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Some years ago, I visited the local Boys Club early one morning. There had been a break-in. Two young brothers had gotten caught making off with pool balls and cues.

They weren’t going to be arrested, merely suspended. Police phoned their mother. It must have taken ten minutes to persuade her to come get them. She kept insisting it was a case of mistaken identity. Her sons were at home with her the whole time.

The cop kept saying, “Ma’am, I keep trying to tell you we’ve got them right here.” They finally had to put one of her sons on the line to make her quit fabricating alibis. I kept thinking of that incident during recent encounters with what it’s tempting to call the Pit Bull Cult.

You see, I’d written a column about an unprovoked attack on my two dogs by an unleashed pit on city park playground. Because my dogs are 120 lb. Great Pyrenees who spent nine years guarding livestock (and cats) on our farm, they were never in danger.

Rather the danger was that they would maim or kill the pit in front of a bunch of little kids. Thanks to the brave intervention of two young fathers, that didn’t happen. One big, strong fellow reached into the melee and lifted the pit off the ground by his collar. Later, I talked to a Little Rock cop, but his attitude was no harm, no foul.

I should have pressed harder, because the pit was seriously crazy. It was the canine equivalent of a welterweight jumping Vladimir and Vitali Klitschko, the Ukrainian heavyweight boxing champions.

Also, sane male dogs don’t attack bitches. I ended the column asking rhetorically what might have happened if I’d been walking a cocker spaniel. “Possibly this breed has a place in today’s world, although I can’t think what it is…It wouldn’t trouble me if it were illegal.” Of course in many places, it already is.

Besides, this is only partly a dog column. It’s also about several things that have gone wrong in American political dialogue: dogmatism, disdain for facts, black-and-white thinking, name-calling and generalized hatred of rival tribes.

Also, the bad effects of social media. People just don’t abuse each other in person the way they do on social media. It’s a coward’s idea of tough.

Here’s what I think has happened. Animal shelters from sea to shining sea are filled to bursting with pit bulls and pit mixes either confiscated from or surrendered by people who never should have owned them.

Compassionate dog lovers who volunteer at those shelters have persuaded themselves that these wonderful animals—as many of them surely are—need to be protected from mean-spirited people who’ve noticed the breed’s propensity for unprovoked and deadly attacks on animals and people.

But it’s not “racist” to generalize. Biologically, race and breed are near opposites. Dog breeds are among the oldest forms of human engineering: pit bulls were engineered to fight.

Nor is it just bad owners. Some are cruel and stupid, others merely naïve. But sometimes it’s just the dog. Aggression could be bred out of pits with strong laws and consistent effort, but not by people who deny reality. Reality being that pit bulls are responsible for the vast majority of fatal human attacks in the US.

It doesn’t matter if I’m an old man who will die soon, as several pit cultists told me, whether I have “masculinity issues,” a tendency toward pedophilia, remind them of Donald Trump, nor even if “Cydni” kicks my teeth in, as she vowed.

The website DogsBite.org “recorded 31 fatal dog attacks in 2016. Pit bulls contributed to 71% (22) of these deaths, just over 7 times more than the next closest dog breed.”

The cult has two objections: pits are not an AKC-recognized breed. Hence in a pinch, it can be argued that they don’t really exist: perfectly circular reasoning, but who’s keeping score? Also, DogsBite.org is not a “scientific, peer-reviewed” site.

Run by Coleen Lynn, who survived a 2007 pit attack, it doesn’t pretend to be. Lynn compiles and tabulates media reports of fatal and near-fatal dog attacks, provides links to the original news stories, and tracks court cases.

So take the DogsBite challenge: google “fatal pit bull attacks” for any city or state you choose.

In Atlanta: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/child-dies-two-others-hurt-pit-bulls-attack-kids-on-way-to-school-atlanta/ Three kids attacked at a school bus stop.

In New York: http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/12/us/new-york-pit-bull-attacks/index.html “A pair of pit bulls left Francesco Bove so badly mutilated that a priest read him his last rites outside a New York church.”

Pit attacks appear to be a regular feature of Chicago life: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/tag/pit-bull-attack/.

Even down home in nearby and neighborly Greenbrier, AR. http://thecabin.net/news/2016-03-18/man-undergoes-surger-following-dog-attack

But hey, the victim was 75. One foot in the grave, although he could end up losing it. All isolated incidents and “fake news” pit lovers insist. Now where have we heard that before?
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Gene Lyons

Gene Lyons is a political columnist and author. Lyons writes a column for the Arkansas Times that is nationally syndicated by United Media. He was previously a general editor at Newsweek as wells an associate editor at Texas Monthly where he won a National Magazine Award in 1980. He contributes to Salon.com and has written for such magazines as Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Monthly, The Nation, Esquire, and Slate. A graduate of Rutgers University with a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, Lyons taught at the Universities of Massachusetts, Arkansas and Texas before becoming a full-time writer in 1976. A native of New Jersey, Lyons has lived in Arkansas with his wife Diane since 1972. The Lyons live on a cattle farm near Houston, Ark., with a half-dozen dogs, several cats, three horses, and a growing herd of Fleckvieh Simmental cows. Lyons has written several books including The Higher Illiteracy (University of Arkansas, 1988), Widow's Web (Simon & Schuster, 1993), Fools for Scandal (Franklin Square, 1996) as well as The Hunting Of The President: The 10 Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton, which he co-authored with National Memo Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason.

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  1. Wanda Bleach March 16, 2017

    Bravo for another courageous and well written article.
    The cognitive dissonance and flat out refusal to see facts on the part of those who claim to love pit bulls are what interests me most about this topic. Pit bulls have a huge contingent of useful idiot lovers who rush to defend their dogs and complain about mistreatment whenever the breed is mentioned. The victim blaming and cyber bullying they engage in is just shameful.
    They do not realize that the public doesn’t care that the AKC doesn’t register pit bulls (they sort of do- the American Staffordshire Terrier), and that some of these dogs who are phenotypically pit bull types might have American Bulldog or something mixed in. The public cares that fighting breeds are killing their pets, children, livestock, and wildlife in staggering numbers. No one NEEDS a pit bull.
    No other dog breed has a dedicated lobby devoted to defending said breed; no other breed NEEDS one.

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    1. Karl Ruetz March 17, 2017

      There are few people who “need” any specific breed of dog. To identify a “pit bull” you might as well use a Ouija board. While there’s little consensus as to what a pit bull is, it’s also true that many combinations of mixed breed dogs have characteristics similar to the several breeds commonly called “pit bulls.” That’s how many mixed breed dogs, or dogs with unknown parentage, end up being labeled pit bulls.

      Today, any dog with a short coat, wide head and muscular build might be labeled a pit bull. The thing is, infinite combinations of breed mixes can look like that. It may be a boxer and Dalmatian mix, or a beagle, mastiff and retriever mix, or a dog that’s several generations of mixed breeds. For some dogs labeled as pit bulls, when their DNA is tested it’s nearly impossible to assign even one main breed.

      In fact, many dogs who do have pit bull–like breeds in their DNA don’t fit the physical description at all. The fact is, breed doesn’t matter as much as some people think it does. Dogs, like people, are individuals and should be judged by their behavior, not their appearance.

      1. Wanda Bleach March 17, 2017

        This is incorrect. Studies have been done, measuring the ability of shelter workers to identity likely breeds of dogs solely based on phenotype and they were overwhelmingly able to identify pit bulls (and other breeds.)
        While it’s true that many different mixes could end up incorrectly identified as a pit bull, the fact of the matter is that in most attacks, the dog is identified by the owner as a pit bull/American Bulldog/American bully. Should we disbelieve the dogs own owners?
        And if breeds like retrievers and boxers and Dalmatians are really likely to be misidentified pit bulls, why aren’t purebred examples of those breeds implicated in attacks? It would seem logical that there would be fatalities perpetrated by those breeds or even attacks, but for the most part, there really aren’t. There are bites, but not maulings or fatalities.
        Please, tell sheep herders and farmers who overwhelmingly choose Border Collies, ratters who choose terriers, hunters who choose Labs, coonhunters who choose coon hounds, and police departments that choose GSDs or Mals that “breed doesn’t matter.” If breed didn’t matter there would be people making money hand over fist pulling random dogs from shelters and training them as police dogs.

        1. Karl Ruetz March 17, 2017

          What studies? How and where were they done? Who did them? I work at a shelter (a rather large one, in fact one of the biggest). The people that guess breed when dogs come in will admit to you that they are guessing. These are people with years of experience and many are educated dog trainers. It’s not easy.

          I did not indicate that it’s pure breeds that are miss named. I said a boxer/dalmation mix or a beagel/mastiff/retriever mix or dogs with generations of all kinds of mix breeds are misidentified as pit bulls. It happens a lot.

          I’m a border collie guy. I don’t need border collies (I have no livestock) but I enjoy the breed and my dogs play flyball. I understand what you are saying. Of course breed matters. My point is it is not simply not possible to precisely identify a dog as a pit bull based on how it looks. Breed specific legislation targets dogs based on looks that are unreliable.

          And, pit bulls are now being used as Police Dogs: http://dogtime.com/trending/34961-police-departments-turn-rescue-pit-bulls-new-k9-units.

          1. Wanda Bleach March 17, 2017

            This is not a very scientific study but: http://www.aspcapro.org/blog/2013/09/25/bully-this%E2%80%94-results-are-in%E2%80%A6
            I never said you did indicate that purebreds are misnamed, I am only saying that generally dogs that look like pit bulls are pit bulls.

          2. that flies in the face of genetic facts. There are minute differences in dna which give a dog it’s appearance. Want to take a guess what mix these dogs are? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/115cd67ec98b815c9adca922f8e2250a6a8cb0c0fffcf7148eb4b50663964871.png

          3. Wanda Bleach March 17, 2017

            Those look like hound/lab mix puppies but what, exactly, “flies in the face of genetic facts”?

          4. that we can tell a breed by looking. These puppies are actually the product of a registered Basenji and a registered Cocker Spaniel

          5. Wanda Bleach March 17, 2017

            Well I got the group right, at least, hound/sporting….

          6. Crystal Sollock March 20, 2017

            Just ask Wanda, she knows the breed just by looking at the dog!

          7. Wanda Bleach March 17, 2017

            We absolutely can tell a breed by looking. Stating that you can only tell a breed by genetic testing would nullify every single dog show result and registry body registration and pedigree that ever existed.

          8. Crystal Sollock March 20, 2017

            Wanda go away! Your a VERY NEGATIVE PERSON!

          9. Crystal Sollock March 20, 2017

            YOU CANNOT TELL THE BREED OF A DOG JUST BY LOOKING AT IT, IF YOU CAN DO THAT, THEN YOUR ONE OF A KIND!

