Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Poor public safety decisions by those who should know better.

Before we get back to the Ohio Pibble March, and beat through the backlog of Ohio pit bull attacks, let's take a look at some current events and some events that are not so current but pointed out serious problems.  Pit bull advocacy does not see these problems and people die.  This post will wander a bit but I promise, it will end in Ohio.

In February of 2014 the Courier (Findlay, Hancock County, Northwestern Ohio) published an article titled Volunteer seriously injured, Humane Society sets new safety rules.  The Hancock County Humane Society added safety protocols after a volunteer was seriously injured by a pit bull mix.  The shelter director, Paula Krugh minimized the attack by stating  “He really didn’t attack her. He just kind of decided to turn her into the chew toy.” Krugh said the injuries were serious enough that the volunteer had to seek medical attention. The dog, which was on the adoption floor, was euthanized and a rabies test was conducted on the remains. The test was negative.
 "Decided to turn her into a chew toy?"

Krugh went on to say that the staff "felt defeated" by this event, "the volunteer really loved this dog."
The Hancock County Humane Society has 30 to 50 volunteers at the shelter on any given day and all have received safety training and each has signed a liability waiver form in the event of injury to the volunteer.  The liability waiver forms appear to be convenient for the shelter, three volunteers were bitten by dogs at the shelter in the previous year, all by pit bull dogs.  Only one of the biters was euthanized, the others were adopted out to families?  This significant detail is not explained within the article and is the point of this post.  

Some dates are pertinent here, the article was written in February of 2014, the previous year time frame takes us back to Feb of 2013.  Ohio law was changed by HB 14 in the spring of 2012, freeing shelters that had previously euthanized pit bulls to promote these dogs as family pets and send them off with unsuspecting families.  It did not take long for the failure of HB 14 to become evident.

The new shelter safety protocols at the Hancock County Humane Society include panic buttons, additional cameras, and a buddy system for volunteers.  These protocols sound exactly like the protocols in a power-point done by the ASPCA for the purpose of protecting shelter volunteers from serious injury, and the shelters from serious liability issues.  Please click here to read the power-point program titled The Care of Pit Bulls in the Shelter Environment, you can read the whole thing but please focus on pages 8 through 11. The ASPCA did not share these warnings with the public but have presented this material in hopes of protecting shelters from liability in the case of pit bull attacks upon shelter volunteers.

The Hancock County Humane Society is also not being completely honest with the public.  Looking at the photographs of dogs available for adoption we find at least 18 of the 42 available dogs appear to be pit bulls.  Most have only photographs but a few have the classic shelter bios.  We have Cashmere, in the shelter for 1621 days on the day the photo was taken.  A quote from the shelter's bio for Cashmere,"Living in the shelter is just too stressful for me. I hated being behind bars like I was a criminal. Once outside the kennel, I became the happy girl I was meant to be. I also have learned that I do not want to share my affection with other 4-legged pets. I need to know I am the only dog in my owner's heart and home. I also need an owner who is patient, understanding and knows how to give positive reinforcement to good behavior. A harsh, strict disciplinarian will only make me tense and afraid. Hey, I may be an out-door-lover but I am still sensitive!
Translation, she is animal aggressive as hell, reactive, and you must be 21 years old to adopt this mauler.

We have Gunner, Johnson Type American Bulldog. In the shelter for 186 days at the time the photo was made.  Here is part of Gunner's bio " My family and I just didn't seem right for each other. I am not the type of guy that likes to spend hours by myself. I am a people person! So being bored is sheer torture for me. Also, I really do not like other animals. At all. Under any circumstance. Ever. No kidding. End of story.  Obviously, I do not think of myself as a dog and I have never met an animal I like. But people are my aces in my book! 
Translation, Gunner is wildly animal aggressive and likely wildly destructive in the home.  Kiss your couch goodbye, your neighbors as well.  When Gunner gets out and kills the neighbor's Poodle police will be called.  The shelter is not requiring an over 21 adopter for Gunner.  Poor planning here.

Here is Hercules, here is a quote "Smart, funny and full of personality Hercules has one request. He must live in a home without smaller animals. He has a naturally high prey drive and looks upon small dogs and cats as something to chase and capture! Dogs his own size or larger are just fine with Hercules."  You must be 21 to adopt Hercules.
Translation, Hercules will kill the neighbor's cats and dogs.  Get used to police knocking on your front door.

How about Oliver, in the shelter for 485 days.  "I do have an abundance of confidence and may try to assert my authority on folks who are unfamiliar with bully breed dogs. I like to be the "top dog" when I meet new canines. That is why it will be important to do a thorough test visit with your current dog(s) to make sure we all get along. I'd be happy to be the only dog as well. I do not like cats one little bit!  You have to be 21 to adopt me and I will be best suited to an active home with kids older than 14.
Translation, again, cat killer and likely any to kill any available dogs as well, don't get confident that your children will be safe either.

Rizzo is a recidivist, the shelter has labeled her a "Shepherd/Terrier but is write up indicates the 21 years old requirement for adopters, they know this is a pit bull mix.  " I am 3 years old and familiar with this shelter life. I was picked up in Potter's Bridge Park in the spring 2013 and was adopted in September. My family really loves me a lot and I love them. However, I cannot live with cats. I was surrendered to the HSHC June 2015. 
Translation, too many pit bulls on the list so we will just make something up for Rizzo's breed.  Rizzo is a cat killer and the family chose peace and safety in the home over this mauler.  Smart.

Would you like to look at Ruben?  In the shelter for 503 days, here is part of the bio "Here are some facts about me: 
o I am strong.
o I love people.
o I need to be the only pet in your family.
o I am house-broken.
o I know how to walk on leash.
o I know the commands sit and stay. 
o I am working on my manners and obedience but overall I am friendly, sociable, tolerant, happy and curious.
o I can get pretty worked up and excited when playing so I need kids 10 and older who can handle my strength and energy.
So in conclusion, I need an active family who will give me plenty of exercise, long walks and playtime with toys and tennis balls.
Because I was what they call "a stray" nobody knows much about my past. But I am very hopeful about my future! 
You must be 21 to adopt me.Have good insurance and feel lucky?  Ruben might be just the dog for you, but God help your neighbors.

