Monday, November 24, 2008
UPDATE 11/24/08: It is a new day and a new event has unfolded. A local newspaper reports that San Antonio Animal Care Services is too full to take in strays. Earlier in the month, the director of animal services, Jeffrey Hale, resigned after being arrested for a DWI. Hale was the leading force behind the effort to make San Antonio a "no kill" city by 2012. Given that the city shelter is overflowing with animals -- paralyzing basic department duties, such as picking up strays -- it seems the "no kill" directive is unsuccessful.
11/24/08: Bexar County Pit Bull Problems Continue to Surface
Bexar County, TX - There are several reasons why Bexar County is on the DogsBite.org Watch List. Primarily we are concerned that county officials are not enforcing Lillian's Law. Bexar County (the third largest county in Texas, population 1.6 million) has only retained 2 incitements under Lillian's Law and has yet to attain one for Denise Rocha who was attacked back in August. Rocha's attack appears to qualify for Lillian's Law, as does the more recent attack on the public works employees.
Two more events have unfolded in two days time.Fight Over Pit Bull Leads to Shooting Spree
(11/23/08) About 20 rounds were fired between two groups of people in an entrance to an apartment building in the 7600 block of Windsor Oaks. Two men, ages 18 and 19, each were shot in the foot and taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Bexar County Sgt. David Kilcrease said, "Both parties were returning fire at each other." The shooters were arguing over ownership of a pit bull that roams the neighborhood. The animal could not be located, and investigators had not found the shooters who fled.
Policeman Kills Aggressive Pit Bull
(11/22/08) A police officer shot and killed a pit bull shortly after the animal killed a cat and another dog. The incident started about 10:40 a.m. in the 5200 block of Bakersfield Street. Resident David Avila said he witnessed the white pit bull attack the dog and cat a few houses down from his home. "We have reported that dog to authorities two or three times over the past month," he said. "I’m glad the police officer did what he did. What if it wasn’t a cat or dog that pit bull killed? It could have been one of my granddaughters."
What is Happening in Bexar County?In 2007, Bexar suffered two fatalities by pit bulls. Given how rare fatalities are due to dog attacks -- versus serious injury -- Bexar is a statistical anomaly. Might these fatalities, however, and lack of prosecution of Lillian's Law point to deeper problems such as dogfighting and the many resulting consequences of it, particularly an abundance of dangerous dogs in the area? Add to this that San Antonio Animal Care is committed to a "no kill" policy (which translates into a Pit Bull Proliferation policy) and the picture of grim adds up quick.
11/07/08: Director of Animal Services in San Antonio Arrested on DWI
11/03/08: Bexar County Still Has Not Brought Charges Against Dog Owners
11/02/08: Bexar County Public Works Employees Attacked by "Pig Hunting" Pit Bulls
09/19/08: San Antonio Woman Severely Mauled by Two Pit Bulls
08/20/08: Dog Attacks, Trends and Dog Law Coverage of Texas
01/09/08: Lillian's Law - Texas State Dangerous Dog Law
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| 11/24/2008 9:36 AM |
No Kill is like a disease.
It's a fanatical mental illness that ends up hurting pets and people.
Are these No Kill fanatics refusing to pick up stray dogs, refusing to enforce laws, refusing to shut down illegal breeding operations? Are they handing out dangerous dogs to the public? Are they opposing stronger laws?
The question also must be asked, are there people involved in either the dog fighting or dog breeding world that are using animal control or other positions of authority to pursue their business interests? Are there AKC breeders or pit bull breeders por other breeder lobbyists making decisions?
Is this the hog hunting lobby?
The dog breeding lobby is opposed to any kind of laws enforced or put in place for dog owners.
There needs to an investigation into the backgrounds of the people in these departments, and in higher positions of authority.
There may well be more Jere Alexanders and Alane Kokis hiding their business interests there.
And the people who are hurt must talk to attorneys and consider lawsuits against the county and animal control if laws are not being enforced, or there is a refusal to deal with dangerous dogs. Or more people will die.
| 11/25/2008 1:12 PM |
Here is the fanatic responsible for this no kill lunacy in San Antonio
Nathan Winograd with Best Friends.
Of course, Winograd doesn't mention that all his other No kill attempts have gone in similar directions!
San Antonio got bamboozled.
Here is what has been going on http://forums.mysanantonio.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/20763/Animal_Care_Services_boss_resi
The No kill fanatics led by Nathan Winograd and Best Friends got themselves on the ACS Advisory board, and now THEY are running animal control instead of the city!
Look at the problems.
And the sick thing is, there is MORE animal suffering.
| 11/02/2011 2:08 AM |
In 2000, Dr David Blocker published this thesis for his Masters Degree in Public Health for the University of Texas. This was done using 1995-1997 data with the full cooperation of San Antonio and Bexar County Animal Control. They appear to have used the report as a doorstop.
"The odds of a Pit Bull in Bexar County causing a bite were five times greater than for all the other breeds combined, at 4.9 to 1. Chow Chows and Rottweilers also had odds greater than the average, at 2.9 to 1 and 1.8 to 1, respectively. The odds ratios for German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers were significantly lower than the average, at 0.67 to 1 and 0.26 to 1."
Texas has sustained 23 DBRFs by Pit Bulls since this report was published. As with the rest of Texas, Bexar County seems to be stuck on stupid IRT Pit Bulls...They have had three residents killed by Pit Bulls since the report was published, and absolutely neglect to pursue felony charges under Lillian's Law.