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Pit Bulls: Safe or Dangerous?
NBC San Diego ^ | Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 | Sarah Grieco

Posted on 06/26/2011 3:08:13 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A recent attack on a 75-year-old woman by two pit bulls fuels the ongoing debate as to whether or not the breed should be considered dangerous.

The woman suffered severe injuries, including multiple bites and a heart attack.

The incident has reignited the debate: Are pit bulls unsafe?

Dangerous Dogs

The controversy surrounding pit bulls has been argued for decades. A special report released by the U.S. Center for Disease Control in 2000 displayed that pit bulls were responsible for the majority of dog bite related fatalities.

The report has since received an overwhelming amount of dissonance from pit bull advocates. The CDC later released a statement saying there was no accurate way to identify which breeds are more likely to kill.

However, advocates at the nonprofit organization Dogsbite.org performed its own study that revealed more than 50 percent of fatal dog attacks are from pit bulls. The Texas-based website serves to warn the public about dangerous dog breeds and educate the public about possible solutions to prevent pit bull attacks.

Colleen Lynn, founder of Dogsbite.org, said the example of the recent attack exposes pit bulls as a hazardous breed.

“We know not all pit bulls are going to attack,” she said. “Pit bulls are not born vicious, they are born dangerous. If you’re going to own one you need to know.” Lynn believes both genetics and a dog’s surroundings play a role in dog attacks.

“There’s no question that environment can play a role,” Lynn said. “But pit bulls bite, clamp, hold and shake. That’s totally genetic.”

Lynn suggested the pit bulls that attacked Emako Mendoza were displaying typical pit bull breed behavior. She said keeping multiple pit bulls elevates the risk, especially with puppies.

Lynn worries that the dogs’ owners will not be able to pay for Mendoza’s injuries. Because of instances like this, Lynn wants to enforce legislation, which would make pit bull owners obtain insurance.

“These dogs can cause serious damage,” she said. “It’s very self-centered considering the risk they could pose.”

Nature vs. Nurture

Are pit bulls attack dogs by nature, or does training play a role?

The Pit Bull Rescue Central website advocates against the notion that the breed itself is dangerous. Marcy Setter runs the website educating dog owners and restoring the pit bull image.

“It’s not a breed issue, it’s a dog issue,” Setter said. “I hear about dogs getting loose and that relates directly to irresponsible dog owners.”

Setter said it’s important to socialize any dog, and expose them to as much as possible.

“A dog is a dog at the end of the day, and all dogs bite,” she said. “Every breed has attacks or fatalities against them.”

Despite negative connotations people have of pit bulls, Setter said people are still interested in adopting them because they are friendly and loyal.

“I would tell a new dog owner the same thing I’d tell other dog owners,” she said. “Make sure to socialize the animal with other dogs and animals.”

Taking Responsibility

San Diego seems to be a pit bull hot spot; simply stroll by Ocean Beach and one will see owners walking pit bulls along the boardwalk.

Michaela Myers, a volunteer with the Pit Bull Rescue San Diego, said pit bulls are a popular dog type not just in San Diego, but also across the nation. As a pit bull owner, Myers believes the dogs make good pets despite unfavorable attention they often receive.

“They’re goofy, loving and great companions,” she said. Myers has two pit bull mixes, one that is a certified therapy dog.

Myers said some people want pit bulls for the wrong reasons, such as enhancing their image as someone who is tough.

“When they become popular with the wrong people for the wrong reasons pit bulls get a bad rep,” she said. Myers said the recent attack must take into account how the dogs were kept and treated.

At the San Diego league experienced trainers evaluate pit bulls to determine whether or not they are temperamental, according to Myers.

The local rescue league also encourages newly adopted dog owners to understand the image they present with their pit bull.

“I do think dog owners have an extra responsibility because the public scrutinizes,” she said. “We want them to be extra responsible with how they present themselves with their dog.”


TOPICS: Local News; Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animals; dog; doggieping; luvmypit; pitbull
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1 posted on 06/26/2011 3:08:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Joe 6-pack

Ping


2 posted on 06/26/2011 3:10:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Pit Bulls are perfectly safe.Just ignore all the documented attacks by the little fellers.


