Letter to the editor: DOG ATTACKS ARE NOT NORMAL

Child victims of pit bull attacks

Innocent victims disfigured for life

Young people tend to imagine that dog attack violence is normal, because they never knew a time when it was not.

From 1930 to 1960, the U.S. averaged fewer than one fatal dog attack per year, yet almost all dogs ran free, less than 1 percent were fixed, and males far outnumbered females because of the common practice of drowning female pups to prevent surplus litters. Pit bulls during that entire 30-year span killed nine people. Dobermans killed two, one in 1955, one in 1960, and that created the lasting image of the Doberman as a dangerous breed.

Since 2010, we have averaged more than 30 fatalities per year from pit bulls alone.

What changed?

In 1960 pit bulls were under 1 percent of the U.S. dog population. By 2000, they were about 3.5 percent, and now they are 7 percent of dog births, though still only about 3.5 percent of the dog population due to excessively high mortality, mostly through shelter surrenders and impoundments.

PETA is right: It is time to stop breeding pit pulls and time to mandate sterilizing them, since only about 20 percent are sterilized now, compared to 70 percent-plus for all other dogs.

Merritt Clifton
Investigative Reporter and Editor
www.Animals24-7.org

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My First Experience with Fighting Dogs

An insightful observation from a friend of mine:

“I had dogmen in my family, well known throughout the South. I wasn’t proud of it. I also had family that raised for field and show. But I want to tell you what it is like walking into a fighting dog ‘kennel’. First of all the ‘kennel’ is outside, usually located in a remote part of a forest, the woods as we call it.

The pits are chained, heavily chained. Car axles are driven into the ground and the chains are attached to these axles with padlocks. Heavy tow chains I might add. From the air, you can spot these kennels, the pits have made circles around, dirt, and you can easily see them. When you walked in and the pits started jumping and running around, the dust is stifling. That’s the life of these pits, put on chains when they are about 4 months old.
When you go into the ‘kennel’, the pits are so happy to see you, just like your own dog greeting you. They aren’t vicious, they aren’t aggressive, they act like any other dog, excited to see you. But stay at chain’s length, is the advice from the dogman. You can pet them, they will roll over for a belly rub too. A layman can be easily deceived by their reactions.

As a course of some undercover work, I had to watch two of the pits that I had petted and rubbed their bellies, fight. To this day, it haunts me. Those two pits that I had so enjoyed were fighting to the death. I am not a drinker, but I did stay drunk for 3 days after this. The only thing that saved me was that it was for the good, my work helped to bust these dogmen, my family members included. I was barely 21. Because of my family, I was called upon a few more times to help gather info on dogmen around my area.

When busts are made of the dogmen, these ‘rescuers’ go in and they see the friendly pits that I saw. They form an opinion that these dogs are ‘forced’ to fight, that they are just normal canines. They aren’t. What these rescuers need to see is what I had to see and be haunted with. What these pits are capable of is beyond your imagination. And once you see the instant aggression, how they fight to the death, you will never see the breed in the same light again.

I didn’t want to tell this tale, But I continue to see how these pits, bred for fighting, are thought of in a light that leads to darkness. Pits are indeed liars.”

Harve Morgan

Another “hero pit bull” scam debunked

One of the “oldie but moldy” urban myths that continues to circulate is the story of a “hero pit bull” that saved it’s master from a deadly snake. Heart-warming though such tales may seem to pit bull fans, there is simply no evidence that it ever happened. There original event does contain some of the elements of the urban myth which has been propagated; there was a snake, there was a pit bull, but the circumstances were hardly evidence of alleged pit bull heroics.

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It’s gratifying to see that not everyone drinks the kool-aid, but in all likelihood, the die hard pit bull fans will continue to believe what they want to believe, while promoting pit bulls and inflicting them upon unsuspecting neighborhoods.

Get the facts here: Story of woman saved by pit bull found to be a hoax

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