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List pit bulls as dangerous

10:47 am August 22nd, 2014

Changing Eatonville’s municipal code to not list pit bulls, Staffordshire terriers, etc. as dangerous animals would be a giant step backwards in public safety management.
Seriously, pick a safety model and this will be categorized as a latent safety defect put in place by the Town Council. Or, more importantly, check with Eatonville’s insurance underwriter and the town attorney regarding the town of Eatonville’s liability.
In 2014, dogs have killed someone in the U.S. every 9.95 days, and pit bulls are responsible for 70 percent of 2014 attacks. Management of dangerous animals should be proactive, not reactive. Go to the DogsBite.org site and do a little browsing.
De-listing pit bulls as dangerous animals in Eatonville’s municipal code would fly in the face of common sense legislation now enacted in towns and cities across the country.

Bob Thomas
Eatonville

29 Responses to List pit bulls as dangerous

  1. Patti Angeliz Mauldin Reply

    August 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Dear Sir,
    I am the Executive Director of a Valhalla Rescue here in Washington State. we are one of the few rescues that does provide a safety net for large breed dogs including bully breeds affected by BSL legislation. I have worked with bully breeds for well over two decades and have owned them for at least twice that long. I am quite knowledgeable in the breed and speak from that experience.

    BSL laws do nothing but put a target on any breed of dog that has physical characteristics resembling breeds such as American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers, English Staffordshire Terriers, American Bulldogs, and several other breeds. The name pitbull does not even actually pertain to any specific breed although the United Kennel Club does recognize a dog known as the American Pit Bull Terrier. Pitbull is a term given to any job that at one time was used in gaming events common in Europe and the south over a hundred years ago.
    BSLs label all these breeds and more as dangerous based on their looks and takes into consideration none of their actual temperament. it is a proven fact that the dog known as the pitbull has rated higher on temperament charts than cocker spaniels and golden retrievers and fewer people have been killed by dog attacks then have been killed by lightning.
    BSLs cost their communities tens of thousands of dollars each year to enforce and have done absolutely nothing to reduce the number of dog bites in the communities that have made them law.
    BSL has also cost the lives of thousands of dogs with little or at times no actual bully breed blood in them at all and is a law based strictly on looks and has no actual method of testing for actual breed or even human aggression.
    BSL hype has created paranoia and fear in the communities over dogs that do not deserve it and has not addressed the necessity for proper care and training of all dogs in general to prevent dog bites as a whole.
    I personally would like to invite any board member, council member, or public official in the authority to vote on enacting BSL legislation to come out to our rescue ranch and witness firsthand the wonderful dogs that will be affected by such a law. if you do, you will see loving, family quality dogs, with incredibly even temperaments, huge hearts and an amazing willingness to please the people around them. I guarantee by the time you leave you will agree with me that BSL’s have no place in a modern society. If any law at all should be enacted it should be one to ensure the quality of care training and socialization given to a dog and not one that restricts their ability to live.

    Thank You

    • David o Reply

      August 22, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      “BSLs cost their communities tens of thousands of dollars each year to enforce and have done absolutely nothing to reduce the number of dog bites in the communities that have made them law.”

      That’s an absolute falsehood. Plenty of states that have enacted BSL have seen success. Sioux City saw a 37 percent drop in dog bite related complaints five years after enacting BSL. Council Bluffs and Denver have had similar success.

      People trying to stop unwanted pit bulls from flooding their streets are not the enemy. Reckless breeders are. With over 1 million pit bulls euthanized every year, would not some form of breed-specific legislation make sense?

  2. Patti Angeliz Mauldin Reply

    August 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Also to Mr. Thomas, please do your research. Dogbites.org is not at a federally, steak, or even locally funded organization.it is a private group started by one woman whose personal vendetta is to ensure the death and destruction of every dog possibe.not only would she like to see the annihilation of every pitbull in the world but also chows, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans, and dozens of other breeds are on her personal hit list. I truly hope that the City Council will not take her exaggerated as fact. according to the statistic you quoted almost 80 people would have had to die from dog attacks so far this year alone.

