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15 thoughts on “Public Safety Hero Tom Skeldon Under Fire by Pit Bull Advocates

  1. Tom Skeldon has the pit bull issue so well in hand that pit bull whiners couldn’t help but lower themselves to another public tantrum.

    Good freakin’ grief, wouldn’t it be nice if they put half as much effort into raising money to help any number of victims made destitute with medical debt, after an attack by pit bulls? Or maybe they could set up a ‘Funeral Fund’ for all the future victims they intend to help create with their senseless breed promotion.

  2. I hope the commissioner realizes how effective this man has been. You never hear from the pit bull people
    when human beings or other animals are torn to shreds. What can they say? I wish there were many more officers with the knowledge and experience of Tom Skelton..

  3. Tamara Ernst states “We need to be doing better for the animals, and that’s the core issue here.” The real core issue is that we need to be doing better for the humans first, then we can look at the animals. Tom Skeldon is doing just that, putting the safety of the people first. Well done Mr. Skeldon.

  4. Tom Skeldon should be rewarded by the Lucas County Commissioners not scrutinized due to the zealous behavior of pit bull special interest groups. Skeldon has never supported a pit bull ban. Skeldon has always supported the safety of the public by requiring pit bulls to be muzzled when in public.

    Skeldon also supports pit bull dogs from bad owners. He doesn’t like to see pit bulls chained, pit bulls used in dogfighting (which is a considerable problem in Lucas County) and pit bulls used for other violent reasons. He does not like backyard pit bull breeding either.

    Skeldon very much understands the injury caused by the pit bull bite. He does not want innocent victims and pit bull owner victims to suffer these bites which are characterized by “lock and shake” and cause victims severe injury.

    Skeldon has done an excellent job in his role as the County Dog Warden and continues to do so. The man should get a PAY RAISE and an AWARD for his service to Lucas County citizens and pets.

  5. i don’t think mr skeldon has anything to worry about.

    i just spent the last 45 minutes crunching numbers at the petition website:

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/4lucascountypets/signatures-13.html

    here is how it breaks:
    out of 650 signatures:
    30% are not residents of lucas county
    26% of those signatures were left by the not so proud pit bull owner. they either left an incomplete name or signed anonymous.

    i did find a few duplicate names as well but that was a little more time than i was willing to invest.

    leaves me wondering how many people who actually signed a complete name are in fact residents of lucas county and are in fact real people. we certainly know that these people have a reputation of skewing on line data.

  6. I am suprised the Toledo Blade has given so much attention to this petition. On line petitions are notoriously skewed and this one is a joke. Partial signatures are the rule and many signers have absolutely nothing to say. The proof of residency in the county is yes or no the the question “do you reside here?” Tom Skeldon has worked hard to protect the citizens of Lucas County and is well respected for his work. This petition is just another frustrated rant from the pit bull community.

  7. Yet another atrocity from a pit bull advocacy group. 4LucasCountyPets seems like an RDOWS rouse with the same Margaret Mead quote. They have positioned themselves as “pets” instead of dogs and added in cats…the disgusting aspect of this is that cats are frequently killed by pit bulls.

    The quotes page (Did you see?) is written like a personal vendetta and with the education of a high school drop out. The unsophistication of the group’s founders is memorable. God only knows what the following sentence means, “…how about you think about the fact that my four legged mother will probably not stop at your office to pick me up…” (Er?)

    The online petition is a farce. Like the other poster, I can’t believe the Toledo blade gave these wackos any face time at all. The only interesting aspect is that of commissioner Tina Skeldon-Wozniak. Is she related to Tom Skeldon? That would be a hoot.

  8. If anything, Mr Skeldon has bent over backwards fighting for the rights of fighting breed fanciers to own one dog, instead of completely banning them! This is the thanks he gets!

  9. You know what’s really hilarious? If you look at the demographic of the majority of pit bull owners, they are overwhelmingly young, and often uneducated. ( Go into any pit bull forum and read the introductions….most are people in their early 20’s, even late teens) We have seen the data on the correlation between owning a pit bull and having a criminal record.

    So, how many of you think that the majority of pit bull owners are registered voters? Sadly, young people are notorious for not voting as it is…most do not realize that if you write a letter to your senator, state rep, or even local pol, they usually will check the voting list to see if you are registered, and if you vote in every election. They won’t bother answering you if you don’t.

    I am sure if you checked the names on any pro-pit “petition”, the vast majority would not be registered voters. I don’t understand why politicians give them the time of day.

    Tom Skeldon seems like a good guy who is looking out for his constituents….he is smart enough to know that any squaking from the pro-pit lobby is a tempest in a teapot.

  10. "Some humane groups have been manipulated by these pit bull factions to where they fight breed-specific legislation"

    I agree that this has been happening, sadly.

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