3 posted on 06/26/2011 3:11:17 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: nickcarraway
When I was a kid I grew up with a black lab that grew vicious to non family members.

In my present place we had a pit bull across the alley for three years that was the friendliest and most gentle dog anyone ever saw or hoped to see.

I don't think a breed makes one's set of teeth sharper than another's.

4 posted on 06/26/2011 3:12:50 PM PDT by stevem
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To: nickcarraway

A pitbull thread!

What could possibly go wrong?


5 posted on 06/26/2011 3:13:05 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: nickcarraway
The Pit Bull Rescue Central website advocates against the notion that the breed itself is dangerous. Marcy Setter runs the website educating dog owners and restoring the pit bull image.

“It’s not a breed issue, it’s a dog issue,” Setter said. “I hear about dogs getting loose and that relates directly to irresponsible dog owners.”

Setter said it’s important to socialize any dog, and expose them to as much as possible.

“A dog is a dog at the end of the day, and all dogs bite,” she said. “Every breed has attacks or fatalities against them.”

So, where do I go to find out about the deaths caused by Chihuahua's???

6 posted on 06/26/2011 3:14:51 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: nickcarraway

Thursday or Friday, I had two pit bulls run into my living room, run around the kitchen, and then flee when I got up.


7 posted on 06/26/2011 3:15:52 PM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: SoldierDad
Pack of Angry Chihuahuas Attacks Officer
8 posted on 06/26/2011 3:16:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Insurance companies consider them dangerous. So do I. Next question?


9 posted on 06/26/2011 3:17:01 PM PDT by Peter from Rutland (!@)
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To: nickcarraway

My next door neighbor got attacked by two pit bulls a few years back. He was in his garage cleaning a pair of cleats. They came from across the street and attacked entirely unprovoked.

I don’t know if they represent the breed as a whole, but those two dogs were definitely dangerously temperamental.


10 posted on 06/26/2011 3:17:57 PM PDT by verum ago (A liberal's mind is like a single action revolver with a bobbed hammer)
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To: nickcarraway

I personally knew a family with little children who owned a pit bull.

I “saw” the kids play with her and rough house.

Never did the dog do anything other than watch me very carefully in case I made a move toward the children she disliked.

It’s the owner not the breed but they have been ruined by poor breeding and cruelty.

It’s a no win proposition to defend them in today’s climate regarding them.

At the turn of the last century they were America’s favorite dog.

No kidding...

http://buzzlog.yahoo.com/buzzlog/94449/pit-bulls-surprising-past-nanny-dogs


11 posted on 06/26/2011 3:19:18 PM PDT by Lonely Are The Brave
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To: Lonely Are The Brave

that article is bogus. You can tell the photos are photoshopped. Yahoo fell for it.


12 posted on 06/26/2011 3:21:27 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: SoldierDad

>>>So, where do I go to find out about the deaths caused by Chihuahua’s???

Might be easier to do a news search for “Toy Poodle Mauls Toddler”.


13 posted on 06/26/2011 3:21:47 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: nickcarraway
Pit Bull are just like children you raise them to be mean and nasty and they will be mean and nasty.....Certainly wouldn't buy a used one. I have friends who own them and you have to push them off the couch or they will lick your face off..........but you sure wouldn't want to climb in one of their windows....One of these guys plays with his with a bowling ball.What a hoot to see this dog chase that thing pick it up and bring it back.....At first he got his teeth hooked into the finger holes some how but now that hes been doing it for years its not even round.
14 posted on 06/26/2011 3:31:52 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: nickcarraway

A few weeks back, while we were in our front yard, two pit bulls (a male and a female) came running up into our yard. Neither had any identification on them, but did have collars/harnesses. We put a leash on each, and attempted to locate the owner by walking around our neighborhood, but with no success. All we accomplished was to anger a woman down the block who was working with one of her labs in her front yard - her lab bolted out of the yard, running up to one of the pits. The owner of the lab was upset out of fear the pit would attack her dog. It didn’t. We wound up having to call animal control to come pick up the dogs. Fortunately the local animal shelter has a no-kill policy for non-violent strays. Hopefully the owners went and reclaimed their dogs.


