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Can Lodi take a balanced approach to pit bull regulation?

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Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013 5:31 pm

Lodi faces a tough collective decision on the possible regulation of pit bulls. You probably recall our story about the pit bull that attacked and killed a cherished pet dachshund named Shelby at Lodi Lake.

That killing was horrific, and it was compounded by the fact that the dog’s handler initially provided false identification. Talk about shirking responsibility.

The man was eventually found and cited, as was the dog’s owner. After the incident, the pitbull, named Capone, was serruptiously turned in to animal control officials and eventually euthuanized.

I was personally stunned by Shelby’s death because we often walk Jake, our much-loved Corgi mix, at Lodi Lake. He’s a sweet-tempered little guy who weighs all of 17 pounds.

He’d be no match of a pit bull, that’s certain.

Our police and courts reporter, Kris Anderson, has covered the recent concerns over vicious dogs in great detail. On Thursday, he reported that city officials, in light of the recent concerns, may look at toughening the city law relating to vicious dogs.

While it may seem like concerns about pitbulls are fresh, they aren’t.

This morning, I dug through a sheaf of papers in a file cabinet out in the garage.

I finally found it: A copy of Dog Fancy magazine. One story was marked with a paperclip. It read, part:

Defenders claim the Pit Bull is a loyal and friendly animal that is perfectly docile unless it is abused by its owner. But others claim the Pit Bull - notorious for the crocodile-like strength of its jaws - should be subject to special registration or control. Debate over Pit Bull regulation has raged in several communities so far, and it is likely to spread as the dog becomes more popular.

The date was October, 1980. The author was a cub reporter at the Palo Alto Times named Rich Hanner, who had sold his first freelance magazine piece.

So I have a lengthy interest if not expertise in the topic.

My own take: Pit bulls as a breed are more aggressive and powerful than other dogs and warrant special controls. Because they are so abundant — and so often abandoned or seized — they also pose a special financial and operational burden on animal shelters.

I’m not sure whether tactics in other cities, such as requiring pit bulls to be spayed or neutered, or trying to have owners post special bonds or insurance, are right for Lodi. Maybe we can craft our own unique and balanced approach.

Why not a city council shirtsleeves session to air out the options and let everyone be heard before we proceed with consideration of an ordinance?

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  • Thomas McCartney posted at 12:03 am on Wed, Jun 5, 2013.

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    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%


  • Eula Frey posted at 9:55 am on Mon, Jun 3, 2013.

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    Mr. Hanner: I would recommend that you do research, that is actual research that includes reputable organizations and valid, bona fide facts. I understand that you wrote the article in 1980 but that still does not make you an expert and only gives you a lengthy interest claim. We agree that something has to be done, but it does not include the banning of specific breeds. Leash laws and responsible ownership should take precedence. What is so hard about understanding that a dog, any dog, is the reflection of his or her owner.

    Thomas McCartney: Why do you continually hijack the discussion areas with your nonsense?

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 10:58 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

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    Remember that Pit Bulls make up 4% of all the dogs in the US:

    One review of the American medical literature found that pit bulls and pit bull cross-breeds were involved in between 42 and 45% of dog attacks.

    [ Journal of Forensic Sciences (American Academy of Forensic Sciences) 57 (2): 370–374,2011]
    Fatalities were most often reported in children, with 70% of victims being under the age of 10.

    Courts in the United States and Canada have ruled that expert identification, when using published breed standards, is sufficient for the enforcement of breed-specific legislation.

    A 9-year (1979–88) review of fatal dog attacks in the United States determined that, of the 101 attacks in which breed was recorded, pit bulls were implicated in 42 of those attacks (41.6%).

    A 1991 study found that 94% of attacks on children by pit bulls were unprovoked, compared to 43% for other breeds.

    A 5-year (1989–94) review of fatal dog attacks in the United States determined that pit bulls and pit bull mixed breeds were implicated in 24 (28.6%) of the 84 deaths in which breed was recorded.

