Wednesday, September 07, 2005

State lawmaker to seek ban on pit bull breed

A recent attack on a 3-year-old child in Moore has been the catalyst for at least one Oklahoma representative to attempt to ban pit bull dogs in the state of Oklahoma.The June attack that left 3-year-old Cody Yelton with only one arm prompted Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, to announce that in the next legislative session he will introduce a bill to get rid of the pit bull.In researching the topic, Wesselhoft says he has reviewed over a thousand articles and legal cases related to pit bull attacks, which often end in death or mutilation of the victims."Many people who own pit bulls say that it's other owners who train their pit bulls to be vicious - that there aren't bad pit bulls, just bad pit bull owners," Wesselhoft said. "But the fact is that these dogs are bred to fight until their prey is killed."
Long before he became a legislator, Wesselhoft says he noticed news stories from around the country detailing how pit bull terriers had attacked and mauled people of all ages, including young children.But when a pit bull attacked the 3-year-old who was supposedly trying to pet the animal, Wesselhoft believed the time had come to take action."Each time I read about one of these attacks or see the story on TV, I tell my wife Judy, 'That dog ought to be outlawed,'" Wesselhoft said. "Now that it's happened to one of my constituents, I've got to do this."I've talked to Cody's parents and his grandparents. Cody's grandmother told me that, after the attack, his arm looked like a chicken leg with all the meat eaten off. And that little three-year-old boy's arm had to be amputated all the way up to his shoulder."According to data compiled by the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division, pit bulls and pit-type mixes accounted for approximately 15 percent of all dog bites within the corporate limits of Oklahoma City from 2001 to 2004.
Wesselhoft said his bill will amend existing state law, which outlines regulations for any "potentially dangerous dog," meaning any dog that has inflicted damage to any person, animal, or other property when unprovoked.Wesselhoft said the primary goal of his bill will be to require anyone who owns a pit bull terrier to house the animal in a structure that is "solid and impenetrable by a child."Pit bull owners would have to keep their dogs behind an 8-foot-high fence that also extends at least one foot into the ground, in order to prevent the dogs from digging out. Each owner would also need to display a sign reading "pit bull dog" on their property.But Wesselhoft said the proposed bill will also include provisions designed to bring about an eventual ban of pit bull dogs in the state.The grandfather clause contained in the bill would allow for the continuing existence of pit bulls currently in Oklahoma. However, pit bull owners would have to have the dogs spayed or neutered, and the animals would need regular rabies shots.In addition, a pit bull owner would have to be age 21 or older and would be required to have a $100,000 liability insurance policy on every pit bull.Also, each pit bull would have to be tattooed or otherwise marked when it is registered with the state. Owners would not be able to sell or transfer the dogs to other individuals in Oklahoma, excluding family members. And a person living in Oklahoma will not be able to bring in a new pit bull from out of state.After those pit bulls that are allowed to remain in Oklahoma under the grandfather clause of the proposed bill die of old age, Wesselhoft said there should be very few pit bulls remaining in the state, if any."The bottom line is that, by getting rid of pit bulls in Oklahoma, we will be making our state safer for all Oklahomans, in particular our children and the elderly," he said. "The attack on little Cody Yelton was absolutely tragic, and we don't want that to happen again."Wesselhoft added that the parents of Cody Yelton were pleased when they learned that the proposed legislation would be named in honor of their son.
"At this point we're going full force with it," Wesseloft told the E-E Friday. "The legislative session starts in January Š Right now we're trying to gain support from my colleagues and more and more are getting on board with the bill."Wesselhoft says that the recent spate of attacks which include several in the Bartlesville area are either "a cluster of pit bull attacks" or "that they have been happening all along and the media was not sensitive to it.""With the legislation in motion, we're starting to get calls and e-mails on the matter," he said.Wesselhoft said that that although the bill is "controversial" he is "optimistic that I can get this passed.""The attacks in Bartlesville are going to effect legislators in your area," he said. "Unfortunately, we don't want attacks to occur but each time it just gives the bill more steam."Regarding people who say that the attacks are the result of bad owners, Wesselhoft said that often times pit bull enthusiasts say that it is never the dog's fault, but "never want to admit that there is something wrong with this breed."The bottom line is that the pit bull is unpredictable," he said. "They are nice warm pets until something going off in their brain and then they are a lethal weapon trying to tear out skin and crush bone."Wesselhoft said he feels that even if the bill does not pass in its entirety, he thinks it could help cities like Bartlesville."If my bill passes, even if I'm not able to ban the breed statewide, then cities like Bartlesville will have the autonomy and the authority to do what they have to do," he said.
Source: http://www.examiner-enterprise.com/articles/2005/09/06/news/4258.txt

