Friday, April 13, 2012
Malden, MA - Last week we reported on a pit bull ordinance passed by Malden City Council. Part of the blog post addressed Dr. Amy Marder who claimed that "a leash will prevent dog bites as well as a muzzle" when being quizzed by Councillor Neil C. Kinnon. The post also noted that the "hollering pit bull owners" attending the meeting failed to grasp the language of the ordinance, which grandfathered in existing pit bull owners if they registered their dog prior to May 1.
On Wednesday, Councillor Kinnon answered critics of the pit bull ordinance in a letter to the editor of the Malden Advocate. It is a fantastic letter that clarifies the pit bull ordinance, offers city dog bite statistical data, zings the "good Doctor" further by stating that her "evidence lacked credibility, as no scientist would ever claim a sample size of ten" and concludes with a statistical comparison that powerfully confirms the rational fear persons maintain about the pit bull breed.
Dear Editor, Malden Advocate, and Malden’s Citizens:Councillor Kinnon saved the whopper comparison for his conclusion that illustrates just how dangerous pit bulls are and that fears about the breed are rational:
This past week the City Council passed a Pit Bull Ordinance which will take effect on May 1, 2012 (provided the Mayor signs it). It will exempt current pit bulls which are licensed by that time with some reasonable stipulations. Hopefully this letter might clarify what is in the Pit Bull Ordinance, the reasons for it and why some of the information opponents are spinning is simply misinformation or untrue.
Snippets taken by DogsBite.org:
- "According to Animal Control fifty-seven dog bites were recorded from 2009-2011. Eighteen of the bites were committed by pit bulls. The next closest breeds that bit were German Shepherds, Bull Mastiffs and Dobermans, which recorded only two bites each. The data broken down in its simplest terms means pit bulls account for approximately 6.7% of our registered dogs and committed 31.6% of the dog bites."
- "The ordinance requires pit bulls to be spayed or neutered in order to get an exemption from the muzzling law. The advocates who spoke to the Council also advocate spaying and neutering of pit bulls as part of any plan."
- "The ordinance the Council passed requires a fence if one wishes to let their dog out in the yard without a muzzle. PittBullLovers.com states for those looking to own a pit bull "you should have a six foot privacy fence"
- "The ordinance passed by the City Council will guarantee high license compliance for pit bulls, which all advocates say is needed, as it exempts, from the muzzle ordinance, all current pit bull owners who reside in Malden as long as they come in to register for a license and provide the proper spay and neutering documentation."
- "The pit bull advocates continue to claim that BSL (breed specific legislation) does not work and yet over 600 communities in America have adopted it. The Marine Corps and the Army have gone so far as to adopt total bans of pit bulls and their close relatives on all their bases in the last few years."1
- "When the Doctor was asked how many dogs were in her study and how many had some American Staffordshire, her answer was her study included ten dogs and she didn’t know how many included some American Staffordshire. Her evidence lacked credibility, as no scientist would ever claim a sample size of ten was a real study and after stating that DNA didn’t contain Staffordshire in many instances, she didn’t know how many contained some Staffordshire in the sample."2
- "The pit bull advocates continue to state it will be impossible to enforce a muzzle law and that we should instead focus on licensing and strong leash law enforcement of all dogs. One can only conclude from all actual evidence that it would be just as easy for an animal control officer or other law enforcement officer to enforce a muzzle law as it is to enforce a leash law. Is it harder for a dog officer to see if a dog is on a four foot leash or muzzle?"
If there were as many pit bulls in Malden as people, and bite incidents were classified as aggravated assaults, the average rate of aggravated assault by pit bulls in the last three years would have been over 1,500 per year. If one calculated the same math on all other dogs, during that span, the average aggravated assault level each year would have been approximately 220. In the last three years the actual average number of aggravated assaults in Malden, by humans, has been 169. Therefore pit bulls per capita commit almost 10 times the aggravated assaults as do humans. The person who discriminates when seeing a pit bull walking down the street does not do so out of an irrational fear but does so because they are 10 times as likely to be attacked by the pit bull. (Neil Kinnon, Ward Six City Councillor, Malden Advocate, April 11, 2012)Kudos Councillor Neil Kinnon!
2Kinnon is presumably referring to a study by Dr. Amy Marder. Initially, we had thought Dr. Voith's study (Comparison of Adoption Agency Breed Identification and DNA Breed Identification of Dogs) to be the culprit, but it uses a sample pool of 20. We then found a short piece by Marder and Voith that references an "unnamed" study by Marder, "In a separate study, Amy Marder and colleagues analyzed DNA samples from dogs visually identified as "pit bull mixes." (The American Shelter Dog: Identification of Dogs By Personality). Marder's "unnamed" study is also referenced in a March 2009 blog post.
04/04/12: Pit Bull Ordinance Passes in Malden City, Massachusetts
09/13/09: U.S. Marine Corps Bans Pit Bulls and Other Breeds; Policy Affects...
03/17/09: U.S. Army Adopts Breed Restriction Policy for RCI Privatized Housing
06/01/08: Pit Bull Ban FAQ by Councilman Brian Powers
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| 4/15/2012 2:56 AM |
It's really sad that it feels like a miracle to see a politician standing up to the pit-bull crowd like this.
On the other hand, it feels really good to see one show such intelligence and integrity publicly.
