Friday, July 19, 2013

The rescue industry is out of control, rescues must be licensed.

This post is an update on the trafficking of the designated dangerous dog named Boston into Ohio, and my thoughts on the sad state of affairs in the animal rescue industry.  For a refresher on Boston's history please click here.

Boston, the two time child mauler from California was ordered out of state and sent to the Ohio Presa Canario Rescue, run out of a small home in Rittman Ohio.  Given Boston's history he should have been either euthanized or kept in a very secure facility for the rest of his life but as soon as he arrived in Ohio Boston was put on Petfinder as an "adoptable dog."  Below is the updated Petfinder listing.

Boston: Presa Canario, Dog; Rittman, OHEnlarge Photo
Boston: Presa Canario, Dog; Rittman, OH Boston: Presa Canario, Dog; Rittman, OH Boston: Presa Canario, Dog; Rittman, OH


Presa Canario/Mastiff Mix: An adopted dog in Rittman, OH

Large • Adult • Male

This Presa Canario was ordered out of Pleasanton California for mauling the same child TWICE and now resides in some Ohio community where his history is presumably not known.  While the new owners may not have children (at least it is to be hoped that they do not have children in their household) their neighbors probably do.  Do the neighbors have dogs and cats?  I'm willing to bet on that.  Livestock? Possibly.

Let me state that the term "adoptable" is inappropriate for a dog.  One adopts children but purchases dogs, dogs are property by law.  The sale price for Boston was $300.  If you have reviewed the previous post on Boston you are aware that a condition set for purchase of Boston was that the dog would only be placed with (sold to) an Ohio resident.  This has come to pass, Boston has been sold. Do the neighbor's of Boston's new owners have any idea what just moved into the neighborhood?

This should never have happened.  Vicious dogs should be dealt with where their history is known not transported across America to put the public at risk. Ohio Dog Wardens were well aware that Boston was in Ohio, aware of his history, aware of his location, aware of the reason for his change of address.  Action should have been taken to shut this down prior to the sale of a dangerous dog.  It appears that common sense has been thrown out the window.

Was the reason for failure to protect Ohio citizens the legal nightmare set up in HB 14?  HB 14 was introduced and shamelessly promoted by Toledo Representative Barbara Sears as a favor to her personal friend Jean Keating.   This bill was written by the animal rights lawyers at Best Friends Animal Society and sold to thoughtless Ohio Legislators as  "finally the tools for Dog Wardens to deal with vicious dogs."  For the process written for Ohio by Best Friends Animal Society please click here.  After reading current Ohio law it is very clear that the law protects violent dogs and their owners by making the process so complex that it cannot effectively be used.  An additional fact may be of interest.  In the first year since the passage of HB 14, the bill that would "give Dog Wardens the tools to deal with vicious dogs" four Ohio residents have been mauled to death by dogs.

One would think that Boston's designation as a Dangerous Dog in California would have been enough for Ohio Dog Wardens to insist that Boston be sent right back to where he came from but if the Petfinder ad for Boston tells the truth he is here to stay.

Boston is not the first dangerous dog sent to Ohio. The high profile case of Bones, a dog too violent to remain in New York City and transported to Ohio by the Lexus Project only to be lost on the streets of Toledo comes to mind.  Please click here for more information on this case.  Bones remains missing.

Ohio is not the only destination for documented dangerous dogs.  The Lexus Project has brought the case of Onion, a mastiff/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix that killed the toddler grandson of the owner, to the Nevada Supreme Court. The owner signed the dog over to local animal control after Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan was killed at his first birthday party on April 28, 2012 but Lexus Project lawyers have complicated what should have been a local decision.    After signing the dog over to local animal control Elizabeth Keller was convinced by the Lexus Project that they would work towards a better resolution for Onion so she signed Onion over to Lexus Project as well. The Lexus Project feels that Onion should live out his life in a rescue facility outside of Denver Colorado. One can hope that the facility was chosen with more care than the animal rights lawyers at the Lexus Project used when they sent Bones to Ohio.  This matter is in the hands of the Nevada Supreme Court at this time. A chip-in for Onion has raised $1710.  Note of explanation, a chip-in is a fundraising website.  The Lexus Project and owners of vicious dogs just love chip-in sites. Chip-in websites allow the public to fund the legal bills of those who harbor violent dogs.  I have never seen a chip-in set up by the dog owner to pay the medical bills of the victim.
7/19/2013 8 pm Update, this must be a first, a rescue has set up a chip-in to pay the vet bills for a dog mauled by one of their rescue dogs.  Please click here for this unexpected development.  I admit to being stunned by this development and felt it should be shared.

Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan and Onion

Effingham County Ga is considering sending a violent pit bull to New York State.  The mauler, the pit bull known as Kno attacked five year old Wesley Frye while he was playing at a friend's home back in 2012.  Wesley required multiple surgeries was left with facial scars and facial paralysis.  This case drags on, please note that the dog has a court appointed lawyer.  The chosen "rescue" facility is Glen Wild Animal Rescue in Cherry Valley NY.  Liz Keller, owner of the facility, details confinement arrangements for Kno, he will live in a 10 bedroom house on the property.  It is known that Kno is not safe with cats and he will be separated from the rescue cats at Glen Wild by... a fence. Fences are notoriously ineffective at confining pit bulls.  Glen Wild's cats are not safe.  For You Tube video of a pit bull jumping a seven foot fence please click here, some classy entertainment.

new location for Glen Wild Animal Rescue
This is the fence at Glen Wild.

The hang up in transporting Kno to New York State is money.  Five thousand dollars to be exact.  Glen Wild wants the money upfront for lifetime care of Kno.  Fundraising is underway but giving appears to have stalled.  A benefactor has committed to matching up to $2500 so all that remains is $2500.  Please note that the chip-in on Glen Wild's website records a whopping $125 has been donated.   A petition to stop the transfer of Kno to New York state has been started by Wesley's mother.  You can find the petition here.

Effingham County has had its share of pit bull problems. In December of 2012 a Effingham County deputy was attacked by a pit bull as he was responding to a call that the dog was menacing a woman and a child. The deputy shot the dog and it was later euthanized.  There had been multiple calls to law enforcement regarding this particular pit bull.  My guess is that the neighbors are sleeping a bit more soundly these days. This pit bull did not live long enough to get a court appointed lawyer.

As outrageous as these mauler relocations are, these dogs are just a few of the many.  Dangerous pit bull Snaps was sent to the Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Washington State.  It is reported that roughly 160 dogs are housed at this 3/4 acre "sanctuary."  Take a look at the photos in this link for a look at life in this "sanctuary."  Records indicate that Olympic Animal Sanctuary received over $150,000 in donations in 2011.  Where did the money go?  This question comes up with many high profile animal rescues.  For a thorough examination of the Olympic Animal Sanctuary please click here.  Olympic Animal Sanctuary is a hell hole.

Spindletop is another fine example of corruption in the animal rescue system.  Hundreds of dogs were warehoused at this facility in Willis Texas. For a thorough examination of the suffering and graft at Spindletop please click here. This is a short quote from a Houston Press blog  written by pit bull-centric reporter Craig Malisow
 "Dog rescuers throughout the country are worrying today over the fates of dogs they placed at the Spindletop Refuge in Willis, where authorities say hundreds of dogs were found living in their own waste in cramped, stacked crates, near a mass grave with an unknown number of bodies.  The 298 dogs seized Tuesday night by Montgomery and Harris county law enforcement, as well as the Humane Society of the United States, are being evaluated at an undisclosed location, HSUS Texas State Director Katie Jarl told local reporters.   Opened by Leah Purcell in 1985, Spindletop earned respect from those in the animal rescue community nationwide, especially for Purcell's work in rehabilitating and placing pit bulls. Spindletop Refuge was listed as a "friend of the court" in the notorious Michael Vick dogfighting scandal in 2007. While Purcell wasn't a part of the proceedings, the court filing stated that she has "been qualified as an expert witness on [pit bulls] in several court cases, and courts nationwide have entrusted the care of seized dogs to Spindletop."