    A 15-year (1991–2005) review of dog attack fatalities investigated by the Kentucky Medical Examiner determined that pit bulls were implicated in 5 of the 11 fatal attacks (45.4%).

    Another 15-year (1994–2009) review of patients admitted to a Level I Trauma Center with dog bites determined that pit bulls were most often involved in these attacks: of the 228 patients treated, the breed of dog was recorded in 82 attacks, and of these, 29 (35%) attacks were attributed to pit bulls.

    All other dogs combined accounted for the remaining 65% of attacks. In 44.8% of the attacks, the dog belonged to the victim's family.

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 10:58 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

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    This is a great post by Luke Russell and speaks to the absurd contention by Pit Nutters that their pitty boo boo in a tutu would never harm anything:

    Luke Russell · Top Commenter · Knox Technical School
    I was savagely attacked by two pit bulls whose owner said all the same things Michael Wade does, even after the attack, they still say the same thing. Never trust a pit bull or the people who own them.

    You will never get the truth from them. They will minimize or deny aggression or attacks and blame the victim, this is their modus operandi.

    Everyone knows a dogs behavior is predominantly determined by it's bloodlines, even rampant Pit bull Nutter Groups like the UKC acknowledges this with the title of their magazine

    "BLOODLINES" Greyhounds are fast not because they are trained to be, it's because of their genetic predisposition, Pointers point, not because of training, it's because of their genetic predisposition, Heelers nip at livestock not because of training, it's because of their genetic predisposition, and Pit bulls maul, maim and kill not because of training, it's because of their genetic predisposition.

    If you own a Pit bull that doesn't do this, you have received a Pit bull that good breeders over time have successfully managed to breed the game out of it, it has nothing to do with the Owners super magical ability to give extra special love and concern.

    (although the owners just LOVE to think this, I think this is part of the attraction to Pit bulls, if they can own such a known dangerous breed and it doesn't maim or maul, it must be attributed to their SUPERLOVE - not!).

    Can you imagine when DOGMEN sold their Pit bulls (as they do) for large sums of money, only to have the buyer return the dog and say it wasn't game.

    Can you imagine the Buyers response if he was told by the DOGMAN you have to train the Pit bull to be game.

    The DOGMAN would have been laughed at and a prompt refund would have been demanded. Nothing has changed, the GAME of a Pit bull has always been in it's BLOOD.

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 10:58 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

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    Pit Bulls Lead 'Bite' Counts Across U.S. Cities and Counties
    Dog Biting Incidents: 2008 to 2012

    Animal control departments in at least 25 U.S. states report that pit bulls are biting more than all other dog breeds. These states include: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

    The oft-quoted myth by pro-pit bull groups that pit bulls "do not bite more than other breeds" is categorically false. In addition to leading bite counts, the pit bull bite is also the most damaging, inflicting permanent and disfiguring injury.

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 10:58 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

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    Pit bulls are responsible for over 65% of all fatal dog attacks and, of all hospitalizations requiring more than 8 days from dog attack, 100% are from pit bull attack...100% - Annals of Surgery, 2011, and CDC, Atlanta, GA.

    Just this week in Pennsylvania, there was a judgment awarding a pit bull attack victim and his mother who was injured trying to save her son over $500,000.00. These high dollar awards are occurring more often now that the truth of pit bull genetic tendencies and the refusal of pit bull owners to acknowledge those traits and restrain their pit bulls from attacking people and animals.

    If you own a pit bull, are you really willing to be fined over half a million dollars because your pit bull did what it was bred to do? Or, if you just "love the breed" so much, wouldn't it be smarter to keep it double fenced, muzzled and short leashed off property, carry liability insurance in the event it does attack, and spay/neuter it to stop the hormone-surge that happens with unaltered dogs of either sex in mating heat?