15 posted on 06/26/2011 3:40:44 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: nickcarraway

30 Years ago ,I would have said yes but today,The breeders are less than desirable.


16 posted on 06/26/2011 4:01:48 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: nickcarraway

Only the Army should be allowed to own pitbulls.


17 posted on 06/26/2011 4:05:36 PM PDT by Revel
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To: stevem

That has been my experience as well. To an animal, every pit bull I’ve encountered has been a big pussycat. Surprisingly friendly dogs. However, I think problem is that as a breed they have very powerful jaw muscles (right up there with rottweilers) and can produce tremendous bite pressure, so if you get a bad one you’ve got troubles. Usually the problem seems to come from people who have packs of them and train them to be vicious. Or they trust them unsupervised with an infant, which is a bad idea with any dog.


18 posted on 06/26/2011 4:10:39 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: nickcarraway

I know there’s a range, some are nearly scared of their own shadow and some are killers. The only dog that ever scared truly scared me though was a pit bull. Been around some super spooky wolf hybrid german shepherds and a 200 lb rotweiller and we got along fine.

My buddy had one though that was well over 100 lbs and was the most powerful, muscular, explosive and lightening quick dog I’ve ever seen. Even when he was in a good mood and playful he was frightening, he could knock you around like a ragdoll and I’m well over 200 lbs.

He had it well trained but even then you could sense the animal’s volatile nature. I would never be able to close my eyes around that dog.


19 posted on 06/26/2011 4:28:54 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Free Vulcan

We have a pitbull at work (not my idea) named Sally, aodpted as a small pup. Sweet dog, but......... we have about 120 acres at work and one day a coyote crossed our property. Sally ran it down and visciously ripped it to shreds.

Yup, Sally is sweet, but I sure hope it never turns on someone.


20 posted on 06/26/2011 4:32:49 PM PDT by umgud
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To: SoldierDad

” “Every breed has attacks or fatalities against them.””

Yeah, I can see where my golden retriever would rip apart someone. At worst he would go fetch your chihuahua f it got loose.


21 posted on 06/26/2011 4:40:50 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Liberals who graduate from Ivy League schools are the dumbest people on the planet.)
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t know why this is even a debate. Don’t people have any inkling of the history of selective breeding of dogs and other animals? Dogs were selectively bred to have specific traits that were beneficial to their human owners.

Pointers and Setters point, retrievers retrieve, sheep dogs herd livestock, and other dogs perform other tasks they’ve been bred to perform. Pit bulls were bred to attack and fight, and sooner or later that can come out no matter how responsibly or irresponsibly their owner’s have raised them.


22 posted on 06/26/2011 4:45:01 PM PDT by Will88
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To: nickcarraway

Pit Bulls and Meth Labs go together very well in my part of the country.


23 posted on 06/26/2011 4:45:57 PM PDT by HChampagne (I am not an AARP member and never will be.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

LOL I’ve had goldens for years.

Our current one is a rescue, 100# rambunctious teenager.
He’d never bite anybody, just knock them over with momentum.
Sometimes when he’s done licking the grandchildren I have to towel them off.


24 posted on 06/26/2011 4:47:56 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: nickcarraway

Targets.


25 posted on 06/26/2011 4:50:36 PM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: nickcarraway
"Pit Bulls: Safe or Dangerous?"

Not dangerous, if ventilated from front to rear with lead.


26 posted on 06/26/2011 4:56:11 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96)
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To: nickcarraway

Sorry to the pitbull fans out there, but if I catch one roaming freely I will shoot it. They are far too dangerous to kids.


27 posted on 06/26/2011 4:57:43 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: Hoosier-Daddy

One of my tenants had a cat that was 12 years old. Two pitbulls roaming the neighborhood tore the cat apart, in her kitchen.

Enough said.


28 posted on 06/26/2011 5:01:00 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: nickcarraway

Pit Bulls: Safe or Dangerous?