Moving on to another national scandal, we have the Smilin Pit Bull Rescue, raided by police as part of an animal cruelty investigation.  The operator of Smilin Pit Bull Rescue, Eric Gray, was also charged with felony unauthorized practice of a profession.  Eric Gray acted as a veterinarian by prescribing medication for dogs in his care. For more information please click here.  The  Testimonials page gives the experiences of some of those who volunteered with this hell hole "rescue."  This Facebook page features the stories about SPBR. Smilin Pit Bull Rescue picked up dogs wherever and transported dogs wherever.  Don't miss the links on the "Crating Puppies together" post.  Actually, don't miss any of the links.  The "about us" page explains the issues with Eric Gray's "rescue."

  • fosters instructed not to provide vet care or delay vet care for critically ill dogs
  • fosters guilted into taking on more dogs than they can realistically handle,
    because if they don't they are told the dogs will go back to the shelter
  • fosters not being reimbursed for food or vet care
  • adopters not receiving vaccination records for dogs
  • adopters specifically requested to pay fees in cash and not receiving receipts
  • supporters being banned from the SPBR forum for asking where donations are going or where missing dogs went
  • fosters who raise a litter of puppies being ignored once the puppies are adopted out, but mom is still with them
  • dogs with bite histories placed with foster or adoptive homes without telling them
  • dogs with cat or dog aggression history placed with foster or adoptive homes without telling them
  • no receipts given for donations or purchase of products
  • dogs who are on the website one day and gone the next with no explanation
  • .
    There is the story of an Ohio woman running an apparent amateur pit bull rescue in Youngstown Ohio, a community with a pit bull ban.  On September 1, 2011 a humane agent filed a complaint alleging that Marisa Bodnar was housing pit bulls and was guilty of cruelty against animals.  Bodnar was charged with five counts of violating the prohibition against pit bulls and two counts of cruelty against animals.  She eventually pled no contest and was sentenced to 360 days in jail and $750 in fines.  This did not suit her so she filed an appeal with the State of Ohio Court of Appeals Seventh District.  Click here for the decision of the court which was in agreement with the original sentence.  A follow up that should not be missed comes from published October 25, 2011. Yes,this story was written just a few weeks after complaints were filed against  Bodnar, she appears to have little capacity for learning from her mistakes.    Bodnar was attacked by one of her own pit bulls.  Here is a short quote from
    According to police, Bodnar said she had walked the dog and returned home when the animal attacked her without warning or provocation. Police arrived to find the animal on the front porch, covered in blood and acting aggressively toward officers. Bodnar, through an open window, asked police to call an ambulance.
    Officers used a stun gun on the dog, but that was ineffective. Officers then used pepper spray on the animal, which made it stay away long enough for police to get Bodnar out of the house and to a waiting ambulance.

     Lets move on to the story of Crystal Luli, director of Ohio Pet Placement.  She has been charged with identity theft and forgery.  The media fawned over her for her participation in the rescue of 27 pit bulls from a dog fighting operation in Cleveland Ohio in 2011.   Fast forward to March of 2013.  A quote from the Examiner article " Crystal Luli is accused of using the name of a veterinarian who worked at her rescue operation to open a credit account with a medical supply company. The veterinarian, Cathryne Wittlinger, met with police on February 14 after receiving invoices for the supplies Luli allegedly ordered. Luli told police she’d had the veterinarian’s permission, but Wittlinger denies it." 
    Included in the Examiner article are other legal problems for Luli, her husband, and their business.   Click on this link for a WKYC news expose on Luli's business.  There is video of a nineteen year old, unlicensed employee of the clinic performing surgery on a dog.   Ohio Pet Placement was forced to close in May of 2013.  Sheffield Township trustees revoked the facility's permit to operate after the facility was found with no electricity or running water, trash cans were overflowing with feces.  Thirty five dogs, eighteen cats, and two turtles were removed from the facility.    
    crystal luli.jpg
    Crystal Luli.

    The rescue problems that appear here are repeated in every state.  In addition to the scandals, those rescuing dogs have been killed or injured by the dogs they were trying to save, click here, and here, and here, or just click here for an encyclopedic listing of shelter and rescue disasters. Thanks to the blogger at Occupy Maul Street for this information.  

