Monday, August 17, 2009
Do Pit Bull Jaws Lock?
YouTube artist Zupf has created a video about the "pit bull locking jaw" controversy that advocates frequently refute. Due to artificial selection for the purposes of dogfighting, pit bulls developed a killer bite. Unlike other dog breeds, pit bulls "hold and shake" their victims. Unless a crow bar or break stick is used to pry open a pit bull’s jaws, shooting the dog may be the only way to get the animal to release. Though the pit bull’s jaws may not "structurally" lock, they do not release naturally either.
Zupf references the Baltimore Sun pit bull street fighting video (See: Pit Bull Fight), which depicts pit bulls "locked on" to each other in a curbside fight. On the DogsBite.org Attack Video page (See: Attacks on Animals), we show examples of this bite behavior as well. The combination of a pit bull’s powerful jaws, the "hold and shake" bite style -- designed to inflict maximum damage -- and the pit bull's unmatched tenacity is partly why cities, counties and entire countries regulate these dogs.
04/17/09: Crow Bar Used to Unlock Pit Bull's Jaws Engaged in Fight
02/24/09: 2008 International Shark Attack Report Released
01/06/09: Ecuador Joins International Trend: Bans Pit Bulls and Rottweilers as Pets
09/29/08: Break Sticks: A Tool Used to Pry Open a Pit Bull's Jaws
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| 8/17/2009 3:28 AM |
I do not understand why people do not use muzzles for their pit bulls. Then the pit bull won't be accused of hurting anyone, and the owner won't end up in jail or sued.
Fewer attacks and injuries means a better rap for pit bulls.
Maybe someone needs to design muzzles with little angels and unicorns to encourage these dummies to use them.
| 8/17/2009 8:19 AM |
Excellent. Zupf nailed this point. PB advocates use semantics in an attempt to discredit arguments. But the broad definition of "lock" includes anything becoming fixed in place. There is no question a pit bull's bite becomes fixed in place.
| 8/17/2009 12:05 PM |
Just one more example in the news today of this very issue:
AUGUST 17, 2009 - "The man tried to separate the dark brown pit bull from the smaller dog by kicking it as hard as he could but his efforts were in vain, police said. The neighbor then ran back into his house and returned with a gun. By this time the little dog was in the pit bull's mouth and the larger dog was violently shaking the animal. At that point, the man fired his gun, killing the pit bull."
| 8/17/2009 1:36 PM |
Here's was New Hope Pit Bull Rescue of New Hope, SC has to say about the "locking jaw" so-called myth:
"The following information was taken from www.pbrc.net and http://www.understand-a-bull.com , a great source for potential and current pit bull owners.
This is a very common myth. Pit bulls are just another member of the canine species and have the same jaw structure as any other dog. If they had a special enzyme or other physical mechanism that allowed them to lock their jaws, we would have to reclassify them as a different species. However, pit bulls do seem to have an above average amount of determination for things they are interested in. In fact, they were selectively bred to never give up. Their focus may be barking at squirrels, fetching rocks or sticks, but whatever they do, it's done with a great deal of enthusiasm. If they happen to grab onto something they don't want to release, it can be quite difficult to extract it from them. In addition, in the heat of a fight pit bulls tend to grab a hold on their opponent and shake as any canine would do with a normal prey. A breaking stick may be needed to break the hold. This may seem like a locking jaw effect, but it's only a strong determination to win the fight."
I love the way the tenacity of a pit bull is spin-doctored as "enthusiasm" and "above-average amount of determination." Yes, all you pit-nutters should carry a break stick, just in case your little wiggle butt gets determinedly enthusiastic about a vicious chihuahua, a human appendage, or God forbid, a human neck, head, or face.
Please note also, that New Hope Pit Bull Rescue is begging for foster homes for the 400 plus fighting dogs seized in the latest dog-fighting ring bust.
Here's what they say about that:
"We are very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to help with the Missouri bust case. We look forward to putting our arms around these dogs, training them and placing them into loving forever homes where they will live out their days in the happiness they deserve.
Right now we have ONE confirmed foster home and hundreds of dogs needing a place to go. How do we decide which dog will be lucky enough to get that one spot? We NEED foster homes to help us take these dogs so we can work with them. If you can help and are interested in fostering a dog, please visit our web site to learn more about our foster program and to apply to become a foster home today or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!"
I want to know if NHPBR will pay for the medical bills, or funeral costs, when one of these sweet loving beasts that they rehabilitate gets "enthusiastic."
| 8/17/2009 3:41 PM |
Don't be fooled by the muzzle. They can get out them. i saw a pit nutter demonstrate her pit's dislike of the muzzle for a tv news camera last year and I was surprised at how quickly and easily the pit bull got it off.
Some one is working on a pit bull fairy dust. It will be called 'Renalia'.
| 8/17/2009 3:42 PM |
And is New Hope screening homes or giving out unaltered pit bulls right back to the dog fighters and breeders who abused them in the first place (who just have to pose as "foster homes")?
It sounds like they'll take anyone who comes along who is willing to take a fighting dog.
How many honest, normal, sane people will do this? Answer is none.
So do the dogs just get handed off to some abuser in the name of "rescue"
| 8/17/2009 4:02 PM |
I have only met one pit bull owner who knew what a break stick was and knew how to use and I have been prosecuting these owners for over five (5) years in the Omaha metro area.
A break stick is a requirement, not an option, if you own a pit bull.
What does that tell you?
| 8/17/2009 9:44 PM |
"Responsible pit bull owner" is an oxymoron...like "jumbo shrimp". They don't exist, in my experience.
I live in a state where NO private insurance provider will insure a home with a pit bull...yet they are common. That tells me that every single one of these pit bull owners is either too stupid to know that their HO insurance doesn't cover their dog, or that they have lied about the dogs breed to their agent. OR they are losers/drug dealers transients living in their girlfriends section 8 apartment, and the landlord doesn't know they have the dog. Many are young men living at home with their mothers because they can't afford an apartment of their own.
Pit bulls pose a greater risk to society in part because of the massive damage they can inflict on victims, AND because they are uninsurable....so victims have no recourse to help pay medical bills or for expensive reconstructive surgery. If I am mauled by a lab, and need plastic surgery on my face, chances are the labs owner can be sued, and their insurance will pay for it. No such luck with a pit bull. That's reason enough to ban them.
| 8/17/2009 10:20 PM |
"However, pit bulls do seem to have an above average amount of determination for things they are interested in."
that is pit nutter speak for 'the prey drive of pit bulls is not found anywhere in nature'.
this sterile language detached from reality is a huge part of the pit bull problem and paves the way for the humane organizations to accept the mantra "animal aggression doesn't equal human aggression."
| 8/18/2009 10:55 AM |
Oh geez. The dogs seized in that huge raid are "game bred" pit bulls, which are unbelievably insensitive to pain and often will fight for hours and hours. No one sane would choose one as a family pet, but all sorts of degenerates who find "the unbridled desire to kill" an admirable trait will.
That's what fighting dogs do - they do not give up until their opponent is dead. Blood loss, broken limbs, etc. do not deter them.
The stupid thing is that pit bull lovers will blame the justice system or animal control when/if the dogs are put down. The dog fighters, who shouldn't have been breaking the law and breeding these dogs, will not get the blame they deserve. It's ridiculous.
| 8/19/2009 9:30 PM |
I'd say any time you have a neighbor with a pit bull and it's property you know HAS to be insured by law, find out their insurance provider and contact them. Or if your state has an insurance fraud hotline, call that. The life you save could be your own.