“Trained to fight:” Three pit bulls seized in dog fighting investigation on their way to finding “furever” homes

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- It has been a long time coming, but three very special dogs from Milwaukee are on their way to finding "furever" homes. They are pit bulls linked to dog fighting, but now, they're getting a second chance at a happy life.

"When we first met them they were skittish. They're skinny and scarred up and seeing them leave today is unbelievable. You would have thought they were a different dog!" MADACC Executive Director Karen Sparapani said.

"You could never tell they came from such a horrible situation. They all have such positive attitudes. They are so happy to see you. We haven`t had any problems with any of them," Nichole Fairfield with the Capital Area Humane Society said.

On Sunday, March 15th, MADACC (Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission) released the last three dogs seized in conjunction with a large-scale dog fighting investigation back in 2011.

"Grew up in a brutal life. Never got any attention. Chained up most of the time and trained to fight," Sparapani said.

Sparapani says MADACC's staff members worked continuously to rehabilitate and condition these dogs.

"We worked really hard with them to get them to learn to walk on leashes and a lot of them learned basic commands -- sit, stay and roll over," Sparapani said.

Now well-behaved, these pups are off to live a better life.

"It does my heart good to be able to do something like this," Fairfield said.

The Animal Farm Foundation contacted the Capital Area Humane Society in Michigan to pick these dogs up from Milwaukee.

"We will bring them back to the shelter -- get them settled and acclimated," Fairfield said.

After working so hard to take care of these pups, Sunday was a bittersweet day for MADACC's staff.

"The good news is they are going to go to a place (where they can) get more rehabilitative work and get into homes and lead the lives they should have had in the first place," Sparapani said.

It is hoped that these dogs will go up for adoption this week. These three dogs were part of a group of 47 seized in dog fighting investigations. In total, 22 dogs were transferred for placement with various shelters and groups outside of Milwaukee.

Are you interested in adopting a pit bull?

MADACC has teamed up with the Wisconsin Humane Society for the "Get Lucky" joint adoption promotion in honor of St. "Pitty's" Day. Now through March 31st, adoption fees for these pups are just $17. This applies to all pit bulls over the age of six months at all three Wisconsin Humane Society campuses and MADACC.

CLICK HERE to view available animals at the Wisconsin Humane Society's three campuses.

CLICK HERE to view available animals at MADACC.

17 comments

  • really

    seems like alot of good work..i still would be so afraid to have these dogs at a public dog park or near children,. I have seen first hand the damage a pit bull can do a friend lost their dog after an attack at a dog park and i have seen what physical dmaage can be done if they bite someone..their bite is different than a normal dog bite.. I respect the breed and I am fearful around them and personnally will never want to be around one.. I hope they find good responsible loving owners

  • lee77

    If these pit bulls were “skinny” when they were brought in, they were NOT used for fighting. Pit bulls used in fighting are well-fed and far from being “neglected,” they are maintained in tip-top condition. An underfed, neglected dog would be easily defeated by a well-fed dog in good physical condition. More than likely, these animals came from a dog-hoarder, or they were no good as fighters and as a consequence, were kept for use as bait dogs.

    Additionally, there is no way to “rehabilitate” a pit bull and anyone who believes these dogs have been rehabilitated and are safe for adoption is in for a rude awakening. In recent years, numerous people in the US have been attacked and badly injured or killed by pit bulls that were allegedly rehabilitated, evaluated and pronounced safe for adoption. In January of this year, 87-year-old Eugene Wesley Smith was murdered by his rescued pit bull — that had been evaluated, rehabilitated and pronounced safe for adoption — in Maryland. In December, Rita Ross of Corpus Christi, Tex., a staunch pit bull advocate, who not only owned pit bulls, but fostered them, was found lying dead in her backyard, literally ripped to pieces by her sweet, gentle “pitties.” In June 2014 in Roswell, N.M., 9-year-old Colby Prince was attacked and badly injured by three pit bulls that escaped a dog rescue, where they were awaiting adoption and the facility is facing a lawsuit. In May 2014 in Merryville, Tenn., a newly-adopted pit bull attacked and seriously injured 7-year-old Sport Kim and the facility that “rehabilitated” and allowed the adoption of the pit bull in question is also facing a lawsuit. A 1-year-old child was attacked and badly injured by a rehabilitated pit bull in Ottawa (Canada) in April 2014. Also in April, a pit bull adopted from an animal shelter in Branford, Conn., attacked Rita Pepe, an elderly woman walking along the street, and she died the following month. (According to Laura Selvaggio Burban, director of Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter in Branford, the pit bull that killed Ms. Pepe “underwent extensive evaluations by staff, volunteers and trainers. He did not show a propensity of violence towards people. He was well-socialized with different age groups, both men and women.” The monster was advertised as “a friendly dog who loves to play. He is neutered, house-trained and up to date with shots.”) In March 2014, a pit bull awaiting adoption escaped its kennel at a dog rescue in Bunnell, Fla., jumped through the window of an SUV and attacked two toddlers, ages 3 and 5. In September 2013 in Oregon, a newly adopted pit bull killed 5-year-old Jordan Ryan. Just in the past four years, newly-adopted pit bulls have killed 24 people in the United States and many others have been seriously injured and left mutilated and scarred for life.

