Sunday, 13 December 2015


For additional accurate information on the public safety Danger of Pit Bull Type Dogs visit:

The legal definition of a pit bull is a class of dogs that includes American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American bulldog and any other pure bred or mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dogs, says. Weight and shape can vary significantly among pit bulls from 35 to 100 or more pounds. also says scientific proof of a dog's breed is not required to enforce breed-specific laws nor is it required to properly identify a dog breed. “Misidentification tricks and theatrics were constructed by pro-pit bull and animal welfare groups and endure today for one class of dogs only: pit bulls,” it says.

More than 935 communities nationwide have enacted pit bull ordinances and several have claimed on that their legislation has made their communities safer.

The Myth:

No one can correctly identify a pit bull. Fighting breed advocates claim that most people shown a collage of dog photos online can’t tell which one is the pit bull.

The Reality:

A recent ASPCA study in Virginia revealed that 93% of shelter workers were able to properly identify a “pit bull,” meaning one of the three closely-related (or identical) breeds above.

Many pit bull advocate groups post a collage of dog pictures online and ask the public to “identify the pit bull”.

What the public does not know is that the majority of dogs pictured are shot from camera angles deliberately designed to mislead. In addition, they show heads only, so size cannot be considered—this would not be the case when seeing the dog in real life.

They also feature many rare breeds that are related to pit bulls, but which are extremely uncommon in the United States (e.g., the Dogue de Bordeaux, Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, and Ca de Bou).

And one of the dog breeds that is included is an American Staffordshire Terrier which is the exact same breed as the American Pit Bull Terrier, but registered with another organization.

It should also be noted that many humane societies offer discounts on spaying/neutering of pit bulls. If pit bulls are so difficult to identify, then how do shelter workers identify who qualifies for the discount?

There are also many pit bull rescues with the term “pit bull” in the organization name. How do these groups know which dogs to rescue?

Please pick out a dog show to attend. Any dog show. They are held in every state, every weekend . They are all judged on a visual identification system.

Every dog show ever held has been judged on a visual identification system. Judges not only identify breeds but also minute deviations from breed standard. Watch the judges work.

Humans are capable of this and do it all the time. You can pick out a Poodle or a Pug, Irish Setter or Wolfhound, Corgi or Chihuahua but you have difficulty identifying a breed that you state is anywhere from 5% to 40% of the dogs in America?

The material that I have linked to is very clear that the ASPCA is telling us that their shelter volunteers can correctly identify pit bulls 96% of the time.

Here’s the point: The NCRC uses the DNA when it is convenient to do so. It knows full well that the test does not test for “pit bull” and will often pick it up as other breeds, but it does not tell its readers.

It then uses the mix of other breeds to declare the dogs not pit bulls. Then it uses this sham of an experiment as cited research in their fatality reports to prove they can’t identify pit bulls.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Insurance companies refuse to insure homes with Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Wolf Hybrids

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Insurance companies refuse to insure homes with Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Wolf Hybrids

Coverage to End For Bites by Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Wolf Hybrids
Farmers Group, Inc., will stop covering homeowners for bites by three breeds, saying they are responsible for a quarter of all claims in California
By Sharon Bernstein
Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 

America’s infatuation with canines has led to a breathtaking rise in the number of dog bites – and in the amount of money that insurance companies pay to compensate the bitten.

In California, one major insurer is growling back.

Farmers Group, Inc., has notified policyholders that bites by pit bulls, Rottweilers and wolf hybrids will no longer be covered by homeowners insurance in the state.

The move has drawn criticism from pit bull rescue groups and trainers.

"It is offensive," said Candy Clemente, who trains pit bulls for the Animal Planet show "Pit Boss." They are condemning these breeds indiscriminately without giving the home owners a chance to prove their dogs are not vicious."

But insurers say that bites from pit bulls and the other breeds have gone up dramatically in recent years - along with the cost of settling damage claims.

“We reviewed our liability claim history and we determined that three breeds accounted for more than 25% of dog bite claims,” said spokeswoman Erin Freeman. “In addition, these three breeds caused more harm when they attacked than any other breed.”

The move by Farmers, which will go into effect for California homeowners as their policies come up for renewal, is one of several efforts nationwide by insurance companies to limit an ever-increasing level of liability for dog bites.

