Van Buren County man hospitalized after reported dog attack

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WAVERLY TWP, Mich. — Van Buren County deputies say two aggressive dogs attacked a man Thursday afternoon, forcing them to put one of them down.

Officials with animal control said  two large, aggressive Pit Bull/Bull Mastiff mixed breed dogs were loose from their kennels in the 39000 block of M-43. A 25-year-old man from Paw Paw tried to break them up but was attacked in the process.

When deputies arrived around 2:30 p.m., they found the man lying in the backyard and bleeding. As they were pulling him out to safety, they learned that a woman, 48, and her four-year-old grandchild were barricaded inside a nearby pole barn, trapped because the two dogs were outside the only exit.

After encountering the dogs, deputies say they were forced to shoot and kill one of them. Both people inside the barn were not hurt

The man suffered several bite wounds and a possible fractured arm. He taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Deputies say the location of this incident is a licensed kennel and breeder.

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  • Debbie Bell

    We need laws to make dog owners care enough to prevent attacks.

    Owners/caregivers of dogs that inflict severe injuries on dogs, farm animals, or humans, or cats on the cat owner’s property, should be charged with animal neglect and cruelty.

    Found guilty, ban them from all dog ownership or handling for life.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Council Bluffs, Iowa.

    Pit bulls are not only problematic in large cities; they threaten mid-sized cities and small towns as well. Located in the heartland, Council Bluffs, Iowa has about 60,000 citizens.

    After a series of devastating attacks, beginning in 2003, Council Bluffs joined over 600 U.S. cities and began regulating pit bulls.

    The results of the Council Bluffs pit bull ban, which began January 1, 2005, show the positive effects such legislation can have on public safety in just a few years time:1

    Council Bluffs: Pit Bull Bite Statistics.

    Year Pit Bull Bites % of All Bites.

    2004 29 23%.

    2005 12 10% (year ban enacted).

    2006 6 4%.

    2007 2 2%.

    2008 0 0%.

    2009 0 0%.

    2010 1 1%.

    2011 0 0%.
    Ottumwa, Iowa
    Population 24,998

    In July 2010, Police Chief Jim Clark said there had been no recorded pit bull attacks since the city’s 2003 pit bull ban. Between 1989 and 2003, the city had a pit bull ordinance, but still allowed pit bulls as “guard” dogs.
    “Police Chief Jim Clark says since the ban, there have been no recorded attacks by the animals.

    “We haven’t had any attacks since then for one thing because it is illegal,” said Clark. “Most people are keeping their dogs inside their house or inside their basement and not letting them out loose so therefore they’re not around other people to attack them.”

    “In the two-and-a-half years before the 2003 ban, Ottumwa police recorded 18 pit bull attacks, including the death of 21-month-old Charlee Shepherd in August 2002. There were at least three other attacks on children during this time.”
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    Population 189,515

    When the City of Indianapolis was discussing a pit bull sterilization law in April 2009, Little Rock Animal Services Director Tracy Roark spoke about Little Rock’s successful 2008 pit bull ordinance:

    “There was a day when you could walk down any street in center city Little Rock, you could see several pit bulls chained up. You don’t see that anymore,” said Tracy Roark with Little Rock Animal Services.

    Roark told Eyewitness News over the phone that pit bull attacks have been cut in half and credits their new law with getting them there.
    “This is the most abused dog in the city,” said Roark.

    The Little Rock law passed last year and requires pit bulls to be sterilized, registered and microchipped. Also dogs – regardless of the breed – are also not allowed to be chained up outside.”
    Fort Lupton, Colorado
    Population 6,787
    When the City of Fort Collins was mulling a pit bull law in March 2009, Fort Lupton’s Police Chief spoke about Fort Lupton’s successful 2003 pit bull ban, including zero pit bull biting incidents since the law’s adoption:

    “Fort Lupton Police Chief Ron Grannis said the city hasn’t had a pit bull bite since the ban was enacted, but it still has the occasional pit bull that is picked up and taken away.

    Although he said the ban has not been well-received by every resident, he thinks it was the right decision for the city.

    “I believe it makes the community safer,” he said. “That’s my personal opinion. Pit bulls are not the kind of dogs most people should have. They are too unpredictable. … These dogs have been bred for thousands of years to be fighters.

    You can’t take it out of them. A lion cub may be friendly for a while, but one day it can take your head off.”

    • Stan Cochrane

      There is no uniform dog bite reporting procedure, nor is there a national agency charged with collecting such data. Dog bite data is collected and reported haphazardly. Animal control departments, hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and state health agencies may all collect different types of data, or none at all.

      First, not all dog attacks are covered by the media, and it is unclear what criteria is being used by the news media to decide whether or not to report a particular attack. If all dog bites were reported, approximately 915 dog bites would be featured in the news every day. To date, no one is tracking all of these dog bites.

      And second, the news media frequently misidentifies breeds and types of dogs. Breed identification is next to impossible, especially in the case of mixed breed dogs (the majority of dogs in the U.S.). It often consists of a wild guess based on appearance, not DNA testing or any truly scientific method of identification. Journalists may record a dog’s breed based on statements from a victim, a neighbor, an animal control officer, a police officer, or a dog owner—none of whom may be experienced with breed identification. Journalists may also make a wild guess based on their own visual assessment of the dog. News media also tends to identify dogs as “pit bulls” even when they are not pit bulls. Corrections, if they are made, are usually obscure. Thus, breed-specific data from studies that rely on media sources to identify breeds must be considered non-scientific and unreliable.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    My Legislation Proposal to be enacted by all states,
    cities and counties in the US & Canada.