    • kate

      Seriously ? First of all they very well could have been used for dog fighting . But I see your an expert so maybe I am wrong ? Do you fight dogs ? Do you go to dog fights ? Is this how you know this information ? And if they were used for bait dogs thats even WORSE. That means these dogs got beat to sh*t n and still all they want is love and affection. They can’t be rehabiliated? Why is that ? Do you own a pit bull? Do you raise them ? You list these cases of pit bull attacks , have you looked at other breeds? ANY breed can be aggressive or have issues. Not EVERY pit is good in a family environment or with other dogs. But neither are TONS of other breeds. Remember when everyone hated dobermans? Or the fear of Rottweilers . Sadly your opinion is narrow-minded and I feel sorry for you. These dogs are amazing animals , they get abused and tortured and 90 percent of them become GREAT dogs. Unfortunately there are people like you.

      • MamaSparky

        What about the other 10% that don’t become “great dogs”? Are those the ones that are mauling and killing people? And do you find that acceptable?

  • sosfdavido

    LOL… the “Hey, pit bulls, adopt one, get three free!” angle makes me wary. They’re always discounted or have adoption fees waived at shelters. Imagine walking into KFC and finding a random bucket of chicken on the floor with a “FREE CHICKEN” sign on it. Yeah, I think I’d pass.

  • MamaSparky

    Wow, I also hope they have some good liability insurance. All too often the comments left on pit bull attack news reports are “It’s all how you raise ’em”, implying the owner is at fault for raising the pit bull incorrectly. So what will be the excuse when one of these “rehabbed” dogs attacks?

    • dammitall223

      Exactly! And why foist these refurbished fighting dogs off on the public, anyway? Is there such a shortage of dogs waiting for adoption that we risk people’s well-being with dogs that admittedly haven’t been “raised right”?

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    ALEXANDRA SEMYONOVA, animal behaviorist

    You will also not prevent the dog from being what he is genetically predisposed to be. Because the inbred postures and behaviors feel good, fitting the body and brain the dog has been bred with, they are internally motivated and internally rewarded.

    This means that the behavior is practically impossible to extinguish by manipulating external environmental stimuli.

    The reward is not in the environment, but in the dog itself! As Coppinger and Coppinger (2001, p. 202) put it, “The dog gets such pleasure out of performing its motor pattern that it keeps looking for places to display it.” Some dogs get stuck in their particular inbred motor pattern.

    As pointed out above, this kind of aggression has appeared in some other breeds as an unexpected and undesired anomaly – the golden retriever, the Berner Senne hund, the cocker spaniel have all had this problem.

    The lovers of aggressive breeds try to use these breeding accidents to prove that their aggressive breeds are just like any other dog, “see, they’re no different from the cuddly breeds.” But a cuddly breed sometimes ending up stuck with a genetic disaster does not prove that the behavior is normal canine behavior. All it proves is that the behavior is genetically determined.

    “These dogs aren’t killers because they have the wrong owners, rather they attract the wrong owners because they are killers.” The 100 Silliest Things People say about dogs.

    JOHN FAUL, animal behaviorist

    Faul said they were dangerous and a threat to life. He said the pitbull was bred to be absolutely fearless and had a “hair-trigger” attack response.

    “The cardinal rule is that these dogs are not pets,” he said.

    “The only way to keep them is in a working environment.”

    He said the only relationship one could have with the pitbull was one of “dominance, sub-dominance”, in which the dog was reminded daily of its position.

    ANDREW ROWAN, PhD, Tufts Center for Animals

    “A pit bull is trained to inflict the maximum amount of damage in the shortest amount of time. Other dogs bite and hold. A Doberman or a German shepherd won’t tear if you stand still.

    A pit bull is more likely to remove a piece of tissue. Dogs fight as a last resort under most circumstances. But a pit bull will attack without warning. If a dog shows a submissive characteristic, such as rolling over most dogs wills top their attack. A pit bull will disembowel its victim.”

    “A study by Dr Randall Lockwood of the US Humane Society found that pit bulls are more likely to break restraints to attack someone and that pit bulls are more likely to attack their owners, possibly as a result of owners trying to separate their dogs from victims.”

