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  1. Quote: “That violent people like violent dogs has been proven in psychological studies.”
    Scratch the owner of a dangerous dog, find a dangerous dog owner.

  2. It’s always a pleasure to hear from someone who operated in the shelter network during the time of “public safety and sanity”, rather than the newcomers who fantasize that all dogs are equal to each other and deserve to live as house pets regardless of consequences to the humans around them. Thank you Ann Marie Rogers for speaking out, and thank you for expanding this website to include even more voices of reason.

  3. As a mauling survivor I have learned to become an on line advocate and I have attended a few legislative sessions. And even gave a public speech. I have endured verbal abuse. I have learned to discuss the topic without becoming emotional. Sticking to logic, reason and facts. I usually try to draw off their own words. At this point I have become seasoned at giving testimony. The article speaks volumes. I hear my voice in the content. I am willing to travel if possible and speak publicly should you ever want to call on me. Before my attack I was completely ignorant about the attack history of the dog that my now ex-husband rehomed about breed propensity and all other victims and survivors. But because I survived I feel I have been given a chance to speak for those who can’t or that are not as strong as me physically or emotionally to endure the adversaries.

  4. Keep fighting, Ann Marie. It is going to take a significant amount of medical studies pointing at pit bulls and their mixes resulting in death, disfigurement, disability, and high healthcare costs for meaningful blanketed BLS to occur. By a significant amount, I would expect 50-100 or more separate studies. The US has always been slow to call things unsafe (lead, cigarettes, chemical toxins in pesticides, organophosphates, etc.).

    • No. I changed my mind. It is going to take a Netflix docuseries for anything to change. This happened with the “Big Cat Public Safety Act” on 12/4/2020 thanks to Tiger King. Things are so effed up in our society that this is how things get done.

  5. I remember an article about 30 years ago of a shelter manager explaining the problem of pit bulls back when everything was saner. He described about how abnormal their behavior is. Other dogs will squabble, the loser shows submission and its over. With PB’s the loser bellies up and gets killed.

    Common sense is not popular these days.

  6. The minute anyone buys into the “adoption” of a pet–they’ve lost the plot.

    Owning an animal is a liability and a responsibility regardless of whether the shelter owns them and sells them, or a member of the public, owns them and sells. them.

    People come before property and dogs are property.

    That’s how this pitbull and No Kill nonsense gained a foothold in the first place.

    • Precisely, Boni.

      You don’t adopt a dog. You buy it. Or you just plain get it for free.

      Children, as in, little human beings, are adopted.

  7. Great column, Ann Marie. Keep up the good fight. Even if one life is saved, it’s worth the battle. We used to say that in TV news, but unfortunately, no national network will touch this story. They are cowed by the pit bull lobby and viewers who refuse to acknowledge facts and statistics.

  8. I remember back in the days when shelters cared about public safety and would not sell dogs that so much as growled. And generally everyone understood that it was for the best and that those dogs were not worth putting a human in danger.

    I can no longer support modern day animal shelters because of how backward their actions are these days. I do hope that one day we can go back to sanity and focus on the safety of the community when dealing with dogs.

  9. Thank you so much for this article. I come from a similar perspective as the author–compassion for animals is what first got me interested in this topic.

    I often wonder how the pit bull mess will resolve itself. We all know that the popularity of dog breeds rises and falls; anyone over 30 can probably name breeds that were once common that they now rarely see, and vice versa. Perhaps pits will at some point reach saturation point, with most people deciding that they are simply too much of a liability, and the backyard breeders and the PR machine that supports them will grind to a halt.

    • I don’t remember any of those once-popular breeds having any kind of propaganda machine behind them like the pitbulls do today. Another thing that is different today is social media, a cesspool for convincing people to believe lies. I’ll bet we’ll be stuck with pitbulls for decades and decades, if not forever. We can’t even get a lot of people to get vaccinated during a pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans; if they’ll accept those deaths, then they’re definitely comfortable with about 50 people per year getting mauled to death by dogs.

  10. This is a very well written article. Hopefully most people understand that the “adopt, don’t shop” motto is a pro pit bull motto.

    In Indianapolis, Animal Control at one time adopted out no surrendered or stray animals. It euthanized all of them other than giving the owners of strays a few days to claim their pets.

    Then it decided to adopt out puppies at least six months of age and older dogs.
    So we saw tiny puppies with all baby teeth
    adopted out and listed as six months old.
    This was the only way animal control staff could save those puppies.

    For some time, 100% of pit bulls were euthanized. The Animal Control shelter went through many directors of Animal Control. It seemed to have a revolving door for directors.

    Finally, a pro pit bull director was hired. Many pit bulls starting getting adopted. Some went home on free adoption days. At least, those could not make more pit bulls. That director seems to have no problem keeping a job there.

    If one wants to keep his/her job today as a shelter director, he/she had best support adopting out (selling) as many pit bulls as possible.

    My local no kill shelter has adopted out dangerous pit bulls, as a trainer sent some of them to veterinary clinics for euthanasia so the shelter couldn’t recycle them.

    Tragically, both people and animals are hurt by these policies.

    • Right now, I have ZERO patience with the adopting or shopping rhetoric.

      I just got off the phone with our local animal control agency. Why did I call them? Because of two loose pit bulls from across the street. They were starting to attack a young man who was walking past my house.

      Fortunately, a passing motorist saw what was happening and laid on the horn. Quite frankly, I wish that those two worthless dogs had gotten run over. That would have been a public service.

      The animal control dispatcher told me that my information would be passed on to one of the officers.

      I might add that, back in August, the very same dogs attacked another young man, and injured him in the leg. Animal control took the dogs away, but the owners got them back three weeks later.

      This is in Tucson, Arizona, which until recently, was the home of Kristen Hassan, one of the leaders in the so-called No-Kill movement. She was director of our county’s animal control agency for three years.

      • Yes. There have been pit bulls adopted out of this shelter that have been involved in attacks.

        Use this site’s search function to find the following August 18, 2020 post:

        Unmasking a Con: How a Pit Bull Activist Rose to Fame in the No-Kill Community while Simultaneously Killing Dogs

        (Sorry, I was unable to post the link.)

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