    All Pit Bull Type Dogs must be Banned:
    Including pit bulls (American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, and their glorified Pit Bull Mixes such as the American Bulldog, Bull mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, presa canarios, Japanese Tosa, cane corsos, Bandog, Boerboel, Rhodesian Ridgeback, & Catahoula Bulldog and their mixes and any dog generally recognized as a pit bull or pit bull terrier and includes a dog of mixed breed with predominant pit bull or pit bull terrier characteristics)

    As well the following should be labeled as Dangerous dogs after single bite incident: rottweilers, chow chows, Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, they as well as all Grandfathered Pit Bull Type Dogs must be:

    * Licensed

    * Micro-chipped with any bite history in database for reference.

    * Insured: All dogs must be covered by mandatory liability insurance of $100,000 min. generic and $500,000 after a skin breaking bite with insurance companies based on actuarial statistic’s determining said rate.

    * All Dogs Spayed/neutered (except for limited approved show dog breeders)

    * All breeds involved in any bite incident and Grandfathered Pit Bull Type Dogs must be kenneled in a locked five-sided enclosure with concrete bottom.

    For all other dog owners language can be written that enclosure such as fences must be capable of containing your dog period, such generic language puts the onus on the owner, have the fines be so onerous that said owner will ensure this they make this so.

    1,000 the first time, double the second time and permanent confiscation the third time with a ban on said person from owning any dog within city limits, this will create an effective outcome directly or indirectly.

    * All dogs must be on leashes outside of home enclosure

    * All Grandfathered Pit Bull Type Dogs must also be muzzled outside of home enclosure

    * No transport of declared dangerous dogs for the purpose of re-homing. (Dangerous dogs must be dealt with where their history is known.)

    * All of the rules listed above also apply to rescues: rescued dogs must be licensed and subject to inspection.

    $1,000 fine for noncompliance

    Elimination of the one-bite rule in all of the 50 U.S. states
    Manslaughter charges for owner of dog that kills a human
    Felony charge for owner of dog that mauls human, dog, or other domestic animal.

    • Stan Cochrane

      BSL is not an effective method of creating a safe community; in fact BSL has never been proven to reduce dog bites.This misguided approach places blame on the breed of dog, rather than on the behavior of the owner.
      Breed regulation promotes a false sense of security and animal cruelty, not community safety. It is good for neither people nor pets. None of the experts advocate regulating dogs on the basis of breed.This includes the American Bar Association (ABA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and the National Animal Control Association (NACA, the national association of animal control professionals nationwide).
      • There is no scientific evidence that one kind of a dog is more likely to bite or injure a human being than another kind of a dog.
      • Regulating dogs on the basis of breed or physical description does not reduce dog bites. A recent evidence-based analysis published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association offers one perspective on why this has been the case.
      • Visually identifying which dogs are subject to breed discriminatory legislation can be difficult. In fact, scientific studies show that attempts to visually identify breed in dogs of unknown origin is usually inaccurate. If this is the case, we can also expect no reliability on reports that attempt to correlate a dog bite incident with a breed descriptor of the dog.
      • Regulating dogs on the basis of breed results in fiscal waste.
      • The model that promotes the safety of both humans and animals is a responsible pet ownership model.
      BSL is a waste of precious public resources. An example of this can be seen in Topeka, KS, which in 2010 repealed their BSL after Animal Control was running $27,000 over budget annually from housing dogs that had, as stated by Assistant city attorney Kyle Smith,“not… exhibited vicious behavior” but instead were just “in violation of our breed- specific ordinances.”
      Breed specific legislation will result in fiscal waste, regulatory confusion, and political opposition, without increasing the safety of residents. Communities are best served by enacting breed-neutral dangerous dog laws that will hold all dog owners equally accountable for their actions.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Record 32 fatal pit bull attacks & 459 disfigurements in 2015.

    Fatal and disfiguring pit bull attacks are up 830% since 2007, when the Humane Society of the U.S., Best Friends Animal Society, and American SPCA ramped up pit bull advocacy after the arrest of football player Michael Vick on dogfighting charges for which he was eventually convicted.

    Jihadists, or Islamicist extremists, by one commonly cited reckoning, killed 48 people in the U.S. and Canada during 2015. Far right extremists killed 47 people.

    Jihadists and far-right terrorists have each injured about 260 people in the U.S. per year, on average, over the past decade.

    Record numbers of deaths
    A record 39 people were killed by dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada during 2015, including an also-record 33 people killed by pit bulls, one more than the previous record of 32, reached in 2012.

    Dogs committed 614 fatal or disfiguring attacks in the U.S. and Canada during 2015, more than Jihadists and far-right terrorists combined.

    Record disfigurements too
    Pit bulls alone disfigured 459 people––five more than ever before.

    Among the 648 total human victims of pit bull attacks in which at least one person was killed or disfigured were at least 209 children and 354 adults.

    The number of known child victims in 2015 declined from the 2014 record of 266, and from the previous record of 214, reached in 2013, apparently because word is getting out that allowing children to be around pit bulls is potentially deadly, but the 209 child victims in 2015 would have been a record in any earlier year.

    The 354 adult pit bull victims in 2015 was 73 above the previous record. 2015 was the eighth consecutive year that the number of adult pit bull victims increased.

    The 1945 fatal pit bull attack on Doretta Zinke of Miami shared top headline space with World War II.