          10. Wanda Bleach March 21, 2017

            Maybe you can’t, but a lot of other people can. The AKC has a program where you can register your dog as a specific breed in order to compete in performance events if it’s not registered. You send in a picture and somehow, magically, the people at the AKC determine the breed solely by looking at a picture. You may want to write to them and let them know they are all wrong, random woman from Internet Crystal Sollock says so.

          11. Crystal Sollock March 21, 2017

            Like I said before you have a answer for ever comment here, since your the expert, your hired to come work at my local shelter and save us a time of money since you can judge what kind of breed any dog is just by looking at it! Wanda I be some random women from the internet, but I’m not claiming to be able to judge breeds just by looking at the individual dog!

          12. Wanda Bleach March 21, 2017

            I am not claiming to be an expert. But the notion that you can’t look at a dog and either identify the breed or make a very educated guess is nonsense. If you couldn’t, how could people compete at dog shows? What about at a breed specific event? How do people who hold a competition for Border Collies ensure all the entrants are Border Collies? They don’t have someone there at the gate doing on the spot DNA checks. If you don’t think you can generally identify a dog by phenotype or general appearance it suddenly makes your feelings about pit bulls a lot more understandable.

          13. Crystal Sollock March 21, 2017

            I understand what your saying, but you need to understand what I’m also trying to across to you. This is Lola and Nutmeg they are best friends, Lola is an American Strafford terrier and pug, what a mixup! She came from our local shelter, she is the most sweetest, smartest , loving dog I have ever had the pleasure of owning! Nutmeg, the Boston terrier is more prone to bite, than Lola. All I’m trying to say is that all pittys are not what they seem! That would be like judging all humans for one humans actions! uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ff7f738cb18adbda3d4db97211e9a3bf16cdc1327c53f144a4ac436b82e49cef.jpg

          14. Maddie’s Fund has done a published research study showing the exact opposite. And I know Animal Farm Foundation makes DBOers foam at the mouth, but this is an excellant science based, annotated paper they published: https://animalfarmfoundation.blog/2016/02/08/breed-labels-when-guesses-turn-into-predictions/

          15. Wanda Bleach March 17, 2017

            Come on. I am not quoting dogsbite.org to you, please don’t ask me to believe anything AFF publishes.

          16. It is annotated…you can check out the sources yourself. I would not point you towards an opinion piece like this one.

          17. Wanda Bleach March 17, 2017

            AFF exists to be an arm of advocacy for the pit bulldog. How, I don’t know, since “pit bull” is not a breed, I keep being told.
            I do not look for articles about pit bulls, I look for articles on dog attacks/maulings/bites and 99% of the time the perpetrator is a pit bull. That simple fact is what leads me to believe that there is a big problem in the pit community that won’t just be solved with people keeping their dogs on leash or inside a fence.
            If my breeds were 75% of the shelter dogs, were inevitably the dog who is stabbed/beat/fought/lit on fire/drowned, was involved in more than 90% of the fatalities, and was being bred like rabbits I would not feel like a few laws would solve the problem.

          18. Julie Weingand March 20, 2017

            Not true. I have seen the dbo culties id a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Dog as a pit bull when it clearly wasn’t. I have seen them also play guess the breed with a Chocolate Lab on a dog treat wrapper. Again, they were way off on that one too. Here is a really cool page I found about just that~~ https://stopbsl.org/bsloverview/impossibleid/

  2. Chef David Edelstein March 16, 2017

    Gene Lyons… you are right; you are old and REEK of McCarthyism.
    Your article began with SOME balance, but you made the fatal mistake of referencing DogShite.org as a factual source of information when it is clearly not, and lost what little credibility you might ever hope to have.

    FOR THE RECORD (And according to record with authorities in Seattle, WA) Colleen Lynn’s attack in 2007 was SO QUESTIONABLE that she was investigated by Seattle authorities not once, BUT TWICE for falsifying her testimony re: the alleged attack.

    I know Mr. Lyons… “Back in the Old Days, you could count on what you read in the paper to be true.” Well, that maybe true of the 1949 journalist, but certainly not of the drive-by journalism of today. The media is not in the business of selling facts… they are in the business of selling newspapers (or achieving higher tv ratings or maxing out their bandwidth on their website) to attract advertisers.
    ITS JUST THAT SIMPLE… and for those who cant acknowledge this FACT; you have bigger problems than dog breeds and a very real social issue of irresponsible dog ownership.

    SO, if we know we can not rely on the media for factual information and dogshite.org pulls their information exclusively from the media with zero verification… what does that say about the accuracy of the information found on that website?
    “For Entertainment Purposes Only”

    Yes, irresponsible dog ownership runs ramped GLOBALLY and the issue can not be ignored or dismissed. But to attempt to place the blame on a single breed and/ or people who choose to include that breed in their family is nothing more than (from your era) a drumhead trial.

    David Edelstein
    Team Pit-a-Full Dog Training & Rehabilitation
    Denver, CO

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    1. osc March 17, 2017

      Wow, you talk about the media trying to sell false stories about pitbull attacks and your company literally relies on pitbulls being legal. Ever wonder why there is a market for taming these aggressive dogs? Because if you don’t, they could turn on you and kill you or your child. Even with training, many pitbulls will attack unprovoked. Look at all these pitbull attacks in Denver alone:
      http://denver.cbslocal.com/tag/pit-bull-attack/

      PS
      Gene even anticipated your pathetic argument in his article, he concedes that dogsbite is not a “scientific, peer-reviewd site” but they do have news sources and sometimes testimony for every attack that they record. It’s not like they’re just making up statistics and news stories for more views, these are real people that are actually being killed.

    2. Wanda Bleach March 17, 2017

      You may be right that it’s all down to irresponsible dog ownership, just as gun issues come down to responsible owners but would you rather have that unstable violent gun user own a pellet gun or an assault rifle? Please, be honest. No one has an idea what “drumhead trial” means and it makes about as much sense as advocating for pit bulldogs in one of the cities that is sane enough to have outlawed them.
      You can keep yammering on about the unfairness of the media labeling dog attack perpetrators as pit bulls when said dogs haven’t had a DNA test/registration from an accredited registry/a 10 generation pedigree but please remember, we have eyes. Most of the dogs named as pit bulls are, clearly, pit bull type dogs. I have never seen the German Shepherd or Rottweiler fancy come rushing in to dispute that a dog that to every dog savvy eye IS a Rott or a GSD just because the dog isn’t registered/the pedigree isn’t known or any other nonsense. It’s only pit bulls. You sense that the fact that these dogs make great companions is a big lie that society is waking up to and you’re desperate.

    3. Gene Lyons March 17, 2017

      So which of the several linked incidents do you dispute? And on what grounds? You really think newspapers invent non-existent fatal attacks to boost circulation? Precisely what I mean by a cult.

      1. Wanda Bleach March 17, 2017

        Mr. Lyons, being in the media, you already know that “if it bleeds, it leads.” I track dog attacks and fatalities and no matter what breed is involved, the media reports it. Pit bull fanatics seriously believe there is some sort of conspiracy against their dogs and that there are Beagles and Golden Retrievers out there murdering toddlers with impunity but the media doesn’t report it because they aren’t pit bulls. It’s ridiculous.
        Ironically, I started tracking attacks because I believed the conspiracy against pits to be true. Imagine my surprise when the fact that pits were involved in overwhelming numbers turned out to be true and as the lie that they are wonderful nanny dogs continues to spread, the attacks continue to rise.
        Though I still maintain the pit bull fanciers are a million times worse than their dogs.

        1. Gene Lyons March 17, 2017

          I have to say that “Dogs kill children at bus stop” is news by anybody’s definition.

    4. David knows his stuff and is a professional. Unlike many of you, who have no actual experience working with these type of dogs, he actually works training and socializing dogs who may or may not be “pit bulls”.

      1. Wanda Bleach March 17, 2017

        Well, David is apparently as responsible as any other average pit owner if he is truly in the city of Denver as those dogs are banned there.

        1. the dogs are indeed banned there, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist there. Bubba was in Denver AC control for more than 2 months. You just can’t adopt a pit type dog from them…they have to be pulled by a rescue, outside of Denver proper. Which David is BTW

          1. Wanda Bleach March 17, 2017

            That is just dead wrong.

            “Under Denver’s Ordinance Sec. 8-55, pit bull breeds (American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or Staffordshire Bull Terrier) are banned in the City and County of Denver.
            Pit bull type dogs are defined as any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing (physical) characteristics, which substantially conform to the standards established by American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club.

            If your dog is impounded by Denver Animal Protection as an illegal pit bull, American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire terrier or Staffordshire bull terrier, it will be brought to the Denver Animal Shelter for an official breed evaluation.

            Breed Evaluations & Outcomes

            If you are unsure of your dog’s primary breed, you can make an appointment with the Denver Animal Shelter for a breed assessment. If animal control has impounded your dog for suspicion of breed ban violation, you will be contacted with breed evaluation results within 3–5 business days. Evaluations are completed by three certified staff members who will determine if the majority of the physical traits are consistent with the banned breeds per the ordinance.

            If the dog is determined to be one of the banned breeds, it will not be allowed to stay in Denver. The owner must relocate their dog to an address outside of Denver, and within a city that does not have a breed restriction ordinance.”

          2. Pit type dogs who are picked up by animal control are evaluated and under-go temperament testing. If they pass, they are made available for legitimate rescue groups, outside of Denver, to pull for adoption. Bubba spent 2 months in Denver AC, had 5 surgeries, passed his temperament testing and was pulled by Coloradogs out of Ft Collins. Dogs cannot be pulled by Denver residents or Denver rescues. Trust me….seeing as how this is where my dog came from, I’m up on their regulations. I’ve also had repeated conversations with the head of Denver Animal Control.

          3. Wanda Bleach March 17, 2017

            I copied right off the Denver AC page. With this being such a controversial ordinance if it’s incorrect you would think the city would correct their official bylaws.

          4. watch the video above. That was my dog at Denver Animal Control, two years ago. He spent 2 months in their care. He is not the only pit type dog that was there. They don’t just kill them, they allow them to be placed outside of the city limits.

          5. Julie Weingand March 20, 2017

            How sweet!! A wigglebutt!

    5. Katie March 19, 2017

      I just want to say that your comment on this reeking of McCartyism is the best thing I read on any of these posts or articles. That hit this dead on.

