In the 15-year period of 2005 through 2019, canines killed 521 Americans. Pit bulls contributed to 66% (346) of these deaths. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths. | More »
30-Year Anniversary Video
Village of Tijeras, NM - On March 19, 1984, Angela Hands, 9-years old, was critically injured by four pit bulls belonging to a relative while walking home from school. Two younger pit bulls running loose initiated the attack. The two parent pit bulls then climbed a 6-foot high fenced enclosure and joined the destructive, sustained attack. After receiving extensive reconstructive surgeries, doctors estimated that Angela would continue to unde… [Read full blog post]
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Toledo, OH - In a powerful four-part videotaped interview by WTOL, former Lucas County Dog Warden and expert witness Tom Skeldon opens up for the first time about the "Yellow" Toledo Blade, whose painfully biased reporting all but forced his resignation last November; the recent municipal court ruling that halted enforcement of Toledo and Ohio state pit bull laws in the City of Toledo1 and the r… [Read full blog post]
From left: Tom Skeldon and chart depicting dramatic drop in euthanasia.
Interview with Dog Warden
Toledo, OH - On Friday November 20th, the "Yellow" Blade1 reported that Lucas County Dog Warden Tom Skeldon submitted his resignation (view letter), effective January 31, after 22 years of service. According to Pete Gerken, president of the board of Lucas County commissioners, Skeldon will take advantage of accrued vacation time and make December 31 his last day in office. S… [Read full blog post]
Victims Advocate of the Year
Mother and Community Activist
There is hardly a person in 2008 that touched and inspired more citizens within a community, a state and perhaps across the U.S. than Wendy Blevins. On June 25th, Wendy pulled an attacking pit bull off of her 15-month old daughter, Charlotte Blevins. Part of Charlotte's scalp was ripped off in the attack. In the months following the incident, Wendy, bravely led an effort to pass a fair and… [Read full blog post]