Plantation Man Hacks Neighbor's Pit Bull to Death With a Machete

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A Plantation man hacked his mobile home neighbor's pit bull to death with a machete from Walmart and claimed self-defense.

According to Plantation Police, the man, Hilton Henry, 77, says the dog was attacking his cats before turning on him.

The dog's owner says the dog didn't deserve to be killed this way.

See also: New Times Article Helps Free 46 Trapped Pit Bulls

The 10-year-old pit bull, Bo, was apparently running loose throughout the Sunshine Ranches Mobile Home Park in Plantation on Monday when it wandered into the backyard of Henry's trailer.

Henry says Bo attacked cats that live underneath the trailer and then turned his sights on the man. Henry says Bo lunged at his leg.

Henry then pulled out a machete and swung at Bo twice, the fatal blow coming at the dog's throat.

"It's the cats or the dog," he told the Sun Sentinel. "I have to do something about it. I can't let him kill my cats. I got in front of him. He came at me. It's me or the dog. I got to stop him. I whacked him a couple times, and that was it."

Bo's owner, Mike Switz, found out about the attack Monday afternoon. He was able to collect Bo's body in a garbage bag and bury him in the family's backyard.

Switz, who had Bo since he was a pup, has had troubles with Henry in the past.

Back in April, Henry confronted the dog with a flashlight when it wandered into his backyard. Switz was given a verbal warning by police because the dog had been allowed to wander, according to a police report.

On Monday, a news crew from WSVN went to interview Switz when the camera caught a heated confrontation between the two men.

"You killed my dog," Switz yells at Henry over the fence that divides their trailer homes. "You took a machete to my dog's fucking head, you fucking lowlife."

"You better run, because I am going to kill you," Switz continued.

"He was killing my cats," Henry says back at the camera.

"You killed my fucking dog with a machete," Switz said, pointing at Henry. "I am going to come back with you."

"You're gonna kill me?" asked Henry.

"No, I'm not going to kill you, but you're going to pay."

"You're gonna kill me?"

"No, I am going to sue you."

"You're suing me?"

"I'm going to sue you."

"You just said you are going to kill me."

"No, I'm going to sue you. I am going to sue you for every penny you're worth. I will own this fucking trailer."

According to Fort Lauderale Police, Henry is not facing any charges because he killed the animal on his property and claimed self-defense.





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j.nodine
j.nodine

It is lazy, selfish, inconsiderate and neglectful to allow your dog to leave your property and roam freely through neighboring yards. Dog owners have the choice to engage in this practice, yet their neighbors have no choice but to deal with it when they do; they are forced to tolerate having a strange dog roaming through their property, and more often than not the dog is damaging their belongings, ruining landscaping, leaving piles of dog shit for them to pick up (or accidentally step in), terrorizing any cats they own, frightening their children and/or inciting their own dogs to become agitated by the wandering dog's invasion of their territory.  Citations and fines from local police do little to persuade these people to stop letting their dog run loose outside. 


I just LOVE how these irresponsible dog owners place 100% of their blame and anger on someone else when their dog (inevitably) winds up facing an untimely death while out wandering far outside the boundary of their owner's sight and supervision.  They don't seem to grasp the fact that if they had maintained supervision and control of their dog while it was outside, it would still be alive & well. This simple fact puts full responsibility for a dog's death under similar circumstances squarely on the owner. You wouldn't let your baby crawl around exploring the neighborhood alone - so why would you let your dog?  There are countless hazards for them to encounter out there!


I recently read a posting on Facebook written by a friend of a friend who's dog had just been hit and killed by a neighbor's car down the street from their house.   She was understandably distraught, but she was completely unwilling to accept any responsibility for her pet's demise.  She furiously blamed the driver of the car, who was talking on his cell phone (which isn't illegal in her state) and driving too fast (says she).  She referred to the dog as her beloved pet and carried on about how much she loved it and how broken-hearted her kids are now. It took a great deal of restraint for me not to make a comment stating the obvious:  if she loved the animal so much, then why would she endanger its life so often by letting it loose in her subdivision? I couldn't have been the only person thinking that. But all her friends just fed into her denial in their comments. I certainly didn't know her well enough to say my peace. Meanwhile, she never considered how the ordeal effected the poor guy who hit the dog...she automatically demonized him as if he drove away laughing maniacally, satisfied with his kill. But I'm quite sure he didn't feel or act that way.