    • Pam Ashley Reply

      August 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      You spoke without knowing anything about dogsbite.org obviously. Everyone should go directly to dogsbite.org with a fine toothed comb and try to dispute anything.

      Pit bull attacks end lives, mutilate innocent people everyday, torture gentle animals, and cause post traumatic stress as well as devastating financial ruin from medical expenses. dogsbite.org has links to these attacks, donates to victim expenses, educates on legislative efforts for public safety.

      I work with victims of pit bull attack and know about the effects of fighting breed devastation. Shame shame on anyone who belittles these victims and their families.

    • Paula Reply

      August 24, 2014 at 6:26 am

      How dare you? Put down this educational site on the dangers of these ticking time bombs, you call pb’s! No other breed of dog is killing our children on a daily basis.
      Obviously you are one of those that hate people, but love killers that have ended so many lives. SHAME ON YOU!

  3. katie Reply

    August 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Patti pretty much stated everything I would have to say!
    DB.ORG is a bs website! Nothing they state is factual!!! They lie,and change stories around, to make Pit Bulls look mean.
    Did you know herself and her minions had a whole page on how to kill a neighbors dog, JUST because it “looked” like a Pit Bull. A dog who NEVER did anything, a dog who they SAW in the neighbors yard one day, and decided it should die??
    But HEY if you want to be lumped in with these nutters, by all means.

    • craven desires Reply

      August 23, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      I didn’t used to see much danger in one that was vicious, I knew a Bulldog could hurt a man but I don’t think I realized how bad, I wasn’t afraid of one. Now I’m a lot more wary of a maneater, they really can hurt you, even kill you. I honestly don’t believe that a grown man could get a sixty-five pound Bulldog off without a weapon, if it decided to attack him.
      LESTER HUGHES, Old Mountain Man Kennels

      http://americasdog.blogspot.com/2013/11/portrait-of-american-dogman.html

  4. Karen Batchelor Reply

    August 22, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Dogsbite.org is dog tucker. Everyone knows about the vindictive dog-hater behind it and the nutters who support her.

    Just google her website and then count the number of respected commentators who have decried her propaganda, methodology and agenda. Here’s just one:

    http://junkscience11949.blogspot.co.nz/

    And here’s another:

    http://btoellner.typepad.com/kcdogblog/2010/03/the-truth-behind-dogsbiteorg.html

    And another:

    http://legal.pblnn.com/pro-bsl-experts/dogbiteorg/109-collen-lynn-seattle-animal-control-records

  5. Robert Thomas Reply

    August 23, 2014 at 12:01 am

    - All the fatality statistics on DB.org are cited, none of it is fiction. I doubt DB.org could co-opt the news media on a national basis in order to slander pit bulls as breed. The fact that DB.org isn’t funded by government is irrelevant to the discussion, although I do appreciate an organization dedicated to public safety that doesn’t siphon off taxpayer dollars. Despite any anecdotal evidence provided here supporting the breed the simple fact remains that eliminating pit bulls as pets would drastically reduce the number of dog attack fatalities annually. Timothy Treadwell used the same type of illogical thought process in defending brown bears in Alaska. It didn’t work out too well for him, but at least no innocent people were hurt.

    • Annie Brown Reply

      August 23, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      Dear Bob,

      Bravo! Well said. I do not understand ANY mentality that stresses protecting a type of dog over a human being. Being the owner of a bully breed certainly does not make one an expert on that type of dog. That’s idiotic to think it, much less claim it. Breed specific legislation DOES WORK. It is working in cities across the country! Not legislating certain breeds of dog, and other dangerous animals for that matter, gives owners who do not protect humans from their choice of “pet” gone psycho. Without breed specific legislation the innocent vu crimes of these dogs have no recourse “Opaque, my sweet dog, that has never as much as growled at me before, just ripped a hole inyour thigh muscle, so sorry. See ya!” That just doesn’t cut it anymore. Those of us who have victimized by this “horrific” choice of dog without recourse and have followed the never-ending onslaught of bully breed and other dangerous types of carnage for years. Not protecting humans from dogs is like putting a target on the weakest of our society, small children, children in general, and older people. I would much rather put the target on AN ANIMAL, THAN A HUMAN. As for money to enforce these laws. There is NO PRICE ON HUMAN SAFETY. NO EXCUSES!. KEEP these dogs legislated and let the man constructed killers die out. Just because some aren’t attacking (yet) and may never, it doesn’t take away from the hundreds attacking daily. This is REALLY a no Brainerd. PEOPLE FIRST.

