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TIME Magazine promotes pit bulls

by paul on 14 July 2013

Current issue of Time Magazine, week of July 22, 2013, has a three-page article, “The Softer Side of Pit Bulls”. Even before reading it I knew it would mention “Petey” from the Little Rascals TV show. Pit Bull fanatics love to trot out Petey as their pit bull ambassador; they do it all the time. The article is a classic case of having cake and wanting to eat it too. These pit nuts want the dogs to be seen as a distinct breed, a family friendly breed, then in the same breath imply it’s unfair to stereotype a breed. Gee, only if the stereotype is negative, huh. The next time a pit bull mauls someone to death (give it about a week), Time magazine will have blood on its hands for promoting the most dangerous breed today as family friendly. Send a letter to the editor, letters@time.com, to point out pit bulls deserve their bad image.

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dogsfromhell September 28, 2013 at 8:40 am

09/28/2013

ANOTHER PIT BULL MURDERS A CHILD

BAKER CITY, Ore. — An entire town is in mourning after a pit bull attack led to the death of a local 5-year-old-boy.

Those who knew the toddler, along with the entire town of Baker City are both saddened and shocked by the sudden young death.

School Superintendent Walt Wegener told KTVB an incident involving a dog took the kindergartner’s life on Friday.

“He was dropped off for babysitting and ended up being taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead in the middle of the morning,” said Wegener.

Due to Baker School District’s four-days a week schedule for students, the child was not at school, but with a babysitter instead.

Baker City police are now investigating and won’t release many details on the matter, but they did say that the death occurred at a home in the city and that a pit bull was involved.

“I’m sure whenever police are ready with their investigation, they will release more information to the media,” said Wegener. “Right now, what we know is we lost one of our own and we need to take care of the rest of them.”

There’s no word yet on the owner of the dog, but the sheriffs office told KTVB that the dog had been impounded following the attack.

Wegener told KTVB that the school staff have been notified and counselors will be ready at the schools on Monday.

Rachel Michelle October 17, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Rachel, I loved what you had to say. I agree with you 100%. It’s amazing how quick people are to point fingers at an animal. Getting rid of pit bulls will do nothing. It all comes down to irresponsible pet ownership. I see things like this all the time. I’m a CVT working at a city animal shelter. When I first started, I was shocked to see the amount of purebred Siberian Huskies we received. But then it was explained to me. People get them because of how pretty they are, and then the dog becomes reactive because he’s kept in a crate all day. A husky is a WORKING dog! They weren’t meant to be kept in a crate! Of course he’ll be destructive. No one bothers to research the breed that they get. And no animal should EVER be left alone with a child. Doesn’t anyone remember the saying, “A cat will take the baby’s breath away”? Cats don’t have magical powers, therefore, they can’t literally steal a baby’s breath. BUT cats love warmth. A sleeping baby seems like a heating pad to a cat. The cat doesn’t understand, cuddles up on the baby’s chest, and the baby suffocates. Is it the cat’s fault? No. Why was the cat in with the baby? What irresponsible parent leaves a child with an animal. It doesn’t matter how loving and loyal your pet is. It is an animal. Sometimes people have the best intentions and still screw up. I won’t deny that there are plenty of irresponsible people out there who own pit bulls. I’m not saying pit bulls can’t be destructive. But ANY dog can be. Pit bulls sell. Say what you will about pit bulls being dangerous, but we will always hear more about that than any other attack because it’s a juicy story. Rachel, thanks for your wonderful post. It was refreshing after reading so much bitterness.

dogsfromhell October 17, 2013 at 9:05 pm

2013 CANINE HOMICIDES

MOST OF THE PERPETRATORS WERE PITBULLS

On January 8, 2013, Betty Todd, 65, was killed in Hodges, South Carolina, by 4 pit bulls belonging to her son, as she was babysitting for his children.

On January 19, 2013, Christian Gormanous, 4, of Montgomery County, Texas, was killed by a killed by a chained pit bull in a neighbor’s yard.

On February 11, 2013, Elsie Grace, 91, was killed by two pit bulls in a motel room she shared with her son, the owner of pit bulls, in Hemet, California.

On February 16, 2013, Isaiah Aguilar, 2 years old, was killed by a neighbor’s pit bull which was chained in its yard. This happened in Sabinal, Texas.

On March 2, 2013, in Galesburg, Illinois, Ryan Maxwell, a 7-year old boy was mauled to death by a pit bull at a relative’s house. His mother said, “Half of his face was gone. And all of his throat. They had a wash cloth over half his face and his throat covered up. This thing did that to him. This thing just took our heart. It just took our soul.”

On March 6, 2013, Daxton Borchardt, a 14-month-old boy, was killed by his babysitter’s two pit bulls in Walworth, Wisconsin.

On March 29, 2013, 21-month-old Monica Laminack was killed by her family’s 7 pit bulls in Ellabelle, Georgia.

On April 2, 2013, Tyler Jett, 7-years-old, of Callaway, Florida, was savagely attacked by a neighbor’s two pit bull-mixed dogs, and the boy died on April 7, 2013. The dog owner, Edward Daniels II, has been charged with manslaughter.

On April 11, 2013, Claudia Gallardo, 38, was killed by a pit bull in the front yard of its owner’s house in Stockton, California. The adult child and two minor children who survive Ms. Gallardo retained Attorney Kenneth M. Phillips, the author of Dog Bite Law, to pursue the liable parties for the wrongful death of their mother.

