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.
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
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.
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.
Laue was a no-show for the polygraph test.
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.