99 Comments:

At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I AM FOR THE BAN OF PITT BULL BREED IN OKLAHOMA...I HAD A BITT BULL OR BITT BULL MIX TO COME OVER MY FENCE AND ATTACK AND KILL MY 4 YEAR OLD DOG DAKOTA...I WAS IN THE YARD AT THE TIME OF THE ATTACK AND IT WAS UGLY....AS MUCH AS I LOVE MY PETS I KNOW IT CAN NOT COMPARE TO SEEING A CHILD OR PERSON ATTACKED BY A PITT....

 
At 10:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FROM ANONYMOUS ON BAN OF PIT BULL BREED...CORRECTION ON THE BITT FOR PIT ..SORRY FOR THE ERROR

 
At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Frank Sigler said...

I am terribly sorry for your loss. That owner should be held responsible for the actions of that dog, regardless of its breed. I think you hit on an important point in your post, "...pit bull or pit bull mix..." The truth is that most people can't tell an American Pit Bull Terrier from a boxer from a well-muscled Patterdale terrier. If you think you're an expert, take this little test: http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/findpit.html

You may be surprised how many "pit bull" attacks aren't really.

At the end of the day, we need tougher enforcement of leash laws, dog fighting laws, animal cruelty laws and each and every person that owns any animal has got to accept personal responsibility for the damage that animal could inflict, be it on property, person or pet.

 
At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with frank sigler. i am the owner of two registered american pitt bull terriers and i can say firsthand that there are good pitts and bad pitts. if someone is going to try to ban pitt bulls, then they also need to ban other large breed dogs as well. clearly, someone didnt check the statistics very well, because dalmations and chows are responsible for thousands more fatal dog bites than pitts. i agree that there should be better laws concerning leashes, fences, and dog fighting, or training. but that goes for any large breed dog. no one should let thier dogs get out to hurt other people or animals. both of my dogs are kept in a kennel in my house when i am not home to ensure they do not get out of my yard. if every owner of big dogs took responsibility to ensure that thier dogs stay where they are supposed to, then this problem would be solved. its stupid to try to ban a paricularbreed of dog.

 
At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just look at the stats! Pit Bulls are twice as likely to kill you as any other dog. You can say it is the owner, not the dog all you want. That just means there are twice as many stupid pit bull owners as any other breed. Anybody who keeps children in the same household with pit bulls is nuts. Get the dogs out of Oklahoma!

 
At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Keshia Cordova said...

It is not the DOGS fault, but owners who mold the dog. Why punish the dog rather than the owners?? and any breed of dog can be rasied to attack, I grew up with "pit bulls", my mother was a breeder and they are so loving and loyal. Don't judge all types just by what you hear. its like judging a book by its cover, dont be that person.

 
At 11:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that there should be some sort of a ban. Anyways, I think that the only pitt bulls that can be owned should be AKC registered and registered with the state. I agree with the fencing restrictions. I think that alot of pitts are mean because of inbreeding and if they are AKC registered, they can't be inbred and if they were registered (tattoed) with the state at least they could keep track of them and help to prevent dog fighting. I think its horrible what people breed pitts to do.

 
At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHAT AN IDIOT! IT'S TO BAD THAT OUR COUNTRY HAS COME TO THIS. NOW POLITICS HAVE COME TO OUR AMERICAN FREEDOMS OF OWNING A LOVEING PET. SOMEONE NEEDS TO DO MORE REASEARCH INSTEAD OF TRYING TO GET VOTES. HE WOULD PROBABLY GET MORE VOTES IF HE WAS HONEST AND TOLD ABOUT ALL DOG BITES AND DEATHS INSTEAD OF PICKING ON PITS WHAT A MORON!