      • Annie Brown Reply

        August 23, 2014 at 6:18 pm

        Typing from a phone is a pain. Sorry for the typos. :)

    • Debbie Bell Reply

      August 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      To make pit bulls look mean? The tragic part is that pits are happy when mauling. This you would learn if you read the pit books from before the pit mongering began in the 1970′s, or if you would see a pit bull up close, biting and not letting go of another dog.

      That’s why good pits don’t give warning before attacking. Good beagles don’t give warning before hunting rabbits, they just do it! Attacking is instinct to good pits.

      Many pits don’t mature till they are 2 yrs or more, some never do. But if your pit does become a good pit, you won’t know it’s happening until it’s too late.

      Normal non bully dogs bite to guard a resource and to make you leave. They let go so you can leave. Good pits bite to maul. Sometimes good pits drag their victims home so they can continue the “fun”.

      Who needs these traits? Dog fighters do.

      Let’s stop supporting dog fighters. Now that dog fighting is illegal, make breeding the fighting dogs illegal too.

  6. The good fight Reply

    August 23, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    As a retired Animal Care and Control Director with over 25 years in the field I now advocate for BSL. Throughout my career I have seen the progression of dog fighting being outlawed and the then influx of pit bull type dogs into the pet population. At the time I viewed all dogs as just that, dogs, but as time went on common sense dictated that just as all other dogs were bred for specific tasks and traits so too were pit bulls. Pit bulls do not attack on the basis other dogs attack but as an inherent reaction to specific stimuli. The same as a retriever being unable to resist chasing a ball and retrieving it and being happy to do it, so too pit bulls may attack without being angry. Dogs were bred in a form follows function way as well. Lean bodies, a low hanging tail for stability and a tenacious nature to attack and not let go until what they are holding is dead. This bite style lends itself to the damage we are seeing victims suffer. Bite inhibition is what causes most dogs to warning bite and release hoping to chase away whatever they felt threatened by. Pit bulls require a bite stick to release their strong hold.

    I would not be in favor of BSL if this information I just stated was given to perspective owners but as you are seeing in the comments, pit bulls, more than ever are being promoted as being like any other dog. While all dogs bite very few breed types maul and kill.

    The national pit bull lobby is second only to the tobacco lobby. Please do not be bullied or fall victim to the smoke and mirrors being presented. One of their most persuasive tactics is that you cannot identify a pit bull because they are a breed type not one identifiable breed. Yes, they are a breed type and yes there are many pit bull mixes but no they are not difficult to identify so I would urge you to once again rely on common sense.

    This is a very polarizing subject but I hope your decision puts public safety first.

  7. The good fight Reply

    August 23, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Also, you will most definitely receive information from the NCRC which is the National Canine Research Council which sounds very official is actually owned by Animal Farm which is a pit bull advocacy group.

  8. Carol Miller Reply

    August 23, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Mr. Thomas has given factual information. Breed specific advocates do not recognize the maulings and fatalities in their rush to advocate for their breed. Where laws have been changed to suit the whims of breed specific advocates things don’t go well. The Ohio Legislature listened to the shrill special interest voices and allowed an out of state pit bull centric PAC to write Ohio law. Since HB 14 was passed in 2012 nine Ohio residents have been killed by dogs, of several breeds. The claim was that the bill would “finally give dog wardens the tools to deal with dangerous dogs.” Not so much, in the 25 years prior to the passage of HB 14 Ohio had six dog bite related fatalities. Two bills are expected to be introduced in the next legislative session to correct the disaster created by pit bull advocates. The city of Cincinnati dropped its breed ban and not two months later had a fatality via a pit bull designer mix dog.

