Shelters and Humane Groups Often 'Encode' and 'Conceal' Aggression in Adoption Advertisements for Unplaceable Dogs

What They Tell the Public vs. What They Tell New Holding Facilities Described as "loving, gentle," but has dog, stranger and handler aggression. False Advertisement DogsBite.org - In September 2016, we published an expose about what lies behind the web advertisements of aggressive shelter dogs available for adoption today. We determined that many shelters candy-coat dogs with aggressive behaviors in their zeal to increase "live release rate." Animal behaviorist Ale… [Read full blog post]

Fatal Wolf Hybrid Attacks - The Archival Record

Illustration of wolves from the Biodiversity Heritage Library, The Animal Kingdom, 1829. An introduction to wolf hybirds by animal behaviorist and author Alexandra Semyonova. Jump to the Fatal Wolf Hybrid Attacks Archival Record from 1980 to present day. Introduction by Alexandra Semyonova The wolf-dog hybrid, also called ‘wolfdog’, is an emotional trap people walk into all too often. Sometimes it's about the latest macho fashion -- a rottweiler or a pit bull isn'… [Read full blog post]

Videos of Pit Bull Attacking Decoy Dogs Shown to Courtroom; Judge Orders the Dog-Aggressive Pit Bull Put Down

City Uses Unique Approach to Show Dog Can't be Rehabbed One of two videos shown to courtroom demonstrating this pit bull's dog aggression. City Officials Show Videos Victoria, Canada - In an uncommon, but effective demonstration, the City of Victoria used videos of a decoy dog to show a courtroom the level of dog aggression in a pit bull, named Bentley. On April 21, as 72-year old Peter McPherson was walking his Maltese-cross named Cassie, Bentley viciously attacked his dog.… [Read full blog post]

2017 Dog Bite Fatality: South African Boerboel Breeder Killed by One of Her Gladiator Dogs in Asheville, North Carolina

A Brief History of the South African Mastiff - The 'Farmer's Bulldog' Jane Marie Egle, 59-years old, was killed by her South African boerboel on May 1. Autopsy Released UPDATE 04/17/18: On May 1, 2017 the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence after receiving a call for assistance. They found Jane Egle, 59, dead on the floor of her home. One of the victim's South African boerboels was also in the home, exhibiting so much aggression that deputies "destroyed"… [Read full blog post]

What's Behind the Click and Bait Web Advertisements of Aggressive Shelter Dogs Available for Adoption Today?

Many Shelters Candy-Coat Dogs with Aggressive Behaviors in their Zeal to Increase 'Live Release Rate.' We Examine 34 Case Files. Dogs from the 34 case files we examined from Sonoma County Animal Services. Animal behaviorist and author Alexandra Semyonova provides analysis and a special report: Behavior Testing Shelter Dogs -- A Summary of Where We Are Now Examining Cases Up Close DogsBite.org - Back in April, we were contacted about the "live release rate" trumping publi… [Read full blog post]

2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bull Rehomed by Humane Society Kills Newborn Baby

Fatal Pit Bull Attack in San Diego, California The rehomed male, neutered pit bull-mix in quarantine after killing a 3-day old baby. Passed Assessment Test UPDATE 04/29/16: On July 7, 2015, a 6-year old boy in North Carolina was killed by a male, neutered pit bull that was rehomed by the Asheville Humane Society 3-weeks earlier. The pit bull had passed the SAFER temperament test before being adopted. Now, just 8-months later in San Diego, a male pit bull-mix rehomed by the San D… [Read full blog post]

Thank You Letter: Experienced Dog Trainer Shares Dog Attack Story & Professional Opinion

"It happened to me. All of my experience, all of my knowledge, none of it mattered. None of it protected me or enabled me to stop that attack." Photo shows two dogs on the trainer's team at that time during a training day. DogsBite.org - A highly experienced dog trainer recently joined our Thank You letter campaign. The person shared as many details as possible. "In training circles, you just do not say negative things about bully breeds anymore," the person wrote. "If you do you a… [Read full blog post]

2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Boy Killed by His Sister's Three Pit Bulls in Yuba County, California

Tyler Trammell-Huston, 9-years old, was mauled to death by his half-sister's three pet pit bulls. DA's Full Press Release DogsBite.org - On January 3, Tyler Trammell-Huston, 9, was brutally killed by three pit bulls after his half-sister left him alone in a dilapidated trailer with the dogs for three hours. Alexandria Griffin-Heady, 24, arrived home and found Tyler face down near the doorway bloody and covered in bite wounds. All three of her pit bulls were loose in the trai… [Read full blog post]