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8 thoughts on “2018 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Dies After Being Mauled by Family Pit Bull in Southeast D.C.

  1. That is clearly a pitbull. In fact it is a “red-nose pitbull” which is a pricey, designer color. The only other dog that I can think of with that color is the Vizsla and that no is no Vizsla. Real stretch trying to call that ugly thing a mixed breed dog.

    • Vizslas are all genetically ee bb if I recall correctly.

      The ee alleles (recessive red) cause the red coat and are very common in many breeds (all yellow labs and golden retrievers are this colour, except that the red is diluted to a cream / yellow colour by a different modifying gene).

      The bb alleles cause the skin of the nose, paw pads and eyerims to be brown or red, and cause a brown coat in individuals who are not ee (recessive red). bb is also common in many other breeds (border collies, labradors, spaniels) and is sometimes referred to as “chocolate” or “liver”.
      The combination of both ee and bb isn’t as common in purebreds but can easily crop up by chance in mix breeds.

      I believe podencos (a Spanish hunting breed) are also ee bb but since it’s not a show breed it’s difficult to find studies / colour test results for them.

  2. And I see where yet another children’s novel, published just this month, is featuring the child hero promoting “misunderstood” pit bulls and fighting her city’s proposed pit bull legislation.

      • I don’t like to go into too many details because it will just give these books free advertising, plus the authors can then claim that they are being “discriminated against on Dogsbite,” as another way to drum up sales and sympathy.

        Just go on Amazon, specify Children’s Books, and type in “pit bull.” You’ll see plenty of the types of books I’m referring to.

  3. That Humane Rescue Alliance refuses to state the dog is a pit bull is not surprise to anyone who lives in the DC area. If you subscribe to the WTOP Facebook page, you will regularly (read: daily) see them posting adoptable Dog-of-the-Day segments from their radio station. I would guess approximately 90-95% of the dogs they show are pits, solidly pits too, not fungible ‘mixes’. Most of these come from HRA, and many of them check off the whole list of read-between-the-lines red flags.

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