Friday, April 18, 2008
Daytona Beach, FL - In a victory against animal abusers, over 30 pit bulls will not be sent home to their owners who neglected them and used them for dogfighting. The trio, who face criminal charges including animal cruelty, dogfighting and confinement, were also prohibited from owning any dogs for at least a decade.
County Judge David Foxman ordered dog owners Tharvellus Walker, Wylene Walker and Theodore Lock to pay more than $11,000 to the Humane Society for the medical care and upkeep of the 31 remaining canines and four puppies that have since been born to one of the females. One dog had to be destroyed.
The pit bulls were seized after a drug task force with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office served a warrant on Tharvellus Walker. Task force investigators found the dogs in the backyard. Officer Liz Devlin said the seizure was "just a drop in the bucket" because dogfighting is "so prevalent in Daytona Beach."
Devlin, who has been investigating animal abuse and dogfighting cases for nearly 14-years, said the Michael Vick case has brought it more to the public's attention. Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, is serving a federal prison term after being convicted of operating a dogfighting ring.
Now the issue becomes, "What to do with the abused dogs?" Because of dogfighting pracitices, some Florida animal shelters have "no adopt out" policies for pit bulls. So while the dogs will not be sent back to their owners, they stand a high likelihood of being euthanized by animal shelters.
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| 4/18/2008 12:54 PM |
Now we come to the moral question of placing game breed dogs with explosive animal aggression.... When one eventually, shreds a neighbors pet, who is legally responsible for the animals wrogful death?
Keep in mind several Pit Bull owners of successful sued cities for law enforcement wrongfully shooting their dogs and the judgements are usually several hundred thousand dollars!
How is "The State" knowingly placing fighting dogs that are likely to kill another's dog any different?
| 4/18/2008 2:21 PM |
And what about the COST? The cost to restore the animals back to health; house them -- often times requiring more space and special confinement from other dogs because of their "animal-aggression; maintaining them for months on end as the court hearings progress; and putting them through behavior training to see if they are even viable adoption candidates? Pit bulls have got to be the most expensive dogs on the planet to properly confine, behaviorally analyze and train. In the end, and after all of that, they are often still euthanized!
How many resources are allocated to pit bulls that other far more adoptable animals ought to get?
| 4/18/2008 4:11 PM |
It doesn't matter, dee...because pit bull lovers are NOT dog lovers; they are not even animal lovers. They ONLY want to maintain easy access to the breed because they are either making money breeding them, fighting them, or using them to guard their drug operation. OR they have some sort of emotional/psychological problem that draws them to this breed.
They are either men who need to overcompensate for their lack of virlility/feelings of powerlessness, or they are lonely single women who identify with the dogs as fellow "victims".... or they are angry, anti-social, violent people who want a dog that people fear.
This isn't about loving animals....it never really has been about the dogs, its about how these dogs make their owners feel, or how these dogs make their owners money. And the rest of the dog owners in this country have apparently rolled over and are willingly subsidizing them. Dog owners are losing rights....the right to bring our dogs to public parks and places, the right to walk our dogs safely in our own neighborhoods,...because we want to be "fair" to the owners of pits and Rotts and other aggressive breeds. So we don't ban pits, we ban ALL dogs from the local parks and recreation areas.If dog owners stood up and said enough....lets stop pretending that the problem is "poodles and cocker spaniels", and lets call a pit bull what it really is...a dog bred to fight to the death, a dog that was NEVER meant to be a pet. Lets regulate them and stop the nonsense, stop worrying about hurting the tender feelings of the bull breed owners, who don't give a rat's ass about anyone else.
| 4/19/2008 6:12 AM |
Let's not forget that the pit nutters "fairness" arguments get laughed out of Court.
There is no constitutional right to own a bear baiting dog and regulating them is a valid excerise of police power.
The pit bull problem is a breed specific problem which requires a breed specific solution. Regulating Aunt Millie's poodle is just a fictious requirement created by the delicate minds of Pit owners.
| 8/04/2009 11:43 AM |
More Volusia County pit bull breeders:
Aug 4, 2009 - Lennis Dwayne Stephens, 31, is accused of intentionally keeping five of his eight pit bull dogs in conditions that caused the animals "unnecessary pain and suffering."
...During the investigation by Daytona Beach police, officials said they learned that Stephens' 5-year-old daughter had asked to stay with her cousin because "the house smelled bad and 'crack heads' were always in the house."
...Records show the home at had been the subject of numerous animal complaints in recent months. Some of the dogs, which were taken to the Flagler Humane Society, showed wounds consistent with being trained to fight, police said."