Back-to-Back Rescue Attacks
Earlier this week, two pit bull "rescue" attacks made headlines. The first came out of the Detroit area, which is the U.S. capital of dogfighting and the last place anyone ought to be rescuing a pit bull. The dog badly bit a 6-year old girl in the face. Police said she was "conscious and breathing, but bleeding severely when emergency crews arrived." Oakland County Animal Control removed the dog from the home. The owner of the pit bull was not named nor was the rescue.
The second story, from Elizabeth, New Jersey, was even more dramatic. The pit bull "rescue" violently attacked its 18-year old owner, biting her more than 20 times. According to Sgt. Stephen Negrey, an Elizabeth Police Department spokesman, "She was in her bedroom when the dog went crazy and started attacking her." As she fought her way outside, the dog continued its assault. An off-duty detective responded to the scene and found the dog attacking her in the front yard.
The detective shot and killed the pit bull.
This 18-year old woman, who was left with no feeling in her right arm and the inability to move one of her fingers, was most likely an avid supporter of the breed. An internal study done at DogsBite.org showed that of the pit bull owners who send in email, 75% are females between the ages of 18 to 24. It's an age group highly susceptible to buying into the 30-year old garbage perpetuated by local and national animal advocacy groups and pit bull breeders and owners.
Back-to-Back Adoption Attacks
On the heels of this, the first pit bull "adoption" attack developed out of Penn Township, Pennsylvania. The mauling occurred just outside of Wendy Tshudy's home, the owner of the newly adopted pit bull. The dog reportedly bolted out of Tshudy's home and attacked a neighborhood 7-year old boy.1 A man and an 11-year old boy struggled to pull the dog off the child. After they succeeded, the dog broke free and attacked the 7-year old again -- classic pit bull attack behavior.
Tshudy adopted the dog from the Humane League of Lancaster County on February 11, according to Mary Wallick, director of marketing at the League. The dog's original owner surrendered the dog to the group five days before Tshudy adopted it. Kennel technicians conducted a "seven-step assessment test" to determine if the dog could be safely put up for adoption. The dog passed. (See: Aggressive Behavior in Adopted Dogs that Passed a Temperament Test).
Currently, the Humane League of Lancaster County is running a web page promotion asking the public to vote to help them get into the 2012 ASPCA $100k Rachel Ray Challenge -- Vote Early. Vote Often. April 5 to April 16. The challenge involves "innovative ways" to adopt out at least 300 more dogs and cats within a 3-month period than were adopted during the same period the year prior. During our viewing of the group's home page, the animal featured was a pit bull.
This life-altering, disfiguring week involving saved pit bulls "going pit bull" peaked Thursday with an incident involving the airlifting of a 3-year old Baxter County, Arkansas boy. According to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, Ryland Moody suffered severe trauma and bite wounds around his face and head inflicted by the family's newly adopted pit bull. The boy's mother, Amber Moody, adopted the 9-month old pit bull on March 7 from the Baxter County Humane Society.
Humane Society manager Shawn McCormick said the organization has weight and age restrictions when adopting animals to families. The boy's mother, however, lied on the adoption form, placing "none" in the section on the form asking about children. Regardless of the Society's adoption process, it still fails to address an obvious reality: What neighborhood is child-free? Tshudy's temperament tested pit bull bolted out of her house just to attack a neighborhood child.
The Misled Public Pays the Cost
The overwhelming problem running concurrent across nearly all U.S. open admission shelters is an over population of unwanted pit bulls with uncertain backgrounds. The pressure is on for these shelters ($100k Rachel Ray Challenge and other funding opportunities) to substantially reduce overall euthanizations, which cannot be accomplished without placing a chunk of these potentially dangerous pit bulls back into communities, temperament tested, age-restricted or otherwise.
"There may now be more organizations focused on pit bull rescue and advocacy than rescue and advocate for all other specific breeds combined."Animal People, November 2011
The public is paying for this "humane mess" with their livelihoods. A large portion of the blame falls onto the shoulders of national animal groups, particularly Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, who spread egregious distortions about the breed, such as "all dogs are individuals" and pit bulls are "Nanny dogs" in order to soften the breed's reputation and increase pit bull adoptions. Best Friends is the only national group that zealously advocates "rescuing fighting dogs" as well.
Is There a Solution to the Mess?
DogsBite.org strongly urges municipalities to adopt pit bull sterilization laws to substantially reduce the number of unwanted pit bulls flooding shelters. Despite this breed-specific problem causing a "humane mess" and the creation of an unprecedented number of pit bull rescue groups, nearly all pit bull proponents strongly oppose this humane solution. The second part of the solution is to stop donating to any animal advocacy or rescue groups that push pit bull propaganda garbage.
03/12/12: Fort Wayne Citizen Witnesses The Extreme Violence of a Pit Bull Attack
11/30/10: Progress Report: Only 3 Vick Dogs from Best Friends Adopted in 35 Months
08/18/10: New Blog Dispels 'Nanny Dog' Myth Invented by Pit Bull Fanciers
06/09/10: Pit Bull in Recent Mauling Adopted from the Humane Society of Indianapolis
06/20/09: James Harrison's Pit Bull 'Patron' is Up for Adoption Under New Breed Name
06/19/09: Pit Bull Attacks Owner 24 Hours After Adoption from Humane Group