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  1. Do the powers that be want the public to be fully aware of the threat that dangerous canines pose? If the powers that be want to hide the facts from the public, then what can the victims do to raise public awareness of this tragic scourge?

    • Unfortunately, a lot of those powers-that-be are dog worshippers. Don’t expect them to help us. We have to help ourselves.

  2. It’s heartbreaking that we need to do this. I agree that we do, but as a person who loves dogs as unique companion animals, invaluable in terms of their ability to partner with humans, I find it utterly devastating that this situation exists. A dog capable of mauling a human is something that should not exist.

  3. That was a good talk. I especially loved the information at the end. We truly cannot rely on vets and animal professionals to make good decisions. Their concerns are only with the dogs and it shows in their actions. These mutant animals need to be removed from our communities and soon. Worldwide, everywhere. They need to be gone.

  4. Thank you, Colleen, for posting this. So informative, and so troubling at the same time. How will this ever change? As a broadcast journalist, I know the media is the most powerful tool out there. Inside Edition (not the BEST source) is one of the few national shows to do stories about pit fatalities/attacks. The last story they did, though, came off more as a feel-good story about a little boy getting horribly mauled trying to protect his sister. The kid was wonderful, but nothing was said about the pit bull who tore his face apart. It was treated like just another dog bite story. This subject is almost impossible to get elevated beyond local news. The only time is when it’s considered “sexy” e.g. a beautiful, pregnant French woman is mauled to death in the forest. It was treated like an unsolved mystery even though she was clearly killed by her vicious pit bull. I’ve heard no follow-up on this one, probably because of the pandemic?

  5. Very good discussion. The group National Pit Bull Victim Awareness does a tremendous job of collecting data and sharing it. Unfortunately — if the city of San Francisco is any indication — their job is made much more difficult by the fact that the vast majority of dog attacks, including serious pit bull attacks, go unreported by local press.

    Every week San Francisco has a vicious and dangerous dog hearing regarding one or more incidents. Most of these involve pit bulls. Among many other pit bull attacks last year, for instance, there were two separate incidents in which a woman was on the ground being relentlessly attacked by a pit bull and was saved only because there was a human being nearby who intervened. In one of those attacks, the 78-year-old victim was hospitalized for a week and faced a long recovery. But none of this was considered newsworthy by the local press (or the authorities who failed to issue a press release). THAT second attack, in fact, never even made it to a hearing, as the custodian of the dog immediately surrendered it for euthanasia.

    And as Colleen well knows, a 2-year-old San Francisco boy was killed by a pit bull earlier this year. Although the fatal mauling took place outside the city, it’s shocking that newspapers and TV stations in the city couldn’t be bothered with the story. And I know this is the case because I myself tried to interest them in the story.

    All of this, of course, facilitates the reckless campaign of animal control and others to get people to adopt pit bulls. So much so that one has to wonder if that isn’t the purpose of the press “blackout” in the first place.

    • Mike, you hit the nail on the head. Animal control agencies have been infiltrated by no-kill extremists.

      One of their main goals is to get those pit bulls out the door and into loving homes. If the people in those loving homes become mauling victims, oh, well. Too bad. Because it’s all about saving dogs. We humans don’t matter.

      • Both of you are on the mark. Here’s the deal, I’ve worked at TV stations for years. Somewhere along the line, local news got fixated on cat and dog stories instead of real news. These show up usually at the end of the broadcast as feel-good segments. Although usually vapid, some were cute and often dumb. Like the family who found a cat in their couch after they moved. Or, the hero dogs who weren’t really heroes, they happened to bark at the fire. Good, of course, if they saved lives. But along the way, pit bulls became portrayed as “abused” and misunderstood. (Roll the tape on the Michael Vick story.) I saw grown women cry over these poor pitties who should be loved back to rehabilitation. Once the pit bull hit the mainstream, they’ve been lumped in with all the other good dog stories. The TV outlets are inundated with hate mail and calls if viewers perceive they’re picking on pits even if there’s a horrible attack. Hence, “a terrible accident” headline. Ratings and advertisers come first.

        • Reminds me of the “feel good” news story, “76 year old grandma gets new job at hotel”.

          I was horrified. Why should some Grandma NEED a job at the local hotel? No health insurance or her pension was absconded by banksters.

          Spin, spin and more spin. Whatever happened to critical thinking? I love pet stories, I’m guilty of plunging into the sinkhole of YouTube animal videos. I watch the dog ones with a jaundiced eye.

          Skill might rehab *some* dogs if put into a strict management routine, it’s true. Love won’t. Love won’t fix psychopathy, either.

          People’s sympathies are being manipulated towards dogs rather than their victims, you’re entirely correct there, Terry.

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