On April 22, 2013, Jordyn Arndt, a 4-year-old girl, was killed at her babysitter’s house in Prarie City, Iowa, by the latter’s pit bull. The babysitter, Jena Wright, 24, has been charged with two felonies and several misdemeanors in connection with this incident. One of the criminal allegations” “Defendant knowingly acted in a manner that created a substantial risk to the child’s physical safety by leaving her unattended with a large American Staffordshire dog.” This type of dog is one of the group known as “pit bulls.”

On April 24, 2013, a 2-year-old boy named Beau Rutledge was killed in his home by his parents’ 8-year-old pit bull in Fulton County, Georgia.

On May 4, 2013, Rachael Honabarger, 35, a resident of Coshocton, Ohio, died after being attacked several days earlier by her husband’s German shepherd.

On May 9, 2013, Pamela Devitt, 63, was killed by 4 pit bulls running at large as she took a walk in Antelope Valley, California, about 65 miles east of Los Angeles. The owner of the dogs was Alex Donald Jackson, 29, a resident of the area. The dogs had inflicted 150 to 200 puncture wounds all over her body. The pit bulls and Jackson had been involved in an attack on a horse and its rider months earlier. For these reasons, Jackson has been charged with murder. Learn more about The Pamela Devitt Case (People v. Alex Jackson) in a special section of this website.

On May 12, 2013, Carlton Freeman, 80, of Harleyville, South Carolina, died from a dog mauling that happened on May 8th. This man was a double amputee who was attacked in his wheelchair. The breeds of the dogs have not been revealed.

On June 9, 2013, Ayden Evans, a 5-year-old boy who resides in Moore, Oklahoma, was killed in Jessieville, in Garland County, Arkansas, when he was attacked by a Bullmastiff dog inside the home of a family friend.

On June 18, 2013, Nephi Selu, a boy of 5, residing in Dixon, California, was staying at his grandparent’s home in Union City, near San Francisco, California, when he was killed by their pit bulls.

On June 25, 2013, a chained pit bull killed a 5-year-old girl named Arianna Jolee Merrback of Effingham, Florence County, South Carolina.

On July 1, 2013, 63-year-old Linda Oliver of Dayton, Texas, was killed by a rottweiler-mastiff mix that she and her husband owned.

dogsfromhell October 20, 2013 at 5:13 am
dogsfromhell October 20, 2013 at 5:36 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5-yP8wjLiU

Pit Bull Attacks Baby in Bassinet

anon October 21, 2013 at 11:59 pm

I am sure the first thing out of your mouth when a child gets mauled by a pit or any other dog is that it is the child’s fault. When it is the stupid owner’s fault for letting the dog near a child in the first place, thinking it’s so friendly and loves children.

dogvictim October 24, 2013 at 9:47 am

Are Pit Bulls Really Dangerous

This article asks and answers the question
“Are Pitbulls Really Dangerous?”

Do pit bulls deserve their reputation as vicious “attack” dogs? An overwhelming amount of evidence suggests they do.

A five-year review of dog-bite injuries from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, published in 2009 in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, found that almost 51 percent of the attacks were from pit bulls, almost 9 percent were from Rottweilers and 6 percent were from mixes of those two breeds.

In other words, a whopping two-thirds of the hospital’s dog-attack injuries involved just two breeds, pit bulls and Rottweilers.

Other studies confirm these statistics: A 15-year study published in 2009 in the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology revealed that pit bulls, Rottweilers and German shepherds were responsible for the majority of fatal dog attacks in the state of Kentucky. [See What Your Dog’s Breed Says About You]

And a 2011 study from the Annals of Surgery revealed that “attacks by pit bulls are associated with higher morbidity rates, higher hospital charges and a higher risk of death than are attacks by other breeds of dogs.”

The authors of that 2011 study go on to say, “Strict regulation of pit bulls may substantially reduce the U.S. mortality rates related to dog bites.”

Douglas Wolfe

Victims of Pit Bulls Foundation
pitbullvictims.org

Alex October 30, 2013 at 5:16 am

Pit bulls aren’t the problem?
My 5 year old sister was attacked by a pit bull; it gave her 3 deep rooted bites before my brother gave it a nice kick to the side of the face followed by a stomping.
The neighbors didn’t even apologize, instead they just cursed us and blamed my sister for ” not running away”.
Dog lovers are just twisted, biased and inconsiderate cretins.

Pinkamena Diane Pie October 31, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Here’s the thing. Dogs, like people, have personalities that vary widely. That german shepard is courageous, that rottweiler is more timid. That dachshund is tenacious, that borzoi is easygoing. That bulldog is very sociable, while that poodle is very aloof. The way dogs act is not based on their breeding, so much as the way they are treated. Yes, pit bulls were bred to fight other dogs. But it’s not like that is engraved into their personalities as it is with their anatomy! Because, ya know, being built to fight other animals is, as a matter of fact, EXTREMELY DIFFERENT from being trained to fight other animals. They are only built to fight, their structures prove that, but it’s not like they have had a thirst for blood since puppyhood.

Dogs are not automatically wired to be violent, even if it was what they were made to be. Like I said, all dogs have vastly different personalities. Sure, you have vicious dogs (*coughs* THEY WERE MORE THAN LIKELY ABUSED BECAUSE HUMANS ACTUALLY HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO BE PURPOSEFULLY AND NOT INSTINCTIVELY VIOLENT *coughs*), and then you have the sweet dogs that lick your hand and sit in your lap because DOGS ARE DOMESTICATED ANIMALS.
So nurture vs. nature once again comes onto play.