    Several Ohio communities with no pit bull problems because they have breed bans have had pit bull advocates ask for changes in laws this year. Upon closer examination most of the advocates showing up in city council meetings turned out to be non-locals. When actual residents of the communities were heard, it was clear that actual residents were in favor of the breed bans.

    I would urge Katie to find errors in the Dogsbite.org website and to report back with specific examples. She has taken her argument from pit bull talking points without any deep thought. No pit bull advocate has ever been able to demonstrate the shortcomings that they claim exist on the site. As Mr. Thomas has stated, everything is cited.

    I would urge lawmakers considering changes to local laws to visit with pit bull victims. Families that have lost a child, or a parent to a pit bull attack. Visit a survivor with life changing injuries. Stop in to see someone who has lost a beloved pet to a pit bull attack, dogs, cats, horses, ponies, goats, sheep, cattle, swine, all manner of livestock. Talk to people who can’t take out their garbage, or walk to the mailbox, or allow their children to play outside because of menacing pit bulls. What is life like in these communities? What are the property values?

    Proactive law protects the public.

  9. Merritt Clifton Reply

    August 23, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Of the 4,953 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 3,411 (68%) were pit bulls; 556 were Rottweilers; 4,247 (85%) were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, bull mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes. Of the 567 human fatalities, 299 were killed by pit bulls; 87 were killed by Rottweilers; 430 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 3,008 people who were disfigured, 2,090 (68%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 327 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,569 (84%) were disfigured by molosser breeds. Pit bulls–exclusive of their use in dogfighting–also inflict more than 70 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 and pit mixes are together less than 7% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

  10. Tim Hoelscher Reply

    August 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Sorry, Robert – Dogsbite.org is not a reliable source for statistical data about canine behavior or canine bites or bite fatalities. The “research” methodologies they employ to gather their data are nonscientific and wouldn’t pass muster in a freshman college course. In fact, the CDC dismissed similar research strategies as unreliable for their own examination of the problem of dog bites and dog bite fatalities. Dogsbite’s information is, at best, a dark fantasy that has done more harm to the animal welfare community and to dog-loving families than any “pit bull” ever could.

    With respect to “eliminating pit bulls,” you’ll find this a difficult if not impossible task. You’ll find few common genetic threads tying together all these dogs labeled “pit bulls,” and the sheer number of dogs matching the pit bull description make any such elimination unrealistic.

    Finally, Timothy Treadwell dealt with wild animals; pit bulls, despite any desire on your part to portray them otherwise, are domesticated canines and have behaviors just like any other dog. The best scientific information we have tell us this is the case. The problem with pit bulls is a social problem, not a canine one.

  11. Dennis Baker Reply

    August 23, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    28 Dog Bite Related Fatalities [08.13.14]

    by Breed:
    20 by Pit Bull / Pit Bull Mix
    3 by Bullmastiff / Mastiff Mix
    2 by Rottweiler
    1 by Cane Corso
    1 by Shepherd Mix
    1 by Catahoula Leopard Dog

    By age:
    17 Children
    11 Adults

    By State:
    TX – 6 deaths
    AL – 3 deaths
    OH – 3 deaths
    FL – 3 deaths
    NC – 2 deaths
    MI – 2 deaths
    AZ – 1 death
    CA – 1 death
    CT – 1 death
    DE – 1 death
    IL – 1 death
    LA – 1 death
    MS – 1 death
    NJ – 1 death
    MO- 1 death

