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 »
Maul Talk Manual
DogsBite.org - In September 2010, Maul Talk Manual Version 1.0, A Guide to Understanding the Language of Pit Bull Owners and Advocates, was launched. The manual is now in Version 2.0 and holds nearly 200 terms about the U.S. pit bull mauling epidemic. City officials considering breed-specific legislation should browse the manual, as you will interface with these terms and distortion tactics employed by pit bull owners, advocates and animal groups also tr… [Read full blog post]
Reno, NV - In February, we wrote about a Washington State resident working to gain support for breed-specific laws in his area (See: Activist Questions 'Journalistic Integrity' of Article by Sue Manning of the Associated Press). Our post scrutinized a "pet poll" designed by the Associated Press and Petside.com and an article written by Sue Manning. Today, the SRUV blog brings us a new Fact Cooker, blogger Mark Robison of the Reno Gazette-Journal.
The C… [Read full blog post]
Jackson, MS - The Clarion-Ledger recently published an article about the adoptability of pit bulls seized in dogfighting operations. Ledy VanKavage of Best Friends is quoted in the article. The Ledger took an interest in dogfighting after the February mauling death of Anastasia Bingham, which involved at least one fighting pit bull, an uncooperative family and a Grand Jury that assigned no charges in her death. In June, Hinds County adopted a pit bull law.1… [Read full blog post]
Dogfighting DNA Database
San Francisco, CA - In September, the San Francisco affiliate of NPR, KQED, ran a segment about the Canine Combined DNA Index System, a DNA database of pit bulls seized in dogfighting raids. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) helped establish the database, which they dubbed the "Canine CODIS,"1 and hopes that it will help authorities connect dogfighting investigations across the country by creating multi-juri… [Read full blog post]
The Nanny Dog Myth
DogsBite.org - A new blog, "The Truth About Pit Bulls," launched Tuesday with contributors CKing and Craven Desires. The first myth they address, the Nanny Dog myth, is widely disseminated by pit bull advocates and pro-pit bull groups. According to the authors, the first mention of "nanny dog" with regards to any breed did not occur until 1904 when the first stage production of Peter Pan opened featuring a nursemaid dog that was never portrayed as a Stafford… [Read full blog post]
"Dangerous" DeclarationElgin, IL - In a state that disallows breed-specific laws, the home rule1 City of Elgin, Illinois made strides toward declaring the pit bull breed as "dangerous." The measure requires that "dangerous" dogs require $500,000 liability insurance, which is a realistic coverage amount for pit bull injury, muzzle their dogs when they are walked, erect a 6-foot-high fence if the dogs are outside, pay $100 for a three-year license and put signs on their ho… [Read full blog post]
From left: Bob Koehler's sign and his now dead mother Rosie Humphreys.
Son Demands Change
Flora, IL - Two weeks after 85-year old Rosie Humphreys was mauled to death by a pit bull, her son Bob Koehler erected a sign in his yard reading: "Ban Pit Bulls." Rosie was killed by a loose pit bull while walking her two poodles. The pit bull owned by Brian Pennington struck down Rosie and one of her dogs. Police Chief John Nicholson blamed the attack on the failure of the "D" ring attached to th… [Read full blog post]
Toy Blocks Intestines
Utah - In February, it was reported that Best Friends lost Bonita, one of Vick's dogs, during a routine anesthesia procedure. This week, Best Friends reports that another Vick dog nearly died. Denzel had ingested a toy, which required surgery to remove. The dog then apparently suffered from a post-operative infection. We find it interesting that Dr. Patti states that pit bulls are "different from other dogs" and that they "don't show pain" the way othe… [Read full blog post]