Now allow me to throw some statistics at you, because 100% facts would probably be more believable for you than my ramblings.
Here is a list of dog attack fatalities vs. the overall population of said breed (from the American Kennel Club (AKC), American Dog Breeders Association (A.D.B.A.) and United Kennel Club (UKC):

Apx 800.000 – 67 Fatal Attacks German Shepherds .008375%
Apx. 960,000 – 70 Fatal Attacks Rottweiler .00729%
Apx. 128.000 – 18 Fatal Attacks Great Dane .01416%
Apx. 114,000 – 14 Fatal Attacks Doberman .012288%
Apx. 72,000 – 10 Fatal Attacks St Bernard .0139%
Apx. 240,000 – 12 Fatal Attacks Chow Chow .005%
Apx 5,000,000- 60 Fatal Attacks American Pit Bull Terrier .0012%

A tad more than other dogs, yes, but THEY HAVE THE HIGHEST POPULATION OUT OF ALL OF THEM.

And pit bulls aren’t always used for fighting. Dog fighting has become more of an underground network, and is very illegal, so of course less dogs are being dragged into it, and more are being rehabilitated and such from being found in such a situation.
They are used for therapy work, search and rescue work, and as bomb/drug sniffing dogs (keep in mind that these dogs are not trained to attack, they are only used for searches).
Pit bulls are also known to be good with kids (earning them the “nanny dog” nickname). Seriously, they’re so well known for their good behavior with children that they got a NICKNAME.

In conclusion: Pit bulls are not naturally dangerous animals. There are hundreds of studies and stats PROVING that. The only ignorant person around here is you.

Pinkamena Diane Pie October 31, 2013 at 11:54 pm

How are they NOT cute?

Pinkamena Diane Pie October 31, 2013 at 11:55 pm

I think I couldn’t of said it any better.

Pinkamena Diane Pie October 31, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Here’s the thing. Dogs, like people, have personalities that vary widely. That german shepard is courageous, that rottweiler is more timid. That dachshund is tenacious, that borzoi is easygoing. That bulldog is very sociable, while that poodle is very aloof. The way dogs act is not based on their breeding, so much as the way they are treated. Yes, pit bulls were bred to fight other dogs. But it’s not like that is engraved into their personalities as it is with their anatomy! Because, ya know, being built to fight other animals is, as a matter of fact, EXTREMELY DIFFERENT from being trained to fight other animals. They are only built to fight, their structures prove that, but it’s not like they have had a thirst for blood since puppyhood.

Dogs are not automatically wired to be violent, even if it was what they were made to be. Like I said, all dogs have vastly different personalities. Sure, you have vicious dogs (*coughs* THEY WERE MORE THAN LIKELY ABUSED BECAUSE HUMANS ACTUALLY HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO BE PURPOSEFULLY AND NOT INSTINCTIVELY VIOLENT *coughs*), and then you have the sweet dogs that lick your hand and sit in your lap because DOGS ARE DOMESTICATED ANIMALS.
So nurture vs. nature once again comes onto play.

Now allow me to throw some statistics at you, because 100% facts would probably be more believable for you than my ramblings.
Here is a list of dog attack fatalities vs. the overall population of said breed (from the American Kennel Club (AKC), American Dog Breeders Association (A.D.B.A.) and United Kennel Club (UKC):

Apx 800.000 – 67 Fatal Attacks German Shepherds .008375%
Apx. 960,000 – 70 Fatal Attacks Rottweiler .00729%
Apx. 128.000 – 18 Fatal Attacks Great Dane .01416%
Apx. 114,000 – 14 Fatal Attacks Doberman .012288%
Apx. 72,000 – 10 Fatal Attacks St Bernard .0139%
Apx. 240,000 – 12 Fatal Attacks Chow Chow .005%
Apx 5,000,000- 60 Fatal Attacks American Pit Bull Terrier .0012%

A tad more than other dogs, yes, but THEY HAVE THE HIGHEST POPULATION OUT OF ALL OF THEM.

And pit bulls aren’t always used for fighting. Dog fighting has become more of an underground network, and is very illegal, so of course less dogs are being dragged into it, and more are being rehabilitated and such from being found in such a situation.
They are used for therapy work, search and rescue work, and as bomb/drug sniffing dogs (keep in mind that these dogs are not trained to attack, they are only used for searches).
Pit bulls are also known to be good with kids (earning them the “nanny dog” nickname). Seriously, they’re so well known for their good behavior with children that they got a NICKNAME.

She includes a lot of information about pits in the description (and as you can see I have used some of it because it is amazing and backed-up by many reliable resources).

In conclusion: Pit bulls are not naturally dangerous animals. There are hundreds of studies and stats PROVING that. The only ignorant person around here is you.

dogsfromhell November 1, 2013 at 5:07 am

Too much dog trivia….we could care less…we hate dogs . They bark, stink, crap inside and outside, pollute our water, attack and most of all kill children. PS If you knew as many “facts” LOL about children as you do about dogs your kids might not be at risk.

dogsfromhell November 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm
The first anon November 2, 2013 at 12:06 am

“Yes, pit bulls were bred to fight other dogs. But it’s not like that is engraved into their personalities as it is with their anatomy! Because, ya know, being built to fight other animals is, as a matter of fact, EXTREMELY DIFFERENT from being trained to fight other animals.”