I can only imagine how horrible it must be to hit and kill a dog with your car - a neighbor's pet no less. Any accidental motor vehicle collision means your plans for the day are shot. The collision impact  can potentially cause a good amount of damage to the car as well. The emotional trauma of seeing the animal's lifeless and possibly mangled body coupled with the stress of having to tell your neighbor the tragic news  (knowing they will now hate you forever) is enough to ruin anyone's day. Or week.              


If you own a dog, you have three choices:   maintain constant supervision when the dog is outside off-leash IN YOUR YARD, OR always keep the dog on a leash or lead when outside, OR put up a fence around your yard and keep your dog contained to your property that way.  If you don't want to or can't adopt one of these three options, find your dog a new home. Your neglect WILL cost him his life sooner or later, so at least love him enough to let him go.  

j.nodine
j.nodine

It is lazy, selfish, inconsiderate and neglectful to allow your dog to leave your property and roam freely through neighboring yards. Dog owners have the choice to engage in this practice, yet their neighbors have no choice but to deal with it when they do; they are forced to tolerate having a strange dog roaming through their property, and more often than not the dog is damaging their belongings, ruining landscaping, leaving piles of dog shit for them to pick up (or accidentally step in), terrorizing any cats they own, frightening their children and/or inciting their own dogs to become agitated by the wandering dog's invasion of their territory.  Citations and fines from local police do little to persuade these people to stop letting their dog run loose outside. 


 I just LOVE how these irresponsible dog owners place 100% of their blame and anger on someone else when their dog (inevitably) winds up facing an untimely death while out wandering far outside the boundary of their owner's sight and supervision.  They don't seem to grasp the fact that if they had maintained supervision and control of their dog while it was outside, it would still be alive & well. This simple fact puts full responsibility for a dog's death under similar circumstances squarely on the owner. You wouldn't let your baby crawl around exploring the neighborhood alone - so why would you let your dog?  There are countless hazards for them to encounter out there!


I recently read a posting on Facebook written by a friend of a friend who's dog had just been hit and killed by a neighbor's car down the street from their house.   She was understandably distraught, but she was completely unwilling to accept any responsibility for her pet's demise.  She furiously blamed the driver of the car, who was talking on his cell phone (which isn't illegal in her state) and driving too fast (says she).  She referred to the dog as her beloved pet and carried on about how much she loved it and how broken-hearted her kids are now. It took a great deal of restraint for me not to make a comment stating the obvious:  if she loved the animal so much, then why would she endanger its life so often by letting it loose in her subdivision? I couldn't have been the only person thinking that. But all her friends just fed into her denial in their comments. I certainly didn't know her well enough to say my peace. Meanwhile, she never considered how the ordeal effected the poor guy who hit the dog...she automatically demonized him as if he drove away laughing maniacally, satisfied with his kill. But I'm quite sure he didn't feel or act that way.


I can only imagine how horrible it must be to hit and kill a dog with your car - a neighbor's pet no less. Any accidental motor vehicle collision means your plans for the day are shot. The collision impact  can potentially cause a good amount of damage to the car as well. The emotional trauma of seeing the animal's lifeless and possibly mangled body coupled with the stress of having to tell your neighbor the tragic news  (knowing they will now hate you forever) is enough to ruin anyone's day. Or week.              