    2015 deaths were triple the toll 1930-1960
    The dog attack death toll in 2015 alone was triple the U.S. toll for the entire 30 years 1930-1960, during which time almost all dogs ran free and under 1% were sterilized in any manner.
    But pit bulls accounted for “only” 60% of the fatalities between 1930 and 1960, compared to 73% in 2015.

    Retrospective data collection has established that pit bulls have accounted for half or more of all fatal dog attacks in every 10-year time frame since 1844, while making up less than 1% of the U.S. dog population for most of that time, and less than 6% now.

    Even before 2007 the frequency of fatal and disfiguring pit bull attacks had risen explosively for 25 years.

    Explosive rise
    In the entire decade from 1982 to 1992, 104 pit bulls attacked 44 children and 60 adults, killing 18 of the victims, disfiguring 36. Fifty victims escaped without fatal or disfiguring injuries in attacks in which others were killed or disfigured.

    Most of those totals were exceeded in 2002 alone, and in almost every year since. 2011 was the last year with fewer than 30 pit bull attack fatalities; 2008 the last year with fewer than 20.

    Agencies squelch breed info

    The pit bull contribution to total deaths and disfigurements in recent years might be much higher, except that under pressure from pit bull advocates many animal control agencies and humane societies, and even some news media, have begun withholding breed-specific information about attacks.

    From 1982 through 2013, only 45 documented fatal or disfiguring attacks were by dogs of unidentified breed, but in 2014 alone, 36 fatal or disfiguring attacks were attributed to dogs of unidentified breed.

    In 2015 the number of fatal or disfiguring attacks by dogs of allegedly “unidentified” breed more than doubled to 78––even though in most instances the dogs were impounded by law enforcement.

    49 attacks by shelter dogs
    Forty-nine fatal or disfiguring attacks in 2015, or about one in 7.5, were by dogs who had been rehomed by animal shelters, among them 39 pit bulls.
    No other breed type was involved in more than two attacks by shelter dogs.

    ANIMALS 24-7 is still tabulating and evaluating the 2015 data on dog attacks against other animals.
    Pit bulls in recent years have accounted for more than 95% of all dog attacks in which other pets and/or livestock were killed, resulting in upward of 50,000 animal fatalities per year.

    • Stan Cochrane

      National Animal Control Association (NACA)
      “Dangerous and/or vicious animals should be labeled as such as a result of their actions or behavior and not because of their breed.Any animal may exhibit aggressive behavior regard-less of breed.Accurately identifying a specific animal’s lineage for prosecution purposes may be extremely difficult.Additionally, breed specific legislation may create an undue burden to owners who otherwise have demonstrated proper pet management and responsibility.Agencies should encourage enactment and stringent enforcement of dangerous/vicious dog laws. When applicable, agencies should not hesitate to prosecute owners for murder, manslaughter, or similar violations resulting from their animal’s actions, and their owner lack of responsibility. Laws should clearly define “dangerous” or “vicious”, and provide for established penalties. Penalties may include fines, imprisonment, and/or the relinquishing of total privileges to pet ownership. If a dangerous/vicious animal is allowed to be kept, laws should specify methods of secure confinement and control. A dangerous/vicious animal when kept outside should be confined in an escape-proof enclosure which is locked and secured on all six sides. Signs should be posted at property entrances and be visible from the nearest sidewalk or street.The licensing record could include a notation which will immediately identify an animal which has been deemed dangerous or vicious.”

      “The American Kennel Club supports reasonable, enforceable, non-discriminatory laws to govern the ownership of dogs.The AKC believes that dog owners should be responsible for their dogs. We support laws that: establish a fair process by which specific dogs are identified as “dangerous” based on stated, measurable actions; impose appropriate penalties on irresponsible owners; and establish a well-defined method for dealing with dogs proven to be dangerous.We believe that, if necessary, dogs proven to be “dangerous” may need to be humanely destroyed.The AKC strongly opposes any legislation that determines a dog to be “dangerous” based on specific breeds or phenotypic classes of dogs.

      Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
      “The HSUS opposes legislation aimed at eradicating or strictly regulating dogs based solely on their breed for a number of reasons. Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is a common first approach that many communities take.Thankfully, once research is conducted most community leaders correctly realize that BSL won’t solve the problems they face with dangerous dogs. If the goal is to offer communities better protection from dogs who are dangerous, then thoughtful legislation that addresses responsible dog keeping is in order. Legislation aimed at punishing the owner of the dog rather than punishing the dog is far more effective in reducing the number of dog bites and attacks. Well enforced, non-breed-specific laws offer an effective and fair solution to the problem of dangerous dogs in all communities. Comprehensive “dog bite” legislation, coupled with better consumer education and forced responsible pet keeping efforts, would do far more to protect communities than banning a specific breed. The HSUS encourages you to read the Community Approach to Dog Bite Prevention by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The HSUS is committed to keeping dogs and people safe and is available and willing to offer advice, educational materials and model legislation to communities interested in decreasing the incidence of dog bites and aggression.
      Every mainstream national organization that is involved in canine/human interactions is opposed to laws targeting specific breeds of dogs. An at-least partial list of these organizations include:
      American Dog Owners Association
      American Humane
      American Kennel Club (AKC)
      American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
      American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
      American Working Dog Federation
      Association of Pet Dog Trainers
      Best Friends
      Center for Disease Control
      Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
      International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
      International Association of Canine Professionals
      National Animal Control Association
      National Animal Interest Alliance
      National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors
      National Canine Research Council
      No Kill Advocacy Center
      These groups represent the best of the best in the United States for Dog Trainers, Rescues, Shelters, Animal Behaviorists, Government entities,veterinarians, and even Animal Control Officers. All of them oppose breed specific legislation. All of them, in large part, because they have experience working with the actual dogs, and read the science, and realize the aggession is not a breed-specific issue -and the reality is that most dogs, regardless of breed, do not show aggressive behavior — and yet, some dogs, of each breed, have.
      All recommend dog ordinances that focus on the the behaviors of the actual dogs, and not on its body type.
      And not listening to the professional organizations, and instead, listening to an “organization” that has no expertise, can lead to bad results. Again, their focus is not in the best interests of public safety…it’s about getting revenge.