    And, in the split second before the pit bull's teeth grip onto a victim, the pit bull owner who socialized it, took it to obedience school, loved it, slept with it, and defended its breed, suddenly is "the bad pit bull owner" that all blame will be thrust upon by every pit bull owner everywhere and this status change happens every time a pit bull attacks to the stunned owner that never thought their nanny dog was capable of such horror.

    The reason pit bulls are banned in Ontario is because smart people didn't put their hands over their eyes and wish pit bull attacks don't happen; they actually looked at the statistics, the injuries, the medical expenses, the fatalities, and the lack of justification for endangering the public with these dogs and made a prudent decision to protect the public and gentle animals from living in fear of attack or suffering through the post-trauma effects of pit bull attack.

    The money pit bull advocates will spend to listen to a man who pushes false security on owners of a killer breed could be used instead to educate pit bull owners on ways to keep their pit bulls from having access to attack (fencing, muzzling, etc). If you don't want to muzzle your dog, then get a non-fighting breed dog and you won't have to.

    Lastly, to the ever present Pomeranian and chihuahua mauling quoter's, if you have news links and victim pictures and proof to substantiate regulating these dogs, then I'll support your cause too. But, I am the victim of pit bull attack and I am part of a large, growing group of pit bull attack victims who are done with taking it lying down.

    Barbara Kay echoes the sentiment that everyone who knows the gruesomeness and grief feels. Sometimes the grief is from loss of life of a person or a loved pet and sometimes the grief is for the loss of the beauty of a face or arms or legs.

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 10:57 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

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    The Pit Nutters exposed credo:

    Media manipulation is their watchword, their attempts to give their mutants a make over can not hide the evil in their eyes nor the moral stench that exudes from their being, pit bulls are one of satan's more natural creations, a set of horns and pitchfork would have been a far more appropriate visual reality presentation then the cute pitty poo farcical misrepresentations they present to the public.

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 10:57 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

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    Pit bulls are working dogs and the work they do is fighting,we don't need them or the kind of people living near us.

    Pit Bull type dogs kill, maim and seriously injure more people each year than all other type dogs combined. This means that one type dog that makes up less than 5% of the dog population kills more than 60% of all people who die in dog attack related fatalities.

    Pit Bull type dogs are notorious for actions unique to these type dogs.

    Pit Bulls turn on and attack their owners 6 times more often than other dogs.

    Pit Bulls escape containment 14 times more often than other dogs.

    A persons relative risk of death in a Pit Bull attack is 2500 times higher than a persons relative risk of death in a Lab attack.

    Pit bulls kill one person every 2 to 3 weeks in the US alone.

    Pit Bulls dismember a body part on average once every 5.4 days in the US.

    Pit Bulls once they start an attack will not stop even when subjected to intense pain in many cases.

    Pit Bull type dogs attack in the manner of many wild animals in that they grab, hold and shake the victim to do even more damage similar to the way large cats, sharks and other predators do.

    There have been several studies done over several decades and while the opinions of the authors may differ the numbers are generally consistent in proving that Pit Bulls kill more than all other type dogs.

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 10:56 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

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    No matter what you identify them as or what you choose to call them if any dog has pit bull genetics in it then the outcome of said genetics are always the same, death, mauling's, crippled and disfigured victims when their DNA is expressed into reality which it invariably will be the case.

    So you can call them something else to protect them but they are still pit mixes who are what they are and do what they do, who as a result have no right to ever come into human contact.

    Pit bull or Pit bull cross, same difference same outcome same reality as to what they are.

    And all Pit bulls or restricted dogs including pit bull crosses by law must have leashes and Muzzles which they never have and all to often you seem them running around as such unmuzzled, this is an even greater problem then them being unleashed and that is bad enough.

    Certain breeds like Pit bulls etc.are fundamentally evil in nature and action and do not deserve the freedom of action to carry out their DNA.

    The point is, other dogs bite, Pit bulls and Pit bull crosses and others like mastiffs, Rotts etc. attack and kill and maim, that is the big difference in the outcome and should result in a completely different attitude towards these dogs and why they should be banned outright. The stats are very clear and accurate and show this reality even if you want to put your head in the sand, it still is what it is.

