Pit Bulls Much Less Aggressive Than Other Breeds, Study Says

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Pit bulls not that dangerous, science says.

Amid growing alarm among Broward County's bureaucracies concerning the ownership of pit bulls -- and whether they should be banned -- scientific research offers a very different perspective on the animal.

According to a 2008 study, "Breed Differences in Canine Aggression," pit bulls are markedly less aggressive toward their owners when compared to other dogs. And the breed has displayed below-average levels of aggression when encountering strangers.

See also

- PHOTOS: Broward County's Most Adorable Pit Bulls

- Broward County May Ban Owning Pit Bulls

- Hollywood Asks State for Permission to Ban Pit Bulls

"There's no scientific evidence to indicate that one type of dog will bite more than another dog," said Donald Cleary, spokesperson of the National Canine Research Council. "In fact, pit bulls have tested less aggressive than other dogs."

According to the study, published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science:

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That notwithstanding, there has been an incipient push across Broward County to ban pit bull ownership. On Thursday, Barbara Sharief, vice mayor of the Broward Commission, called for the prohibition of pit bull ownership.

While it's unclear whether that's possible, considering state law says no local ordinance can ban dogs based on breed, Sharief says it may be important. (Miami-Dade's ban on pit bulls was grandfathered in 23 years ago.)

The City of Hollywood also said yesterday that it's lobbying the state to enact individual legislation to ban pit bulls -- just in case the city decides that's necessary.

"We're absolutely going to get backlash for this," Sharief said. "But we have more supporters than backlashers. And all I have to say to you is wait until it's your pet or your child that has been attacked. Those people have a totally different appreciation for the situation."

Although that may be true, Cleary said concern regarding pit bulls is exaggerated. Besides, he said, even if there were cause for alarm, it's unlikely the county or any governmental body could assuage risk.

"I'm not aware of a jurisdiction in the world in which regulating dogs by breed has reduced dog bites," Cleary said.

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clare0777clare01
clare0777clare01

Yes they have been attacks on meney by pittbulls but do people stop to think what that dog as gone through to do the horrible thing to eneyone more and more of those dogs are suffering at the hands of those people that raise them to be the beast not the animal chooses to be aggressive they are thought to be that way at the hands of those people that brings them up for their own personal gain but that as to be stopped people don't see what pittbulls go through when in the hands of those people the are abused beaten to be that way that's what people should be helping put that across to help those dogs and not juggin every other pittbull their is in the world  they have feelings to please help those dogs that is still out there getting this treatment and it needs to be stopped people should think there's outher breeds like a bullmastive breed can be dangerous to people aswell eney breeds of dogs can be dangerous if they are abused but those people that raised them that way should be assamed and put to justice sentenced for the animal been brought up to be that way and for the abuse the animal as to put with pittbulls are a Lovering loyal breed when brought up in a proper loveiny environment they are so loverble happy dogs they care so match for their owners that care for them 

susan61443
susan61443

I know this is old, but you do realize that the NCRC is a pit bull lobby think tank and their job is to pump out ginned up stats, misinformation, propaganda and "studies" showing that pit bulls are great animals in spite of the evidence against them, don't you? Find out who funds the NCRC and stop using them as a source. They get paid to keep pit bulls legal and plentiful. After all, if pit bulls were banned, how would dog breeders and fighters be able to stay in business. This is very shoddy reporting.

tahoenvy
tahoenvy

The only people that talk badly about Pitbulls are the ones that have never owned one or had any experience with them.  You are the type that believe everything you read on the internet (notoriously false) or that the media claims.  Pure ignorance is all your are spouting.  

fartinteddybear23
fartinteddybear23

I love how people automatically hate pit bulls due to things that have happened to other people... really you hate pit bulls because you neighbors son got bit, why is that?.. he shouldn't have been mocking the dog or throwing rocks at him... ive seen this stuff happen and you want to hate them for being provoked??, that's wrong @mom2cairns yes people get bit by pit bulls, this is true, but what about the little napoleon complexed rat dogs people want to own. They show more aggression than pits do... fact: you have more of a chance of being killed by a falling coconut than to be killed by a pit bull

scorchedearthpolitic
scorchedearthpolitic

Please be aware that the "research" that you cite was actually an internet survey.  It was forwarded by dog owners to other dog owners.  I got it from someone at my dog training club.  The "research" dealt with how the dog owner felt about his dog's temperament, not actual documented behaviors. You could fill in the survey on your own dog, on someone else's dog, or even on a dog that never existed.  You could clear cookies and fill out the survey as many times as you wanted.  To use this material in an attempt to sway public opinion is outrageous. Here is information that can't be ignored.  Since the first of this year eighteen Americans have been killed by dogs.  Sixteen of the dead were killed by pit bulls.    

mom2cairns
mom2cairns

Pit bulls killed seventeen people so far this year. Eleven of the seventeen dead are children. Remembering and mourning them again here:


Child fatalities by pit bull type dog:

Christian Gormanous - 4 yrs old.

