The family pet: Patron, a 4-year old male pit bull.
Pittsburgh, PA - The Post-Gazette published a "glowing" article about James Harrison's pit bull named Patron. Last month, the dog attacked Harrison's 2-year old son, his wife and another woman sending all three to the hospital. After the multiple assaults, Harrison chose to "rehome" the dog instead of euthanizing it. As DogsBite.org stated back then, the dog would likely be renamed and show up in a new community with its violent past record essentially hidden.
The dog once named Patron, is now named Duke (allegedly falsified to keep bad adopters away) and is listed on Petfinder. The dog is not described as a pit bull, but as an "American Bandogge Mastiff," which is by definition a pit bull-mix, yet hides the "pit bull" name from potential adopters. The dog was listed by Furkid Rescue and specifically references "[email protected]" as the contact; the same Mary Kay Kain email address provided by the Post-Gazette.
More About Duke - Pet Finder.com
"Duke is a gorgeous, 3 yr young, American Bandogge Mastiff. His big head and muscles will amaze you. But it's not the good looks that Duke has that will win you over, it's his loving, laid back personality. He is a lover. Despite his size, he is a lap dog! He loves to sit back in your lap and get belly rubs and kisses on his head. He also knows all of his basic commands, and he is willing to learn anything, if you have treats waiting for him as a reward! Duke passed his behavior evaluation with flying colors. Duke's other perks are, he is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, heart worm negative, parasite free, house trained, and crate trained. Duke still needs a little socialization, so if you have young children, you will NOT be considered for adoption. Duke needs an active caretaker, he loves walks and jogs. You may also be asked to take training classes as part of the agreement for adoption. Home check applies, as well as back round check. Open adoption agreement will be part of the contract- meaning rescue can stop by at any point in future to check up on Duke, so please, only responsible people, serious inquiries. We prefer a fenced in yard. Invisible fence is NOT accepted, nor will he be permitted on a tie out. For more information, please contact- [email protected]"
Somehow between May 30 and June 20 (about 20 days), the triple mauling dog now named Duke has been magically "rehabilitated" by Mary Kay Kain. The animal has gone from being a pit bull to an "American Bandogge Mastiff" and from being a triple mauler to a dog that "loves to sit back in your lap and get belly rubs and kisses on his head." In the Petfinder description, the author does not even demand a fenced yard for the dog, the author simply "prefers" one.
The story of Patron perfectly depicts one of several ways in which dangerous dogs are shuffled around communities every day in the United States.
05/30/09: Steelers Linebacker James Harrison's Pit Bull Attacks His Son
05/30/09: Sports Columnist Michael Felger Blasts Pit Bull Owners and "Nutty Dog Crowd"
05/25/09: Professional Athletes and Pit Bulls: Dogfighting, Abuse and Violent Attacks