    Jørn Våge, Tina B Bønsdorff, Ellen Arnet, Aage Tverdal and Frode Lingaas, Differential gene expression in brain tissues of aggressive and non-aggressive dogs

    The domestic dog (Canis familiaris), with its more than 400 recognised breeds [1], displays great variation in behaviour phenotypes.

    Favourable behaviour is important for well-being and negative traits such as aggression may ruin the owner-dog relationship and lead to relinquishment to shelters or even euthanasia of otherwise healthy dogs [2,3].

    Behavioural traits result from an interaction of both genetic and environmental factors. Breed specific behavioural traits such as hunting, herding and calmness/aggression are, however, evidence of a large genetic component and specific behaviours show high heritabilities [4-8].

    ALAN BECK, Sc.D

    However, Alan Beck, director of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine Center of the Human-Animal Bond, favors letting the breed go into extinction.

    “This breed alone is a risk of serious public health factors,” Beck said. “We are keeping them alive against their own best interests.”

    Beck said while he does not advocate taking dogs from current and caring owners, he does feel that it has become more of a social and political issue for people than a health one.

    “If these dogs were carrying an actual disease, people would advocate euthanizing them,” Beck said. “This breed itself is not natural.”

    “It has this sort of mystique that attracts a population of people. Of course, most of these dogs are never going to bite, as champions of the breed will tell you. But most people who smoke don’t get cancer, but we know regulations help reduce a significant risk.”

    “I know you’re going to get beat up for this. But they just aren’t good dogs to own. That’s why so many of them are relinquished to shelters. There are too many other breeds out there to take a chance on these guys.”

    MERRITT CLIFTON, journalist, Animal People editor

    There are very few people, if any, who have written more on behalf of dogs over the past 40-odd years than I have, or spent more time down the back alleys of the developing world observing dogs in the habitats in which normal dogs came to co-evolve with humans.

    But appreciation of the ecological roles of street dogs & coyotes, exposing dog-eating and puppy mills, opposition to indiscriminate lethal animal control, introduction of high-volume low-cost spay/neuter and anti-rabies vaccination, introduction of online adoption promotion, encouraging the formation of thousands of new humane societies worldwide, etc., are not to be confused with pit bull advocacy.

    Pit bull advocacy is not defending dogs; it is defending the serial killers of the dog world, who kill, injure, and give bad reputations to all the rest. Indeed, pit bull advocacy, because it erodes public trust in dogs and people who care about dogs, stands a good chance of superseding rabies as the single greatest threat to the health, well-being, and human appreciation of all dogs worldwide.

    STANLEY COREN, PhD

    “A dog’s breed tells us a lot about that dog’s genetic heritage and makeup. Genetics is a strong determinant of personality. In the absence of any other information, we can make a reasonable prediction about how the dog will behave based upon its breed.” p 84

    “When we crossbreed, we lose some of that predictability, since which genes will be passed on by each parent and how they will combine is a matter of chance. Fortunately, there is some data to suggest that we can still make predispositions without knowing much about its parentage.

    John Paul Scott and John L Fuller carried out a series of selective breeding experiments at the Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbor, Maine. By happy chance, their results revealed a simple rule that seems to work. Their general conclusion was that a mixed breed dog is most likely to act like the breed that it most looks like.”

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    2014 Annual release: Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties, States and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Pit Bull Laws. Nearly 100 new jurisdictions added from last year, despite losing three states to anti-BSL laws. Remember, this document is “fractional” as thousands of U.S. jurisdictions do not have their ordinances online.

    Just some of the very recent BSL Pit bull type dog Bans just enacted.
    Newark, Ohio just voted to retain their very restrictive BSL.
    Recently Denmark made it’s Ban on 13 pit bull type dogs permanent across the country.
    Mississippi City, Miss., just enacted a pit bull BSL.
    Aurora, CO. just voted by more then 2 to 1 to keep their Ban on pit bull type dogs.

    Kansas City, Kansas voted to keep their pit bull ban recently.

    Outremont, Que., Canada just voted to Ban all pit bull type dogs.

    The Ban on pit bulls in one King County city will remain.

    Enumclaw, WA. Bans pit bulls and the Enumclaw City Council was looking at an ordinance to end the ban.

    After more than an hour of public comments were heard, the city council voted unanimously to keep the ban.

    Fall River, WI has enacted a new Breed Specific Legislation against pit bull type dogs.

    The Burlington City Council upheld an ordinance that bans pit bulls after hearing feedback from members of the community Monday Oct.6th in Burlington N.D.

    LaFayette, Tennessee enacted a highly restrictive pit bull type dog BSL requiring it be registered with AC, a short leash, muzzle, confirmed kennel, photo, sign, no resale or transfer within the city.

