” has more than 70,000 likes.

    A Facebook page titled “Save Mickey” has more than 70,000 likes.

    yuk

  59. melanie

    i had a pitbull for about 10 years and NEVER BITE SOMEONE! you guys are just racist and crazy evil sorry you are very miserable to talk bad about a dog

  60. emsnews

    And year 11 the dog kills you. Great going there.

  61. Luc

    ‘i had a pitbull for about 10 years NEVER BITE SOMEONE’….

    great..and Pits are sweet and docile till the other side appears…the ‘killer DNA’. Pits are sweet until they turn into ‘CHARGING RINOS’ aka Killer Dogs.
    And the owners are ‘but my dog was so sweet until it killed someone’.

  62. Luc

    Melanie, re, ‘racist’ are people that study DNA and culture and decide ‘we are not all equal’. Same with breeds of dogs. Different DNA. Different outcomes.

  63. kenogami

    Melanie,
    I think you are a very young person that anthropomorhizes dogs and perhaps other animals. Pitbulls have been bred as killers in the last 2 hundred years by men. They are like volcanos: you do not know when they will erupt and kill, but that will happen sooner or later because that is in their DNA. To leave these dogs near small children and defenseless persons is totally irresponsible.

  64. emsnews

    Worse, the damn dogs KILL WOMEN in particular. Babies are the next biggest target.

    Women menstruate. This freaks the doggies out. Blood turns them on like vampires.

  65. Luc

    Indeed, the case of the [presa?] that killed Miss Whitman [?] in the elevator in SF comes to mind.
    The dog sniffed her privates while in that close space then attacked her.
    Me, having seen such a ‘killer dog’, I would have moved away long ago. The dog had shown signs of viciousness prior to killing.

  66. Luc

    I had 1 or 2 things off.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Whipple

    and

    San Francisco’s Decline into Darkness | Here Women Talk
    herewomentalk.com › Op-Ed › *LadyJustice ~ Donna Gore, Columnist‎
    Apr 7, 2012 – Author, Aphrodite Jones did a laudable job in her account of this story in ..
    “Bane sniffed her crotch like she (Diane) was a bitch in heat.

  67. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much hate and ignorance in one place before. There are millions of pit bulls in the US (even with a great deal euthanized from shelter overcrowding), if they were the problem you say they are … you wouldn’t be seeing 20 something people a year dead from an attack, you’d see deaths in the 10’s of thousands and ALL pits would be eradicated. Perspective here please. You would honestly think deaths by pit bulls surpassed those of car accidents, cancer, heart disease, drug abuse or guns the way you talk. Do you realize that you have either an equal or better chance of dying by a lightening strike than by a pit bull, depending on the year? It’s still one of the most rarest ways to die in the United States. More people die from farm animals, please.

    The problem is, by the great majority, an irresponsible owner problem. I worked with over 80 pit bulls with responsible owners, not a one had aggressive tendencies towards anyone … you think there might be a correlation there?? How could Cesar Millan have had a pit bull for 16 years until he died, that dog never hurt anybody. That is not the exception, that is the rule. MOST pit bulls never hurt anybody. Most will die having never hurt a fly. How do you explain all these rescue organizations, there are absolutely hundreds of them, handling high volumes of strictly pit bulls … how the hell are they still alive or not missing limbs or horribly scarred from attacks? How does someone like Tia from Pit Bulls and Parolees keep 200 pit bulls at any one time, and she’s been doing this for many many years, yet none of them have been attacked? I know I know … YET you say.