    • Stan Cochrane

      Your source “Animals -24-7” is an anti-pit bul website operated my a fraud named Merrit Clifton. The most influential advocate for the eradication of pit bulls is an academic fraud. Merritt Clifton is prominent not simply because he has been making noise for decades, but because he uniquely claims to be a rigorous statistician: a scholarly expert. People who hate pit bulls lean on this man’s putative expertise. And he’s a charlatan. The biggest problems are often found in one or more of three areas: collection, presentation, and interpretation. Collection is the big one when amateurs, especially those with an axe to grind or a position they’ve staked out in advance, are involved. To be believable, the dataset has to be available in its entirety for examination and the collection methodology had to be described in full. In essence, one must be able to replicate and reach the same conclusion. Note that Clifton is no ordinary impostor. He is pretending here to be academically qualified in the realm of epidemiology: a medical field. Reputable analyses of dog-bite statistics are published by specialized doctors — epidemiologists — in peer-reviewed scientific publications. Merritt Clifton is worse than your average academic fraud: he is a medical fraud. A distressing number of people have sided with the charlatan. Merritt Clifton’s quackery is the research underlying breed specific legislation across North America. Pit bulls are being banned, confiscated and killed based on numbers that have no demonstrable foundation in reality.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Over 1000 years ago The Invading Roman Legions of the English Islands brought with them the Roman Alaunt war dogs which they then mixed with the English Mastiff, the outcome of this careful breeding process of the two dog types was the Ol English Bulldogge.

    The Ol English Bulldogge was Breed to kill Bears, Bulls & Large draft horses in the pit and then later each other in dog fights after it was crossed with the Terrier to create the Pit Bull Terrier, they are what they do, Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure, Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit.

    Any dog type that has the pit bull terrier genetic precursor genetics from the Ol English Bulldogge & Roman Alaunt war dog is a Pit Bull Type Dog with the same genetics and outcome and danger.

    The American Bulldog is a mix of this original Ol English Bulldogge with a mastiff type and can also be classified within this group; the two breeds share a common gene pool and are close cousins. The breed standard for the American bulldog, Scott-type, was developed by crossing early Johnson lines with the American pit bull terrier.

    In Effect it is a Pit Bull Mix with the same genetics and threat to public safety that is the case in the American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers.

    This is what an American Bull dog is, in effect a pit bull type dog, 6 of one half a dozen of another, same difference same outcome:

    Progressive pit bull legislation includes the American bulldog in its definition of a pit bull.

    The term Pit bull type dog refers to many variants with the same mutated genetic truth and reality and outcome.

    They include the American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, and their glorified Pit Bull Mixes such as :

    the American Bulldog, Bull mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, presa canarios, Japanese Tosa, cane corsos, Bandog, Boerboel, Rhodesian Ridgeback, & Catahoula Bulldog and their mixes.!

    • Stan Cochrane

      The “Pit Bull” isn’t an actual breed at all, but a slang term that current american culture uses to describe any dog that has a big head, cropped ears, brindle coat or eye patch usually a large/stocky dog. The true breeds most commonly labeled as Pit Bulls are: American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Unfortunately the Pit Bull has become popular with the gang-subculture who have exploited this breed by forcing them into dog fighting rings, and breeding and training them to be aggressive. Today, many people automatically associate the Pit Bull with crime, gangs, and poverty when, in fact, most Pit Bulls are owned by your average upstanding citizens. With the explosion of Pit Bull breeders, thousands of Pit Bulls are ending up in shelters across the country, topping the list of the most euthanized pet. The fact is, millions of Pit Bulls are living peacefully in homes throughout the country.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Pit bulls killed 24,000 other dogs & 13,000 cats in 2015

    The approximately 3.5 million pit bulls in the U.S. appear to have killed more than 24,000 other dogs in 2015, up from about 15,500 each in 2013 and 2014; nearly 13,000 cats; perhaps 9,000 hooved animals; and between 30,000 and 45,000 small mammals and poultry.


    The numbers of pit bull victims, totaling 76,000 to 91,000, are approximate, projected from media reports.

    The numbers for 2015 include the presumption that a verifiable steep increase in pit bull attacks on dogs and cats was mirrored in violence toward other species, though attacks on other species appear to have been under-reported even more than attacks on dogs and cats, which are themselves reported only a fraction as often as they occur.

    What isn’t reported

    First, people tend not to report attacks by their own dogs on other animals belonging to their own households.

    Second, people also tend not to report attacks by other people’s dogs on animals whose cost of replacement with a similar animal would be less than the deductible on a typical homeowner’s insurance policy.

    For each dog attack on another animal that meets the usual criteria for reportage, there is probably at least one in each category that would usually not be reported by the owners of the victim animals.

    This means that the number of reported attacks probably can be safely multiplied by at least three, independent of all factors involving media criteria for newsworthiness.

    Police shooting dogs

    Perhaps the best way to estimate under-reporting due to attacks failing to media criteria for reportage on any given day is to compare the numbers of cases in which dogs have been shot by police, according to public records, with the numbers of dog shootings by police which have received media coverage.