    Carroll County, Miss. recently enacted a pit bull Ban as well with all grandfathered pit bull type dogs having to be leaches, muzzled, kenneled with liability insurance.

    Reynoldsburg, Ohio & Yakima WA both recently reaffirmed their pit bull type dog BSL Bans and kept them in place.!

    FORT THOMAS, Ky, A 26 year ban on owning a pit bull in the city of Fort Thomas was kept in place Aug.4th after attempts to have it over turned were rejected by city council.

    Over 850 Cities, Towns & 26 Counties, 292 US Military bases in 37 states in the US currently have BSL, Breed Specific Legislation against pit bull type dogs as do over 40 other countries, an increase of over 125 cities in the last year.

    In the Prov. of Ontario in Canada Pit Bull type dogs have been banned in all 444 cities and towns in Ontario.

    Country’s,

    Cities, county’s, Provinces, Military Services & Towns where Pit

    Bulls type Dogs are Banned or severely restricted:

    http://www.scribd.com/…/Estimated-U-S-Cities-Counties-State…

    Animal Planet

    Pit Bulls Already Banned in a Dozen Countries

    By Terrence McCoy Wed., Feb. 27 2013

    Pit bulls have been banned the world over as well as over 700 cities, towns and counties in the US alone.

    The prohibition on the pit bull type dog wouldn’t be anything unusual.

    In 1989, Miami may have been one of the first communities to ban pit bulls — but it sure hasn’t been the last, raising questions as to whether it’s only a matter of time before every municipality imposes some sort of regulation on the animal.

    Already, more than a dozen countries have banned pit bulls, making it, quite possibly, the most regulated and feared dog in the canine world.

    Composed from various online resources, here’s a breakdown of the bans and regulations:

    Countries that have enacted regulation on pit bulls (or some deviation):

    **In 1991, Singapore prohibited the entry of pit bulls into the country.

    **In 1993, the Netherlands banned pit bulls.

    **In 1997, Poland enacted legislation enforcing pit bull owners to display “clear warning signs” and keep the animal behind reinforced fencing.

    **In 2000, France banned pit bulls. The goal was to let the breed “die out.”

    **In 2001, Germany banned pit bulls.

    **In 2001, Puerto Rico banned pit bulls.

    **In 2003, New Zealand banned the importation of pit bulls.

    **In 2004, Italy banned pit bulls.

    **In 2009, Australia prohibited the imports of pit bulls.

    **In 2009, Ecuador banned pit bulls as pets.

    **In 2010, Denmark banned pit bulls and pit bull breeding.

    **In 2014, Venezuela will ban pit bulls.

    Nationwide, a ban on pit bulls is also far from exceptional.

    Cities that have laid down some sort of legislation:

    Sioux City, Iowa

    Council Bluffs, Iowa

    Independence, Missouri

    Royal City, Washington

    Denver, Colorado

    Springfield, Missouri

    Youngstown, Ohio;

    Melvindale, Michigan

    Livingston County, Michigan.

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    45 People dead by dog attack in 2014

    Pit bull type dogs killed at least 37 of them directly.
    19 killed by pit bull type dogs directly of the 35 dead are children.

    Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had
    been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression
    before’, and knew the victim.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (19):

    Kara E. Hartrich, 4 years old, Bloomington, Illinois. **

    Je’vaeh Maye, 2 years old, Temple Texas. **

    Braelynn Rayne Coulter, 3 years old, High Point, North Carolina. **

    Kenneth Santillan, 13 years old, Patterson, N.J. by a Bullmastiff

    Raymane Camari Robinson, 2 years old, Killeen, TX by a Bullmastiff **

    Mia Derouen, 4 years old, Houma, Louisiana **

    Christopher Malone, 3 years old, Thornton, MS **

    John Harvard, 5 year old, Riverside, AL **

    Kassi Haith, 4 years old, Felton, Del.

    Demonta Collins, 13 years old, Augusta, Georgia

    he dashed into traffic as he was running from a pit bull attacking him and was hit by a car and was killed.

    Davon Jiggetts,17 years old, Riverdale, Georgia

    he dashed into traffic as he was running from a pit bull attacking him and was hit by a car as was the pit bull, both were killed.

    Holden William Garrison-10 weeks old, Springfield Township, MI **

    Friends of family state that the dog is a Pit bull Mix a Catahoula Hound mixed with Pit Bull.

    Logan Shepard, 4 years old, Riverview, Florida **

    Jonathon Quarles Jr, 7 months old, Dayton, Ohio. **

    Joel Chirieleison, 6 years old, Fanning Springs, FL **

    Deriah Solem, 22 months, ST. Charles, Mo. **

    Javon Dade, Jr, 4 years old, Goulds, FL **

    Summer Sears, 4 years old, Tallassee, AL by Husky/German Shepard Cross

    8 year old girl, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota by a pack of pit bull & pit bull mixes.

