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 --(PR.com)--DogsBite.org, 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 DogsBite.org

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 DogsBite.org

DogsBite.org 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, www.dogsbite.org, 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 more.DogsBite.org operates out of Austin, Texas and can be contacted via: 512-650-8510 or press@dogsbite.org. 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 DogsBite.org, updated Dec. 3, 2014 (Accessed: Sept. 2, 2015https://www.scribd.com/doc/56495216/Estimated-U-S-Cities-Counties-States-and-Military-Facilities-with-Breed-Specific-Pit-Bull-Laws)

(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, 2015http://www.prweb.com/releases/pit_bulls/legislation/prweb2475504.htm) (Accessed: Sept. 1, 2015http://bestfriends.guerrillaeconomics.net/)

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

(4)FY 2011-12 Adopted Budget and Multi-Year Capital Plan, by Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Accessed: Sept. 1, 2015http://www.miamidade.gov/budget/FY2011-12/adopted/volume2/animal-services.pdf).


Contact Information
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.”