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“So many cared about him:” Serious threats for Elmbrook Humane Society after dog put down

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BROOKFIELD (WITI) -- A bad dog or a bad decision? A debate is raging online after the Elmbrook Humane Society decided to put down a troubled dog. It has been so heated, serious threats have been made. That has Brookfield police increasing patrols in the area surrounding the shelter.

The Elmbrook Humane Society in Brookfield prides itself on being a no-kill shelter. Humane Society officials say last year alone, 95% of the animals at the shelter were placed in loving homes.

But its the dogs who won't find homes -- a dog named Jim in particular -- that has resulted in serious threats being leveled against the shelter.

Jim was a popular pooch. He had his own Facebook page and a snazzy video made in the hopes he would be adopted.

"Jim was a great dog. We advocated for him for quite some time," Elmbrook Humane Society Executive Director Heather Gehrke said.

Gehrke says Jim, a pit-bull, first came to the shelter in December 2013. At the time, shelter officials applauded his behavior on social media and encouraged people to consider adopting him, documenting his time in their care. But later, Jim began exhibiting signs of aggression.

"He had four incidents in which during play, skin was broken," Gehrke said.

After Jim's third biting incident, Waukesha County deemed him a vicious animal -- a declaration that was dropped several months later. By mid-March of this year, things were looking up for Jim. He was placed in a loving home -- but it appears shortly thereafter, Jim fell back into bad habits.

"During a visit to a vet, there were two incidents in which he broke skin -- requiring medical care," Gehrke said.

That medical care involved stitches, and Jim was surrendered back to the shelter. Gehrke says shelter volunteers had hoped for a different outcome.

"His being safe in the community, placing him again, was what really was the factor that lead to the euthanasia decision," Gehrke said.



After nearly 16 months at Elmbrook Humane Society, Jim was put down -- a decision that angered some.

Brookfield police say someone posted a threat on social media -- saying they'd burn the Elmbrook Humane Society to the ground because of what happened with Jim. Officials say they don't believe the threat to be credible, but they've increased patrols in the area as a precaution.

"Jim had a following and he had so many people that cared about him," Gehrke said.

Brookfield police believe the threat was made by someone from out-of-state. Investigators believe this individual is part of an "extreme group" that has made similar threats in response to other incidents.

Jim (PHOTO: Elmbrook Humane Society on Facebook)

Jim (PHOTO: Elmbrook Humane Society on Facebook)


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    • Dmarie

      It is a very heartbreaking decision that Jim was put down. :'( The sad fact is that he had bitten so many people. My thoughts were the same as others. “If those who made those threats truly cared for Jim, why didn’t any of them come forward & adopt him?” No one want s to put any pet down.

      • Kim Sum

        The people spewing hate don’t care the dog was agressive and a danger to every one. They stupidly think they can save all dogs and wouldn’t have cared if the dog attacked some kid

    • Sandy Chlubna

      DMARIE and others. To answer your question regarding adoption. I submitted numerous adoption requests for Jim. As a matter of face, since I have received absolutely no response from Elmbrook ‘Humane’ Society I am continuing to fax them my adoption application. I believe that I am up to 56 adoption applications for him now. There has been NO answer from EBHS to my faxes (including Jims location),the staff has hung up the phone on me, and all my e mails have gone into the cyber twilight zone. There was an offer to retrain Jim by a certified trainer, and I am sure others were also trying to offer Jim a home. Even though in their initial post they stated they “did not have any first-hand information” they decided to make him disappear. IF he has murdered, as an adopter I think I should have been notified of his murder they there is a major cover-up here and there should be an investigation.

      • Lesley Karen Luscombe

        Considering the damage that this dog had done, and continued to show an impulse for, perhaps you should rethink this and understand that you and yours had a very narrow escape. You cannot love OUT aggression in a Pit Bull, a breed for which aggression is a huge part of their genetic make-up, and which are more than inclined to fight with other dogs at the drop of a hat. You should be thanking the Rescue for rejecting your application. They clearly knew best, the decision was theirs to make in the best interests of the dog, and public safety. A dog that is showing clear signs of elevation in aggression is an unhappy dog that needs peace, not someone who thinks that a bite history can be undone and a dog ‘healed’ and made suitably safe by the employment of a dog-trainer and abundant showers of love.

      • Sandy Chlubna

        Lesley– If you go back to the initial post from ebhs they admit that they had NO first-hand knowledge of the incident. IF this is so HOW could they possibly make an informed decision.

      • ciara

        Leslie- as a pitbull owner whose dog once showed aggression (mostly to other dogs) I know for a fact aggressive dogs no matter their breed can be rehabilitated. I must say your ignorance on this matter is actually concerning, I was mauled by a lab when I was 5 had stitchest in my face, we didn’t press charges on the animal and they never had a problem With the animal after it was properly trained. Aggression in animals is Usually not true aggression in this case I don’t believe it was either because of when he started showing it, it’s Usually anxiety or the sign of a dog that’s not properly excersized. Pitbulls are a very hyper breed, they are like any other terrier, they need lots of exercise and attention which I’m sure t he shelter tried their best to achieve bit didn’t , not to mention the amount of time he was in the shelter for, the people who adopted him And returned him probably didn’t know how to handle it and should have sought out a trainer.