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type (18):

    Christina Burleson, 43 years old, Houston, Texas. **

    Klonda S. Richey, 57 years old, Dayton, Ohio. by two Bullmastiff’s

    Nancy Newberry, 77 years old, Phoenix, AZ. **

    Dorothy Hamilton, 85 years old, Kaufman, TX **

    Petra Aguirre, 83 years old, San Antonio TX **

    Betty Clark, 75 years old, San Antonio TX **

    Katie Morrison, 20-years old, Smiths Station, AL **

    Rita Pepe, 93 years old, Branford, Conn by a rescued pit bull

    Craig Sytsma, 46 years old, Metamora, Mich.2 cane corsos and Italian Pit bull type dog.

    Jessica Dawn Norman, 33-years old, Sebring, FL

    Cindy Whisman, 59 years old, Madison Township, Ohio **

    Daniel Glass, 51 years old, Lamar, Mississippi.

    Alice Payne, 75 years old, Cave City, AR. **

    Juan Fernandez, 59 years old, Modesto, CA

    Alemeaner Dial, 83 YEARS OLD, Robeson County, N.C. **

    Rita Woodard, 64 years old, Corpus Christi. TX **

    Edward Cahill, 40 years old, Portage, IND **

    Deanne Lynn Coando 40 years old, Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming
    by a pack of pit bull & pit bull mixes.

    That’s 82% killed by attacking pit bull type dogs.

    Pit Bull type dogs are only about 6% of the entire dog population..

    Stella Antanaitis, 91 years old, Stamford, CT, Keeshond mix **

    Bobbie Cheveallier, 85 years old, Pollock, LA by a northern breed dog or mix.

    Jose Robles, 62 Years old, Madison, NC 15 free-roaming heelers and hound mixes.

    Nyhiem Wilfong, 1 year old, Caldwell County, N.C. by Rottweiler. **

    89-year-old Annabell Martin, Corona, CA. by her grandson’s three Rottweilers.**

    7 years old, Logan Meyer, Hustisford, WI by a Rottweiler. **

    Christopher Camejo Jr., 2-years old, Crystal River, FL by 4 Rottweiler’s **

    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

    *******************************************************************

    33 People dead by dog attack in 2013.

    Pit bull type dogs killed thirty of them. sixteen of the twenty-nine dead are children.

    Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression before’, and knew the victim.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (16):

    Christian Gormanous – 4 yrs old Montgomery County, TX

    Isaiah Aguilar – 2 yrs old Sabinal, TX

    Ryan Maxwell – 7 yrs old ** Galesburg, IL.

    Dax Borchardt – 14 mos old ** Walworth, WI.

    Monica Laminack – 21 mos old ** Ellabelle, GA.

    Tyler Jett – 7 yrs old Callaway, FL.

    Jordyn Arndt – 4 yrs old ** Prairie City, IA.

    Beau Rutledge – 2 yrs old ** Fulton County, GA.

    Ayden Evans- 5 yrs old ** Jessieville, AR.

    Nephi Selu – 6 yrs old ** Union City, CA.

    Arianna Jolee Merrbach – 5 yrs old Effingham, SC.

    Daniel (surname as yet not revealed) – 2 yrs old (Gilbert, Arizona) **

    Samuel Eli Zamudio – 2 yrs old** Colton, CA

    Jordan Ryan– 5 yrs old Baker city, Oregon

    Levi Watson-Bradford-4 years old** White County, Arkansas

    Jah’niyah White – 2 years old ** Chicago, Ill

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type (13):

    Betty Todd – 65 yrs old ** Hodges, SC

    Elsie Grace – 91 yrs old ** Hemet, CA

    Claudia Gallardo – 38 yrs old Stockton, CA.

    Pamela Devitt – 63 yrs old Littlerock, CA.

    Carlton Freeman – 80 yrs old Harleyville, SC.

    Linda Oliver – 63 yrs old Dayton, TX.

    James Harding – 62 yrs old -Baltimore, MD

    chased into traffic by two attacking pit bulls

    Juan Campos – 96 yrs old Katy, Texas.

    Terry Douglass 56 years old. **Baltimore, MD

    Katherine Atkins-25 years old ** Kernersville, NC

    Nga Woodhead-65 years old Spanaway, WA.

    Joan Kappen, 75 years old Hot Springs Ark

    Michal Nelson, 41 years old Valencia County, New Mexico **

    (1 non-pit type killing) [Rachel Honabarger – 35 yrs old – mauled to death by her own GSD mix] Coshocton, OH.