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  4. Buford2k11 March 17, 2017

    I will disagree with you on the Pit bulls, but I totally agree with you on the human side of things…I have seen both sides of the pitties….I watched in horror as two pitties attacked and killed a deer…The owner had nine fighting pits, very close to my home…The authorities were called, and the owner got fined for the deer, but nothing else happened about the pits…SO, my neighbors and I got together, got our guns, and offered to euthanize the pitties, because no one could get close enough to these dogs to handle them…we shot them all…the owner had to be disarmed by the police, and there was a short firefight, but all in all I WAS SHAKEN to my core, with what I had just witnessed…this was my only experience with pit bulls until, my son brought home a puppy, from a closed puppy mill…a full bred American Red Pit Bull…He is now nine years old, he has more friends than I do…He is a legend at UPS, for helping a driver deliver to our neighbors…protecting the driver from the “not pit bulls”…from that day forward, that driver, when he drives past my property, and my dog is outside, he will stop and give him a treat, and a good scratching…the funny thing is, UPS and Fed X drivers, the mail carrier, the garbage truck guys, the Propane truck driver, etc, all loves my doggie…even the joggers, the bikers, and the Wine tasters, all have met him, all have had that “hesitation” because of the bad rap of the pit bulls…the reason they have been so maligned, is the lack of understanding of how the breed was perverted by greedy people…My neighbors have sheep, and they have sheep dogs…who by the way are not friendly by any means…so, I fear the sheep dogs…more than any other breed….I have seen them work…on coyotes, and on other dogs….there ya have my honest opinion….

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    1. Wanda Bleach March 17, 2017

      The reputation these breeds have didn’t just spring out of nowhere. People didn’t just sit down one day and decide to arbitrarily choose a breed to hate.
      You could argue that it was the humane agencies that actually led to the popularity and persecution of pit bulls. They weren’t on anyone’s radar until Sports Illustrated did an article on them and then humane agencies started to fundraise to combat the epidemic of dog fighting, a problem that only existed when HSUS and others publicized how tough and macho these dogs were and they became a thing in inner cities. Prior to this, pit bulls were not pets. They were kept in the backwoods on logging chains by dog men who understood their true nature and didn’t have illusions that these were dogs for everyone.
      Now they are wildly overrepresented in shelters and rescues, they have their own lobbying groups, people are forced to look at pictures of pits wearing pearls and flowers and they are creating more issues than they are objectively worth.
      If your neighbors have “sheep dogs” by which I assume you mean Livestock Guardian Dogs, they are just doing their job, just as pit bulls are doing theirs when they attack other dogs and animals. The difference is that LGDs stay on their owners property and don’t react unless there is a threat.

      1. Pit bull terrier like dogs are the #1 most abused dog in the country. Pit bull terrier like dogs often appeal to bad, lazy or stupid people who want a dog for show or other nefarious purposes.
        Pit bull terrier like dogs often have owners who abuse them, chain them up, don’t fix them, allow them to run at large, and encourage threatening behavior.
        Pit bull terrier like dogs are often bred by ignorant backyard breeders who are in it for a buck, and sell puppies at 4-5 weeks, instead of the critical 12 weeks puppies need to stay with their mothers to learn bite inhibition, dog body language, and critical socialization skills.
        Pit bull terrier like dogs are encouraged to behave in aggressive ways by idiots who want a tough looking/acting dog.
        All of these are people issues, not breed issues.
        A large, powerful, high energy dog of any type can be dangerous. We need to pass laws that are going to actually make us safer, not demonize one breed, which actually encourages punks to own them.
        Enforce leash laws, outlaw chaining or 24/7 kenneling. Offer low cost or free puppy socialization and dog training classes. Enforce existing abuse/neglect laws. Hold bad owners accountable. In my mind, allowing a large, untrained, unsocialized dog to run at large, attacking a human or other dog is no different than getting drunk and getting behind the wheel of a car, and hurting someone.

        My profile picture is of Bubba G….an amazing dog who was found in an alley in Denver, dying from dog fighting wounds that ultimately cost him both ears. At 90 lbs he could easily have ended up being extremely dangerous. When he came to me he was mouthy and unruly. Earlier this year he completed 18 months of training to become my service dog. He is also ready to test to be certified as a therapy dog. He is “bullet proof”, meaning I trust him and his interactions with kids, cats, dogs, birds and strange adults. He has flown the country with me. He meets thousands of people every years. He is 100% American Staffordshire Terrier (I had his dna tested). This is a true pit bull terrier type dog, and he throws all of your hysterical, unscientific assertions out the window. And he isn’t alone…the other two living in my home are just as amazing. My dogs are all vaccinated, fixed and microchipped. They are trained and socialized appropriately. They regularly see a vet. These are dogs, just dogs. But powerful, high energy dogs who need regular exercise and training. People cause their problems, and people should be held accountable.

        1. Wanda Bleach March 17, 2017

          For every owner like you there are a thousand degenerates who should own nothing more challenging than a goldfish who proudly walk pit bulls through neighborhoods on huge chains and spike collars. Or the thousand fur mommies who believe the absolute rubbish that pit bulls magically have no inherent genetic traits and who all faithfully utter the party line “It’s all in how they’re raised!” Or the thousand casual dog owners who have no idea what they’re getting into when they adopt that “lab/boxer/terrier” mix from the pound and are baffled when the dog immediately wants to kill the family cat.
          Also, there is no DNA test that will tell you your dog is an Am Staff. You could have a DNA test that could verify parentage, similar to the Maury show, but DNA tests are widely known to be totally inaccurate, for the most part.
          As for the rest of it, how do you propose to teach all pet owners to be responsible? How do you mandate compliance?

          1. the same way we regulate any law…enforcement. Use the laws that are already on the books, or pass new ones that address the real problem: bad owners.

          2. Wanda Bleach March 17, 2017

            Just out of curiosity, why do you have a pit bull as a service dog? What does he do that any other breed couldn’t do?

          3. there is nothing that another breed couldn’t do. It isn’t his breed that is important, it’s his ability to learn what I needed him to do, his heart, and his temperament. Has nothing at all to do with his breed. It has everything to do with the dog he is. He just happens to be an AmStaff. He could have just as easily been a lab…..

          4. Wanda Bleach March 17, 2017

            Yet you coincidentally have three. What appeals to you about these dogs?

          5. I’ve always had a mixture of dogs…right now these are the three who presented themselves. The previous threesome were a lab, a springer mix, and a minpin. They also presented themselves during a time of need. It’s what we do.

          6. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/77282c6b555eea993df3445ef6e2a3b62167d0858f952236bab680d150a0e233.jpg
            If you really believe it’s the owner, then cite specific cases where a pit bull was ‘raised wrong’ or ‘abused’ and severely mauled or killed a person. In most cases, where a pit bull has severely attacked or killed a victim, the owner is not held accountable with criminal charges because the law could not prove the owner was irresponsible and the dog was not aggressive before the incident. http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-fatalities.php

            I’m in a support group with some of these families. All these families were blind-sided by a horrific pit bull attack. All these killer pit bulls were house dogs and considered members of the family. None of these dogs were trained to fight.

            So are you saying these families raised their pit bulls to kill family members, friends or themselves?

            Here are a few examples:

            *WV family thought they had a safe pit bull but then it killed their child right in front of them:http://blog.dogsbite.org/2016/12/2016-dog-bite-fatality-dog-kills-boy-huntington-wv.html

            * Never allow your children to visit a home with a pit bull. It simply is not worth the risk. You can’t trust pit bull owners because they all think their dog would not hurt a fly. This 9-year-old was killed by his friend’s pit bull.: http://blog.dogsbite.org/2016/08/family-pit-bull-kills-visiting-child-las-vegas.html

            *This mother was a fan of Pit bulls & Parolees. Her daughter died on her 4th birthday. She was killed by her beloved pit bulls. She even picked them when they were puppies. They pulled her out of the grandmother’s arms mauled and killed her. If the parents would have picked a safer pet like a beagle or I could name 300 dog breeds, she would be alive today. http://blog.dogsbite.org/2014/01/2014-dog-bite-fatality-child-dies-in-bloomington-pit-bull-fatality.html?m=1

            *Dear parents. Do not ever allow your child to visit the home of a pit bull owner. THE END. Jordan Ryan killed by a friend’s pit bull. http://blog.dogsbite.org/2013/09/2013-dog-bite-fatality-5-year-old-boy-killed-by-pit-bull-baker-oregon.html?m=1

            *I will keep saying this until I am blue in the face. Never, ever trust a pit bull owner. Another person is dead because of her friend’s pit bulls attacked her. http://blog.dogsbite.org/2016/06/new-haven-woman-hanging-onto-life-after.html

            * Social Justice Warrior killed by his pit bull. ‏ It is insane to have a type of dog that can easily kill you. More of the tragedy: http://blog.dogsbite.org/2016/05/st-louis-county-man-found-dead-in-home.html

            *Sister’s pit bulls killed her brother: http://blog.dogsbite.org/2016/01/dog-bite-fatality-pit-bulls-kill-boy-in-yuba-county.html

            *Mother of two daughters killed by rescued pit-mixed: http://blog.dogsbite.org/2016/02/2016-dog-bite-fatality-woman-killed-by.html

            *This misguided family fell for the pit bull propaganda that pit bulls make safe family pets and now their infant is dead. http://blog.dogsbite.org/2015/11/2015-family-pit-bull-kills-baby-marshall-new-york.html

            *Child killed by babysitter’s 3 pit bulls:
            http://blog.dogsbite.org/2013/09/2013-dog-bite-fatality-gilbert-boy-killed-by-babysitters-pit-bulls.html?m=1

            *Pet sitter killed by 3 pit bulls in front of dog owners: http://blog.dogsbite.org/2014/05/2014-dog-bite-fatality-lee-county-woman-scalped-by-pit-bulls-dies.html?m=1 Picture of the dogs: http://m.oanow.com/news/crime_courts/article_7cea5384-e794-11e3-aa0d-001a4bcf6878.html?mode=jqm

            *Pit bull “raised from a puppy, kills animal expert: http://www.animals24-7.org/2016/08/03/pit-bull-raised-from-a-puppy-always-inside-kills-animal-expert/

            *Rescued Pit Bull Kills Owner, 87, As He Takes Down Christmas Tree, Dog Euthanized
            Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1737099/rescued-pit-bull-kills-owner-87-as-he-takes-down-christmas-tree-dog-euthanized/#M0iCMqlLrqxTRfwr.99

            * Pit bull advocate’s child was killed by her pit bulls on http://blog.dogsbite.org/2015/01/2015-dog-bite-fatality-18-month-old-boy-killed-by-family-dogs.html

            *Little girl killed by family pit bull: http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/7833559-74/county-dog-forest#axzz3ScnXapc5

            *There are many people who thought they had a safe, well-socialized, loving pit bull that killed a loved-one: This mother whose 2-year old son was killed by the family pit bull of 8 years named “Kissy Face”. She fell for the pit bull propaganda that pit bulls are nanny dogs that I see pit bull advocates say all the time. She thought she had a safe pit bull. She was in shock she was not able to stop the attack. She saw her son be ripped into pieces. If this mother would have picked a safer family dog like a collie, her son would be alive today. Kissy face was raised around the older daughter without any incident. http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/beau-rutledge

            More victims accounts of family pit bulls turning on family members:http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/victims-stories/

            Family pit bull attacks:http://www.dogsbite.org/staying-safe-family-dog-attacks.php

            Pit bull-type dogs make up 5% of the U.S. dog population but are responsible for 95% of the severe attacks on people, pets and livestock every year in the U.S. By taking time to read these tragedies, you’ll discover most of the killing pit bulls came from loving homes. No other dog breeds even come close to the carnage pit bulls cause.