But I have digressed.  After you have read through the ASPCA's material on pit bulls in shelters you might read material put out by the AVMA Professional Liability Trust with the same goal, protect kennel workers from violent dog attacks.  Pretty much every possible scenario in the book is illustrated by an actual pit bull attack.  Click here to read the Does and Don'ts Concerning Vicious Dogs.  This book was done in 1993, before the AVMA sold out to pit bull advocacy.  For an impressive list of attacks, and fatal maulings by rescued pit bulls please click here.  Please note that there are live links on each story to actual news sources, the NCRC does not cover these attacks so pit bull advocates have apparently missed them.

So, Hancock County is experiencing a pit bull problem, and this is just inside the shelter where presumably trained staff is caring for the dogs.  Lets look at what is happening in the communities of Butler County Ohio.   In July of 2014 the Journal-News ran a story with the title "Recent pit bull attacks raise about breed, dog laws." This quote comes from the Journal-News "No doubt, pit bulls and mixed breeds with the pit bull’s traits are popular in Butler County, according to Deputy Dog Warden Supervisor Kurt Merbs.  “Eight out of 10 dogs I pick up are pit bulls.” 
Pit bulls keep dog warden Kurt Merbs very busy.  Last year Merbs called to the scene of a fatal attack by a family pit bull upon the mother of the dog owner.

 In August 2014 Merbs was called to investigate an attack by a pit bull upon a 67 year old woman while she was peacefully walking in her own neighborhood.   Merbs said the dog in question was a pit bull.  “Oh yes, there’s no doubt,” Merbs said of the breed of the dog.
It is refreshing to find a dog warden who is competent enough to freely identify a pit bull. At this point it should be noted that the attack upon the 67 year old woman was not the first attack for this particular pit bull.  Merbs says he responded to an incident two years ago where Sapp's pit bull attacked a woman as she walked her dog on Grand Boulevard in Hamilton. He was reportedly charged for that incident as well.
The two year time frame brings us to a few months after HB 14 was passed, why wasn't this dog declared dangerous and removed from the community?  HB 14 was sold to Ohio legislators as the way to "finally give dog wardens the tools to deal with dangerous dogs."  Why wasn't this one dealt with at the time?  

Merbs was also the spokesperson dealing with an attack upon a Black Labrador by a pit bull that ripped the Lab's ear off.  What action was taken against the pit bull owner?  The same pit bull was running loose two weeks later requiring two dog wardens and two police officers to round up this two time offender, taken to a local shelter this time. Hopefully this dog was not returned to the owner.

This quote comes from the Dayton Daily news August 8 2014 “Almost every call I did (Thursday) was for a pit bull,” he said.  Merbs added that for first-time dog owners, he would not recommend any breed of pit bulls.
News reports dated July 7, 2015 show that pit bulls remain a problem in Butler County.  Merbs is interviewed by WCPO Cincinnati regarding the case of a pit bull that severely injured a nine year old girl, was ordered into a 10 day home quarantine and, in a classic move, was trafficked to an unknown location before the 10 day quarantine was complete.  The child will have to undergo rabies treatment if he dog can't be located.

Pit bulls in Montgomery County?  Please type Montgomery County, Dayton, or Mark Kumpf into the site search box.  You will be here all day.  I am MILES behind on the Ohio Pit Bull Roundup as well.  Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging but look forward to MANY more pit bull stories soon.  Pit bulls are a huge problem in Ohio but still pit bull advocates hope to talk Ohio voters into throwing away their home rule rights to regulate pit bulls via an amendment to the Ohio Constitution to prohibit any community from passing or enforcing BSL.

Pit bulls in the Greater Cleveland area?  Please read the Greater Cleveland Pit Bull Roundup post.

Moving on to current events, extreme pit bull advocacy, the Animal Farm Foundation, has decided to solve the problem of pit bull attacks by hiding the breed when pushing pit bulls out of shelters rather than making any attempt to solve the problem.  Here is how they do it, check out Labels and Language on the AFF website.  Please note that the motto for the AFF is "Securing equal treatment and opportunity for "pit bull" dogs" but the AFF has decided that we shall call these animals "American Shelter Dogs" in the future "since “pit bull” is not a breed of dog recognized by any kennel clubs and there is no agreed upon definition for what a “pit bull” is, it is impossible to apply breed traits to this genetically incoherent group of dogs."

They want equal treatment and opportunity for dogs that they can't define or identify?  Is there a support group for those who might search for leprechauns or unicorns?

What is the result of mindless support for dogs that are irresponsibly bred, irresponsibly owned, dumped wholesale into tax supported shelters?  Death, death is the result.

Ashville North Carolina, already partnered with the wildly pro pit bull Best Friends Animal Society, proudly announced in June that it was  joining forces with Deirdre Franklin of  Pinups for Pit Bulls to run a pit bull advocacy and education event.

  Image result for pitbulls and pinups
Ms Franklin and friends.

Here is a link to a group of photos of Pit Bulls and Pinups.  Serious public policy makers?   I have googled Ms. Franklin's "What is BSL and Can it Keep Us Safe" talk and find broken links and cancelled events, nothing on the actual speech.  

We don't know how many attended or how many pit bulls were placed but we do know that after the Project Pit Bull campaign kickoff the Asheville Humane Society went into overdrive with pit bull adoptions.  One of the pit bulls placed during the frenzy at the Asheville Humane Society killed Joshua Strother just two weeks after the pit bull was placed with Joshua's neighbors.   This was not the first aggressive pit bull placed by the Ashville Shelter.  A comment was posted by a woman who had adopted a pit bull from the very same shelter and returned it in less than 24 hours because it attacked her son.

What was the response from Ashville officials after a child was mauled to death and another was injured by pit bulls placed by the municipal shelter?  Glad you asked!  Pit bull placements were put on hold until procedures were reviewed but it was decided that "it's all good, carry on as usual."  For more on this disgraceful episode please read the posts at DogsBite.org  and Animals 24/7.  More information on the mauling death of Joshua Strother is available here.  For excuses offered by Pinups and Pit Bulls please click here. For an after-the-fact review of the placement of the pit bull that killed Joshua Strother please click here.   For a revealing look inside the shelter handling of pit bulls please click here.