Isaiah Aguilar - 2 yrs old.

Ryan Maxwell - 7 yrs old.

Dax Borchardt - 14 mos old.

Monica Laminack - 21 mos old.

Tyler Jett - 7 yrs old.

Jordyn Arndt - 4 yrs old.

Beau Rutlidge - 2 yrs old.

Ayden Evans- 5 yrs old.

Nephi Selu – 6 yrs old.Arianna Jolee Nerrbach – 5 yrs old.


Adult fatalities by pit bull type:

Betty Todd - 65 yrs old.

Elsie Grace - 91 yrs old.

Claudia Gallardo - 38 yrs old.

Pamela Devitt - 63 yrs old.

Carlton Freeman - 80 yrs old.

James Hardin - 62 yrs old

mom2cairns
mom2cairns

Not that I hold Cesar Milan in high regard... but even someone like him can be correct...


Here's what Cesar Millan said this about the pit bull type dogs:


“Yeah, but this is a different breed…the power that comes behind the bull dog, pit bull, presa canario, the fighting breed – They have an extra boost, they can go into a zone, they don’t feel the pain anymore. … So if you are trying to create submission in a fighting breed, it’s not going to happen. They would rather die than surrender. If you add pain, it only infuriates them…to them pain is that adrenaline rush, they are looking forward to that, they are addicted to it… That’s why they are such great fighters. Especially with fighting breeds, you’re going to have these explosions over and over because there’s no limits in their brain.”.

mom2cairns
mom2cairns

"That's Canine Racism!" 

A common tactic used by the pit bull industry to shut down any public safety discussion is throwing out the pit bull race card. The Pit Bull problem is an entirely man made creation which could be solved by breeding safer dogs in responsible numbers.

Instead, the breed community seems to be locked onto the blaming others and creating excuses for the situation they've created. Pit Bull attacks are always the fault of the owner or victim, and never caused by reckless breeding or the dog fighting industry.

Then the tone deaf advocates hide behind the excess pit bulls they created and blame society for the "Hate".... totally oblivious that the hatred is not toward these poor animals, but that it is aimed toward the grotesque and criminally irresponsible breed stewardship that they toil day and night to perpetuate.

Race Card Phenomenon:
Frederick Schauer, who teaches a course on the first amendment at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, was reading about some dog lovers who claimed ''canine racism'' in response to measures to curb attacks by pit bulls in New York City.

That particular race card, he said, was an extreme example of how society has become so obsessed with avoiding any stereotypes that it ignores reality.

Pit bulls are more aggressive than other breeds, he said, just as statistics show older people have slower reflexes than the young, and there are more bad drivers in Massachusetts than in Vermont. A fair number of generalizations, he insists, turn out to be accurate.

Let's explore reasons to hate the $Billion dollar a year tax free Pit Bull Industry:

I hate it when a kid is laying on the coroner's table.

I hate it when someone's Grandmother is poured into the life flight helicopter.

I hate it that dogfighters kill 250,000 pits a year...hell bent on engineering a better mauler.

Fatal dog attack, Rosie Humphreys.
I hate it when a nice lady and her dog are killed by a chain breaking pit bull and the owner gets a mere $150 ticket.

I hate it that the dog lobby is behaving as corruptly as the tobacco lobby in the 50's and 60's.

I hate it that Pit breeders pump out one Million excess dogs that the taxpayer has to euthanize....to top it off they don't pay taxes.

I hate it that only convicted felons seem to be able to properly identify Pit Bulls.

I Hate it when well intentioned Dog Safety Legislation is perverted into a Pit Bull Breeder's and Dog Fighters Bill Of Rights.

I hate the grotesque breed stewardship exerted by the Pit Bull community.

I hate when family members of Officers in a state Pit Bull club are busted trafficking fighting dogs.

I hate The Nanny Dog Lie.

I hate it that Law Enforcement is continually having to shoot these animals.