 
At 8:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People can argue all they want to. This legislature comes down to, in my opinion, potentially violating my right to own the dog of my choice. Everyone has their own opinion, but before they share it, they ought to do research. There are many different reasons that can make a dog potentially dangerous other than it's breed. And, does anyone ever stop to ask what the person was doing when they were attacked by a dog? Like the boy in Moore, why was a 3 year old out of sight of his mother in the first place. I think the problem is irresponsible and uneducated dog owners, as well as people lacking respect for other's pets. I've had people come up to my yard, and bang on the fence and yell at my dog while she was sleeping! People simply lack respect and education. But ultimately, if this bill is to be considered... it must be voted on by the people of the state it's going to affect, and not by some representatives in the city. I personally own a female Doberman Pinscher, and she is the sweetest dog I've ever had, my nieces teethed on her ears! I just hope people can think reasonably about this bill.

 
At 7:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate that there are so many irresponsible people out there. Both with animals and with children. Why was the parents not repremanded? What was the child doing outside unsuppervised? What would have happened if the child had went out the front door instead of the back door and got hit by a car and killed? How long would it have been on the news? Would cars be banned? People create monsters with what is news worthy. WHy dont we hear about stories of this great breed serving our country and our cities? What about all the SAR and therapy dogs that are American Pit Bull Terriers? Pit Bulls were never raised or bred to be people aggressive. In the old days those dogs were killed for growling at a person and ran loose with the other animals. No one had a fenced in yard. It is in infringement of my rights. The pursute of happiness, these dogs are my life.

 
At 7:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IM AGAIST THE BAN. PAUL SAID THAT THERE BRED TO KILL. THAT ANANT TRUE. THERE ARE BRED TO FIGHT BUT BACK IN THE 1840S IT WAS LIKE BOXING IS NOW . I CAN LIST ALL KIND OF BREEDS OF DOGS THAT WAS USED TO KILL BACK IN THE DAY. YOU SEE ALOT OF PITBULL ATTACKS ON THE NEWS,PAPER,T.V. WHY BECAUSE THE NEWS PEOPLE FEED OFF THAT FOR RATINGS. DONT TELL ME THAT THE PITTBULL ONLY BITES PEOPLE. WOULD HE BAN THE GERMAN SHAPARD IF IT TORE A CHILD ARM OFF I DONT THANK SO. PAUL YOUR WRONG ME AND MIKE WOOD ARE GOING TO FIGHT YOU SO YOU BETTER BRING IT!!!

 
At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cody Yelton in Moore is my grandson. I want to set the records straight. Cody was not playing outside alone when he was attacked by four pit bulls. His father was there and he jumped the fence and saved Cody's life. The dogs had already torn his arm off in an instance.He beat the dog over the head until it finally let go.You would change your mind if you had seen this.Don't blame the child. It was not his fault the dogs broke through two fences to kill him.

 
At 1:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another view point

I stumbled upon your site today and thought you all might be interested in hearing my story.

On New Years eve I was walking my 13 year old, arthritic Westie down the middle of a street when two unleashed pit bulls charged us and immediately began attacking and biting my dog. I tried to protect my dog and during the attack my arm was severely bitten.

I can tell you that it was the scariest 30 seconds of my life. I was hysterical. I screamed so loud that people two blocks away came running down the street. A neighbor even tried to film it. The owner had absolutely no control, and despite his repeated demands, the dogs would not stop attacking. If it were not for the brave soul who jumped in and pulled one of the dogs off, I am sure my dog would've been killed.

It's been nearly two weeks since the attack. My dog has been to the emergency room, and to his normal vet twice for treatment of his wounds. My injury were severe enough that I had to be taken to the emergency room also. My medical bills are now in the thousands.

And I feel incredibly lucky.

I have since heard all kinds of stories about this neighbor and his pit bulls. Animal control has been to his house many times for "near misses". I don't want to get into a long story, but I can tell you that before the police arrived, this guy left the city and took the dogs to another county and apparently "sold" the dogs that did the attacking. Additionally, I have since learned he has been breeding these dogs for many years.

The neighbors on the street live in constant fear. The school bus stop is only a few feet from this irresponsible moron's house. And even though he has been repeatedly cited for the being dogs off the leash, he continues to disregard the law.

I believe in rescuing pit bulls, but I don't believe that people should be allowed to breed them anymore. If you lived on my street, you would start to understand why I feel this way. Every time I step out onto the street, I have to wonder where are the dogs. Are they going to come charging up to me? I even wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, because I have reoccurring dreams that I'm being chased.

