— Julio Luna (@Julio_Josh_Luna) November 4, 2015
Dear Tia Torres,
Through tears of agony I wrote you a letter six months ago to which you never acknowledged. I’m sure you got it, and I’m sure you’re aware of the 192 children that have been killed by pit bulls in the US, and the 279 adults who have been killed by them… and the thousands who have been disfigured and severely injured from vicious attacks – half the time from trusted pets who had shown no signs of aggression before that. Yet rather than warning the public about the truth that pit bulls were bred for hundreds of years to fight to the death and therefore not suitable to be household pets, you are still telling lies that “it’s all how you raise them.” And now you’ve got a new program with Villalobos Rescue Center pairing “well trained” service dogs (including pit bulls!) with physically impaired children?!! Unbelievable!
Please re-read my letter. For someone who professes to caring so much I can’t believe you didn’t have the dignity to even send an “I’m sorry for your loss” message or anything. My beloved daughter and all the other victims deserve at least that much from you.
Dear Tia Torres,
On January 17th 2014 my daughter Kara was attacked and brutally mauled to death on her 4th birthday by the very dog we purchased for her at x-mas the year before.
She thought that dog hung the moon, she had tea parties with him, he would sleep at the foot of the couch when she napped, laid his head on her lap for endless petting, she would sing songs to him, demanded he be bought special toys to play with, special pooper scooper so she could clean up after him, cushions for him to lay, she helped walk him with her daddy at night, cried when he wasn’t feeling well as her little heart felt so badly for him, her face lit up from ear to ear when she’d talk about him.
We watched your show (Pit Bulls & Parolees) faithfully, had it DVR’d as a matter of fact, we hung to your every word, admired you for fighting for the respect of the breed, and educating new owners and potential adopters, we clung to your words and followed them like a bible.
You are the biggest reason why I allowed that dog into my home. I bought into your theory of poor misunderstood dog, gentle giant, loving family pet, great with children, loyal, snuggly. Our dogs were every one of those things—until the day something snapped in him and he wasn’t.
He attacked my daughter with no warning, no growl, no sneer, no previous anger, no signs whatsoever. You are wrong in what you say, you are wrong in what you preach, you are preaching untruths and many many more children will die because of you.
These dogs are unpredictable at best, ticking time bombs that do not care that you have loved them as family and had done all the right things, exercised, fed well, the right fences, vetted, loved beyond measure.
The month of August 2011 was a bad one for proud pit bull fans. In that month, 3 different people were attacked and mauled to death by “family pit bulls” that either belonged to them or another family member, and were well known to them. The victims were Michael Cook of Tucson Az, Carmen Ramos of Philadelphia, Pa, and Darla Napora of Pacific, Ca.
Darla, a member of Bad Rap, a bay area pit bull advocacy group, was an outspoken advocate for the breed, and featured numerous pictures with their pit bulls on social media.
On August 11, 2011, the male pit bull launched a sustained, relentless attack so brutal that she couldn’t even reach a phone to dial 911. Her husband came home for lunch to find her dead body, with horrific injuries on her upper body, and defensive wounds on her arms, the pit bull still standing over its prey.
In the aftermath of the attack, her facebook page was immediately scrubbed, and the propaganda and victim blaming began in earnest.
A statement by Darla’s father was published on the 2nd anniversary of her death in, to address the misinformation and misconceptions spread by the pit bull advocacy, His comments are shown below. Sadly, the misinformation and victim blaming persists to this day.
On Sunday afternoon (7/26/15), Tyson, an 11-year old pug from Los Angeles went out for a 30-minute walk with his dog walker and few other dogs. The group of dogs included a pit bull named Thor. After the walk, Tyson’s dog walker tied up the dogs outside of a 7-Eleven and stopped in for 10 minutes to pick up a Gatorade, which is when the pit bull attacked Tyson.
During the 7-Eleven stop, Tyson sustained multiple wounds to his neck, chest, torso, and legs. He needed a blood transfusion, a couple of surgeries, a cast, and plenty of stitches. Poor guy was being attacked and couldn’t get away due to their leashes keeping them in distance of each other.
Read the full story here: Reddit discussion
If a pit bull only had the power of speech
Perhaps even the nutters he could reach
Let’s put imagination at play
Think what he well might say
“You knew what I was when you took me in.
Over my genetics, no training can truly win.”
“Call me a ‘nanny dog’ if you will.
Little children I’ll continue to kill.”
“You just think that I love you.
Soon, I’ll be snarling above you.”
“Aggression tests are a joke.
I easily pass after killing folk.”
“Old pit bulls are seldom found.
We are killed in fights or put down.”
“As a therapy dog, choose me.
Of your problem, you’ll be free.”
“Don’t expect me to give just one bite.
I’ll maul and hold with all my might.”
“You’re an idiot if having me thrills you.
“I’m the breed most likely to kill you.”
This account is just one of many, and representative of the pain and suffering inflicted every time a pit bull does the thing pit bulls were specifically designed and bred to do. Do pit bull advocates care? It doesn’t appear so. While pit bull advocates scream for less restriction and more access to victims, the slaughter of the innocent and unsuspecting rages on in our communities. Open your eyes, talk to your neighbors. You’ll be surprised to find out how many of them have had pets maimed or mauled to death by pit bulls, in attacks that never made the news.
Please dob this wicked bastard in to the police; he cannot control his dogs and he seems clueless about how to stop an attack once it starts. His ‘pet maulers’ slaughtered tiny Yorkshire Terrier ‘Dylan’ in front of his horrified lady owner. Dylan died in her arms.
The big lump of useless human flesh ran away when the dying Yorkie’s owner asked that he help her and ring an emergency number. The big man ran away with his cowardly friend and his two British maulers.
The sweet little dog had tried to submit to the attack by rolling onto his back – a clear canine signal for ‘don’t hurt me – you win’ – Pit Bulls ignore this normal canine signal and use it in order to continue their violent attack.
Please share on social media and bring this hateful, cowardly monster and his two killers to account for their crimes.