Across the U.S., insurance companies paid out $480 million to people who were attacked by dogs in 2011 – a 50% rise in just eight years, according to data from the Insurance Information Institute. In California that year, insurers paid more than $20 million to settle just 527 claims.

Just last week, a 91-year-old Desert Hot Springs woman died after she was attacked by her two pit bulls. In San Diego on Monday, a woman and her daughter were convicted of involuntary manslaughter in another attack, after their two dogs attacked a 75-year-old woman who later died.

Emako Mendoza stepped outside her home to get a newspaper in June of 2011 when she was mauled by the two dogs. She suffered a heart attack and her left arm and leg had to be amputated. Mendoza died six months later.

To deal with the skyrocketing claims and attendant expense, insurers have adopted a number of new measures, the insurance institute said. Some, like Farmers, are asking customers to sign waivers acknowledging that bites will not be covered under certain circumstances.

Others are charging people extra for breeds like pitbulls, or refusing to cover dog bites altogether.

Still more insurers use what they call the “one-bite rule,” saying they’ll cover an attack the first time it happens – not if the animal bites someone else at another time.

Two states, Pennsylvania and Michigan, do not allow insurers to cancel or refuse coverage to owners of specific breeds.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

A North American coalition of over 50 pit bull attack victim support groups has launched an information website

(PRWEB) OCTOBER 14, 2015
A North American coalition of over 50 pit bull attack victim support groups has launched an information website -- -- to coincide with National Pit Bull Awareness Day, which is being held this year on October 24. provides information on the growing issue of attacks on humans and animals by pit bulls, and is intended to help citizens, policymakers and elected officials better understand the scope of this increasingly urgent public safety issue.

As reported by Merritt Clifton, Editor of Animals 24-7 on October 3, 2015, “Although only 5% of the U.S. and Canadian dog population are pit bulls, in the past nine years pit bulls have accounted for 80% of the dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks, resulting in two-thirds of the deaths and disfigurements.”

The National Pit Bull Victim Awareness Day website outlines the effect of pit bulls on families and communities with respect to public safety, and their often devastating social and economic impacts. Various stakeholders in the pit bull issue are identified and addressed, including taxpayers, legislators, emergency and healthcare workers, animal control officers, law enforcement agencies, pet owners, farmers and humane organizations, among others.

The website features state-by-state reports of serious pit bull attacks, disfigurements and fatalities, along with state and local legislation pertaining to the breed.

According to Colleen Lynn, Founder of, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, "Despite clear evidence that pit bulls are responsible for a substantially disproportionate number of attacks, maimings and deaths, humane groups and tax-payer funded animal shelters continue to encourage the public to adopt pit bulls by specifically promoting them through initiatives like Pit Bull Awareness Month." According to Clifton’s research, since 2010, 30 pit bulls and 7 bull mastiffs adopted from shelters have killed people.

Often overlooked as victims are the pit bulls themselves. Pit bulls are the breed of choice for dog fighters, which is why People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), as reported in TIME Magazine, June 20, 2014, supports mandatory spay/neuter programs specifically for pit bull type dogs in order to end this inhumane activity, as well as the rampant overbreeding leading to pit bull euthanization of almost one million per year.

National Pit Bull Victim Awareness Day (NPBVAD) evolved out of the need to amass the growing number of pit bull victim groups into a central online support hub.
"As the numbers of dead and disfigured by pit bulls continue to increase, our concerns are still not being sufficiently addressed by elected officials," states Jeff Borchardt, Founder of Daxton's Friends for Canine Education and Awareness. Borchardt's 14-month-old son Daxton was fatally attacked by pit bulls in early 2013.

Partner organizations in the NPBVAD initiative include Daxton’s Friends (Wisconsin), (Texas), Dangerous By Default (Maryland), Protect Children from Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs (California), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - PETA (Worldwide), (USA and Canada), and Awareness for Victims of Canine Attack - AVOCA (Worldwide). lists more than 50 organizations and advocacy groups from across the continent whose purpose is to alert the public to the pit bull crisis.
NPBVAD also maintains a list of pit bull victims who are available for interviews with the media.

About National Pit Bull Victim Awareness Day: 

National Pit Bull Victim Awareness Day (NPBVAD) is a day to honor and remember victims of pit bulls across the country. Victims include thousands of people and animals every single year. During “National Pit Bull Awareness Month,” we ask you to examine the devastating side of “pit bull awareness”.

About is a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. Through our work, we hope to protect both people and pets from future attacks. 