I hate it that the Animal Control Professions and Animal welfare Community have abandoned their public safety responsibility.

I hate it when a pit bull owner leaves a blind person and their injured service dog helpless.

I hate it when radicalized Humane orgs like the Toronto Humane Society spent in excess of $400,000 saving a Pit Bull that attacked on 4 separate occasions, yet this woman can't get plastic surgery:

Marie-Helene Tokar

I hate it that Pit Bull mauling victims have to hold bake sales and blood drives to pay medical costs, while some Pit Bull advocates live in 500K plus houses.

I hate it that nearly 130 Americans have been killed by Pit Bulls since the Vick Bust in 2007, yet they claim success.

I hate it that Michael Vick's Beagles have been erased from history.

I hate it that Pit Bull advocates show zero respect to their victims by not wearing black on Pit Bull Awareness day.

I hate it when the neighborhood Mail Carrier is put on the disability rolls.

I hate it when a neighborhood dog is ripped apart by a Pit Bull.

I hate it that Pit Bulls are approaching 500 world wide DBRFS yet their breeders insist they aren't human aggressive.

I don't mind it so much when a consenting adult pit bull owner is attacked by their own animal, but I do hate the first responder costs...just being honest!

Oh well...Hose the blood off the sidewalk and pump out another litter!


mom2cairns
mom2cairns

This 'story' was written by someone who knows NOTHING about how to read data!!! or even dogs for that matter.  And that is VERY old data... by the time it gets put into some chart, the data is about 4-5 years OLD... and the sad fact is that Pits have gotten WORSE and more aggressive since 2008.

I've doen rescue for over 50 years....AND 'aggression' is a way of WARNING OFF a potential danger for most dogs... they bare their teeth, curl the lip, have the moon eye and growl.  Pit Bulls do not do that regularly.  They attack WITHOUT warning or provocation... they were bred to do this...it's a 'good Pit' behavior.  They attack without a warning and latch on to the target and hold on until the target is dead or they are... then they go back to tail wagging and tongue (tongue) hanging out.  The universal comments of the bewildered owners goes like this:  "But he's never been aggressive before!! and HE SOOOO SWEEET"... and they go back to that behavior in seconds after they have killed your child, a relative or someone walking by.  Pit Bulls to not conform to NORMAL canine behavior so anything said about 'training', 'love', 'aggressive behaviors' that NORMAL DOGS do , simply do not apply to Pits and their mixes.


NOR should you confuse with number of bites with severity.... there should be some sort of severity scale associated with the bite in reports for a more accurate assessment of the problem. It IS a problem... a very decided PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM.  A high chair pinches 6 kids and they recall it.  12 children this year have been KILLED by Pit/Pit mixes and people go ho-hum or they blame the owners of the dogs and 1/2 of those dead children were killed by the 'family pet Pit'. I doubt that those parents RAISED and TRAINED their dog to kill their children...and the dogs were not puppies... they are mostly over 4 years old... one was 8 years.  Those families were lulled by the myth of the 'nanny dog' which even the dog associations finally admitted they invented in the 80s to cover their dog fighting activities.

lea_scorpio
lea_scorpio

I have 9 dogs 4 chihuahua's, 1 Jack Russel, 2 Pitbulls, 1 Great Dane x Neo Mastiff, and 1 Boxer x Mastiff. All eat, sleep, play go for walks together. The Pits, Great Dane x and the Boxer x bow down to the 5 little ones all the time. I have in the group 3 males and the rest are all females all desexed. I say to people all the time who ask which breed would I recommend to them for their kids NOT a chihuahua they are a one person dog and bond very quickly to that person. I also remind people that at no time should any child be left alone with a dog of any breed. We don't walk away and leave our children in the bath when they are little incase they drown but alot of people walk away and leave children unattended with dogs, and if the dog bites we only hear the childs side of the story how do we not know if the child poked the dog in the eye or hurt the dog in some way we don't and the dog is the one that pays with its life. We as parents need to teach our children how to be gentle with a dog and not pull their ears or poke their eyes and sit on them and bounce up and down on them all the time. Oh and to the person below who said about the pitbull who was sitting over his dead pregnant wife you must of missed the rest of that story the dog did not kill her it was proven the dog was sitting over her protecting her you need to read more. Oh and remember to join the site Help Save Pitbulls in Australia on facebook

futraders
futraders

So foolish is this.   A tiny dog may bite more often, say 10 times, but if a Pit Bull does it once, upon a childs face, that face is scared for life, or if it attacks another dog, the dog is dead.   Sure yap yap dogs can be a problem, but its not like a Pit Bull where you end up dead.   Talk to the guy in Half Moom bay who saw his dog sitting over his dead pregnant wife.....was she a bad owner?

sean.beatty
sean.beatty

This is bad writing. The author deliberately excluded the graphs showing that pittbulls had very high levels of dog:dog agression. 