            The bottom line is if these pit bulls would have been a beagle or I could name 300 dog breeds, all these people would be alive today. Breed Choice Matters for keeping our children safe.

          7. And yes, there are cheap dna tests that take you money and tell you nothing. But this was a vet level test which accurately tracks 100s of breeds of dogs accurately. He is 100% Am Staff

          8. Wanda Bleach March 17, 2017

            What “vet level” test was this?

      2. Buford2k11 March 17, 2017

        ummm…I hear what you are saying…and the pit bull breed was destroyed by greed and stupidity…but if you look farther back in history, they started out as family dogs, yes, working dogs protecting the human family…other breeds did the same…I think a lot of this is about training, care, and how they are raised….I have been around the “wolf dogs”, or the Husky/wolf mix, and they are unique…but I trust my pit, I have seen him at his worst, and it was nothing bad…or abnormal…

        1. Wanda Bleach March 17, 2017

          And if you look further back than that, they were dogs fighting in pits, baiting and fighting bulls and bears. There is zero evidence that they were ever known as “nanny” dogs. This term was said by someone in the 80’s but no one has ever found historical evidence that these dogs were “nannies.”
          I think SOME of it is about care and how they are raised but you have to be a very very good trainer to prevent your Lab from instinctively swimming, your Border Collie from herding, your setter from pointing, your Greyhound from chasing little furry things…your dog may be a good, mellow dog and you may be a good trainer.

          1. BS…my daughter and I had sister labs from the same litter. Lucy swam and retrieved from the time she could walk. Layla couldn’t swim enough to save her self. Breeds can have certain inclinations, but inclination is not destiny. And the best hunting dog I ever saw was a cattle dog/great dane mix.

          2. Wanda Bleach March 20, 2017

            What do you think a Great Dane IS other than a giant boarhound, i.e. a hunter? That fact that a Great Dane hunts should not surprise you anymore than a pit bulldog attacking other dogs indiscriminately should surprise you.

          3. This fits you to the tee: Unfortunately, the vast majority of these pit bull advocates are truly under the impression that love and obedience training can overcome an animals natural instinct. I’m not saying that every single pit bull will kill but predicting which ones is impossible. We have all seen Labradors that are afraid of water; there are plenty of exceptions to the rule out there, in any breed. When we discuss other breeds that have instinctual behaviors, such as pointing or herding, it is widely accepted that these are natural traits that one should take into consideration before adopting, owning, or breeding. Most pit bull advocates refuse to accept or follow the same line of thinking when it comes to pit-bull type-dogs that are bred for dog-on-dog combat to attack without warning and kill. Even The ASPCA agrees that pit bulls are bred for high dog aggression. People are more obsessed with ignoring the power of genetics, foolishly convincing themselves that they can outsmart Mother Nature. The pit bull advocates accomplish this by convincing the general public that if you are a good enough person, you can overcome the odds, pull a pit bull off of death row at an overcrowded shelter, and end up with Lassie.

        2. The Correct History:

          I hope you will read the entire breed bio for the American Pit Bull Terrier on our website to have a better understanding of why pit bulls disproportionately kill more humans and animals than all breeds combined. I will give you a few paragraphs, but it will be up to you to click on the link and read the entire thing.

          The American Pit Bull Terrier is, like all the ‘bully’ breeds, one of this group of descendants of the British ‘bull and terrier’ type fighting bulldogs. Once imported into the United States, it was bred up to be bigger again, and again used in baiting animals and in dogfighting. The American Kennel Club (founded 1884) was unwilling to register these fighting dogs, so in 1898 the United Kennel Club was founded specifically to register working pit-fighting dogs and to promote dogfighting. In order to be registered, a dog had to first win three pit fights7,8,9. The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) became a ‘breed’. As dogfighting declined in popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, Colby (the most famous and prolific breeder of these dogs) began to search for a new market and began promoting the APBT as family pets10,11. This despite the fact that his breeding lines included child killers12.

          The American Pit Bull Terrier has a history and bloodline deep rooted in the blood sports of animal baiting and dogfighting. As with all breeds, they retain their original traits. They often to do not accept other animals, especially dogs, and can be extremely aggressive towards them. They may accept animals they are raised with, but have been known to kill other family pets even after years of living together happily.

          It is recommended that American Pit Bull Terrier owners have and carry a break stick17. A break stick is a device designed to open a Pit Bull type dog’s mouth while it is engaged in fighting. Pit Bull type breeds have a very distinctive fighting style and often will latch on their opponent and not let go. They usually will shake the other animal violently when they are latched on. This can cause horrific damage quickly. The break stick was designed by dog fighters to be inserted into the Pit Bull’s mouth and release his grip. The original purpose was to safely end a dog fight. The break stick often is the ONLY thing that will release the dog’s grip. People have been known to hit Pit Bulls with objects such as a bat or even shoot them and the dog still will not let go. Bully Breed owners should always have one handy in cause of an emergency. The break stick is not safe to use on other breeds of dogs and is only recommended for dogs in the Pit Bull family that were once used for dog fighting purposes.

          This person demonstrates how to use a break stick on a pit-bull: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfMVH4wY5Pg

          Read the full breed bio: http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/american-pit-bull-terrier/

      3. Buford2k11 March 17, 2017

        oh, these sheep dogs do get out, and they are a force to be reckoned with…

      4. Crystal Sollock March 18, 2017

        Wanda:
        I don’t usually chime in on articles, but you REALLY need to STOP, you have a answer for every comment on this thread when it comes to Pitt bull, Pitt mixes etc! You have made it PERFECTLY CLEAR you don’t trust the breed etc! You are entitled to your opinion, as am I! I dispute every answer you come back with! You see I to was a Pitt bull hater, as you are now! I could not stand the breed at all, then I heard about the VICKTORY DOGS, and what happened to them, and I thought who or what kind of so called human/humans could do this to those dogs, long story short, the journey of these dogs changed my mind, my life! I have now rescued about 20 Pitt bulls and I keep in contact with all my adopters! I also kept one of my rescues, she is an American Strafford Terrier, Pug mix, vet tested, just to verify to you, since you don’t trust DNA tests.
        Oh, and by the way I’ve had not one Negative report on any of my rescues, hate to bust your bubble, only good reports! All my rescues are part of a family unit, with cats, kids, horses, babies, ducks, I could go on and on! I hope and pray one day you will get the opportunity to OPEN YOUR MIND, to the nature of Pitt bulls!
        P.S. Any breed dog can be vicious, it’s not ONLY PITT BULLS!

      5. Julie Weingand March 20, 2017

        No all of this started with one very stupid woman who used to live in Washington state jogged up behind a dog and it’s walker without warning. Instead of going around them where she would have had no interaction with either, that dimwit went through about a two foot gap between her, the dog, and the walker. That spooked the dog, and the dog bit her. The dog was euthanized for doing something any dog would do in that situation. From this sprung dogbitedotorg and the dog hater cult that brought us all BSL. All of this started with one idiot that has held a grudge against a breed of dog. Not all dogs of one breed are the same. Not all dogs of the same breed are to blame. All dogs are individuals and should be judged as such. If there is blame to be cast, blame the other end of the leash and put the dog hating cults out of business.

        1. Wanda Bleach March 20, 2017

          Dogsbite,org, yes, but I was addressing the booming popularity of pit bulls. Furthermore, if your dog will bite anyone who comes up behind them and you think it’s “something any dog would do in that situation,” your dog needs a muzzle or a dirt nap. No one should have to second guess whether or not a dog out in public will bite them for passing them on a public street.

  5. BirminghamMom March 18, 2017

    If Mr. Lyons feels it’s acceptable to judge innocent dogs by the actions of others, he should have no problem with people judging his dogs, by the behavior of these dogs. A settlement was paid a year ago by the owner of two Great Pyrenees dogs. Renee Legro was mauled by two Great Pyrenees dogs while riding her bike at Camp Hale, a former Army training camp in Eagle County, in 2008. Sheep rancher Sam Robinson, who pastured sheep on surrounding national forest land, was twice convicted of owning a dangerous dog, a misdemeanor, but Legro and her husband also sued Robinson and his wife. After several dismissals and appeals, Legro’s lawyer, Joseph Bloch, announced Wednesday that the Robinsons’ insurance company, Travelers, agreed to pay the maximum amount allowed under the Robinsons’ policy – $1 million. The case was dismissed last week.
    Every dog is an individual and should be judged as such. Many millions of “pit bulls” have lived out their lives, never harming anyone. Many millions more will do the same. There is no reason to hold them responsible for incidents they had no part in.

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    1. All dog breeds are human-made creations, the result of unnatural selection to achieve desired traits/characteristics for certain tasks. The dogs are individuals, yes, but you should always expect them to display those characteristics. Pit bulls have been bred for violent blood sports with a deadly bite. They are not safe or appropriate pets and should never be considered as such.

      Pit-bull type dogs are responsible for 95% of severe attacks on people, pets and livestock in breed neutral zones. Please follow for one month. You will be shocked at all the people and pets that are severely maimed or killed by pit bulls.
      http://www.nationalpitbullvictimawareness.org/

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/68ee9f18c4085bf4f790f9aa6c9dff26377e4084ddbc02481d3c23cdd72ab5ad.jpg

      1. BirminghamMom March 20, 2017

        Your focus is too limited. What about the lab that sent our daughter to the hospital, the Collie that nearly killed my mom’s dog, the two year old in Texas killed by the German Shepherd in Jan 2017, the two German Shepherds that sent a woman to the hospital in Bridgeport California, Feb. 22.2017, the two English Mastiff puppies who killed the five year old boy in Tennessee Feb.16, 2017, the 75 year old woman killed by the Mastiff/Great Dane in Feb 2017, the two German Shepherd who attacked the four year old child in Calgary, sending him to the hospital in life threatening condition Jan.2, 2017, the two Newfoundlands banned from a Michigan county dog park, after they killed a ShihTzu in June 2016, the four Texas children mauled by the three Great Danes in Feb 2016, the baby newborn baby killed by the Lab/Shepherd mix in Ohio Feb 2016, the child killed by the Doberman in October 2016, the woman in Texas killed by the pack of Lab/Great Pyrenees in June 2016 and the numerous others? In May 2015 the CDC stated that approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year (many requiring hospitalization) in the United States. It’s a shame that you’re only concerned with pit bulls.

        1. So I take it you are not good at math.

          1. BirminghamMom March 20, 2017

            Your compassion for the victims of non pit bulls seems to be non existent. Maybe you should change your name.

  6. Corrie Rox March 18, 2017

    Seems that Gene Lyons found a friend, another hateful self appointed know-it-all named Wanda Bleach. Is he paying you to respond to everyone’s posts or do you really have that much time on your hands? You are both pathetic.

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    1. Wanda Bleach March 20, 2017

      No, I really just have that much time on my hands.