What does any of this have to do with Ohio?  Glad you asked!  Here is a plea for rescue of a pit bull that was housed at the Franklin County Shelter.

74016: “Zack” 1 year 1 month old neutered and chipped male Pit Bull mix. He has been here since March 9, which is over well over 100 days in the shelter. He has now been pulled off of the adoption floor due to notes about his behavior. In June, our vet examined him to check a patch of hair loss on his head and wrote: Examined area of hair loss on head. Appears to be a healing scab. No active bleeding or signs of infection. No treatment needed at this time. When I bent down to look at and palpate wound he growled and lunged at my face. This interaction was likely perceived as threatening to Zack but his reaction is concerning in case someone, especially a child, were to bend over him and pet his head. This dog is a feature dog and has been in the shelter since 3/5/15. He is likely understimulated and frustrated from being in the shelter for such a long period of time. He would benefit from more physical and mental stimulation and one on one training. We have not received any other reports of aggression but Zack is showing signs of stress from being here so long and could really use a loving home or foster home if rescue could pull him. Zack is a playful, active guy who gets along with other dogs and loves tennis balls! He may leave at any time for a license fee only. Zack was adopted a few days ago but returned after less than one hour for snapping at the adopters. They did not provide much detail about the snapping but stated that it did not break skin. He is timid with new people and is very stressed in this environment and needs a rescue to pull him where he will be adopted into the special home with an experienced owner. RESCUE ONLY


So, Zack is a young pit bull, roughly 465 days old with over 100 of those days spend inside the shelter.  He finally got his big chance but was returned in LESS THAN ONE HOUR DUE TO AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR.  Zack also growled at the shelter vet and lunged at the vet's face.  Zack is no longer eligible for direct placement to the public and may only be removed from the facility by a rescue group.

Who could resist this stick of dynamite dog?  Certainly not Steffin Baldwin, of ACT Ohio and Ohioans Against Bred Discrimination.

Steffen Evan Baldwin
Off to evaluate Zack! Pulled from the adoption floor after lunging at the vet and returned within an hour for nipping but not breaking the skin of an adopter and harassed by the DBO tin foil hat crowd who blog about me...at a year old he's a prime candidate for my reactive rover rehab program! Longboard in the back, hot dogs in my pocket, let's ‪#‎savethem‬!‪#‎banhotdogsnotrealdogs‬ ‪#‎showmeyourpitties‬
 — with Connie Mckee.

Baldwin has taken this dog, apparently, on a dare.

Steffen Evan Baldwin There's a small number of cult like pit haters and they started harassing the COPS page when they were honest about why Zack was returned. Those looney tunes already hate me and for good reason so when they jumped on Zack my poppa bear instincts kicked in to save him.

Life goes on at ACT Ohio.
Dirty, happy dogs playing in the rain/mud yesterday smile emoticon Animal Cruelty Task Force of Ohio will be at PetPeople in Powell this Saturday from 10-12 with some adoptable dogs! As a responsible rescue, ACT has a set limit on intakes and a growing waiting list of dogs in need so if you're looking for a forever friend, try one of my misfits out!!! smile emoticon Zack (front and center) was taken off of the adoption floor in Franklin County last week because he was returned within an hour of being adopted for nipping. He's having a BLAST playing with the other pups and is very gentle around Evan and not too shabby running alongside my longboard either. Zack will be placed up for adoption in a few weeks after we get him out to experience more of the real world. Roxie, running up behind Zack, came out of a cruelty case in Logan County where she was attacked by another dog and is currently up for adoption. Bree, to the right, came out of a cruelty situation in Delaware County and Finn, the cream colored dog on the left was transferred from another rescue after being a little too rowdy and they are both also up for adoption. If you don't know Bullwinkle and Belle to the left of Finn, you must be new here smile emoticon ‪#‎actohio‬

Baldwin has taken a dog, on a dare,  that the County Shelter has deemed unsafe for direct placement to the public and he intends to place the thing with the public after a few weeks of tuneup.  It is claimed that ACT Ohio carries a 2 million dollar insurance policy, this might be useful.  A question remains, is the insurance carrier aware that ACT Ohio intends to place a dog deemed too dangerous for a county shelter to place?  

Central Ohio Pit Savers is not done either.  Let's look at Vinny!  Vinny is another recidivist pit bull, returned for snapping at a new adopter and also displaying aggressive behavior back at the shelter.  You can tell he is just a sweetheart because he has been photographed with a tutu around his neck.

79284: “Vinny” 2 year old neutered and chipped male Pit Bull. He was adopted in early July but returned four days later for snapping at the owner when he corrected him for defecating in the house. He did not display aggression towards our staff upon being returned and passed his behavior retest and moved back to the adoption floor. He has been here over a month now and today one of our kennel attendants reported that he was stiff, growling and hard staring her when she attempted to enter his real life room to clean. He is currently still available for adoption but these behaviors are concerning and we will have to pull him off the adoption floor if he continues to display these behaviors. Email copitsavers@gmail.com if interested in him!  

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, ACT Ohio is moving to a new location, farther out in the country with a building that can be renovated so more pit bulls can be "rescued."  This is how Steve Markwell got his start,   

I'm moving further out into the country next week and putting kennels into my new outbuilding in August/September. I have a lot of work to do in the outbuilding including pouring concrete, fixing water access, adding insulation, tacking up FRP (fiber reinforced plastic) to the walls for cleaning purposes, increasing air ventilation, piping music in and more! These 5'x15' and 10'x10' kennels would let a couple dogs hang out together during the day while I'm gone instead of being confined separately and I'm hoping to find five generous kennel sponsors that can donate a kennel to us and help us, help more dogs! Your name or business' name will be added to the kennels if you are able to help!!

For the 29th time in 34 years, I'm moving again at the end of the month!!! A little further out in the country (still in Union Co) with an outbuilding I can renovate to rehab and help even more dogs, and I can save some money there...soooo I can help even more dogs lol. Papa was a rolling stone and I go where the wind and the tails take me! I don't need any help, I have this moving thing down to a science...but I'm up for a housewarming party in August

 Living dangerously, with the peaceful public at risk. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Thank God the Huffington Post's Pit Bull Week is over.

