1911 Pit Bull Terrier Depicted as ‘Outcast American’ to Victimize the Breed

Pit Bull Breeder Pushes ‘Pit to Home’ Chas. Werner, and his pit bull terrier, Brindle Breaker, The Dog Fancier, 1911 New Orleans, LA - In this 1911 Dog Fancier advertisement, pit bull breeder Chas. Werner reflects how Americans feel about the breed: "Our Ideal Dog the Outcast American" (note handwriting on dog photo). "Outcast" is intended as a pitying label and also represents two other issues. One, by 1911, pit bulls were feared by the public due to their dangerous figh… [Read full blog post]

Cockfighting: A Bloodsport Largely Unrealized by the American Public

Cockfighting knives: Click a photo to see a larger image. Man Killed in Cockfight archived Tulare County, CA - In early February, new sources across the country reported that a 35-year old Lamont man suffered fatal injury during a cockfight. Despite the image that a cockfight might evoke for the average American -- such as two roosters pecking each other to death -- a cockfight is actually far more sadistic and cruel. The birds typically enter into a match with razor-like kniv… [Read full blog post]

Sting Operation Traps Breeder and Transporter of Fighting Dogs

From left: Jeffrey Denny, his "pet transit" vehicle and the HSUS mobile crime lab. Jeffrey Denny Bedford County, VA - It was reported this week that 36-year old Jeffrey Lynn Denny, a nationally known and "admitted" dog fighter was trapped in a sting operation Monday, as he tried to sell a $900 pit bull to an undercover deputy at a Montvale gas station. Bedford County authorities charged Denny with one felony offense of transporting fighting dogs. On Tuesday, authorities raid… [Read full blog post]

1909 Dog Bite Fatality: John P. Colby's Fighting Pit Bull Kills Nephew

John P. Colby and son Louis (1922), Colby's Pincher (top) and Colby's Twister. View Archive Article Newburyport, MA - While researching fatal pit bull attacks of the early to mid 1900s, we came across the most damaging fatal attack the pit bull community has ever known. To start, in 1901 a pet pit bull killed its owner's mistress, in 1909 a pet pit bull killed its owner's brother, in 1945, a pet pit bull killed a 21-month old baby in Los Angeles (just 3-months before fighting pit bu… [Read full blog post]

2008 Pima County Dogfighting Raid Results in Civil Forfeiture of Assets

From left: Emily Dennis, Pat Patrick, Bobby Smith and T.L. Williams Must Forfeit Property Picture Rocks, AZ - In a groundbreaking civil forfeiture action against a public nuisance property used for dogfighting, Emily Dennis must forfeit the property where she raised the dogs. Pima County Superior Court Judge Stephen Villarreal ruled that there was "probable cause" to believe the property, formerly owned by Dennis (Pat Patrick's partner), had been used to commit feloni… [Read full blog post]

Dogfighter Bill Stewart Kills Himself After Criminal Operation Discovered

From left: Bill Stewart, Pit Bull Reporter, seized marijuana and firearms. "Rushin Bill" Romance, AR - It is reported that the editor and publisher of dogfighting magazine, Pit Bull Reporter1, Bill Stewart (aka "Rushin Bill")2 shot himself to death. The incident began after a grass fire broke out on Stewart's property. When crews arrived to distinguish the fire, they discovered $124,000 of marijuana, more than 40 guns, pit bulls and a dogfighting ring. Just after the disc… [Read full blog post]

Owner of the AADR, Andrea Press, Allegedly Uses Pit Bulls to Attack Partner

Murph McAdams "hard at work," his dogfighting tattoo and using a break stick on CH Rival. Alleged Partner1 UPDATE 04/02/10: Sources reveal that Andrea Press' domestic partner is Maurice "Murph" McAdams of Celtic Kennels,2 who mainly goes by Murph McAdams or Mr. AADR. As seen on the AADR MySpace page, McAdams is shown lounging next to a computer, which might be the very computer that hosts the infamous AADR registry. McAdams is highly tattooed, but the one hidden beneath his s… [Read full blog post]

Pit Bull Dog Aggression: Two Fighting Pit Bulls Shot Dead at Dulles

"Very Violent Fight" Dulles, VA - It was reported on Thursday that a pair of large male pit bulls (most likely "game bred" pit bulls, specifically bred for dogfighting) were shot and killed by police in a Dulles Airport cargo facility. Both dogs "broke out" of their kennels and began attacking each other in what was described as a "very violent fight." Despite the many questions the incident raises, such as, "Were the dogs being shipped to Korea for dogfighting?" Airport autho… [Read full blog post]