  7. Mike Boykin March 18, 2017

    Bad owners or bad dogs? The common denominator is the breed of dog. Shouldn’t be hard to figure out the rest…

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  8. Katie March 19, 2017

    People, stop giving this guy the time of day. He is clearly not even a journalist just someone who wants to give his opinion on things. Someone who thinks we should regulate everyone and everything to death. Again, when he was called out did he actually contact a dog behaviorist, certified dog trainer or a Vet-no! He just doubled down on his “fake news” facts like dogBite.org (with 1 minute of perusing the site is clearly an ambulance chasing website fow lawsuit happy people looking for monitary “justice” and how to contact a lawyer) Again, he did not even do his basic due diligence bc he is giving his opinion. Now he is basking in the glory of making everyone upset and his 2 min of “fame” do not let this guy get you all upset. Anyone who can look at a couple articles online and decide a whole group of dogs is dangerous without any actual experience with them please, I beg that you stay away from my pit bull bc he is too busy hanging out on the beach taking pictures wearing sunglasses with his best miniature poodle best friend, getting kisses from the kids who come up to him and feed him treats. We don’t need you killing our vibe like that.

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    1. Maryjane March 19, 2017

      I’m not upset. He’s correct.

      1. Katie March 19, 2017

        Maryjane-please re read my comment- clearly your reading comprehension is sub par-if you are Anti pit bull you are not who I was directing this to.

    2. The Good Fight March 19, 2017

      I would like to add that you also should not speak on the subject until you speak with the victims. Far too many good owners just like you were betrayed by their loved, well trained pit.

      1. spookydog19 March 22, 2017

        “We all know there are people in the city with pit bulls,” he said. “I have yet to approach an aggressive one that comes close to meeting the standards of a dangerous dog. Most are pretty lovable. If one does come to town, we’ll deal with it with the dangerous dog provisions.” – Baldwin City Police Chief Greg Neis.

        Baldwin City has become the 18th city in the state of Kansas to repeal its breed-specific law – a trend that has been moving very rapidly in recent years.

        http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2016/jan/04/baldwin-city-council-directs-staff-move-foward-rew/

    3. The Good Fight March 19, 2017

      I am a retired Animal Control Director of almost 30 years. I have cumulatively adopted out, fostered and owned tens of thousands of pit type dogs throughout the years. I understand your disdain for over regulation but the pit bull community has failed to self police as other breed groups have when faced with BSL. The information about pit type dogs has strayed too far to one end exclaiming they are a clean slate with no negative traits.

    4. Wanda Bleach March 20, 2017

      Did you even read his bio? Are you aware of what an editorial or an opinion piece is? Did you get that his article was based on his opinion?

      1. Katie March 20, 2017

        Yes Wanda, I did as I stated first thing he is not a journalist, just giving his opinion.

        1. Wanda Bleach March 20, 2017

          Really? You read the following and still concluded he is “not a journalist”?

          “Gene Lyons is a political columnist and author. Lyons writes a column for the Arkansas Times that is nationally syndicated by United Media. He was previously a general editor at Newsweek as wells an associate editor at Texas Monthly where he won a National Magazine Award in 1980. He contributes to Salon.com and has written for such magazines as Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Monthly, The Nation, Esquire, and Slate.”

          1. I see nothing about being a dog expert….. He needs to stick to political commentary, and leave the dog opinion to dog professionals. In his original opinion piece he admitted his own, not a pit bull dog, is dog aggressive and reactive. Why should his dog get a pass, when a pit bull terrier like dog does not?

          2. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c20f7506176dc3572a8aa16460114e4f64c306a61a93e8dcb665b506cefa2cc9.jpg
            Here is a pit bull expert with way more experience than you and I? Why would I listen to you. LOL!

            Tia Torres who has her own show on Animal Planet called, “Pit-bulls & Parolees” wrote this for Rescue Train. “It’s a mistake to think the fighting gene can be easily trained or loved out of a pit-bull.” http://www.therescuetrain.org/pit_bull_education.php

            Why she think it’s appropriate to rehome pit bulls after saying that is beyond me. Adopting out predators of other people’s beloved pets compromises public safety. In my opinion is immoral. Pit bulls are zero mistake dogs and people make too many mistakes.

            More from Tia Torres:

            “We can’t blame specialized breeds for behaving like they were bred to do what they do. Certain specific traits were selectively bred into the dogs and are now a part of the breed’s character. It’s like the digging instinct of many Terriers, the herding behavior in Shelties, the compulsion to run in a Greyhound, etc. Your Pointer may have never spent a day on a real “hunt”, but he may still point and flush out a bird as his ancestors were bred to do so. We don’t have to condone or glorify it, but dog aggression is not uncommon with Pit Bull type dogs. Owners must recognize and accept this fact or they won’t be able to provide competent ownership and have fun with their dogs. It’s a mistake to think the fighting gene can be easily trained or loved out of a dog. Or that early socialization will guarantee your Pit Bull will always get along with other animals. Even though we do not in any way condone animal fighting, it does acknowledge the importance of understanding the special traits of this breed and advocates education about proper and responsible Pit Bull ownership. You can have all the dog experience in the world, but it’s also essential to understand the distinctive features of the type of dog you own or work with. In this case, a dog with an important fighting background requires extra vigilance around other pets.

            “ADOPTING A PIT BULL FROM THE ANIMAL SHELTER – Though we always welcome someone who considers a shelter dog, there are some things to consider when adopting this breed. Do not be fooled by the fact that this dog appears to live harmoniously in the cage/kennel with other dogs. Dogs in a shelter environment are just trying to “survive” and tend to do what it takes to avoid confrontation. When adopting an adult Pit Bull from a shelter environment, we highly recommend that you have no other pets in the home.

            There are precautions to take when owning a Pit Bull, especially in a multiple-dog environment. Unfortunately these precautions are often viewed as an acceptance for the sport of dog fighting when nothing could be further from the truth. Knowing how to avoid a fight, as well as how to break up a fight, can be a matter of life or death for your dog and the “other” dog. Take note that a fight can strike suddenly and for no apparent reason. Warning signs can be very subtle with Pit Bulls and even completely absent in certain cases. Two dogs may be best friends for years, sleep together, cuddle, play and even eat from the same bowl. Then one day something triggers one of them and BOOM! Often the dogs act like best friends as soon as the fight is over. They might even lick each other’s wounds. You have been warned though. They will do it again and get better at it every time.”

          3. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/22d8eb738783f76865006c38f222c50bda2e1d1d3dda9e03bd9917ed1ff79ba5.jpg More from pit bull experts:Does this sound like a normal and safe dog breed to have live in our neighborhoods? Pit Bull Rescue Central recommends ALL pit bull owners to have a “break stick”, a wedge-shaped piece of wood used to pry open a pit bull’s jaw during an attack. “Since pit bulls have a strong fighting background, we recommend that pet owners also have a breaking stick as a precaution.” http://blog.dogsbite.org/2008/09/break-sticks-tool-used-to-pry-open-pit.html

            This person demonstrates how to use a break stick on a pit-bull: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfMVH4wY5Pg

            Pit bull type dogs kill an estimate 40,000 animals a year.
            http://www.animals24-7.org/2017/01/11/record-32550-pit-bulls-killed-or-badly-injured-other-animals-in-the-u-s-in-2016/

          4. Pit Bull Rescue Central, the leading authority on pit bull-type dogs, admits most pit bull-types are not safe around other people’s dogs because of their genetics. Pit Bull Rescue Central states, “Pit bulls were bred to recognize other dogs as “prey”. http://www.pbrc.net/breakfight.html For that reason alone, I do not consider them safe family pets for our neighborhoods. These are powerful animals that break away from their guardians all the time and maul and kill another beloved pet or person, often in front of a child or pet owner.

          5. According to Pit Bull Rescue Central, “It is a FACT that our pit bulls, AmStaffs and pit mixes come with a built-in fighting heritage. It doesn’t matter where we get them from, whether it be the pound, a stray we pick up, or a puppy we buy from a breeder. The majority of pit bulls will, at some point in their lives, exhibit some degree of dog-on-dog aggression. Yet, chances are that a “normal” pit bull will not share his affection with other animals. We cannot predict when or where it will happen and we can’t love, train or socialize it out of the dog. Pit bulls may not start fights, but they will finish them.” http://www.pbrc.net/misc/PBRC_dogpark.pdf

          6. Wanda Bleach March 20, 2017

            He doesn’t need to be a dog expert to write about his experience. He is not writing the article from the basis of having an expert opinion. He is writing a first person account of what happened to him.
            This should be obvious but his dog gets a pass because it was on leash and not out attacking anything that struck its fancy for no reason other than a genetic drive to start fights with other dogs.
            Reaction to stimulus (an attacking dog) is not the same thing as reactive (exhibiting fear or aggression no matter what the other dog/person/car/animal) is doing. His dog reacted to a threat. Reactive was the dog that attacked his dog.

          7. spookydog19 March 20, 2017

            It should be obvious to you that he is referencing a known pit bull hate site as evidence to support his “opinion” in an attempt to lend professional legitimacy to his comments. Even the title of the article uses inflammatory language designed to put yet another negative connotation towards pit bulls. The only cult is the DBO group of dog haters he is so fond of mentioning.

          8. Wanda Bleach March 21, 2017

            Pit bulls do a great job on their own of attracting all kinds of negative attention.

          9. spookydog19 March 22, 2017

            The anti-pit bull freaks focus on one group of dogs, blame ALL of them for every dog attack they can Google (regardless if the facts prove otherwise), ignore other breeds that are “dangerous”, and propose unworkable and unrealistic solutions to the issue. Every reputable canine behavior organization backed by scientific studies disputes their arguments for BSL and advocate for “dangerous dog” laws based on the actions of the individual dog, REGARDLESS OF BREED. BSL does not work, is being repealed across the country, and in some areas dog bites have INCREASED after the enactment of BSL. The freaks answer is to encourage banning ALL pit bulls and to eradicate them from the face of the earth. The position held by most localities is to enforce dangerous dog ordinances and hold owners responsible for the actions of their dogs. Stop the stereotyping and fear-mongering.
            Quit blaming the wrong end of the leash.

          10. Wanda Bleach March 22, 2017

            What facts? Seriously, what facts? Your ability to say a dog isn’t a pit bull based on a picture of the dog being drug out of some hovel on a catch pole, never mind that the owner identified the dog as a pit bull?
            Dog bites may have increased but not fatalities. Your (the generic your) stubborn focus on dog bites and not deaths or maulings is disingenuous. Normal dogs “bite.” Pit bulldogs “maul.”
            I would be all for most localities holding people responsible but how do you behave responsibly AFTER the fact? After your pit has “somehow” gotten out and killed a kid on the way to work, what is the responsible thing to do? Why , in just about every fatality or mauling is there comment after comment from family members or neighbors talking about how everyone knew that particular dog was dangerous and that they had called police/AC but nothing was ever done? See Klonda Richeys case for a perfect example of that. There is no such thing as a margin of error with some of these dogs. If someone’s Beagle gets out what is the worst thing that’s going to happen? That is a very different scenario than someones pit adopted off of death row formerly a fighting dog getting lose in the neighborhood and you are a liar if you don’t agree.

