Friday, April 6, 2012
Earlier this week, two pit bull "rescue" attacks made headlines. The first came out of the Detroit area, which is the U.S. capital of dogfighting and the last place anyone ought to be rescuing a pit bull. The dog badly bit a 6-year old girl in the face. Police said she was "conscious and breathing, but bleeding severely when emergency crews arrived." Oakland County Animal Control removed the dog from the home. The owner of the pit bull was not named nor was the rescue.
The second story, from Elizabeth, New Jersey, was even more dramatic. The pit bull "rescue" violently attacked its 18-year old owner, biting her more than 20 times. According to Sgt. Stephen Negrey, an Elizabeth Police Department spokesman, "She was in her bedroom when the dog went crazy and started attacking her." As she fought her way outside, the dog continued its assault. An off-duty detective responded to the scene and found the dog attacking her in the front yard.
The detective shot and killed the pit bull.
This 18-year old woman, who was left with no feeling in her right arm and the inability to move one of her fingers, was most likely an avid supporter of the breed. An internal study done at DogsBite.org showed that of the pit bull owners who send in email, 75% are females between the ages of 18 to 24. It's an age group highly susceptible to buying into the 30-year old garbage perpetuated by local and national animal advocacy groups and pit bull breeders and owners.
Back-to-Back Adoption Attacks
On the heels of this, the first pit bull "adoption" attack developed out of Penn Township, Pennsylvania. The mauling occurred just outside of Wendy Tshudy's home, the owner of the newly adopted pit bull. The dog reportedly bolted out of Tshudy's home and attacked a neighborhood 7-year old boy.1 A man and an 11-year old boy struggled to pull the dog off the child. After they succeeded, the dog broke free and attacked the 7-year old again -- classic pit bull attack behavior.
Tshudy adopted the dog from the Humane League of Lancaster County on February 11, according to Mary Wallick, director of marketing at the League. The dog's original owner surrendered the dog to the group five days before Tshudy adopted it. Kennel technicians conducted a "seven-step assessment test" to determine if the dog could be safely put up for adoption. The dog passed. (See: Aggressive Behavior in Adopted Dogs that Passed a Temperament Test).
Currently, the Humane League of Lancaster County is running a web page promotion asking the public to vote to help them get into the 2012 ASPCA $100k Rachel Ray Challenge -- Vote Early. Vote Often. April 5 to April 16. The challenge involves "innovative ways" to adopt out at least 300 more dogs and cats within a 3-month period than were adopted during the same period the year prior. During our viewing of the group's home page, the animal featured was a pit bull.
This life-altering, disfiguring week involving saved pit bulls "going pit bull" peaked Thursday with an incident involving the airlifting of a 3-year old Baxter County, Arkansas boy. According to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, Ryland Moody suffered severe trauma and bite wounds around his face and head inflicted by the family's newly adopted pit bull. The boy's mother, Amber Moody, adopted the 9-month old pit bull on March 7 from the Baxter County Humane Society.
Humane Society manager Shawn McCormick said the organization has weight and age restrictions when adopting animals to families. The boy's mother, however, lied on the adoption form, placing "none" in the section on the form asking about children. Regardless of the Society's adoption process, it still fails to address an obvious reality: What neighborhood is child-free? Tshudy's temperament tested pit bull bolted out of her house just to attack a neighborhood child.
The Misled Public Pays the Cost
The overwhelming problem running concurrent across nearly all U.S. open admission shelters is an over population of unwanted pit bulls with uncertain backgrounds. The pressure is on for these shelters ($100k Rachel Ray Challenge and other funding opportunities) to substantially reduce overall euthanizations, which cannot be accomplished without placing a chunk of these potentially dangerous pit bulls back into communities, temperament tested, age-restricted or otherwise.
"There may now be more organizations focused on pit bull rescue and advocacy than rescue and advocate for all other specific breeds combined."The public is paying for this "humane mess" with their livelihoods. A large portion of the blame falls onto the shoulders of national animal groups, particularly Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, who spread egregious distortions about the breed, such as "all dogs are individuals" and pit bulls are "Nanny dogs" in order to soften the breed's reputation and increase pit bull adoptions. Best Friends is the only national group that zealously advocates "rescuing fighting dogs" as well.