    A dangerous and corrupt game is being played, it is time that this industry faces regulation.  A law proposed by a private citizen would likely never see the light of day in the Ohio Statehouse but a law proposed by the Ohio County Dog Wardens Association would be taken seriously.  That law might include a requirement that prior to transport, notification be sent to the appropriate County Dog Warden if  any dog with a history of violence is to be sent to a rescue or sanctuary in the state of Ohio.  This would allow the Dog Warden to inspect the facility.  It is unlikely that Julie Lyle, Lucas County dog warden, would have signed off on sending Bones to live in a garage behind a tiny house in Toledo Ohio with fourteen or fifteen other dangerous dogs. It is equally unlikely that approval would have been given to transfer Boston to a tiny home in Rittman Ohio where a two dog limit is law. 

    Inspection would ensure that the facility is safe and that care of animals housed is humane.  Consideration should be given to the safety of neighbors, noise control, sanitary disposal of waste and the impact of the rescue on the community. 

    A proposed law that includes a provision for review of financial records would go a long way toward insuring that the funds donated to 501c3 rescues actually goes toward humane care of the animals housed there.  

    The American public loves dogs and will support legitimate rescues but corrupt or inhumane organizations need to be driven out of business.  No more Spindletops, or Smiling Pit Bull Rescue, or Olympic Animal Sanctuaries.  No more sending dogs to die in filthy crates, or to escape and threaten the safety of the community.  No more lining the pocket of the corrupt while legitimate rescues do the heavy lifting.  

    Rescues MUST be licensed.   Will dog wardens do the right thing?   Licensing and inspection of  rescues, as suggested above is reasonable and prudent.  It would prevent the suffering of animals, would protect the safety of the public, would give reassurance to those donating to rescues that their money would be used to help homeless animals.  Such law could face no reasonable opposition.   

    Monday, July 1, 2013

    Death and Excuses, part 3

    Sadly, this is another Death and Excuses post.  Pit bulls have killed three more Americans since my last post just a month ago.  All three victims were children.  How many deaths will it take before legislators stop selling out to the special interest lobby of  breed specific advocacy? How many of these posts will be required before pit bull owners realize that it is inappropriate to use the mauling death of a human being as place to advocate for their deadly breed of choice?

    Garland County AK
    On June 9, 2013 five year old Ayden Evans was killed by a dog reported to be a Bullmastiff, which is a mastiff/pit bull cross.  Later reports from local officials calls the dog half mastiff and half pit bull.  For a bit more information on the history of "bulldogs" and pit bulls please click here.

    Fox19 gives the basic information  the attack. ""The child was putting on some shoes and was crying and upset," said Garland County Deputy Scott Hinojosa.  "The dog possibly took that as being aggressive and at that time the child was attacked." 

    Hinojosa said a 50-year-old woman named Lynnn Geiling owns the dog with her husband.  Lynn told police she tried to pull the dog off the boy, but by the time she got them separated the boy had injuries described by deputies as "major lacerations" to the head and neck.

    He was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs.

    Deputies said the boy and his two-year-old sister are from Moore, Oklahoma.  They'd been staying with the family friends for about two weeks while their parents tried to rebuild after their home was destroyed in the recent tornado.

    After the attack the dog ran off but was later shot by a neighbor and is expected to be euthanized.  Later reports clarify the status of the child.  Per his mother's statement Ayden was staying with her sister for the summer and had been given permission to visit a neighbor.  There is no familial connection between Ayden Evans and the owner or family that harbored the dog.

    A final quote from Fox16.  "After getting the news, Ayden's parent drove the six hours from Oklahoma to Arkansas to carry their son back home.

    "From what we gather from the funeral director is that (Ayden) can't be seen. It has to be a closed casket. We still don't know the extent of the injury, we have to have him cremated," said father Greg Moore. 

    Ayden's family is planning a service to remember him in Oklahoma. He would have entered kindergarten next fall.

    "He should be home. I should not be taking him home in an urn," said Evans."

     Ayden Evans, killed by bullmastiff in Arkansas
    Ayden Evans, his mother is right, this beautiful should not have been taken home in an urn.

    Unsurprisingly, Garland County AK is considering regulation of dangerous dogs.
    7/2/2013 update, It appears that BSL is coming to Garland County.  If pit bull owners are unable or unwilling to control their dogs then they can expect to be regulated.