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 10:56 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

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    Only a stupid Owner of dogs would own a pit bull in the first place.But even if the owner is not an idiot the pit bull is still a time bomb waiting to go off at any time for no reason, a land shark that no matter the training will express I.

    t's DNA and rip some unsuspecting kids face off, that is just what they are and what they do.

    I am sick of hearing this blame the owner not the dog mantra, a.

    ll that does is get the dog off the hook so it can do no wrong and is never held accountable or stopped from doing again what it has criminally already done.

    Nothing is ever done to the owner and in with this mantra the dog is untouchable so both get off scott free when it has attacked someone.

    Pit Bull's are naturally breed killers and have no place in a city or where they can interact with humans period.

    The best solution to this is what happened in Powell River where a tan pit bull was drowned, most likely after it attacked someone.

    The only good Pit bull is a dead one.

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 10:56 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

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    In Sept.2012 in only 5 days there were 4 children attacked by Pit Bulls for no reason in four separate areas of the Prov. and badly mauled with severe facial injuries, a child's throat was literally ripped open, another child's face looked as if it had been ripped off.

    Calls from their parents, Miss Universe Canada once attacked by a Pitt Bull as a child and others have come for a Prov. ban

    on all Pit Bulls and Pit Bull crosses in BC.

    The Prov. Govt. will be presented with these concerns with the intent being that said ban be in acted throughout the Prov. as soon as possible.

    The facts below illustrate the positive outcome of such a ban for all members of society and their safety.

    The number of dog bites reported in Toronto has fallen since a ban on pit bulls took effect in 2005, public health statistics show.

    A total of 486 bites were recorded in 2005. That number fell generally in the six years following, to 379 in 2010.

    Bites in Toronto blamed on the four affected Pit Bull breeds fell sharply, from 71 in 2005 to only six in 2010. This accounts for most of the reduction in total bites.

    The fall in bites blamed on the four breeds tracks a reduction in the dogs themselves,

    Some 1,411 Toronto dogs were in the four breeds in 2008, as opposed to 798 in mid-2011.

    The severe mauling's & crippling attacks almost disappeared after the Pit Bull ban took effect.

    You can't walk a Lion, Tiger, Bear or a Wolverine down a street, neither should a Pitt Bull be allowed in public or within city limits.

    Pit Nutters say it is the owner, crazed gangster types that create monsters, the vast majority of Pit Bull owners are everyday dog owners, the Pit Bull creates itself and is what it is, a Genetic Monster & it needs to go now.

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 10:56 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

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    The simple reality is that small dogs bite more but restricted large dogs like pit bulls maim and kill more & do all for more then any other breed proportionally speaking % wise.

    A 1993 Toronto study found pit bulls accounted for 1 percent of licensed dogs but 4 percent of bites.

    More ominous is a 2000 study by the Centers for Disease Control looking at 20 years of data on fatal dog attacks in.

    the U.S.

    Of 238 such incidents in which the breed of the attacking dog was reported,

    "pit bull-type dogs" were involved in 32 percent, versus 18 percent for rottweilers and rottweiler mixes.

    and 11 percent for German shepherds and mixes.

    one study found 94 percent of pit bull attacks on kids were unprovoked, as opposed to only 43 percent of attacks by other breeds.

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 10:56 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

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    RSPCA Victoria president Dr Hugh Wirth blogs on the pit bull problem in Victoria.

    THE RSPCA has renewed calls for a ban on American pit bulls after a man was attacked and his pet dog killed yesterday.

    RSPCA Victoria president Dr Hugh Wirth said the dogs were a menace and were not suitable as pets for anyone.

    "They are time bombs waiting for the right circumstances,'' Dr Wirth said.

    "The American pit bull terrier is lethal because it was a breed that was developed purely for dog fighting, in other words killing the opposition.