I got up this morning intending to write a Huffington Post Pit Bull Week wrap up  but I can't beat this one so I will just link to the post at Your Law Scholar.  Please follow the link and allow the message to sink in.
Here is the summary "So, Pit Bull week is over now, and life will return to normal.  Of course, nothing seemed to change this week for the pit bulls themselves.  They continued to maul, maim and kill at about the same rate they normally do.  They couldn’t even behave for a week while the preacher was visiting.  Hell, they couldn’t even behave for a single day.  And perhaps most alarming is that while the Huffington Post was posting articles of sweet and misunderstood nanny dogs wearing tutus and flower wreaths every couple of hours, they seemed to have missed every single story about a human being getting mauled and killed by these same misunderstood dogs.  Or maybe they didn’t miss them, they just ignored them.  Those horrific incidents didn’t fit the #PitBullWeek narrative, so maybe they were suppressed.  Maybe if they post enough stories of nice pit bulls, they can change their genetic predisposition to maul and kill, and change those headlines to more closely match the Pit Bull Week propaganda.  Here’s to hoping, and looking forward to next year’s festivities (sarcasm)."

I highly recommend the book featured on the Your Law Scholar page.

While we are closing the door on this year's Huffington Post Pit Bull Week please keep in mind the elderly Muncie woman who lost part of her jaw in a Pit Bull Week attack, by the family pit bull..

Remember Nichole Cartee, killed by the family pit bull while she was attempting to protect her mother from the berserking thing.  This pit bull had a history of violent attack but the family chose to hide this fact.  Did not prove to be a particularly good plan of action.
woman killed by pit bull in Spartanburg, south carolina

Remember the 18 month old still in critical condition after bring attacked by a family pit bull,

The elderly woman who lost her hand, lower arm, and knee cap in a mauling by her own sister's pit bull and will face a long and difficult rehab with her life changing and disabling injuries?  Think about her.

Cathy Wheatcraft is being mourned in her community.  Her landlord had this to say.  ""She was a very sweet, loving, caring, and kind person and I am sorry it was a sad tragedy and it never should have happened like this,” said JoAnn Burton, the woman who was renting her home to Wheatcraft."
Tragic: Cathy H. Wheatcraft (above) was killed after her neighbor's pit bull viciously attacked her whens he stepped outside to check her mail on Monday in Davie County
Cathy Wheatcraft

Three teenagers were menaced by a large pit bull, and a pit mix dog while walking home from school.  While the boys were being interviewed by reporters the dogs reappeared and they menaced the reporters and the boys.  When animal control arrived the two dogs menaced them as well.  There is no mention of the disposition of these dogs, the owner comments that she kept them.  See the comments below.
    Bite 4

This fence is not keeping anything contained and sure not protecting the neighbors from these dogs.
                                                bite 3
Interesting comments on this article.  Here is one from the dog owner, Eve Walker "August 28, 2015 6:30 pm 6:30 pm
I’m the owner of the dogs and I have five kids from ages 3 to 13 years old and they are not harmful at all. I’ve never had any issues with them tell this. There has to be more to this then what I was told, I still have them both here with me and was not taken away.
Here is a comment from a neighbor that tells a different story. August 28, 2015 7:17 pm 7:17 pm
Its definitely the owners I personally called the animal control on those exact dogs and those exact owners. And now this.
The brown one tore up everything in our yards even our garbage cans. He would guard peoples front doors so they couldnt get out and was being vicious to everyone. Animal control did nada.
And another neighbor "Well Eva Walker, my daughter and grandchild walk past there every day and my daughter says she’s scared s******s every time she gets near your property. ******************************************************And if Animal Services is paying attention here you need to listen to Billy Williams and see if these dog’s are being neglected.
 Lets just back away from this "responsible pit bull owner's mess.

How about the absolutely common-as-dirt story out of Delaware about police called to the scene of a menacing pit bull at large.  As soon as they got of their patrol car the pit bull charged them, forcing them to shoot the thing dead.  No police officer wants to shoot a dog but it is the officer's job to protect the public.  It was not a surprise that police had responded to similar calls at the same address, same dog owner.  Evidently the "responsible pit bull owner" so loved by pit bull advocates. 
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The Huffington Post's week long pit bull celebration is over, thank God.  The event was created by young blogger Arin Greenwood who seeks to make the world over because her family had a cold pit but she is unable to see those injured or killed by the hot ones infesting communities all over the United States.  Normal dogs do not require the hysterical level of advocacy seen on the Huffington Post's Pit Bull Week blog page.  Lets just hose off the blood and start again.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pit Bull Week at the Huffington Post, a screaming success, with the emphasis on the screams. Updated AGAIN

As we have come to expect, the Huffington Post has again floundered into pit bull advocacy with their week long celebration of pit bulls currently in progress.

Pit bulls in the Carolinas apparently missed the memo on the festivities. Or, possibly this is how pit bulls celebrate.

Update - To add to the misery of Huffington Post's Pit Bull week we have sad news of the critical mauling of an 18 month old child in Fayetteville North Carolina last night.  The child was attacked while his grandfather stepped out onto the porch and his mother stepped out to speak to him.  The child is in very critical condition at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.  The pit bull was euthanized. Child endangerment charges are possible. Video is available at the link, this was a massive pit bull.

Update 8/27/2015
Four Oaks North Carolina

Two people were injured in a pit bull attack at the Traveler's Inn.  When police arrived on scene they found the pit bull with it's jaws clamped down on a woman's arm.  Officers attempted to remove pittie from his victim but were not successful so they shot it.  One of the victims is in serious condition.  I suspect that the residents of North Carolina and of South Carolina will be delighted to see the end of the Huffington Post's Pit Bull Week. The link includes video of firemen hosing the blood off the parking lot.  One seldom sees this after Pug attacks.  

Still photo of the scene.


Spartanburg North Carolina

woman killed by pit bull in Spartanburg, south carolina

Porsche Nichole Cartee, age 25, was killed by the family pit bull, inside the family home, while attempting to protect her mother from the berserking pit bull.  Spike, the pit bull, has been owned and loved by the Cartee family for 10 years.  Spike was euthanized after the attack.  A quote from GoUpstate "Authorities say the pit bull "just snapped" when it began attacking the mother. Cartee's sister was also injured. Her mother was hospitalized and her injuries may require surgery, while Cartee's sister received treatment on scene."