    In communities of fewer than 10,000 people, served by news media covering only those communities, almost every dog shooting by police is mentioned.

    In communities of more than a million people, however, only 2.5% to 3.4% of the dog shootings listed in police department annual reports have received media coverage, as discussed in greater detail in the ANIMALS 24-7 summaries of the 2013 and 2014 data pertaining to dog attacks on animals.

    Pits kill more than one dog per community

    The most consistent number from year to year has been that 93% of the reported dog attacks on other animals in 2013 were by pit bulls; 82% in 2014; and 88% in 2015.

    Cumulatively, pit bulls have since 2013 accounted for 87% of the reported dog attacks on other animals, including 96% of the fatal attacks on other dogs.

    Of note is that 2015 appears to have been the first year when the number of fatal pit bull attacks on other dogs exceeded the number of cities and towns in the U.S.: 24,000 attacks vs. 19,354 incorporated communities.

    • Stan Cochrane

      Where are you getting all of your garbage? You are posting figures with no documented sources to back them up. Your opinions are not facts.

      American Veterinary Medical Association
      Pit Bull Types
      Owners of pit bull-type dogs deal with a strong breed stigma, however controlled studies have not identified this breed group as disproportionately dangerous. The pit bull type is particularly ambiguous as a “breed” encompassing a range of pedigree breeds, informal types and appearances that cannot be reliably identified. Visual determination of dog breed is known to not always be reliable. And witnesses may be predisposed to assume that a vicious dog is of this type.
      It should also be considered that the incidence of pit bull-type dogs’ involvement in severe and fatal attacks may represent high prevalence in neighborhoods that present high risk to the young children who are the most common victim of severe or fatal attacks. And as owners of stigmatized breeds are more likely to have involvement in crim- inal and/or violent acts37—breed correlations may have the owner’s behavior as the underlying causal factor.
      Breed Bans
      While some study authors suggest limiting ownership of specific breeds might reduce injuries (e.g., pit bull type, German Shepherd Dog) it has not been demonstrated that breed-specific bans affect the rate or severity of bite injuries occurring in the community. Factors that are reliably associated with serious dog bite injury (requiring hospital treatment) in the United States are the victim being a young child and the dog being familiar (belonging to the family, a family friend or neighbor). Strategies known to result in decreased bite incidents include active enforcement of dog control ordinances (ticketing).
      Maulings by dogs can cause terrible injuries and death—and it is natural for those dealing with the victims to seek to address the immediate causes. Serious bites occur due to a range of factors in which a dog’s size and tem- perament are known to be the risk factors. Also important are dog management factors such as neutering and teth- ering, and child care factors such as supervision around animals.

      Given that pit bull-type dogs are not implicated in controlled studies, and the potential role of prevalence and man- agement factors, it is difficult to support the targeting of this breed as a basis for dog bite prevention.

      If breeds are to be targeted a cluster of large breeds would be implicated including the German shepherd and shepherd crosses and other breeds that vary by location.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    First, second and third we want, need and should demand public safety and personal security.

    Anything that stands in the way of this must be removed, not changed, not modified, not altered but Removed completely.

    To argue in effect for breed neutral legislation that is not preemptive but reactive and dependent on responsible ownership is an oxymoron that has no purpose nor use and will not stand.

    Yes Pit bull ownership going underground due to BSL would be a good thing, through this fact one would rarely encounter the owner or mutant undog and the likelihood of attack from them both would be drastically reduced into obscurity, what can’t access you can’t hurt you.

    Having them hidden in far far smaller numbers in some basement or attic is far preferable to having the current numbers allowed to be owned where the safety of said community would be wholly dependent on the responsibility of pit bull owners when such ownership does not nor has it existed in the last 30+ years.

    To think that if we merely ask and say pretty please and try to inform the pit bull owner of what his responsibilities should be that he will then undertake them is foolish, naive, and dangerous.

    Their numbers will not decline, the pit bull owners will not become responsible and an ever worsening status quo will be the outcome of such viewpoints.

    Most pit bull owners are fully aware of what they own, their history and capability, they just don’t care nor will they.

    This battle is not about semantics, it is about truth, facts and life and death, these are what need to be imparted to the general public so that they understand the reality of what the pit bull type dog is so they can react accordingly, this must be phrased in a stark black and white contrast.

    Playing word games & using PR obfuscation merely distracts the public from the real core safety issue involved, in the immortal words of Joe Friday they need the facts, just the real facts mame.

    The pit nutters minds can’t be changed by facts or anything because they are not rational sentient beings, they are culls and a lost cause.

    But facts will change and direct the silent majority to the reality of the situation and then they will do the rest for us all.

    You can NOT be a responsible Lion owner in a residential suburban context, nor a responsible owner of a tiger, cougar, cobra or wolverine, to try to sell the concept that one can be a responsible pit bull type dog owner is as irrational as any of those options would be in regards to the vast % of pit bull type dogs and there owners.

    Pit bull owners don’t care about your right of freedom to be safe, they don’t care about their obligation to be responsible and don’t recognize the existence of said concept.

    They will never agree to any restriction placed upon them, even a leash law, S/N law or that they undergo a basic training course with their undogs are an anathema to them, how are you going to get them to agree to really serious restrictions like insurance, muzzleing, kenneling, short lease, getting their undogs fixed and chipped, registered with photos, if you believe any of that is possible you are living in a dream world that is a fantasy that will be the death of us all.