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    June 17.2013
    Union City CA  T

    Six year old Nephi Selu, recent kindergarten graduate, was mauled  by a family pit bull and died several hours later at a local hospital.  The boy was staying in his grandparents home with extended family including seven cousins.  Early reports indicate the child was actively playing with the dog, a pit bull mix when he was bitten on the head.  Nephi's aunt, Iona Keanaaina stated the dog was  " "good with kids, very obedient, he was never allowed in the house, he stayed right at the door, so we never had any problems with him at all. It's a huge shock."

    The dog was owned by  San Mateo Police officer, Kelala Keanaaina,  who is apparently being represented by Attorney Michael Rains.  Rains made a statement to NBC news that the attack was "almost inexplicable" because the dog had been around the children for two years without incident.  This is a pretty predictable comment after a pit bull attack that leads to the death of a child.  Per family reports Nephi and the dog were "best friends."  A family spokesperson has stated that family does not want the dog returned to them.

    For more information on this attack please click here.

    Union City boy killed by family pit bull
    Nephi Selu with the pit bull that killed him.

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    Effingham SC
    June 25, 2013

    Five year old Arianna Jolee Merrbach was mauled to death by a chained pit bull owned by a family member.  This makes the third pit bull fatality in South Carolina since the first of the year.  Animal Control seized three pit bulls from the home, the killer pit bull was humanely euthanized.

    Herbie Christmas of Florence County Environmental Services made the following statement "Pitbull type dogs are in my opinion like a loaded gun, you need to treat it like a loaded gun, you need to make sure that people from the public can't get into that area, and most importantly, you need to make sure that your dog doesn't go to someone else's dog and cause that person injury," The animal in question was on a chain, and we do have a tethering ordinance in Florence County, which prohibits that activity."

     Neighbor Lulu Waddell contacted County Environmental Services about the pit bulls last year stating that she was frightened of them running loose in her yard which prompted the tethering of the dogs.  "I was afraid of them because I don't bother nobody's pitbulls, so when I called, they made them tie them up in the back." 

    Arianna Jolee Merrbach in the loving arms of a family member.

    For the death notice for this beautiful baby please click here.  Vocal pit bull promoters need to be reminded of the suffering caused by their poor choices.

    An interesting side story here, Effingham SC is considering the relocation of another pit bull to a "rescue" in New York state.  This dog mauled a local child last year.  It is unlikely that a change of address will change the dog.  Please note that this DOG has a court appointed attorney.  The family of the injured child strongly opposes the re homing of the dog.

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    These comments are from articles on the three deaths I have written about today.  Three dead children and these pit bull advocates feel that these remarks needed to be made?   It is a difficult time for breed specific advocates, what with sixteen Americans killed so far this year but "when in doubt, advocate" just looks ugly to the rational public.

    American Pit Bull Terrier Assn Inc (NZ)
    Here we go again - all the stiff necks exposing their ignorance.

    Any medium breed is capable of breaking the bones in an adult human's forearms. 5lb lapdogs kill people. And here we have again the hysterically inflated 'statistics' taken from media reports stacked up by those with an agenda.

    Let's just continue to ignore the science and qualified opinion and let the facts escape the notice of the public in the interests of selling copy and boosting ratings, and pushing the ideologies of those who would have a pet-free world.

    Learn to spot the difference between the hate/fear-mongers and those actually qualified to make a statement. It's not hard to spot.

    American Pit Bull Terrier Assn Inc (NZ)
    The world is my backyard. Who are you anyway? The forum police. I'll visit and comment wherever I like!

    Jim Crosby ·  Top Commenter
    Once again the dog was destroyed in a hurry, with no need and apparently with no behavioral evidence gathered. Why can't we take our time and investigate these cases completely and correctly? EVERY case is different, and EVERY homicide, no matter what the weapon or cause of death, deserves a full investigation.

    Theresa Matech ·  · Animal Behavior College
    First Of xxxxxx......Pitbulls Aren't Bred To Be Vicious It's The Irresponsible Owners Who Raise Them WRONG! You Don't See People Banning Or Singling Out German Shepherds Or Rottweilers And They Have Had Reports Of Killing People And Attacking People Or Dalmatians Who have Had Reports Of Aggression Towards Children! It's So Easy To Single Out A Breed And Attack Them Because The Fact Scumbags Raise Them Wrong For Fighting Purposes And Gives Them A Bad Name So The Dogs That Are Actually Raised Right Get Looked Down Upon. Its Pathetic! And That Child Should Have Not Been Left Unattended At All! Where Was The Parent? Seems You Are More Focused On Blaming The Breed Rather Then The Fact The Parents Weren't Even Watching Their Child Either!

