In the 13-year period of 2005 through 2017, canines killed 433 Americans. Pit bulls contributed to 66% (284) of these deaths. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths. | More »
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 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]
From left: Jeffrey Denny, his "pet transit" vehicle and the HSUS mobile crime lab.
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]
John P. Colby and son Louis (1922), Colby's Pincher (top) and Colby's Twister.
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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]
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]
From left: Bill Stewart, Pit Bull Reporter, seized marijuana and firearms.
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]