So, does this mean the next time a herding dog nips my thigh or runs around me in circles over and over again–as they quite often do–I can assume it was because the owner trained them to herd? If a basset hound drowns out its owners commands to follow a scent, it was trained to follow scents? If a greyhound kills your neighbor’s pet rabbit, was it trained to kill rabbits? All dogs were made with a purpose, and those purposes are engraved into them at least somewhat with genetics. You don’t need to train a pit bull to fight — or any other fighting breed. Pit bulls, however, have been a prime choice for fighting because they were made solely for it, and as such, the traits that make a champion fighting dog have been grossly exaggerated. One of these traits is unpredictability, which was advantageous because it gave the dog an edge in a fight. The pit bull’s unpredictability has served time and time again, as seen in the all-too-many cases of people and other animals being gravely injured by pits that were, up until the instant they attacked, gentle and affectionate. “We didn’t abuse him or train him to be mean. He’s never had a problem.” Famous last words. Any dog can be dangerous, and any dog can be unpredictable under the right circumstances, but pit bulls are a different case.

“Dog fighting has become more of an underground network, and is very illegal”

When fighting was outlawed, “dogmen” started focusing on dogfights exclusively since they’re a lot easier to hide than bullbaiting. They started adapting dogs for these fights, and this was the time when pit bulls were either developed or already existed under the name Pit and Bull Terrier: http://www.dogsbite.org/pdf/pit-bulls-gary-wilkes-spring-2010-off-lead.pdf Quote: “Over time, Bull Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers faded from the dog fighting pits. The most logical assumption is that they simply couldn’t compete with their appropriately named cousin (p3).”

As for the therapy, bomb-sniffing aspect of pit bulls. The question here is not if they do this work, but if they should do this work. I’m firmly convinced pit bulls are too unpredictable and dangerous to be trusted. To me it seems like another opportunity to retool the image of the breed so people will become completely convinced they don’t have a bad reputation for a valid reason.

Dog Lover and Cat Hater November 2, 2013 at 1:12 am

You cannot respond with anything else, coz you’re an idiot.

dogsfromhell November 2, 2013 at 8:08 am

Dear Amy,

Please use your primary screen name AKA “AMY” when responding. Thanks

dogsfromhell November 2, 2013 at 8:35 am

Good information Tfa. Thanks!

The first anon November 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm

You’re welcome.

The first anon November 2, 2013 at 9:33 pm

I don’t believe German shepherds and Rottweilers have been more deadly than pit bulls. On the top ten, yes. But not above pit bulls. What span of years are your statistics from? German shepherds were the second most popular dog breed in 2012 and Rottweilers were ninth. Both have been on the top fifteen since at least 2002: http://www.akc.org/reg/dogreg_stats.cfm I didn’t see American pit bull terrier, but Staffordshire bull terriers are #76 and and American Staffordshire terriers are #79. It is not unreasonable, then, to imagine there are higher populations of German shepherds and Rottweilers than pit bulls.

Also, 60 pit bull deaths vs 10 St. Bernard deaths or even 18 Great Dane deaths are hardly a tad more.

Billy November 11, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Wrong. Wolves have been found killing young elk in surplus if they have the opportunity to do so, even when they’re not hungry. Do you honestly think they won’t rip a living fawn apart? Because they do. Wolves also dig into their prey regardless if they’re dead or alive, which includes elk fawns and other fawns in general. They’ve also been noted to rip coyotes apart alive for varying reasons. Hunting dogs have the instinct to kill things they way they do because they’re descended from wolves; the only reason you don’t see wolves killing massively on the same scale dogs are capable of is because they’re wild animals that do not have access to as much food and prey. If they did, they would act no different.

Cats kill hundreds of birds and small animals, and their owners see only a portion of the body count. They kill countless more than dogs and leave up to fifty percent of their body count to rot. Weasels have been noted to slaughter entire chicken coops and leave the corpses behind after taking only a few. There are countless cases of wild animals that will kill for fun; hell, sea otter males have been found raping baby seals, and dolphins are notorious for raping other dolphins, as well as killing for pleasure.

It’s fine if you hate dogs, because not everyone likes them, but you’re misinformed.

dogsfromhell November 12, 2013 at 6:16 am

Why does any of that make dogs better? Dogs live in our residential communities unlike these animals and they routinely attack and sometimes murder humans especially the vulnerable like children. If dogs had been left in the wild where they belong natural selection would have done its job and we would not have dog over population like today.

dogsfromhell November 12, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Why didnt the pitbull rescue the owner??? He must have forgotten to feed them before he died. Unconditional love bites the dust. HA!

Huffington Post:Pit Bull Eats Parts Of Man Who Was Apparently Overdosed On Drugs

First Posted: 06/16/11 12:21 PM ET Updated: 08/16/11 06:12 AM ET

Authorities are struggling to determine with certainty what killed Matthew Lebold, an apparent drug user who was also missing large portions of his face when his body was found.

Police were called to the 25-year-old Lebold’s home in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago on Tuesday afternoon for a well-being check. His father made the call after not hearing from him for some time, according to the Chicago Tribune.

He was found dead in the home, appearing to have overdosed on drugs — but also having suffered serious trauma to his upper body from his pit bull.

A source told the Chicago Sun-Times that the dog “had eaten through parts of the man’s face, neck and chest after he was dead.”

At first, it was unclear if the dog had killed Lebold, but after further analysis, investigators believe the wounds were inflicted postmortem.

The autopsy performed on Lebold Wednesday was inconclusive, but the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office is still waiting on results from a toxicology test, which will likely confirm that his death was drug-related.