Our website,, was launched in October 2007 and contains a wide collection of data to help policymakers and citizens learn about dangerous dogs. 

Our research focuses on pit bull type dogs. Due to selective breeding practices that emphasize aggression and tenacity, this class of dogs negatively impacts communities the most.

About Awareness for Victims of Canine Attack (AVOCA): 

AVOCA is a national ad hoc coalition of bereaved families and survivors of canine attack. 
Our mission is to educate the public about dangerous dogs, and in particular fighting and gripping breeds, with respect to the risk they present to human and animal health and safety.

About Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education & Awareness: 

Daxton’s Friends was formed in honor of Daxton Borchardt, who passed away on March 6, 2013, due to severe injuries sustained in a dog attack. 

Daxton’s Friends strives to educate the public about the importance of understanding dog breeds and how, with proper education and pet care, the number of dog-related incidents can be reduced.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Douglas Skinner, DVM Speaks on Pit Bull Type Dog issue

Douglas Skinner, DVM 

Time to neuter all pit bulls, jail owners for attacks
Another vicious attack by not one, but four pit bulls. Dare we say anything lest we raise the ire of the breed’s apologists?

"I have been in veterinary practice for 43 years and never have seen anything like the infusion of this breed. Having worked with more than 100,000 dogs of all breeds, I defy any apologist to offer up such experience. 

Sure, there are sweet pits, but telling one from the bad ones, the Jekyll and Hyde ones that can be incited to violence by some catalyst, is near impossible. While most apologists fancy themselves good trainers, 95 percent of owners are clueless. 

Many breeds have a history of use based on genetics; the border collie’s is herding, German short hair pointers find birds, and pits have a history of violence. With that information, it still makes sense from the “it’s how you raise your dog” crowd that any dog could be made to herd or point; I mean, it’s how you raise them, right? 

A border collie herds instinctively, pointers find game birds, and a pit bull? Well, it wants to chase two girls across a field with three of its buddies and maul them. 

Neuter all pit bulls, require high, double fencing, and give severe fines/incarceration of owners for such attacks. I’ve had it with pit bulls and their mixes trying to bite me during exams or scaring other pet owners. Six weeks old, three months old, you can’t trust them; you can only make excuses for them." 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Is BSL Ineffective, Expensive, and Difficult to Enforce?

Is BSL Ineffective, Expensive, and Difficult to Enforce?
Revised: December 4, 2014; 18:45 GMT

BSL is ineffective, expensive, and difficult to enforce.

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These claims are as common as air; they're made so often that few of us question if they're actually true.

But who is it that makes these claims? And are they true?

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Last month Mike Hendricks of the Kansas City Star published an article which claimed that
research . . . shows little correlation between fatal dog bites and the breeds of the dogs inflicting those wounds, . . .1
Mr Hendricks fails to cite the source of the research, but he may have been referring to any of the numerous "studies" authored and published by pit bull advocacy groups. Independent reports, which Mr Hendricks neglects to mention, leave little doubt of the correlation between pit bulls and fatal or disfiguring attacks.

Mr Hendricks' acceptance and publication of this misinformation follows a now common pattern. Advocates of fighting breeds have repeated these unsupported assertions so often that many journalists accept them without fact-checking.

The Toronto Star recently reported pit bull attacks have virtually disappeared in the decade since BSL was enacted.2  Similarly, Sioux City records show that police officers responded to 37% fewer dog attacks in 2013 than they did in 2007, the year that Sioux City enacted their breed ban. Similar results have been reported in Antigo, Pawtucket, and every other city where good BSL legislation is enacted and enforced.

It is pit bull advocates, not the cities who pay the bills, who claim that BSL is expensive. The advocacy claims are supported by data from the BSL Fiscal Impact Cost Calculator, an advocacy tool developed under a contract from Best Friends Animal Society.3 The tool purports to show that BSL is expensive, but it does not reflect the huge costs incurred by cities that choose breed-neutral laws, rather than BSL. Cities with breed-neutral laws are notoriously plagued by huge numbers of surplus pit bulls, many of them bred by back-yard breeders, which the city must pay to warehouse in animal shelters. BSL, on the other hand, reduces the number of pit bulls in shelters. BSL also reduces the number of euthanizations, which is also a cost for the city, as well as a humane tragedy.

