2 Pit Bulls Attack Dog, Woman In Glen Burnie

| December 30, 2013
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how-to-breed-a-Pit-BullOn December 29, 2013, at approximately 9:05 p.m., officers from the Northern District responded to the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue S.W. in Glen Burnie for a report of a dog bite.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with the 66-year-old female victim, who stated that she was outside walking her dog when two stray Pit bull dogs approached and attacked her dog. While trying to break the dogs apart, the victim sustained a serious bite injury. The victim was able to make it to a nearby residence and received assistance from a citizen. Both of the attacking dogs fled and were seen entering a vehicle at the end of the street after being called over by an unknown person. The vehicle then left the area. There was no available description of the vehicle or the owner of the dogs. The victim was subsequently transported to Baltimore Washington Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Anne Arundel County Police Department at 410-222-8610.

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  • Janice Tuzcan

    so did the police do DNA tests on these dogs that they can say for sure they were pit bulls ??? This whole story sounds suspect and it stands to reason that if you are trying to break up dogs fighting or attacking another dog you are probably going to get bitten . And how interesting that a car happened to be waiting for the dogs at the end of the street ..come on ..

    • http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/ John Frenaye

      It is from the police report and witness accounts. No hyperbole there.

      • Janice Tuzcan

        Umm ..how many articles re: pit bulls attacking have been retracted because it was found that the dogs involved were NOT pit bulls at all but OOPS too late then ..damage already done … media is just looking for any way to sensationalize these stories without finding out the FACTS first ….

        • http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/ John Frenaye

          If you have informaton that they are not pit bulls, please send it to the police. For now, we will go with the witness and police reports.

          • Janice Tuzcan

            Oh yeah lets depend on witness reports we all know how reliable they are …and police reports for that matter …people like you make my head explode ..

        • Marc Brown

          “Umm ..how many articles re: pit bulls attacking have been retracted because it was found that the dogs involved were NOT pit bulls” —
          ANSWER — None.

          • Janice Tuzcan

            why don’t you do some research before you make comments that make you sound like a uneducated person.. . there have been many articles on this and for your info it is very hard to visually identify a pit bull … I doubt if you could do it ..so take your hate somewhere else you flipping troll …

    • Scoots

      Not too suspect. This story was local news for us here in MD. The dog(s) bit her thumb off. There’s only one dog that can bite limbs & appendages off…… Sad–she played piano, too.

  • http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/ John Frenaye

    Actually, we have a more intimidating one but everyone gets upset when we use it because the dog is snarling. Somehow a cute little puppy licking a baby is probably not the most appropriate image when a woman is now in the hospital with injuries sustained from an attack–not puppy kisses.

    • Chrissy Eckert

      How is it journalism if you are using a stock picture (essentially clip art) and not a factual photo relevant to the actual article?

      • Pit Bulls Suck

        Well, Chrissy, you see…the 66 year old lady was reaching for her cell phone to snap a pic of the supposed pitbull, but instead nearly got her leg chewed off.

        If they were able to retrieve a picture from the ACTUAL dog, I am sure he could have included that. Also, they would not be asking for the publics help because they wpuld found the dog, and the story line would be way different.

        Instead, why don’t we have the author post a more relevant picture at your request:

        Dear John,

        In light of the Ms. Eckert’s request, please add a photo of the poor old lady’s gushing dog bite.

        Would that be considered more relevant?

        Stupid ass, accuse people of telling and then you are found the same damn thing. If you don’t like the article, don’t read it. Better yet, start a blog about it, and you can be followed by other chubby, insecure, “wanna be trendy” glasses wearing women of Maryland.

    • smoke

      Then I don’t understand the necessity of any picture at all. This isn’t supposed to be Madison Ave. marketing, it is supposed to be journalism. How do we know the victim of the bites even can identify a “pit” bull terrier from a American Boxer? Were there other witnesses to identify the types of dogs in the attack, markings, sex, cropped ears. Calling them “pit” bulls from the identification of one unsubstantiated witness is biased at best.