Is There a Solution to the Mess?
DogsBite.org strongly urges municipalities to adopt pit bull sterilization laws to substantially reduce the number of unwanted pit bulls flooding shelters. Despite this breed-specific problem causing a "humane mess" and the creation of an unprecedented number of pit bull rescue groups, nearly all pit bull proponents strongly oppose this humane solution. The second part of the solution is to stop donating to any animal advocacy or rescue groups that push pit bull propaganda garbage.
03/12/12: Fort Wayne Citizen Witnesses The Extreme Violence of a Pit Bull Attack
11/30/10: Progress Report: Only 3 Vick Dogs from Best Friends Adopted in 35 Months
08/18/10: New Blog Dispels 'Nanny Dog' Myth Invented by Pit Bull Fanciers
06/09/10: Pit Bull in Recent Mauling Adopted from the Humane Society of Indianapolis
06/20/09: James Harrison's Pit Bull 'Patron' is Up for Adoption Under New Breed Name
06/19/09: Pit Bull Attacks Owner 24 Hours After Adoption from Humane Group
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| 4/06/2012 7:02 PM |
So how does the conversation go between father and son when the victim returns from the hospital?
Dad: "Bryce, some pit bulls (like ours) are good and other pit bulls are bad, like the one Wendy owned. She didn't know it was 'bad' (subject to genetically driven explosive attacks). Even professional human technicians didn't know it was 'bad' after examining the dog and putting it through a 7-step assessment test."
Son: "So how will I be able to tell the difference when I see one again?"
[-- Indefinite pregnant pause. The Dad (and Nutter) can't answer the question without acknowledging the truth about the breed and one of the primary reasons why BSL is needed -- NO ONE can discern this difference --]
| 4/06/2012 8:31 PM |
It's the Humane Society of Northeast Arkansas:
A dog attack in Baxter county has police asking questions, and a local humane society preaching honesty when filling out adoption papers. The attack was done by a 9-month-old pit-bull on a 3-year-old child. Because it was a pit bull and a child was in the home, the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society says the dog never should have been in the home in the first place. "Because obviously there are types of dogs and sizes of dogs that wouldn't be appropriate for homes with toddlers." Margaret Shepherd the Executive Director of the Humane Society told me today. ... Many towns around Jonesboro specifically forbid a pit bull going into a home where there are children.
The mother knew she needed to lie...
| 4/07/2012 1:52 AM |
"The attack was done by a 9-month-old pit-bull on a 3-year-old child. Because it was a pit bull and a child was in the home, the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society says the dog never should have been in the home in the first place. "Because obviously there are types of dogs and sizes of dogs that wouldn't be appropriate for homes with toddlers."
None of this makes a grain of sense, of course.
So there isn't a child in the home. Well, what about visiting children? or the children in the neighborhood? Or the children playing in the schoolyard when this woman takes her fighting breed for a walk? Or the child walking to the schoolbus? And whsat about other animals? No one lives in an isolation tank. A dog that needs an isolation tank needs to be humanely euthanized, or disaster ensues.
It doesn't have to do with size. That is pit bull lobbyists throwing other breeds under the bus. It has to do with TEMPERAMENT, and pit bulls were never bred to be pets. They were intentionally and selectively bred for hundreds of years to be aggressive, to attack, and to cause damage when they attack. That was their "job." It's called genetics.
These are breeds expressly created by MAN for that job.
Pretending that they are family dogs is bad for everyone, including the dog.
But when the No Kill salesmen got involved with the breeder racket, and the breeders wanted to avoid laws and regulations for their corrupt business, No Kill was strongarmed into denying overpopulation (which means they need to shuffle pit bulls out the door as fast as possible, despite the problems) and opposing laws (which means that overpopulation increases and attacks increase.)