The results showed that they had the 2nd highest level, behind akitas, of dog:dog agression of non-toy breeds, as well as high levels of non-fear based aggression (which is observed in toy breeds). 

tiamiss.tia
tiamiss.tia

@CthruU I understand why you have never had any breed of dog but pitbulls. They are so adorable and cuddly! Cutest little tiny eyes that sort of look like black marbles?? I want to get one so bad, but i live in an apartment so next year I plan to get a pittbull, a female. 

 I really resent the bad owners of pittbulls for letting them chew or break collars (which should have been made of stronger material) when someone walks on the sidewalk (in front of the dogs house which is technically not the homeowners property but a dog protecting his family does not know about property lines and he's only being a good nanny dog). Yes pittbulls were bred originally to be nanny dogs, which proves that they love children. Maybe not all children but all immediate family members  If a person is stupid enough to walk their small dogs basically in the front yard of dogs that are known for protecting their property and family, why should the dog be blamed for that?

My best friends little brother's friend was actually was one of those ignorant people and he now has the scars to remind him every day when he looks in the mirror. Their aunt would come every day to babysit when their mom was at work. She brought her dogs with her too. There was a fence in the backyard so they got to be outside or inside if they wanted. They are brother and sister pittbulls named lex and lucy.

I was actually sitting there when she told us not to tease the dogs or sneak up on them or play rough. So the dogs were minding their own business and lying down in the dining room just off the entry way. All of a sudden Vincent the friend of my friends brother, hit the front door and opend it really fast because he was playing and running from another little kid. This was definitely one thing she told us not to do and it scared the dogs so bad they thought Vince was an intruder and saw him as a threat so what else should they have done? They were reacting to a situation caused by a human. This was the first time they attacked anyone and they are usually so sweet gentle and playful. They are the sweetest dogs you have ever seen. 

So Vince had to get 88 stitches in his neck and head and his bottom lip and 24 on this hand.and his mom is trying to sue my friends mom but she was at work and didn't even know it happened until she got a call at work. It should be the fault of the kid and now these dogs have a bad name and reputation they don't deserve. I have 3 friends with pitts and they haven't bit people except one of them killed the neighbors cat but the cat was provoking it and got caught in a bad place one day that he couldn't get away in time.

Most people don't take the time to educate themselves on how to avoid getting attacked by dogs. any fool knows not to look a dog (any dog) in the eyes. They view this as a threat and might attack you. Or say for example your neighbor across the street has a pitbull that is a family pet for years, it might be a good idea to avoid using your front door at all. If you have an attached garage, use that door and just get into your car, problem solved! 

I love pittbulls too but I hate corgy dogs and also collies and weiner dogs, they are territorial and will attack without any warning. But pittbulls are the most gentle dogs you could ever want. All of them just need to be understood and not neglected. if you get a rescue pitt that was abused then be extra loving and

let him be a family dog. let him do what he loves to do and thats to protect his house and family, he will be loyal only to you and his family. Other people will not be able to scream at you or attack you either and thats worth a lot these days!

dancingdogblog
dancingdogblog

You don't have a dog problem, you have a dog owner problem. Let's put the blame where it belongs. Since when do we blame a pet for their actions? It's the fault of the owner--blame them. 

We once used our brains to correct the problem of dogs who viciously attacked people--they were killed by Animal Control. No one said "oh, it's a Husky, they are a terrible breed of dog because look at what this one did--and I heard about another 4 or 5 who bit someone too--maybe we need to kill them all" But that is the mentality of many people today. Tragic for dogs.

Listen to veterinarians, listen to science, not media hype or those with lynch-mob mentality, pitchforks and rope ready. Temperament tests show pit bull type dogs to be the most people friendly of dogs on the planet.

If dogs attack people, they need to be put down. ANY dog who viciously attacks a person, except in the defense of their owners life, needs to go--poodle, rottweiler, or lab. Is that so difficult? Who started this breed stuff anyway? Oh, wait, it was the media! They did the same thing to Boston Terriers a hundred years ago. Google it. Then look at all the horrendous loss of life, the thousands of pit bull type dogs that have been ripped from their families and killed by authorities for no cause other than the way they look. 