    "They should never have been allowed into the country. They are an absolute menace."

  • Gail Treichel posted at 7:32 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

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    To any proponent of banning pitbulls, go to www.badrap.org unless you are afraid of what you might just learn there.

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 2:11 pm on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

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    MELANIE PFEIFFER, Veterinary Assistant:
    Working in a veterinary hospital, you are exposed to all kinds of animal trauma. One of the more common ones is dog fights.

    I can honestly say that in three out of four cases, an American pit bull terrier is involved. Many times, we are able to save the life of the afflicted, but yesterday, we were not.
    As an animal lover, I was feeling all kinds of emotions, sadness, at first, but then anger...

    I propose that all owned American pit bull terriers be registered and all breeding be halted indefinitely. How many mutilated faces, mangled limbs, butchered pets and even human deaths does it take to convince us that this breed needs to be phased out?

    Proponents for the American pit bull terriers will tell you it's unfair to ban a breed. Tell that to the rat terrier yesterday who had his trachea ripped from his throat. That's unfair

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 2:10 pm on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

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    Please read this page and make a pledge to do what you can to protect people and their pets from the serious Danger that Pit Bulls present, please share everywhere:


  • Thomas McCartney posted at 2:09 pm on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

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    Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to May.25, 2013.

    By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2011,1 Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, shows the breeds most responsible for serious injury and death.

    Study highlights

    The combination of Pit Bulls, rottweilers, their close mixes and wolf hybrids and other Pit Bull Type Dogs:

    84% of attacks that induce bodily harm.

    75% of attacks to children.

    87% of attack to adults.

    72% of attacks that result in fatalities.

    80% that result in maiming.

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 2:09 pm on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

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  • Thomas McCartney posted at 2:08 pm on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

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    Eventually pit bulls and their gripping cousins will be responsible for 100% mauling's as they will be the only dogs left.

    In 2009 there were 32 dog mauling fatalities in the United States. Of this total 14 were due to pit bulls, 44%

    In 2010 there were 33 dog mauling fatalities in the United States. Of this total 22 were due to pit bulls, 67%

    In 2011 there were 31 dog mauling fatalities in the United States. Of this total 22 were due to pit bulls, 77%

    In 2012 there were 38 dog mauling fatalities in the United States. Of this total 23 were due to pit bulls, 61%

    In 2013 from January 1st to March 6th there have been six fatal dog mauling's in the United States. Of this total 6 were due to pit bulls, 100%

    Scorched Earth, the Politics of Pit Bulls: Popular post updated, Ohio's Breed Specific Advocate

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 2:07 pm on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

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    75% of all Animal Shelters in the US will euthanize all pit bulls, pit crosses or any dogs that even looks like one immediately with no attempt to adopt them out.

    The other 25% will also euthanize within a few days to a week if adoption doesn't take place.

    Why is this?, because nobody wants any of the evil disgusting Mutants, they can't give them away, that is why 93% of all Pitts in Animal Shelters in the US are killed , over 1.1 Million Pit Bulls every year are killed in this manner every year after year after year after year in the US alone.

    Over 100 a day are killed in animal shelters in LA county alone, 73,000 a year after year after year after year.

    That is over 12 million pit bulls killed in Animal Shelters in the US in the last decade alone.

    The Idiot Pit Nutters who are playing their rescue game are losers and losing the battle as the few hundred they save is a pittance compared to the Million plus killed the same year.

    They show their support for these mutants by fighting against laws against their breeding that could prevent this as a result much needed mass slaughter of pit bulls, they are responsible for all of this and show their ignorance and hypocrisy by continuing fight against what is actually in the best interests of this perverted breed.

    That's 2,750 a day or 345 every hour, right this moment somewhere in the US a pit bull will rip, ravage and maul no more and instead is feeling the loving sting of death, oh what a lovely truth and reality that no pit loving pervert can deny or combat, how does that feel pit nutters......Now the pit bull will find it's true forever home, the deep dark forever night, all that it warrants or deserves, bye bye mutant and don't come back!

