Before I get too far into this post I would like to give you the thoughts of someone else on this topic. Here are the words of Dog Bite Attorney Ken Phillips, written last year after the death of Rebecca Carey.
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A college student who had a passion for rescuing dogs is dead, killed by the same dogs she wanted to save. (See Rebecca Carey, Georgia Student, Killed by Dogs She Rescued.) The breeds of the dogs are interesting: two pit bulls, a boxer mix and two Presas.
All rescues. She was out to prove a point, namely that breeds known for their violence toward people can be tamed with enough loving care. Unfortunately she was going about it the wrong way. One of those dogs, in the hands of a skilled behaviorist, would be risky enough during the training, and would remain a safety hazard afterwards. But trying to deal with 5 of them at once?
Remember, a rescue dog is an abandoned dog. One must wonder why the dog was abandoned. Was there a reason why it was sent to the animal shelter? It is folly to assume that only bad people abandon their dogs. When a dog is violent toward people, good parents, good animal control officers, and good cops send the dog to the shelter. Not all abandoned dogs are good dogs.
As one of many rescuers who have been injured or killed by dogs in the recent past, Rebecca Carey has helped to prove two other points. One is that we need to enact restrictions on the number of dogs that can be kept at a residence.
There are laws that forbid people from having more than a certain number of dogs. Generally these are considered to be zoning restrictions but such laws also are safety laws. Not only for the safety of the person who has the urge to hoard animals, but also for the safety of friends and neighbors. It has been established that there is a pack instinct in dogs and that normally docile dogs can become aggressive toward humans when the dogs act in concert. For that reason, and to prevent a person from going out on the street with 5 leashes attached to 5 muscular dogs, I have urged the enactment of laws restricting the number of dogs that can be present at a residence, with the number being sharply reduced in the case of larger, more muscular dogs, including pit bulls, Presas, Rotties and the like.
The other point is that adoption and rescue groups need to be licensed.
I am hearing, almost daily, about unsuspecting people who adopt a dog, get attacked by the dog, and then learn that the adoption organization knew that the dog was violent toward people but did not provide a warning about the dog. People like Rebecca Carey -- I call them "humaniacs" -- do not recognize the dangers inherent in such dogs. For that reason, I am urging the enactment of laws that regulate adoption organizations, to the extent necessary to make all of them accountable and to prevent the humaniacs from recycling known dangerous dogs into communities.
.Back to our topic, Boston the California Presa Canario. After attacking the same five year old child twice, sending that child to the hospital for treatment both times, Boston was declared dangerous and ordered out of town (Pleasanton California) or to be euthanized. Boston's owner, Marc Kornberg, chose to send Boston to a "rehabilitation and training facility" in Rittman Ohio. Why Ohio? We will talk about that in another post
Boston's new home has in the past been called Utopia Kennel, Utopia Rescue and Rehabilitation, and now Presa Canario Rehabilitation and Rescue Center. All fabulous names but the reality is a small private home in a community with a two dog per residence limit.
Meet Boston at his new home, the Presa Canario Rehabilitation and Rescue, owned and run by Kristine Kay Maxwell. If you want more information on Boston just look for him on PETFINDER!!!!!! This dog, too dangerous to remain in the community where his history is known is now offered as an adoptable dog, in Ohio, with absolutely no mention of his history. Click here for the Petfinder listing.
Here is the text of the Petfinder ad.