Shame on these legislators who call for breed bans. They should be relieved of their positions for being uneducated, ill-informed and incurious as to the truth of the matter.

tarasdarling
tarasdarling

Sure, go ahead, give up another right.  Let the government dictate what pet you can have.  Sheesh. 

renebesette
renebesette

I love CthruU and the words of wisdom. I am a great advocate for the breed and my son has had his girl since she was small. NEVER HAVE I SEEN HER AGGRESSIVE, not to children, other dogs, or people. She is a lovely dog and I love her dearly. I will always protest and sign petitions and do everything I can for any dog and any other animal. They were put on earth to be our companions and we have to treat them with love, dignity and take care of them, as you would anyone else in your family.

CthruU
CthruU

Man, its not hard to see why this subject is overlooked by so many people. When I see a few people on here arguing and going at each other spewing ignorance and petty comments like children, all I can say is 'its no wonder!' To stand here and say that people haven't been attacked by pit bulls and maimed or even killed, would obviously be a lie. But to take these few horrible acts and paint an entire breed with that brush is ignorant and wrong. Its a proven fact that at least 90% of all these stories in the media reported as Pit Bulls are misidentified. What is really sad is that there are people out there who do train their dogs to do these horrible things, and the fact that these dogs are strong and fast and very driven to please their owners makes them perfect candidates to be fighters. But to say that EVERY pit bull is dangerous is like saying that every black person is a gang banger. Or that every white person is a skin head. Its insulting to everyone. I have NEVER had any other breed of dog than a pit bull in my life. Over 34 yrs now and there has NEVER been an incident. I have raised a child around them, had them at family gatherings, even walked them around off leash at city parks around hundreds of people WITH NO PROBLEMS! The way the dog acts is 100% in accordance with how they are raised and trained. If you raise them with pain then they will know only pain and anger. If you raise them with love and socialization then they turn out to be great family pets and great ambassadors for the breed. The fact of the matter is this, there should be a test and a background check, a reference check and random check ups to be a pet owner. And that goes for ANY pet, not just Pit Bulls. Those same conditions should be met for parenthood too, maybe we would have less people out there that get off on seeing dogs tear each other to pieces so they can make money. Its not right that they make an animal do this, but they do. And Pit Bulls are built well for it, its true. Body builders are built the exact same way, but if u take away the steroids and put them through therapy then they become decent people. The same can be said (and has been proven by the Vick dogs) about dogs that have been fought before. NO DOG WANTS TO BE A FIGHTER. It takes a human to make them do it. As I write this I actually have a 95 pound Pit Bull laying on my lap, he's never hurt anyone, his sister has never hurt anyone, and because we know how to raise them they will always be good dogs. When they pass the world will be a grayer place, but we will find 2 more Pits on death row and we will help them become the dogs they want to be. Dogs are naturally people pleasers. Which is why they fight for them when told to. What they want is to sleep in a persons bed and become part of a family where they feel love. Where they have a little boy or girl to protect (which is where the Nanny Dog thing comes from). Where they get to go for walks and meet new people and other dogs that they can play with. If you ever watch wild dogs, they run in packs. There might be a scrap or two for dominance, but they NEVER fight to the death. The only time they EVER do that is when a person trains them to. They need the numbers in their pack so they can hunt more efficiently, so why would they kill each other just because they can? It doesn't make any sense. So when they're in a family setting, they know their place. They thrive as the family pet and protector. They are great dogs. They are villified in the media by ignorant people, misidentified, and lied about in order to make a headline. You never hear the true story about how a lady's pit bull refuses to go inside after a walk and shows her owner that there's an old confused lady that got lost in the woods huddled in the grass. Pit Bull saves senior citizen was the headline. But because it wasn't a child that was killed it didn't make national headlines. When you see a story on the TV do you ever ask yourself where that story came from? Do u ever ask yourself if they REALLY made the correct ID on the breed of dog? No. U don't. U hear "Pit Bull" and because of all the bad stories you chalk it up to being true. When really it was a Labrador/Boxer mix. But it "looked" like a pit bull so that means it was. Statistically you're more likely to be struck by lightning than to be attacked by a dog. So before you automatically believe what you're told next time like a good little lemming, maybe do a little research. In case u haven't noticed, the people on the news aren't very smart. They all just read whatever is put in front of them. And most of the time its what someone else reported, they just never do any fact checking. Look at the Boston bombing for instance. The Washington Post reported that 2 dark skinned men were in custody when they didn't even have any suspects yet. And b/c they reported that everyone just jumped on the story and ran with it. I know this is a long comment, but everything in it is true. And if you've made it this far congrats, you have the common sense that most don't. You just read the truth, not a bunch of bullshit and lies.