    When it comes to pit bull type dog owners you are talking about narcissistic sociopaths who don’t care who don’t feel, to whom you, yours and anyone is expendable whose lives have no purpose nor meaning to pit nutters.

    To think that one can get them to change and accept responsibility and restrictions on their undogs for our betterment is foolish and delusional.

    They don’t even care about their own dogs and consider them disposable, so to think they will agree to these restrictions for their undogs sake is misguided at best.

    Pit bull owners have lost their minds and never had their hearts, the only thing that will work is hard core enforcement of severe BSL unless you want the status quo expounded many times over in blood facts on the pavement.

    BSL is the only solution, any breed neutral abstract application of psychology would be doomed to failure.!!!!

    • Stan Cochrane

      Studies have shown that when it comes to dog bites and attacks media reports on them differently. Within a one month time frame, three dog attacks were looked at regarding their media coverage. A Labrador Retriever and a mix breed attack were each reported in one article in the local paper where the incident occurred; a fatal attack on a child by a mix breed was reported on by the media twice in the local paper; and a non-fatal pit bull attack on an owner was reported in over 230 articles, including major television networks (Denver Post). With the media hype surrounding pit bulls there leaves very little room for society to judge this breed fairly and without stereotyping..

      Many media reports regarding injuries and fatalities caused by pit bulls will produce stories regarding attacks that were unprovoked and came out of nowhere. Any breeder will agree that a pit bull does not have a natural instinct to kill or harm a human; they become aggressive and may attack when the owner forsakes their own responsibilities to the dog. All dogs, especially the pit bull breed, need a ‘pack structure’ and without that structure, the rank issue becomes important and danger can arise from the dog. According to Leerburg Kennel, a pit bull that has unprovoked attacks is a result of irresponsible owners. A dangerous pit bull does not have a guardian/owner that has established the pack structure or a guardian has not trained their dog or they do not have control over the area or environment in which their dog has access to;, or they do not socialize their dog.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    The All dogs are in danger by BSL is a red herring designed by pit bull type dog advocacy to deflect and obfuscate the focus from where it belongs, all dogs that are pit bull type dogs with pit bull Genetic lineage with a direction connection genetically to the Ol English Bulldoggee Butcher dog & Roman Alaunt war dogs are in need of extinction and are not fit to interact with the human race safely.

    We are talking about maybe 15 Pit Bull Type Dogs out of over 400 breeds of dogs in existence, hardly a threat to all dogs and in realty it is the 3 main breeds with the rest mixes of them or not so distant cousins of them merely known by another name elsewhere in the world.

    All other Dogs even other molossor dogs have no genetic connection to the Ol English Bulldoggee Butcher dog and are moot to this conversation and in no need of BSL.

    If you focus on only the 3 most popular pit bull type dogs you risk them hiding their pit bulls behind the name of another allowed pit bull type dog or simply switching to it, no different from switching from a white pit bull to a brown one.

    The answer is that you ban all pit bull type dogs which are: American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, American Bulldog, Bull mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, presa canarios, Japanese Tosa, cane corsos, Bandogs, rhodesian ridgebacks and their mixes and any dog generally recognized as a pit bull or pit bull terrier and includes a dog of mixed breed with predominant pit bull or pit bull terrier characteristics.

    It is all or none, otherwise the protected pit bulls will just keep on mauling, as well it will give an opportunity to allow pit nutters to call their APBT this other protected type of pit bull to avoid any BSL or simply get a Dogo Argentino for an example which would be even worse then a APBT in similar numbers.

    It is exactly like saying only tan APBT’s are dangerous and that all Black & all White ones are safe, same outcome too i might add a hopeless failure of BSL in that context with no change in the number of attacks that Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure, Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit.

    No Kill Nutters and Pit Bull Nutters walk hand in hand off of the same cliff of insanity hand in glove, functionally speaking more often then not they are one and the same.!!

    • Stan Cochrane

      The Facts
      According to the American Veterinary Medicine Association, “controlled studies have not identified this breed group as disproportionately dangerous.” The American Temperance Testing Society (ATTS) puts thousands of dogs – purebreds and spayed and neutered mixed-breeds – through their paces each year. The dogs are tested for skittishness, aggression and their ability to differentiate between threatening and non-threatening humans. Among all of the breeds ATTS tested – over 30,000 dogs through May 2011 — 83 percent passed the test. How did pit bulls do? They showed an above average temperament, with 86 percent making the grade. Pit bulls are the second most tolerant breed tested by ATTS, after only golden retreivers.

      Pit bulls do not have special “locking jaws” – that’s pure mythology. They don’t demonstrate some sort of special shaking action when they bite – all dogs display similar biting behavior. Pit bulls do not exert an unusual amount of bite-force for their size. Multiple studies have found that bite force correlates to body-weight, and tests of three breeds conducted by National Geographic found that the American pit bull terrier exerted less bite-force than German shepherds or Rottweilers.

      While they have been a favorite of dog-fighters for a century, pit bulls weren’t originally bred for fighting. According to the United Kennel Club, sometime in the 19th century European breeders began crossing various terriers with bulldogs in search of a breed that had the former’s enthusiasm and the latter’s stamina and strength. The pit bull breeds that resulted were then imported and embraced “as catch dogs for semi-wild cattle and hogs, to hunt, to drive livestock, and as family companions.” (UKC also notes that pitbulls “have always been noted for their love of children,” but aren’t “the best choice for a guard dog since they are extremely friendly, even with strangers.”)