    (1 husky-mix killing, unknown if the other half of the dog was pit bull) [Jordan Lee Reed – 5 yrs old] Kotzebue, AK

    (1 Shiba Inu killing) Mia Gibson – age 3 months, of Gibson, OH – mauled to death by family Shiba Inu.

    Three of the pit bull type dogs were BULL mastiffs, ie 40% pit-fighting bulldog.

    If 27 of 33 dead were killed by pit bull attack, that’s 82% dead by pit attack, 9% dead by ‘molosser’, 3% by some kind of GSD mix, 3% by a husky + possibly pit mix, 3% by Shiba Inu.

    If you count the pit-mix mastiffs as pit bull types, that’s 91% killed by attacking pit bull types. Pit types are only about 6% of the entire dog population.

    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.

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

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

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

    In ALL BSL’s all existing pit bull type dogs are grandfathered in with restrictions until they die off naturally, only NEW pit bull type dogs are not allowed in.

    In NO case are they put down or even forced to leave the community if they are a grandfathered in pit bull type dog if they are registered.!

    When a BSL is brought in you usually have 30 days to register your pit bull type dog covered by the Ban and it is grandfathered in and you are allowed to keep it with restrictions like short leash by an adult, muzzled, kenneled, 6 figure insurance, fixed, chipped,signage etc.

    If you don’t register it in 30 days or you bring one in after the Ban is in effect it is confiscated and put down, as it would be evil & sick to ship a dangerous threat to public safety off to another community and be fine with that as long as your community was safe from them, that would simply be wrong.

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

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

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

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

    Simply put, border collies do not herd sheep because they are raised on sheep farms; rather, they are raised on sheep farms because they herd.

    In addition pointers point, retrievers retrieve, and mastiffs guard, all because those traits are part of their breed expectations, meaning strong and continuous selection in the underlying breeding program ”

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

    There should be mandatory Spay/Neuter programs for all breeds but clearly the one that needs it the most and where the most change would be effected would be with the Pit Bull type dog where every year a third of their numbers are put down in animal shelters.

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    There is very little cost difference no matter if you have a pit bull type dog BSL Ban or not.

    There is a very impactful cost free indirect outcome as invariably the pit bull type dog owner will be far more careful and in fact go
    underground to avoid the consequences of not adhering to a BSL Ban such as fines & or losing their dog or even having it put down, this tends to focus their minds and motivates them to be in compliance.

    In effect out of sight reduces interaction with any pit bull type dogs
    in general for both the 2 & 4 legged legitimate members of the
    community which greatly increases their daily safety and dramatically reduces the possibility of pit bull attacks.

    All this at not one cent of extra cost.

    AC officers will be more available to carry out routine street and park patrols not having to deal with constant pit bull type dog mauling’s.

    This is their normal activity and will allow them to as they enforce the normal leash and dog at large laws to enforce the BSL Ban at the same time at no extra cost.

    Simple they see a pit bull type dog they pick it up, a minor cost to
    bring about increased public safety, & as they go more and more
    underground this cost will drop sharply to the level of being moot from a budget perspective.

    As well neighbors on the street will know if a pit bull type dog is
    illegally present and can call the city AC to report this allowing the
    animal to be removed, a simple, clean and efficient modality to find, fix and remove any pit bull type dog illegally in the community.

    If the owners keep their pit bull type dogs in the basement or take them out only very early in the morning or very late at night this will
    dramatically enhance the community’s safety cost free as the possibility of the public interacting with a pit bull type dog is reduced to fractionally what it normally would be the case in normal daytime hours.

    There would be no extras kenneling cost after you pick up a pit bull
    type dog, you put down a stray right away, if there is ownership proof an immediate choice is given to the owner, give it up to be put down right away or if they appeal it in the courts they pay the kenneling cost.

    If done this way the expense of kenneling is also moot.

    Done this way any Pit Bull type dog BSL Ban is easily enforceable by any community, the only requirement to make this a reality is to have the courage to simply carry out said enforcement in the face of screams, rants and raves by the pit bull advocates.

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Behaviorists/veterinarians

    RANDALL LOCKWOOD, PhD
    Randall Lockwood, who said he has witnessed the best and worst of pit bulls, said illegal dog-fighting is perpetuating dogs that are hazards to humans and other animals. Shaped by dog-fight enthusiasts, they are “a perversion of everything normal dogs should do. What they’ve created is a canine psychopath.”

    “Fighting dogs lie all the time. I experienced it first hand when I was investigating three pit bulls that killed a little boy in Georgia. When I went up to do an initial evaluation of the dog’s behavior, the dog came up to the front of the fence, gave me a nice little tail wag and a “play bow” — a little solicitation, a little greeting. As I got closer, he lunged for my face.”