In addition, the advocacy cost calculator fails to address the costs of dozens or hundreds of life-flight evacuations each year, which range in cost from $15k to $50k. The cost calculator does not account for the costs incurred by victims of pit bull attacks, many of whom are left with lasting physical and emotional scars, and overwhelming financial burdens. The cost calculator ignores entirely the costs borne by thousands of victims and their families.

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So, who is it that makes the claim that BSL is ineffective, expensive, and impossible to enforce? And who is it that calls for the revocation of BSL? Choose from among the following three options:
A: Victims of pit bull attacks
B: Municipalities that currently have successful BSL
C: Advocates for pit bulls and other fighting breeds
The answer is C, of course: it is the advocates who are the source of calls to revoke BSL.

The question we must ask ourselves is: Why would the advocates of fighting breeds be allowed to determine how we legislate fighting breeds?

Allowing the advocates of fighting breeds to write the rules regulating fighting breeds appears to make sense, until you think about it.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Dog Bite Victims' Group Releases FAQ about Breed-Specific Legislation to Help Inform City Officials and Advocates
Dog Bite Victims' Group Releases FAQ about Breed-Specific Legislation to Help Inform City Officials and Advocates

The new FAQ provides examples of municipalities with breed-specific ordinances that produced strong results, highlights public support of pit bull ordinances by reviewing the results of two recent elections, explains the three most common types of ordinances and dismantles a variety of myths.

Austin, TX, September 08, 2015 --(, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, releases a Breed-Specific Legislation FAQ on its website. The new in depth FAQ explains what breed-specific legislation (BSL) encompasses, why it primarily involves pit bulls, how cities and counties enforce breed-specific laws and examples of ordinances that produced strong results. The FAQ also dismantles a variety of false myths about BSL.

View: Breed-Specific Legislation FAQ by

The new FAQ answers the top questions about breed-specific legislation, including, the effectiveness of these ordinances, which breeds are involved and the three the most common types of ordinances. The FAQ also explains the history of breed-specific laws and how long they have been targeting fighting dogs -- since the late 1800s in the U.S. The FAQ also highlights the public support for breed-specific pit bull ordinances by reviewing the results of two recent elections.

In 2012, Miami-Dade County became the first municipality to place their longstanding pit bull ban on a countywide ballot during a primary election (August). By a wide margin, 63% to 37%, county voters favored keeping their pit bull ban. In 2014, Aurora, Colorado became the first city to place their 9-year old pit bull ban on a ballot during a general election (November). Again, by a wide margin, 64% to 36%, Aurora voters chose to keep their pit bull ban, according to election results.

To emphasize which breeds of dogs are included in these ordinances, the nonprofit analyzed the 860 cities with BSL in the online document, "Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties, States and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Laws." Pit bulls were named in 100% of these ordinances; rottweilers followed in distant second, named in 7%. Wolf hybrids, often subject to state-level regulation, and presa canarios, a pit bull-mastiff derivative, were each named in 3%, the nonprofit found.(1)

The FAQ explains the most common types of breed-specific laws, including, a breed ban, automatic labeling and mandatory pit bull sterilization. The FAQ provides examples of cities with each ordinance type and their successful results in reducing pit bull attacks and pit bull-related shelter issues. The FAQ also discusses constitutional issues and why well-written ordinances have an outstanding success rate in appellate courts when faced with constitutional challenges.

The new FAQ also dismantles several false myths, including the alleged high cost of enforcing a pit bull ordinance. The FAQ compares the actual cost of enforcement to the exaggerated costs generated by an online calculator funded by a pit bull advocacy group. The side-by-side results are stark. The FAQ shows that the actual cost of a popular U.S. county (Miami-Dade, Florida) to enforce a pit bull ban in 2012 was just 1.5% ($46,140) of the calculator's $3 million estimate.(2,3,4)

View: Pit Bulls Are Identifiable Meme Campaign

The timing of the breed-specific legislation FAQ comes just a week after the nonprofit released a meme campaign that unwinds the myth that pit bulls cannot be properly identified. The nonprofit created the Pit Bulls Are Identifiable Meme Campaign for advocates to share on Facebook, Twitter, other social media networks and commenting platforms. Paired with the FAQ, the two pieces provide excellent tools for the public, advocates and city officials who support breed-specific laws.

