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14 thoughts on “Director of the Division of Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Cincinnati Children's Talks 'Pit Bulls'

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  1. The thing that victims and their families can do to stop this is to release the pictures. Post them EVERYWHERE. The raw wound photos. They speak in a way that words alone cannot. I know this is intrusive, but it really IS the only way to make people see sense.

    • I've always thought the same thing Layla. The photos are shocking enough to make an impression on most people.

    • I thought the exact same thing after waking up & reading the headlines of 2 more child fatalities.Post pictures of the results of allowing these mutants to walk the earth free because they are labeled a "dog" I'm just sick for all these victims. It's an every day occurance now. Just sick.

  2. Thank you to all the medical professional experts who have spoken out and who, I hope, will continue to speak out. I agree with Layla Schubert. I saw one pit bull propagandist comment about Dr. Billmire's piece who said – see? before it was the pit bulls it was the german shepherds see? proof that its all the same.

    The pit bull lover is somehow completely able to equate a bite and release with a face literally torn from a skull and a tongue and jaw pulled off the skull and body. Totally disgusting that they deny the horrors these fighting dogs bring to innocents for absolutely no reason.



    -OMAHA, NE

  4. I hope this good Doctor isn't attacked by the PB lobby. There aren't many people who dare say what he said.

    Another thing, if a dog is a dog, and all dogs bite/mail; then what about the scruffy little family dog that ran in to try to save his little buddy against dogs that could kill him in an instance? That is the kind of dog that should be around kids and people in general.

  5. Joyful anniversary — it's been a whole month since Holden William Garrison was killed by what friends of the family confirm was a pit bull – Catahoula mix. A whole month without anyone else dying due to pit bull type dog attack. That's a first for this year.

  6. Colleen, what you say is true and you make some good points about not scaring people away. I've found, however, that words cannot adequately describe these attacks and their results. After my first experience with a pit attack (a neighbor's pit dug under one fence and climbed another and got in with a flock of ducks)I tried to describe the aftermath and how horrific it was to several people. I did not have the words to make them understand. We raise these ducks for food and slaughter them ourselves. I still was brought, sobbing, to my knees at the carnage. I could not make anyone understand how life-changing this event was for me. I still can't. With the way these articles are sanitized and played-down in the "regular" media, people don't get it. And they won't until it happens to them or their nose is rubbed in it. I don't know where the middle ground is.

  7. For me, no, words do not have the impact that pictures have had. I've always assumed a dog bite was a dog bite and sometimes the dog it the wrong spot and someone died.

    I've listened to too many hysterical accounts of accidents and mis-adventures to believe what people say about the damage done.

    The first time I saw a photo of a victim's arm torn down to nothing but bone and tendon, I thought, "That's not a dog bite".

    To this day I haven't seen the kind of damage a pit can do to a human from any other animal except for a Grizzly, where the mauling photo showed the a victim whose thigh was nothing more than a defleshed femur.

    A normal person can read "nothing but bone and tendon" or "defleshed femur" and forget those words. Once a normal person SEES one of these things, it's burned into their memory.

  8. I found this imagined description of a pit bull attack on a dog and it is the closest I have ever seen to something that captures the awfulness of it. I hope to never experience this. Just imagine replacing "dog" with "child".

    "One day, when the dog owner least expects it, a mauling machine attacks. It can happen when the owner is going out the door. A low, square pit bull pushes past him and latches onto his dog.

    It happens that the wife and kids are in the living room at the time. The pit bull attaches itself to the dog's face and neck and impales the dog with long spikes. As blood spreads through the dog's beautiful coat, the children begin to wail. The adults try frantically to find the "off" switch; there is none.

    The pit bull begins to shake the dog, with such force the dog is tossed about up in the air. "like a rag doll". Blood spatters the walls, the couch, the kids. The pit bull suddenly stops, then positions itself on one front leg and again begins to shake the dog.

    The dog looks to his owners with pleading eyes. The wife tries to call 911, but knows it will be too late to save her dog. Suddenly the dog is free, but to the family's horror, they realize the dog is free because the leg was torn from the dog's body.

    Now, the dog owners can try to deliver their dying dog to the vet's, with thousands of dollars due, and with little chance of the dog surviving. What does the future hold? Nightmares for all who witnessed their beloved dogs last moment, months/years trying to pay off the vet bill, years from now they will still find their beloved dog’s blood in their home."

  9. See, that long description of an attack only enters my brain only if I chose to keep reading, and I didn't. TL;DR. However, one glance at a photo of a dismembered limb, or, say, a picture of Linda Henry on her porch, and I can't deny there's a difference between a pit attack and a dog bite.

    Maybe I'm just weird.

  10. My adopted daughter is Christina Burleson. She was 43 when attacked by 2 Pits. No one would let me see her until I testified in court about the impact of her death. I took the pictures of her showing a happy smiling child and young adult. I then asked the judge if she would like to look at them. I stood by her as she looked at them and naturally gazed about and for the first time saw my daughter laying in the street. I ask you to forgive the description! She looked like a 4'8" piece of red sausage. The pits tore her throat out killing her, then drug her off to consume her. That is why they do not post the pictures. What parent would not lose their minds. My dauhgter could not even have a burial service, however she is home in her urn. I cannot begin to tell you how it has changed me. So many have told me to just pray (I do and have as long as I was little singing "JESUS LOVES ME".) It is not something you want to see as it stays in the mind. I went to a councillor talked and still the vision is there. They cannot remove that. The issue is to support your state laws, take a stand and know you child will be with you. May God be with us…He is.

  11. While I agree that description of an attack can be incredibly potent, sometimes enough so to shake *some* people; pictures are undeniably more powerful. Like many of my fellow commentators, it was the *images* that sparked my fundamental understanding of what these dogs truly do, and it was those images that took me from a comfortable perch on the fence to a deep and impassioned understanding of the truth. I have found, in my own personal (albeit thus anecdotal) life, that images were the convincing evidence needed to solidify a truthful understanding of pit bulls to those around me.

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