ONly one way to find out for sure, take 500 of them, don't feed them for three days, don't let them rest for those three days and then turn them loose in the halls of Congress.

29 posted on 06/26/2011 5:03:47 PM PDT by FreeMaine (America, please, please, please, unite and kick Maine out of the Union.)
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To: SoldierDad
So, where do I go to find out about the deaths caused by Chihuahua's???

Chihuahuas confront cougar in SoCal garage

KTLA News
June 14, 2009

SAGE, Riverside County -- A woman got the surprise of her life when she walked into her garage to see why her dogs were barking. She found a full grown mountain lion.

Ana Lee Spray says her three chihuahuas were barking so loudly, she couldn't figure out what was wrong. But, she quickly got the answer staring back at her. She says the big cat appeared to be angry and began hissing at her. She picked up her pint-sized puppies and ran back into the house.

She then grabbed her video camera and took a few pictures of the caged cougar, after she called 911.

Officers with the Department of Fish and Game arrived at Spray's home in the 3900 block of San Ignacio Road a short time later and tranquilized the cat. The mountain lion ran out of the garage and had to be tranquilized a second time in Spray's yard.

Experts say the animal was likely looking for food and had his eye on the chihuahuas as a quick snack.

http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-garage-cougar,0,224308.story

30 posted on 06/26/2011 5:05:26 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: nickcarraway
The Pit Bull Rescue Central website advocates against the notion that the breed itself is dangerous. Marcy Setter runs the website educating dog owners and restoring the pit bull image.

I would challenge Ms. Setter to this. She gets in a room with a pit bull and I'll get in a room with a beagle. Then, someone will constantly prod each dog. We'll see who walks out.

31 posted on 06/26/2011 5:06:56 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Trod Upon
Usually the problem seems to come from people who have packs of them

Approximately a year ago, while walking one of my Labs at the neighborhood park a couple blocks from our home, I witnesses a pit bull engage in an unprovoked attack on a 10 year old female black lab that was sitting right next to it's owner, and not even looking in the direction of the pit bull. The pit bull was not on a leash, and the owner, a young woman, had zero voice control over the dog. The only reason the Lab did not suffer serious injury (the pit drew blood, but not a lot) was because the Lab went onto her stomach and did not resist. The owner of the pit and the owner of the Lab managed to get the pit to release the Lab after holding down the Lab for approximately 2 minutes. While I cannot be sure about the pit's age, it appeared to be somewhere between 1 to 3 years old.

32 posted on 06/26/2011 5:10:27 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: Hoosier-Daddy

We had two pit bulls roaming free in our neighborhood one day that came running up into our front yard while we were doing some work on one of our vehicles - no license or ID tags. They were friendly enough, but did provide us with a scare. We leashed them, and called Animal Control, who came and took them away. Had they been vicious, there would have been no time to get my shotgun before someone was seriously injured.


33 posted on 06/26/2011 5:20:22 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I’ve been bitten twice by one of my Labs while trying to separate them after they started fighting over a rawhide chew. They’ve not done that again for a long time.


34 posted on 06/26/2011 5:23:04 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: FatherofFive

When I was 10 our Chihuahua/Dashhound mix chased a large German Shepard out of our yard, and halfway down the block. I couldn’t stop laughing for quite a while. I just wish I had had a video camera back then.


35 posted on 06/26/2011 5:25:43 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: SoldierDad
When I was 10 our Chihuahua/Dashhound mix chased a large German Shepard out of our yard, and halfway down the block. I couldn’t stop laughing for quite a while. I just wish I had had a video camera back then.

I read somewhere that dogs really don't know how big they are, and they somehow think the are as large as the other animal that they see. This is why the three Cuihuahuas could take on the cougar.

I don't know how "they" figured this out, but it sounds plausable.

36 posted on 06/26/2011 5:58:32 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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WOOOF!

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37 posted on 06/26/2011 6:31:40 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: BereanBrain

Post proof.


38 posted on 06/26/2011 6:46:29 PM PDT by Eaker (The problem with the internet, you're never sure of the accuracy of the quotes. Abraham Lincoln '65)
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To: umgud
we have about 120 acres at work and one day a coyote crossed our property. Sally ran it down and visciously ripped it to shreds.