      • Sandy Chlubna

        Dingosbaby– If an agency feels there is a “better fit”. the potential adopter deserves at least the courtesy of a response, NOT to be hung up on and ignored.

      • Dee

        Erin, check your delusions. Leslie is spot on. There is a reason that Pit Bulls are selected over other breeds for dog fighting time and again, it is their genetics of aggression and game. It is those very qualities that make a Pit Bull a Pit Bull. It is even in their breed standard. Have you ever read the breed standard? That is what I thought, if you had you would have known what everybody else does about the breed. Ignorance is ignorance. You should stop posting and do some research on the breed. Perhaps read a book by Colby, one of the originators of the breed.

      • Kim Sum

        The dog was agressive and bit several people. Training would have done nothing to stop the dog from biting again. They did right to put it down

  • Mike Johnson

    people need to calm down. how would these same people feel if the dog chewed some infants face to shreds? i know most of these “dog people” would just blame the owner. but when you have a dog with known aggressiveness theres not many options left. i do believe bad ownership does make bad dogs but once a dog is known to bite causing injury the trust in the particular dog is lost

    • Kim Sum

      Sad fact, pitt bulls HAVE killed and mauled kids many times over, even chased some kid on a bike, dragged him off it and mauled him so baldy he had to be air lifted but there were a LOT of people wanting the dogs to be saved and adopted out and went on how they deserved to live.

  • Amanda B

    May Jim find peace across the rainbow bridge and may those who cared for and loved him at Elmbrook always remember the good. They’re great people who went through great lengths for a dog other shelters wouldn’t have given a second thought to.

  • Lauren

    Elmbrook humane society is a great place and they truly care about all of the animals that come through their doors, so I’m sure this decision was incredibly tough on them and their absolute last resort for this dog. As for people threatening to burn down the humane society, why would you kill all of the animals residing there who are looking for new homes? What would that do for Jim’s memory and how would that make anyone feel better about the loss of a dog. Elmbrook saves so many animal lives so what would harming this incredible organization do? Other shelters put down many animals for reasons far less serious than multiple bites that broke skin. This is an upsetting outcome for a beloved dog but ultimately the only choice the humane society had, especially after being deemed a vicious dog by the country. RIP Jim and remember all dogs go to heaven!

    • Sandy Chlubna

      No–Elmbrook hangs up phones on people, refuse to answer e-mails and ignore numerous adoption applications. NOT my idea of an ethical shelter. However I do agree that we should feel pity for all the animals still stuck in their care. Who will disappear next?

    • Dee

      Lauren, you obviously know little about the Pit Bull advocacy. They falsely claim to be animal advocates, but that is a blatant lie. Pit Bull advocates are only concerned about Pit Bulls, not other animals. So if you think a Pit advocate would not burn down the shelter lest they harm other animals, you are only fooling yourself. As the wise police in your area stated, they are an extremist group. If all the animals in the shelter die because one Pit Bull with aggression problems had to be euthanized, that is fine with them. They are a delusional lot.

  • Vintage Basil

    Someone had to get STITCHES! Are people NOT seeing this??? The dog was returned due to violent behavior! Care a little more for PEOPLE, instead of animals!

  • Lesley Karen Luscombe

    This is so appalling, it really is. That DANGEROUS DOG had carried out at LEAST three biting incidents (and believe me, that is no joke when it comes to a Pit dog ‘bite’), and yet people wish they could have saved him? What is this world coming to, that a dangerous dog is considered more worthy than the safety of both members of the public AND other innocent animals that may come into contact with him?

    Time and again, we see the hopelessly lost examples of humanity, praising a dog they had NEVER met, claiming that they could ‘cure him with love’ and calling him a ‘poor baby’ and all the rest of the disgusting descriptions, yet not a ONE of them came forward PERSONALLY to take that man-biter into their OWN home, and have it mooching around their OWN children or their other pets.

    Dangerous dogs of ANY breed must be euthanized. They must not live so long that fools can raise Facebook pages about them; that fools can give these cases to repellent Legal firms who specialise in ‘saving’ the worthless and the dangerous; they should be euthanized IMMEDIATELY. It is the absolute DUTY of AC and ALL dog rescues to do this thing, in the name of sanity and safety.

    I am immensely glad that this animal is beyond the reach of ignorant hands and disarrayed minds, and that it now has the peace it so clearly NEEDED.

      • ciara

        Her ignorance is what’s appalling, it’s so sad to see so many uneducated people trying to take peoples pets away from then because of a breed, it’s the same as racism…..

      • Dee

        Ladies and gents, it seems that Sandy Chlubna is one of those Pit advocate extremists the police spoke of. Now we all know why her application was turned down and ignored.

    • Kris

      No one displays more ignorance than a pit bull “advocate”. If you really cared about this breed, you would support BSL, which would save one million pit bulls from being killed every year at shelters. That which is not born cannot suffer and die. BSL requires spaying and neutering, which would greatly reduce the number of pits bred.

