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  1. Sly dog tricks neighbors into thinking it killed mailman
    NY Post, Sept 8, 2022

    This strikes me as desensitization. Especially due to all the press recently in Iowa re pitbulls and efforts to remove pitbull bans.


    • Note: The “sly dog” is a 224-lb. English mastiff, which apparently amuses its clueless Iowa owner. The dog’s name Tatanka is the Lakota Indian word for bison.

  2. You don’t need a doctor to tell you that pitbull are most likely to cause serious harm to people. Most people already know that just the chuckheaded people who refused to believe their lovable pitbull aren’t mean aggressive dogs.

  3. Thank you to Dogsbite for exposing Dr. Laura Reese about the conflicts of interest on her part.

    It is the “knee-jerk reactions” of a shocked populace that lead to pitbull bans. The public says, Enough already! This needs to stop immediately! We will not stand by while pitbulls murder citizens!

    Here is a “knee-jerk reaction” written in 2021 to the horror of learning about the Detroit child murdered by a pack of pitbulls in 2015. Pitbull advocate Reese’s 2015 editorial against breed bans was written in response to the Detroit press urging action for pitbull bans. Link provided in this Dogsbite

    There once was an adorable 4-year-old black boy named Xavier

    Who walked with his mom to a school to volunteer

    Many pitbulls attacked him

    And then disemboweled him

    And tore him apart in front of his mom.

    Beloved boy child.

    • Indeed. Dog BREEDS were designed for a purpose like retrieving, herding, pointing. Most people have dogs as PETS with no consideration for what the dog was designed and bred to do.

    • But some of us enjoy a dog in the home. Pit bulls and a few other breeds are the problem as are their owners. We don’t need a lot of things but my dog brings me daily happiness. When people start going against all dogs not just the dangerous ones then the whole dangerous dog issue is just dismissed as being a bunch of dog haters and we will never find a solution to keeping our neighborhoods safe.

      • Victoria, I would be interested in your comments and others’ comments about several issues that have occurred to me about the impact of the pitbull implosion on dog owners.

        –Several dogs have been attacked recently by pitbulls jumping out of trucks. A butter-yellow Golden Retriever w white pantaloons was attacked by a pitbull who ran across several lanes of traffic to reach her. The TV news footage of endearing Lucy’s plumed tail swishing near the owner’s legs made me wonder if being a dog owner might be more dangerous than a solo walker. Isn’t the prey drive of pitbulls more stimulated seeing a dog than a human?

        In Canada, another dog was attacked by a pitbull jumping out of a truck window.

        –I am guessing most dog owners now have doggy doors in their homes. I recall reading about pitbull attacks in a victim’s home where pitbulls apparently invaded through the doggy door. I have to say that really spooks me.

        It sounds like those knowing the dangers of pitbulls may reject dog ownership when they would have done otherwise, particularly in these times.

        • I have had pits run at me without my dog being present so they will come after a lone walker. Some pits do seem to be more focused on a dog if present. I just know for me, as much as I hate the risk now I get too much enjoyment from dogs to give up ownership. I do think for some it is going to be a factor when their dogs are attacked but I have now owned dogs for 45 years. They are part of my life, they keep me active even if only getting up every few hours to take them out, they are company when husband if off doing his daily shopping. I won’t ever own multiple dogs again because easier to grab one away from a pit. No doggie door even though I know my dog would love it, I want to know exactly when she is out due to the pits around. She hasn’t even been threatened by one at fence, just by chance when the ones ran at me when behind my fence, she was inside but I feel too risky. I do think some who have lost a pet brutally and the pit is still next door probably are not going to get another. I have been lucky, my dogs survived but my son was walking both times in the last two attacks and he has a kick on him that makes me wish had put him in Football as a kid. I am older now and just hoping that it doesn’t get too bad in the next 20 years and I can have a dog as long as I can take care of one.

          • Victoria, thank you. I think I remember that a woman with a pitbull down the way from you was endangering your dog. And animal control wasn’t assisting you. Hope that issue has been resolved and you are safe.

        • You don’t have to ask all these rhetorical what ifs about single walkers vs dog walkers as the fatality data has your answer right there.

          • Concerned Citizen, I provided actual attacks, not what-if’s. Rhetorical questions? No, info that hopefully will assist others in staying safe.

  4. People choose dogs by looks. It’s cute to them. I once met a couple with young children in PetSmart that was buying a pair of Akita puppies. Dumb! Akitas aren’t pitbulls, but they are also a fighting, very independent breed.

    I wish true pitbull figures were easily available. What I see with pitbulls in public is ill-mannered, poorly trained dogs dragging their owners around. Too often, it’s toward another dog on leash with a handler. In doing so, pitbulls put people and dogs in jeopardy; and that doesn’t indicate what happens in homes.

  5. The whopping 250% increase between the lifetime risk of a dog bite is startling, even though we adults realize that life has changed considerably between the time we were growing up compared to today. It is 2.5 times riskier for a child today to suffer a dog bite, Dr. Fuhrman points out.