The first anon December 13, 2013 at 7:02 pm

GOD I wish I were brave enough to put this on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=648923875166375

Pit bull advocates, are you brave enough to watch?

dogsfromhell December 13, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Thank you for sharing this video. Sadly, about another child was murdered by a pit bull. Please support legislation to restrict bully breeds and keep our children safe.

dogsfromhell February 28, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Trending Now on Patch

Mom Wants Pitbulls Banned After Her Toddler is Mauled

Mom becomes activist for banning the breed in Georgia.

Posted by Tara May Tesimu , February 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Comment91368
A Georgia mother wants pit bulls banned.

Fulton County, Ga. — A woman whose son was mauled to death by a pit bull terrier wants Georgia lawmakers to ban the breed from the state.

WSB-TV reports Angela Rutledge began her campaign to ban pit bulls after her 2-year-old son was mauled to death by her family’s dog in April 2012. The Fulton County woman headed Tuesday to the steps of the state capitol in Atlanta.

Rutledge says she has concluded pit bulls are “an aggressive breed” that can pose a danger even to their owners.

She was being joined at the statehouse rally by Jeff Borchardt of Wisconsin, who founded the group Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education and Awareness after his 14-month-old son was killed by pit bulls, WSB-TV reported.

dogsfromhell February 28, 2014 at 9:15 pm

This happened in Newark NJ. Apparently the father believed the “Nanny Dog myth”. The boy’s father is being charged. No mention of the dogs being put down.

A 10-year-old city boy was home alone Wednesday when two pit bulls viciously attacked and critically injured him inside his Ironbound apartment, Newark Police said.

The boy was taken to University Hospital with life-threatening injuries following the attack on Hawkins Court at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to NJ.com.

A neighbor kicked in the apartment door when he heard the boy screaming as the dogs mauled and bit him, the article said. The boy suffered serious injuries to his face and neck, neighbors told NJ.com.

An officer needed to shoot both dogs, killing one of them, as the animals charged at police when they arrived.

The boy’s father, Enrique Carrillo, 41, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, according to NJ.com.
http://newarknj.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/pit-bulls-maul-newark-boy-10-left-home-alone

dogsfromhell February 28, 2014 at 9:35 pm

http://blog.sfgate.com/cwnevius/2013/06/18/pit-bulls-maul-kid-but-there-are-never-consequences/#13348101=0
Pit bulls maul kid, but there are never consequences

Posted on June 18, 2013 | By C.W. Nevius
Nephi Selu died after being bitten by his family’s pit bull mix, Gava.

At this point everyone has their roles ready and their lines down pat.

When 6-year-old Nephi Selu was attacked, mauled and killed by a pit bull (or pit bull mix) in Union City, the pit bull critics and the defenders already had their scripts ready to go.

Most of us said what we always say when a pit bull mauls someone — that breed is dangerous. Dr. Alan Beck of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine put it well when I interviewed in 2005 after a “friendly” pit bull mauled an 88-year-old woman who had interacted with the dog without incident countless times.

“We are not surprised when a pointer starts pointing,” he said. “Or when my dachshund starts digging. Everyone expects that. But if we start talking about a low tolerance for pain and a propensity to attack, it’s wrong.”

But we know the defenders will soon be in full cry. It’s not the dog’s fault, they’ll say, it is the owner. The child should never have put himself in that position. There were other factors we don’t know about.

Someone once compared the pit bull apologists to the National Rifle Association. They have a prepared script, they are vociferous and they are tireless. They’d love to get into a debate with you because it goes on and on and on. They send three e-mails to your one. They have self-serving statistics from advocacy web sites that they can quote for hours.

But here’s the puzzler. They are also often incredibly, uncontrollably angry. All of us in the news business take on the pit bull issue from time to time and we all have stories of threats — “Someone needs to stop you,” was the most recent I got — and warnings. They scream, they insult, and they stoop to racist, offensive language.

But someone died.

A child in this case. An elderly woman in another. In San Francisco in 2005 a woman left her 12-year-old son, Nicholas Faibish, in the basement with two pit bulls. While the parents were away the dogs were put in a room with the door propped shut with a shovel.

When the mother returned her son had been mauled to death. It was, she insisted in an interview with me, a complete surprise.

“My kids got along great with (the dogs),” Maureen Faibish said. “We were never seeing any violent tendencies.”

It happens over and over and it seems there’s never any change or consequence. The city of Denver passed “breed specific legislation” in 1989, targeting pit bulls and dogs with “the major characteristics of one.”

Miami did the same that year, banning pit bulls, and it has held up. Last year a ballot initiative to repeal the ban lost by a resounding 63-36 percent.

Passing an ordinance like that in San Francisco would be hard. But more than that it would be unpleasant. Although the Miami vote indicates that the majority of ordinary citizens aren’t buying the happy chat about pit bulls, few want to take on the insults and anger of the fanatics.

So, apparently, we will stick with what we have — periodic maulings and death, followed by arguments that go nowhere.

And pit bulls roam the streets, wait in back yards and make headlines every time they maul or kill.

And when that happens, pit bull advocates always say the same thing: This was a complete surprise.

Mary Ann Redfern June 8, 2014 at 9:59 am

There were several different dogs that played Petey throughout the run of the show. One of them WAS, in fact, fed meat mixed with glass.

CatsAreCool June 12, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Funny thing is that I have a friend named Izzy who has a pit bull. 😛

Teresa Cox June 22, 2014 at 3:14 am

People like Death to Pitbulls have their hearts filled with hate and have no room for anything else..I guess they are all related to Hitler..