    • JenniferT

      Well said. It IS the responsibility of those in the sheltering community to prevent these dogs from entering the public’s backyard. It HURTS to be the one who has to say, “This one just isn’t safe, and we must put it down”, and then to have to carry out the deed. I KNOW. I’ve been the one who had to do it. But it was the responsible, ethical thing to do, and it was done with my own hands comforting the dangerous ones into the next plane, and my own tears on their coats as they left. That was the best thing I could do for an animal so upset with this world that it felt like it had to be on the offense every minute of its life.

  • LaAfroCubana

    Good job putting him down. The dog obviously had some serious problems. People threatening the rescue care nothing about victims.

  • Kris

    Every day in this country, THOUSANDS of pit bulls are euthanized. If you insist on saving members of a breed that were never meant to be pets, it would be wise to focus on one that hasn’t yet shown aggression. Lesley is right. The shelter did you and everyone else that might have come in contact with this pit a favor.
    And Ciara, animal aggression is real aggression. Pit bulls were created to fight their own kind to death in a pit. Their aggression is bred in, and often does not manifest until they reach maturity. I rescued 751 dogs, including pit bulls for a short, horrible,eye-opening time. Pits are different. There is a reason that pits Maul and kill more people and animals than all other breeds COMBINED. They are simply doing what their instinct tells them to do. This shelter did the right thing. Pit bulls are even more dangerous in the hands of well-intentioned but clueless pit “advocates”.

      • Dee

        Are you saying that all those dog bite related deaths are phoney? Why don’t you start a blog site with the real stats? You don’t have to go back through the years. Just go back to the beginning of 2015. I would love to see your opinion on how those people died, or maybe you think they didn’t? Please provide documentation as well, but not from AFF, BFF, NCRC or any other fellow extremist website.

      • KaD is hardly a “solo” campaign. In addition to their Board of Directors and volunteers, they frequently consult with legal and medical experts and animal behaviorists. The 2,000 page website has examples of a variety of different types of dangerous dog laws (over 250 different ordinances).
        Data from has hardly been “debunked”. A significant portion of their fatal dog attack data was cited in an April 2011 peer-reviewed medical journal by San Antonio University Doctors. More recently, an amicus brief we filed in a landmark appeals case on behalf of a young mauling victim, helped move the highest court in Maryland to modify state common law. The Court also found the counter brief filed by an animal welfare group “unpersuasive.”

  • Kris

    It isn’t the fault of shelters that approximately 1 million pits every year are killed every year.
    The blame rests on the shoulders of pit breeders and pit “advocates”, who foolishly resist Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), which requires mandatory spay and neuter. If it isn’t born, it can’t suffer and die.
    Who do you think is dumping all the pits at shelters? The misguided people who believe the myths that pit advocates spew forth. “It is all in how you raise them.” “Pits were nanny dogs” and “All dogs are alike”. None of those statements are true. Breeds were developed to have specific traits. Pits were NEVER nanny dogs. Historically, pits have mauled and killed more children than all other breeds COMBINED, and by a wide margin. Pits were created to be the ultimate fighting dog. Most pits will end being dog aggressive, which is what they were bred to be.
    The reason why pits are being dumped at shelters is because the naive owners soon discover that it is NOT “All in how you raise them” when their pit mauls or kills after reaching maturity. You CANNOT ” love” a dog’s instinct out of it.
    The people who are “ignorant” about pit bulls are the ones advocating for them, which is allowing the endless cycle of breeding and killing to continue.

  • Helga Joubert

    Considering that fighting breed advocates are so concerned about the image of pit bulls, why would you go to so much effort to save a crappy one? Pits like Jim make the breed look bad. You’d think the pit nutters would be clamoring to have the Jims of the world put down before they can make headlines–hide the evidence, if you will. I guess logical thinking isn’t one of their strong points…

  • Jane Brown

    These people are twisted and represent the typical violent pit owner. They BULLY everyone with these things, flee when the things attack, avoid any responsibility and continue to breed them to where 1000s of them are euthanized daily. They are sick and should be investigated by the FBI for terrorist threats.

  • JenniferT

    This dog should NEVER have peen placed with the general public. I’m glad the shelter finally took the responsible path and put him down, but he should never have had the opportunity to bite again. I’ve spent around 30 years in sheltering and rescue. Placing a known biter is NOT an ethical thing to do. When you read horror stories about children being mauled or even killed by a dog that was just introduced into the home, you can be pretty sure there was a bite history behind that dog, and the dog’s existence was placed above the well-being of the public. That is NEVER right. If you have a dog with a bite history, it should be put down immediately, not promoted as a great family pet.

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    12 dead by dog attack in the US so far in 2015.
    9 killed by known pit bull type dogs / pit bull mixes, which include
    so-called ‘breeds’ like bullmastiffs and American Bulldogs.

    Stars (**) indicate that the killer was someone’s beloved family pit bull that was never abused or neglected.
    The double dagger (‡) indicates that the ‘pet’ pit bull belonged to the deceased person, their family or a relative.

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type dog (6):
    Kenneth Ford, 79 years old, Pahrump, Nev., March.13

    Eugene Smith – 87 y.o. – Frederick MD ** ‡ [January 7; ‘rescue’ pit bull, kept as indoor family pet]

    Fredrick Crutchfield, 63 years old, Coal Hill, Arkansas ** ‡ Feb.4th

    Roy Higgenbotham Jr., 62 years old, Wheeling, West Virginia ** March.9th
    by Friends Pit Bull

    Julia Charging Whirlwind, 49 years old, White River, SD by Pack of Pit Bull dogs, March.14th, Native American on Rosebud Reservation.