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 2:07 pm on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

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    20 children murdered by dogs last year in the US and ALL by Pit Bulls.
    14 people killed by Pit Bull type dogs in the US so far this year 8 of them children, 20 out of 22 fatal pit bull mauling's last year were children.

    Stats on pit bull attacks in 2013:

    13 Lifeflights...one every 6.92 days

    14 DBRFS one person killed by a pit bull every 12.98 Days

    20 Darwin attacks: Every 4.1 days an owner requests a 911 response when attacked by their own pit bull (5 stab Offs, 2 taser, 6 shot by police/rescuers)

    Conclusion: Pit Bulls Are not safe. Sleep with one eye open nutters!

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 2:06 pm on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

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    Myth: Pit Bulls have been called the Nanny Dog

    Truth: This myth was started by statements made by two people. Mrs. Lilian Rant, President, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America, magazine editor said they are referred to as a nursemaid dog in an interview published in the New York Times in 1971.

    Second in 1987 Toronto Star article where Breeder Kathy Thomas, president of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Association said “In England, our Staffies were called the nanny-dog”.

    No sources, citations or evidence just two biased people heavily invested in trying to change the image of Pit Bulls made these statements and started this whole myth.

    The "nanny dog" is a complete historical fabrication. The sole known published reference to the "nanny dog" notion, before the rise of opposition to breed-specific laws in recent decades, came in a 1922 work of fiction, Pep: The Story of A Brave Dog, by Clarence Hawkes, a blind man who wrote by dictating his stories and, though able to spin a gripping yarn, routinely muddled his facts.

    This work of fiction also appears to be the point of origin of many of the other popular myths about the history of pit bulls. Indeed some dogfighters did photograph their pit bulls with their children, to help advertise the sale of their cull dogs as pets, but that hardly means pit bulls were safe pets.

    One of the most notorious of these gents, professional dogfighter John P. Colby, of Newburyport, Massachusetts, produced his first pit bull litter in 1889. The Boston Globe on December 29, 1906 reported that police shot one of his dogs, who mauled a boy while a girl escaped. On February 2, 1909 the Globe described how one of Colby's dogs killed Colby's two-year-old nephew, Bert Colby Leadbetter.

    The entire history of the "nanny dog" myth is outlined here:

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 2:05 pm on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

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    Merritt Clifton · Top Commenter · Editor at Animal People
    I have been logging fatal and disfiguring dog attacks since September 1982.
    Of the 4,011 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occuring in the U.S. & Canada in the past 30.5 years:
    2,474 (62%) were pit bulls.
    3,218 were of related molosser breeds, including Rottweilers, mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes, as well as pit bulls.

    Of the 504 human fatalities.
    251 were killed by pit bulls.
    373 (69%) were killed by pit bulls & other molosser breeds.

    Of the 2,216 people who were disfigured.
    1,415 (61%) were disfigured by pit bulls.
    1,810 (82%) were disfigured by pit bulls & other molosser breeds.

    Of the total deaths and disfigurements by pit bulls, approximately half have occurred in the past five years.
    Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls are less than 5% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

    This is, in short, a repetitively predictable phenomenon which is occurring more & more often, and, incidentally, is resulting in about 10 times as many animal deaths & disfigurements by pit bulls as are suffered by humans.

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 2:05 pm on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

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    MARK WULKAN, MD, surgeon at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
    "There is a difference with the pit bulls. In the last two years we've seen 56 dog injuries that were so severe the patient had to be admitted to the hospital so this doesn't count just a little bite and then goes to the emergency room. Of those 56, 21 were pit bulls. And then when we look at our data even further, of the kids that were most severely injured, those that were in the hospital for more than 8 days or had life threatening injuries, 100% of those were pit bulls.

    STEPHEN COHN, MD, professor of surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center
    “I think this is a public health hazard, this particular dog. We just have to have them contained in a way that protects the general public. I don't want to see another kid come in dead.”