CthruU
CthruU

Man, its not hard to see why this subject is overlooked by so many people. When I see a few people on here arguing and going at each other spewing ignorance and petty comments like children, all I can say is 'its no wonder!' To stand here and say that people haven't been attacked by pit bulls and maimed or even killed, would obviously be a lie. But to take these few horrible acts and paint an entire breed with that brush is ignorant and wrong. Its a proven fact that at least 90% of all these stories in the media reported as Pit Bulls are misidentified. What is really sad is that there are people out there who do train their dogs to do these horrible things, and the fact that these dogs are strong and fast and very driven to please their owners makes them perfect candidates to be fighters. But to say that EVERY pit bull is dangerous is like saying that every black person is a gang banger. Or that every white person is a skin head. Its insulting to everyone. I have NEVER had any other breed of dog than a pit bull in my life. Over 34 yrs now and there has NEVER been an incident. I have raised a child around them, had them at family gatherings, even walked them around off leash at city parks around hundreds of people WITH NO PROBLEMS! The way the dog acts is 100% in accordance with how they are raised and trained. If you raise them with pain then they will know only pain and anger. If you raise them with love and socialization then they turn out to be great family pets and great ambassadors for the breed. The fact of the matter is this, there should be a test and a background check, a reference check and random check ups to be a pet owner. And that goes for ANY pet, not just Pit Bulls. Those same conditions should be met for parenthood too, maybe we would have less people out there that get off on seeing dogs tear each other to pieces so they can make money. Its not right that they make an animal do this, but they do. And Pit Bulls are built well for it, its true. Body builders are built the exact same way, but if u take away the steroids and put them through therapy then they become decent people. The same can be said (and has been proven by the Vick dogs) about dogs that have been fought before. NO DOG WANTS TO BE A FIGHTER. It takes a human to make them do it. As I write this I actually have a 95 pound Pit Bull laying on my lap, he's never hurt anyone, his sister has never hurt anyone, and because we know how to raise them they will always be good dogs. When they pass the world will be a grayer place, but we will find 2 more Pits on death row and we will help them become the dogs they want to be. Dogs are naturally people pleasers. Which is why they fight for them when told to. What they want is to sleep in a persons bed and become part of a family where they feel love. Where they have a little boy or girl to protect (which is where the Nanny Dog thing comes from). Where they get to go for walks and meet new people and other dogs that they can play with. If you ever watch wild dogs, they run in packs. There might be a scrap or two for dominance, but they NEVER fight to the death. The only time they EVER do that is when a person trains them to. They need the numbers in their pack so they can hunt more efficiently, so why would they kill each other just because they can? It doesn't make any sense. So when they're in a family setting, they know their place. They thrive as the family pet and protector. They are great dogs. They are villified in the media by ignorant people, misidentified, and lied about in order to make a headline. You never hear the true story about how a lady's pit bull refuses to go inside after a walk and shows her owner that there's an old confused lady that got lost in the woods huddled in the grass. Pit Bull saves senior citizen was the headline. But because it wasn't a child that was killed it didn't make national headlines. When you see a story on the TV do you ever ask yourself where that story came from? Do u ever ask yourself if they REALLY made the correct ID on the breed of dog? No. U don't. U hear "Pit Bull" and because of all the bad stories you chalk it up to being true. When really it was a Labrador/Boxer mix. But it "looked" like a pit bull so that means it was. Statistically you're more likely to be struck by lightning than to be attacked by a dog. So before you automatically believe what you're told next time like a good little lemming, maybe do a little research. In case u haven't noticed, the people on the news aren't very smart. They all just read whatever is put in front of them. And most of the time its what someone else reported, they just never do any fact checking. Look at the Boston bombing for instance. The Washington Post reported that 2 dark skinned men were in custody when they didn't even have any suspects yet. And b/c they reported that everyone just jumped on the story and ran with it. I know this is a long comment, but everything in it is true. And if you've made it this far congrats, you have the common sense that most don't. You just read the truth, not a bunch of bullshit and lies.

anne.chovie
anne.chovie

Pit bulls are so amazingly kind, cuddly, loving, loyal, and wonderful.