    • When I was a kid, I don’t think there were many pitbulls around. Today they are about 6% of the dog population. With farm dogs, if the dog tried to bite anybody, the farmer shot it. Dogs were not nearly family members like they are today. Farm dogs got lots of exercise and didn’t have separation anxiety. People tend to think of their dogs as babies and don’t play by the rules of dog ownership. If my dog is lying on the floor, I require that dog to move when I want to walk through that area. I won’t try to walk around the dog.

      Consider this stupidity. An older gentleman told me his nine month old Shih Tzu female was extremely aggressive toward his wife while sitting in his lap. He asked me about it. I said, “Do you like it? If so, do what you are doing. If not, stand up so she lands on the floor or sweep her off with your arm.”. I didn’t advocate any discipline
      other than taking his lap away. People years ago would never have let this behavior get started. This Shih Tzu would have bitten anyone. She thought she owned the house.

      • It wasn’t just farmers. I learned that at six when my dog nipped the neighbor kid for the second time. I learned then, you’d better not let your dog bite anyone.

        Most dog breeds still have teeth capable of killing other animals, some have the ability to kill large animals. People don’t respect that.

      • I knew of Staffordshire Terriers because I read every single dog book in the library growing up including AKC books that included every dog that could be registered at the time. At age 8 made a decision that it was not ever going to be a dog for me due to it’s dog on dog aggression. I really didn’t hear of pits until a low class neighbor had one and in 1980 and it was killing his wife’s dogs. I ran into them now and again for the next 20 years but did have my dog and then my daughter attacked by pits, two different decades and dogs. It seems that since that Mike Vicks publicity they are everywhere. Oh and two more dogs attacked by pits, No other breed has ever caused my family injury. OH and you are right, people allow little dogs to be horrible because so cute to them. NO, my small dogs still have rules.

      • That’s what I’ve been saying, folks. As an old geezer, biting behaviour wasn’t tolerated. Yah, occasionally some elderly person with an old, small, nippy dog didn’t put their dog down (it was put up or put down if there were grandkids) but dogs over 10lbs were shot or euthanized for biting. Thus, their breeding time, if they ever had any–was limited.

        I agree Rachel, one of the most important tactics that all true dog people do is tell their dog to “move”. This is an important indicator of the relationship between human and dog. That and training “place” or “go lay down” can cut out 90% of potential household and later, training problems with relatively little effort.

        Dog trainers keep saying it–owners don’t listen.

        I love this dog but it is my last one. I’d consider a small dog but with the pitbull explosion? Nope. Too dangerous.

  6. People with large breed dogs, especially pitties and rottweilers (there are others) MUST report ownership of such dogs to homeowner’s insurance. Not a question of being “breed prejudice” but they are the ones who PAY OUT damage caused by their dogs. They have a list of the most likely ones to bite and cause injury, including death–pit bulls and mixes are on top of the list. Doberman Pincers are also on that same list along with German Shepard just below that. Pit bulls are also hard to contain because they are expert escape artists and they can bend up a fence with their powerful jaws.

    • An acquaintance of mine left her Rottweiler and GSD at my house when insurance was going to inspect her house. Neither of these dogs was aggressive. Both purebred. Rottweiler was three legged.

      • Nothing like aiding and abetting insurance fraud. And how many times have we read on this site that the dogs weren’t aggressive — until they were?

        • I had handled these dogs many times. The GSD was originally from my kennel. Pitbulls are unpredictable, but GSDs are predictable. In my experience, Rottweilers were nice or they weren’t. I’ve seen more temperament issues in male Rottweilers than females. Since that time, I don’t deal with the owner of these dogs at all. She’s an animal abuser but tries to nail other people for abuse when they aren’t guilty.
          Rescuing dogs and cats but not vaccinating. Letting fleas kill animals. Etc.

  7. I was a child in the 1950’s in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I remember regularly seeing dog catchers patrol our neighbourhood in a van. Dogs had to be licensed and wear collars with tags..There was visible enforcement of laws. I have not seen that in decades.

    The problem is not we do not have laws. We have stopped enforcing them. I feel Toronto has degenerated into lawless anarchy regarding the responsible ownership of dogs. Politicians spout meaningless platitudes about protecting public safety without providing funds and human resources to provide that protection.

    In Toronto we do not need new laws. We need people to enforce existing laws. I want to be able to ride my bicycle on public recreational trails and see uniformed by-law enforcement officers every couple of hours. I have not seen one in over fifty years.

    • Peter, I’m with you 100% there. We have BSL, nobody is enforcing it because the beasts are everywhere.

      Recently city hall passed idiot laws outlawing training collars. That’s a recipe for disaster, right there. Big dogs, small people being dragged around by dogs in harnesses. It’s lunacy. If we even cut out the biting problem, some of these folks are going to be dragged into traffic.

      Never used to hear dogs barking much here. Now half the dogs I pass are straining at the lead lunging and barking. It’s frightening just to walk out the door. And these same loonies just run their dog into my trained dog claiming, “See? He wants to play!” Never mind the fact that I have an old dog now, or that I am old and could break a hip from their leaping brat dog.

      They’ve lost all common sense.

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