Sunday, October 12, 2008
Pit Bull Abducted from PAWS in Montclair
10/09/08 | Montclair, NJ
Summary: A pit bull named Ruby was stolen from a PAWS facility just before the animal was to be placed with a family. --Things do happen for a reason-- We call this napping to your attention due to this twist of fate and because of what the PAWS receptionist told the reporter. She said that sometimes criminals "take a passive pit bull and use it as bait for bullfighting." We think she meant to say "dogfighting."
In a separate twist of fate, this Chopper got stolen in February from the Pinellas SPCA in Florida. One month later, a similarly appearing Chopper made news in South Carolina.
12 Pit Bull Puppies Stolen at Gunpoint
10/08/08 | Escambia County, FL
Summary: The Sheriff's Office said Patrick McBride Jr., 30, and the men were looking at the puppies Monday night when one of the men asked to get a drink of water. McBride asked a friend to stand outside with the three remaining men. McBride said that the man he took inside his residence pulled a gun. A second man then came into the house and snatched his 12 pit bull puppies.
Thieves Posed as Animal Control Snatch Pit Bull
10/03/08 | Morristown, TN
Summary: Thieves using a fake animal control van to steal dogs struck again. A Morristown pit bull owner saw them grab the family dog and take off. Richard Hart, a Hamblen County Animal Control officer said, "During the day, we had numerous reports of the van around town." One neighbor speculated they were stealing the dogs for dogfighting purposes -- an educated speculation.
Five Pit Bull Puppies Stolen from Home
09/24/08 | Superior, MI
Summary: According to Washtenaw County Sheriff Dave Egeler, residents of White Oak Lane arrived home just before 9 p.m. and reported five puppies from their litter of about a dozen pit bulls were missing (yet another extremely large litter size). The pit-bull-nappers pried open a window screen over the makeshift kennel the dogs were kept in and likely stole the cream of the crop.
Martin County Woman's Pit Bull Puppy Stolen
09/23/08 | Martin County, FL
Summary: A woman reported her 2-month-old pit bull puppy stolen out of her home. Earlene Hicks noticed the brindle pit bull missing shortly after she came home from work Monday night. Hicks, 22, told Martin sheriff's deputies that when she went to work, she had left the puppy on her back porch where a piece of wood confined him to part of the screened-in enclosure.
Man Attacked, Pit Bull Pup Stolen
09/18/08 | South Bend, IN
Summary: Police say it's the type of case they've never seen before: an assault that ended in an apparent "dog-napping." Apparently, South Bend police are not reading local or state news regarding dogfighting operations in the area. In Gary, Indiana, about 60 miles away, there was recently a notable dogfighting trial. Even more recently was the bizarre pit bull owner in South Bend that threatened animal control officers.
10/08/08: Each Humane Society is a Separate and Distinct Organization
07/28/08: Man's Dog Nabbed for "Bait Dog" in Center, Texas
04/23/08: Firefighters in Gary, Indiana Caught up in Dogfighting
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| 10/13/2008 8:03 AM |
Force a passive pit bull to fight? I don't think so. Can't force them, if they don't want to fight they just give in (and are killed by their opponent as pits don't respond to signs of submission).
I think what she really means is: as these dogs were bred to fight with other dogs they are stolen to be used in dogfights.
The owner probably went for a holiday, kicked the dog out on to the street and now he's back and he wants his dog back without paying the pound.
| 10/14/2008 7:46 AM |
I think it's time we take a good, hard look at this bait-dog myth perpetuated by pit bull advocates and animal welfare organizations. If a pit bull is stolen, the shelter staff tells us it was stolen for bait dog purposes. If a pit bull has scars, it is adopted out as a former bait dog and is perfectly gentle and wouldn't fight. Now for a little common sense.
How long do you think an actual animal that refused to fight would last with a fighting pit bull that was bred for generations, conditioned, and encouraged for the purpose? I'm guessing not too long. Yet we are expected to believe that pit bulls and pit bulls only (because I don't recall any other breed of dog being adopted out as a scarred up former bait dog) can somehow withstand these attacks, possibly over a length of time gathering various episodes of scarring, escape the dog fighting compound while injured, and make its way to a shelter. To a logical person like myself, that just isn't a believable senario to begin with, much less something that could occur as frequently as we are expected to believe. And further, why would you need a pit bull to be a bait dog? Wouldn't any dog or other animal do just as well, and mostly likely be better as there would be less chance it could injure your money-generating fighting dog? Stray dogs, stray cats, squirrels, rats, etc. would all make good bait animals that could be caught in a live trap and wouldn't be missed. The act of stealing, either from a shelter or a private home, brings with it great risk, so their needs to be a payoff for that kind of risk. And when the dogs being stolen are only pit bulls, that payoff becomes quite clear: these people expect to make money off these animals, not as bait dogs but as fighting dogs. Because the dog fighters know the breed better than most pit bull owners, that they all are fighting dogs at heart and that how you raise such a dog does not remove the genetic traits needed for the task of dog fighting. It just seems to me that pit bull advocates would have us believe there are more bait dogs out there than fighting dogs, and this overwhelming need for even more bait dogs. I would think that in a large fighting organization there is a steady stream of puppies, some better at fighting than others. It looks like they have their own built in supply of bait dogs, that is if all fighters even use bait dogs as part of their training exercises. It seems much more plausible that pit bulls are stolen as fighting dogs - to replace losing dogs and bring in a different gene pool for breeding purposes.