I love them!

:)

baker1017
baker1017

Many of the pit advocates on these news stories blaming the victims or the family of the victim are the same people saying this is the nanny dog and taking pictures of their children with these dogs.Is it that easy to talk out of both sides of the mouth. Yes I understand a parents responsibility to watch and protect children. I also see no reason to have pets that kill children.Tell Me what these dogs are protecting when they kill Toddlers and their 91 year old owner !!!

baker1017
baker1017

Pit Bulls are being shot and killed on a regular basis these days in order to protect law enforcement, the public or even livestock. What kind of pet have these people bred that leaves Our Children, loved ones and normal pets or livestock in such danger? We must have a weapon and plan to protect against these dangerous dogs just for normal day activities . Its not like We are on a african safari when Grandma walks to the mail box or Our children are just playing in the yard . Many of these Pit Bull advocates act as though they are entitled to a right that endangers the public. If You want to give these dangerous dogs the same rights as humans that can be Your personal choice get off the computer and move into the dog house !!

baker1017
baker1017

Is it unfair to say retrievers were created to retrieve ducks and generally will like the water? Is it unfair to say pointers will generally point regardless if they are ever hunted with or trained in that capacity? We all know that not all retrievers will actually pan out as hunting dogs, nor will all pointers, and likewise not all pits will make good fighters. Why must we have all have to include a statement that not all pits are aggressive with people?! It does not have to be said, its common sense, yet we are called haters over this.Pit Bulls just do what they have been bred to do. Its no surprise when they kill or maul.

baker1017
baker1017

Another fatal dog attack this time a 7 yr old boy. This year in a span of only 54 day there has been 5 fatal dog attacks in the US. In every one of these horrific deaths one breed of dog has been the Killer. The Pit bull type dog has killed 5 times this year already. This averages out to 1 death every 11 days. So far this year 3 children under the age of 8 have died and 2 seniors have also died from pit bull attacks. These dogs are not guarding or protecting while they kill small children and members of their own family. These dogs are doing what they have been bred to do KILL . How long will the pit lobby make excuses and play name games along with their smear campaigns ? This is enough !! This is not Ok !!

noah.huggins
noah.huggins

Awww looks likme you have blocked the page where you write abou tyour 15 year heroin and opiate IV addiction (that was written on a heroin detox site 7 years ago) and you are still using, though now I think you have switched ove to methamphetamines haven you lil life long druggie! Hmmmmm why did you remove thart info? what afraid people would see you for who and what you really are?? Low life scumbag addict loser!

Doghero
Doghero

@tahoenvy Or people who had them but had no idea how to take care of a goldfish. and got a pitbull.

Doghero
Doghero

@scorchedearthpolitic  How many were american pitbull terriers or amstaffs or staffies. Also how many proven unprovoked. and how many real tests that prove pitbulls are more dangerous.  also where is the testing to prove they were pitbulls in the attacks. Also there is no accurate way to say how dangerous a breed is  because of breed misidenification  and that there is no accurate way to know how many pitbulls there are to see what percent attack to show how they are dangerous.

Doghero
Doghero

@mom2cairns  So like all pro bsl people all you have is emotional sob stories that are not backed up by facts. And statements by people who know little to nothing about dogs. so why don't you show some sources for your accusations. Don't try calling me a pitbull apologist or pit nutter. because once you use that your argument is invalid.  

Doghero
Doghero

@mom2cairns  What is a "pitbull type dog" or at least what do you think it is.

belle.chapman.94
belle.chapman.94

@mom2cairns  First off, Cesar Millan is a joke. Also, his quote says that "they don't feel pain anymore" when they get into fights. However he also states that "if you add pain, it only infuriates them...to them pain is an adrenaline rush" so which one is it Cesar, when pit bulls are in the "zone" do they feel pain or not? The truth is that pit bulls have a higher tolerance to pain than other breeds, but THAT is one reason why pit bulls are so great with kids, they can be sat on, have their ears pulled, be poked in the face, and the dog won't do a thing.