    Let me tell you something, I see hundreds of cases of people abusing pit bulls, human beings hurt more pit bulls and other animals than pit bulls could ever dream of doing. It’s at epidemic levels. Where is the outrage when someone drags a pit bull behind a truck down the highway? How about them being starved to death or near death? How about when someone sets them on fire? Beating them, tying them up in the back yard, never training or socializing them. Or when they are hanged? How about the outrage of training them to fight to the death (and yes, they DO need to be trained, ask any scum bag dog fighter what their training regimen involves)?? Oh I guess you feel they deserve it. Well this happens to thousands every year, dogs that didn’t kill anyone – our local governments handle that by euthanizing those that have. Human beings are the most dangerous to human beings, if you don’t believe that … why don’t you look at murder, rape and assault rates. Look at animal abuse rates, not to just pit bulls, but ALL animals. By the way, not all pit bulls make good fighters. Again, ask those involved in fighting rings. There are a great deal of them that end up being used as a bait dog or killed because they don’t perform well. It’s not that they can’t physically do it, it’s because the will is not there for every dog. They get packs of them and weed out those unwilling until they find their “champions”. They will also kill any pit who shows aggression towards them and in the environment that these dogs are living in, I’m surprised it doesn’t occur more. The training involved to get a good fighter is immense. They aren’t born vicious out of the womb, well 99.9% are not. You can get one born crazy (just like any other dog, and even people can be), it’s however rare. Any dog fighting trainer will tell you they aren’t naturals. Sure they have certain attributes that can make a good fighting dog that help, but they still need training. Most of Michael Vick’s dogs were rehabilitated, seven years on, none of them haven’t hurt anyone because now they are in the right hands.

    First it was the German Shepherd, they were supposedly “dangerous”. Then it was Dobermans. Then it was Rottweilers – all through those times you hardly ever heard of pit bulls attacking people. Now all of a sudden, GS, Dobies and Rotties are ok and pit bulls are the new killers? There is a reason for this if you cared enough to actually do thorough research, instead of quoting only sources that are biased against pit bulls, you’d know that. The info is out there, you just need to free your mind enough to actually look at it. To penalize millions of dogs for the actions of a very tiny few, is ridiculous and it’s comparable to racism, except this is breedism and in my eyes, no different. They are both disgusting. Shall we euthanize all white males because that’s what serial killers tend to be, a tiny percentage of white males in the end? Of course not! How ridiculous.

    Oh and by the way, you aren’t helping. There will always be psychopaths who want vicious dogs, fact of life. You are giving them so much guidance as to what kind of scary dog they ought to be getting. You are perpetuating the problem because don’t get me wrong, a pit bull in the wrong hands is dangerous, don’t encourage the scum in the world. In case you didn’t figure out though, a lot of dogs are dangerous in the wrong hands. Rotties, German Shepherds, Dobermans, Mastiffs, Chows and yes, even the sweet Labrador is dangerous in the wrong hands. Pit bulls are not for the novice. It’s just like you wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) give a Ferrari to a 16 year old who’s just learning to drive. People learn from those like yourself that they have certain attributes that make them dangerous. It’s just as stupid as the press practically giving instructions on how to use the latest dangerous designer drug when they report on them.

    I’ve lived in a country where pit bulls were banned. What do you think happened? In the press all you heard about were Rottweilers, Dobermans and the occasional German Shepherd. It’s because there will always be idiots who want a dangerous dog because it makes them look like a big man, is that confusing for you? It should be as it is to me why anyone would want that. But then people do a lot of disgusting things I don’t understand. Are you going to ban the next breed that is exploited for that purpose once pit bulls are gone? This is a social human problem, not a breed problem. If you cared to see the trend in popular breeds over the decades and how that has changed from one breed to another being labelled “dangerous”. Just like Rotties and Dobies used to be misunderstood. Now they are ok because they rarely kill now, but they sure used to. They aren’t bad dogs either, just dangerous in the wrong hands too.

    The press has an agenda. They don’t even care when they misidentify a dog. If it attacked a person, it must be a pit bull. I have seen it happen enough times because even experts can be wrong, the press sure aren’t educated enough to know. A couple I knew had a dog that looked almost exactly like a pit bull type breed. His father was a boxer and the mother was a lab (both pure bred), not a drop of pit bull DNA, but it even fooled all of us trainers. Then you have a ton of mixes running around because AGAIN people are irresponsible by not getting their dogs spayed or neutered.

    Between irresponsible owners, animal abusers and psychopaths, this is a problem that needs to be dealt with, but banning an entire breed is not going to do it. Unless you do something about the root of the problem, you’re still going to have a problem … except it will involve a different breed next time. Hopefully it won’t be one you cherish (if you even like dogs), because then you’ll find yourself arguing with idiots who want to go with what they think is the “easy” solution. It will never be the solution, hard work to get to the core is what’s needed.

  68. Jim R

    Christine,
    You are not making a lot of sense. In one paragraph, you express sympathy for the breed, and then you go on to describe the selection process by which they are bred to be vicious. It is very much the same selection process by which other breeds have become good retrievers, herders, etc.

