Pit Bulls Attack Owner
Germantown, PA - It was reported last week that two male pit bull-mixes attacked their owner and his son. Paramedics rushed both to Albert Einstein Medical Center after the vicious attack. Authorities say the two dogs escaped from their backyard through a hole in the fence and ended up in their neighbor's yard. When the 13-year old son went to retrieve the dogs, he was severely mauled in the face and arms. When his father ran to help him, they attacked him, too.
The PSPCA said that it is unusual for dogs to attack their owner. Yet attacks by pit bulls on their owners are frequently in the news.
The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA), distorted another truth about pit bulls as well. Staff member Freddy Carbonera said that, "lately in urban settings, [pit bulls] have been bred less properly, less selectively." This phrase refers to what is called the "leakage period," when pit bulls leaked from the tight-knit, underground world of dogfighting and exploded in population numbers due to criminals and irresponsible breeders.
It is well documented that the leakage period began in the late 1970s. Since this time, pit bull attacks have only mushroomed.
In a July, 1987 New York Times article, "Series of Pit Bull Attacks Stirs a Clamor for Laws," the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reported that pit bulls were responsible for 20 of the 28 fatal dog attacks between 1983 to 1987, despite the fact that pit bulls only accounted for 1% percent of all dogs. The article directly addresses the "leakage period" as well, which throws a hammer into the PSCPA's distortion that dangerous pit bulls are a recent phenomenon.
[July 12, 1987] "Both proponents and critics of the dogs see a similar process at work. They say pit bulls are increasingly being bought by careless owners or owners who are intentionally training them to be vicious watchdogs or attack dogs. The dogs have become increasingly popular with youth gangs and drug dealers, officials say.
'Wild, Savage, Ugly'
As a result, the most dangerous tendencies of the dogs are being enhanced.
"There is a new type of pit bull coming about - wild, savage, ugly, uncontrollable," said Samuel McClain, a former investigator with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Philadelphia. "You can tell by the names - Homicide, Switchblade, Crazy Pete."
The article also quotes pit bull breeder Sarah Nuget. "She contends pit bulls may already be peaking in popularity and before long a new breed will become the nation's mean dog of choice." This new breed of dog never came. What has remained true since the late 1970s is that the proliferation of dangerous pit bulls has continued to increase, and as demonstrated by multiple studies, the severe injury and kill rate of pit bulls has continued a destructive path as well.
One, however, cannot appropriately address the recent distortion by the PSPCA -- and countless other animal organizations -- that the pit bull problem is a "lately in urban settings" problem without mentioning E.M. Swift's article, which was published 15 days after the New York Times Article. Swift begins the Sports Illustrated cover article titled, "The Pit Bull Friend or Killer?" by pointing out that the pit bull problem, by July of 1987, was already a decade old:
[July, 27, 1987] "America has a four-legged problem called the American pit bull terrier. And the pit bull, its ''ridiculously amiable disposition" notwithstanding, has a two-legged problem called Man. These two species are not new to each other. They have intermingled for some 200 years, and some say their common history goes back as far as the Romans. But something has happened to the pit bull in the last decade that says as much about the nature of American society as it does about the nature of this aggressive animal."
He reports later in the article:
"People whose insecurities are such that they need macho reinforcement feel a need for this type of animal," says Loew of Tufts, "and they are available because of the overflow from illegal dogfights."
"I just saw a surprising statistic from a Los Angeles study," Steve Blackwood, a sergeant in the San Diego Sheriff's Department, said recently. "In two out of three narcotics raids, pit bulls were used as the guard dogs."
Swift concludes the article:
"Overpopulation of the breed remains one of the chief concerns about pit bulls, especially in already crowded urban areas. Law enforcement officials, animal control officers, animal rights groups and legislators are just beginning to address that particular problem. And the American pit bull terrier's aberrant sidekick? They're going to be dealing with the human part of the puzzle for a long, long time."
DogsBite.org calls on policymakers to see through the distortions waged by animal organizations such as the PSPCA, ASPCA and many others. As documented, the pit bull problem is over 25-years old. Yet it is due to distortions from animal groups, breeder lobbying groups and pit bull owners that pit bulls are on track to maul 200 Americans to death. The number of individuals that have suffered severe injury in this time can be assumed as MASSIVE.
Pit Bull Attacks on Owners:
DogsBite.org does not consistently track or write blog posts about pit bulls that attack their owners. We are far more concerned with pit bulls that injure and kill innocent babies, children, young adults, adults, senior citizens, horses, dogs, cats and other animals. In light of this, we were still able to gather a sizable group of blog posts regarding pit bulls attacking their owners. These attacks, it appears, are not "unusual" as purported by Dr. Rachel Lee of the PSPCA at all
Since the publication of the 1987 New York Times and Sports Illustrated articles, over 500 U.S. cities, the U.S. Army, the Air Force Space Command and numerous other military bases have enacted pit bull laws (some cities did so prior to these articles).
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