Flooding County Inboxes
UPDATE 01/22/09: Prior to the release of the Journal Now news article, Best Friends created a web page encouraging readers to contact the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners, County Attorney Tony Triplett and District Attorney Tom Horner and ask them to accept Best Friends' offer of assessing and rehabilitating Faron's dogs so that they can be adopted into homes. This has surely caused a deluge of non-constituent, pro-pit bull emails sent to Wilkes County public officials.
The extraordinary irony of Best Friends continuing to push for the rehabilitation of game-bred pit bulls -- AKA fighting dogs -- could not be spelled out better than by Ed Faron himself. In his book, "The Complete Gamedog: A Guide to Breeding and Raising the American Pit Bull Terrier" (published in 1995), Faron unequivocally states that game-bred pit bulls make lousy pets. Furthermore, he states that "serious dogmen" are "resentful of the people who keep the dogs as pets."
"A game-bred pit bull is a fighting dog, bred down from many generations of fighting dogs; to even consider raising one of these dogs as a pet you must understand this and accept it -- even if you are totally opposed to dogfighting. No matter how you raise this dog he will still be a Pit Bull, not a Golden Retriever! Time and again we've seen people get a Pit Bull puppy with the attitude "if I raise him right, he won't want to fight" and in nearly every case we've seen the situation eventually come down to a serious problem." Page 107
"A friend of ours has a stud dog that was sold as a pup to some young guys who had the dog as a fraternity mascot; this worked out real well -- until the day he got into a fight with another fraternity's mascot (a Dalmatian) and killed it. We ourselves have a bitch on our yard that came back to us at nine months old after she kept attacking the dog her owners had purchased her to be a 'companion' for." Page 108
01/22/09: Game-Bred Fighting Dogs
Wilkesboro, NC - Back in December, Ed Faron was charged with felony dogfighting and baiting after authorities raided his Wildside Kennel facility. Faron reportedly sold some of his dogs to undercover officers that told him they needed pit bulls for the purposes of dogfighting. Faron and his game-bred pit bulls are legendary in dogfighting circles. In 1989, Faron was actually convicted of dogfighting and sentenced to a year in jail in Alamance County as well.
During the December raid, 127 dogs were seized from his property. Wilkes County now owns the dogs after Faron failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to pay the county $52,925 for the dogs' care. Best Friends -- who received 21 of Michael Vick's dogs deemed too unstable for adoption -- is now offering to pay an expert to assess the 127 dogs, to sterilize those deemed adoptable, and to network with rescue groups to place the dogs into homes.
DogsBite.org does not believe that pit bulls seized from dogfighting raids can be rehabilitated for adoption. We believe that Best Friends is pulling another PR, fundraising stunt with Faron's dogs, just as they did with Vick's dogs.
In the instance of Vick's Dogs, each one came with a $18,275 dowry -- paid for by Vick as part of his sentencing deal -- for the purposes of caring for and "rehabilitating" each dog. The article does not mention if Best Friends intends to fund the "rehabilitation" of Faron's dogs that may be deemed adoptable by the Best Friends appointed expert. One can assume this expert will be James Crosby, as he was also an expert on the Amicus Brief filed by Best Friends on behalf of Vick's dogs.
So far, Wilkes County officials have said that if Faron is convicted of dogfighting, the dogs will be euthanized. Ledy VanKavage, who formerly worked for the ASPCA is now an attorney for Best Friends. VanKavage has become notorious at DogsBite.org for a number of reasons, including her use of questionable data from Karen Delise to influence policymakers against making pit bull laws and her description of pit bulls as "extremely human friendly," little "wiggle butts."
VanKavage, reportedly the owner of three pit bulls, said that it is not fair to condemn all of Faron's dogs, especially the puppies. "Genetics is not everything," she said. "Dogs are individuals just like people are, and their temperament should be evaluated as individuals." This is typical VanKavage propaganda. Ed Faron's dogs were bred for the purposes of dogfighting period. These dogs are unstable and present a substantial threat to people and pets in communities.
We remind you that Faron co-authored the infamous dogfighting book, "The Complete Gamedog: A Guide to Breeding and Raising the American Pit Bull Terrier", that contains passages that will make your teeth curl. We publish several excerpts from this book again (please read all excerpts), so that readers can understand exactly why dogs bred for the purposes of dogfighting cannot be rehabilitated, and do not belong in our communities.
This is how dogfighters talk about their dogs:
"Everyone told me afterwards that Miss Rufus was a fantastic bitch; she got on the head and rode it for the first ten minutes or so until she wore the other bitch down and then she went in and worked the chest, legs, brisket- everything. She broke both of the bitch's front legs and even reportedly broke several of her ribs. Willie B. told us that the bitch she beat had been the best Red Boy bitch he had ever seen." Page 44
"She had one of the fastest, hardest mouths we'd ever seen, and she snapped one of Miss Rufus' front legs like a twig." Page 45
"Miss Rufus spent most of the rest of the fight on her back and Bandit broke her other front leg high up in the shoulder, as well as one of her back legs, in the knee joint. The only leg she didn't break she chewed all to hell. She had literally scalped Miss Rufus, tearing a big chunk of skin off the top of her head alongside one ear." Page 45
01/15/09: Explanation: The Policy of Not Adopting Out Fighting Dogs
12/23/08: Edward Faron of Wildside Kennels Has Been Charged by Authorities
12/11/08: Column: "Views on Pit Bulls, and an Aside on Panthers," by Andy Parker
12/08/08: Expert, James Crosby, Testifies in Aurora Fighting Breed Ban
11/03/08: Flashback: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Refuses Care of Pit Bulls
08/22/08: Wendy Blevins Podcast on the Tom Becka Show (38 minutes)
07/14/08: Comment: The Anatomy of a Whitewash, James Crosby
06/02/08: ASPCA Pushing Pit Bull Adoption: Adopt-A-Bull Contest