    The pit bull, in its purebred or mixed form, has been responsible for most of the fatal dog attacks on humans in the last two years. In 1987, there were eight deaths from dog attacks in the country, and seven involved pit bulls. In 1986, there were 13 deaths, seven involving pit bulls. But pit bulls have been victimized by hype.

    The dogs are no strangers to ordinances. A pit bull ban was passed in London in the 1400s.

    These dogs can be canine crocodiles. They have a dark and bloody history.

    In the United States, pets are considered property in the eyes of the law. And one of the most hotly defended rights of the individual is the right to own anything, no matter how stupid or dangerous the choice — even when what someone wants to own is a threat to them, their family, and the community around them.

    FRANKLIN LOEW, dean of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
    I’m not aware of any other breed of animal that has ever been singled out this way. This is man biting dog.

    HUGH WIRTH, veterinarian
    RSPCA Victoria president Dr Hugh Wirth said the dogs were a menace and were not suitable as pets for anyone.

    “They are time bombs waiting for the right circumstances.”

    “The American pit bull terrier is lethal because it was a breed that was developed purely for dog fighting, in other words killing the opposition.

    “They should never have been allowed into the country. They are an absolute menace.”

    “The fact of life is that the community doesn’t want American pit bull terriers. They’ve said it loud and clear over and over again – they want them banned.”

    GRAEME SMITH, veterinarian
    My views about associating a breed with dangerous behaviours were challenged over time as I saw the impact of Pit Bull attacks. Talking to owners with dogs of this breed who have themselves been turned on, it became clear that these animals are unpredictable and when they attack they can cause serious injury or death.

    It is very hard to give Pit Bulls the benefit of the doubt.
    Avoiding the identification of dogs and their behaviours by their breed means the legislation in place can be such that allows these Pit Bulls “one free bite.” This “one free bite” can have fatal consequences.

    If it looks like a Pit Bull, it is a Pit Bull.
    What’s at stake is the safety of people and their own pets in the wider community, there is no room for gambling with an unpredictable animal.

    And that is so often the case. No one knows where these dogs are until they come out and cause some form of grief. My position is about protecting the public and other animals from these animals.

    NICHOLAS DODMAN, BVMS, ACVB, ACVA
    Rottweilers were originally bred to guard the money of peasants returning home from the city of Rottweil in Germany, so their fierceness was prized. Staffordshire bull terriers and pit bulls were programmed to deliver a full crushing bite to the noses of bulls. “They’re locked and loaded,” as Dodman puts it.

    on breed profiling
    But Dodman defends the practice. “The insurance companies have no ax to grind,” he says. They base their decisions on actuarial statistics showing that certain breeds in certain homes are a recipe for trouble and the cause of lawsuits.

    on the MA muzzling law
    After a spate of attacks by pit bulls this summer, Massachusetts lawmakers passed legislation requiring the dogs to be muzzled in public. Some pit bull owners protested, but a Tufts expert says the law may be a good idea. Breeds like pit bulls and Rottweilers, says animal behavior expert Nick Dodman, are hardwired for aggression.

    “Some of these dogs are as dangerous as a loaded handgun,” Dodman– director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at TuftsSchool of Veterinary Medicine – said in an interview with The Boston Globe Magazine.

    Genetics play a big role.

    “No doubt about it, pit bulls are genetically predisposed toward aggression,” he told the magazine. “Justas certain breeds of dogs were bred to herd, certain were bred to hunt, certain to point, and others to swim.”

    While most pet owners accept that their dogs have certain genetic behavioral characteristics, there is still resistance to the idea that some dogs are more dangerous than others.

    “Everybody accepts [genetic behaviors like herding or hunting] until you throw in the word ‘aggression’ and things like a full, crushing bite, which some breeds were specifically bred for in the past.”

    Statistics on dog attacks reinforce the link between certain dogs and dangerous behavior.

    “It’s like a scene from “Casablanca” when they say, ‘Roundup the usual suspects,’” Dodman told the Globe.“It’s always German shepherds, chow, husky, pit bull.The numbers do the talking.”

    He added that pit bulls and Rottweilers alone account for more than 50 percent of the fatal dog attacks every year. Despite the danger, the owners of these dogs often fail to take proper precautions.

    “A lot of owners of aggressive breeds are suffering from denial and ignorance, because no one wants to be fingered as having that kind of dog,” Dodman said.

    “Genetics does play a role and people who think it doesn’t are kidding themselves,” says Dodman. “The pit bull is notorious for a very hard bite. They are always No. 1 in the lethal dog bite parade. The dog was bred for pit fighting. It was bred to never give up, to bite and hang on.”

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    How many other animals did pit bulls kill in 2014?