Bravo!

Good dog.

Let's hear some stories about goldens or labs or teacup turds protecting property like this! Oh, and not fiction like most of the posts on these threads.

Crickets...........

39 posted on 06/26/2011 6:54:29 PM PDT by Eaker (The problem with the internet, you're never sure of the accuracy of the quotes. Abraham Lincoln '65)
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To: nickcarraway

Pit bulls are safe.

Shoot the owners when one attacks.

It’s they that are the danger.


40 posted on 06/26/2011 7:00:59 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Be respectful, be courteous and have a plan to kill every mob member that threatens you.)
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To: nickcarraway

It amazes me that there is any debate about the dangers of the Pit Bull breed. Stats do not lie, I/we tell that to the knuckle headed libs all the time, yet, I still see conservatives make the ludicrous statement that its not the breed, its the owners. Well, if that’s the case, then, by that logic, only bad people ever own pits because they are responsible for the majority of attacks. Not say Labradors or Blue Heelers, because they never top the dog attack/kill charts, so only good people must own those breeds?

Source:http: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_dog_attacks_in_the_United_States

Here is the 2010 US dog attack fatality list (Notice that MOST are pit attacks):

January 13 Pit bull-type Makayla Woodard 5 years Killed by neighbor’s two pit bulls
January 9 Pit bull-type Omar Martinez 3 years Killed by his family’s dog
January 17 Pit bull-type Johnny Wilson 56 years Killed by his daughter’s four dogs
February 12 Pit bull-type Anastasia Bingham 6 years Killed while walking to a friend’s home
February 18 Siberian Husky Robert D. Hocker 11 days Killed by his family’s dog
February 20 Pit bull-type Christine Stabb 38 years Killed by her mother’s dog
February 20 American Bulldog Violet Serenity Haaker 3 years Killed by one of her mother’s dogs
February 22 Pit bull-type “Jane Doe” 5 days Killed by her family’s dog
March 1 Rottweiler Ashlynn Anderson 4 years Killed by her stepfather’s dog
March 4 Pit bull-type Ethel Horton 65 years Killed while defending her husband against an attack by her nephew’s dog
March 8 Rottweiler Justin Lopez 8 months Killed by his family’s two new dogs
April 14 Pit bull-mix Thomas Carter, Jr. 7 days Killed by his family’s dog
May 20 Mixed-breed dog Krystal Brink 3 years Killed when she wandered into her neighbor’s sled dog yard
May 28 Pit bull-type Nathan Aguirre 2 years Killed by his family’s dog
June 3 Pit bull-type Savannah Gragg 9 years Killed in her home while opening the door to let the dog outside
June 15 Bullmastiff-mix Pit bull-Boxer mix Rottweiler-mix Michael Winters 30 years Killed by his nine dogs (5 Bullmastiff, 3 Pit bull-Boxer-mix, 1 Rottweiler-mix)
July 12 Labrador Retriever-mixGerman Shepherd Dog-Husky-mix Kyle Holland 5 years Killed by the dogs of his mother’s live-in boyfriend
July 20 Pit bull-type William Parker 71 years Suffered a fatal heart attack when attacked by two of his neighbor’s dogs
July 22 Pit bull-type Jacob Bisbee 2 years Killed by three of his step-grandfather’s dogs. The dogs had decapitated the family’s pet Akita and killed the family’s pet Chihuahua and parrot within the past year.
July 31 German Shepherd Dog-mix Aaron Carlson 2 years Killed by his family’s dog
August 19 Pit bull-type Tracey Payne 46 years Killed by a pack of pit bull-type dogs that had been abandoned by their owner.
August 22 Pit bull-type Jerry Yates 69 years Killed by 2 pit bulls a tenant was keeping on his land.
August 25 Pit bull-type Mixed-breed dog Jason Walter 7 years Killed by a neighbor’s three pit bull-type dogs and a mixed breed dog while staying at the neighbor’s residence.
August 26 Boxer Taylor Becker 4 years Killed by her family’s dog.
September 4 Pit bull-type Mattie Daugherty 85 years Killed by her daughter’s 9-year-old dog.
October 13 Pit bull-type Rev. John Reynolds sr. 84 years Killed by his son’s pack of 17 dogs.
October 14 Pit bull-type Edward Mitchell 67 years Died of complications of his injuries inflicted by his family’s dog.
October 24 Pit bull-type Justin Valentin 3 days Killed by his family’s dog[18
November 2 Pit bull-Weimaraner-mix Christina Casey 53 years Killed in her own yard by her neighbor’s two dogs
November 10 Pit bull-type Kaden Muckleroy 2 years Killed by his grandfather’s dog[187][188] November 15 Mixed-breed dog Cason Bryant 5 years Killed in his own yard by five of his neighbor’s dogs November 15 German Shepherd Dog Shirley Lou Bird 79 years Killed by her own dog