  • Chrissy Eckert

    I don’t see anywhere that the dogs “attacked” the woman. She interecepted the attack in the dog, yes, and was bitten as a result. That does not constitute an attack. Get your facts straight. The article reeks of speculation and anti-pit bull hysteria

  • 465971

    I am as against anti-pitbull nonsense as anyone- but the dogs DID attack her dog, and they obviously did not belong in the neighborhood, hence the owner being there in a car calling them back. Seems to me like someone cruising around looking for a little fun for his dogs… Whether they were pit bulls or dachshunds, that is a news story & they need help getting any info they can get on it.

  • Thomas McCartney

    Wichita, Kansas

    In January 2009, the Wichita Department of Environmental Services
    released a number of pit bull statistics. The figures are based upon the
    Wichita Animal Control department’s investigation of 733 dog bites in
    2008.

    Included in the data are pit bulls encountered by the
    Wichita Police Department. In the 1-year period, 95% of police
    encounters with aggressive dogs were pit bulls.

    The report also showed that the percentage of pit bull encounters had
    increased from 66% in 2004 to 95% in 2008. Subsequently, four months
    after the release of this data, the City of Wichita enacted a mandatory
    pit bull sterilization law.

    55% of all dogs deemed dangerous were pit bulls (41 pit bull dogs deemed dangerous).

    34% of attacks and bites involved pit bull dogs (246 pit bull attacks/bites).

    28% of dogs found running at large were pit bulls (1,279 pit bulls found running loose).

    25% of dogs impounded were pit bulls dogs (1,575 pit bulls impounded).

    37% of all dogs euthanized were pit bull dogs (1,255 pit bulls euthanized).

    23% of dog complaints involved pit bull dogs (2,523 complaints involved pit bull dogs).!

  • Thomas McCartney

    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

    A pit
    bull BSL works EVERYWHERE it is useful in almost eliminating all
    serious dog attacks that maim, disfigure, dismember, maul, cripple.

    or kill, this is a simply proven fact in all cases.The number of pit
    bulls is dramatically reduced as are the numbers of them put to death.

    The need to have BSL is to have a preemptive capability to avoid a pit bull attack from happening due to it’s extremely savage consequences.

    It is enacted against all pit bulls as they all have the genetic DNA
    propensity to carry out these horrific attacks that are non existent in
    99% of all other breeds, ban the breed and you ban the deed, simple as
    that.

    Dealing with an attack after the fact is simply not acceptable due to the horrific nature of said attacks.

    With any other breed other then Rottweiler’s, wolf hybrids and Akita’s
    and a few others in very small numbers it is not a naturally genetic
    reality for them to carry out such horrifying attacks.

    Hence
    they need to be dealt with in an aggressive reactive modality where all
    of the breed are not looked on as one but rather based on the actions of
    the individual misbehaving dog.

    This can be done in a very
    aggressive proactive manner so that as soon as a dog like a lab lets say
    starts behaving inappropriately severe consequences can be brought to
    bare on the owner and their dog in an escalating manner as needed to
    deal with a situation that has developed.

    This duel track
    approach can deal with the pits issue as other normal dog breeds can be
    dealt with as well so vicious dogs of other mainstream breeds are also
    held accountable for their actions.

    There should be mandatory
    Spay/Neuter programs for all breeds but clearly the one that needs it
    the most and where the most change would be effected would be with the
    Pit Bull type dog.!

    • Janice Tuzcan

      You are so off base it’s not even funny …BSL does not work and that has been proven over and over again . Are you with Dogsbite.org ??? Because your info sounds like the nonsense they spew all over the place . Pit bulls are dogs …nothing more ..nothing less and if you want the truth of the matter the vicious animals are the humans who fight them , abuse them , torture them . It is never the dogs fault ..it’s the ignorant moronic people who have destroyed this breed’s reputation and media who will do anything to sensationalize their story to make a buck . …and haters who spread wrong information ….

  • Thomas McCartney

    From the CDC (1998 report, page 4):

    “Despite these limitations and concerns
    (about identifying the exact ‘breed’ of pit bull type dog responsible for a
    killing), the data indicate that Rottweilers and pit bull-type dogs accounted
    for 67% of human DBRF in the United States between 1997 and 1998.

