Kirksville, MO - A pit bull named Caesar recently broke through his owner's screen door to chase another dog. Next, the animal approached a letter carrier with a "wagging" tail. Caesar then launched an attack on letter carrier Danny Pagliai who suffered multiple bites to his arm and received multiple stitches. According to the dog's owner, Niki Parrish, this type of behavior is "totally out of character" for Caesar. She also blamed the unprovoked attack on the… [Read full blog post]
Ransom is Euthanized
UPDATE 07/30/09: The owner of Ransom, Oliver Yawn, called the dog "vicious" and surrendered it to the state to be euthanized. Yawn said he "didn't want to deal with the BS" of obtaining thousands of dollars in liability insurance and appearing in court. He also blamed the attack on the sound of the landscaper's weed whacker. Yet a week earlier, the dog broke through the home's 6-foot wooden fence and chased 21-year old Amanda Gray, who was not utilizing any… [Read full blog post]
We Didn't Think So
Greensburg, PA - As demonstrated by numerous U.S. press reports -- which date back to 1983 -- pit bulls are frequently used as "deadly weapons" by criminals to inflict injurious attacks on people and to carry out felonious crimes. This is unquestionably due to the pit bull's "killer bite." One does not read headlines, "Armed Robbery by Cocker Spaniel" or "Man Charged with Rape and Deadly Chihuahua Attack of Sisters," because these dog breeds were not geneti… [Read full blog post]
From left: Peanutt, Ashely Muir, one pit bull owned by Craig Lick and Lick himself.
One Dog Euthanized
UPDATE 08/11/09: One of the pit bulls that attacked Ashley Muir and killed her young dachshund named Peanutt last month will be euthanized. At a Monday hearing at Hudsonville's 58th District Court, a judge ruled that Riddick, a 5-year-old pit bull terrier owned by Craig Lick, would be destroyed. Witnesses said Riddick was the aggressor in the attack that began when the dogs b… [Read full blog post]
From left: Mandy Tucker, Natas, Michael Bradford and feud scene.
Promises More Terror
Evansville, IN - Mandy Tucker recently told reporters that the victim "got what she deserved" after being attacked by her pit bull "Natas" (Satan spelled backward). Sherry Bradford, had been walking down the street when Natas escaped its fence and attacked. Tucker also said, "I'm going to get [the victim] back and she won't like it. I'm going to walk [Natas] up and down the street everyday.… [Read full blog post]
YouTube video artist Zupf recently created a piece that highlights two court rulings concerning a municipality's constitutional authority to regulate pit bulls. In the Vanater v. South Point (Ohio) and Garcia v. Village of Tijeras (New Mexico) cases, Zupf emphasizes statements made by each of the judges. For example, Judge Weber (Ohio) states, "It is clear that the unquantifiable, unpredictable aggressiveness and gameness of Pit Bulls make them uniquely dangerous."… [Read full blog post]
Middle Class Crime
UPDATE 07/11/09: As noted in comments, dogfighting is organized crime -- gambling and racketeering -- primarily carried out by middle class citizens. Participants are often valued members of the community as well. The recent Associated Press article names a registered nurse, Cris Bottcher, and a physical education teacher, Rick Hihath, as part of those arrested this past week. Both are charged with felony dogfighting crimes that occurred at Bottche… [Read full blog post]
Dog Biting Incidents: 2013 to 2018
DogsBite.org - From February 2013 to June 2018, Animal control and health departments in at least 17 U.S. states report that pit bulls are leading all breeds in biting incidents, including: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. The oft-quoted false claim that pit bulls "do not bite more than other b… [Read full blog post]