If you own a dog, you have three choices:   maintain constant supervision when the dog is outside off-leash IN YOUR YARD, OR always keep the dog on a leash or lead when outside, OR put up a fence around your yard and keep your dog contained to your property that way.  If you don't want to or can't adopt one of these three options, find your dog a new home. Your neglect WILL cost him his life sooner or later, so at least love him enough to let him go.  

mccartney_t_a
mccartney_t_a

31 People dead by dog attack in 2014

Pit bull type dogs killed 28 of them.
17 killed by pit bull type dogs of the 30 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 (17)
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. by a Bullmastiff
Raymane Camari Robinson, 2 years old, Killeen, TX by a Bullmastiff **
Mia Derouen, 4 years old, Houma, Louisiana **
Christopher Malone, 3 years old, Thornton, MS **
John Harvard, 5 year old, Riverside, AL **
Kassi Haith, 4 years old, Felton, Del.
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.
Holden William Garrison-10 weeks old, Springfield Township, MI **
Friends of family state that the dog is a Pit bull Mix a Catahoula Hound mixed with Pit Bull.
Logan Shepard, 4 years old, Riverview, Florida **
Jonathon Quarles Jr, 7 months old, Dayton, Ohio. **
Joel Chirieleison, 6 years old, Fanning Springs, FL **
Deriah Solem, 22 months, ST. Charles, Mo. **
Javon Dade, Jr, 4 years old, Goulds, FL **

Adult fatalities by pit bull type (10):
Christina Burleson, 43 years old, Houston, Texas. **
Klonda S. Richey, 57 years old, Dayton, Ohio. by two Bullmastiff's
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 **
Katie Morrison, 20-years old, Smiths Station, AL **
Rita Pepe, 93 years old, Branford, Conn by a rescued pit bull
Craig Sytsma, 46 years old, Metamora, Mich.2 cane corsos and Italian Pit bull type dog.
Cindy Whisman, 59 years old, Madison Township, Ohio **

That’s 90% 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
Nyhiem Wilfong, 1 year old, Caldwell County, N.C. by Rottweiler. **

89-year-old Annabell Martin, Corona, CA. by her grandson’s three Rottweilers.**

Non-bite fatalities:
Carlos Eligio Trevina – 54 y.o. – Idaho Falls ID ** – [Jan 9] – Died of a heart attack immediately after breaking up a fight between his seven pit bulls / pit mixes
*******************************************************************
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).

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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!

mccartney_t_a
mccartney_t_a

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!!!

mccartney_t_a
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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.

Darn Dino mommys

mccartney_t_a
mccartney_t_a

Recently Denmark made it's Ban on 13 pit bull type dogs permanent across the country.

Carroll County, Miss. recently enacted a pit bull Ban as well with all grandfathered pit bull type dogs having to be leaches, muzzled, kenneled with liability insurance.

Reynoldsburg, Ohio & Yakima WA both recently reaffirmed their pit bull type dog BSL Bans and kept them in place.!

FORT THOMAS, Ky, A 26 year ban on owning a pit bull in the city of Fort Thomas was kept in place Aug.4th after attempts to have it over turned were rejected by city council.

Over 700 Cities, Towns & 40 Counties in the US currently have BSL against pit bull type dogs as do over 40 other countries.

Country's, 
Cities, county's, Provinces, Military Services & Towns where Pit 
Bulls type Dogs are Banned or severely restricted:

http://www dot scribd dot com/doc/56495216/Estimated-U-S-Cities-Counties-States-and-Military-Facilities-with-Breed-Specific-Pit-Bull-Laws

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

**In 1993, the Netherlands banned pit bulls.

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

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

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

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

Cities that have laid down some sort of legislation:

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

mccartney_t_a
mccartney_t_a

30 People dead by dog attack in 2014

Pit bull type dogs killed 27 of them.
16 killed by pit bull type dogs of the 30 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)
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. by a Bullmastiff
Raymane Camari Robinson, 2 years old, Killeen, TX by a Bullmastiff **
Mia Derouen, 4 years old, Houma, Louisiana **
Christopher Malone, 3 years old, Thornton, MS **
John Harvard, 5 year old, Riverside, AL **
Kassi Haith, 4 years old, Felton, Del.
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.
Holden William Garrison-10 weeks old, Springfield Township, MI **
Friends of family state that the dog is a Pit bull Mix a Catahoula Hound mixed with Pit Bull.
Logan Shepard, 4 years old, Riverview, Florida **
Jonathon Quarles Jr, 7 months old, Dayton, Ohio. **
Joel Chirieleison, 6 years old, Fanning Springs, FL **
Deriah Solem, 22 months, ST. Charles, Mo. **

