The objectivity of pit bull fanatics

Dick Johnson was reading the newspaper, as is his custom, with his morning coffee, and came across an article about – you guessed it – another pit bull attack. Of course, there is nothing unusual about that, pit bull attacks being a daily occurrence, and most of them going unreported. But something in the article bothered Dick Johnson, something he’s seen many times before: an apparent disconnect from reality on the part of pit bull owners.

Andy Ortiz was badly mauled, for no particular reason, by a pit bull owned by the Mason family, whose pool he was cleaning in September. Bitten multiple times in his arms, legs and face, he barely escaped with his life and doesn’t want anyone else to suffer a similar or worse fate. He has been unable to work since the near fatal mauling, and will require additional surgeries to repair the muscle and tissue damage to his arm.

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How did the Masons respond? Were they horrified that they could have been so misled about the nature of their dog? Did they have the brute put down immediately? Well, not so much. Believe it or not, they contend that the pit bull is “sweet” and called it “the greatest family dog in the world.”

I’m sorry – in what bizarro alternate universe do you call an animal that attempted to tear a man apart for no particular reason – and almost succeeded –  “the best family dog in the world”? If pit bull fans call such a dangerous and unpredictable torturer “sweet”, do words have any meaning at all? You might want to tuck this bit of trivia away for later, and bring it to mind next time you hear a pit bull owner say that their pit bull is “sweet”.

For more info, see the article in the link below:

RIVERSIDE COUNTY POOL MAN ATTACKED BY PIT BULL MIX SPEAKS OUT

A closer look at a “hero pit bull” story

We’ve long been curious about the rash of “hero pit bull” puff piece stories that seem to sprout like mushrooms immediately after each new horrific pit bull attack. Curious because they almost invariably seem suspect; there is little if any evidence, only a story from a somewhat less than impartial pit bull promoter.

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Along the same lines, we’ve seen the sort of stories designed to evoke pity for pit bulls and their owners, involving faked assaults and other hoaxes. Even more disturbing are the cases where pit bull owners cover up attacks by their own, even when the attack is on themselves or their family members, blaming the attack on a unknown loose dog, a mystery cougar, or some other innocent 3rd party – all for the sake of avoiding more bad news about pit bull violence, and propping up a carefully crafted image of pit bulls as safe, dependable pets

Recently, we were able to get a peek at the inside of the creation of a hero pit bull story, the type which would certainly have been prominently featured at the likes of Huffington Post

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Tauwana Madison Shafer Laue reported that a man tried to abduct her child a week ago outside an elementary school, but her awesome hero pit bull intervened and saved the day, biting the bad man and chasing him away.

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The police followed up, checking security cameras at the scene, and found that nothing of the sort had taken place there. Laue, confronted with the facts, quickly adjusted her story, claiming she was confused, and claimed that it had actually taken place elsewhere, even offering to take a polygraph test. The police accommodated her and scheduled one.

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Laue was a no-show for the polygraph test.

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It was a lucky break that in this particular “hero pit bull” plot, there were security cameras monitoring the location of the purported heroism, which revealed it for the sham it was. One would do well to take any such reports of pit bull heroism with a grain of salt – not that a dog – any dog – might not do something useful, but with the pit bull propaganda machine in full swing, there is a lot of pressure to create pit bull puff pieces to try and distract attention from the horrific maulings that take place every day.

References
Mom in faked attempted child abduction turns herself in
Police question validity of attempted abduction report