    Fifty thousand dogs per year, including at least 34,250 pit bulls,
    attack other animals, according to ANIMALS 24-7 analysis of dog attack
    data from 2013-2014.

    Of the 82,000 animal victims per year,
    59,000 die; 23,000 survive their injuries. Among the dead are 15,500
    dogs, 95% of them attacked by pit bulls, and 6,000 hooved animals, 93%
    of them attacked by pit bulls.

    Pit bulls also inflict at least
    60% of the 29,000 fatal attacks on domestic birds and small mammals, and
    at least 60% of the 8,250 fatal attacks on cats. About a third of the
    fatal dog attacks on domestic birds, small mammals, and cats are by dogs
    who are not caught and identified, so might also include many pit
    bulls.
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    Two years of quantification

    This data has emerged from more than two years of systematic effort to
    quantify how many other dogs, cats, livestock, and other domestic
    animals are victims of dog attacks.

    117,515 animals killed by dogs in 2013-2014;

    Rounding off the numbers to the nearest five, about 99,750 dogs
    attacked about 164,240 other animals in the U.S. in 2013-2014, killing
    117,515 and seriously injuring 46,725.

    The animals killed
    included about 31,000 dogs, 16,500 cats, 11,885 hooved animals, and
    57,240 other small domestic animals, primarily poultry.

    The
    seriously injured included about 24,325 dogs, 5,216 cats, and 3,715
    hooved animals. Few small mammals and poultry survived reported dog
    attacks.

    Pit bulls committed more than 60% of fatal attacks

    Pit bulls appear to have inflicted not less than 60% of the total fatal
    attacks on animals (68,500), and probably considerably more, since
    pit bulls might also have inflicted a significant share of the 49,000
    fatalities on other animals in cases where the attacking dogs were not
    identified.

    Altogether, pit bulls inflicted 95% of the fatal
    attacks on other dogs (30,466); 93% of the fatal attacks on livestock
    (10,583); 95% of the fatal attacks on small mammals and poultry
    (56,400); and at least 61% of the fatal attacks on cats (21,226), of
    which 35% involved unidentified dogs.

    About 90,000 pit bulls were
    involved in attacks on other animals in 2013-2014: more than 90% of all
    the dogs inflicting attacks who were identified by breed.

    There are about 3.5 million pit bulls in the U.S. at any given time, according
    to the my annual surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption via
    online classified ads.

    (See “Large retrievers still nearly twice as popular as pit bulls,” http://wp.me/p4pKmM-BA.)

    Thus in 2013-2014 more than one pit bull in 40 killed or seriously
    injured another animal, compared with about one dog in 50,000 of

    Taking into account the increase in the U.S. pit bull population over
    the past decade, and the resultant surge in dog attacks on other
    animals, my findings are reasonably consistent with USDA Wildlife
    Services estimates published in 2006.

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    KEVIN COUTTS, Head Dog Ranger, Rotorua, New Zealand

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

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

    COUTTS’ comment on a pit car mauling

    This sort of thing happens when people own this breed of dog and then don’t look after them.

    VICTORIA STILWELL, celebrity dog trainer

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

    CESAR MILAN, celebrity dog trainer

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

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

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

    GARRETT RUSSO, dog trainer

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

    STEVE DUNO, dog trainer, pit bull owner

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

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

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

    JEAN DONALDSON, dog trainer

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

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

    ARLENE STERLING, Newaygo County, MI Chief Animal Control Officer

    “It is genetically inbred in them to be aggressive. They can be very nice dogs, but they are very prey driven and they are extremely strong. It makes them high risk dogs and it makes them extremely dangerous.”

    BOB KERRIDGE, New Zealand SPCA executive director

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

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

    JIM CROSBY, pit bull hired gun

    “Line breeding tends to concentrate recessive traits. The propensity for violent attacks by a dog would be a recessive trait.”

    MELANIE PFEIFFER, veterinary assistant

    Working in a veterinary hospital, you are exposed to all kinds of animal trauma. One of the more common ones is dog fights. I can honestly say that in three out of four cases, an American pit bull terrier is involved. Many times, we are able to save the life of the afflicted, but yesterday, we were not.

    I propose that all owned American pit bull terriers be registered and all breeding be halted indefinitely. How many mutilated faces, mangled limbs, butchered pets and even human deaths does it take to convince us that this breed needs to be phased out?

    DIANE JESSUP, Washington pit bull owner and expert

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

    JOHN ROCKHOLT, South Carolina dogman

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

    RAY BROWN, former pit bull owner, breeder, dog fighter

    Pit bulls didn’t become dangerous because we fight them; we fight them because the English specifically bred them to be dangerous.

    MARK PAULHUS, HSUS southeast regional coordinator

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

    F.L. DANTZLER, HSUS director of field services

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

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

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