    There is, of course, another breed that is worse. That would be the wolf hybrid. And there are idiots who think they can handle such a dog. They are very bossy alpha dogs, and 95% of people who raise them end up handing them over to a rescue group at some point, or have a tragic encounter with another dog or person.

    Bottom line, there is no shortage of immature, stupid, arrogant people out there.

  69. I am sympathetic to the breeds of pit bull (American Pit Bull Terrier, English Staffordshire Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bulldog specifically when not referring to the generic “pit bull”) but I also am not going to pretend like maybe some out there that they are not dangerous in the wrong hands. It’s important to recognize that, while any dog can become dangerous, pit bulls are very strong, in many aspects. It’s what can make their attacks more serious. In my experience pits who are well trained and have responsible owners, are rarely dangerous. I say rarely because there is always exceptions to the rule. In environments where they are being trained to fight, are being abused, not properly trained and socialized, this can be a disaster waiting to happen. Having said that, any of these dogs, if saved in time, are rehabilitated every single day. Most of these dogs never actually attacked anyone, they were just rescued and given what they needed. I have witnessed this myself and keep updated on the progress of others all over the country. However some need to be euthanized because they are just too far gone and could potentially be a danger to the public. There is cause to be concerned while we have the thugs of today are choosing this particular breed because not only for their physical attributes, strength, agility etc, do have a strong desire to please and are intelligent – makes some of them good fighting dogs when trained. Then you have the people who are truly psychopaths who want an aggressive dog, right now pit bulls are the choice. I remember when people had a fear of Rottweilers and Dobermans in much the same way people today fear pits. Back in those days, they were the dogs of choice for crazy idiots who wanted to make people fear them.

    Looking back to what pits were initially bred for back in England, bull baiting (and killing other large animals), working the farms … many breeds of dog that we enjoy today were originally trained to hunt or kill other animals, this is not unique to pit bulls. Of course there is also the dog fighting aspect, which began to take place after bull baiting became illegal. If anything, pits are much more likely to inherently be aggressive to other dogs … they were never bred en masse to be aggressive with humans. They were also bred to be companion animals. However, some people who don’t understand dog behavior, do not feel training or socialization is necessary, and those who are abusive, should never own any kind of dog, and certainly not a pit bull. But just like some people shouldn’t have children, some shouldn’t have dogs.

    I don’t disagree about the wolf hybrids. At least pit bulls have a couple centuries of domestication under their belts, wolves do not. It can be potentially dangerous and if they become more popular, you could very well see it become a problem. I used to work in a big chain dog hotel, PetsHotel at Petsmart (glamorized kennel basically), the only breed of dog we were not allowed to let stay there were wolf hybrids. Pit bulls were completely welcome, though regulation was they not be mixed with other dogs not in their own family, as like I say they were much more likely to be dog aggressive and I never came upon a human aggressive pit bull there. However, despite that … there were many other dogs of varying breeds who were requested to be segregated because their owners said they didn’t like other dogs and would try to attack. It taught me that dogs can be very much individuals regardless of breed. Most establishments won’t allow wolf hybrids. It’s not a stable “breed”, seems like a dangerous expirement to me, totally unnecessary. I know all dogs went through a period of domestication … but with so many established breeds, why introduce another? Some people are just incredibly over confident. Certainly a stupid thing to do.

  70. emsnews

    I have a solution: force all pit bull lovers to have 100 of these creatures in their homes.

    I will clean up the mess and put down the surviving dogs. Probably fewer than ten each home.

    Then we will cease being bothered by either these killer dogs and their managers.

  71. emsnews … Wow, what a fabulous idea! Did you come up with that genius idea all by yourself?

    Give me a break.

  72. Duski gimme a break. You even SOUND like Cesar. “Dog has to be shown they are lowest member in pack” LOL. Such BS. FYI? I am not my dog’s “pack leader”, nor do I dominate and make him “calm submissive”, and he’s a “power breed” German Shepherd, intact, and a teenager. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. Cesar is full of tssscht. HIs teachings are asinine, based on outdated studies on captive unrelated wolf packs. There is no “alpha”. One does not need to “establish dominance” and make a dog feel they are a low member of the pack. That’s a confrontational relationship. One in which CREATES problems. I don’t doubt that many pit bull owners who follow Cesar’s way end up getting bit! He teaches how to be a bully, not a pack leader. Please educate yourselves and don’t just buy something a tv dude tells everyone. Dogs don’t follow or lead. They need boundaries, yes, but they don’t need to be forced into submission.