Keep that word "snapped" in mind, we will get back to it.  This was not Spike's first violent episode, he had attacked the victim's mother in the past resulting in hospitalization but this was not reported to local authorities in an effort to protect the dog.

More from GoUpstate "Beverly Powell, mother of the victim's boyfriend, said she advised the family to get rid of the dog after the previous attack. She also said she was once attacked by another pit bull in her own yard but managed to get away with no permanent damage so Cartee's killing hits close to home for her.
"The sadness is that I told Nicole's mother, ‘What is it going to take for you to get rid of this dog?' And now it's killed her daughter," Beverly Powell said.
Porsche 'Nicole' Cartee (above) was killed when she pulled her pet pit bull off her mother
Porsche Nichole Cartee

Cartee posted this photo of Spike on her Facebook page, and treated her pet as if he was 'her baby'
Spike the pit bull.

Cathy Wheatcraft, age 48, of Davie County North Carolina was mauled to death by a pit bull.  Wheatcraft  was walking to the mailbox when she was attacked by her neighbor Latisha Young's pit bull, named Patch.  Sheena Truesdale, age 31, was attacked by Patch as well and is in stable condition at a local hospital. The attack was still in progress when police arrived on the scene, the pit bull was shot dead. Patch apparently escaped from Young's home through a window while Young was not at home.  Here is the official excuse "Young usually kept the dog in her home but on Monday a storm rolled through the Cooleemee area. Davie County Sheriff Andy Stokes said that may have riled the dog and caused it to escape from home through a window while Young was not at home."

Ms. Truesdale described the attack on Wheatcraft "“When I got out here she was just laying on her stomach; she had her hands above her head and her shirt was pulled up,” said neighbor Sheena Truesdale, 31, who soon became a second victim.
“I was like ‘Patch, go home,’ and he didn’t pay attention to me, he went on licking on the lady,” 
And more on the attack  " Truesdale said Patch was a good dog and she had no idea why it attacked; a testament which was echoed by Young’s mother, Frances Tyson.
“I got a call and it said that Patch had broken out the house and killed a lady,” Tyson said. “When I pulled up and I saw all the ambulances and stuff I’m like, ‘Oh my God.’ I said, ‘It’s true.’”
“Something caused him to snap, they don’t know what it was,” Tyson said. “I just pray that the Lord just touch each and every one that’s involved.”
It was a pit bull and it went pit and killed somebody.  Why are people still wondering why the damn things snap?

The same pit bull was declared a nuisance last May when it was also at large and attacked another dog.  Young was cited at that time for failure to vaccinate.

Tragic: Cathy H. Wheatcraft (above) was killed after her neighbor's pit bull viciously attacked her whens he stepped outside to check her mail on Monday in Davie County
Cathy Wheatcraft, killed by her neighbor's pit bull.

The pit bull escaped from the home of Latisha Young (above) when it attacked and killed Cathy H. Wheatcraft on Monday night
Latisha Young, owner of Patches the killer pit bull.

Greenville South Carolina
Teresa Wells was attacked by her sister's pit bull, named Bull, losing an arm and a kneecap.  The dog had to be shot off  the victim,  but Heather Perez,  stated to reporters that the dog was not aggressive, he was a "good dog."  Perez purchased Bull as a Mother's Day gift for her mother, Angela Kennedy.

I'm going to let Fox News tell this story.

Greenville deputies said they heard the dog ripped off one victim's arm while en route to the scene. When they arrived on scene, the victim was still being attacked as the dog continued to chew on her arm, according to deputies. Kennedy, the owner of the dog said she and Bull, as the dog was called, were sitting on a porch when her sister pulled up on a moped. Family members said Bull would often react to loud noises and those noises would scare him.
Kennedy said when her sister, Teresa Wells, got off the moped, then called Bull's name, the dog attacked her sister.
"When Teresa come back, I had him on the leash and she called him over and when she called him over there he grabbed her by her leg- and it was from then on. He wouldn't let her go, he ripped her knee cap off," Kennedy said.
An on-scene deputy put herself in harm's way and fired shots, killing the dog, according to officers. The deputy then tried to stop Wells' bleeding. In addition to losing a limb, she also suffered several leg wounds. 
Kennedy said she tried to stop Bull, but he then attacked her. She has several gashes and bite marks on her arms and legs, but suffered non life-threatening injuries. 
Greenville County spokesman Bob Mihalic said the dog attacked its owner, on her own property. Due to those facts, there is no charge that animal control officers could file in the case.

(Aug. 25, 2015/FOX Carolina)

Click here for an interview with a witness.  

Click here for a statement by law enforcement.

Who gives their mother a pit bull for Mother's Day? "Not aggressive"?  "He was a good dog"?

Here is a map showing the locations of the fatal pit bull attacks on Porsche Nichole Cartee and Cathy Wheatcraft, plus the traumatic amputation pit bull attack on Teresa Wells, and for context includes the location of the July mauling pit bull mauling death of Joshua Strother.

Keep in mind that this is Huffington Post's Pit Bull Week.

In the bizarre world of  Huffington Post pit bull advocacy we are treated to quotes like this one from HuffPo's Arin Greenwood "Pit bulls are dogs. Just dogs. Gloriously, dogs. Like all dogs, they need love, socialization, supervision -- the whole usual shebang."

Greenwood goes on to classic pit bull talking points and hysteria about breed bans legally passed by communities using their home rule rights to protect peaceful citizens and violated by pit bull owners who claim to be unaware of local law.  For added color Greenwood tells the story of her family pit bull.  My guess is that the owners of Spike, Bull, and Patch would tell similar stories.
Arin Greenwood
Arin Greenwood, Huffington Post blogger.  An experienced journalist with valuable insights on public policy?  Nope, I don't think so either.

There is a great deal more claptrap included in the daily HuffPo Pit Bull Week blog postings but you will have to go looking for it.  I will not post links.  The hysteria to place these dogs jumps off the screen. Pit bull dogs posted on websites with rescuers in other states feeling instant mystical connections, marshaling networks of transporters and temporary fosters in order to import a specific dog while countless very similar dogs are warehoused in a local shelter.  There is no sense or logic here.