Teresa Cox June 22, 2014 at 3:15 am

another Hitler…feel so sorry for you

Teresa Cox June 22, 2014 at 3:17 am

you must be a serial killer in the making Izzy…

Teresa Cox June 22, 2014 at 3:24 am

You shouldn’t have taken them, they would be better off with someone that has a caring soul, not an ugly one like yours, snakelady.

Teresa Cox June 22, 2014 at 3:26 am

they ar not the ideal for everyone..whatever breed you want do yor research.

Teresa Cox June 22, 2014 at 3:33 am

I am a person that is a responsible dog owner and yes I have a pit bull. i learned about the breed and I am still learning and will be learning for the rest of my life. Many feel that it is just pit bull owners that are irresponsible but anyone can be regardless of whaat breed of dog they have. And some of you are so filled with hate there is no room in your heart for love or compassion and I truly feel sorry for you.

Teresa Cox June 22, 2014 at 3:38 am

doghater…I bet you just hate everything…just wonder what God would say to you and to all of the other dog haters and pit bull haters…..

dogsfromhell June 22, 2014 at 4:34 am

God would probably say, “What the hell is that creature? I don’t remember seeing it on Noah’s Ark. It looks, smells and acts like a Genetically Modified Organism.”

dogsfromhell June 22, 2014 at 4:41 am

I am a person that is a responsible dog owner and yes I have a pit bull.
That’s what they all say,in addition to:

“My dog never barks”
“Its how they were raised”
“It never showed signs of aggression”
“It never bit anyone before”

You can “learn” all your life but frankly it’s not that complicated. Dog cultists created a monster and now we’re all stuck with it. Good job. Don’t feel sorry for us. Feel sorry for the children and other vulnerable victim’s of pit bull attack.

dogsfromhell June 22, 2014 at 4:44 am

No research required. Pit bulls have earned the reputation they deserve.

dogsfromhell June 22, 2014 at 4:55 am

You make a lot of references to Hilter. Why the fixation? Your comments are hateful and aggressive. I have often wondered why certain individuals are so attracted to pit bulls. It is very likely the similar aggressive/violent behavioral traits. Check out willko’s explanation. You are a telling example.

Just a reminder to all the trolls on this site. Dog owners are responsible for the starving, neglecting, torturing, abuse and killing of dogs. The reason is simple. One must first own and hold captive a fur slave in order to do these things. Kind of like Hilter!

dogsfromhell June 22, 2014 at 5:06 am

Reality check: Pit Bulls are responsible for thousands of attacks, some fatal, every year. They maim, maul and kill children whose lives are forever changed. Do the RESEARCH. Denial cannot alter statistics.

Teresa Cox June 22, 2014 at 10:40 am

Reality check for you… Have you done research on the other end of the spectrum?/ Have you researched the many pit bull that have saved people…that are therapy dogs ; rescue dogs etc.. I think I am just wasting my time because nothing I say or prove to you will suffice. You just hate and that is just so very sad. Maybe one day you will be facing death and the one thing you hate the most will save your life…Then how will you feel about the breed at that point?

Teresa Cox June 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

Dogsfromhell; what has caused you to hate?/ Have you ever met a pit bull?? They were once the most beloved dog in the USA; Have you even tried to find out good things about them?

Teresa Cox June 22, 2014 at 10:49 am

People need to be responsible, whatever breed of dog they own. They are many that are not responsible, but there aremany that are.

Teresa Cox June 22, 2014 at 10:55 am

There are more people that kill humans than dogs and they should be removed from the community.. A When the kids were attacked, where were the parents??

dogsfromhell June 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm

There are never any excuses for a dog attacking a human, especially a child. A “pet” by definition is a domesticated animal that has adapted to living in a HUMAN environment. If dogs are to live in OUR human habitat, they need to be socialized not to attack humans. Aggressive dogs aka pit bulls clearly have not. To clarify: NO EXCUSES.

dogsfromhell June 22, 2014 at 12:12 pm

You’ve bought into the myth of the hero dog. Dogs have long outlived their usefulness. “Therapy dogs” are promoted by the dog obsessed. If a dog ever came near me in an alleged therapeutic setting I would be looking for my lawyer. I can’t imagine what value a filthy dog could possibly provide especially when there are well trained, educated HUMAN therapists. Peer support groups provide human contact and the support of other HUMANS. Why attempt to replace humans with another species? Technology and other HUMANS supersede the magical powers of dogs. On the few occasions where a dog is alleged to have rescued someone, most times it is just fantasy on the part of dog cultists.

dogsfromhell June 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm

I am glad to see you are finally catching on. Yep this is a dog haters site. Not sure why you feel compelled to visit. I suspect you have issues with boundaries as many cultists do. It is also why doggers like yourself are unclear regarding the boundaries between dogs and humans.

Teresa Cox June 23, 2014 at 10:59 am

Honestly I thought I would be reading the article; guess not. I am not here to bash anyone. I just have come to realize that you hate dogs and no matter what info given, you will now and forever hate dogs. So I will not visit here again.

dogsfromhell June 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm

We have come to realize that dog cultists will always impose their beasts on the general public, whether it is barking a block away, contributing to environmental pollution or violently attacking you. No matter what information you give to a dog cultist they still feel entitled to force their dogs on people and can’t understand why people hate dogs because of their own behavior. I hope the dog obsessed visit dog cultist sites.

