2015 First Quarter Legislative Highlights: Local Control Dominates, We Salute You Health and Safety Advocates!

Successes, Lockouts and a Doubleheader in Georgia DogsBite.org - Municipal associations and grassroots advocates are dominating so far in 2015. During the first quarter, all five state preemption bills prohibiting local governments from enacting breed-specific laws were rejected. This is a 100% success rate for cities and counties retaining local control. Grassroots advocates helped make this victory possible -- we salute you! This post is dedicated to each of you a… [Read full blog post]

Book Review: Misunderstood Nanny Dogs? A Critical and Objective Analysis of the Facts & Myths Concerning Pit Bulls

By J. Thomas Beasley Purchase on Amazon DogsBite.org - This short, easy to read version of the pit bull problem today and the history of the pit bull breed is a must for supporters. At the cost of only $6.99, we recommend buying several copies, ready to give to friends and colleagues. In a free-flowing writing style, J. Thomas Beasley dives into the sobering pit bull mauling epidemic in our country, the primary false myths trumpeted by the pit bull lobby and pulls in pop culture fi… [Read full blog post]

Video: Two Mothers Share Their Tragic Stories of Losing a Child in Family Dog Attack

Family Pit Bull Suddenly Kills Innocent Child Please click an image to play the video. From left: Roxanne Hartrich and Angela Rutledge. DogsBite.org - On the fourth day of Canine Victims Awareness Week, we have selected two powerful videos of mothers who have lost a child in a sudden, vicious family dog attack. Roxanne Hartrich of Bloomington, Illinois lost her 4-year old daughter after the family's two pit bulls brutally attacked her in January. Angela Rutledge of Fulton C… [Read full blog post]

ArtPrize Exhibit, 'Out of the Blue,' the First Physical Memorial for Fatal Dog Attack Victims

Out of the Blue Grand Rapids, MI - Artist Joan Marie Kowal created an entry for the Grand Rapids ArtPrize 2014 competition titled, "Out of the Blue." It is the nation's first physical memorial for victims of fatal dog attacks. Nearly 30 differently decorated crosses in multiple shades of blue each represent a person killed by a dog. She titled the entry, Out of the Blue, because that is how fatal dog attacks often occur. Kowal hopes to raise awareness about these victims and to pr… [Read full blog post]

Letter: After Pit Bull Kills Dog and Maims Man, Victims Seek to Advance Public Safety in Los Angeles

Stephen Elliott and Howard "Rusty" Fox Raise Awareness Stephen, his partner Rusty, their dog Vargas and Stephen's finger. Video: Neighborhood Council Meeting Studio City, CA - Pit bull attack victims, Stephen Elliott and Rusty Fox, continue to try to work with City of Los Angeles officials to address the growing public safety problem posed by pit bulls and other dangerous dogs. Writer Mike Szymanski recently published an account of the violent attack that occurred on Ven… [Read full blog post]

Letter: Colorado Springs Senior Citizen Asks 'Why No Pit Bull Ban' After Vicious Attack

Pit bull attack survivor, John Castle, asks "Why no pit bull ban?" Colorado Springs, CO - A courageous 79-year old man from Colorado Springs who suffered a life-threatening pit bull attack in 2012, recently sent a letter to DogsBite.org. His letter details his violent attack, what city officials did afterward (not much) and how he is currently trying to address city council members about this vital public safety issue. We are publishing his letter in full -- bold emphasis on… [Read full blog post]

Kaylie's Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Dangerous Dogs Approaches

Dog Bite Victims' Advocates Flying in Across the Country to Attend DogsBite.org - This Saturday marks the second annual national dog bite victims' advocacy event. At 6:30 pm on the California State Capitol building steps, Kaylie's Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Dangerous Dogs commences. Leading victims' advocates from across the United States will be in attendance. Dennis Baker and his family inspired this year's event after his precious 3-year old granddaughter wa… [Read full blog post]

Family Sponsoring Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Dangerous Dogs Launches Fundraising Campaign

Pre-Order T-Shirts and Candles Sacramento, CA - The family of a young girl mauled by a pit bull last year is sponsoring a candlelight vigil event in October to honor and remember the victims of dangerous dogs. For three weeks (through July 17), the family is running a campaign to raise the initial funds to buy bulk t-shirts and candles for the event. Donation amounts start at $10 -- check out the campaign perks to learn more. DogsBite.org will be at the vigil, along with other advo… [Read full blog post]