    JOHN BINI, MD, chief of surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center
    “There are going to be outspoken opponents of breed legislation, who say: ‘My pit bulls lie with my baby and play with my rabbit.' And that's fine. I just think we're seeing something here, and I think it does warrant a discussion as to whether this is a risk that a community wants to take.”

    “Fortunately, fatal dog attacks are rare, but there seems to be a distinct relationship between the severity and lethality of an attack and the breed responsible,” they wrote in an article published in the April issue of the medical journal Annals of Surgery. “These breeds should be regulated in the same way in which other dangerous species, such as leopards, are regulated.”

    DAVID E. BLOCKER, BS, MD, Dog Bite Rates and Biting Dog Breeds in Texas, 1995-1997
    Bite Rates by Breed page 23
    One out of every 40 Pit Bulls (2.5%) and about one out of 75 Chow Chows (1.4%) generated a reported human bite each year (Table 29; Figure 7).

    One out of 100 Rottweilers (1%) caused a reported bite, and less than one out of 250 German Shepherds (0.37%) bit a human each year, not statistically different from the average for all dogs combined (0.53%).

    Huskies, Dobermans, and Australian Shepherds had bite rates slightly lower than German Shepherds but higher than Labrador Retrievers.

    Less than one in every 500 Labrador retrievers (0.15%) was associated with a reported bite each year. All other breeds examined individually, including Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, and Dachshunds, had bite rates lower than Labrador Retrievers.

    Odds ratios for each of the five most commonly biting dog breeds versus all others presented similar findings (Table 30). The odds of a Pit Bull in Bexar County causing a bite were 5 times greater than the odds for all other breeds combined, at 4.9 to 1.

    Chow Chows and Rottweilers also had odds ratios significantly greater than the average, at 2.9 to 1 and 1.8 to 1, respectively. The odds ratios for German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers were significantly lower than the average, at 0.67 to 1 and
    0.26 to 1.

    PETER ANTEVY, pediatric E.R. physician, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital
    Dr Antvey sees at least five dog-bite victims a month in his emergency room. Unfortunately, he said, "the biggest offender is the pit bull."

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 2:05 pm on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

    Thomas McCartney Posts: 28

    HORSWELL BB, CHAHINE CJ, oral surgeons
    Dog bites of the facial region are increasing in children according to the Center for Disease Control. To evaluate the epidemiology of such injuries in our medical provider region, we undertook a retrospective review of those children treated for facial, head and neck dog bite wounds at a level 1 trauma center.

    Most dog bites occurred in or near the home by an animal known to the child/family. Most injuries were soft tissue related, however more severe bites and injuries were observed in attacks from the pit-bull and Rottweiler breeds.

    Younger (under five years) children sustained more of the injuries requiring medical treatment. Injury Severity Scales were determined as well as victim and payer mix demographics, type and characteristics of injury, and complications from the attack.

    DR RICHARD SATTIN, chief of unintentional-injuries section of the Centers of Disease Control
    We're trying to focus public attention on this greatly underestimated public hazard.

    In 1979, pit bulls accounted for 20 percent of fatal attacks by dogs. That figure had risen to 62 percent by 1988.

    Nobody knows the dog population of the United States or the exact breakdown by breed. We do not believe that pit bulls represent anywhere near 42% percent of dogs in the United States. Therefore, we believe that the pit bull excess in deaths is real and growing.

    As a pediatrician I was disturbed to read Vicki Hearne's assertion that there are no bad breeds, just bad dogs (Op-Ed, April 15). There is ample evidence to suggest that certain breeds of dogs are more dangerous to children than others.

    From 1979 to 1994, there were 177 known dog-bite-related fatalities in the United States. Of these fatalities, 66 percent were caused by five breeds: pit bull, Rottweiler, shepherd, husky and malamute.

    If you include crosses among these five breeds, that number rises to 82 percent. Other breeds, like Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers were not implicated in a single fatality during this same period.