Veronyka June 23, 2014 at 11:16 pm

I can write some facts to state my opinion but truth is you people just don’t get it so let me put it this way…. SHUT UP!!! Go find something better to do and complain about. I sure there’s something missing in your sour lives that you need to come on here and bash dogs or pittes in general. I own 3 and yes they are strong, hard headed, and strong willed so you have to raise it properly. Love and boundaries are key for these dogs. People kill, rape, kidnap kids and adults everyday and you’re wasting your time hating dogs???
Rethink your priorities.

dogsfromhell June 24, 2014 at 5:14 am

The FACTS are most dog violence is perpetuated by pit bulls. I hope you do not have children as we will most likely hear about them in the news. This is very sad. My observation of pit bull owners is that they are often hostile angry bullies very much like their beasts. In spite of this they somehow imagine they are victims and therefore have assigned victim-hood to their fur slaves as well. You can’t “love” an animal’s genes away. You have bought into pit bull mythology promoted by the pet industry and pit bull advocates. Do a little digging and you will learn most pit bull enthusiasts consider themselves victims and seek a mascot.

You make the common dog cultist mistake of equating dogs with humans. Human behavior is a separate issue. It has nothing to do with dogs living in OUR human environment. Pets are supposed to adapt to a human habitat. Pit bulls clearly have failed and do no belong in residential areas.

Lastly, I am curious why you feel compelled to visit out site. There are many dogger sites and pit bully sites too. I suspect you are seeking conflict. Very much like your demon dog. Consider your priorities. A strong suggestion would be cleaning up your dog’s environmental HAZMAT material aka shit for starters.

wendy January 20, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Well i had a pitbull never hurt anyone. But a friend of mine
Had a chiauiawai that sent someone to the hosital to get 75
Stitches in their face. Well. All dogs bite so. If you down one
Breed down them all.

dogsfromhell January 20, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Windy,

Everyone knows Chihuahuas are nasty vicious little bastards. That doesn’t invalidate the fact that pit bulls will maul or kill you. If a floor rat approached me I’d just kick it down the stairs. I have a long iron rod that I carry with me while outside. IF the neighborhood Chihuahua came at me, it would become a squirrel snack. So while all dogs can bite, they all don’t tear flesh, clamp down/shake infants like a rag doll, severe limbs, render children emotionally and physically scarred for life and routinely murder humans. The fact that a particular pit bull hasn’t aggressed is no guarantee that it won’t go psycho at some later date. That’s one of the problems with them. They don’t give warning signs that they are about to attack. Being in denial doesn’t change that fact. Lets also not forget that pit nutters have a long documented history of hiding any aggression to protect these demons. I personally know someone who drove 2 hours to take her pit beast on a “playdate” only to have the thing aggress on her during the course of the “play”. Rather than go to a local emergency room, she drove herself home, bleeding, with pit bull in tow and went to the hospital where she is employed as a nurse. Her agenda of course was to hid the attack and not report the incident to authorities. Sadly that thing will someday likely attack a child but I’ll bet money she swears it had “no history of aggression”. The entire pit culture is unethical, delusional and dangerous.

Trish June 18, 2015 at 9:20 am

My preacher owns three rescue pits, it’s not about looking tough it’s about love and caring for God’s creatures

Anynomous August 13, 2015 at 12:35 pm

“My preacher owns three rescue pits, it’s not about looking tough it’s about love and caring for God’s creatures”

Dogs are not God’s creatures. They are hybrid pieces of shit that eat shit. Therefore your logic is flawed and all dogs can be buried alive.

dogsfromhell August 14, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Does he feed his creature some of gods other creatures?

Anynomous August 18, 2015 at 9:59 am

hahahaha. It’s a dog eat dog world out there fromhell.

CatzRuleDogzDrool September 18, 2015 at 4:05 pm

Thank gawd I live in Ontario Canada where these ugly and vicious mutts are BANNED!!!!!!! There must be good reason for our government to have done this – Pit nutters need to wake up – those things are time bombs and should be irradiated from the face of the planet!!

E.F November 8, 2015 at 10:49 am

It’s funny really, how we ‘dog haters’ are trying to save the massive, deluded communities that currently infest this world with lies, telling us of how great these dangerous animals are by showing proof of their dangerous acts, proof of statistics showing how they pollute our environment, it is FACT that they are butt ugly creatures, it is FACT that they live based on instinct no matter if they are domesticated or not, thus they will attack any human for any unpredictable reason, and dog lovers will continue to blame humans, usually dog haters for their dogs behaviour, or they will down right just not admit to their dog being bad at all ‘despite the proof against that statement’…

We are trying very hard to save this world, but yet there are people like Veronyka, these dog lovers/owners/cultists etc. who come on here and support the idea of children’s faces getting mauled off, humans breathing in faecal matter-particles 24/7, ugly creatures bleeding us of money, true happiness, time and resources and yet they continue to call US monsters, or idiots or dog abusers…

Sure, there are some of us who wish the canine species to be erased entirely, but the honest truth of the matter is that it would only do our entire community, and planet a great deed, sure, it will upset some people, but a little “boohoo’ing” from people is a small price to pay for the global safety of Earth’s superior creatures *humans*.

We can continue to provide proof as to why dogs are ugly, stupid, pathetic, annoying, useless, upsetting, flea-ridden, unloving, greedy, attention-seeking, dangerous (and more) animals.

Yet these dog lovers continue to teach their children, and spread the news to others that all of this behaviour is something that should be supported by calling dogs ‘family’, kissing their grimy, germ-ridden mongrels, and having a go at the very people ‘us’ seeking to protect human-kind from the dumb beasts.