    Names and ages of the deceased:
    Christina Bell-Burleson – 43 – Houston, TX – 2 Pit Bulls [01.05.14]
    Betty Clark – 75 – Canyon Lake, TX – 2 Pit Bulls [01.06.14]
    Kara Hartrich – 4 – Bloomington, IL – 2 Pit Bulls [01.17.14]
    Annabel Martin – 89 – Corona, CA – 3 Rottweilers [01.26.14]
    Klonda Richey – 57 – Dayton, OH – 2 Mastiff Mixes [02.07.14]
    Je’vaeh Mayes – 2 – Temple, TX – Pit Bull [02.17.14]
    Braelynn Coulter – 3 – High Point, NC – Pit Bull [02.24.14]
    Summer Sears – 4 – Tallassee, AL – Shepherd Mix [02.26.14]
    Kenneth Santillan – 13 – Paterson, NJ – Bullmastiff [02.28.14]
    Raymane Robinson, Jr. – 2 – Killeen, TX – Bullmastiff [03.01.14]
    Nancy Newberry – 77 – Phoenix, AZ – Pit Bull [03.14.14]
    Mia DeRouen – 4 – Houma, LA – Pit Bull [03.25.14]
    Christopher Malone- 3 – Holmes County, MS – 2 Pit Bulls [03.31.14]
    Dorothy Hamilton – 85 – Kaufman, TX – 2 Pit Bulls [03.31.14]
    John Harvard – 5 – Riverside, AL – Pit Bull [04.06.14]
    Petra Aguirre – 83 – San Antonio, TX – Pit Bull Mix [04.11.14]
    Katie Morrison – 20 – Phenix City, AL – 3 Pit Bulls [05.03.14]
    Nyhiem Wilfong – 1 – Caldwell County, NC – Rottweiler [05.04.14]
    Kasii Haith – 4 – Kent County, DE – 3 Pit Bulls [05.07.14]
    Rita Pepe – 93 – Branford, CT – Pit Bull Mix [05.25.14]
    Holden Garrison – 10 wks – Davisburg, MI – Catahoula Leopard Dog [06.09.14]
    Logan Shepard – 4 – Riverview, FL – 2 Pit Bulls [07.19.14]
    Jonathan Quarles – 7 mo – Dayton, OH – Pit Bull [07.20.14]
    Craig Sytsma – 46 – Metamore Twp, MI – 2 Cane Corso [07.23.14]
    Cindy Whisman – 59 – Madison Twp, OH – Pit Bull [08.04.14]
    Joel Chireieleison – 6 – Fanning Springs, FL – 2 Pit Bulls [08.07.14]
    Deriah Solem – 22 mo – St Charles County, MO – Pit Bull Mix [08.09.14]
    Javon Dade – 4 – Miami, FL – Pit Bull [08.13.14]

    Non – Bite Related Canine Deaths

    Demonta Collins – 13 – Augusta, GA – Chased into traffic by at large Pit Bull [04.10.14]
    Davon Jigget – 17 – Fulton County, Ga – Chased into traffic by at large Pit Bull [04.11.14]
    Ryan Brown – 15 – Fayette County, TN – Killed by pan thrown by brother when attempting to break up dog fight [08.08.14]

  12. Dennis Baker Reply

    August 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    So far this year pit bulls alone have killed someone every 11 days on average. Pit bulls maul and kill more than all other types of dogs combined.

  13. Barry Reply

    August 23, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Sioux City experienced a 37 percent drop in dog bites after a pitbull ban. Why do they always ignore the success of BSL that attracts quality residents, protects residents and pets, promotes tourist, reduces gang-related violence, raises property values, reduces animal control costs tax payers must pay and halts backyard breeding and the resultant overpopulation and continual euthanization of unwanted pitbulls, and it halts dog fighting.. BSL is all good.