    I laud the American Kennel Club's attempt to include information about dog breeds considered ''not good with children'' in the coming edition of ''The Complete Dog Book,'' and lament the fact that the book is being recalled at the request of some breeders.
    Seattle, April 16, 1998

    Dr. EDGAR JOGANIK (after trying to reattach scalp and ear to a pit bull victim)

    Pit bull attacks are typically the most severe, and in about one-third of all attacks, the animals are family pets or belong to close friends.

    That should be the message, that these dogs should not be around children, adults are just as likely to be victims.
    Everyone should be extremely cautious.

    When a Pit Bull is involved the bites are worse. When they bite, they bite and lock and they don't let go... they bite lock and they rip and they don't let go.

    Bites from pit bulls inflict much more damage, multiple deep bites and ripping of flesh and are unlike any other domestic animal I've encountered. Their bites are devastating - close to what a wildcat or shark would do.

    DR. AMY WANDEL, plastic surgeon
    I see just as many dog bites from dogs that are not pit bulls as bites from pit bulls. The big difference is pit bulls are known to grab onto something and keep holding so their damage they create is worse than other breeds.

    DR. PATRICK BYRNE, Johns Hopkins Hospital
    I can't think of a single injury of this nature that was incurred by any other species other than a pit bull or a rottweiler.

    As a practicing emergency physician, I have witnessed countless dog bites. Invariably, the most vicious and brutal attacks I have seen have been from the pit bull breed.

    Many of the victims have been children. In a recent study from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, pit bull attacks accounted for more ER visits than all other breeds combined.

    In young children, the most common part of the body injured was the face. Numerous studies have proven that the number-one cause of dog bite fatalities is the pit bull breed.

    I am certain that many attacks are due to owner negligence, but the fact remains that many were unpredictable and were perpetrated by formerly "loving and loyal" pets.

    Dr. Chagnon has every right to leave our town as she claims she will if pit bulls are banned, just like every one of her patients has the right not to attend her clinic where she brings her pit bulls.

    I applaud Mayor Pro Tem Joanne Sanders for bringing this issue to the forefront. In the interest of public safety, I recommend we enforce a spay/neuter requirement on pit bulls while reviewing and revamping all of our policies relating to animal bites.

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 2:04 pm on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

    Thomas McCartney Posts: 28

    The reality is that any dog can bite, and statistically speaking, a child is most likely to be bitten by the family dog or a dog that they know. When you're talking about bite severity resulting in life-threatening and even fatal injuries, pit bulls and Rottweilers are the main culprits.

    Experience absolutely colors our perception, and in this case I can't help but be affected by what I've seen. I will never forget a young child I treated in the ER during my pediatric residency. She suffered severe facial lacerations and tears to her face after a pit bull attack in her local park.

  • Gail Treichel posted at 8:58 am on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

    Pitbulls-R-Us Posts: 11

    In 2002 we adopted our first pitbull, a female from Delta Humane Society. In 2003 our second, a male from the Lodi Animal Shelter. In 2013 our third, a male from Animal Friends Connection. They were spayed/neutered prior to adoption. They are our family and treated as such. They are affectionate and gentle. They are groomed once a month. They are licensed, vaccinated, and receive regular veterinary care. When they are home they are in the house or in our fenced back yard (no complaints from neighbors). When we are out they are leashed (no incidents of agression). We are responsible pitbull owners. We are regular people. We work and pay taxes. We have no criminal records. We don't do drugs or alcohol. We don't have tattoos or body piercings. And yet we are painted as thugs because we own pitbulls. And now we risk having the breed banned, or worse yet, confiscated and euthanized. Really?

    As for your expertise on pitbulls, you might want to check out www.badrap.org (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls). This non-profit organization was instrumental in rescuing and rehabilitating a lot of the Michael Vick dogs. Some of these dogs are now beloved family pets and even canine good citizens.

    Thank you for your time.


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