Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Another "Freak" Accident
Margate, FL - The Margate News recently reported that resident Luis Rivera failed in an attempt to appeal a ruling that determined his pit bull to be "dangerous" after an attack incident. Representing himself before the Margate Magistrate, Rivera starkly represents the "deviant" profile of a vicious dog owner first established by a 2006 study published by the Journal of Interpersonal Violence1 then expanded upon in a 2009 study published by the Journal of Forensic Sciences.2
Parents must understand that vicious dog owners like Rivera nearly always have more rights than the safety of your children.Though the Margate News article points out that "deviants" like Rivera are more likely to shape aggression into their dog, it fails to point out why deviants primarily choose pit bulls. The answer is genetics: Pit bulls were selectively bred to attack and kill dogs for the purposes of dogfighting. Through this selection process, the pit bull developed unpredictable aggression, the killer bite, as well as "gameness," the ability to keep attacking long after significant injury is inflicted upon it.
DogsBite.org is grateful to the Margate Magistrate for upholding this pit bull's declaration of "dangerous." Given Rivera's many handicaps, including being on disability because he can no longer feel anything in his right hand due to a work incident and can only walk his pit bull (which Rivera mislabels as an American bulldog to the Magistrate) with his less capable left hand. Rivera also says he has "no money" to meet the requirements of owning a "dangerous" dog.
So how would Rivera pay the $100,000 plus medical cost if his pit bull "accidentally" attacked again?
2The Journal of Forensic Science study, "Vicious Dogs: The Antisocial Behaviors and Psychological Characteristics of Owners," was based upon an Internet survey of 758 undergraduate participants from a large eastern university (median age 19.85).
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| 9/08/2009 4:17 AM |
This man is NOT disabled. He can perform any one of a number of well-paying jobs. And he's handling a strong dog that requires tow hands to handle him, feed him, etc
If he is breeding pit bulls, that requires the use of both hands, and is also extra income that may disqualify for state SSI.
There is more deviant behavior here.
| 9/08/2009 4:21 AM |
If he's breeding, he's selling and nor reporting the income. Welfare fraud.
Also does the mother's insurance know he has pit bulls, and is running a breeding business? That's a whole nother insurance.
| 9/08/2009 7:25 AM |
Animal sales income is required by the IRS to be reported as regular income.
Report non-tax paying breeders by submitting this online form Form 3949A from the IRS website, or by calling at 800-829-0433
There are rewards in some cases.
States also have their own fraud lines.
| 9/08/2009 8:50 AM |
Has this wonderful comment that sheds some light on the type of women who seek out these dogs, and why they need help:
"I own a pitbull looking female rescue dog that growls and gets fluffed up over men...particularly middle-aged men. I chalk it up to not being around them much. While I am a divorced middle-aged woman who has been mistreated by men...I don't think I fall into the left wing feminist category...and, all I ever wanted was a husband to love and treasure me. I got that in my dog."
| 9/08/2009 9:45 AM |
Several thoughts come to mind as I watch this video and consider the attack that brings this dog owner into contact with the legal system...
It's always an "accident", why are pit bulls so "accident" prone?
Why do pit bull owners feel that they have the right to walk away from the financial losses caused by their dog's "accidents"? This particular dog owner is living with his mother but states he is a married man with children, has two female pit bulls and the male who attacked. He is a backyard breeder . HIs disability makes him unable to restrain his own dog in public. He has no resources to pay the damages and none to pay the fines, insurance requirements, and the containment required by law. He appears to expect a pass on all this and get his vicious dog back.
Why do pit bull owners fail to understand that the public deserves the right to walk the sidewalks of their communities without fear of attacks? Why do they fail to realize that if you can't pay for the damages caused by your dog that you can't have that dog? Why shoud the victim and the tax payers foot the bill for irresponsibility?
| 9/08/2009 11:10 AM |
Take a look at the participants of the Internet study (74.5%) women:
"A total of 758 (87.2%) participants responded in a valid manner and were included in subsequent analyses. In the final sample, 193 (25.5%) men and 565 (74.5%) women participated. The mean age of the sample was 19.85 (SD = 2.97) and the majority were Caucasian (n = 697, 92.0%)."
| 9/08/2009 11:32 AM |
And why do they think dog attacks are allowable if it was the first time? They need an attack to learn that a dog needs to be restrained? They don't care about prevention unless it is proven to them that they have to follow basic leash laws.
| 9/08/2009 1:47 PM |
Perfect example of a repeat offending pit bull owner:
SEPT 8, 2009 -- "Four pit bulls attacked and injured two men Monday evening in Larimer, Pittsburgh police said. This is the second time in a month that the dogs have attacked someone walking by, said police Lt. Reyne Kacsuta. The dogs, owned by a woman who lives on Orphan Street, bit one man on both legs and a second man on one leg about 7 p.m. Paramedics took the men to West Penn Hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, wounds, police said. The owner, whom police did not identify, would not allow animal control officers to take the dogs. Investigators will seek criminal charges against the woman and a court order to force the owner to give up the dogs, Kacsuta said."
| 9/08/2009 8:54 PM |
i am working luis rivera's profile. many many criminals in the state of florida by that name. i have to weed through them all.
in the mean time, try watching luis' performance without sound. it's funny.
excellent find dogsbite!
| 9/08/2009 11:17 PM |
From the link someone posted above:
"Local court records did not suggest Farnsworth was capable of such violence. He had a few traffic tickets, but nothing serious. The former Canal Winchester resident struck his neighbors as unremarkable, just a typical guy who doted on his dog, a female pit bull."
| 9/12/2009 1:07 PM |
Pit Bulls and Pot Bust:
"More than 50 dogfighting pit bulls were discovered living in poor conditions surrounding a secret marijuana manufacturing facility behind an under-construction house on Graytown Road, Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown said."
| 11/18/2009 5:39 PM |
Regarding declaring of income from breeding for tax purposes,,,It's not just income tax, dog breeders are required to collect and remit sales tax for each dog sold.
Some of the states are starting to go after them during the budget crunch.
I wonder how many billions are floating around under the table?