    De’trick O. Johnson, 36 years old, Pine Bluff, Ark, March.21, by a pack of pit bull type dogs.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (3):
    Declan Dean Moss – 18 mos. Old – Brooksville, FL ** ‡ [January 19, mother’s pit bulls]

    Malaki Mildward — 7 years old — College Springs, Iowa ** ‡ (January.22) 2 Pit Bull Mixes, Mother’s & friends Pit bulls.

    Taylynn Devaughnm 2 years old, West Mifflin, PA ** ‡ Feb.22 Aunt’s Pit Bull Mix

    Fatalities by ‘breed unknown’ (1)

    Neta Lee Adams, 81 years old, Washington County, GA Mar 31, 2015

    Unidentified Native American – about 40 y,o. – Gallup, NM [January 2
    [found dead at the roadside after altercation with ‘feral dogs’]

    Fatalities by ‘other breed’s’ (1)

    Betty Wood, 78 years old, Sulphur Springs, TX ** ‡ March.13,2015 by her pet Rottweiler

    Foreign deaths by pit bull type dog that we know of (3):
    Children (2)
    Michel Danny Kasouha, 7 years old, Beirut, Leabanon, April.7,2014
    Maxi Millian Guscott – 2 y.o. – St. Ann, Jamaica ** ‡ [January 2 – bullmastiff, which is a pit bull – mastiff mix]

    Adult (1)

    Emilia Mitroi, 53 years old, Drobeta Turnu Severin, Romania ** ‡ Pit Bull Terrier, March.9th.

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    In North America, from 1982-2014, Pit Bull breeds and mixes have seriously attacked 3,595 humans that resulted in 2,233 maimings and 307 deaths

    The Bullmastiff is a Pit bull type dog with the same genetic makeup and danger of a pit bull.
    The Bullmastiff was a cross of 40% Old English Bulldog or pit bull type dog and 60% English Mastiff
    In North America, from 1982-2014, Bullmastiffs have been responsible for 111 serious attacks on humans, resulting in 63 maimings and 18 deaths.

    In North America from 1982-2014, Rottweilers were responsible for 535 attacks on humans, resulting in 85 deaths.
    Rottweiler mixes were responsible for 30 attacks on humans, resulting in 4 deaths.
    The following is a list of the top 10 dog breeds involved in dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada involving humans from September 1982 to December 31, 2013, based on a larger table compiled by Merritt Clifton, former editor of Animal People, an animal rights charity/news group. Clifton now is the editor of Animals 24-7.

    A Bullmastiff is considered a pit bull type dog and a pit bull mix between a pit bull and a mastiff and is 40% pit bull.

    Breed ****** Attacks doing bodily harm ****** Maimed ****** Deaths
    1. Pit bull **********2792 ***********************677 **********263
    2. Rottweiler *******514 ************************294 **********81
    3. Bull Mastiff ******105 ************************61 ***********15
    4. German Shepherd 102 **********************63 ***********15
    5. Wolf Hybrid ******85 *************************49 ***********19
    6. Akita **************68 ************************50 ************8
    7. Boxer *************62 ************************29 ************7
    8. Chow *************58 ************************39 ************7
    9. Pit bull/Rottweiler mix 50 ********************15 ************15
    10.Labrador ********50 *************************39 ************3

    The report states that the numbers are compiled from press accounts dating to 1982. It only includes attacks by dogs of clearly identified breed type or ancestry, as designated by animal control officers or others with evident expertise, which have been kept as pets.

    All accounts are cross-checked by date, location and identity of the victim, according to the report.
    Attacks by police dogs, guard dogs and dogs trained specifically to fight are not included in the report.
    About 31,400 dogs attacked about 61,500 other animals in the U.S. in 2013, killing 43,500 and seriously injuring 18,100.

    The animals killed included about 12,000 dogs, 8,000 cats, 6,000 hooved animals, and 17,000 other small domestic animals, primarily poultry.
    The seriously injured included about 12,400 dogs, 4,000 cats, and 1,700 hooved animals. Few small mammals and poultry survived reported dog attacks.

    Pit bulls inflicted 99% of the total fatal attacks on other animals (43,000); 96% of the fatal attacks on other dogs (11,520); 95% of the fatal attacks on livestock (5,700) and on small mammals and poultry (16,150); and 94% of the fatal attacks on cats (11,280).

    About 30,000 pit bulls were involved in attacks on other animals, many of them killing multiple other animals.
    There are about 3.2 million pit bulls in the U.S. at any given time, according to the annual Animal24-7 surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption via online classified ads.

    Thus in 2013 about one pit bull in 107 killed or seriously injured another animal, compared with about one dog in 50,000 of other breeds.
    Nationally, fatal and disfiguring attacks by dogs from shelters and rescues have exploded from zero in the first 90 years of the 20th century to 80 since 2010, including 58 by pit bulls, along with 22 fatal & disfiguring attacks by other shelter dogs, mostly Rottweilers & bull mastiffs.