    Theresa Matech ·  · Animal Behavior College
    Yea xxxxxxxxl Your Forgetting About All The Other Breeds Who Have Been Reported For Attacking Kids And Killing Kids! Look Online For Other Breeds Who Have Killed Kids. I Have 2 Pitbull Bullmastiffs And They Are The Best Dogs I Have Ever Owned! I Know Tons Of People With Pitbulls Who Never Have Had Aggression Problems Or Reports Of Attacking Someone! So If You Wanna Ban Pitbulls You Gonna Ban Rotweillers Or Dobermans Or German Shepherds? How About Dalmations Which Are Known For Their Aggression Towards Kids? Its So Easy To Attack A Breed That Has Been Destroyed By The Media As A Viscous Dog. And People Like YOU Are The Ones That Feed The Fire More To Give Them Bad Names. You Can Preach All You Want About The Breed Being So Dangerous Cause That's What The Media Tells You! How Many Attacks Are Pure Breed Huh? How Do You Really Know The True Bloodline? You Know What The Media Says And You Listen To That Without Questions. If You Wanna Preach Bad Breeds Name All That Have Killed Kids On The List As Well Before You Single Out Just The Pitbulls. That Kid Should Of Been Supervised No Matter What Breed The Dog Was. If You Can't Keep And Eye On Your Kid You Shouldn't Have Kids In The First Place That Was Extremely Irresponsible Of These Parents But You Don't Take Note On That Just Blaming A Dog Though Right?

    Phillip Matthews · Sales Trainee at Fastenal
    xxxxxxxxxx It sounds like you're making the argument that because pitbulls have a higher attack rate than other species, they should be exterminated. First of all, I would like to reference you to a person named Adolf Hitler. The two of you have a lot in common. Secondly, let's look at some other statistics. An overwhelming percentage of criminals (human criminals) are from the same race. Therefore, would you argue that people of that specific race are natural born criminals and should be exterminated as well? Human psychology and dog psychology aren't very far off, so I guess your opinion is that people of a specific race are naturally bad... wait... you're starting to sound like a bigot for some reason.

    Clay Hundenshire ·  Top Commenter · Virginia Tech
    Amazing, huh!!! But no, pit bull biased doesn't exist. It's scientifically proven, that 95% of the time the media blames a pit bull, it has no American Pit Bull terrier DNA. Most of these dogs reported as pit bulls are look-a-like mutts. American Pit Bull Terriers rarely attack humans. You are more likely to be mauled by a lab than an American Pit Bull terrier. The media uses pit bull as a loosely generic term for the look of a dog, but people actually buy that it's a pit bull. media hype and misunderstanding is what it boils down to.
    Clay Hundenshire ·  Top Commenter · Virginia Tech
    haha.... BS Stats!!! You are not only an idiot for believing it, you are more of an idiot for announcing you believe in it.

    Summer Cribb · Georgetown High School
    I own 5 Pit bulls and I love them to the moon and back. Very gentle, kind, and they have never let me down. I give my condolences to the family, but I still think the dog is not at fault. The animal was on a chain by its self and the child came up to it. I very much love my dogs and I hope this does not continue to ruin their reputation.

    Stephany Morris Scott
    Really truly sad that all these people have anger and animosity of the fact of the matter being a dog is the killer. ANY bread of dog could be a killer it just so happens that cruel people have raised "pits" to be fighters because they are of such strong breeds. So that being said yes.....fighting is hidden way down in some pits bloodlines and some it is more aggressively shown than in others....but it still refers back to a reflection on its owners. Regaurdless of breed this is very saddening that no one was watching this little girl close enough to where she could still be here today!! Its also sad that not once have I ever seen as many discussions, like on this page, on a page of a rape charge or a pedofile incident. SO many people have their priorities in the wrong place and push forward their oppinions on the lesser valued problems. ....You better realize it all though, its all a sign of the times!
    Most dog bites aren't even reported, unless its a pit bull, why they have higher stats than other breeds. Most people can't even correctly identify the breed, but hate the breed. Makes perfect sense

    Mark M. June 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm

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    Vin King - 6/11/2013 8:39 AM

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    Welp, if the parents had trained their offspring to not throw fits, this wouldn't have happened and the poor dog wouldn't have to be put down. I blame bad parenting.