The nonprofit's hashtags are ‪#‎SupportBSL‬ and‪#‎PitBullsAreIdentifiable‬

About is a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. Through our work, we hope to protect both people and pets from future attacks. Our website,, was launched in October 2007 and contains a wide collection of data to help policymakers and citizens learn about dangerous dogs. Our research focuses on pit bull type dogs.

Due to selective breeding practices that emphasize aggression and tenacity, this class of dogs negatively impacts communities the most. Our website hosts important dog bite studies, U.S. dog bite fatalities and other key bibliographies. In the Legislating Dogs portion of our site, we offer examples of breed-specific laws (state-by-state) and documentation of the constitutionality of these laws.

The Victim Realities section provides a glance into the unforgettable histories victims leave behind and much operates out of Austin, Texas and can be contacted via: 512-650-8510 or Research contributions and active website participation stems from individuals that span the United States of America and across the world.

(1)Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties, States and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Laws by, updated Dec. 3, 2014 (Accessed: Sept. 2, 2015

(2)The BSL Fiscal Impact Calculator, released in May 2009, was commissioned by Best Friends Animal Society and funded by the National Canine Research Council (Accessed: Sept. 1, 2015 (Accessed: Sept. 1, 2015

(3)Miami-Dade Legislative Item, File Number 120173. Straw Ballot Pit Bull Dogs, Committee Meeting 2/14/2012 (Accessed: Sept. 1, 2015

(4)FY 2011-12 Adopted Budget and Multi-Year Capital Plan, by Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Accessed: Sept. 1, 2015

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Colleen Lynn

Sunday, 6 September 2015

REAL Service Dogs That Were Attacked By Pit Bulls

REAL Service Dogs That Were Attacked By Pit Bulls

KGW talked to two people riding the train Wednesday night around 6:30 p.m. One passenger said four dogs, all with different owners, boarded about the same time at Northwest 21st Avenue and Lovejoy Street. A couple minutes later, a larger dog, which appeared to be a pit bull mix, attacked a smaller dog that looked to be less than 10 pounds.

“There was a small dog on the ground and a pit bull came in, and I was holding my dog up and the pit bull attacked the small dog and latched on to his head,” said passenger Joe Garside.

KGW reached out to Portland Streetcar and is still waiting for a response. The agency’s website states that only service dogs are allowed on trains. A witness KGW talked with said the dog that died appeared to be wearing some sort of service dog designation, but animal control officers said it was not a licensed service animal.

VANCOUVER — Yuri was an assistance dog who helped a woman with autism navigate her daily life, a therapy animal who comforted palliative care patients and an integral part of his Vancouver family.

That all ended Saturday afternoon when the miniature pinscher was eviscerated by a pit bull in what Yuri’s owner describes as an unprovoked attack.

Mia Johnson and her daughter were walking Yuri and a second dog on-leash when they encountered another dog owner at 10th Avenue and Dunbar Street. The other woman was walking a Staffordshire bull terrier, one of the breeds commonly referred to as pit bulls.

“The dog was straining on its leash and it went right for our dog,” Johnson said.

“I saw it had a muzzle on but everything happened so fast. The muzzle came off and it went after one of our dogs.”

The bigger dog’s jaws locked onto Yuri. People nearby who witnessed the sudden attack ran over and began hitting the pit bull, poking its eyes and pulling on its ears, but it wouldn’t let go.

By the time it finally loosened its grip, Yuri was barely alive.

“My dog was disembowelled. I picked him up and everything inside him was just in my hands,” Johnson said.

“(My daughter) was screaming. She was trying to go after the lady and calling her a murderer. Everything was just out of control.”

A visually impaired Calgarian is recovering from an attack by an unleashed pit bull that injured both him and his guide dog.

It happened last Wednesday as Trevor Fitzhenry was walking his dog, Neptune, in Forest Lawn.

“He had his jaws right on his neck, on Neptune’s neck,” said Fitzhenry. “I was thinking, ‘I am going to lose my dog. My dog is going to die here on me.’”

Fitzhenry couldn’t actually see the attack; he has been blind for 15 years.

“It’s just crazy because Neptune is my lifeline, he’s my eyes,” he told Global News. “I was just horrified seeing another dog attack your seeing-eye dog; it was just horrifying.”

The dogs were eventually separated, but not before Neptune was bitten on the face and paws. Fitzhenry required stitches to his hand.

“I was horrified, I was screaming. I was yelling for someone to come help separate these two dogs and it just wasn’t working.”