Now that some of these No Kill groups take lobbying money from dog fighters and pit breeders or their representatives, there isn't a shred of honesty about the whole No Kill scam, and everyone suffers, and that includes the pit bulls.
There is no temperament test on this earth that mesasures a pit bull's behavior. Pit bulls can pass temperament tests, and kill the next day.
Pretending there are tests so these dogs can be shuffled out the door and off the shelter's or rescue's statistics is a time bomb that keeps exploding all over the country. It's a failure, but the ignorant keep denying the failure and keep doing the same stupid things.
| 4/07/2012 4:29 AM |
I find it unutterably sad that a child traumatized in this way is going to be made -- by his parents, who should be making him feel protected -- to live with two pit bulls.
I find myself wondering what this coming generation is going to be like, feel like as adults, whose very own parents (along with too many of the rest of us) put a particular type of four-footed animal way-way above them in importance.
We are soooo failing children by not banning these breeds.
| 4/07/2012 5:47 AM |
The organized idiocy of the Pit Nutters is becoming a major public safety threat.
40 percent of Dog bite treatment costs come from government sources ie..Medicaid and Medicare.
Of course, Best Fiends BSL calculator omits this "Cost"....So the taxpayer is continually getting bitten in the ass here... meanwhile Dog Fighting, Pit Breeding and Pit Bull Advocacy has ballooned into a codependent $Billion a year tax free industry.
Oh well...load up the helicopter, hose the blood off the sidewalk and pump out another litter!...
| 4/07/2012 12:36 PM |
Speaking as the victim of an attack by a rescued pit bull, I can assure you that lives NEVER get put back together in quite the same way. Pit bull advocacy sweeps us under the rug, denies our existance, blames us for our attacks, and has the audacity to blame the media for harming the reputation of the breed by reporting the mauling. The final insult to the victim comes when the attacking dog is rehomed into some other community where the dog's history is not known and more innocent people are put at risk. Pit bull advocacy considers each of these violent dogs as special snowflakes that merit "rescue" when American shelters are overflowing with dogs that do not have a history of bloodshed. Vintage is correct, this is organized idiocy.
| 4/07/2012 3:55 PM |
Just yesterday: "Phil Peckingpaugh with the Muncie Animal Shelter said the remaining 24 dogs will be put up for adoption, but not locally. I don't know if I feel comfortable adopting any of them out."
The 24 dogs are pit bulls seized from a Muncie dogfighting operation. Muncie Animal Shelter is shipping at least 11 of these pit bulls to "east coast rescues" -- out of state. There will be no records attached to these dogs as soon as they move across state lines into new jurisdictions. The "rescue" groups have zero obligation to tell potential adoptees about the dogs' background... It's organized crime!
| 4/07/2012 4:37 PM |
If Mr. Peckingpaugh is not comfortable adopting these dogs out, how can he be comfortable passing them on to some other community? This is a classic case of "not in my backyard". The east coast does not need these dangerous animals either. Ohio has received off-the-chain fighters from the south and has lots of home state fighters awaiting placement as pets with unsuspecting families. None of these dogs are expected to be covered by insurance. God help us all...
| 4/09/2012 11:03 AM |
Everyone adopting dogs should have to be licensed and have to subscribe to a code of conduct that puts public safety above animal adoptions or their license is taken away.
It is organized idiocy, indeed.
"Dog behaviorists" should have to be licensed as well. the old guy in Muncie kept calling himself a dog behaviorist, but no credentials were mentioned. He was quoted as saying first 2 dogs, then 1 dog, then no dogs needed to be put down for aggression and that he was sure the rehabilitators on the east coast will do a bang up job of making these Dominican Republic imported pit fighting dogs safe for communities.
| 4/10/2012 6:05 AM |
"The 24 dogs are pit bulls seized from a Muncie dogfighting operation. Muncie Animal Shelter is shipping at least 11 of these pit bulls to "east coast rescues" -- out of state"
How does anyone know that these "rescues" are not actually dog fighters, or middlemen for dog fighters, who will simply fight/breed the dogs and perpetuate the cycle.