      Pit bulls are among dozens of strong, muscular breeds of canine. All are capable of doing damage to humans if they’re not properly socialized and supervised. Most dogs do not, even when they’ve been neglected or abused. None are inherently monstrous – they are all just dogs. And we know what makes dogs of any breed more likely to be aggressive.

      Karen Delise, research director for the National Canine Research Council and author of “The Pitbull Placebo,” has investigated hundreds of serious dog bite incidents in depth. As she explains:

      My study of dog bite-related fatalities occurring over the past five decades has identified the poor ownership/management practices involved in the overwhelming majority of these incidents: owners obtaining dogs, and maintaining them as resident dogs outside of regular, positive human interaction, often for negative functions (i.e. guarding/protection, fighting, intimidation/status); owners failing to humanely contain, control and maintain their dogs (chained dogs, loose roaming dogs, cases of abuse/neglect); owners failing to knowledgably supervise interaction between children and dogs; and owners failing to spay or neuter dogs not used for competition, show, or in a responsible breeding program.

      There are a tiny number of attacks that simply can’t be explained. Occasionally, a well-raised, beloved pet without a history of behavioral issues will hurt a human – dogs are animals, after all – but these incidents are incredibly rare.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    The difference between normal dogs and Pit Bull Type Dogs is that those non pit bull type dogs regardless of their size do not have an inherent genetic predisposition to Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure, Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit.

    They can be taken on a dog by dog basis and their ownership will determine their behavior.

    All pit bull type dogs have an inherent genetic predisposition to Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure, Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit due to their genetic connection to the Roman war dog Aluant & The Ol English Bulldogge precursor genetics that led to the creation of the Pi Bull Terrier, and will do so no matter how they are raised, it is a generic genetic reality which is why they all need to be banned to prevent there numbers from reaching greater numbers which would lead to carnage in the streets.

    In North America, from 1982-2014, Bullmastiffs have been responsible for 111 serious attacks on humans, resulting in 63 maimings and 18 deaths.

    In North America, from 1982-2014, Presa Canarios have been responsible for 111 attacks on humans that resulted in 18 fatalities.

    In North America, from 1982-2014, Cane Corsos have seriously attacked 21 humans that resulted in 12 maimings and 2 fatality. In addition, a Cane Corso/Pit Bull mix attacked 1 person that resulted in a fatality.

    In North America, from 1982-2014, Dogo Argentinos have been responsible for 5 serious attacks on humans that resulted in 1 fatality. This breed in rare in North America.

    In North America from 1982-2014 Fila Brasileiro’s have seriously attacked 5 humans and were responsible for 1 death.

    • Stan Cochrane

      Pit Bull Takes Its Turn As Media’s Monster Dog

      The pit bull is not the first dog to be seen as inherently dangerous. The media seem to feed off the idea of monster dogs — it makes great copy.

      As Karen Delise details in her book, in the 19th century, bloodhounds were believed to be inherently vicious, having a taste for human blood. “Eventually,” she writes, “these bloodhounds fell from view, and we pushed other dogs into the spotlight, including the German Shepherd dog and the Doberman Pinscher.” (Dobermans were widely believed to have abnormally small brains, turning them into mindless killers, but this, like the pit bull’s “locking jaws,” was simply a myth.) Other breeds that have haunted the popular imagination in the past include mastiffs and Newfoundlands. In Canada, Siberian huskies have often played the role of killer-hound.

      Delise, who reviewed news accounts of fatal dog attacks going back more than 100 years, also noted a shift in the way media report these incidents. Fifty years ago, she writes, dogs were “portrayed as sentient beings that reacted to pain, discomfort, or fear. Additionally, many reports of dog attacks conveyed the understanding that aggression was a natural and expected behavior of dogs in certain circumstances. Owners and/or victims were often identified in news reports as exhibiting behaviors (intentionally or unintentionally) that caused the dog to attack.”

      That kind of understanding has since been replaced by an almost-single-minded focus on the breed of dogs that turn violent, stripped of any larger context.

      Breed misidentification plays a significant role in the stigma attached to pit bulls. It’s difficult even for experts to properly identify a breed of dog. A study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science found that “87.5% of the dogs identified by an adoption agency as having specific breeds in their ancestry did not have all of those breeds detected by DNA analysis.”

      That problem is compounded by media sensationalism. Karen Delise studied every fatal dog bite reported in the years between 2002-2005, and found that “eleven dogs involved in fatal attacks with no Pitbull characteristics were counted as Pitbulls, while their ‘true’ breeds were not reported, and three dogs that were clearly not Rottweilers were identified as Rottweilers.” That was among a total of 47 fatal attacks (by all breeds) reported during that period.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    An example of the failure that is breed neutral legislation:

    In Calgary, by Bill Bruce’s own admission and documentation, pit bulls lead the serious bite count with 13% of the city’s serious bites attributable to pit bulls, yet pit bulls account for less than 1% of the city’s dogs.

    In fact, pit bulls are responsible for nearly as many serious bites (13%) as the ENTIRE sporting breeding category (15%), which includes all of the most popular breeds (Labs, Goldens, Poodles, Spaniels, etc) and houses 70% of Calgary’s dogs.

    Why aren’t these breeds attacking in the face of irresponsible ownership?
    An example of why leashing and licensing laws don’t work to solve the breed-specific problem of pit bulls:

    Pitbull supporters always point to Calgary Model as the perfect solution when dealing with dangerous dogs. The city introduced its responsible pet ownership bylaw in 2006.
    Calgary’s bylaw department emphasizes responsible pet ownership through intensive licensing, hefty fines and owner education.

    In Calgary, the largest city in Alberta, “confirmed aggressive dog incidents” and related criminal charges tripled in 2013, and in mid-2014 were up 15% more.

