Lets start with just how someone might claim to be qualified to "rehabilitate" dangerous dogs. In Kathy Sutter's case, it appears that her claim to this skill is based upon a certificate from an E-course from E-Training for Dogs.com. Sutter spent 18 hours in front of her computer to earn this certificate and she brags that she got a score of 91%. Note the date on this, 7/31/2012, it will be important later.
Understanding canine behavior would be expected to give Sutter the skills to safely contain the dangerous dogs she "rehabilitates." In fact, not so much. Sutter explains the disappearance of Bones as a theft during an absence from her home due to the funeral for her father. Condolences to her for her loss, the loss of a beloved parent is a very sad time. However, it needs to be noted that this is not the first dog lost by NWO Underdog. This photo is posted on the NWO Underdog Rescue Facebook wall with the message " Sasha got loose with Mason today and Mason returned alone. She is missing from the LASKEY AND HARVEST AREA. If you spot her call or TXT 419-508-5730. Sasha is never mentioned again. Why was Sasha at NWO Underdog? Was she there for "rehabilitation"? Where did she go?
Here is a photo of what Sutter identifies as a Mastiff. Note the comment to the right. Olivia Westbrook is "praying that he is found safe and returned soon." This dog also appears to have dropped off the planet. Note the dates on these posts, one just prior to the date on Sutter's certificate and one just after her new certification.
Sutter is a self described specialist in dangerous dogs and she has lost THREE since her rescue was founded in 2011. Public safety concern? Yes, big time! Dangerous dogs require containment per Ohio law. Where was the County Dog Warden and the Board of Health? Were they aware of any of this? They should have been.
Lets take a look at some of Sutters observations on the behavior of Bones in light of her "education". On the North West Ohio Underdog blog Sutter describes Bones "He also has a soft lovey side where he will rub up against you back and forth like a cat. Or climb on your lap like hes tiny weenie…" Well that is one school of thought but there is another, brought to my attention by by a comment from a friend, I completely missed this remark. "It is interesting that this behavior is so pronounced that the idiot rescuer noted it as a particular trait of this dog and also, after experiencing it, perceived it as a noteworthy, positive trait! Wow!"
Sue Sternberg, author of the book Successful Dog Adoption, an authority on successful shelter adoption with over 30 years of canine behavior experience, Executive Director of the Community Animal Shelter Association has another term for bones behavior, anal swipe. She defines this term as scent marking and observes that is found in "the most dangerous type of dogs."