Lawgal74 November 11, 2015 at 7:58 am

I’ve been reading some of these posts & the reasoning makes zero sense to me bc many are listing that 30 or so people have been killed by dogs this year & they cannot understand why people put money into dogs, etc yet more people than that have been killed in the inner city near me in the last few months. I guess we should say all the inner city residents are dangerous & should be put down & no one should seven try to help them bc it’s in their genes to kill. lets actually do some research on the percentage of dogs that attack/kill versus the percentage of people who attack/kill. When percentage of dog kills exceeds human kills then I might start changing my mind about dogs being “dangerous”.

Lawgal74 November 11, 2015 at 8:30 am

To take my point further, the inner city area I’m speaking of is made up of a majority African Americans & Hispanic residents. So since they have had so many murders & attacks in this area, I guess we should say no one should ever adopt an African american or Hispanic child bc they are all predisposed to aggression. That would be just as stupid an argument as the argument pit bull haters are making. Look at the percentage of pit bulls in the country vs the amount of pit bull attacks/kills then look at the amount of people living in these high crime, minority based, inner city areas vs the amount of attacks/kills in those areas & you could come to the same conclusion or make the same argument for both. However, both arguments would be ignorant. Humans are the most dangerous animals on earth by far (regardless of race or location). I’m an attorney & would much rather give money to an animal shelter than to the welfare system bc animals can’t take care of themselves, people can. If a person legitimately can’t care for themselves/work, then they will qualify for disability. I would also rather give money to animal organizations who are working to preserve a species or the environment. Just as dog haters have lost faith in dogs, many animal lovers have lost faith in the majority of humanity.

dogsfromhell November 11, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Lawgal74,

Nope, lets compare/contrast things that are the same. Dogs are a species living in our human environment. Imagined parallels between dogs and humans make ” zero sense”. For a comparison of environmental hazards follow the link to see the data. Since this was published, incidence of dog attack has increased. Note that dog bite injury to children ranks second. Dog nutter “logic” is driven by emotion, not fact, so nutters routinely compare dogs to children/humans since they believe their elite pets qualify as ” family” aka humans. Its all the same kool-aid.

http://www.whyihatedogs.com/2014/03/more-dogworshippers-suggestions-taken/

Bottom line: Pets don’t kill humans. NO EXCUSES.

dogsfromhell November 11, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Lawgal74

To take my point further, the inner city area I’m speaking of is made up of a majority African Americans & Hispanic residents. So since they have had so many murders & attacks in this area, I guess we should say no one should ever adopt an African american or Hispanic child bc they are all predisposed to aggression

Humans that kill or aggress go to jail. Dogs have idiot lawyers from the Lexus Project and Sheriff Joe Joke saving them after they perp on children. Following your logic that African Americans and Hispanics are violent, as an attorney LMAO, you should know there are a disproportionate number of men of color residing within our military/industrial prison complex. For the record, I do not agree that people of color are violent nor should they overwhelmingly support prison entrepreneurs. But that’s another conversation.

Consult your local actuary with your home owners insurance policy, a FACT driven organization, to determine if your rates will drastically increase once they learn you are a pit owner. Insurance companies run from liability. Pit lobbyists couldn’t compensate insurance companies for the loses they would incur if they didn’t account for pit liability.

PS“I’m an attorney” HA! It would be a stretch if to say there was an advanced degree or even a college education behind your reasoning, writing or ‘rithmatic. More kool-aid?

mfatpony@aol.com November 11, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Ah. the humans and dogs apples and oranges argument. Not very original. I was hoping for some better entertainment.
DOMESTIC PETS DON’T KILL HUMANS !

mfatpony@aol.com November 12, 2015 at 11:45 am

Lawgal74

To take my point further, the inner city area I’m speaking of is made up of a majority African Americans & Hispanic residents. So since they have had so many murders & attacks in this area, I guess we should say no one should ever adopt an African american or Hispanic child bc they are all predisposed to aggression
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By your own words you admit to their being a problem. It might also be worth pointing out to you that African Americans and Hispanics are not breeds of humans. Pits and their smarmy cousins were bred by humans for one thing. To fight. The truth is the common pit is not behaving in a violent manner for the breed. They are simply doing what their DNA has been plugged in to do. Environment and upbringing , training have been proven to accomplish zilch in relation to when and if a pit is going to decide that today is the day the baby gets chewed apart. On the flip side we know that poverty and lack of resources and absentee parents are the biggest issues in the neighborhoods you mention.
A simpler way to understand that pits are unable to control that impulse to grip, shake and shred would be comparing cats and birds.
I’ve had friends that had pet birds and cats for years. And one day the cat acts on it’s instincts to hunt the b bird usually with a very bad outcome for the bird. Most people can accept a herding dog herds but mention that a dog reconditioned from bull baiting to pit fighting might have a tendency to go postal you run into a headlock with the pit-a-holics Most dog breeds were created to fulfill a specific function. Those jaws were not developed to hold the baby. It is unacceptable for a domestic pet to attack humans totally unprovoked. Taking a bone, toy, being in a bouncy swing or any other nonsense or saying the dog was defending ITS yard when it killed a child need to be addressed in criminal court with the owners going to jail for a very long time.

dogsfromhell November 13, 2015 at 5:46 am

It might also be worth pointing out to you that African Americans and Hispanics are not breeds of humans.

mfp. I just can’t wrap my head around the logic of nutters thinking that people of color are like pits. Thanks for this excellent point.

mfatpony@aol.com November 13, 2015 at 11:37 am

Gee DFH going back and reading the troll post she seems awfully racist. Do we allow that here ?

dogsfromhell November 13, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Nope….not at all. We’ll have to flag her if she slithers back.

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