    Altogether, 33 U.S. shelter dogs have participated in killing people since 2010, including 24 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, and two Rottweilers.
    The only dogs rehomed from U.S. shelters to kill anyone before 2000 were two wolf hybrids, rehomed in 1988 and 1989, respectively.
    Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to May.25, 2013.
    By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2013, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, shows the breeds most responsible for serious injury and death.

    Study highlights
    Pit bull type dogs make up only 6% of all dogs in the USA.
    The combination of Pit Bulls, rottweilers, their close mixes and wolf hybrids and other Pit Bull Type Dogs:

    84% of attacks that induce bodily harm.

    75% of attacks to children.

    87% of attack to adults.

    72% of attacks that result in fatalities.

    80% that result in maiming

    Merritt Clifton Editor Of Animals24-7:

    I have logged fatal & disfiguring dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada since September 1982.

    Of the 5,314 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 3,672 (68%) were pit bulls; 570 were Rottweilers; 4,524 (85%) were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, bull mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes.

    Of the 594 human fatalities, 309 were killed by pit bulls; 90 were killed by Rottweilers; 442 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds.

    Of the 3,201 people who were disfigured, 2,289 (68%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 356 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,773 (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.

    Fatal and disfiguring attacks by dogs from shelters and rescues have exploded from zero in the first 90 years of the 20th century to 80 in the past four years, including 58 by pit bulls, along with 22 fatal & disfiguring attacks by other shelter dogs, mostly Rottweilers & bull mastiffs.

    The only dogs rehomed from U.S. shelters to kill anyone, ever, before 2000 were two wolf hybrids in 1988 and 1989. 33 U.S. shelter dogs & one U.K. shelter dog have participated in killing people since 2010, including 24 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, and two Rottweilers.

    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%.

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    My Legislation Proposal to be enacted by all states,

    cities and counties in the US & Canada.

    All Pit Bull Type Dogs must be Banned:

    Including pit bulls (American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, American Bulldog, Bull mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, presa canarios, Japanese Tosa, cane corsos and their mixes and any dog generally recognized as a pit bull or pit bull terrier and includes a dog of mixed breed with predominant pit bull or pit bull terrier characteristics)

    As well the following should be labeled as Dangerous dogs after single bite incident: rottweilers, chow chows, Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, they as well as all Grandfathered Pit Bull Type Dogs must be:

    * Licensed

    * Micro-chipped with any bite history in database for reference.

    * Insured: All dogs must be covered by mandatory liability insurance of $100,000 min. generic and $500,000 after a skin breaking bite with insurance companies based on actuarial statistic’s determining said rate.

    * All Dogs Spayed/neutered (except for limited approved show dog breeders)

    * All breeds involved in any bite incident and Grandfathered Pit Bull Type Dogs must be kenneled in a locked five-sided enclosure with concrete bottom.

    For all other dog owners language can be written that enclosure such as fences must be capable of containing your dog period, such generic language puts the onus on the owner, have the fines be so onerous that said owner will ensure this they make this so.

    1,000 the first time, double the second time and permanent confiscation the third time with a ban on said person from owning any dog within city limits, this will create an effective outcome directly or indirectly.

    * All dogs must be on leashes outside of home enclosure

    * All Grandfathered Pit Bull Type Dogs must also be muzzled outside of home enclosure

    * No transport of declared dangerous dogs for the purpose of re-homing. (Dangerous dogs must be dealt with where their history is known.)

    * All of the rules listed above also apply to rescues: rescued dogs must be licensed and subject to inspection.

    $1,000 fine for noncompliance

    Elimination of the one-bite rule in all of the 50 U.S. states

    Manslaughter charges for owner of dog that kills a human

    Felony charge for owner of dog that mauls human, dog, or other domestic animal.

  • 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)

    Genetic correlation of serious dog attacks:

    Elements of Temperament – Drives, Thresholds and Nerves – By Joy Tiz MS, JD

    “Most dog owners absolutely refuse to believe this. If I only had a dollar for every time someone has told me “It’s all in how they’re raised!” … No, it’s not. It’s all in how their DNA came together.

    A dog with foul temperament will always be a dog with foul temperament, no matter how wonderful the environment. A dog with sound, stable temperament will always be a sound stable dog, even in a lousy environment.”

    “There is no perfect test, some are more horrendous than others. Experienced trainers of working dogs eventually come up with their own system for evaluating pups and young adult prospects.

    The best predictor of temperament is history. What are the pup’s parents like? Their parents? Grandparents? Keeping in mind that temperament is inherited, look to the ancestors as your best source of information.”
    Lindsay R. Mehrkam – Department of Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA

    Clive D.L. Wynne – Department of Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA

    In both popular media and scientific literature, it is commonly stated that breeds of dogs differ behaviorally in substantial, consistent and predictable ways. Since the mid-twentieth century, scientists have asked whether meaningful behavioral differences exist between breeds of dogs.

    Today, there are over 1000 identified dog breeds in the world, but to date, fewer than one-quarter of these are represented in studies investigating breed-specific behavioral differences.

    We review here scientific findings of breed differences in behavior from a wide range of methodologies with respect to both temperament traits and cognitive abilities to determine whether meaningful differences in behavior between breeds have been established.