    It is extremely unlikely that they accounted for anywhere near 60% of dogs in the
    United States during that same period and, thus, there appears to be a
    breed-specific problem with fatalities.”

    Results of mandatory breed-specific S/N in SF: success in San
    Francisco, where in just eight years there was a 49% decline in the
    number of pit-bulls impounded, a 23% decline in the number of pit-bulls
    euthanized, and an 81% decline in the number of pit-bulls involved in
    fatal and disfiguring attacks.

    Ed Boks, Executive director,
    Yavapai Humane Society (responsible Jan 2004 as director City Center for
    Animal Care & Control in NYC for trying to rename pit bulls New
    Yorkies; is pb owner)

    Pit bull type dogs represent 3000% the actuarial risk compared to other types of dogs.

    Insurance companies will have calculated the risks the other listed
    breeds represent based on what they’ve had to pay out through the years.

    This isn’t ‘prejudice’, this is cold statistical reality.
    Actuarial realities don’t yield to sentiment or a feeling of entitlement
    — they just are what they are.

  • Thomas McCartney

    Legislation Proposal

    All dogs must be:
    Or all dangerous dogs must be:

    Or all dangerous molosser breeds, including pit bulls (Staffordshire
    bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, 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),
    rottweilers, presa canarios, cane corsos, chow chows, Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, and their mixes must be:

    * Licensed
    * Micro-chipped with any bite history in database

    * 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.
    * Spayed/neutered (except for limited approved show dog breeders)
    * All breeds involved in any bite incident 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 molosser breeds 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

  • Thomas McCartney

    I don’t know why they all carry on about the Pits killed by BSL. There are hundreds of thousands more pits killed by not having BSL under the system they support.

    These Nutters have supported mass genocide for years with their inaction and promotion of the breed.

    Considering they grandfather Pitbulls out when BSL is introduced, she should be mad at those who deliberately break the LAW and bring an illegal dog into a BSL community knowing the dog may be destroyed by LAW. They will never take responsibility for the suffering they inflict on the Pitbull breed with their misguided advocacy.

    They keep looking for someone to shift the blame onto, Pitbulls suffer because of them, not because of any other reason. Sadly, they don’t have the ability to see the big picture or their own complicity in the suffering of the breed they supposedly love.

    They are like drug addicts blaming everyone else for their addiction, until they take responsibility for the suffering they have created, the breed will continue to suffer

  • Thomas McCartney

    Simply put, border collies do not herd sheep because they are raised on sheep farms; rather, they are raised on sheep farms because they herd. In addition pointers point, retrievers retrieve, and mastiffs guard, all because those traits are part of their breed expectations, meaning strong and continuous selection in the underlying breeding program ”

    Simply put Pit bulls do not attack because they are raised with dog fighters and drug dealers, dog fighters and drug dealers use pit bulls because they attack!

    It is their nature, their genetic truth and reality.!!

    It is not how you raise them rather it is simply what they are.!!

    Just like sled dogs run and pull, it is just their nature.!

  • Thomas McCartney

    A pit bull type dog is what it is and does what it is.You can no more alter it genetic makeup then you can a collies to herd, a hounds to track, a retriever’s to retrieve, a labs to swim, a pointers to point, a sled dog to run and pull.

    They do what they are and a pit bull type dog is a mauling violent killer that has been bred to be a land shark, nothing you do can change that, even if you have them from birth.

    No matter if you love them, or how you nurture, train, rehabilitate, raise them optimally as normal dogs from birth, you can not change their Genetic reality to Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure, Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit.

    For over 600 years the current pit bull type dog was brought into being through careful selective genetic breeding to create the most violent murderous fighting dog possible.

  • Thomas McCartney

    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.

  • Thomas McCartney

    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.

  • Thomas McCartney

    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

    Imagine if your pits were attacked, maimed and killed in the way that “good” pits attack other dogs?

    The pits owner won’t know when his dog’s time will come. Will it be in the back yard? Will it be walking to the car?

    One day, when the pit owner least expects it, a mauling machine attacks. It can happen when the owner is going out the door. A low, square mauling robot pushes past him and latches onto his pit bull.