  73. Matthew

    Your obviously trying to get attention by posting this. Your comments about the breed of dog are biased and not grounded in hard facts. You have failed to show dog bites from every breed and also have failed to mention the fact that pit bull ranks in the top five on the temperment testing list and is also the third most tested breed.

  74. 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.

    http://17barks.blogspot.com/2013/08/breedism-what-is-breed.html

  75. emsnews

    True. They were bred in the last 200 years to be what they are today. This has been malicious and deliberate. The breed wasn’t nearly so dangerous 1,000 years ago when these dogs worked at herding cows and turning spits to cook meat.

  76. Kelly Johns

    This is the most HILARIOUS pile of ignorant garbage I’ve ever heard. You need to quit your job cuz it’s clear you’re an idiot.

    First and foremost, (fact) since 1996, it’s been discovered that 81% of dog bite victims treated in Emergency Rooms claimed, initially that they had been attacked by a “pit bull”. However, 67% of those cases found that the victim misidentified the breed. (in all cases in which the dog was later located and identity was confirmed by the victim).

    You see, about 98% of Americans cannot distinguish a pit bullbull from other similar looking breeds.

    And, in the 50s-70s pit bulls were actually referred to as ‘America’s Nanny Dog’.http://www.times-standard.com/guestopinion/ci_6993026

    It’s people just like you, ignorant nut jobs who perpetuate lies and ridiculous theories based on fear. I GUARANTEE you’re a right winger, too… it’s that giant amygdala that causes your irrational fearsfears btw.

    I am embarrassed for you. But more importantly I am concerned about the dog owners you come into contact with… continuing to spread fear-based crap on a subject you know very little about. The worst part is that you must be a really CRAPPY trainer if you’re ‘scared’ of any dog…. and I’m willing to bet you use abusive techniques to ‘train’ your dogs. (If you have to do so, you’re a REALLY bad trainer and have no clue what you’re doing.

    I train ONLY pit bulls who were used as bait dogs and/or fighting…43 of em to date. No beatings or fear techniques have ever been used. You’re just not a trainer of U have to instill fear to obtain a reaction. Kinda like your dumb ass comments above.

    Now, I’ve not only rehomed every single one of em, permanently, not a single ONE of em has so much as ‘snapped at’ anyone. Not owners/kids or any other person…. Not one…. and I started this way back in 1999. My real job is a trauma nurse… 30 yrs of experience watching dog bite victims cry “pit bull”… I remember several bite victims who’s vicious pit bulls ended up being a dalmation, a dachshund, poodle and beagles. The most common mistake is the Rottweiler.

    I think you better find another job. Either that, or just shut the f*ck up about subjects you clearly know nothing about.

    Seriously, if you were, in any way a ‘real’ dog trainer… you’d have never posted something as ignorant and pathetic as this. You’re an absolute embarrassment to REAL dog trainers everywhere. Perhaps working at a kill shelter would be a better job for you… this way you could get not only away with abusing pit bulls but you could get high of putting them to death.. I bet that’s actually you’re dream job!

    Hu yuk.

  77. Kelly Johns

    I want all the nut jobs to go this website and take the test http://www.pickthepit.com

    BE HONEST.. I know those of you with intelligence will absolutely admit that you got most of the answers wrong… It’d be normal to….I assure you, this is what happens to the hundreds of dog bite victims I see each year. Oh yeah… I once had a man who cried pit bull and it turned out to be a golden retriever. Lol.

    that said…. This ‘test’….. I can guarantee the idiot who’who initially posted the conspiracy garbage gets it totally wrong. Dog trainer my ass. He’s a conspiracy theorist, fear-mongerefear-monger as well as a flat out liar.

  78. emsnews

    There are loads of mixed pit dogs out there. Most are, in fact.

    The way you can tell if a dog is dangerous is how their eyes are set in the skull due to the shape of the head from pit bull breeding which causes the ‘locked jaws’ effect.

    So it doesn’t matter how ‘pure’ the dog is (all dogs are ‘breeds’ not species) what matters is how their skull is shaped and how their eyes are set.

    If they are the wrong configuration, you can have a very dangerous dog when it decides to kill you.