    Although there is convincing scientific evidence for reliable differences between breeds and breed groups with respect to some behaviors (e.g., aggression, reactivity), the majority of studies that have measured breed differences in behavior have reported meaningful within-breed differences has well.

    These trends appear to be related to two main factors: the traits being assessed and the methodology used to assess those traits. In addition, where evidence for breed differences in behavior has been found, there is mixed consistency between empirical findings and the recognized breed standard.

    We discuss both the strengths and limitations of behavioral research in illuminating differences between dog breeds, highlight directions for future research, and suggest the integration of input from other disciplines to further contribute to our understanding of breed differences in behavior.

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    24 months ago today, the well-funded, huge lobbyist, pro-pit bull organizations, backed with millions of dollars, killed my son.

    24 months ago today, the Best Friends Animal Society that claims pit bulls are “just like any other dogs,” killed my son.

    24 months ago today, the National Canine Research Council, Animal Farm Foundation, BADRAP, and Pit Bulletin Legal News Network, among others, killed my son.

    24 months ago today, the American SPCA, which admits the dog-aggressive heritage of the breed, but holds to the false claim that pit bulls were once “nursemaid” dogs, killed my son.

    24 months ago today, television shows such as “Pit Bosses”, “Pit Bulls & Parolees,” and “The Dog Whisperer” that keep pushing the lie “It’s not the breed, it’s how you raise them,” killed my son.

    24 months ago today, the people at the Humane Society of the U.S. who tell us that, “Responsible ownership is all it takes,” killed my son.

    24 months ago today, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, which dropped the issue in 1998, made my son the 211th American killed by a pit bull and the 358th in recorded history.

    24 months ago today, the American Veterinary Medical Association message that “The owner’s behavior is the underlying causal factor,” killed my son.

    24 months ago today, the “nanny dog” myth killed my son.

    24 months ago today, “All dogs bite” killed my son.

    24 months ago today, parents who post photos of their pit bulls and children on Facebook killed my son.

    24 months ago today, my son was killed by the truth not being told to the American public.

    24 months ago today, we were by the myths, misinformation and lie that took the life of 14-month-old Daxton James Borchardt.

    All of the people and organizations that I just mentioned are just as responsible for the death of my son as the pit bulls who turned “dead game” on March 6th, 2013, holding and shaking Dax in a sustained 15-minute attack that ripped his face off and crushed his skull.

    The truth not being told is what killed my son 18 months ago today.

    ––Jeff Borchardt

    East Troy, Wisconsin

  • 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
    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.

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

    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

    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.
    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)

    An example of the failure that is breed neutral legislation:

    In Calgary, by Bill Bruce’s own admission and documentation, pit bulls lead the serious bite count with 13% of the city’s serious bites attributable to pit bulls, yet pit bulls account for less than 1% of the city’s dogs.

    In fact, pit bulls are responsible for nearly as many serious bites (13%) as the ENTIRE sporting breeding category (15%), which includes all of the most popular breeds (Labs, Goldens, Poodles, Spaniels, etc) and houses 70% of Calgary’s dogs.

    Why aren’t these breeds attacking in the face of irresponsible ownership?
    An example of why leashing and licensing laws don’t work to solve the breed-specific problem of pit bulls:

    Pitbull supporters always point to Calgary Model as the perfect solution when dealing with dangerous dogs. The city introduced its responsible pet ownership bylaw in 2006.
    Calgary’s bylaw department emphasizes responsible pet ownership through intensive licensing, hefty fines and owner education.

    In Calgary, the largest city in Alberta, “confirmed aggressive dog incidents” and related criminal charges tripled in 2013, and in mid-2014 were up 15% more.

    Has their model worked? The statistics from the past four years would indicate a resounding “NO”. For the past four years dog bites have risen steadily every year, and over 350% in the past 4 years, from 58 in 2009 to 203 in 2012.

    And In 2010 Pit bulls led the ‘bite’ count. Meanwhile in Toronto, four years after implementing Breed Bans, dog bites were down 32%, from 486 to 329.

    Bites in Toronto blamed on the four banned breeds fell sharply, from 71 in 2005 to only six in 2010.
    Considering these breeds regularly inflict the most serious damage, this is an undeniable win for the citizens of Toronto.

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    This year Pit Bull advocates are 0 for 7 so far this year in attempting to ban BSL at the statewide level in seven attempts in 7 states.

    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.


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

    Bulls type Dogs are Banned or severely restricted:…/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)


    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.

    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)

    In a discussion of the Denver ban, Assistant City Attorney Kory Nelson recently told the San Francisco Chronicle that:

    “Since 1989, when that city instituted a pit bull ban, ‘we haven’t had one serious pit bull attack,’ said Kory Nelson, a Denver assistant city attorney. His city’s assertion that ‘pit bulls are more dangerous than other breeds of dog’ has withstood legal challenges, he said.

    ‘We were able to prove there’s a difference between pit bulls and other breeds of dogs that make pit bulls more dangerous,’ he said.”

    Sources: Denver Post

    In a November 2011, public health statistics published by Global Toronto showed that pit bull bites dropped dramatically after Ontario adopted the Dog Owners Liability Act in 2005, an act that banned pit bulls:

    The number of dog bites reported in Toronto has fallen since a ban on pit bulls took effect in 2005, public health statistics show.