Jean Keating, Ohio's pit bull advocate has stepped up to blog for the HuffPo and she tells the story of pit bull rescue from the inside, while beginning with premise that "you can't define what a pit bull is and we need to move away from breed labeling."  How can you run a breed specific rescue when you can't define the dogs?

A bit of background here.   It should be remembered that Keating's rescue, run out of her home, is considered a problem in her hometown.  She has been notified by city officials that she is in violation of city law limiting the number of dogs that may be kept.  Here is a quote from the wildly Keating supportive Toledo Blade "Resident Jean Keating questioned council recently on why she was told by Bob Oberly, zoning administrator, that she was in violation of a city ordinance limiting the number of dogs on a residential property. She told council she wanted limits on dogs removed from the code. “I think dogs are considered property, and people should have as many as they can care for," she told council at a recent meeting."  She went on "“Why do we need this? I could effectively manage eight or 10 dogs on my property,”  City code limits residential property owners to three dogs.     

Evidently Keating's neighbors do not share her opinion and don't think she can care for as many as she houses, the violation notification was sent to Keating because of a complaint by a neighbor but Keating demanded a change in local law to suit her personal preferences.  Apparently the city did not cave to Keating's demands.  Click here for a link to a July 2014 interview at Keating's rescue facility in what appears to be a commercial location.  On camera Keating makes the absurd claim that passage of HB 14 makes Ohio safer by allowing dog wardens to identify dangerous dogs before an "incident" but fact does not bear this out.  In the three years since the passage of HB 14 ten people have been killed by dogs (half of those by pit bulls).  In the previous DECADE?  Six fatal attacks in the state. A bill has been introduced into the Ohio Senate to clean up the mess created by the passage of HB 14. You can't make this stuff up. But I digress.   

Breed specific advocates would make better use of time, money, and effort by EDUCATING PIT BULL OWNERS TO NEUTER AND SPAY THEIR DOGS.  The only way the pit bull problem will be solved is by a drastic decrease in the numbers of pit bull produced and the peaceful public can't do that.  Only pit Bull advocacy can create a humane solution here.

The summary for this rambling post is this.  While the HuffPo's string of pit bull advocates are creating feel-the-love pit bull advocacy posts, women and children in the Carolinas are not feeling the love. Two of them are feeling nothing because they are dead, another will be learning to manage her life after the traumatic amputation of her arm and massive injuries to her leg.  A difficult transition for a woman who formerly tooled around town on a moped.

So far Pit Bull Week has not gone well.  Possibly the HuffPo might consider a Pug Week, or a Beagle Week for a bit less controversy, and blood.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Pit bull roundup, Greater Cleveland area edition. Pit bull hell.

I'm going to begin this post with an editorial by longtime Cleveland newsman Dominic Mancuso of WOIO News.  Wise words.  Please note an important statistic included, between July 2014 and July 2015 fully 143 pit bull incidents were reported in Cleveland alone.  

"Their quiet summer day was pierced by a woman’s scream. When several Shaker Heights residents rushed out of their homes to see what was happening, what they saw will be hard to forget: a woman being mauled by a pit bull. Seventy-one-year-old Annie Williams died from her wounds. She was the grandmother of the pit bull's owner.
Our hearts go out to a family mourning their loss. But this tragedy ignites a debate that rises with the heat of summer, when incidents between dogs and humans spike. According to the city's division of animal control and safety, a minimum of 143 incidents with pit bulls were reported between July 2014 and 2015.
Pit bulls have their defenders, but out of all the dog breeds, pit bulls and pit mixes are responsible for over a quarter of all human fatalities from dog attacks, that’s according to a 20-year study by the Centers for Disease Control.
The debate over what to do with pit bulls will never be a walk in the park. But for a breed of dog long-known for aggressive and unpredictable behavior, we should proceed with caution and common sense.
I'm Dominic Mancuso and that's how we see it."   

Click on the link for video.  

Out of an apparent abundance of caution and  "fairness" to pit bull advocates Mr. Mancuso cites very old CDC statistics.  The CDC stopped including breed in their stats in 2000.  In 2014 pit bulls were responsible for 64% of all dog bite related fatalities in the United states.  In 2013 pit bulls were responsible for 78% of all dog bite related fatalities in the United States.   In fact, since the CDC quit including breed in dog attack stats in 2000 fully 264 Americans have been killed by pit bulls.  Again, please note Mancuso's stats from Cleveland Animal Control and safety.  These are current, 143 "incidents" involving pit bulls between July 2014 and July 2015.  

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Shaker Heights Ohio
Cuyahoga County

Still no identification on exactly who owns the pit bull that killed Annie Williams in Shaker Heights in July.  The family is talking to a well known attorney specializing in dog attacks.  A wise choice. 
pit bull kills woman in shaker heights

  Shaker Heights is taking a look at their regulations to see if more can be done to protect residents.                                                                                               

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Chardon Ohio
Geauga County

The very next day after the horrific mauling death of Annie Williams in Shaker Heights Ohio a seven month old baby girl was severely injured by two pit bulls fighting in the family home. The baby was transferred to University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center and then life-flighted to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland for treatment, listed in serious condition. This attack occurred the VERY NEXT DAY after the pit bull mauling death of Annie Williams in Shaker Heights Ohio.  Pit bull advocacy has no response to this... crickets.

Here is an interesting note on the Chardon attack.  A neighbor had TWICE reported an aggressive dog at location of the attack.  This complaint was made to Geauga County dog warden Matt Granito.  Dog Warden Granito was president of the Ohio County Dog Wardens Association at the time HB 14 was passed to deregulate pit bulls in Ohio.  Granito campaigned hard for the bill, well aware that it was written by an out-of-state animal welfare organization, Best Friends Animal Society of Kanab Utah.  This bill was sold to the Ohio Legislature as a way to "finally give dog wardens the tools to deal with dangerous dogs" but Granito fell back on Mark Kumpf's protocol of sending a severely worded "warning letter" to the dog owners.