I'd like to add also that I've never been afraid of any kind of dog - EVER. My Westie's good friend is a pit bull named Stella that he sees every day at work (for the last 9 years). And I have several friends involved with the local Pit Bull rescue. Intellectually I know it's the owner's fault; but it doesn't stop me from reliving the terror every time I see a Pit Bull I don't know. Which happened this week when I had my dog at the vet - someone brought in a stray Pit Bull and I started hyper ventilating - I had to run out of the room in a panic. Maybe that sounds crazy to some of you, but that is how afraid I am of these dogs.

So next time you wonder why people "recoil in fear" over your friendly, nice Pit Bull, please think about my story. Because for every attack, there are always witnesses who also have to relive it.

 
At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Like the boy in Moore, why was a 3 year old out of sight of his mother in the first place."

This is simply an incredibly insensitive accusation. Obviously, you've missed the point.

 
At 10:03 AM, Anonymous Amanda said...

I am strongly against the banning of the Pit Bull breed for several reasons which I will now go into. To begin, I should mention that it is awful that a child was bitten by a dog. The owner and the dog should be punnished for this. But to say that all pits are dangerous and need to be killed is just not the way this country is supposed to work. My make pits are beautiful, sweet, loving dogs that have kept me safe and protected from dangerous, aggressive men that were out to harm and attack me. I have never been attacked by a pit and I have been around a lot. I have been ran at by a mixed breed border collie and a german shepard nealry killed my dog when we were on a walk. My life has been threatend by a red neck neighbor that pulled a rifle on me and my boyfriend because he found cat prints on the hood of his truck and blamed them on our pit that by the way cannot get out of our yard because we have an electric fence. ( Though, let me tell you, I often confuse cat prints with pit prints.) We put up an electric fence to ensure that our dogs could never get out. We keep them inside when we are gone and for the most part, they are inside dogs. We keep them save to protect them from the awful stigma that they are associated with. There are aggressive dogs. They are raised by owners that leave them chained up at all times without giving them any attention or love. Dogs are not evil. They are mans best friend. Man is the evil one trying to fight them and raise them to kill other dogs or people that tresspress on to their property. Not that long ago, Dobermans were the target of riticual. SO are we going to get rid of all large breeds? I mean pits bite, rotts bite, german shepards bite. Maybe the police should use chihuahuas instead. But wait, my friend got bit really badly in the face by a chihuahua. And when my pits get around my parents Jack Russell Terrier or my aunts chihuahuas, the winners are the smaller dogs everytime. I am not trying to justify what happened to the young boy. I feel a lot of sympathy for the family's anger and grief, but I do not believe that banning the breed and punnishing my dogs, dogs that have protected my life on more than one occasion, is the answer. The problem is the owner of the pit that got out or that bit or that was aggressive because the owner allowed it to happen by raising the pit to be aggressive.

 
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At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Riddance.

 
At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

 
At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pit Bull Terrier.

 
At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a counrty girl from Bristow, OK, and I have grown up with all kinds of dogs in my life time. From German Shepards to Bird dogs, my family has had them all. I believe with all my heart that a dog,regardless of its breed, can the ability to attack. My father raised me to believe that it is has teeth, it can and may bite. As a child, Rotts had the bad reps, and we raised them Never once did one attack a friend, family, or stranger. However they were protective of me and my family. The aggressiveness of an animal is soley based on how it was raised. Currently we have 3 Pittbulls, and they are the biggest babies that you know. Yes they are big, and look mean, but as people walk down my street that bark, adn people approach, and some even reach over the fence to pet the dogs. They love attention. We have 14 children in the home, and not one incident. If you treat a human badly, they may attack, but I do not see any bans for agressive humans. Many may say that I should not compare the two, but my dogs are like my family, and I love then. The number one attack of dog is done by mixed breeds. Love your dogs regardless of breed and they will in turn love and protect you.

 
At 6:32 PM, Blogger cher said...

I am trying to find out what the current law is in Oklahoma in Oklahoma city regarding dogs. I have a friends whose dogs got loose & wound up killing some sheep, the owner wants compensated for his loss & he wound up shooting their dogs. These were not dogs w/any history of violence however they are wolf mixes. Can someone tell me where I can find out something on this issue, everyone is offering them advise & telling them the law says this or that but I am not sure they are getting good advise.