          11. spookydog19 March 23, 2017

            I’m done dealing with your ignorance. Believe what you like. You are a hopeless case that does more to influence critical thinking people that pit bulls are getting a bad rap due to biased media and uneducated people such as yourself. Thanks for helping our dogs!

          12. spookydog19 March 20, 2017

            He is nothing more than a biased pit bull hater voicing his worthless personal opinion. Period.

          13. Katie March 20, 2017

            Spookydog19-don’t even bother- these people are pit bull obsessed wackos- your time is better spent taking your pit out and letting people who can think for themselves Get to know the dogs and form their own opinions. Not arguing with a woman who spends days trolling random websites no one has ever heard of.

          14. spookydog19 March 20, 2017

            So that means he can’t be a dog hater? Who cares what his “credentials” are. It is quite obvious he has a personal bias against pit bulls and he is nothing more than a mouthpiece for pit bull hate groups and media misinformation, of which he continuously blathers.

          15. Wanda Bleach March 21, 2017

            He is not a dog hater. He owns dogs. He had a bad experience walking his dogs. He wrote about that experience. He then had a bad experience with pit bull fanciers. He wrote about that. It’s very simple. Pit bulls do not need DBO to brainwash people into disliking them. They, and their fanciers, manage to do it very effectively. Do you really think pit bulls win any fans when any time there’s a story in the news about them going pit bull and rampaging, that pit owners flood the story blaming the victim and talking about how their dog cuddles with orphaned kittens and how the dog couldn’t have been a REAL pit bull? People are waking up, quickly to the lies the pit lobby has been attempting to shove down the publics throat. This is why, whenever BSL is put to a popular vote, it’s overwhelmingly kept and or passed. People do not want to live around fighting breeds and new violent incidents every single day confirm that opinion.

          16. spookydog19 March 22, 2017

            Promoting fear, hatred and ignorance toward pit bulls because of a bad personal experience or because one believes the media monster dog fabrication is just not logical. The majority of these dogs live in stable family environments. It is interesting to note that the self-proclaimed “dog experts” conveniently leave out other breeds of dogs that attack, maim and kill. These folks are not interested in public safety or protecting anyone or anything. Their sole purpose is to malign and exterminate an entire class of dog based on personal hatred. The arguments the anti-pit bull cult present are nonsensical, lack any real empirical evidence to support their bogus claims, believe in conspiracy theories, pit bull “lobbies”, ticking time bombs, and also believe in a “dog fighting industry” that financially supports organizations that do actual canine research. How realistic is that? There is not one professional canine behavior organization that supports the anti-pit bull groups stance on pit bulls.

          17. Wanda Bleach March 22, 2017

            No one is glossing over the fact that other breeds of dog attack. No one is saying only fighting breeds attack. I have no idea why you think this. What people ARE saying is that most severe dogs attacks and practically 100% of fatalities are committed by pit bulls.
            Again, I have to ask, where do you think the dislike for pit bulls many people have came from? Do you seriously think they read one article that was anti-pit bull and instantly hated the breed? No, it’s a constant stream of pit bull attacks, pets being maimed, the foul and anti-social of many pit bull fanciers that lead to this.
            As for pit bull lobbies, there are many breed specific groups that are devoted to rehabilitating the image of pit bulldogs. They have their work cut out for them. For every fur mommy who believes “it’s all in how you raise them! All they need is love” there are 10 more who saw the lovable shelter pit go mental in a park. I am not making that last part up; a pit went pit just yesterday and bit 4 people in a park.
            I don’t believe that there is a dog fighting industry and if there is one, all the want is to be left alone.
            I agree, most professional dog groups don’t agree with BSL. It would be very politically incorrect for them to do so. Look at what happens when someone writes an editorial. They get slammed with people calling them “old” and casting slurs on their professional reputation, threats, insult after insult. If a columnist wrote an opinion piece on my breed (and they have) that wasn’t favorable, I would shrug it off and move on.

          18. spookydog19 March 23, 2017

            Politically incorrect to disagree with BSL? Try most of the groups opposed to BSL are relying on research conducted by canine experts that actually study and work with these dogs. You are spouting nothing but your biased personal opinions with no empirical evidence. Emotional statements are not evidence.

            The following is a REAL dog bite study, unlike the bogus and inaccurate data promoted by Coleen Lynn at dogbites/org. The conclusion of this science based study (not a conclusion based on wishful thinking) demonstrates that breed is not a contributing factor in dog bite fatalities, and breed specific legislation is not the solution for eliminating dog bite fatalities.

            Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

            Co-occurrence of potentially preventable factors in 256 dog bite–related fatalities in the United States (2000–2009
            Objective—To examine potentially preventable factors in human dog bite–related fatalities (DBRFs) on the basis of data from sources that were more complete, verifiable, and accurate than media reports used in previous studies.
            Design—Prospective case series.
            Sample—256 DBRFs occurring in the United States from 2000 to 2009.
            Procedures—DBRFs were identified from media reports and detailed histories were compiled on the basis of reports from homicide detectives, animal control reports, and interviews with investigators for coding and descriptive analysis.
            Results—Major co-occurrent factors for the 256 DBRFs included absence of an able-bodied person to intervene (n = 223 [87.1%]), incidental or no familiar relationship of victims with dogs (218 [85.2%]), owner failure to neuter dogs (216 [84.4%]), compromised ability of victims to interact appropriately with dogs (198 [77.4%]), dogs kept isolated from regular positive human interactions versus family dogs (195 [76.2%]), owners’ prior mismanagement of dogs (96 [37.5%]), and owners’ history of abuse or neglect of dogs (54 [21.1%]). Four or more of these factors co-occurred in 206 (80.5%) deaths. For 401 dogs described in various media accounts, reported breed differed for 124 (30.9%); for 346 dogs with both media and animal control breed reports, breed differed for 139 (40.2%). Valid breed determination was possible for only 45 (17.6%) DBRFs; 20 breeds, including 2 known mixes, were identified.

            Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Most DBRFs were characterized by coincident, preventable factors; breed was not one of these. Study results supported previous recommendations for multifactorial approaches, instead of single-factor solutions such as breed-specific legislation, for dog bite prevention.

            And:

            There is no evidence from the controlled study of dog bites that one kind of dog is more likely to bite a human being than another kind of dog. A recent AVMA survey covering 40 years and two continents concluded that no group of dogs should be considered disproportionately dangerous. Additionally, in a recent multifactorial study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association on the exceptionally rare events of dog bite-related fatalities, the researchers identified a striking co-occurrence of multiple, controllable factors in these cases.

            Breed was not identified as a factor.

            Keep living in your fantasy land of biased misinformed opinions.

          19. spookydog19 March 22, 2017

            You really are confused.State Action: No state has breed discriminatory legislation on the state level. Twenty have banned breed discriminatory law statewide including Arizona, Utah, South Dakota, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Nevada, Connecticut, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Minnesota, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Colorado, California and South Carolina. The Maryland legislature has just overturned a court decision that found pit bulls inherently dangerous.

            Cities: Only 3% of cities in the US have breed discriminatory laws. A census of the total number of cities in the US varies by its definition and the source. Dogsbite..org does not define the term city. However, the list on the site includes cities of all sizes with no numerical cutoff. The total number of cities listed in a city census ranges from 18,433 to 19,429. Taking the lowest number, 600 cities represents 3% of all American cities. The corollary is that 97% of all American cities do not regulate pit bulls. Hardly a ringing endorsement of BSL.

            Countries: Eighty five percent of countries do not regulate dogs by breed. Thirty countries have banned pit bulls. The consensus is that there are approximately 192 countries in the world. Thus 85% of the countries in the world do not regulate pit bulls.

          20. Wanda Bleach March 22, 2017

            What is your point? What are you responding to? The point I was making was that when communities are allowed to choose whether or not they would like to live alongside pit bulls, they generally don’t. I never said anything about what percentage of countries, states, or cities have or endorse BSL.

          21. spookydog19 March 23, 2017

            The point is you are attempting to ascertain that most communities, if given the choice, would choose not to live around pit bulls. If that were true, than the percentage of communities that support BSL would be the majority, not the minority (which is clearly the case) as demonstrated in my response. The majority of these dogs live in stable family environments. People are waking up to the fact that uniformed promoters of biased personal opinions, like yourself, coupled with the attention seeking media, are the real purveyors of unsupported garbage, like the mythical “pit bull lobby” that does not exist in the real world. Perhaps you should take a course in reading comprehension.

          22. Wanda Bleach March 24, 2017

            Another city just yesterday voted to keep their ban. That’s two in the last week. But keep telling yourself people want their kids and pets and grannies around fighting dogs.

          23. Getta Petta May 7, 2017

            BECAUSE ghetto/trailer park pit bull breeding and inbreeding is not out of control? Seriously? 2 litters a year. 12 pups per litter. Four months later, all her female pups have THEIR first 12-pup litter, PROBABLY with their brother/littler mates.

          24. Katie March 20, 2017

            Wanda, I am assuming you have never taken a journalism class and don’t get out much bc you are trolling outher people’s comments and keep on trying to incite arguments. This is not journalism. This is one man’s opinion. In true journalism there is research not just google searches of ambulance chasing websites. Facts and opinions from both sides. So again, this is an opinion piece. Please stop trolling my comments, it makes you look like you don’t have a life. If you care so much about non pit bull dogs and cats (I am assuming you are wearing a single white female cat sweater right now) go volunteer, get out in the community and start talking to people, don’t just spend days trolling anti pit bull sites. All of our time is better with face to face discussions- not hiding behind a computer. Go meet people with opposing views, get out from your computer monitor. I’m sure people may see your views on a different life and maybe you will get to see their views and points too.

          25. Wanda Bleach March 21, 2017

            Katie, I would suggest your remove the mote from your own eye, stat.

          26. Katie March 21, 2017

            Wanda, are you really that obtuse to see what I am saying. You troll other people’s comments and start arguments with them. I made a comment on my own. I didn’t start arguing with other people on their comment feed. You are the definition of an internet troll. You have been on here for days commenting on new comment feeds- that means you are comming on here again and again finding new comments to reply too. I just want you to stop commenting on my posts! I actually have a life and you are obsessed with this topic! At least come up with some witty and funny comments. Step your game up if this is your hobby or get a life!

