Pit Bull "Rehabilitation" Puff
Tuscon, AZ - The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) paid a pit bull trainer to fly to Arizona to evaluate dogs rescued from the Pima County property of Mahlon Patrick. The Pima County dogfighting raid netted a number of arrests including Patrick whose two dog bloodlines, Bolio and Tombstone, were highly sought after for dogfighting purposes.
The Washington state-based trainer, Diane Jessup, teaches pit bulls how to be detection dogs for law enforcement agencies. Her company, LawDogsUSA, was shut out from receiving Michael Vick's dogs because she could not afford the one million dollar insurance policy required to keep them. Perhaps the HSUS is subsidizing this insurance coverage for her now.
The HSUS is also footing the medical and vaccination costs, as well as, shipping the dogs up to Jessup's Washington facility. Ironically, Jessup used to have extraordinary disdain for the HSUS. But now the two groups appear to be pals. In a bizarre rant after getting the thumbs down on Vick's Dogs, Jessup complains about the liability requirement for Vick's dogs:
"I am very disappointed American pit bulls deemed "adoptable" by ASPCA "experts" had this million dollar liability insurance requirement slapped on them. In my county, even a dog which has severely mauled someone and been declared "Dangerous" doesn't carry this kind of requirement!"
The insurance policy was required for the organization, not an individual adopter. It's unclear how Jessup could confuse the two. Since 2004, LawDogsUSA has placed 8 eight rescued pit bulls with law enforcement agencies. Jessup also runs Boldog Kennels and sells a training video called, "The Extreme Pit Bull Series." The DVD teaches pit bull owners how to build Prey Drive and techniques for Springpoling.
Why did the HSUS send high-risk dogs to be rehabilitated by a trainer that emphasizes Prey Drive and Springpoling?
In April 2007, a separate animal agency, the Arizona Humane Society (AHS), adopted out an American bulldog named Kane. The dog's new parents then reportedly gave the dog to the family of Tori Whitehurst. A short while later, the dog killed Tori. The AHS said that when Kane left their facility, "he was fully evaluated by three behaviorists and showed no sign of aggression."
Somehow, in a period of 6 months, the dog went clinically insane.
02/20/08: Breeder Busted, up to 150 Dogs Seized in Dogfighting Raid
11/05/07: 2007 Fatality: Tori Whitehurst, Killed by Family's American Bulldog