 
At 4:56 PM, Blogger OKBlawg said...

I do not know what the law is on it. But you can research the state
laws here
http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/index.asp?ftdb=STOKST&level=1 and
Oklahoma city probably has a web site for their ordinances. He might
also contact a civil attorney.

 
At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Raymond Dale Jones, Jr. said...

In regards toward the banning of PITBULLS and/or any other animal at that... I know people whom are far more dangerous then any animal known bar none including Pits and soforth, if I was to get any banned which I never would it would be them annoying little fleas like Chihuahua's and the sorts... As for the one that went over the fence to get to your mut, yours may of challenged the other dog, and as a human does they also stand up and defend themselves unless maybe your spineless or something in that degree and unable to defend yourself... You spelled it wrong more than once, guess BITT was engraved in your mind, I've been attacked by flea bitten rodents like Chihuahuas because they are protective of their areas in respects but nobody says much about such dogs they think its funny... wish you a better stake within life than the mixed up disfunctional one your apparently living in now!!!

 
At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Raymond Dale Jones, Jr. said...

In regards toward the banning of PITBULLS and/or any other animal at that... I know people whom are far more dangerous then any animal known bar none including Pits and soforth, if I was to get any banned which I never would it would be them annoying little fleas like Chihuahua's and the sorts... As for the one that went over the fence to get to your mut, yours may of challenged the other dog, and as a human does they also stand up and defend themselves unless maybe your spineless or something in that degree and unable to defend yourself... You spelled it wrong more than once, guess BITT was engraved in your mind, I've been attacked by flea bitten rodents like Chihuahuas because they are protective of their areas in respects but nobody says much about such dogs they think its funny... wish you a better stake within life than the mixed up disfunctional one your apparently living in now!!!

 
At 4:51 PM, Anonymous Raymond Dale Jones, Jr. said...

My sister knowes of someone raising, breeding, fighting, starving some Pits an she wants to know of a PITBULL RESCUE her cellular is 580 760 0239 she lives in Durant, Oklahoma she has text messagenger on it aswell as voice mail she doesn't always have her phone turned on but it still will get the related information... Raymond

 
At 11:11 PM, Blogger Gary said...

Why are people so stupid I do not understand why people want to ban dogs I mean people kill people so lets ban the human race all i can say is I own 2 pitt bulls and I will not get rid of them over some stupid human thinking they are a bad animial
BAN STUPIT PEOPLE NOT DOGS

 
At 11:13 PM, Blogger Gary said...

how about banning all politicians they are more dangerous than any pitt bull I have ever been around even the mean ones that I have seen
I say ban politicians not dogs

 
At 11:15 PM, Blogger Gary said...

sorry for the misspelling I get kinda mad when people talk about banning the best breed of dog that I have ever owned and the most loyalest I ment to say
BAN STUPID PEOPLE NOT DOGS

 
At 7:51 AM, Blogger Rob said...

You know i am hearing alot of people say ban the breed, and i have just one question? Do you have any idea what you are talking about? Have you done your ACTUAL research on the American Pitbull Terrier? Cause all i hear is stupid remarks, you think you know so much just because you see the news. If there is a dog attack, if its German shepard you won't hear anything about it, but as soon as the name pitbull comes up every news station is there listening and EDITING the coverage of the story and shaping it the way they feel. So do me a favor and stay out of stuff you know NOTHING about.

 
At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how often are pit bulls raised to be loving, gentle family pets, then suddenly one day, turn and attack a baby? they were bred from the beginning to be killers, they can't help it. the breed needs to be ended. as well as other vicious dogs that have a repution for attacking people. german shepherds and rottweilers are just as dangerous. it doesn't matter who raises them, you can't take their instincts out of them. they will always be dangerous and untrustworthy. and they will keep killing. and whoever's pit keeps coming into my yard, if i see it again, i'm gonna shoot it - i have 2 small children and their lives are worth a million times more than your stupid dog.