Explain that pit bull deniers...


41 posted on 06/26/2011 7:05:22 PM PDT by Havoc Cry
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To: nickcarraway
Dangerous.

Our Shiu-tzu was mauled by one many years ago and he was never the same dog.

I wouldn't allow my son around them, and if one ran spontaneously onto my lawn I would shoot it. It's a bad, polluted breed, big among illegals and gang members. It's not the dogs fault, but don't bring one near me or my child or I will use deadly force.

42 posted on 06/26/2011 7:07:09 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: Havoc Cry

There are very few actual pit bulls on your list.

Explain THAT Sparky.


43 posted on 06/26/2011 7:19:07 PM PDT by Eaker (The problem with the internet, you're never sure of the accuracy of the quotes. Abraham Lincoln '65)
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To: Eaker

Playing the semantics game huh, I think the word Pit bull is the most used word in that list..


44 posted on 06/26/2011 7:29:19 PM PDT by Havoc Cry
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To: Havoc Cry

Pit bull-mix is a guess.

Pit bull-type means they have no clue.

Pit bull is used anytime an idiot wants to make a sensational story out of a dog bite.

Kinda like people loading clips into their Glock automatics.

The media doesn’t deal in semantics, they deal in lies.


45 posted on 06/26/2011 7:58:52 PM PDT by Eaker (The problem with the internet, you're never sure of the accuracy of the quotes. Abraham Lincoln '65)
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To: SoldierDad
Similar experience...but it happened in my own backyard.

At one time I was blessed (or cursed, lol) with six large rescues. One was an ancient GSD and one was a relatively young Pit. The others were various mixes of Labs, Husky/Wolf and just big mutts.

The pack was very congenial for a couple of years, so I was pretty relaxed. But for some reason Ginger (the Pit) decided to try to take down the ancient GSD. Why? In retrospect,I suspect that she was old and vulnerable.

Probably one of the scariest, and most heart rending dog fights I have ever seen. I was finally able to separate the two, but Ginger was still in a frenzy and looked at me like she was in another world. I was really afraid I WAS GONNA DIE right there on the spot. I finally got her calmed down, took the GSD to the vet for extensive surgery (she lived)and had to keep Ginger separate from the other dogs.

Since I know how abuse can happen with this breed, I didn't feel comfortable just turning her over to someone. Arranging all the schedules for each dog for “people time” was a real pain in the rear.

She was a beautiful dog with a big smiley face and very affectionate.

Would I have another?No Way!!!

46 posted on 06/26/2011 7:59:22 PM PDT by berdie (qill)
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To: SoldierDad
So, where do I go to find out about the deaths caused by Chihuahua's???

That would be where you trip over them and fall down the stairs. ;-)

47 posted on 06/26/2011 8:04:23 PM PDT by HP8753 (Live Free!!!! .............or don't.)
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To: HP8753

LOL


48 posted on 06/26/2011 8:36:35 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m not good enough at being the alpha with my sheltie mix to have a pit bull.


49 posted on 06/26/2011 8:42:13 PM PDT by nina0113
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To: nickcarraway

It’s the breeders that are breeding aggression into these dogs.


50 posted on 06/26/2011 9:03:11 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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