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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:00 am

Last Thursday, Lodi Animal Control euthanized a pit bull/American bulldog mix that attacked and killed a small dog at Lodi Lake last month.

The dog, named Capone, was scheduled to undergo a vicious dog hearing this week, but the owner chose to sign control over to the city, said Animal Control Supervisor Jennifer Bender. Lodi City Manager Rad Bartlam decided the dog was vicious and determined it should be put down.

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  • Thomas McCartney posted at 2:15 pm on Wed, May 22, 2013.

    Thomas McCartney Posts: 28

    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 2:13 pm on Wed, May 22, 2013.

    Thomas McCartney Posts: 28

    Pit Bulls Were Never "Nanny Dogs". Never. It's A Myth

    Mon Mar 11, 2013
    If you want to argue for the breed's compatibility with children and families… do it without using a myth.

    The following link has an article that does a darned good job of covering available primary sources to seek out where the "nanny dog" term started. It also goes into the history of the breed's development & it's link to dog fighting.

    It's an interesting read.


    Archive searches of British, American and Canadian newspapers going as far back as the 18th century turn up not one single mention of "Nanny Dog" with regards to ANY breed until 1904 when the first stage production of Peter Pan opened featuring a nursemaid dog named Nana. Though J.M. Barrie patterned Nana after his Landseer Newfoundland, Nana has been portrayed by a St. Bernard, and an Old English Sheep Dog in subsequent stage and screen productions. No mention of Nana ever being a Staffie Bull. Not even in Never Never Land.

    So, where is the oldest known reference to the Staffie Bull as a nanny dog? In a New York Times article.

    In 1971, Walter R. Fletcher wrote an article entitled, "A Breed That Came Up the Hard Way" in which he interviewed William R. Daniels and Mrs. Lilian Rant, President and magazine editor for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America on the eve of the Staffie Bull's being granted permission to be shown in the American Kennel Club's miscellaneous class. It's the first step to AKC recognition and the club wanted to polish their dog's image.

    Daniels brings up Dickens' villainous Bull's-Eye again and Mrs. Rant acknowledges that the Stafford "had an unsavory reputation for fighting and violence and his name became associated with ruffians, who cared little for him as a dog but only for his ability in the pit. The Stafford we know today quickly becomes a member of the family circle. He loves children and is often referred to as a 'nursemaid dog.'"

    Well, there it is. Mrs. Rant, lover and promoter of the Stafford, is clearly speaking in the present tense about the dog of today (1971) currently being referred to as a 'nursemaid dog' in the United States.

    She is using a variation of the argument that Mr. Lee used 77 years before about the Bull Terrier, suggesting that the Staffordshire Bull Terrier's unsavory reputation as a fighting dog has been left in the far distant past. She harkens back to Dickens again, before the Staffordshire Bull Terrier even existed as a distinct breed.

    Her contention that Staffordshire Bull Terriers are OFTEN referred to as nursmaid dogs is a little bit of a stretch, too. In 1971, there were 99 registered Staffordshire Bull Terriers in the United States.

    As editor of the club's magazine, she must have been at the center of all conversation about the breed. It is likely that she either coined the nickname or promulgated it through the magazine, and the term may have gained popularity among those few Stafford enthusiasts who subscribed to her magazine.

    A timeline search does not turn up a mention of the "nanny dog" until 1987 in an archived Toronto Star article entitled, Move to Outlaw Pit Bulls Under Study in Several Cities.

    Go ahead and prove me wrong, not with a single primary source, but with a preponderance of evidence that demonstrates the incredible existence of the baby loving fighting dog that was so beloved and so popular in times gone by that it was commonly called the nanny dog.

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 2:13 pm on Wed, May 22, 2013.

    Thomas McCartney Posts: 28

    Pit Bull Dog Shot and Killed after Incident in Murfreesboro
    Published: April 16, 2013

    Another Pit Bull Dog attack has been reported in Murfreesboro… This time the victim of the attack shot and killed the animal because it had attacked his Chihuahua. The incident occurred on Monday in the area of Jackson Street and Lee Street. The dog was shot with a Remington 700 rifle.

    The small dog that suffered from the injuries as a result of the Pit Bull attack did survive. No charges were filed in this case as the shooting was deemed to be justified. The Pet Adoption and Welfare Services Office picked up the body of the deceased dog.

    Why Do We Have More Pit Bull Stories as Opposed to Other Breeds? – Great Question…

    Whenever WGNS airs stories about Pit Bull related attacks we often get feedback from the community suggesting that we only air dog attack stories that involve Pitt Bull dogs. That is not the case. 75% of the police reports filed in Murfreesboro that involve a dog attack are dog attacks involving a Pit Bull dog. If other attacks are taking place, no one is calling the police because a report or reports have not been filed. Out of eight dog attack related stories WGNS reported since 2008, six involved a Pit Bull Dog.

    Under What Law did the Culprit Have the Right to Kill the Pitt Bull Dog?

    TN Code Annotated: 39-14-205. Intentional killing of animal.

    (b) A person is justified in killing the animal of another if the person acted under a reasonable belief that the animal was creating an imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury to that person or another or an imminent danger of death to an animal owned by that person. A person is not justified in killing the animal of another if at the time of the killing the person is trespassing upon the property of the owner of the animal. The justification for killing the animal of another authorized by this subsection (b) shall not apply to a person who, while engaging in or attempting to escape from criminal conduct, kills a police dog that is acting in its official capacity. In that case the provisions of subsection (a) shall apply to the person.


    Murfreesboro Police Incident Report #13-7257
    TN Code Annotated: 39-14-205

  • Thomas McCartney posted at 2:12 pm on Wed, May 22, 2013.

    Thomas McCartney Posts: 28

    Merritt Clifton · Top Commenter · Editor at Animal People In the U.S., we have gone from having 611,000 reported bites in 1960, including one fatality, when we had about 30 million dogs, most of whom roamed free, with a sterilization rate of only 1%, to having about 4.8 million reported bites today, with 38 bite fatalities last year.

    We now have about 70 million dogs, almost none of whom are allowed to roam free, with a 70%-plus sterilization rate among all breed categories except pit bulls.

    Why is more confinement and more sterilization coinciding with more bites & more fatalities? Simple: pit bulls have risen from under 1% of the U.S. dog population in 1960 to about 5% today, and the rest of the molosser breed category has risen proportionately.

    Of the 4,098 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the past 30.5 years,

    2,540 (62%) were pit bulls;

    530 were Rottweilers;

    3,295 were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, Cane Corsos, mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes.

    Of the 507 human fatalities,

    256 were killed by pit bulls;

    84 were killed by Rottweilers;

    378 (69%) were killed by molosser breeds.

    Of the 2,264 people who were disfigured,

    1,455 (61%) were disfigured by pit bulls;

    304 were disfigured by Rottweilers;

    1,861 (82%) were disfigured by molosser breeds.

    Pit bulls, incidentally, inflict about 10 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class.

    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%.

    Just 81 large retrievers, by comparison, including all Labs, goldens, and mixes exclusive of pit mixes, have been involved in fatal or disfiguring attacks over these same 30.5 years, resulting in 8 fatalities and 26 disfigurements.

    Large retrievers are 7.4% of the U.S. dog population.



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