    It happens that the wife and kids are in the living room at the time. The robot mauler attaches itself to the pit’s face and neck and impales the pit with long spikes. As blood spreads through the pit’s beautiful coat, the children begin to wail. The adults try frantically to find the “off” switch; there is none.

    The machine begins to shake the pit, with such force the pit is tossed about up in the air. “like a rag doll”. Blood spatters the walls, the couch, the kids. The machine suddenly stops, then positions itself on one front leg and again begins to shake the dog.

    The dog looks to his owners with pleading eyes. The wife tries to call 911, but knows it will be too late to save her dog. Suddenly the pit is free, but to the family’s horror, they realize the dog is free because the leg was torn from the dog’s body.

    Now, the pit owners can try to deliver their dying dog to the vet’s, with thousands of dollars due, and with little chance of the dog surviving. What does the future hold? Nightmares for all who witnessed their beloved dogs last moment, months/years trying to pay off the vet bill, years from now they will still find their beloved dog’s blood in their home.

    Now here’s the best part, learned from reading pit BULLY people’s comments: “It’s natural that dogs die. Accept it a part of life.” See, that makes it all better doesn’t it. NOT!

    Ban pit breeding, sale, mongering. Let these masters of mauling become extinct. Everyone sane and compassionate wins; all dogs win too.

  • Thomas McCartney

    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 2013,
    Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, shows the breeds most
    responsible for serious injury and death.

    Study highlights

    Pit bull type dogs make up only 6% of all dogs in the USA.

    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

    Merritt Clifton (all written in 2013):

    “From 1930 to 1960 the U.S. averaged fewer than one fatal dog attack per year. Pit bulls during that time killed nine people. Dobermans killed two, one in 1955 and one in 1960, and that was enough to create the lasting image of the Doberman as a dangerous breed.

    Since 2010 we have averaged 23 fatalities per year from pit bulls alone. From 1960 to 1985, the U.S. averaged about 600,000 bites per year requiring medical treatment, with a dog population of about 35 million.

    From 2000 to today, with a dog population of about 70 million, the average number of dog bites per year requiring medical attention has been between 4.7 and 4.8 million. What changed? In 1960 pit bulls were about half of one percent of the U.S. dog population. By 2000 they were about 4%, and now they are 6%.”

    “No pit bulls from shelters are known to have killed or disfigured anyone in the first 90 years of the 20th century, but 43 have in the past four years, and there have also been 19 fatal & disfiguring attacks by other shelter dogs, mostly Rottweilers & bull mastiffs. The only dogs rehomed from U.S. shelters to kill anyone, ever, before 2000 were two wolf hybrids in 1988 and 1989.

    31 shelter dogs have participated in killing people since 2010, 29 of them pit bulls, bull mastiffs, and Rottweilers. In addition, pit bulls & related breeds adopted from shelters have killed & disfigured around 100 other pets for every person who has been killed or disfigured.

    The bottom line is that in the rush to try to get to no-kill status without stopping the proliferation of dangerous dog breeds first, the animal shelter & rescue communities are grossly failing the public trust, and need to be called to account for it.”

  • Thomas McCartney

    Re: Letter to the editor, Breed-specific language Burnaby NOW, Sept. 10, 2013.

    Dear Editor:

    DogsBite dot org advocates on behalf of victims of serious dog attacks. The United States-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization also tracks U.S. dog bite fatalities, dog bite injury studies, jurisdictions with breed-specific laws and appellate court rulings that uphold these laws.

    Statistical data from DogsBite dot org is cited in the peer-reviewed scientific medical study, Mortality, Mauling, and Maiming by Vicious Dogs, published in the Annals of Surgery in April 2011.

    The study’s conclusion:”Attacks by pit bulls are associated with higher morbidity rates, higher hospital charges, and a higher risk of death than are attacks by other breeds of dogs. Strict regulation of pit bulls may substantially reduce the US mortality rates related to dog bites.”

    The amicus brief DogsBite dot org submitted in the landmark case, Tracey v. Solesky, helped move Maryland’s highest court to modify common law.
    In April 2012, the Court of Appeals declared pitbulls “inherently dangerous” and attached strict liability when a pitbull attacks a person. This liability extends to landlords when a tenant’s pitbull attacks a person.