Adult fatalities by pit bull type (10):
Christina Burleson, 43 years old, Houston, Texas. **
Klonda S. Richey, 57 years old, Dayton, Ohio. by two Bullmastiff's
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 **
Katie Morrison, 20-years old, Smiths Station, AL **
Rita Pepe, 93 years old, Branford, Conn by a rescued pit bull
Craig Sytsma, 46 years old, Metamora, Mich.2 cane corsos and Italian Pit bull type dog.
Cindy Whisman, 59 years old, Madison Township, Ohio **

That’s 90% 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
Nyhiem Wilfong, 1 year old, Caldwell County, N.C. by Rottweiler. **

89-year-old Annabell Martin, Corona, CA. by her grandson’s three Rottweilers.**

Non-bite fatalities:
Carlos Eligio Trevina – 54 y.o. – Idaho Falls ID ** – [Jan 9] – Died of a heart attack immediately after breaking up a fight between his seven pit bulls / pit mixes
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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).

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The ASPCA says:

Can All Dogs Be Trained to Fight?

No. Much like herding dogs, trailing dogs and other breeds selected for particular roles, fighting dogs are born ready for the training that will prepare them to succeed in the pit, and are bred to have a high degree of dog aggression.

http://www.aspca.org/fight-cru...

The ASPCA has no obligation to share safety issues about pit bulls with the public. On their "Pit Bull Information" web page, they write: "Sadly, pit bulls have acquired a reputation as unpredictable, dangerous, and vicious." Yet, spelled out in the ASPCA Shelter Guidelines -- designed to protect shelter workers -- are the unique risks attributed to pit bulls. One of them is that they "attack without warning," which is equivalent to unpredictable behavior.

From the ASPCA's The Care of Pit Bulls in the Shelter Environment:

There are "cases of experienced handlers who had developed good relationships with the dogs over a period of months still being attacked without warning or obvious provocation."

Pit bulls "ignore signs of submission from other dogs" and "give no warning prior to attack." They add that this is "different than normal dog behavior."

"Today’s pit bulls" have multiple names including: "Staffordshire Terrier (AKC 1936), American Staffordshire Terrier (AKC 1972, Am Staff), American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier."

"These dogs can be aggressive towards humans and more likely to cause fatal attacks to people than other fighting type dogs."

"Pit bulls will climb fences, chew up stainless steel food and water bowls, destroy copper tubing of automatic water systems and conventional cages, and attack other animals through chain link fences."

"Pit bulls can break through conventional cage doors and destroy typical epoxy paint on the floors and walls."

"Pit bulls require special housing considerations" and "isolation from other animals if dog aggressive or have a high prey drive."

"Install a panic button in rooms housing pit bulls along with other restraint equipment in any room housing pit bulls."

It seems unlikely that the ASPCA or shelters participating in the "Adopt-A-Bull Contest" will tell potential adopters to install a panic button in their home or that pit bulls attack without warning.

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The following is a list of the top 10 dog breeds involved in dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada involving humans from September 1982 to December 31, 2013, based on a larger table compiled by Merritt Clifton, former editor of Animal People, an animal rights charity/news group. Clifton now is the editor of Animals 24-7.

A Bullmastiff is considered a pit bull type dog and a pit bull mix between a pit bull and a mastiff and is 40% pit bull.