 
At 6:33 PM, Anonymous Fat John said...

this whole banning of pitt bull's is rediclious....ALL dogs are bred to kill my courgey has even had spats of rage from time to time and he is a well tamed dog....its not bad dogs and its not bad owners its all the bad incidencies and situations that have surfaced in the past which if you ask me is pretty lame...it reminds me of a saying i once heard "when you do something right noone will rember but if you do something wrong noone forgets" and thats the statement i willl close with

 
At 3:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so a string of bad incidences is a stupid reason for forming judgment? what do you base your judgment on? the random thoughts that pass through your head? it's not stupid or ignorant, it's called "common sense." when repeated scenarios occur that cause an entire breed of animal to appear vicious and uncontrollable, perhaps we should actually look at that as a HUGE red flag that maybe that is the truth.

for all of the pit bull activists, you will change your mind one day when your dog attacks some kid and kills or horrible maims him and you are held responsible. owners should certainly be held responsible in those situations, regardless of the charge - man slaughter or whatever. if you can't keep your dog in your own yard, you should be punished for its behavior. maybe then you would be more conscious of the real problem.

 
At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I feel that we are are missing the picture. I grew up with pitbulls my dad was a pitbull breeder and I lived with 40 of them never one time not once did I get bit. See if you read about this breed you will understand they are more agressive BY NATURE tword dog's not humans to get agressive tword humans you must keep the dog away from humans. Now most of the stories we here are abandonded dog's hungry dog's and severly abused. Any dog would act like this if they had not eaten in wk's. Look bottom line people need to be more responsible. If you listen to these stories most are children who fed the dog then dog turn's on them or they walk to SOME ONES ELSED FENCE, not a house they new, and pet a dog that they have never met. Any dog would defend his property not just a pit bull. Most responsilbe pit bull owners have papers on there dog(s) and have spend ALOT of money on there dog's. see these dog's are not cheep anywere from $500 to $2000. and they are people friendly and this dog breed is very loyal to the death. So enforce leash law's abandonment of all animals strict penalties for animal abuse and you wont have pitbulls are any other dog for that matter wondering neighborhood and you wont here anymore attach's. Garantee it.

 
At 6:14 PM, Blogger JsinUr7 said...

Bravo on spreading the word... That's appalling... I have a pit.. DAISY, now 11 years old... she's my heart, and the only dog my mother would ever leave alone with children cause she knows she won't hurt them... and we had rotts labs, shepards you name it, all at the same time... Most people know nothing about pits... A little known fact, although when they snap they can do far more damage then any other breed, pits are by fact the most human submissive dogs in the world... the same way a pointer will point and a blood hound will smell and track, a pit bull is bred for one purpose, to attack and kill other animals, (I don't condone it, but it's what they were made for) and a little fact of that is that in the rings or pits, people had to be in the ring with them and had to be able to seperate the animals without getting bit... because of this through years of any dog biting a person, they were put down on the spot... it is because of this fact that you or any human can stick you hands in front or in between 2 pits and never worry about being bit.... try trhat with rotts or even the great family dogs like labs... you will lose a finger... a pit needs to be trained or abused to attack a human... IT'S A FACT!!!!!! They are best with kids for this fact and the fact the don't process pain the way other breeds do... tug on a collies tail or let your kid jump on a sleeping golden retriever and see what happens... it's well known that more people are attached and killed bye other breeds and that more often then not pits will corner an intruder and never bite yet will not let him leave till the owner allows it... this has been proven many times with intruders including police doing investigations... never bit, just cornered... It is ignorance and the media that give these dogs bad names, and it's lowlife scumbags

 
At 6:21 PM, Blogger JsinUr7 said...

one other thing I am sick of is they don't allow pits to be adopted when brought to a shelter... they say they are aggressive and a danger... thats crap... of course it seems aggressive, you just stuck a breed that was bred to fight in pits against other animals inside a pit with 500 other animals it was bred to kill... 99% of these dogs pose no threat to humans and the only concern would be not to adopt them to people that have other animals... peoples ignorance and flat out belief in anything in the media is down right sickening and you all deserve to be put down more then any pit cause it is your ignorance and lack odf facts that truly make you the dangers in society!!!!

