Thursday, February 5, 2009
Sacramento, CA - American River College kicked a pit bull "seizure alert" dog off its campus. The pit bull had reportedly been aggressive with other dogs and the animal did not have a service dog certification. We'd like to point out that since 2005, pit bulls have killed at least 3 people with seizure disorders. In each case, the unwitnessed seizure was offered as the reason for the fatal attack. These victims include: Kelli Chapman, Brandon Coleman and Lorinze Reddings.
"A woman and the animal she calls her service dog were kicked off of the American River College campus over fears that the dog, a pit bull, is a threat to students. Pit bull Sebastian is Vannase Cary's constant companion, and provides both protection and a half-hour warning before she suffers an epileptic seizure. Vannase loves him, but teachers and staff at American River College don't feel the same way.Related articles:
He's reactive," said ARC counselor Jennifer Scalzi. "He's been aggressive with other dogs." Vannase says she's heartbroken that Sebastian was banned from campus, "even though he's been certified through the county as a service animal," she said. However, campus counselors say they weren't able to find any certification for Sebastian. CBS13 contacted Sacramento County officials, who said there's no county agency that regulates service dogs.
"There is no group that will certify a bully breed," Vannase said, but pointed out the pit bull's animal tag and regulatory number. The tag only means that Sebastian is a licensed dog in the county -- he's never even had any training as a service dog. "There's always the possibility of getting her a real, certified service dog she can bring on campus," Scalzi said. Until then, Vannase has a choice: class or Sebastian."
09/13/08: Pit Bull Attacks Seizure Alert, Service Dog in Boston
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| 2/05/2009 4:05 AM |
The Pit Grifters will exploit this dog for fundraising. In truth, Seizure alert dogs are rare and take up to 2 years to train and are expensive.
I believe once a "Service Dog" has shown aggression, it no longer has to be honored. The problem is that the pit nutters don't really believe dog aggression is a negative trait.
| 2/05/2009 7:56 AM |
Is this statement true? Are there no nationally recognized organizations that will certify bully breeds?
Is anyone here familiar with any of the service dog organizations? Would they be willing to check this out?
The real risk here is that these dangerous, delusional pit bull organizations are fraudulently calling dogs "service" dogs; when their dogs attack, they could damage the reputation of REAL service dogs. There should be some law against fraudulently claiming a dog is a service dog. Most service dogs I see wear a vest and have special tags.
| 2/05/2009 9:47 AM |
With all due respect...the dog owner appears mentally disabled. She showed her dogs regular license tag and claimed it was his "certification". I don't think she really understands what "certifed" means.
Is this woman really a student here?
| 2/05/2009 10:20 AM |
Pit grifter CHAKO aka Dawn Capp is already on it:
Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 12:07 am Post subject:
A dog need not be "certified" by an agency to act as a service dog. If she contacts CHAKO, we'll review her situation and potentially help her file a claim against ARC.
Oh, isn't Lend A Heart primarily (if not exclusively) therapy dog training? I've met with their volunteers a few times, and I never heard that they did service dog training.
| 2/05/2009 11:30 AM |
Where's CHAKO on this? Aren't they out of Sacramento? Dawn Capp ought to be foaming at the mouth (CHAKO sued the City of SF after their mandatory spay neuter law because it interfered with the ability of disabled persons to obtain assistance from service animals!)
If any group "certifies" pit bulls as service dogs in that area of CA, it is likely CHAKO!
| 2/05/2009 11:37 AM |
Good luck certifying a dog with dog AGGRESSION! This woman could NOT stop this animal if it suddenly flipped or chased after another dog. If the ARC had to take the steps to BAN the dog, they likely have some decent evidence. If nothing else, the case shows how badly pit bulls and their owners screw up the service dog industry.
| 2/05/2009 4:00 PM |
Exactly, Jimmy. And how does the dog behave when paramedics arrive for that seizure? Even the best of dogs can be upset by sirens and the approach of 5 strangers - 3 from an engine company and 2 medics. Nothing like dying from status epilepticus because rescuers were held off by a so called service dog and had to wait for animal control.
| 2/05/2009 7:02 PM |
FINDING A SUITABLE CANDIDATE FOR ASSISTANCE DOG WORK
Hereditary Breed Traits: Each breed was developed for a purpose. If considering a breed developed for hunting, herding or guard dog work, realize that the traits that made a dog of that particular breed an excellent hunting dog, an effective sheepdog or a successful guard dog do not disappear just because the traits are no longer highly desired by most dog owners. The ancestral urges to hunt, swim, chase livestock, sound an alarm, kill predators or drive away strangers that dare approach are lurking under the surface. Some of these traits will interfere with an assistance dog's reliability.
Breeds classified as Guard Dogs, Flock Guardians or Fighting Dogs have aggression related breed traits that are particularly worrisome. Assistance dog partners who do not have previous experience handling a dog with a strong Protection drive, a fierce Territorial instinct or a hereditary dog aggression problem should not attempt a partnership with one of these breeds. Those who do choose to work with one of these breeds must respect the darker side of its nature, learn how to avoid triggering it and never ignore the potential for a misunderstanding. Occasionally one hears of a Doberman or German Shepherd or a Rottweiler that seems to lack the normal hereditary breed traits that earned such dogs the reputation of being formidable guard dogs. But atypical specimens like that are extremely difficult to find, nor do they come with a lifetime guarantee. Realistically, your odds on a pup from those breeds growing up to be an adult that lacks his breed's guard dog instinct is very slim. Hereditary breed traits should always be considered part of the package when making a breed choice.
| 2/06/2009 12:19 AM |
"Assistance dog partners who do not have previous experience handling a dog with a strong Protection drive, a fierce Territorial instinct or a hereditary dog aggression problem should not attempt a partnership with one of these breeds. Those who do choose to work with one of these breeds must respect the darker side of its nature, learn how to avoid triggering it and never ignore the potential for a misunderstanding."
It is unfortunate that those who do know the dark side of these breeds, sugar coat the dark side and hide it from the public. THEY can not be trusted EITHER!
| 2/08/2009 5:43 AM |
That paragraph was written for sane people not Pit Nutters...
The Pit community doesn't see dog aggression as a negative trait, in fact they intentionally breed for it and worship.
Any organization or organization can slap a vest on a dog and call it a Service Animal. It is a travesty since many fine and reputable organizations lovingly produce amazing animals.