The nutters are always recruiting people from far away to tell people how to live in their own towns (ie, that they must live with pit bulls, mauled and killed pets, mauled and murdered children). Now let's hope this man's constituency rewards him for caring more about them than about a load of phonies and imports!
| 4/15/2012 2:18 PM |
Amy Marder is involved with purebred dog breeding and the AKC, and their world that rests on a base of registration money from puppy mills.
CH REGENCY LORD AND EMPEROR. RN 03575903. 08-25-03
By Ch Regency Shastakin Lord Davy - Ch Regency Ridgepark O'Gracious. Dog.
Owner: Amy Marder., Cambridge, MA 02140. Breeder: Ida Ellen Weinstock & Alice Ann Wight.
(R C Carusi, Agent).
And fooling around at the ridiculous Westminster Dog Show, funded by puppy mill registration money
15 Ch Regency Lord And Emperor
Breed: Australian Terrier
AKC: RN 03575903
Date of Birth: August 25, 2003
Breeder: Ida Ellen Weinstock & Alice Ann Wight
Sire: Ch Regency Shastakin Lord Davy
Dam: Ch Regency Ridgepark O'Gracious
Owner: Amy Marder VMD
She's not a humane advocate, not a public safety advocate. She's an advocate for the for-profit dog breeding world that she has a personal vested interest in. Her dog shows are paid for with puppy mill money, breeders profit from breeding vicious dogs, and that is why she and her breeder friends oppose regulation.
These wealthy elitists want to continue to play games, including breeding fighting breeds, and sell purebred dogs without regulation and without taking responsibility for their actions.
What honest professional would be involved with an organization like AKC that supports and profits from puppy mills, opposes anti cruelty laws, and supports vicious breeds? An AKC that has been found lobbying with dog fighter advocates time and again?
Marder supposedly represents a humane organization, but she doesn't even adopt rescued dogs. She doesn't even represent australian shepherds well, since they are getting maimed and killed by pit bulls just like other dogs.
A breeder lobbyist has no business involved in a humane organization, especially one that is using that organization to protect the financial interests of her breeder associates.
Amy Marder has zero credibility. No "study" she undertakes is free of the taint of breeder industry financial interests, and dog breeders have a lengthy history of deception and fraud. She should take on a job working directly for the breeder lobby, instead of endangering the public and pets on behalf of wealthy people who just don't care about the deaths and injuries caused by their fighting breeds.
| 4/15/2012 2:28 PM |
The ridiculousness of Marder's advice as a self-promoted "behaviorist" is laughable and dangerous. From local discussions of her competence, I find complaint after complaint. She simply isn't qualified or knowledgeable, so many say, and with fighting breeds that is very dangerous.
Someone pointed out her incompetence in her collaboration with someone named Dodman regarding dog on dog aggression
"There's not much value in dr dodman's work, Athena.
His advice offers SHEER LUCK heaped on top of dismal failure.
Yeah. The good doctor is an incompetent trainer, Athena.
by: Dr. Michelle Posage and Dr. Amy Marder
Edited by: Dr. Nicholas Dodman:
"In most cases, the frequency and severity of aggressive
behavior can be reduced, but not eliminated completely.
The most that may be accomplished is to reduce the
probability of aggression. You must weigh the risks of
keeping an aggressive dog against the benefits."
IOW, KILL THE DOG?
"If your dogs are fighting, do not get in the middle.
Interrupt the aggression using water, loud noises,
blankets or sprays."
IOW, USE AVERSIVES TO TEACH FRIENDSHIP AND TRUST"
Her advice gets a person or pet killed. This is incompetence at its worst.
| 4/15/2012 2:32 PM |
As you can see, Amy Marder herself has admitted that you can't "fix" aggressive dogs, they will always remain dangerous, and you should consider getting rid of the dog because there are great risks.
Amazing hypocrisy now that the fighting breed industry needs to hire her as a lobbyist and spokesman, and her story changes.
| 4/15/2012 2:37 PM |
The Malden mayor opened an "online survey" and guess what? The dog fighters and breeders from outside the state are already bombarding it with their usual lies to alter the results, and trying to manipulate the mayor. They are bragging that they can control the "stupid mayor."
These are people who don't even live in the state, and some don't even live in the country. They are criminals and tax cheats.
Is the mayor foolish enough to fall for an organized criminal lobby?
There'll be blood on the hands of the mayor after the next attack if the mayor caters to dog fighters.
The victim should ready a lawsuit against the mayor.
| 4/15/2012 11:26 PM |
Kinnon knocked it out of the park.
He didn't take Marder's "I've done a study" at face value and asked the right questions to ascertain the validity of the "study."
I love it. These "studies" Marder's and Voith's betray the agenda to lie. they aren't well-meaning if misguided advocates. They are willing to lie to buffalo the public and local governing bodies.
“Show me a neighborhood with a high concentration of pit bulls and I will show you a neighborhood that most people do not want to live in.”
thanks for this post!
| 4/16/2012 6:28 AM |
As these maulings and kiling increase across the country, due directly to pit rescues and advocacy groups, more and more people are seeing through the Pit Propoaganda BS. However they are still obviously very influential on politicians. I mean seriously -- I wonder when was the last time that this mayor posted a survey to get the public's opinion on a new law?