Breed ****** Attacks doing bodily harm ****** Maimed ****** Deaths
1. Pit bull **********2792 ***********************677 **********263 
2. Rottweiler *******514 ************************294 **********81
3. Bull Mastiff ******105 ************************61 ***********15
4. German Shepherd 102 **********************63 ***********15
5. Wolf Hybrid ******85 *************************49 ***********19
6. Akita **************68 ************************50 ************8
7. Boxer *************62 ************************29 ************7
8. Chow *************58 ************************39 ************7
9. Pit bull/Rottweiler mix 50 ********************15 ************15
10.Labrador ********50 *************************39 ************3

The report states that the numbers are compiled from press accounts dating to 1982. It only includes attacks by dogs of clearly identified breed type or ancestry, as designated by animal control officers or others with evident expertise, which have been kept as pets. All accounts are cross-checked by date, location and identity of the victim, according to the report.

Attacks by police dogs, guard dogs and dogs trained specifically to fight are not included in the report.

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In ALL BSL's all existing pit bull type dogs are grandfathered in with restrictions to leash, muzzle, and S/N and in some cases kennel, signage, liability insurance until they die off naturally, only NEW pit bull type dogs are not allowed in.

In NO case are they put down or even forced to leave the community if they are a grandfathered in pit bull type dog.!

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

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Merritt Clifton Editor Of Animals24-7:

I have logged fatal & disfiguring dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada since September 1982.

Of the 4,886 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 3,352 (68%) were pit bulls; 551 were Rottweilers; 4,183 (85%) were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, bull mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes.

Of the 561 human fatalities, 296 were killed by pit bulls; 87 were killed by Rottweilers; 425 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 2,963 people who were disfigured, 2,051 (68%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 322 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,526 (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.

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 7% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

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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

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KEVIN COUTTS, Head Dog Ranger, Rotorua, New Zealand

There was concern among dog authorities about American pitbulls being allowed into New Zealand as they were dangerous, unpredictable animals, Mr Coutts said.

"A lot of people in this town get them because they are a staunch dog and they will fight. They are perceived as vicious ... It's frustrating they were ever allowed in the country ... we can't go back now though," Mr Coutts said.

COUTTS' comment on a pit car mauling

This sort of thing happens when people own this breed of dog and then don't look after them.

VICTORIA STILWELL, celebrity dog trainer

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

CESAR MILAN, celebrity dog trainer

"Yeah, but this is a different breed...the power that comes behind bull dog, pit bull, presa canario, the fighting breed - They have an extra boost, they can go into a zone, they don't feel the pain anymore. He is using the bulldog in him, which is way too powerful, so we have to 'make him dog' (I guess as in a "regular" dog) so we can actually create the limits.

So if you are trying to create submission in a fighting breed, it's not going to happen. They would rather die than surrender.". If you add pain, it only infuriates them..to them pain is that adrenaline rush, they are looking forward to that, they are addicted to it...

That's why they are such great fighters." Cesar goes on to say..."Especially with fighting breeds, you're going to have these explosions over and over because there's no limits in their brain."

GARRETT RUSSO, dog trainer

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

STEVE DUNO, dog trainer, pit bull owner

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

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

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

JEAN DONALDSON, dog trainer

Most commonly, she sees dogs with aggression problems. While she's a fierce opponent of "breed bans" like the proposed outlawing of pit bulls that San Francisco debated two years ago, she believes it's undeniable that some breeds are predisposed to violence.

Many breeds that were bred as guardians or fighting dogs were carefully designed to not like strangers, she says. She thinks it's disingenuous of breeders to further enhance this trait, and then expect owners to compensate with training.

ARLENE STERLING, Newaygo County, MI Chief Animal Control Officer

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

BOB KERRIDGE, New Zealand SPCA executive director

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

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

JIM CROSBY, pit bull hired gun

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

MELANIE PFEIFFER, veterinary assistant

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

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

DIANE JESSUP, Washington pit bull owner and expert

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

JOHN ROCKHOLT, South Carolina dogman

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

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

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

MARK PAULHUS, HSUS southeast regional coordinator

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

F.L. DANTZLER, HSUS director of field services

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

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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.

ANDREW ROWAN, PhD, Tufts Center for Animals

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

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

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

Jørn Våge, Tina B Bønsdorff, Ellen Arnet, Aage Tverdal and Frode Lingaas, Differential gene expression in brain tissues of aggressive and non-aggressive dogs

The domestic dog (Canis familiaris), with its more than 400 recognised breeds [1], displays great variation in behaviour phenotypes.