  14. Marc Brown Reply

    August 23, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Robert Thomas is almost correct — point of fact is that pit bull type dogs have been responsible for 89% of all fatal dog attacks the past 20 months. Eliminating pit bulls and all their mixes and derivatives would push fatalities down by almost 90%! It’s a simple, cheap way to save many human lives, plus the lives of the approximately 42,000 normal animals that pit bull type dogs maul and kill every single year.
    As for Maudlin’s long rant, she is only parroting the stock phrases the pit bull lobby has been using for decades. Nothing new there and none of it true. Here is the fact that should make the pit people’s tactics clear to everyone: 90% of all lung cancers are found in smokers. Nevertheless, the Big Tobacco lobby spent decades denying that smoking caused lung cancer. Nowadays, 90% of all fatal dog attacks are committed by pit bull type dogs. Nevertheless, the pit bull lobby is trying to tell us that breed is irrelevant.
    We don’t need to know exactly how or why smoking is linked to lung cancer to know that it is, and that if you don’t smoke your risk is decreased by 90%. Ditto the pit bull. We don’t need to know exactly why they are killing so often to know that eliminating them will decrease the risk of fatal dog attacks by 90%.
    I suppose lawmakers who would not list pit bull type dogs as deadly would like to see us all smoking again too?

  15. Marc Brown Reply

    August 23, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    For readers who are interested in real facts, I’m now posting the lists of dog attack fatalities the past 20 months. You don’t have to take my word for it (or dogsbite dot org’s). Google the names yourself, and you’ll see the news reports.

    31 dead by dog attack so far in 2014. 27 killed by pit bull type dogs / pit bull mixes. Stars indicate that the killer was a beloved family pit bull that was never abused or neglected.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dogs (17):
    Kara Hartrich – 4 y.o. – Bloomington IL **  [Jan 17]
    Je’vaeh Mayes – 2 y.o. – Temple TX ** [Feb 17]
    Braelynn Rayne Coulter – High Point NC ** [Feb 24]
    Kenneth Santillan – 13 y.o. boy – Patterson NJ [28 Feb – bullmastiff, ie pit bull - mastiff mix]
    Raymane Camari Robinson – 2 y.o. boy – Killeen TX ** [March 1 – bullmastiff]
    Mia Derouen – 4 y.o. – Houme, LA** [March 25]
    Christopher Malone – 3 y.o. – Holmes County, MS** [March 31]
    John Harvard – 5 y.o. – Riverside, St. Clair County, AL** [April 6]
    Demonta Collins – 13 y.o. – Augusta, GA –  [April 10] — chased into traffic by an attacking pit bull, killed by an oncoming car
    Davon Jigget – 17 – Fulton County, GA ** [April 11] – Chased into traffic by an attacking pit bull, killed by an oncoming car
    Kasil Haith  – 4 y.o. – Camden, DE  [May 7]
    Holden William Garrison – 10 weeks old – Springfield Township, MI ** [June 8 – friends of the family confirm that the 'Cathoula' was a pit bull mix]
    Logan Shepherd – 4 y.o. – Riverview, FL ** [July 19]
    Jonathan Quarles, Jr. – 7 m.o. – Dayton, OH ** [July 20]
    Joey Chirieleison – 6 y.o. – Fanning Springs, FL ** [August 7]
    Deriah Solem – 22 m.o. – St. Charles County, MO ** [attacked August 7, died August 9]
    Javon Dade, Jr. – 4 y.o. – Goulds, FL ** – [August 13]
     
    Adult fatalities by pit bull type dogs (10):
    Christina Bell-Burleson – 43 – Houston TX **  [Jan 5]
    Betty Clark –75 y.o. – Canyon Lake, TX ** — [attacked December 21, 2013, died January 6, 2014]
    Klonda Richey – 57 – Dayton OH ** [Feb 7 – two pit bull / mastiff mixes]
    Nancy Newbury – 77 – Phoenix AZ** [March 13]
    Dorothy Hamilton – 85 y.o. – Kaufman, TC** [March 31]
    Petra Yanez Aguirra – 83 y.o. – San Antonio, TX ** [attacked March 31, died April 11]
    Kate Morrison – 20 y.o. – Smiths Station, AL** [attacked April 28, died May 3]
    Rita Pepe – 93 y.o. – Branford, CT** [attacked April 13, died May 25]
    Craig Sytsma – 46 y.o. – Metamora, MI ** [July 23 – two Cane Corsos, which is a pit bull – mastiff mix]
    Cindy Whisman – 59 y.o. – Madison Township, OH ** [August 4]
     