  79. luc

    What is a wrong configuration?
    Why do 800,000? pits and pit mixes get killed a year?
    Is it all ‘excess’ dogs or do the owners find themselves with a dangerous dog that is out of control?
    Online one can see:

    vicious pits in action
    lots of dead dogs abandoned outside in Detroit.

    Something is wrong.

  80. Ryan

    You are so ignorant, closed minded, and stupid that it hurts. Pit bulls are amazing, gentle, and highly intelligent breeds with no “wild” in them. Through the years of my own career as a dog trainer, I’ve dealt with a great number of pit bulls, and different breeds of pit bulls, 8 of which were rescued from dog fighting rings. With a proper and well balanced owner, they recovered from their past and are no more dangerous than a labrador. All dogs learn their behavior from their owners. Breed doesn’t mean anything, and anyone that disagrees doesn’t know a damn thing about dogs.
    That photo of the little girl hugging a pit bull? The dog doesn’t have a “dark expression”. It’s looking at something off to the side. There’s no aggression, no fear, no insecurity, or any sort of negative attitude coming out of that dog at all.
    For getting a pit bull to release its grip when it bites is as simple as putting your finger on the roof of its mouth, like any other dog. Their “lockjaw” isn’t what’s dangerous about their bite, it’s their teeth, which stems from their terrier ancestry. The whole reason that breed exists in the first place is us. We created it. They were originally bred to serve as guard dogs to British nobles, and due to their high intelligence and territorial instincts, they did a great job.
    Once it became illegal to get humans to fight to the death for sport, dogs were used. Due to their attack power, pit bulls were the most popular, along with German Sheppards and Rottweilers. In order to train a dog to be used in a fight, they need to be abused. Due to their high intelligence, it is very easy to get a pit bull to snap and become aggressive, whether it be towards humans or other dogs.
    Since dog fights became illegal, it has been a combination of terrible dog owners, propoganda, and ignorant little shits like you that has labeled them as a dangerous breed. This opinion is based off of what other people have told you, and not from any sort of experience with a well balanced dog.
    For the record, 80% of dog attacks are from Chihuahas.

    ΩΩΩ

    ELAINE: Your aggressive, arrogant language here shows that you are as dangerous as your out of control dogs. ‘It is VERY EASY to get a pit bull to snap’ you yourself even admit! Amazing! And chihuahas don’t kill people.

  81. Ryan

    Also, FYI, Pit Bulls don’t have a prey drive.

  82. emsnews

    Pit bulls have DOMINANCE drive up the yin yang. They want to be boss.

    Yes, a trainer can control this when he dominates the dog but this doesn’t mean the dog is ‘nice’ or ‘safe’. The dog continues to be a grave danger because these things attack children and pregnant women in particular trying to up their status in the ‘dog pack’ created by the stupid owners of these things.

  83. luc

    2011 Dog Bite Fatalities – DogsBite.org
    http://www.dogsbite.org › dog bite statistics › dog bite fatalities
    May 3, 2014 – Source citations for each fatality victim are located in Fatality Citations. … The year 2011 also marks an increase in pet pit bulls killing their owners. .

    Pledge to become informed about this issue. · Fatal pit bull …
    https://www.causes.com/…/1753697-fatal-pit-bull-attacks-sharply-rise-in-…
    In the first 5 months of 2013, pit bulls inflicted 93 percent of all dog bite fatalities. This is well above … Pit bulls killed an average of three people per year. The pit bull … Learn more about each of this year’s dog bite fatality victims. This pledge ..

  84. luc

    ‘ ignorant little shits like you that has labeled them as a dangerous breed. ‘
    bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    see my 2 posts above this.

