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

2015 pit bull victim #37328

Poor pug mauled by pit bull

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

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

Veteran denied access to transportation

Outrage is spreading over the story of the veteran who was denied access to transportation by a Detroit bus driver. “I have PTSD and he helps me cope with people and situations”, said Tyrone Washington, a decorated ex-marine, pictured here with his beloved therapy dog, “punisher”.

“I’ve been fighting prejudice all my life, but I never expected this”. Just because my service dog isn’t some lab or golden doesn’t make him dangerous. They call him a “hyena” but that don’t mean a thing. I raised him right, and it’s all about how they are raised. This is profiling, straight up!”

What do you think? should this injustice be allowed to continue? Sound off in the comments section!

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Barbara Kay: What pit bull activism says about our culture

“Dogs with a talent for fighting generally like to fight”

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Barbara Kay succinctly states a concept that should be rather obvious to any disinterested observer, but which is, curiously, resisted vigorously by the well funded activist pit bull lobby, despite the rivers of blood which daily confirm what we all know.

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A Remedy for Commissioner Philbrook

In Ohio, pit bulls had been regulated since 1987, in legislation passed in the aftermath of several horrific pit bull attacks, in order to prevent additional attacks and protect innocent members of the public.

In 2012 a group of determined Toledo-area pit bull advocates prevailed upon the Ohio legislature to go behind the backs of the voters and remove the legal protections that had been in place concerning the ownership of pit bull type dogs. After these legal protections were removed, pit owners were emboldened and the horrific pit bull attacks began to ramp up in earnest.

Zainabou Drame, 6 years old, pictured below, was mauled in an unprovoked attack by the neighbor’s pit bulls who broke her jaw and tore out her tongue. Zainabou was in an induced coma for weeks. She will never speak again.

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Zainabou Drame, attacked by neighbor’s pit bulls.

The pit bull owner did not face any charges in the attack, as he enjoyed the protections afforded by the new Ohio legislation. It’s unfortunate that there was no protection for Zainabou.

Commissioner Jane Philbrook apparently sees no need for proactive measures to protect victims, instead favoring a system under which harm must first come to victims before any action is taken – a system which favors the rights of dangerous dog fanciers to inflict these nightmares on their communities rather than the rights of the community – and innocent victims like Zainabou – to live in peace.

Click here to read the full story at SRUV.