Dog Warden Granito identified both dogs as pit bulls.  He makes some clear thinking comments on the dangers of pit bulls, along with complaints that current law does not permit him to act.  He should have thought of this before he got involved with the bold efforts of Best Friends Animal Society to change Ohio law. Per WKYC.com
"Animal wardens are aware of dogs that should be classified and treated as dangerous. But they say that, under recent changes to Ohio law, they can't do a thing until the animal attacks, and then they can only hope the injuries are not serious.  "It's unfortunate the law is like that because now we've got to wait for the next victim before we can classify that dog as dangerous or vicious," said Matt Granito, the Geauga County Dog Warden."
You are responsible for these changes Matt!!  You should also know that Ohio law allows the use of affidavits for the purpose of filing complaints.  A two day educational seminar held in Dayton last fall dealt with this very issue and a staff member of the Montgomery County prosecutors office introduced an affidavit form for this purpose and she stated that dog wardens were being encouraged to become notaries so the paperwork could be filed quickly.  Please contact the Montgomery County prosecutor's office for details in case you missed the two day seminar for animal control professionals and law enforcement.

 For video of Granito's sudden change of attitude please click here.  We can only hope that Granito, and Mark Kumpf, Montgomery County Dog Warden, after their whole hearted support for HB 14 will do the right thing and fully support and publicly back Senator Bill Beagle's SB 151 WITH the originally proposed statewide register of dangerous dogs listed with location, owner, description, AND BREED.  Best Friends has demanded that breed be left out of the official records.  This is outrageous.

Final word on this attack, the family wants both the dogs back.  What part of "your child was so badly injured that she required life flight transportation to a trauma center and spent nearly a week in the hospital" do these people fail to understand?

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Avon Lake Ohio
Lorain County    

We talked about this attack in the last Pit bull Roundup but we are looking at current events in Cleveland.  We will review.  
  Avon Lake residents are demanding justice, and laws to protect the public after Cyrus,  a pit bull owned by Earle Hall and being walked by Kimberly Larson Killed a Beagle/Corgi mix owned by the Lyman family, on the property of the Lyman family on June 19th.   Daisy, the Beagle/Corgi mix suffered two punctured lungs and crushed ribs and had to be euthanized.  Per the Morning Journal "In a police report, responding officers wrote that Hall said Cyrus was rescued from the Animal Protective League and is “dog aggressive” and was used as a bait dog."  

Translation - Hall bought a secondhand pit bull from the Cleveland Animal Protective league, the pit bull has scars from dog fighting, the dog is stone aggressive as one would expect from a game bred, pit tested, fighting dog and he felt it was appropriate to bring this animal into a peaceful community and allow a woman to walk this animal without a gun or other weapon to protect the public.

The city's court did not declare Cyrus dangerous.  Per the Morning Journal "Avon Lake Municipal Court didn’t give Cyrus the “dangerous dog” designation, having only interacted with Larson, and, according to her, Daisy was the aggressor, not Cyrus."      

Holy cow! Cyrus was not quarantined or removed from the community and the Lymans were not given the hearing date so they could tell their story in court. 

Residents unhappy/outraged  with this spoke to city council and the article quotes two city council members, Safety  Commission chairman David Kos "hopes"  that in future dogs like Cyrus could be removed from the neighborhood until legal remedies are resolved.  Jennifer Fenderbosch remarked that Cyrus was on a retractable leash at the time of the attack and that the animal warden advised her that these leashes are not appropriate for walking dogs.  

Here is a flashback. Kos and Fenderbosch are responsible for repealing the Avon Lake pit bull ban in 2012.  Kos worked at this for 3 1/2 YEARS.  Per the Avon Lake Patch ""There was a couple of us, myself and Councilwoman Jennifer Fenderbosch, who strongly advocated removing pit bull from the definition of vicious," Kos said."

Avon Lake City Council Repeals Vicious Dog Ordinance
Councilman David Kos, hold him responsible Avon Lake voters. 

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Avon Lake Ohio
Lorain County

Another little dog killed by pit bulls in Avon Lake.  On 8/9/2015 Avon Lake police were called for a "dog fight" but this was not a dogfight it was the brutal fatal mauling of a Shih Tzu being walked by its owner. The owner told police that the pit bulls ran up to his little dog and attacked without provocation.  The Shih Tzu died at the scene, his owner was treated by paramedics for injuries received as he tried to protect his pet.  

The pit bull owner, David Golas of Avon Lake, was cited for two counts of animal at large.  The Avon Lake Prosecutor is " pursuing provisions under Section 955.11 of the Ohio Revised Code to designate the two dogs as dangerous dogs."

The pit bull owner stated that his dogs "got loose from his backyard because a gate was unsecured." Classic excuse, with the previous breed ban,  removed by Councilman David Kos, these dogs would not reside in the community.
Look at the police presence here.  Tell me again how breed neutral law saves taxpayer dollars.

Bella the shih tzu died after being attacked on a walk with her owner. (Source: WOIO)
Bella the Shih Tzu, her owner told reporters "she was a lovable, loving dog.  The poor thing didn't stand a chance." Indeed.

Police say the pit bulls escaped through an unsecured gate. (Source: WOIO)
The home of the pit bull owner showing the gate that was not secured..  One can expect that there will be insurance here.

It appears that Avon Lake city officials got the message after the death of Daisy.   Per TV3 the prosecutor is doing the right thing.  It is not the first time these pit bulls have been at large, watch the video.

Poor Bella and her owner.
Neighbors, and their dogs gathered at the home of Bella's owners in a show of support.  
Per Newsnet 5 "Perry Pascarella, 81, was grateful to see the community support as dogs large and small stopped outside his home on Tuesday.
Pascarella said his neighbors wanted to come by to “thank little Bella for her life.”
These are good people.

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Cleveland Ohio
Cuyahoga County Ohio

Speaking of ShihTzus, there is a very lucky ShihTzu in Cleveland.  Tiny little Fire was attacked TWICE by the same pit bull and survived.  A neighborhood pit bull owner reportedly walks his mauler without benefit of a leash, past Johnie Neal's home. Mrs. Neal and her granddaughter own Fire.  Per 19Actionnews " There were actually two attacks. The first was in the front yard; the second was after the family got Fire up on the porch.  The pit bull mix tossed Fire off the porch" "It had her in her mouth and dropped her, Fire was out like she was dead."