 
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At 6:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo on spreading the word... That's appalling... I have a pit.. DAISY, now 11 years old... she's my heart, and the only dog my mother would ever leave alone with children cause she knows she won't hurt them... and we had rotts labs, shepards you name it, all at the same time... Most people know nothing about pits... A little known fact, although when they snap they can do far more damage then any other breed, pits are by fact the most human submissive dogs in the world... the same way a pointer will point and a blood hound will smell and track, a pit bull is bred for one purpose, to attack and kill other animals, (I don't condone it, but it's what they were made for) and a little fact of that is that in the rings or pits, people had to be in the ring with them and had to be able to seperate the animals without getting bit... because of this through years of any dog biting a person, they were put down on the spot... it is because of this fact that you or any human can stick you hands in front or in between 2 pits and never worry about being bit.... try trhat with rotts or even the great family dogs like labs... you will lose a finger... a pit needs to be trained or abused to attack a human... IT'S A FACT!!!!!! They are best with kids for this fact and the fact the don't process pain the way other breeds do... tug on a collies tail or let your kid jump on a sleeping golden retriever and see what happens... it's well known that more people are attached and killed bye other breeds and that more often then not pits will corner an intruder and never bite yet will not let him leave till the owner allows it... this has been proven many times with intruders including police doing investigations... never bit, just cornered... It is ignorance and the media that give these dogs bad names, and it's lowlife scumbags that cause these beautiful dogs to snap... It's cowards afraid to be men and stand up like a man that need a dog to be bad ass. You are all punk bitches, and ypou will get yours for your disrespect and ignorance towards such a noble animal.... an animal that was a companion to not only the little rascals, but also a number of us presidents... the media is just as much to blame destroying anyone or thing for a story, you will all get yours too. and before I start rambling further I will say one last thing... MY DOG DAISY WOULD GIVE HER LIFE FOR ME OR ANYONE ELSE SHE CARES FOR WITHOUT QUESTION OR REGRET, AND IT'S THIS LOVE AND LOYALTY THAT I RESPECT MORE THEN ANYTHING. IT'S BECAUSE OF THIS LOVE AND RESPECT THAT I SAY WITHOUT QUESTION, I DARE ANYONE OFFICIAL OR NOT TO COME TRY AND TAKE AWAY MY BABY FOR DOING NO MORE THEN BEING BORN A CERTAIN BREED. YOU WILL NOT LEAVE MY PROPERTY ALIVE AND IT WILL NOT BE FROM ANY CRAZED PITBULL BUT FROM A CRAZED OWNER WHO WILL NOT BE TOLD HIS DOG IS A DEMON BREED BECAUSE OF YOUR IGNORANCE. IF SHE DIES, ALL INVOLVED WILL DIE WITH HER THIS I VOW!!!!!!!!! Think I'm lying? Try me... I will defend my girl and her breed like they are my own children... try and take my baby for being born a pit and I will take your life.... this is no different then racism.. it's like saying lock up all blacks because they are the majority in the prison system so they must all be bad... Bullshit.. it's bad press, and bad owners... this breed is no threat to any human unless pushed to do so... all you hicks and media surfers need to educate yourselves and stop breathing in all the fumes in your back trailer meth labs.... Don't like being stereo typed do ya? Must be true though, evey meth lab bust shown is in a trailer park... lets ban trailer parks now.....Right?

 
At 6:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I hope Wesselhoft reads this... he's an ignorant hick who knows nothing about a pitbull.... he's a media follower.... the day he can claim to know about a breed and the day he can decid it should be banned is the day I grow wings and fly.... why is it the people that never owned one of these animals are the ones who are always out to ban them yet the people that have owned 90 of them over 50 years and never been bit or had a problem are called liers... he knows nothing and is uneducated... if you people want a follower for a legislator it's your own fault when your state goes down the tubes... a leader finds out for himself, not like this faggot douche.... and to mister Wesselhoft... let me bring you to a yard with a couple different breeds of dogs and see you make the mistake of picking a labs yard or a cocker spaniels yard to walk into over a pits yard so I can laugh at you when you lose a finger ot toe... You are an un educated hick and you should be banned... I am so angry at your ignorance you can be dam thankful you live so far away, or I would educate you myself you no good inbred redneck!!!!

 
At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

100% for the Ban.
People that say it's all in how you raise them, Well that's B/S
Anyone that takes a look at all the breeds and what they have programmed in there little brain computer.
I am a hunter and you don’t train a pit to flush Quail and you don’t use a Brittney to retrieve ducks.
These people should use there letter brain computers.
john

 
At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok john, well you just made my point for me but with your redneck education you got it all mixed up... learn what a pit bull is and learn what they are bred for... read the posts above you and learn something... your hunting dogs are far more dangerous to people then any pitt bull and thats a fact... educate yourself on a subject before talking cause you only make yourself look stupid... learn for yourself and stop believeing all you read in newspapers... 10 years ago it was german shepards dobies and rotts... it's the media that makes it sound bad... far more people are bit and killed by dogs like labs collies and yes even your hunting dogs... FACT!!! CAN'T BE ARGUED... Educate yourself people...

