Ann Marie Rogers: Animal Welfare Advocate, Animal Control Officer, Public Safety Advocate - Perspectives of Advocates

Ann Marie Rogers of Responsible Citizens for Public Safety shares her background in animal welfare, animal control and public safety advocacy in our series: Perspectives of Advocates. My Background As I have always had a passion for animals, particularly dogs, I volunteered at a local humane society as a teenager and later worked at the Michigan Humane Society in various capacities -- adoption counselor, wildlife specialist, animal behaviorist, evaluator and veterin… [Read full blog post]

Dog Bites Increase 35% in Austin After the Adoption of 'No-Kill' Policy

2007-2011 Dog Bite Data Austin, TX - DogsBite.org recently reviewed 5-years of dog bite data gained from the City of Austin under the Freedom of Information Act. The data shows that dog bites have increased substantially since the city adopted a No-Kill policy in 2010. Between 2009 and 2011, dog bites increased 35%. The primary offenders of all bites were pit bulls and their mixes, responsible for 22% (1,288) followed by Labradors and their mixes, which inflicted 12% (682) d… [Read full blog post]

2012 Dog Bite Fatality: Newborn Dies After Severe Dog Bites in McKeesport

From left: Nikko, the recently adopted husky, and a makeshift memorial. Baby Killer Gets Reprieve UPDATE 03/08/12: In a not so unsurprising update, the husky named Nikko that mauled a 2-day old baby to death has been granted a temporary reprieve by Judge Borkowski. The dog will remain in custody in its current holding facility and be evaluated again after a magical 21-day period. Prior to killing the newborn, the dog killed the family cat and jumped a fence (or out of a window, d… [Read full blog post]

Fort Worth Pit Bull Owner, Steven Woods, Pegged as Fraudulent

From left: Steven Woods, his pit bull (in pink) and former attorney Randy Turner. Dogs Euthanized UPDATE 08/11/11: Pit bull owner Steven Woods recently made the local news again after his two dogs got loose and attacked a man walking with his pregnant wife and young son. Luckily, victim Gary Latimer had a defense weapon handy. When the male pit bull, King, locked onto his arm, he stabbed the dog repeatedly. The other pit bull, Mimi, who was the focal point of the Steven Woods scan… [Read full blog post]