    The Maryland Court of Appeals went as far as pointing out in their decision ­– concerning the opposing brief written by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which sought to eliminate a financial remedy for the young mauling victim – the following:”Some are similar to the arguments made in the appellant or amicus’ briefs filed in the present case by supporters of pitbulls.

    In light of Maryland’s situation, we find those particular arguments unpersuasive. We have fully reviewed and considered all the briefs.”

    Research and statistical data from DogsBite dot org has exceptional credibility with appellate court justices, surgeons and medical practitioners, attorneys who champion and represent dog mauling victims, the many local, national and international news agencies which have cited our data, parents and activists and of course the victims themselves.

    Colleen Lynn
    Founder and President, DogsBite dot org
    Austin, TX

  • Thomas McCartney

    Dogs are not humans, there is every reason to be threatened by a pit bull just because of what it is, no different then it would be to feel threatened by ANY bear, lion, tiger, wolverine, cobra etc. that you encountered, if they charged you then there would be justification to kill any of them if you were carrying, same thing with a pit bull, any pit pit bull.

    You can no more be biased or prejudiced against any pit bull then you can be so against any bear, lion, tiger, wolverine, cobra etc. so that is an absurd argument on the part of the nutters.

    That 4% of the dog population carries out 70%+ of the killings, mauling, crippling, disfiguring and dismembering attacks to such a disproportionate extent speaks for itself and to the genetic truth and reality that exists in any pit bull type dog, it is what it is and does what is in it’s DNA.This has been breed into them over 600 years and is their truth, they must therefore become extinct.

    Any other dog will bite and run giving you a few stitches, a pit bull will not stop till you are DEAD.What about that do you not understand, the difference between another dog’s bite and a pit bulls mauling and dismembering, disfiguring and killing.

  • Thomas McCartney

    Sadly one does not even have to search for the many attacks of these savage mutant undog’s on humans and pets, there are literally hundreds of new incidents every day carried out by these disgusting creatures, here is another.

    These are all major daily newspapers and network TV station accurate factual reports with direct access to Doctors, ER’s Animal control officers, Police, the victims family, witnesses, the guilty pit nutters, all in news reports from major city newspapers and TV stations, as legit therefore as it possibly can be.

    There is only one breed that has every been or is a threat to public safety and that is the pit bull, the sooner they are exterminated the sooner tragic attacks like the one below will be ended.

    Ban the breed and end the deed.

  • Thomas McCartney

    Cesar Millan quote unquote:

    “Yeah, but this is a different breed…the power that comes behind the bull dog, pit bull, presa canario, the fighting breed – They have an extra boost, they can go into a zone, they don’t feel the pain anymore. … So if you are trying to create submission in a fighting breed, it’s not going to happen.

    They would rather die than surrender. If you add pain, it only infuriates them…to them pain is that adrenaline rush, they are looking forward to that, they are addicted to it… That’s why they are such great fighters.”.

    He goes on to say: “Especially with fighting breeds, you’re going to have these explosions over and over because there’s no limits in their brain.” Wow, is that what you want in a pet? A dog that has “explosions over and over” in its brain?

  • Thomas McCartney

    A pit bull type dog is what it is and does what it is.You can no more alter it genetic makeup then you can a collies to herd, a hounds to track, a retriever’s to retrieve, a labs to swim, a pointers to point, a sled dog to run and pull.

    They do what they are and a pit bull type dog is a mauling violent killer that has been bred to be a land shark, nothing you do can change that, even if you have them from birth.

    No matter if you love them, or how you nurture, train, rehabilitate, raise them optimally as normal dogs from birth, you can not change their Genetic reality to Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure, Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit.

    For over 600 years the current pit bull type dog was brought into being through careful selective genetic breeding to create the most violent murderous fighting dog possible.

    Alexandra Semyonova canine Behavioral and Dog training Expert:

    The history of the ‘bull’ dog began in England, somewhere in the middle ages. It took hundreds of years of selective breeding to create dogs aggressive enough that they were fit for bull- and bear-baiting. The sport had its heyday during the reigns of Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I, but as the law slowly abolished the torture of humans, public opinion began to turn also against the torture of animals for sport. In 1835, Britain passed a law that abolished bull- and bear-baiting.