    Rottweiler killings (2):
    Annabel Martin – 89 y.o. – Corona CA  [Jan 26]
    Nyhiem Wilfong – 1 y.o. – Caldwell County, NC [May 5]
     
    One killing by supposed ‘shepherd mixes’ (suspected of being pit bull mixes): Summer Sears – 4 y.o. – Tallassee GA  [Feb 26]
    One killing by Alaska malamute: Gracie Hernetier-Clark – 7 y.o. – Springfield, Manatoba, Canada [March 16]
     
    Non-bite fatalities:
    Carlos Eligio Trevina – 54 y.o. – Idaho Falls ID ** – [Jan 9] – Died of a heart attack immediately after breaking up a fight between his seven pit bulls / pit mixes

    • Marc Brown Reply

      August 23, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      And last year…

      33 dead by dog attack in 2013.
      Pit bull type dogs killed thirty of them. Sixteen of that thirty are children. 
      Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, and ‘never showed aggression before’.

      Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (16):
      Christian Gormanous – 4 yrs old
      Isaiah Aguilar – 2 yrs old 
      Ryan Maxwell – Conroe TX – 7 yrs old **
      Dax Borchardt – Walworth WI – 14 mos old **
      Monica Laminack – Bryan Co GA – 21 mos old **
      Tyler Jett – Callaway FL – 7 yrs old 
      Jordyn Arndt – Prairie City IA – 4 yrs old **
      Beau Rutledge – Fulton Co GA – 2 yrs old **
      Ayden Evans- Garland Co AR – 5 yrs old **
      Nephi Selu – Union City CA – 6 yrs old **
      Arianna Jolee Merrbach – Effingham SC – 5 yrs old
      Daniel (surname as yet not revealed) – Gilbert AZ – 2 yrs old **
      Samuel Eli Zamudio Colton CA – 2 yrs old**
      Jordan Ryan – Baker OR – 5 yrs old**
      Levi Wayne Watson – Bradford AR – 4 yrs old
      Jah’Niyah White – Chicago IL – 2 yrs old**
                             
      Adult fatalities by pit bull type (14):
      Betty Todd – Greenwood SC – 65 yrs old **
      Elsie Grace – Hemet CA – 91 yrs old **
      Claudia Gallardo – Stockton CA – 38 yrs old
      Pamela Devitt – Little Rock CA – 63 yrs old
      Carlton Freeman – Harleyville SC – 80 yrs old
      Linda Oliver – Liberty Co TX – 63 yrs old
      James Harding – Baltimore MD – 62 yrs old – chased into traffic by two attacking pit bulls
      Juan Campos – Katy TX – 96 yrs old
      Terry Douglass – Baltimore MD – 56 yrs old **
      Katherine Atkins – Kernersville NC – 25 yrs old **
      Nga Woodhead – Spanaway WA – 65 yrs old **
      Joan Kappen – Hot Springs Village AK – 75 yrs old **
      Michal Nelson – Valencia Co NM — 41 yrs old **
      Thomas J. Vick – Bullhead City AZ – 64 yrs old **
       
      (1 non-pit type killing) [Rachel Honabarger - 35 yrs old - mauled to death by her own GSD mix]
      (1 husky-mix killing, unknown if the other half of the dog was pit bull) [Jordan Lee Reed – 5 yrs old]
      (1 Shiba Inu killing) [Mia Gibson – 3 months – mauled to death by two Shiba Inus while her parents slept]

      That’s 91% killed by attacking pit bull types. Pit types are only about 5% of the entire dog population.

      Nineteen of the twenty-nine killer pit bulls were cherished ‘family pets’. Eleven of the sixteen dead children were killed by ‘pet’ pit bulls their parents voluntarily chose to expose the children to.
      The man who ran into traffic kept pit bulls himself. He knew perfectly well what the two stranger pit bulls that were chasing him would do if they caught him, so he preferred to risk a swift death by oncoming car.

      598 maimed by pit type dogs 2013 (as of December 25). At least ten times as many normal animals mauled and killed by pit bulls in the same period.