    A total of 486 bites were recorded in 2005. That number fell generally in the six years following, to 379 in 2010.

    Provincial laws that banned ‘pit bulls,’ defined as pit bulls, Staffordshire terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, American pit bull terriers and dogs resembling them took effect in August 2005. Existing dogs were required to be sterilized, and leashed and muzzled in public.

    Bites in Toronto blamed on the four affected breeds fell sharply, from 71 in 2005 to only six in 2010. This accounts for most of the reduction in total bites.

    Salina, KS

    Rose Base, director of the Salina Animal Shelter who lobbied for the ordinance, told the Salina Journal:

    The ordinance has made a difference, she said. Records at the Salina Animal Shelter indicate there were 24 reported pit bull bites in 2003 and 2004, and only five since — none from 2009 to present.

    Salina has 62 registered pit bulls, Base said. Before the ordinance she guessed there were “close to 300.” Since the first of this year three of the registered pit bulls have died of old age.

    “We definitely haven’t had the severity of bites that we had in the past,” Base said. “Our community has been somewhat safer because of the law that was passed
    Prince George’s County, MD
    Prince George’s County passed a pit bull ban in 1996. In August 2009, Rodney Taylor, associate director of the county’s Animal Management Group, said that the number of pit bull biting incidents has fallen:

    “Taylor said that during the first five to seven years of the ban, animal control officials would encounter an average of 1,200 pit bulls a year but that in recent years that figure has dropped by about half. According to county statistics, 36 pit bull bites, out of 619 total dog bites, were recorded in 2008, down from 95 pit bull bites, out of a total of 853, in 1996.”
    Salina KS (a second article)

    Note that they admit that the pit bull ban did not reduce the number of bites, but it did reduce the severity of bites reported by all breeds. Proof that when pit bull deniers find a jurisdiction that banned pit bulls, but reported no decrease in overall bites, is a moot point. Its death and dismemberment we are focusing on, not bite counts.

    In the monthly city newsletter, In Touch, published in September 2006, the City of Salina reported that the pit bull ban adopted in 2005 significantly reduced pit bull biting incidents in just a 12 month period.

    The number of pit bull bites depicted in the “Salina Pit Bull Bites Reported” graph shows 2002 with 13 pit bull bites, 2003 with 11 pit bull bites, 2004 with 15 pit bull bites and 2005 with only one bite. The newsletter notes that “animal bites reported have remained constant, but the severity of bites have decreased dramatically” since the enactment of the pit bull ban

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    773% rise in fatal & disfiguring pit bull attacks from 2007 to 2014

    Steep rises in all categories of attack
    The number of pit bulls involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks has risen since 2007 from 78 to 603;

    the number of child victims has increased from 30 to 264;

    the number of adult victims has increased from 23 to 279;

    the number of deaths directly inflicted by pit bulls is up from 13 to 31,
    one short of the high of 32 reached in 2012; and the number of disfigurements has soared from 37 to 451.

    Another 120 people were injured by pit bulls in 2014 but not killed or disfigured in attacks in which someone else was killed or disfigured.
    Best Friends, ASPCA, HSUS

    2007 was the year that the Best Friends Animal Society, American SPCA, and the Humane Society of the U.S. ramped up pit bull advocacy in response to the arrest and conviction of Michael Vick on dogfighting-related charges.

    Even before 2007 the frequency of fatal and disfiguring pit bull attacks had risen explosively for 25 years.
    In the entire decade from 1982 to 1992, 104 pit bulls attacked
    44 children and 60 adults, killing 18 of the victims, disfiguring 36.

    Fifty victims escaped without fatal or disfiguring injuries in attacks in which others were killed or disfigured.
    Pit bull type dogs Half or more of all dog attack fatalities since 1844

    Retrospective data collection has established that pit bulls have accounted for half or more of all fatal dog attacks in every 10-year time frame since 1844.

    However, fatal dog attacks––even when rabies remained uncontrolled––were until recently an extreme rarity.
    Only 15 fatal dog attacks are known to have occurred in the entire span from 1930 through 1960, including nine by pit bulls, two by Dobermans, and four by unidentified mutts.
    Year of Shelter/Rescue Dog Attacks

    Not surprisingly, 2014 was also the Year of the Shelter/Rescue Dog Attacks.
    At least 37 dogs in custody of shelters or rescues, or rehomed by shelters or rescues, killed or disfigured someone in 2014.

    Thirty of those dogs were pit bulls.
    Only two of the attacks by dogs from shelters or rescues killed someone in 2014, down from the high of five in 2012, but that was a matter of luck, as the number of fatal and disfiguring attacks by shelter and rescue dogs has more than doubled since 2012.

    By comparison, there were no fatalities involving shelter or rescue dogs from 1858 through 1987.
    The first two, both involving wolf hybrids, occurred in 1988 and in 1989. No more occurred for another decade.
    24% of all the disfiguring maulings on record by
    shelter and rescue dogs came in 2014 alone.

    There were three fatalities involving shelter or rescue dogs from 1990 through 2009, involving a pit bull, a Doberman, and a Presa Canario.

    But there have been 36 fatalities involving shelter dogs from 2010 to present, involving 28 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, two Rottweilers, a Lab mix who may have been part pit bull, and a husky.