          27. Wanda Bleach March 21, 2017

            No, Katie. I’m not obtuse. I just don’t agree with you.
            The definition of a troll is someone who posts inflammatory or insulting comments that they don’t necessarily believe in order to get a reaction. I am posting my opinion, just as you are posting yours. I believe what I am writing and am therefore not a troll.
            I really don’t cared if you want me to stop commenting on your posts. This is a comment section of an article where people interact with each other. If you don’t want people responding to your comments it’s very easy to make it stop. Quit posting.
            Furthermore, I am not required to be your court jester in order to post on this site. The topic is not funny, why are you requiring me (and only me) to be “witty or funny”? Your comment itself IS funny, probably not intended to be, however.

          28. Getta Petta May 7, 2017

            COMPILED and graphed NEWS is as honest as science can get. ALL pit bull attacks are verified, with photographic evidence. WTF? OH, and the “timid collie” bullshit, ignores the PIT MIX part of the equation. This misreporting is as rampant as the breed lies in shelters, to disguise the danger. Sickening. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/78a2f7b49727cc24d253f10c9584e76a01cd67de1b99c94ac45f0b95077a00e7.png

      2. spookydog19 March 20, 2017

        Yeah, an ignorant one.

    5. spookydog19 March 20, 2017

      He is a buffoon.

  9. Mia Johnson March 20, 2017

    A good article and brave commentary on the dangers of pit bulls in society today, living in places they don’t belong. The fallout is one million abandoned pit bulls euthanized every year, and another million born into this national disgrace. As for attacks, this map shows the extensive number of attacks reported in the news already in the first 10 weeks of 2017. http://www.nationalpitbullvictimawareness.org/attacks/map-of-attacks-2017/

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  10. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/11e84b9a94640740a5be3e92d867da2c3bdb82f2659e53d90fe1c62aa30ed037.png
    Pit bulls have been bred for violent blood sports with a deadly bite. They are not safe or appropriate pets and should never be considered as such.

    New Warning from Pediatricians: A University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s largest dog bite study to date at a Georgia hospital in July 2016 came to this conclusion: “The study corroborates the largely negative interactions between pit bulls and children of any age.”

    From the abstract: “Pit bull bites were implicated in half of all surgeries performed and over 2.5 times as likely to bite in multiple anatomic locations as compared to other breeds.” https://www.researchgate.net/publication/305270428_Characteristics_of_1616_Consecutive_Dog_Bite_Injuries_at_a_Single_Institution

    Medical peer-reviewed: Level 1 trauma center dog bite studies from all geographical regions in the U.S. are reporting a higher prevalence of pit bull type dogs injuries than all other breeds of dogs. In many cases, the studies (2009 to 2016) also report that pit bull injuries have a higher severity of injury and require a greater number of operative interventions. http://blog.dogsbite.org/2016/10/report-level-1-trauma-dog-bite-studies-pitbull-highest-prevalence.html

    Correct there are nice pit bulls. The problem is that you can’t tell them apart from the pit bulls that decide to kill. Would you deliberately choose a crib, car, or helmet with the highest record of fatalities and the worst safety rating? Pit-bull type dogs are responsible for 95% of severe attacks on people, pets and livestock in breed neutral zones. Please follow for one month. You will be shocked at all the people and pets that are severely maimed or killed by pit bulls.
    http://www.nationalpitbullvictimawareness.org/

    Please spend some time witnessing to the victims of pit bull attacks. Most attacking pit bulls are not due to bad owners but naïve owners who do not understand the dangerous pit bull breed traits. From 2005-2017, 257 people killed by pit bull type dogs. http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-fatalities.php

    I agree all dogs can bite. The issue with pit bulls is the degree of damage they inflict, and their attacks being more likely to result in fatality. Appellate courts across the United States have recognized the dangers of the pit bull breed for over 25-years. We’ve listed excerpts from court decisions that demonstrate this. http://www.dogsbite.org/legislating-dangerous-dogs-appellate-court-decisions.php

    Pit bulls do not lock their jaw but with their ‘gameness’ trait they do not let go until their victims are dead.

    Pit-bulls are dangerous because they have the capability of inflicting life-threatening injuries in a split second. Pit bulls are zero-mistake dogs.

    Two words to prove pit bull type dogs are inherently dangerous: “BREAK STICK”.

    Does this sound like a normal and safe dog breed to have live in our neighborhoods? Pit Bull Rescue Central recommends ALL pit bull owners to have a “break stick”, a wedge-shaped piece of wood used to pry open a pit bull’s jaw during an attack. “Since pit bulls have a strong fighting background, we recommend that pet owners also have a breaking stick as a precaution, even if they don’t plan to use it in an illegal context. However, please be discreet. Breaking sticks are not something to brag about and the general public might have the wrong impression if you walk around with a stick in your hand. Breaking sticks are not illegal, but they are considered dog fighting paraphernalia in certain states and/or with certain law enforcement agents.”
    http://blog.dogsbite.org/2008/09/break-sticks-tool-used-to-pry-open-pit.html

    This person demonstrates how to use a break stick on a pit-bull: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfMVH4wY5Pg

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    1. BirminghamMom March 20, 2017

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/477dd262581d3e42cce163e273905d473a94817a8bbd2949506146836b3203fb.jpg
      Is this any different? This was an attack on an adult male’s leg by an .AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG. Imagine if the victim had been a child. Their face would look no different than the child you posted.
      He’s quoted as saying, “It nearly took off my leg and left me with scars, skin grafts After a night in hospital, copious quantities of morphine, countless blood-pressure tests and heart-rate checks, I was wheeled into theatre for a skin graft from my left thigh.The dangling skin couldn’t be saved.

      1. Wow you are coming that do this child where a pit bulls has destroyed his face!

        1. BirminghamMom March 20, 2017

          A grown mans leg would be at the same reach as a child’s face. This would have destroyed a child’s face. Wow…you don’t understand the comparison!

          1. lynnf1954 March 21, 2017

            Of course they don’t understand. Can’t you see from the post that was NOT copied and pasted that English is a second language to them?

          2. At least I have common sense, unlike you.

          3. I’m not here to change the minds of people who can’t learn by other people’s tragedies but to warn the people who have common sense.

        2. spookydog19 March 22, 2017

          Joshua Mann, 2, Mauled By Granny’s Collie, Left Disfigured For Life – How about this child’s face? Your one-sided false argument again is unsupported, like everything else you post. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/15412cbd96bff086871268a178ddb4eb390b44ad5a90b6b26fdae9a9d92f7dd7.jpg

          1. Getta Petta May 7, 2017
    2. spookydog19 March 22, 2017

      You must really be that idiot Julie Wall, the jobless bum that does nothing but spread lies about these dogs and make a fool of herself every time she posts. Pass the bread sticks please.

  11. spookydog19 March 20, 2017

    Yeah take the “Google” challenge – see how many biased and inaccurate garbage you find. Studies have shown that when it comes to dog bites and attacks media reports on them differently. Within a one month time frame, three dog attacks were looked at regarding their media coverage. A Labrador Retriever and a mix breed attack were each reported in one article in the local paper where the incident occurred; a fatal attack on a child by a mix breed was reported on by the media twice in the local paper; and a non-fatal pit bull attack on an owner was reported in over 230 articles, including major television networks (Denver Post). With the media hype surrounding pit bulls there leaves very little room for society to judge this breed fairly and without stereotyping..

    Many media reports regarding injuries and fatalities caused by pit bulls will produce stories regarding attacks that were unprovoked and came out of nowhere. Any breeder will agree that a pit bull does not have a natural instinct to kill or harm a human; they become aggressive and may attack when the owner forsakes their own responsibilities to the dog. All dogs, especially the pit bull breed, need a ‘pack structure’ and without that structure, the rank issue becomes important and danger can arise from the dog. According to Leerburg Kennel, a pit bull that has unprovoked attacks is a result of irresponsible owners. A dangerous pit bull does not have a guardian/owner that has established the pack structure or a guardian has not trained their dog or they do not have control over the area or environment in which their dog has access to;, or they do not socialize their dog.

    This article is garbage, no empirical evidence, references a known pit bull hate site, and advises the reader to “Google” for unreliable data to support his biased opinions. A real top-notch anti-pit bull cultie is what he really is – the cult of the brainless that have no clue about these dogs other than unabated and personal hatred.

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  12. spookydog19 March 20, 2017

    Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

    “A CDC study on fatal dog bites lists the breeds involved in fatal attacks over 20 years (Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1998). It does not identify specific breeds that are most likely to bite or kill, and thus is not appropriate for policy-making decisions related to the topic. Each year, 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs.These bites result in approximately 16 fatalities; about 0.0002 percent of the total number of people bitten.These relatively few fatalities offer the only available information about breeds involved in dog bites.There is currently no accurate way to identify the number of dogs of a particular breed, and consequently no measure to determine which breeds are more likely to bite or kill. Many practical alternatives to breed-specific policies exist and hold promise for preventing dog bites.

    For prevention ideas and model policies for control of dangerous dogs, please see the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions:A Community Aproach to Dog Bite Prevention.

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  13. spookydog19 March 20, 2017

    The American Bar Association (ABA)

    “…the American Bar Association urges all state, territorial, and local legislative bodies and governmental agencies to adopt comprehensive breed-neutral dangerous dog/reckless owner laws that ensure due process protections for owners, encourage responsible pet ownership and focus on the behavior of both dog owners and dogs, and to repeal any breed discriminatory or breed specific provisions.”

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  14. spookydog19 March 20, 2017

    American Kennel Club (AKC)

    “The American Kennel Club supports reasonable, enforceable, non-discriminatory laws to govern the ownership of dogs.The AKC believes that dog owners should be responsible for their dogs. We support laws that: establish a fair process by which specific dogs are identified as “dangerous” based on stated, measurable actions; impose appropriate penalties on irresponsible owners; and establish a well-defined method for dealing with dogs proven to be dangerous.We believe that, if necessary, dogs proven to be “dangerous” may need to be humanely destroyed.The AKC strongly opposes any legislation that determines a dog to be “dangerous” based on specific breeds or phenotypic classes of dogs.

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  15. spookydog19 March 20, 2017

    National Animal Control Association (NACA)
    “Dangerous and/or vicious animals should be labeled as such as a result of their actions or behavior and not because of their breed.Any animal may exhibit aggressive behavior regard-less of breed.Accurately identifying a specific animal’s lineage for prosecution purposes may be extremely difficult.Additionally, breed specific legislation may create an undue burden to owners who otherwise have demonstrated proper pet management and responsibility.Agencies should encourage enactment and stringent enforcement of dangerous/vicious dog laws. When applicable, agencies should not hesitate to prosecute owners for murder, manslaughter, or similar violations resulting from their animal’s actions, and their owner lack of responsibility. Laws should clearly define “dangerous” or “vicious”, and provide for established penalties. Penalties may include fines, imprisonment, and/or the relinquishing of total privileges to pet ownership. If a dangerous/vicious animal is allowed to be kept, laws should specify methods of secure confinement and control. A dangerous/vicious animal when kept outside should be confined in an escape-proof enclosure which is locked and secured on all six sides. Signs should be posted at property entrances and be visible from the nearest sidewalk or street.The licensing record could include a notation which will immediately identify an animal which has been deemed dangerous or vicious.”

