Monday, April 14, 2008
Tuscon, AZ - The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) paid a pit bull trainer to fly to Arizona to evaluate dogs rescued from the Pima County property of Mahlon Patrick. The Pima County dogfighting raid netted a number of arrests including Patrick whose two dog bloodlines, Bolio and Tombstone, were highly sought after for dogfighting purposes.
The Washington state-based trainer, Diane Jessup, teaches pit bulls how to be detection dogs for law enforcement agencies. Her company, LawDogsUSA, was shut out from receiving Michael Vick's dogs because she could not afford the one million dollar insurance policy required to keep them. Perhaps the HSUS is subsidizing this insurance coverage for her now.
The HSUS is also footing the medical and vaccination costs, as well as, shipping the dogs up to Jessup's Washington facility. Ironically, Jessup used to have extraordinary disdain for the HSUS. But now the two groups appear to be pals. In a bizarre rant after getting the thumbs down on Vick's Dogs, Jessup complains about the liability requirement for Vick's dogs:
"I am very disappointed American pit bulls deemed "adoptable" by ASPCA "experts" had this million dollar liability insurance requirement slapped on them. In my county, even a dog which has severely mauled someone and been declared "Dangerous" doesn't carry this kind of requirement!"The insurance policy was required for the organization, not an individual adopter. It's unclear how Jessup could confuse the two. Since 2004, LawDogsUSA has placed 8 eight rescued pit bulls with law enforcement agencies. Jessup also runs Boldog Kennels and sells a training video called, "The Extreme Pit Bull Series." The DVD teaches pit bull owners how to build Prey Drive and techniques for Springpoling.
Why did the HSUS send high-risk dogs to be rehabilitated by a trainer that emphasizes Prey Drive and Springpoling?In April 2007, a separate animal agency, the Arizona Humane Society (AHS), adopted out an American bulldog named Kane. The dog's new parents then reportedly gave the dog to the family of Tori Whitehurst. A short while later, the dog killed Tori. The AHS said that when Kane left their facility, "he was fully evaluated by three behaviorists and showed no sign of aggression."
Somehow, in a period of 6 months, the dog went clinically insane.
02/20/08: Breeder Busted, up to 150 Dogs Seized in Dogfighting Raid
11/05/07: 2007 Fatality: Tori Whitehurst, Killed by Family's American Bulldog
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| 4/14/2008 8:07 PM |
“The first time I met a pit bull I met a soul mate,” said Diane Jessup.
She really said pit-bull-soul-mate? Bwaaaaaaaaahahahaha! Freak Show!
Somebody forward this to the 17th floor at 30 Rockefeller. This has got to be seed material for a SNL bit!
I’m thinkin’ Jessup is played by Julia Sweeney in a returning guest star role for something similar to her androgynous character ‘Pat,’ but heavier, lumbering, more jowlish, much uglier -- all the features a pit bull looks for in a “human soul mate.”
Cue ‘Pit Bull Lady’ and let the hilarity begin!
| 4/14/2008 8:39 PM |
In 2007, interstate transport of fighting dogs became a federal felony and the perp's assets are subject to fortfeiture. Since each of Vick's dogs came with a $20,000 dowry, a new cottage industry has sprung up amongst the rescue angel spinsters....Rehabilitating seized fighting dogs.
Coming to a neighborhood near you soon!
| 4/14/2008 9:22 PM |
A $20,000 dowry for each seized pit bull?!
For $19,600., they could provide shoes and food for 1,781 children in Darfur for a month through FeedTheChildren.org. Talk about blowing your priorities! (I went with 19,600 to hold back $400, approximately the cost to have one of those pits turned into a cool head and shoulders taxidermy mount -- a truly safe way to keep a pit bull around and a great conversation starter!)
| 4/15/2008 7:14 AM |
The entire Pit Bull community has calculated that other people's dogs are merely Bait dogs and that six figure maulings are acceptable collateral damage.
They are not to be trusted in any public safety capacity.
| 7/28/2011 10:43 AM |
The HSUS used to have a much stiffer policy on fight bust dogs--they are not to be adopted. However, I think now we are seeing the unfortuante result of outside, more extreme pit bull groups on more moderate organizations.
The AKC, puppy mill interests, and inhumane industries in general have long waged war against the HSUS, and unfortuantely, that war has amped up to a fever pitch in recent years with the formation of corporate front groups like the Center for Consumer Freedom. The folks at the HSUS must be under tremendous pressure.
I see work with people like Jessup as the actions of an unfairly hounded group under pressure by a pit bull breeding industry who cleverly wraps their policies as the animal-friendly and humane thing to do.