  85. luc

    Family mourns death of boy in pit bull attack
    http://www.delawareonline.com/…pit-bulls-killed-child/8857...
    The News Journal
    May 9, 2014 – Their remains will be tested for rabies at the state Division of Public Health’s laboratory. … He said he had not encountered the dogs before Tuesday, but had … Pit bull that killed boy near Felton (Photo: First State Animal Center and SPCA) … Rochester, 55 of New Castle, died about a week after the attack.
    Houma girl dies after pit bull attack – FOX 8 WVUE New …
    http://www.fox8live.com/…/houma-police-5-year-old-dies-from-pi...
    WVUE‑DT
    The child received facial and head injuries from the attack and was transported to … A four-year-old girl died Tuesday night after she was attacked by a pit bull … Officers counselors will be available for the officers who responded to the scene …. Parents with children are just not learning their lesson with regard to these dogs …
    Pit bull that killed 4-year-old tested for steroids, rabies – WVUE
    http://www.fox8live.com/…/pit-bull-that-killed-4-year-old-tested-f...
    WVUE‑DT
    Apr 3, 2014 – The mother and daughter were able to escape to another room, where Touchet handed … March 26: Houma girl dies in pit bull attack ….. anyone can see that this is not an american pit bull. not that apb’s can’t be problematic, …
    Two-year-old boy killed by family dog in Fulton County …
    http://www.cbs46.com/story/22066382/toddler-dies-after-pit-bull-attack
    A 2-year-old boy has died after being attacked by his family’s pit bull. … Fulton County Animal Services, who took the brown pit bull away, will test the dog and decide whether to euthanize it. …. Phoenix dad pleads not guilty in ax killing of son.
    3 Pit Bulls Attack Pregnant Mom, Kill 4-Year-Old Son | NBC …
    http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com › news › local
    WCAU

    May 9, 2014 – A 4-year-old Delaware boy died after an attack from three pit bulls. The mother was … young child. You can’t blame a guy for trying. … Officials have not yet revealed the name of the young boy pending notification of next of kin.

    Police Chief: Dog who killed little girl was a ‘monster’ | wwltv …
    http://www.wwltv.com/…/Girl-5-dies-after-attack-from-pit-bull-says...
    WWL‑TV
    Mar 26, 2014 – A four-year-old girl died Tuesday after an attack from a pit bull at a Houma apartment … The child, identified as Mia DeRouen, suffered facial and head injuries … that apparently was not part of the situation, is now at the animal shelter. …. man, when will people learn……y wld anyone want a pitbull as a pet?

    Police: Child Dies After Family Dog Attacks – WFMY News 2
    http://www.wfmynews2.com/story/news/local/…dead…pit-bull/5798969/
    Feb 27, 2014 – A 3-year-old child died after being attacked by a pit bull. … campaign to popularize the breed so they can hide their vicious and sadistic “sport” in plain sight. … Um…he just killed a child, let’s not be concerned about his …

    2014 Dog Bite Fatality: ‘Visiting’ Child Killed by Pit Bulls …
    blog.dogsbite.org/…/2014-dog-bite-fatality-visiting-child-killed-by-pit-b…
    by Colleen Lynn – May 8, 2014 – A fourth dog at the attack scene, an 8-week old puppy, was not involved …. 11/30/12: 2012 Dog Bite Fatality: Postal Worker Dies Days After Vicious Dog Attack … The normal domestic dog will bite only if it has no other way to …

    St. Clair County child killed in dog attack – ABC 33/40 …
    http://www.abc3340.com/…/st-clair-county-child-killed-in-dog-att...
    WBMA‑LD
    by Ben Culpepper – A child died Sunday after being attacked by a dog in St. Clair County, the … The mayor says the issue will most likely be brought up again in the wake of this tragedy. ….. was also arrested outside the bar, but he was not involved in the shooting.

    2 Pit bulls kill 3-year-old – MSNewsNow.com – Jackson, MS
    http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/25123147/pit-bull-kills-3-year-old
    A three-year-old Holmes County child is dead, after a pitbull attack. … It’s not clear what is going to happen to them. … in a house fire two months ago, so you can imagine the pain they are feeling. …. Horrible, horrible conditions, and yet the poor innocent dogs are the ones who’ve had to suffer & die because of someone’s …

  86. luc

    bwaaaaaa
    Ryan
    July 6, 2014 at 7:48 am

    You are so ignorant, closed minded, and stupid that it hurts. Pit bulls are amazing, gentle, and highly intelligent breeds with no “wild” in them.

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  89. emsnews

    Another baby was killed by a pit bull yesterday. The dog already tried to kill a neighbor’s dog before it jumped the gate to murder the baby of the grandmother who owns this monster.

  90. luc

    Tell that to Mr Milan!

  91. emsnews

    Well, the National Geographic also believes we are roasting to death, too. 🙂

  92. luc

    They deserve each other! The media dances to the beat of ‘Climate Change’ without much thought.