    The people – in particular the breeders supplying the dogs and those who ran the gambling rackets – had to turn to some other avenue of livelihood. Pitting ‘bull’ dogs against each other became the thing. No need to have, sustain and hide a bull or a bear. No need for an elaborate fighting pit that was big enough to protect the audience from a bear fighting for its life against a bunch of bulldogs.

    The bulldogs were cheaper to keep, required only an improvised fighting pit, and could be quickly hidden if police were on the way. Some lines were modified by adding terrier. This didn’t lead to losing the bulldog’s love of a fight to the death but made the dogs smaller. These smaller bulldogs were easy to transport on Naval ships, and so the British fighting dogs spread around the world.

    It had taken a thousand years of careful breeding to create these specialized fighters / baiters that are so unlike any normal domestic dog. The British breeding program was so successful that these fighting dogs were used all over the world to increase the fighting tenacity of indigenous fighting and/or mastiff breeds. Never before or since was an experiment in changing the domestic dog so successful as the British thousand-years bulldog one. Even today, mixing in this type of dog is the only way to create new aggressive ‘breeds’. It doesn’t matter what you mix the bulldog type with, the trait will prevail — it’s genetic and strongly heritable.

    Every single living ‘bull’ type dog is a direct descendent of these vicious Elizabethan baiting / fighting bulldogs.

  • Thomas McCartney

    KEVIN COUTTS, Head Dog Ranger, Rotorua, New Zealand
    There was concern among dog authorities about American pitbulls being allowed into New Zealand as they were dangerous, unpredictable animals, Mr Coutts said.

    “A lot of people in this town get them because they are a staunch dog and they will fight. They are perceived as vicious … It’s frustrating they were ever allowed in the country … we can’t go back now though,” Mr Coutts said.

    COUTTS’ comment on a pit car mauling
    This sort of thing happens when people own this breed of dog and then don’t look after them.

    VICTORIA STILWELL, celebrity dog trainer
    Presas are not to be fooled with, they’re dangerous. You’ve got a fighting breed here. You’ve got a dog that was bred for fighting. You’ve got one of the most difficult breeds to handle.

    CESAR MILAN, celebrity dog trainer
    “Yeah, but this is a different breed…the power that comes behind bull dog, pit bull, presa canario, the fighting breed – They have an extra boost, they can go into a zone, they don’t feel the pain anymore. He is using the bulldog in him, which is way too powerful, so we have to ‘make him dog’ (I guess as in a “regular” dog) so we can actually create the limits.

    So if you are trying to create submission in a fighting breed, it’s not going to happen. They would rather die than surrender.”. If you add pain, it only infuriates them..to them pain is that adrenaline rush, they are looking forward to that, they are addicted to it…

    That’s why they are such great fighters.” Cesar goes on to say…”Especially with fighting breeds, you’re going to have these explosions over and over because there’s no limits in their brain.”

    GARRETT RUSSO, dog trainer
    I estimate Medical & Veterinary bills related to injuries caused by pit bulls in the Tompkins Square dog run in 2011, $140,000.00. Estimated Medical (human) & Veterinary (canine) bills from all other breeds and mixed breeds combined during the same period, $5,000.00. (Estimate gathered from reports to by owners to the dog park association.)

    STEVE DUNO, dog trainer, pit bull owner
    “The dogs that participated in these attacks weren’t Pekingese. You don’t have herds of Pekingese roaming the city attacking people. When someone says all breeds are created equal, well then they’re denying the definition of what a breed is. Breed serves a particular purpose.”

    “I like them. They’re eager. They’re athletic. They’re aesthetically pleasing. But even if they’re bred perfectly, they can be problematic, particularly with other dogs.”

    “When you combine the breed specific behaviors … with owners who either don’t give a rip, or with owners who (have) too much dog, you have a problem.”

    JEAN DONALDSON, dog trainer
    Most commonly, she sees dogs with aggression problems. While she’s a fierce opponent of “breed bans” like the proposed outlawing of pit bulls that San Francisco debated two years ago, she believes it’s undeniable that some breeds are predisposed to violence.