belle.chapman.94
belle.chapman.94

@mom2cairns  "I hate it when a neighborhood dog is ripped apart by a Pit Bull." Really? Well let me tell you about my trip to the vet 2 days ago. I was there with my tiny 7lb dog. Then this couple comes in with a ginormus pit bull that weighed 106lbs. As they got close to me and my dog, the woman told me that it's okay he won't bite. My response was that I'm not worried about your dog attacking mine, I'm worried about mine attacking yours. We talked some more and she told me about an incident involving her neighbor's tiny dog getting loose. The tiny dog viciously attacked her giant pit bull, he had cuts and bites and open wounds all over his two front legs. Want to know the pit's reaction? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. He just stood there and let the tiny little dog attack him. The little dog was reported to animal control and they did nothing, however, if the pit had even growled at the little dog that was attacking him, he would be called a dangerous animal and put to sleep. Also, about the nanny dog comment, just look at old movies like the little rascals. Those kids' dog was, guess what, a pit bull! Plus, don't you know that pit bulls were our country's mascot during WWI? They were all over recruitment posters. Look it up.

fartinteddybear23
fartinteddybear23

@mom2cairns oh you hate that they don't wear black, how judgmental " I don't mind it so much when a consenting adult pit bull owner is attacked by their own animal, but I do hate the first responder costs...just being honest!" really ... you comment saying you want justice for pit victims yet you're wishing it upon someone  

Doghero
Doghero

@mom2cairns  Once again people like you show ignorance First Raising and training means teaching the dog rules and limits and obedience. while understanding dog body language and behavior.  along with providing dogs all their needs.  Also pitbulls were not bred for human aggression. 

renebesette
renebesette

@CthruU   I share your love of pit bulls, my son has one and I am an advocate for the breed. My son's dog is silly, sweet, charming and affectionate and my son loves her dearly. You made very good points that I agree with. People are lemmings and do not think for themselves. They believe the hype even though it is not true. I fight for pit bulls, I will sign anything to help people keep theirs or to try and bring them home. I do it for them as much as I would any other animal being hurt, discriminated against or abused. Thank you

FabulousCharlie
FabulousCharlie

@baker1017 Yes, if it is a case of a 2 year old being outside unsupervised...yep, parental negligence. If it is a case of a daughter and grandfather forcing their child to visit a house where she is afraid of the dog, yep....negligence. Ooooooh...a few hours in jail is so scary compared to a child being disfigured for life. Wanker. LOL!

GroomerGirl
GroomerGirl

@baker1017 It is my right to own whatever dog I want, just like it's my right to own a gun or a car - both of which can also be misused/mistreated like a Pit Bull "type" dog. My dog hasn't harmed anyone (including children, livestock or other pets) because I teach my dog responsibly.

FabulousCharlie
FabulousCharlie

@baker1017 What is regular basis? What OTHER breeds have been shot in the same time period? Did you read where you got this "fact", make it up, or just cut/paste someone else's work because you cannot read or write yourself?

FabulousCharlie
FabulousCharlie

@baker1017 Maryland disagrees with your cut/paste. Lawmakers voted UNANIMOUSLY to overturn Solesky v. Tracey....which overturns the notion that PB's are "inherently dangerous." Also means Solesky may be responsible to repay his ill gotten money. Couldn't happen to a better scamming douchebag in my opinion. Next.....

FabulousCharlie
FabulousCharlie

@baker1017 You already cut/pasted this same stuff earlier in the thread. Nobody reads cut/paste anyway...did you think reposting would change that? Hey Baker...How many times have you failed to keep your grand daughter safe so far this year? 

noah.huggins
noah.huggins

he Jone Felosi I can also post the rest of your mile long criminal history and record if you like. showin gthe assault charge, terroristice threat charge, your history of being a skin head racist, charges for writng worthless checks, arrests for driving while under the influence of narcotics and it goes on and one. Keep lyin gabout me and I will post your complete criminal history for all to see scumbag. You cant prove what you are saying about me but I can surely prove what i am saying about you :-)

scorchedearthpolitic
scorchedearthpolitic

@FabulousCharlie @baker1017 The law in Maryland still stands, you are incorrect.  It is obscene to libel the parents and grand parents of child victims.  How many times might you feel is appropriate to victimize a family?  

noah.huggins
noah.huggins

@FabulousCharlie @noah.huggins yeah the one "victim" he cares nothing abut yet states pit bull owners do not care about victims of pit attacks, when we care about all dog attack victims regardless of breed. Just another low life POS wasting oxygen in this world but by looking at his latest pics and seeing how he has lost over 100 pounds in less than 6 months shows me he is heavily on stimulant narcotics and will most likely be dead of an overdose or heart failure very soon.

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