Keep in mind that both of the attacks occurred in Mrs. Neal's yard.  The pit bull owner explained the situation this way "the dog was trained to keep furry critters out of the yard, like squirrels, rabbits, and skunks, and may have mistaken Fire for one."  How can pit bull owners say this stuff?  Do they even think before they speak?

The pit bull lives blocks away from the Neal's home.  Fire was on the property of his owner.

So far the pit bull owner is refusing to pay any of Fire's vet bills.
"Fire" hurt in dog attack (Source: Family photo)
Fire's x-ray.

"Fire" injured in dog attack (Source: Family photo)

For video click here.

Lorain Ohio
Lorain County Ohio

We talked about this attack in the last Pit Bull Roundup but I include it to give context for the outrageous number of pit bull attacks in the Greater Cleveland so far this summer.

The owner of two pit bulls that attacked and killed a Pomeranian was cited for two counts of failure to confine and one count of failure to license.  This was the second attack for the pit bulls belonging to "responsible pit bull owner" Alton Goshen Jr, age 24.  Think he has insurance?  I don't.

Just to keep everyone on the same page I will repeat what I wrote for the last roundup. Here it is.
Lorain Ohio
Lorain County

Alton Goshen Jr., "responsible pit bull owner" owns two pit bulls that have attacked TWICE in a month and BOTH of these attacks have killed someone else's dog.  Why did Goshen's pit bulls get a second kill?  Glad you asked but I have no answer for this. Police officer Richard Broz stated, after the second kill, per the Morning News Journal "Broz reported he has dealt with the dogs on several occasions and never observed any aggression toward people, but they had aggression toward other animals."

Per Ohio Revised Code
 (a) "Dangerous dog" means a dog that, without provocation, and subject to division (A)(1)(b) of this section, has done any of the following:
(i) Caused injury, other than killing or serious injury, to any person;
(ii) Killed another dog;
(iii) Been the subject of a third or subsequent violation of division (C) of section 955.22 of the Revised Code.

Per the Ohio Revised Code 955.11  Click here for the requirements for harboring a dangerous dog in Ohio.

On March 31, 2015 Goshen's pit bulls attacked and killed another dog that was leashed and in the yard of the owner. Ohio law says the pits are dangerous dogs after the first kill.  Why wasn't the message given to Goshen?

 An April 24th Goshen's pit bulls attacked, killed, and attempted to dismember a Pomeranian, leashed and in the yard of it's owner.  The Pomeranian's owner "told police she tried to chase the dogs off, but one of them started growling at her, so fearing she would be bit, she backed off and waited for help."

On April 27th one of Goshen's pits was reported at large and police were called.  Officer Broz responded and confronted the pit bull.  The pit then ran back into Goshen's yard through an open gate.  Please review AGAIN the requirements for keeping dangerous dogs in Ohio per the Ohio Revised Code.

Per the Morning Journal "Goshen secured the gate at the time but as of April 27 did not make any improvements suggested so the dogs would not escape again, the report stated." 

 Improvements SUGGESTED?

Police cited Goshen for two counts of failure to confine dogs and one count of failure to have a dog license. Police recommended the maximum penalty allowed by law for the offenses due to the repeat incidents, the emotional trauma of the owners of the dead dogs and the quality of life of the other neighbors in the area. 

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Lorain Ohio
Lorain County Ohio

A dog described as a pit mix or a Boxer mix jumped a fence and killed a Yorkie on the property of the Yorkie owner.  The little dog's owner tried to distract the attacking dog with a rake until the owner of the pit mix/Boxer mix could climb the fence and retrieve his mauler.  The Yorkie's owner has not decided if she will file charges.

Why not?

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The family of Annie Williams is lobbying for regulation of pit bulls.  "We're all going to be very proactive in making sure that what happened to our grandmother does not continue to happen to other people,” said Tequila Williams. “What does it take for legislation, for representatives, for the law to see that this is an animal that no matter how kind you are to it, it cannot be controlled."

They have set up a foundation in Mrs. Williams memory, Any Salvation.  Mrs. Williams possessions will be given to those in need. 

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Cleveland Heights Ohio is studying dog bite legislation after a pit bull attack on June 11, 2015.  I'm going to let Cleveland.com tell the story of that attack.
The attack occurred at about 4 p.m. The victim was gardening outside her house when the pit bull approached her sport utility vehicle, which was parked in the street. Her dog was in the SUV, and the vehicle's rear hatch was open.
The woman walked to her SUV to secure her dog. The pit bull bit the woman's leg, then jumped on top of her, biting both her legs. After a few seconds, the dog let the woman go and chased a cat. 
The woman drove herself to Cleveland Clinic, where she received several stitches and a tetanus shot. She said she and her neighbors have seen the pit bull running loose in the past and have called police, believing the dog is dangerous.
Meanwhile, police spotted the pit bull walking through yards on Elbon. Officers tried but failed to capture the dog. After about 15, a boy arrived and said the pit bull belonged to his mother. He walked the dog back to his house on Elbon and locked the dog inside.
The pit bull's owner, 37, then arrived home. She apologized and said her son must not have locked the home's front door, allowing the animal to escape.
The pit bull was quarantined in a kennel for 10 days. The owner was cited for animals not under control, vicious dog biting a person and having a vicious animal. "

No word on the condition of the cat or on reimbursement of medical expenses for the victim.

Cleveland Heights City Council.

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Avon Lake residents are demanding tougher laws.  "It turns out there's quite an undercurrent here in Avon Lake," Pascarella (owner of the Shih Tzu) said. "People are frightened of the dogs that are around."

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Orange Village
Cuyahoga County  Ohio

Orange Village is looking at increasing penalties for aggressive, or vicious dogs.  Per Cleveland.com 
"A dog owner can currently face a minor misdemeanor, which carries a $250 fine, should his animal bite, or act like it wants to bite, someone.
Legislation will be presented in September to increase the charge to a fourth-degree misdemeanor. The owner of a vicious animal could face fines and up to 60 days in jail if their animal injures a person or another animal.
According to Orange Law Director Stephen Byron, the village's new law will be more aggressive than current state laws.
In Ohio, a dog is not considered vicious until it bites someone. The "one bite law"makes a dog's owner liable if injury is inflicted by a dog or if the dog previously bit a person or acted like it wanted to."

Orange Village is about to open a new dog park and officials want to keep it peaceful.