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  16. spookydog19 March 20, 2017

    United States Department of Justice (DOJ)

    “The Department [of Justice] does not believe that it is either appropriate or consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to defer to local laws that prohibit certain breeds of dogs based on local concerns that these breeds may have a history of unprovoked aggression or attacks. Such deference would have the effect of limiting the rights of persons with disabilities under the ADA who use certain service animals based on where they live rather than on whether the use of a particular animal poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others […]. State and local government entities have the ability to determine, on a case- by-case basis, whether a particular service animal can be excluded based on that particular animals actual behavior or history — not based on fears or generalizations about how an animal or breed might behave.This ability to exclude an animal whose behavior or history evidences a direct threat is sufficient to protect health and safety.

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  17. spookydog19 March 20, 2017

    Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

    “The HSUS opposes legislation aimed at eradicating or strictly regulating dogs based solely on their breed for a number of reasons. Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is a common first approach that many communities take.Thankfully, once research is conducted most community leaders correctly realize that BSL won’t solve the problems they face with dangerous dogs. If the goal is to offer communities better protection from dogs who are dangerous, then thoughtful legislation that addresses responsible dog keeping is in order. Legislation aimed at punishing the owner of the dog rather than punishing the dog is far more effective in reducing the number of dog bites and attacks. Well enforced, non-breed-specific laws offer an effective and fair solution to the problem of dangerous dogs in all communities. Comprehensive “dog bite” legislation, coupled with better consumer education and forced responsible pet keeping efforts, would do far more to protect communities than banning a specific breed. The HSUS encourages you to read the Community Approach to Dog Bite Prevention by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The HSUS is committed to keeping dogs and people safe and is available and willing to offer advice, educational materials and model legislation to communities interested in decreasing the incidence of dog bites and aggression.

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    1. Getta Petta May 7, 2017

      Liar. JUST LIAR. NO OTHER animal hunts for PURE SPORT. Google Pit Bulls Dorper Sheep. Killed WHOLE FLOCK in two hours. Ate NOTHING! As always.

  18. spookydog19 March 20, 2017

    All of the following organizations do not endorse BSL: American Animal Hospital Association, American Bar Association, American Dog Owner’s Association, American Humane Association, American Kennel Club, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Australian Veterinary Association, Best Friends Animal Society, British Veterinary Association, Canadian Kennel Club, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Federation of Veterinarians in Europe, Humane Society of the United States, International Association of Canine Professionals, National Animal Control Association, National Animal Interest Alliance, National Association of Obedience Instructors, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (UK & Australia), United Kennel Club, and the White House Administration. In addition, many state and local-level veterinary medical associations and humane organizations oppose BSL.

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    1. Getta Petta May 7, 2017

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/842cfc7c7608436e96e2a8cf592fada6c55b9cffd0a5f62023861fba84fb0da4.png

      BECAUSE it is perfectly okay that pits have 12 PUPPIES a litter, TWICE a year, means 24 pups per bitch each year. SO, let’s say half of HER pups are FEMALE, now that’s 24 pups per YEAR for each of HER pups. THREE year total? 512 PIT BULLS! “Rescued” to the homes of new breeders, courtesy of YOUR TAX dollers. How is this sane?

  19. Best Friends Animal Society presents itself as an agent for protecting animals but does not disclose that they have zero interest in the safety of the public. A narrow special interest organization with a financial point of view.

    PROOF that The National Canine Research Council (NCRC) is not creditable site.

    Five Levels of the Pit Bull Lobby: http://blog.dogsbite.org/2016/10/montreal-pit-bull-ban-veterinary-report-pit-bull-lobby.html?m=1

    Level 1: The financing source. Animal Farm Foundation (AFF), owned by Jane Berkey.The company’s motto is: “Securing equal treatment and opportunity for pit bull dogs.” AFF devotes itself entirely to fighting pit bull regulations. “After inheriting a fortune from her father, Jane Berkey, who also owns a literary agency, turned over at least $6 million to her group, $2.85 million in 2013, according to government records. She pays 9 employees (one of whom, the director, makes more than $100,000 a year) and finances numerous groups that share her philosophy,” La Presse reports.

    Level 2: The researchers. “To produce studies, AFF bought a private research body in 2007. The acquisition was kept secret until the victims’ group Dogsbite discovered this during litigation. The National Canine Research Council (NCRC) was created by a veterinary technician, Karen Delise. Neither an academic researcher nor a veterinarian, she self proclaims as the ‘greatest national expert on deaths caused by dog bites,’” La Presse reports. NCRC co-authors and finances studies, like the ones cited by the OMVQ, which chiefly attempt to show pit bulls cannot be identified.

    Level 3: Publication. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA).“The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) publishes NCRC studies in its journal. On its own website it proposes sample letters [for readers to write] contesting any law aimed at pit bulls. Moreover, its site has a link to AFF,” La Presse reports. The journalist even points out the AVMA’s notice on the embargoed 2000 fatal dog attack study, which falsely and fraudulently states: “In contrast to what has been reported in the news media, the data contained within this report CANNOT be used to infer any breed-specific risk for dog bite fatalities.”

    Level 4: The political lobby. Best Friends Animal Society. Their senior legislative analyst, Ledy VanKavage, drafts state-level bills to eliminate local pit bull ordinances (state preemption laws) and is also a board member of AFF. VanKavage boasts on Best Friends’ corporate website that she commissioned an ex-economist from the tobacco industry, John Dunham, to create a fiscal calculator designed to advise governments on the cost of breed banning. Dunham’s sham BSL calculator, financed by the NCRC, over exaggerates these costs by nearly two orders of magnitude.

    Level 5: The distributors. The animal care industry. “All the lobby studies are abundantly distributed by animal-based companies like shelters, breeders, trainers, etc. In Montreal, they are [distributed] by, amongst others, the SPCA, whose mission is to avoid euthanizing dogs and whose two most senior executives are themselves owners of pit bulls,” states La Presse. “On social media, pit bull owners deploy these studies relentlessly and accuse all their opponents of ignorance,” La Presse reports. More aggressive ones have even threatened the mayor of Québec City with death.

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  20. I wanted you to be aware of the many myths that were created by the well-funded and well-organized pit bull lobby that you might hear from pit bull advocates.

    1) Pit bulls can’t be identified. The term pit bull is used as a generic term used to describe dogs with similar physical characteristics. A “pit bull” is one of several breeds that have the same shared bloodline including the American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, American Bully or any mix. Just like there are 12 types of spaniel breeds or 6 types of retriever breeds with shared bloodlines.

    For 25-years appellate courts have ruled that a dog owner of ordinary intelligence can identify a pit bull (See: Ohio v. Anderson, 1991). In addition to this, the high courts have ruled that scientific precision is not required when determining the breed (See: Colorado Dog Fanciers v. Denver, 1991). Yet still the myth persists pushed by the pit bull lobby, pit bull advocates, animal groups and more — that it is impossible to identify a pit bull.
    http://blog.dogsbite.org/2015/ 08/who-can-identify-pit-bull-d og-owner-of-ordinary-intellige nce.html

    A 2013 ASPCA double-blind study revealed that shelter workers were able to correctly identify dogs with significant ‘pit bull’ blood (‘pit bull’ = the 3 breeds above) 96% of the time, as confirmed by DNA tests. http://www.aspcapro.org/blog/2 013/09/25/bully-this%E2%80%94- results-are-in%E2%80%A6

    2) None of these orgs track fatalities by dog breeds: American Bar Association (ABA), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), HSUS, ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society and the American Kennel Club (AKC), amongst many others.

    Those organizations have a vested financial interest in pit bulls. Those with a “product on the shelf” to move. Those who make money selling pit bulls or make a living not only treating pit bulls but also from repairing the poor animals they attack. Those whose income could be affected by their views on pit bulls.

    3) Many pit-bull advocates still claim pit bulls were once nanny dogs. It was started by a pit bull breeder to soften the image of the breed and as an advertising gimmick in the 1970s to sell more pit bulls. A major pit bull advocacy group publicly announced that it will no longer support the Nanny Dog myth because it endangers children. While it is too late for many children, hopefully many will be saved in the future. http://thetruthaboutpitbulls.b logspot.com/2010/08/nanny-dog- myth-revealed.html
    http://thetruthaboutpitbulls.b logspot.com/2010/08/nanny-dog- myth-revealed.html

    208 children killed by pit bull type dogs. http://www.fatalpitbullattacks .com/children-killed-by-pit-bu lls.php

    3) Pit bulls ranks top for American Temperament Test Society: The ATTS testing is for police work not pet ownership and favors aggression over timidity. Ninety-five percent of the dogs who fail the test do so because they are reluctant to approach a stranger or walk on a strange surface. A high ATTS score is not a good thing if you’re looking for a family dog. http://thetruthaboutpitbulls.blogspot.com/2010/08/there-are-three-kinds-of-lies-lies.html?m=1

    4) This issue is more than just how a dog owner treats or trains their dogs, it’s also how they are bred. Most pit bull advocates lack the basic understanding of dog breeding 101. Pit bull breeders want to produce the most powerful killing machine. I hope you will read the entire breed bio for the American Pit Bull Terrier on our website to have a better understanding of why pit bulls disproportionately kill more humans and animals than all breeds combined. http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/ american-pit-bull-terrier/

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    I’m not here to change the minds of people who can’t learn by other people’s tragedies but to warn the people who have common sense.

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    I’m not here to change the minds of people who can’t learn by other people’s tragedies but to warn the people who have common sense.

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    I’m not here to change the minds of people who can’t learn by other people’s tragedies but to warn the people who have common sense.

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  24. I agree all dogs can bite. I forwarded a picture of a pit bull bite on the forearm that happen to a little girl while visiting a friend. The issue with pit bulls is the degree of damage they inflict, and their attacks being more likely to result in fatality. Appellate courts across the United States have recognized the dangers of the pit bull breed for over 25-years. We’ve listed excerpts from court decisions that demonstrate this. http://www.dogsbite.org/legislating-dangerous-dogs-appellate-court-decisions.php https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1a2f53f40a8a004c1d9f2316f32364916dd39cf2b2a1151b2fdf108ac6a6636e.png

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  25. Getta Petta May 7, 2017

    ONLY Pit Bulls are raised by dogfighters, who may or may not have sedated them, and used a Dremel electric file to SHARPEN the dog’s TEETH. Previous owners of PIT BULLS used in dogfighting are the only dog owners who put their dogs on STEROIDS to build their muscle mass, and increase aggression. Only dogfighters brag they are creating the ultimate gameness in the bloodline. Look up what GAMENESS is. Know what you’re getting in to. This is no ordinary dog. Then they end up in a shelter, so you can “rescue” them. You won’t end your rescue of a beagle minus your arms, your eye, a leg, OR all three. LOOK at the result of a “dog bite” when it is a flesh-tearing Pit Bull.

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