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

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

ALAN BECK, Sc.D

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

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

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

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

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

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

MERRITT CLIFTON, journalist, Animal People editor

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

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

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

STANLEY COREN, PhD

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

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

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

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


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Opinion: There is no need for pit bulls

By Dr. David A. Billmire June 29, 2014

Dr. Billmire is professor and director of the Division of Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

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

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

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

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

I recently gave a talk summarizing my 30 years of practice in pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery, and one segment was titled "Why I Hate Pit Bulls." I watched a child bleed to death one night in our operating room because a pit bull had torn his throat out. I have had to rebuild the skull of a child who had his ears and entire scalp torn off.

I am currently reconstructing the face of a child, half of whose face has been torn off down to the bone. I have had to rebuild noses, lips, eyelids, jaws and cheeks of numerous children. On older children, I have had to reconstruct legs and hands. The unfortunate young victim whose recent attack has initiated this discussion will bear the scars of this attack for the rest of her life.

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

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

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KENNETH PHILLIPS, Attorney for dog bite victims dogbitelaw dot com

In 2013, there have been 18 canine homicides of which 17 were committed by pit bulls or pit bull mixes. Our dogs are not killing us. Pit bulls are killing us.

And although pit bulls attack and kill strangers like Claudia Gallardo, 38 (killed by a pit bull in the front yard of its owner's house in Stockton, California) and Pamela Devitt, 63 (killed by 4 pit bulls running at large as she took a walk in Antelope Valley, California), the usual victims are our children, parents and guests.

I have come to believe that the modern pit bull should not be thought of as a dog at all. A dog is man’s best friend, but this is an animal that will kill the man, his wife, his children, his parents and the guests in his home. Clearly this is not man’s best friend; clearly it is not a “dog” in the sense that we think of a dog.

Charles Manson was anatomically a man, sociologically a neighbor, and legally a citizen, but he is spending his life behind bars because he was a deranged individual who orchestrated mayhem and murder. Just because pit bulls look like dogs, they do not have to be thought of like we think about dogs such as golden retrievers and Yorkshire terriers.

In almost all homicides carried out by pit bulls, the owners and neighbors express shock and disbelief because the animal never gave a sign that it wanted to kill anyone.

But to me, this is like a drunk driver expressing shock and disbelief that his car could kill. In both types of cases, a person made a choice to do something incredibly reckless, either by getting drunk or by getting the animal that makes headlines because of the frequency and brutality of its killing. We need to stop people from doing these reckless things.

Lawmakers have to stop listening to the nonsense about breed specific laws which is spouted by the owners of bully dogs like pit bulls. Since 2006 there have been 3 psychological studies which focused on the personality and behavioral traits of the owners of pit bulls and other high-risk breeds of dog.

A study published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence showed a link between ownership of high-risk dog breeds and deviant behaviors, crimes against children and domestic violence. Another study concluded that "vicious dog ownership may be a simple marker of broader social deviance."

A third study established that the owners of high-risk breeds of dog displayed more antisocial thinking styles, have an arrest history significantly higher than owners of other dogs, and engage in fighting to a significantly greater degree than other dog owners.

They also had higher levels of overall criminal thinking patterns to go with the actual criminal behavior. These people, who are fixated on the animals that kill, maim and terrorize, are not the people that a lawmaker needs in his camp. Reasonable people want fair laws that provide a solution to the obvious problems caused by pit bulls.
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KENNETH BAKER, Home Secretary, UK

"The intention of the Dangerous Dogs Act was to eliminate breeds like pit bulls in this country. For the first five years it worked very well, but as soon as the Government gave in to animal charities the whole thing was doomed.

There is no need for anyone to have these dogs, and to suggest that you can somehow educate the owners – well, I just don't think that's realistic if you look at who the owners are."
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DAVID PREMACK, PhD Psychology - 
comparative understanding of cognition and its understanding of the nature of animal and human minds
In my view, the first time a breed kills a child — without extreme provocation — the breed should be eliminated.