  93. melponeme_k

    People still trying to push Pit Bulls as loving family dogs.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roo-yori/my-pit-bull-never-snapped_b_5633757.html

    What most don’t understand is that owning these dogs is like playing Russian roulette. You may come up with blanks in all the chambers. Or you hit a live round, like this poor woman.

    http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20140729/HURBLOG/140729531?Title=Dulac-woman-attacked-by-pet-pit-bull

  94. You’re just jealous and insecure.

  95. GT

    As a percentage of the actual population of pitts their bite ratio is fairly low. In other words counting the number of aggresions without factoring the number of dogs out there is completely innacurate. We have an enormous population of Pitts compared to every other breed. If you are going to pen an article try to educate yourself first! I would suggest going to the ATTS (American Temperament Testimg Society) website and review the results. Pitts scored extremely well on temperament. In fact, they beat out Golden Retrievers by a bit! Close to 2000 Pitt dogs were tested (combinining the Pitts and Staffordshire Terriers). I have always had retrievers but adopted a Pittie a couple years ago. The most lovable, sweet natured dog I have EVER had. We go to the dog park and every Pitt there is a sweetheart. By the way, I also suggest that folks ask their local vet about Pitts. I have never met a vet who didn’t love them. So stop the ignorance–Get educated and adopt a Pitt–You’ll be so happy that you did!

  96. emsnews

    A small dog’s nips hardly hurt. Other big dogs rarely bit and don’t have strong jaws.

    PIT BULLS, on the other hand, easily kill they were bred to kill bulls.

  97. This article is disgusting. I’ve known many pit bulls all of which have been the most gentle and loyal dogs to their owners and any guests. Second of all, pit bulls are portrayed as monsters in the news and media, however most dog attacks are blamed on pitbulls when they are in fact Mixbreed (no relation to a pit either). It’s good for headlines, when people read pitbull they become intrigued and the article gets attention.

    On a side note, it’s the most unprofessional thing for a fellow behaviourist to mock a world famous dog trainer. If you want to elevate yourself, do so, don’t try and bring others down to make yourself seem better.

    No dog breed is wild, dogs are domestic. You want to stop wild genes entering our domestic pools, aim it at the wolf-dog hybrids, not the family friendly pitbull. These dogs have enough hate as is, placing this stigma is unworthy. Also I’ve known Labradors who have attacked and harmed both dogs and humans. And they are voted the best family dog. And it isn’t uncommon for the family lab to attack either, dogs are animals. If they are trained wrong, brought up wrong, or if somewhere along the line one of the humans in the house messes up, the dog may very well attack. They’re predatory animals, they have an instinct to bite and kill. We have tried to remove this from our domestic pets, but we never truly will if we don’t respect the animals natural behaviour and instinct.

    Pit bulls are a strong breed of dog, which is certainly why if they attack they can be a problem, however, getting bitten by a German shepherd is equally as dangerous and equally as likely. And no, not because German shepherds are monsters or naturally aggressive. But because dogs have teeth, and there is always a possibility they can use them.

  98. Lou

    Elaine,

    via Yahoo News, which has so many Pitbull stories. I dont know why.

    a rescue.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/86f81613-a59a-37ba-b4b7-ea330a41ab51/ss_meet-the-first-official.html

  99. Turea Ana

    Stupid man….very stupid! I m a pitbull owner and what you say here is a big shit.. You only exposed the bad examples about this breed. What about niggas and another dangerous people like muslims or insane women that kill their babies or husband or something else? What about that parents who rapped their children? You know nothing about animals if you just train some like horses or shit. Animals are all animals and it’ s an art to learn training and understand them. Of course it s easy to work with a calm animal, but if you really understand animals it would also simple with a difficult breed if you try and try again. Is clear that you are a lunatic person, you are so weak that you can’t train a different dog like pitbull. Your words are based on some wrong or incomplete informations. That s why this breed is so blamed, because of people like you. That s why this planet is at the beggining of the end, because is lived by haters and bad persons like you. You must to teach others about education and goode things, not about hate and racism. If you were in my front, i shooted you with no regrets. I love animals, i hate people like you. And remind this: animals had no dark expression, you are just on drugs maybe..

  100. emsnews

    The foul tongues of pit bull owners always betrays them as inferior to their own dogs in manners.

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