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]
Letter Released During Canine Victims Awareness Week
Open Letter to HuffPost
East Troy, WI - Today a national ad hoc coalition, Awareness for Victims of Canine Attack (AVOCA), releases an open letter to Arianna Huffington, the chair, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, which includes The Huffington Post. The letter urges Ms. Huffington to reconsider her publication's stance on the promotion of pit bulls as family pets and comes in response… [Read full blog post]
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]
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]
Calls Out Failure to Protect the Public
Ipswich, MA - Last summer, Massachusetts legislators passed S.2192 that overhauled the state's animal control laws. As has been done before in legislative "overhauls," lobbying groups inserted a statewide anti-BSL clause mainly unnoticed. Passage of the bill immediately removed pit bull laws in Boston and other cities. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Councilman Rob Consalvo were outraged and submitted new legislation to return… [Read full blog post]
Where Does One Start?
DogsBite.org – Over the past several years, many persons have written to us and asked, "How do I pass a pit bull ordinance in my town?" As one might expect, there is no simple answer to this question and perhaps a better question is, "How do I pass any ordinance in my town?" This website collects dog bite data, dog bite trends and laws designed to regulate dangerous dogs. The grassroots effort required to pass a local ordinance is a separate sphere.
While res… [Read full blog post]
UPDATE 02/11/11: On February 11, the Associated Press published a new article about the AP-Petside.com poll written by Sue Manning. This article did include the founder of DogsBite.org along with a spokesperson from the HSUS. It is unknown if Thomas Mair's letter played a role in its publication or if parts were revised prior to its release and after receiving his letter. The latest piece still utilizes Maul Talk, but is far more balanced than the first.
Journalistic Integr… [Read full blog post]
The Buck Stops Where the Biting Incident Occurred
Burien, WA - On July 24, Jeanette Cunningham was attacked by a pit bull on a public street in the City of Burien. She suffered permanent disfiguring injuries.1 In September, Burien banned the dog from their city limits. Like many U.S. municipalities, Burien will not euthanize a dog deemed "dangerous" if the animal can be relocated. In response to the city's actions, Jeanette's husband crafted a letter and poster that was publ… [Read full blog post]