    Also of note, there were 32 disfiguring maulings by shelter dogs from
    1858 through 2009, 19 of them involving pit bulls.

    From 2010 to present, there have been 122 disfiguring maulings by shelter dogs,
    80 of them involving pit bulls.

  • Jim

    I had a recent experience with a Humane Society down near New Orleans, which reading another comment below is a somewhat similar experience. I was interested in adopting a dog they had, they were terse, rude and ultimately denied the application with no statement as to why. The dog in question has been at their shelter for over a year. I have 5 dogs that are very well cared for, a home and income to support adding the 6th. A very experienced dog owner who has had dogs in the house my whole life.

    On top of it, when i had adopted the 5th I was looking at this dog as well, I sent in a donation to help care for her in lieu of being able to at the time give her a home. Once the new guy had come into the house i found that he was far easier to assimilate into the pack then I had allowed for, and after a while I figured that it would be possible to give a home to the other dog (the new dog having no issues with destruction, aggression, house training etc).

    I also once went to look at a dog in a Humane Society near my house back a few years ago, it was also a very annoying experience. They are far more interested in your money and jerking you around like you are some kind fo criminal than placing a pet in a home. The Humane Society in general is anything but, dogs languish in their shelters waiting for someoen to meet impossible demands os some twisted people who must get pleasure out of their ability to control others by holding animals hostage. And then, after they’ve jerked around numerous people, finally put the animal down as “unadoptable.”

    That said, this dog named Jim apparently had some aggression issues. I volunteer at a local shelter, I’ve encountered a few pits like that, their play gets too rough. Because of vermin like Vick, aggression is bred into lines and the breed in general suffers for it.

  • El gato

    People can be so ignorant! This dog showed aggressive and dangerous behavior, and these fools who object to it being put down would be the first ones to file a lawsuit if the dog bit one of their kids. Elmbrook is a great facility, and it is “no kill” except in a rare care like this. Grow up you whining fools, and if you are so caring, do something positive for others. Give some money to a charity if you’re not just some loudmouths!

  • Kim Sum

    The dog BIT sevrla times. They did right by putting it down. No dog that bites should ever be adopted out. So called dog lovers who are whining and threatening the HS need to pull thier heads out of the sand. Dogs that bite need to be put down. They can’t ever be adopted out and no one can train aggression out of a dog.

  • Merritt Clifton

    The Elmbrook Humane Society should be praised for belatedly exercising good sense. Of relevance, there were only two fatalities involving shelter dogs from 1858 through 1999, both involving wolf hybrids, one in 1988 and one in 1989. There were three fatalities involving shelter dogs from 2000 through 2009, involving a pit bull, a Doberman, and a Presa Canario. But there have been 38 fatalities involving shelter dogs from 2010 to present, involving 30 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, two Rottweilers, a Lab who may have been part pit bull, and a husky. Also of note, for every human killed by a shelter dog, hundreds of animals have been — about 13,000 other animals killed by shelter dogs just in 2013 and 2014 alone.

  • Shannon

    If a dog bites and is not in the shelter they put it down! There is no difference even if they made that dog have a following. I had a dog that bit my son through his eye lid and almost punctured his eye. I loved that dog but,I put it down because he had bitten others. No one should have to live in fear that an animal may make an aggressive mistake. The shelter did the right thing!!!!!!!!

  • Liz Marsden

    I worked as a professional dog trainer for 15 years and many of those years were spent doing shelter work. People who claim that Jim could and should have been “rehabilitated” are ill-informed and have been watching too many TV half-hour dog trainer shows. The shelter has a responsibility to ensure public safety. They acted responsibly to prevent more of the increasingly prevalent cases of serious, disfiguring maulings and fatal attacks by pit bulls every year in this country. Pit bulls are genetically predisposed toward violent attacks. While not all will act on this instinct and hurt a person or other animal, it is the default in many cases. After all, collies herd, pointers point, retrievers retrieve. Pit bulls, when they attack, frequently do so with a relentlessness not seen in any other type of dog. They inflict 2/3 of all fatal injuries on people every year, and the numbers will grow as pit bull rescuers try to push them into average family homes. There are just too many friendly and safe dogs still being euthanized in shelters to even consider putting resources and time into a dog like Jim. And risking people’s safety to do so. Sad, but true.

  • wtf

    If a dog any dog is repeatedly aggressive it is a dangerous dog, I had a pet “Killed” by a Pitbull, my precious dog, slaughtered in front of my eyes while the pitbull owner could do nothing to control their own dog and come to find out that this dog had already bitten people and had also attacked and injured another dog in the not to recent past. this dog was euathanized I will never again trust a pit bull. I will cross the street and not even come close to one,. some dogs are bad dogs… and they are better off in dog heaven… so pit bull owners keep your dogs under wraps.. no one can erase the blood bath and viciousness I witnessed

  • stillstandingnow

    Serial killers someotimes develop a following too. Some people marry them. This does not mean that “serial killers are misunderstood.” It means that some people have very poor judgement. Stitching up his victims and sending him out into the community would have been beyone irresponsible. Asheville Humane Society learned this the hard way. Sad that some dogs can’t help but attack, but we have to step up to the plate and protect public safety first.

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