    Ronnie Keith Van Zant  20 days ago
    • It's sad when a reporter who wants attention attaches themselves to two polarizing topics and uses the death of a child for the attention, and on top of that, doesn't actually research the facts before typing up an obviously misguided and nonfactual article. first she attached herself to the tornado story, then to pit bulls, all while using the death of a child to grab attention. Well, sorry to tell you Geetika, you chose the wrong group of people to try and slight in your attempts at attention. We will call you out on your BS reporting skills, your erroneous "facts," and your attempts at furthering the stigma of any type of dog. The attention you wanted is obviously not the attention you are getting and will continue to get until you correct your story with actual facts.

    Taleisha  20 days ago
    • How is it the dogs fault? Dogs are raised to be vicious not born that way. It could just as well have been a sheperd, boxer, doberman or any other dog. Blame the owners not the animal, they are the ones that made him mean. I have a blue pit that is the sweetest thing alive and is awesome with my children.

    Brandy Burns Carey  20 days ago
    • I am soo sorry for the loss of this child. But the dog did not attack because of its breed.. That is just stupid to even say, or blame it on why the dog attacked. The dog must have though the boy was hurting the woman. We need to stop putting sterotypes on breeds of dogs. Maybe the dog was sick and the yelling child over stimulated the dog and he just snapped. Rip little buddy, let the lord take you under his wing, and show you how to comfort your family from above.

    Nick Openshaw

    • In 2004, 311 of 578 (53.8%) children under the age of five were murdered by their parents in the US. Parents kill roughly 15 times more children than pits do people each year. You're making a mountain out of a mound. I can go find countless causes of death more common that a pit attack

    • You would think parents would be held to a higher standard, huh? If you didnt like that one, maybe you'll like this one ---- "There were 28 lightning fatalities in 2012 in 17 states." Thats more than pit bull fatalities for the same year. Therefore, you are more likely to die by lightning than a pit bull. You can quote me on that



    12:41 PM on June 20, 2013
    What ever happened to responsible journalism? Henry K. Lee, the use of your source regarding the number and percentages of dog bite fatalities automatically renders your article useless and nothing more than garbage. That site was created in response to Colleen's experience after she ran up on a dog walker and a dog on a narrow path and spooked the dog. The dog paid with his life and she gets her kicks by contorting facts. What she cannot do is face the fact that she is responsible for the event in the first place. Please do your homework before using such trash and discrediting yourself in the process.



    7:41 PM on June 19, 2013
    Prepare: Here come come the reactionary kindergarten cops who want to tell me about the dogs they don't understand. They're usually the ones that come out to say we should ban everything they read in a tragic story.

    It's amazing that no one wants to hold the owner responsible in these cases. My dog is a reflection of the environment, training and socialization I have provided for her. She also happens to be a Staffordshire. From day one she has been exposed to children and other dogs and treats them with respect the way I have taught her. So before you say we should ban a breed think about the number of bad parents that are out there. There's easily that many horrible neglectful dog owners. Usually it's these idiots that adopt a bully breed. It's usually for the wrong reasons. It sometimes ends badly.

    I know I'm gonna get your thumbs down for sticking up for such a polarizing animal, but before you do you should know I've got a finger up for you.


    10:13 PM on June 19, 2013
    Chicken_Bacon - You really want to check out my junk?!? You know you can get random hookups for that kind of thing on Craigslist.

    wassupwithyou - Really? If anything I was suggesting that Chicken_Bacon is a creeper that wants to check out my junk. As far as the finger goes, I reserve that for people I disagree with. Usually they're driving like idiots in front of me, but sometimes it goes out to folks like you. If that makes me a tough guy, than your bar for such things is set a bit low.

    Clay Hundenshire ·  Top Commenter · Virginia Tech
    Yeah, yeah, yeah..... More DBO propaganda. You're nothing but a puppet xxxxx. I see you pasting the same old nonsense every single day. Any canine expert will tell you to your face you're wrong.