After all, there is no difficulty producing breeds that do not kill children. Indeed, breeds that do not kill children despite extreme provocation can be readily produced.
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PILAR WAGNAR, Allstate spokeswoman, Clearwater, FL

Allstate Insurance Co., one of the country's largest insurers won't insure new customers who own pit bulls.

Pit bulls have a higher-than-average tendency to be unpredictable and cause unprovoked attacks with serious injuries. They're basically lethal weapons. The liability exposure is unbelievable.

Owners of dobermans, German Shepherds, Rottweilers and other potentially dangerous dogs are not turned away by Allstate.
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KATE RINDY, co-author Pit Bulls Are Different, former HSUS employee and assistant to Randall Lockwood, former executive director of Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society

"Dog owners are naive about the dogs strength and stubborn character."
"People have Pits and do not understand the potential risk factor."
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PEGGY E. WARFLE, Manager Wake Society to Prevent Cruelty to Animal Shelters, Raleigh, NC.

"All Pit Bulls should be spayed and neutered" ..."That way we could do away with the breed, couldn't we? It wouldn't be a great loss to dogdom."
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BENJAMIN HART, professor emeritus at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and animal behaviorist

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

Hart said pit bulls are responsible for about 60 percent of dog attack fatalities each year, which is "way out of proportion" compared with other breeds. Pit bulls make up less than 5 percent of the American dog population.

"It's very poor policy to allow any child around a pit bull, in my mind, let alone climb on a dog."

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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

mccartney_t_a
mccartney_t_a

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.

mccartney_t_a
mccartney_t_a

Legal Experts and the Enemy of Humanity

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

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

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

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

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

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

DON BAUERMEISTER, Council Bluffs, IA prosecutor

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

KORY NELSON, Denver, CO City Attorney

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

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

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

BOB JOHNSTONE, Cincinnati, OH city attorney

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

JUDGE VICTOR E. BIANCHINI, San Diego, CA

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

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

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

mccartney_t_a
mccartney_t_a

From 1930 to 1960

when less than 1% of the dogs in the U.S. were sterilized & most 
still were allowed to run free, but far fewer than 1% were pit bulls, the U.S. 
had a grand total of 15 dog attack fatalities:

9 by pit bulls, 2 by Dobermans, four by unidentified mutts. 
The U.S. in 1960 had 611,000 total reported dog bites.

The numbers of bites dropped to 585,000 by 1966, then 
began a steady rise to 4.7 million plus.

The numbers of fatalities climbed to an average of about 10 per year by 
1990, when pit bulls were about 2% of the dog population, rose steadily for the next 15 years or so, consistently reached 20-plus by the end of the 20th century, as pit bulls reached 3% of the dog population, then soared into the mid-30's post-2010.

Pits & their close mixes are now between 5% and 6% of the dog population.

Among survivors, pit bulls are responsible for the most serious mauling's, and any 
insurance company will tell you that they cause the highest insurance claims as 
a pit bull attack is a sustained action that is repeated until someone or something stops the pit bull.

A bite is a one time action that doesn't need a police officer's intervention. 
Pet ownership is another issue.

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

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

Discrimination against pit bulls is not the problem. 
It is normal dogs that are discriminated against.

Denial of the rights of (non pit bull ) pet owners to safely enjoy, and love a pet is the issue.

Pit bull attacks on pets leave the pet owners (including children) feeling powerless, depressed, and anxious.

Some victims experience ongoing post traumatic stress disorder from witnessing pit bull attacks on pets.

Everyone has to make concessions and share the public space.

When the actions of pitbulls continue to cause harm and inhibit the safe use and enjoyment of pets, and public and private property, the pit bull dog and its owners are selfishly taking away the liberties of other human beings

mccartney_t_a
mccartney_t_a

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.

mccartney_t_a
mccartney_t_a

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.

mccartney_t_a
mccartney_t_a

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.

mccartney_t_a
mccartney_t_a

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

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

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

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

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

There are about 3.2 million pit bulls in the U.S. at any given time, according to the annual Animal24-7 surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption via online classified ads.