    Many breeds that were bred as guardians or fighting dogs were carefully designed to not like strangers, she says. She thinks it’s disingenuous of breeders to further enhance this trait, and then expect owners to compensate with training.

    ARLENE STERLING, Newaygo County, MI Chief Animal Control Officer
    “It is genetically inbred in them to be aggressive. They can be very nice dogs, but they are very prey driven and they are extremely strong. It makes them high risk dogs and it makes them extremely dangerous.”

    BOB KERRIDGE, New Zealand SPCA executive director
    “That is the only real way to solve this problem – is to license owners and to give them the responsibility that goes with owning a dog. It would be extremely useful when you have a neighbour who is concerned about that dog next door. You can look at it and see they don’t have a license and take it away. That’s owner responsibility.”

    “We led the charge to stop the importation of the pitbull because of the concerns they would be crossbred with other dogs… But there’s not a lot we can do about that because it’s happened. We wish someone had listened all those years ago.”

    JIM CROSBY, pit bull hired gun
    “Line breeding tends to concentrate recessive traits. The propensity for violent attacks by a dog would be a recessive trait.”

    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.

    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?

    DIANE JESSUP, Washington pit bull owner and expert
    “It’s not sensible to get an animal bred for bringing a 2,000-pound bull to its knees and say I’m going to treat this like a soft-mouth Labrador,” says Jessup, the former animal-control officer. She blames novice owners, as much as actual criminals, for bringing the breed into disrepute. “It’s a capable animal, and it’s got to be treated as such.”

    JOHN ROCKHOLT, South Carolina dogman
    “It’s inhumane not to allow them to fight. If you have to encourage them to fight they are not worth the powder it would take to blow them away. To never allow them any kind of combat…That’s inhumane.”

    RAY BROWN, former pit bull owner, breeder, dog fighter
    Pit bulls didn’t become dangerous because we fight them; we fight them because the English specifically bred them to be dangerous.

    MARK PAULHUS, HSUS southeast regional coordinator
    If it chooses to attack, it’s the most ferocious of all dogs. I’ve never known of a pit bull that could be called off (during a fight). They lose themselves in the fight.

    F.L. DANTZLER, HSUS director of field services
    “They’re borderline dogs. They’re right on the edge all of the time. Even if the dogs are not trained or used for fighting, and even though they are generally good with people, their bloodline makes them prone to violence.”

  • Thomas McCartney

    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.”

    MORTALITY, MAULING, AND MAIMING BY VICIOUS DOGS, April 2011 Annals of Surgery
    “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.”

    MELISSA ARCA, MD
    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.

  • Thomas McCartney

    Are pit bulls the problem, or their owners?

    Pit bulls are back in the news in Broward, although I’d like to see them banned rather than be in the news.

    But that won’t happen, even though county commissioner Barbara Sharief would like to see the state give Broward permission to ban pit bulls.

    Won’t happen. Miami-Dade is the only county in the state that bans pit bulls, and that happened before the state said breed-specific legislation was a no-no. That won’t change now.

    Instead, we’ll get the usual rhetoric about how it’s not the dog that’s the problem, it’s irresponsible owners.

    While it’s true that irresponsible pit bulls owners are a part of the problem, you don’t see people yelling about irresponsible owners of cocker spaniels. Because it is the DOG that’s the main problem.

    You hear the same thing from gun nuts – it’s not the gun, it’s the person behind the gun that’s the problem. Sorry, the GUN is the problem. Just like the pit bull is the problem.

    Pit bulls have no place in an urban area like Broward. If I had a small child, I wouldn’t want him walking anywhere near a neighbor walking a pit bull. And no way would I let him hang out in a home that had a pit bull.

    But don’t worry, pit bull lovers. You’ll still keep your dogs And you can still whine that it’s the owner, not the dog.

    In fact, you can come up with other slogans that gun lovers love.

    Maybe “When pit bulls are outlawed, only outlaws will have pit bulls.”

    Just don’t tell me the gibberish that the owner is the main problem. It’s the dog. Just ask somebody who has been mauled.