That's what was happening in Georgia when judges that could not handle the responsibility of their jobs agreed to let vicious pit bulls go to "rescues" that were not identified and not supervised. The "rescues" were actually fighting dog operations. Most of the dogs were abused and killed, after breeding them of course. Other pit bulls have been turned over to private "rescuers" that just sold or transferred the dogs to dog fighters.
Our court and authority system getting involved with aiding and abetting dog fighting, thanks to rich white lobbyists for the fighting dog trade that pretend to "love" pit bulls, but just increase the abuse of these dogs and of the public in general.
| 4/10/2012 6:06 AM |
""Dog behaviorists" should have to be licensed as well. the old guy in Muncie kept calling himself a dog behaviorist, but no credentials were mentioned"
Let's hope no money from the dog fighting industry changed hands.
| 4/11/2012 2:04 PM |
"Yup and then they will call them Bait dogs to try to get the gullible to adopt them."
I love that line. Hey, guys, not every dog that gets rescued from a dogfighting operation is a bait dog. Chances are, some of them-okay, all of them-were actual fighting dogs. It's like when every inmate in a prisoner says that he's innocent. Use your brains!
Oh, and I'm tired of being told that some dogs cannot be left alone with children. Well, the term 'nanny' dog very much implies that the dog is a family dog and, therefore, is likely to spend a lot of time around children. Put nutters themselves post pictures online of their pits with their children and now they can't be left alone with then?
Here's my suggestion: How about we not tolerate aggressive dogs? It's common sense that animals that don't do well with strangers, don't do well with children, etc. don't make great pets. Is that so complicated?
I used to be a (soft-core) pit bull advocate, but coming to this site changed my mind.
| 4/11/2012 4:12 PM |
For me the difference between Normal Breed Advocates and the Pitbull Posse is that a true breed advocate doesn't want everyone to own their breed. They will tell you every reason why you shouldn't. They won't say how cuddly, wonderful, lick you to death dogs they are. I have Mastiff's I never tell anyone they are wonderful. Once I get done talking about all the cons, they usually decide it isn't the breed for them which is good. I mean if you can't handle even the drool, you can't handle the dog. As far as Nanny Dog..I hate that phrase and also the phrase Gentle Giants(which so many of the giant breeds are called).
| 4/13/2012 3:17 PM |
Pit Nutter father of Bryce Houser -- Matthew Houser -- "feels bad" that the owner of the pit bull that MAIMED HIS SON is being cited for a "summary offense" (a fine of $100 to $500). The FIRST line of thinking is that his son should NEVER have been allowed to return to Matthew's home, loaded up with two pit bulls, in the first place -- a Child Protection Services FAIL. This is atrocious! Pennsylvania scores sub-zero for dog bite victims and continues to bury itself in shame.
| 4/14/2012 8:11 AM |
I think former head of the AVMA and current Head Nutter at Texas A&M said it best aboust Temperment Testing:
The AVMA warns veterinarians to be careful about supplying behavioural evaluations of dogs for insurance purposes.
"It's risky for veterinarians," said Dr. Beaver, explaining that there are many situations in which a dog may behave aggressively, and temperament tests can't rule out the possibility of aggression. "You don't have temperament tests that can identify all possibilities."
Sue early and sue often....
| 4/29/2012 6:13 AM |
Hard to keep pace with all the adoption mishaps as the Pit Community continues to radicalize!
March 2012, Gloversville NY; Woman attacked inside Vet‘s office while euthanizing her adopted Pit Bull for aggression/dangerousness issues
| 4/30/2012 12:56 AM |
and another one....
April 2012, Huntley, IL; Recently adopted out Pit mix attacks Neighbor’s dog, new owner hospitalized trying to separate them
| 5/25/2012 2:11 PM |
May 2012 - Baxter County mother charged with child neglect:
The toddler was attacked on April 5 and needed emergency surgery at Arkansas Children's Hospital for wounds to his head and neck. Authorities said at the time that Amber Moody had filled out a pet adoption form with the Humane Society and said there were no children in the home.