Why Breed Matters in Service Dogs and Why Pit Bull Service Dogs are a Bad Idea

DogsBite.org - After Delta Air Lines issued a new policy on June 20, limiting emotional support dogs to one per person and banning pit bulls as service and support dogs, we reviewed top service dog organizations and their selected breed types. These dog breeds are overwhelmingly Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, Labrador-golden mixes and standard poodles. Primarily, pit bull "breed advocate" groups, one who failed miserably, are pushing "pit bull service dogs.… [Read full blog post]

Delta Bans Pit Bull-Type Dogs as Service, Support Animals in the Cabin and Limits Support Animals to One Per Person

Starting on July 10, Delta bans pit bull-type dogs as service and support animals. Delta's News Release Atlanta, GA - On June 20, Delta Air Lines announced increase restrictions on service and support animals. The restrictions include limiting each passenger to one emotional support animal per flight and prohibiting pit bull-type dogs as service or support animals. "These updates, which come as the peak summer travel season is underway, are the direct result of growing s… [Read full blog post]

After Blind Woman and Guide Dog Endure Multiple Attacks, She Hopes City Officials Crack Down on Loose Dogs

Agnes Courville Addressed City Council Members in Early May Agnes Courville, legally blind, stands before Opelousas city council on May 8, 2018. Blind Woman Testifies Opelousas, LA - Last week, Agnes Courville of Opelousas shared with us a powerful letter she hand delivered to the mayor on May 8, 2018, just before she gave testimony at the Opelousas City Council meeting. Courville said that council members reassured her at that time that they would work on safety issues inv… [Read full blog post]

Delta's Policy Response After a Passenger was Severely Attacked by an Unrestrained Emotional Support Dog

Delta Tightens Reins on Untrained 'Support' Dogs in Cabin Delta creates stronger screening process for in-cabin service and emotional support animals. Delta's News Release Atlanta, GA - Delta Air Lines has introduced "enhanced requirements" for passengers flying with service and emotional support animals. The policy change comes after a support dog repeatedly attacked a passenger in the face just before take off last June. The dog's owner could not stop his dog from at… [Read full blog post]

The Friendly Skies Fade After a Delta Passenger is Severely Attacked by an Unrestrained 'Emotional Support Dog'

Delta is Not Protecting Passengers from Large Untrained Dogs In early June, a man was repeatedly attacked by an emotional support dog on a Delta flight. Atlanta, GA - On June 4, the widely abused loophole in three federal acts pertaining to service animals and emotional support animals went viral after a man was repeatedly attacked in the face by an alleged "support" dog on board a domestic Delta flight before takeoff. It was an escalating violent attack. The dog's owner could… [Read full blog post]

2014 Dog Bite Fatality: 7-Year Old Boy Killed by Trained Protection Dog in Dodge County, Wisconsin

Personal and Family Protection Dogs with a "Switch" Dutch Behaviorist Responds UPDATE 11/19/14: Dutch animal behaviorist and author, Alexandra Semyonova responds to protection dogs with a "switch" after a 7-year old boy was killed by a protection trained rottweiler living at his family's home. She discusses why bringing an attack bred and trained dog into a home and hoping it will be a reliable family pet is a mistake. Enclosed below is Semyonova's short response. Semyon… [Read full blog post]

2012 Dog Bite Fatality: 'Visiting' Child Killed by PTSD Service Dog in Kentucky

Steven Robertson, 6-years old, was mauled to death by a PTSD service dog. Stricter Requirements UPDATE 07/31/12: A boy was killed by a service dog 6-months ago has been identified as Steven Robertson. His death prompted Ft. Campbell to adopt stricter policies pertaining to service dogs. "Many are not allowed inside the gates without very specific behavioral training. The new rules all stem from an incident that happened just outside Ft. Campbell last January; when a 6 year… [Read full blog post]

'Fully Vetted' Pit Nutters and Their Service Dogs

By Dorothea Malm A guest writer for the DogsBite.org Blog. What's worse than pit bulls and their nutters in your neighborhood? Pit bulls with nutters who follow you into neighborhood shops, restaurants and hop on the bus with you. It's all the rage right now. If you don't mind lying and committing fraud, all you have to do is have or pretend to have a disability and pretend your pit bull is trained to help you with it. Slap a vest or a laminated tag that says "Service Dog" on your pit, b… [Read full blog post]