    • Chrissy Eckert

      Jesus Christ, you’re a lunatic. That’s all

  • Thomas McCartney

    L.A. NOW
    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — THIS JUST IN
    Lancaster’s dog ordinance is cited in helping to drive down gang crime January 21, 2010

    A Lancaster ordinance imposing stiff penalties on owners of “potentially dangerous” and “vicious” dogs is reaping positive results, and may have even helped to drive down gang crime in the city, officials said.

    The law, adopted in January 2009, was primarily aimed at preventing gang members from using dogs, such as pit bulls and Rottweilers, to bully people or cause physical harm, officials said.
    City officials said that 1,138 pit bulls and Rottweilers were impounded last year by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. Of those, 362 were voluntarily surrendered by their owners in response to Lancaster’s ordinance.

    “A year ago, this city was overrun with individuals — namely, gang members — who routinely used pit bulls and other potentially vicious dogs as tools of intimidation and violence,” Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said in a statement.

    “These individuals delighted in the danger these animals posed to our residents, often walking them without leashes and allowing them to run rampant through our neighborhoods and parks. Today, more than 1,100 of these animals have been removed from our city, along with the fear they create. Lancaster is now a great deal safer because of it.”

    Parris believes there is a correlation between the results of the dog ordinance and a drop in the city’s gang crime rate. Lancaster’s violent gang crime, which includes homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, fell by 45% last year, and there was a drop in overall gang crime by 41%, Parris said, citing statistics from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

    Under the dog ordinance, a hearing officer can deem a dog to be potentially dangerous, for example, if the animal becomes aggressive when unprovoked.

    The dog can be impounded, and the owner must have it properly licensed, implanted with a microchip and vaccinated at his own cost before the animal’s release.
    Dogs deemed to be vicious can be destroyed if they are determined to be a significant threat to public safety, according to the ordinance.

    It also requires owners of potentially dangerous dogs to ensure proper leashing and muzzling, complete a dog obedience training course, spay or neuter their animals, and pay a fine of up to $500 for each offense.

    Owners of dogs deemed to be vicious face fines of up to $1,000 per offense, and they could be prevented from possessing any dog for up to three years.

    Though city officials praise the dog law, some residents continue to challenge its fairness. They argue that “breed-specific” legislation is an injustice to canines, because irresponsible owners are to blame for a dog’s behavior, not the dog.

    — Ann M. Simmons

  • Marc Brown

    This alone — the fact that pit bull owners almost always flee the scene when their pit bull type dogs have savaged someone — is reason to ban all pit bull type dogs. Add to that the fact that even if they’re caught, or if they don’t flee, they still have zero empathy with the victims and never pay the hospital bills.

    Really, we need to ban these weapon undogs. Let the anti-social types that want them think up some other way to bother people. It’s unlikely they’ll find anything that causes as much tragedy as these pit bull type dogs.

    • Marc Brown

      On their forums and Facebook pages, the pit bull fanatics often giggle about animals their pit bulls killed. Recently one pit bull owner posed the question “What would you do if your pit bull attacked a child?”

      Most of her pit bull owning friends answered that they would FLEE THE SCENE and hide their pit bull.

      This is the kind of person that wants a pit bull type dog. This is the kind of person that’s showing up here to berate the report. This is the kind of person our lawmakers are bowing down to.

      • Bob Cronk

        You are full of it Marc…

    • Bob Cronk

      You are full of it Marc. The vast majority of pit bull and pit bull owners you never read about. If anything breed bans are gong away and are legal in a number of states.

  • Bob Cronk

    does anyone have a job for Thomas McCartney…I know its hard to find a job for the mentally unbalanced but I am pretty sure he would take anything.. anything is better than being a prostitute for dogbite.org.

  • Bob Cronk

    Is that how the author of this article preceives the way all pit bull type dogs are kept ? Is so educate yourself before writing another article.

  • Donna C

    Not to get into the crocodile pit, pardon the pun, but we had a pit bull that we rescued and as nice and sweet as he was, he attacked our 8 year old neighbor and tore a nice hole in her arm. Nine stitches in her skinny little arm. I will never forget what that looked like. Of all the dogs I’ve had in my life he was the only one that bit a person. I’m naturally scared of dogs but this breed scares me the most, because they are powerful enough to do a lot of damage.