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

Nationally, 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 since 2010, including 58 by pit bulls, along with 22 fatal & disfiguring attacks by other shelter dogs, mostly Rottweilers & bull mastiffs.

Altogether, 33 U.S. shelter dogs have participated in killing people since 2010, including 24 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, and two Rottweilers.

The only dogs rehomed from U.S. shelters to kill anyone before 2000 were two wolf hybrids, rehomed in 1988 and 1989, respectively.

Neal Brady
Neal Brady

Dang that old guy really loves the feral cats living under his house.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

It all fits. Trailers, pit bull, machete, illiterate residents.
Perfect storm.

Dave Pazos
Dave Pazos

As a dog owner, I'm disappointed about what happened to the poor dog. However, the owner deserves to have legal action taken against him. Who just lets their dogs run wild through the neighborhood? This is how children and other animals get attacked and pit bulls get a bad name. There is no reason for a dog to have escaped the owner's property not just once but multiple times.

Lynne Dear
Lynne Dear

And the guy that killed the dog is still breathing??? interesting.

Cyn Der Rella
Cyn Der Rella

Why did they always let their dog run loose? It's obviously been an ongoing issue that finally got out of control. The poor dog suffered the consequences of his irresponsible owners.

sirius.1111
sirius.1111

@mccartney_t_a Most dog attacks are under reported unless it is a pit. I have 3 in my home. They are only dangerous if you consider being loved to death a crime. PIts have acquired an unfair reputation because of the violence of humanity, lack of respect for life. The American male, especially in the southern US, has ruined the pit's rep. Stupid, redneck mfs that want the baddest dog around. They are the problem and those that breed them for fighting I will see you all in hell one day. that is a promise. You don't abuse, or wrongly train a dog for nefarious reasons. This is the biggest problem Pits face. And, don't forget the steroids these dumbasses give the dogs to make them tougher and meaner. The steroids go thru 3 generations of puppies. Sick bastards. 

ephemera68
ephemera68

Awm, heck bud, this is the best news on pit bulls that has come out all week!!!  3 babies got mauled to death in the last 7 days and about 5 dogs that we know of.  Pit bulls responsible, per usual.

 So for me, this is divine retribution as well as cause for joyous celebration.  

We are going to have a block party to night, with a "machete" theme.    Someone found a pit bull  pinata   (freakin awesome isn't it??)  and I've filled it with cinnamon and cherry candies so when a machete hacks it open and the candy pours out, it will look like blood!!  

Since there  are more than a few machetes going to be brought, I sure hope the uninvited pit owner down the block manages to keep his pits secured behind his fence and on his property.  If they get out or he lets them out like he always does, .......  well,  you know the inevitable outcome and it will be the owners bad, all of it. Kept him on his own property, all would've been just fine.

mccartney_t_a
mccartney_t_a

@sirius.1111 @mccartney_t_a


“THERE IS A MEDIA CONSPIRACY AGAINST PIT BULLS”


The Myth:

There is an assumption that the media only reports pit bull incidents and fatalities.


The Reality:

The media reports incidents with all breeds. As recently as December 2013, the media reported the death of an infant cause by injuries sustained from an attack by two Shiba Inus. Pit bulls are in the media more because they are the most common offenders for severe attacks on animals and humans. Since 1982, pit bulls have accounted for 67% of dog attacks resulting in bodily harm. As pit bulls have become more popular as pets, this number has begun to rise.


The media merely reports news of an occurrence based on facts or observations given to them by witnesses and investigators. If anything, the media has a tendency to under-report the breed associated with the incident or attack due to lack of detail regarding the incident. Pit bull attacks have become so frequent in the U.S. today (one lost body part every 5.4 days and one fatality every 2 weeks) that many attacks never make it to the media. The occurrences that are reported in the news often get minimal coverage.  “Man bites dog is news, dog bites man is not.”

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