      • David O Reply

        August 25, 2014 at 5:41 pm

        That’s a lot of hard data with citations. Thank you. You even named the victims and gave their ages so they aren’t just numbers.

  16. jess Reply

    August 23, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Anyone who breeds pitbulls are the true evil. Look in Any pound and see how many there are. Look at all the Real statistics as to how many attack Innocent people. Most of the pitbulls were family pets raised with love. Only those with the extreme knowledge and utmost security should be allowed to own one only for the continuance of a species. All breeding needs to stop in order to curb the population for Many reasons. Please read victims stories of witnessing their children and loved ones deaths. Afterwards, if you can honestly say they are “all how they’re raised”….. well you know what you are.

  17. Debbie Bell Reply

    August 24, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Can the pit mongers please explain the sociopathic reasoning they use to justify the continued breeding of the dog that all North American dog fighters choose? Pits are absolutely the best dog for escaping with the purpose of maiming and killing dogs.

    Pits were created to mature to seek and kill their own kind, without warning and without reason. These traits are essential to win dog fights and pits are the best!

    BULLY people tell us daily that they do not care about pit victims, the young or elderly human victims, who have suffered in unimaginable ways while becoming “pit bull aware”. They glibly compare the preventable dismemberment and deaths of the pit victims to other deaths; this is sociopathic reasoning. BULLY people cannot help themselves as they are sociopaths.

    We cannot understand is how they justify the increasing breeding of these expert dog-hunting dog-killing dogs. As someone who cares about all dogs, not just about myself and my ego, I cannot imagine a trait worse that deadly dog aggression from a dog game/ insane enough to escape most confinement and large enough to kill all other size dogs, adult humans, even horses!

    Btw the pit breeders and dog fighters LOVE when BULLY people say ” what great pets pits are.” Without the pit monger’s support the public wouldn’t buy so many pit puppies!

    If course, all that pit mongering is thoroughly polluting the country with pits, including the pounds and consequently the dumpsters and landfills as well. Good job bully people, not.

  18. Christine Reply

    August 27, 2014 at 11:26 am

    How many people in Eatonville have been attacked by dogs? Even Bedlington Terriers have been targeted in BSL- enough of the stupidity! There is no “Pit Bull” breed and this nonsense legislation and its “mongerers” has overreached to target long-standing Terrier breeds with little to no history of greater than average aggression. Do you even know the difference between an American Staffordshire and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier? Target irresponsible owners, not breeds.

    • Bob Reply

      August 30, 2014 at 11:06 am

      Christine, the proposed changes to Eatonville municipal code will only make it possible to identify an “irresponsible” owner after the dog mauls someone; rather an ineffective approach, don’t you think?

      Exempting breeds from regulation is ignoring the problem and hoping it’ll go away. The town council has shown virtually no ability to enforce municipal code regarding shortcomings in the maintenance of private property within the city limits. I.e., I’d estimate an approximately “0″ percent chance of the ToE targeting irresponsible dog owners before a tragedy occurs. Given the data regarding fatalities due to pit bull attacks nation-wide, don’t you think it prudent to NOT create the circumstances for a similar incident to occur? At least inside Eatonville city limits, where everyone lives in close proximity to each other and shares public space.

    • FACTS Reply

      September 2, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Christine, has made the one of the few intelligent comments on here. I can go to many sites and TARGET all kinds of dogs. Let start with the Toy dog that mauled to DEATH a 3 month old baby.

      It is not the breed, it is the owner, and awareness. Targeting a breed (any breed) is stupid; that is poor judgement and lack of knowledge or you can chalk it up to sheer laziness and dog hating in general. I mean lets face it if you just ban all animals besides fish then all the lazy people who like to CONTROL everyone else will be happy.

      What about the snakes? The illegal snakes in this country is something that should be looked into; what about protecting moles and gophers? I bet these same people KILL moles and gophers and yet the Libs in this state have made it illegal to kill them, they are actually protected under law.

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