    Has their model worked? The statistics from the past four years would indicate a resounding “NO”. For the past four years dog bites have risen steadily every year, and over 350% in the past 4 years, from 58 in 2009 to 203 in 2012.

    And In 2010 Pit bulls led the ‘bite’ count. Meanwhile in Toronto, four years after implementing Breed Bans, dog bites were down 32%, from 486 to 329.

    Bites in Toronto blamed on the four banned breeds fell sharply, from 71 in 2005 to only six in 2010.

    Considering these breeds regularly inflict the most serious damage, this is an undeniable win for the citizens of Toronto.

    There were 400 dog bites in Calgary in 2013 and 500 in 2014.

    • Stan Cochrane

      Media-Driven Bias Against Pit Bulls
      Turning on the news it seems like the only dog attacks that ever make headlines are attacks by pit bulls and attacks that result in death or serious injury. Few people take the time to learn the facts behind this type of breed; they simply take what they are fed by media news outlets.

      So just how common are fatal pit bull attacks? According to research an individual is 200 times more likely to die from taking over the counter aspirin than from a fatal pit bull attack. An individual is 60 times more likely to be killed by a falling coconut than they are to be killed by a pit bull attack. Additionally, a person is 16 times more likely to die by drowning in a five gallon bucket of water than they are to die as the result of a fatal pit bull attack. Yet how often do you hear of people dying from taking aspirin or from drowning in a bucket of water on the news? Many pit bull and bully breed haters are colored by this media reporting bias. With such a bias against the pit bull breed and select bully breeds in general, how is the pit bull breed affected? Perhaps the biggest indicator of this is by taking a look at research from animal shelters around the nation. Approximately 60 percent of all dogs that are taken to shelters are euthanized each and every year. As we have already mentioned, of all of the dogs in animal shelters currently around 40 percent are classified as bully breeds and 20 percent are classified as pit bulls. Only 48 percent of the nation’s shelters place these pit bulls up for adoption, another 30 percent of shelters put these dogs up for adoption under special circumstances. Most disappointing, however, is the fact that 22 percent of the nation’s shelters euthanize dogs that are categorized as pit bulls regardless of the individual dog’s disposition. This practice of breed discrimination is wrong not only because perfectly healthy and happy dogs are being put to death because of their appearance, but also because they aren’t being given a chance due to ignorance and bias.

  • Stan Cochrane

    It is one of the enduring myths that only the most contemptible and boasting toughs strut around with these “dangerous” dogs or, more often, keep them chained up, captive prisoners. And yet millions of pit bulls live happily and peacefully every day with their families. They are dogs, like all other dogs, enjoying life. According to the American Temperament Testing Society, Inc., which tests dogs for stability, aggressiveness, and friendliness, the American Pit Bull Terrier achieved a passing rate of 86.8 percent, which is better than collies, golden retrievers, and beagles, ranking pit bulls fourth in highest passing grades of the 122 breeds tested. Pit bulls have been bred for companionship and have always been admired for their rock-solid and even temperaments.

  • Stan Cochrane

    Pit Bulls have locking jaws – FICTION. Pit Bulls can’t lock their jaws. Their jaws are constructed just like any other dog. In fact if you take the x-ray of a Chihuahua and compare it to that of a Pit Bull, you will see that they are both the same except for the size difference.

    Pit Bulls are unpredictable and more likely to bite than other dogs – FICTION. Pit Bulls are no more vicious than Golden Retrievers, Beagles or other popular dogs! In a recent study of 122 dog breeds by the American Temperament Testing Society (ATTS), Pit Bulls achieved a passing rate of 83.9%. That’s as good or better than Beagles … 78.2%, and Golden Retrievers … 83.2%. How did your favorite breed do? See for yourself – go to:

    Pit Bulls are good with children – FACT. Pit Bulls always test high as one of the most stable breeds of dogs in the country. These statistics can be found with the American Temperament Test Society of the United States, where they always fall as one of the top five most stable dogs. Because of this, they are extremely patient and tolerant of children.

    All Pit Bulls will “snap” and attack a person sooner or later – FICTION. Pit Bulls are a very popular breed and rarely attack. Pit Bulls are very powerful animals, so when something does go wrong, it usually makes the news. Almost all Pit Bull attacks have involved unaltered Pit Bulls, so it is very important to have your Pit Bull spayed or neutered as soon as possible. Additionally, serious Pit Bull attacks rarely involve spayed/neutered Pit Bulls who have received proper training and socialization.

    Pit Bulls are good dogs for apt./condo living – FACT. Though Pit Bulls are athletic and love to get out and play, if they had their druthers, they would be sleeping on the couch, 24/7. They are short coated dogs and do not do well outside in the cold weather or very hot weather. They don’t shed too much and are easily groomed, thus making them the ultimate indoor dog.

    “Red nose” Pit Bulls are more aggressive – FICTION. Are blondes dumb? Do redheads have a quicker temper? Of course not. “Red nose” is simply a color/style. They have a lighter pigment such as a pinkish nose with yellow/green eyes. They act no different than black, brindle, or white Pit Bulls.

    Pit Bulls are easy to train – FACT. Extremely easy to train. All they want to do is please you. As they are so sensitive to your feelings, verbal training comes easily with this breed.
    Pit Bulls cannot be with other dogs and/or cats – FICTION. This is probably the biggest misconception and biggest misunderstanding when it comes to this breed. With proper training and handling, your Pit Bull can learn to live peacefully in the company of other dogs and often cats as well.

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