 
At 3:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

one day I hope to, no not hope, one day I will without doubt open a pitbull reserve for these beautiful misunderstood animals... they may not let them be adopted out buit they will have no choice to turn them over to a society so that they can live out their lives in piece,... now, I don't like the dog whisperer, but look at his pack with almost half fighting pits living happy in peace with other animals and dogs... That's proof in itself that it's the owner and there is no such thing as a bad dog, no matter the breed.

 
At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know of no other dog that was breed to take down a Bull, Grant you the blood lines have changed but it's still in there programming.
And as far as the red neck comment I was thinking that all pit bull owners were red necks or trailer trash.
You UN education inbreed

 
At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/duip/dogbreeds.pdf
Check the facts

 
At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are really retarded.... pit bulls were not bread to take down bulls you idiot, nor can they the way you all like to claim... they cannot kill the bull or anything like that... they are called catch dogs because they can be pointed ro an individual animal in the herd and the dog catches that bull by it's ear or buy it's muzzle and will not let go till the rancher does what he needs to do... You must really be retarded if you think a 100 pound or less dog can take down a 2000 pound animal... all they do is hang on for dear life distracting the bull till the rancher gets there so it doesn't run away... and pits are not the original breed or only bred to do so they simply excell at it, and you in your stupidity proved my point for me.... A BULL!!!!! ARE YOU A BULL??? ARE YOU A DOG???? THEN YOU ARE IN NO DANGER FROM THE MOST HUMAN SUBMISSIVE BREED EVER CREATED!!!! FACT!!!! EDUCATE YOURSELF THEN TALK!!! You only make yourself look stupid with your ignorance....

 
At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for proving my point at how none of you even know what a pit bull is... I bet you thought you were smart with you CHECK THE FACTS link, but you only pointed out the ignorance and flat out lack of respect for this breed... TAKE NOTE EVEN IN THIS DOCUMENT FROM OUR FINE AMERICAN GOVERMENT THEY CALL IT PITT BULL TYPE!!!!! WICH MEANS EVERYTIME THEY DIDN"T KNOW WHAT BREED SOMETHING WAS AND IT LOOKED EVEN A SPECK LIKE A PITTBULL IT WAS COUNTED AS A DEATH CAUSED BY A PITBULL!!!!!!!!! You ignorance does not make fact.... It is so ridicules that even in the purebred section it is still called pitbull type wich if you look in the dog breed encyclopedia covers a range of nearly 30-50 breeds THAT LOOK LIKE BUT ARE NOT PITS!!!!!!!!! Jesus, what else you people got that want to cut down this fine breed so I can continue to cut it apart?

 
At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a pit bull conspiracy.
And I will call you names until you go away.
what the hell.

 
At 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No It's ignorance, and you labl yourself when you speak on a topic you are uneducated in.

 
At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The American pit bull breed can be traced back to the bulldogge used in a bloody sport called bull baiting, which was common in the 1700s and early 1800's in England. The bulldogge was put in an enclosure with a bull and it was allowed to tear the bull apart until it was killed. At the time, this appears to have been some sort of morbid entertainment.


In 1835, the authorities in England put an end to the inhuman activity but its fans would not be thwarted. They moved on to dog fighting in which two dogs were thrown into a pit and they fought it out until one was horribly maimed or killed. Spectators gambled money, betting on which dog would win the fight. It was a cruel and inhuman practice which, unfortunately, is still taking place, albeit illegally, in many parts of the world, especially in the United States


Breeders at the time crossed the bull-baiting bulldogge, with their killer instinct, massive skull and powerful jaw muscles, with various breeds of terriers of the time. The terriers were chosen for their tenacity and bravery. The result was what is today the American Pit Bull Terrier. This history helps us to understand some of the unique characteristics of the breed.


The American Pit Bull was bred to fight other dogs. Unlike other breeds, it will fight with little or no provocation. Dogs are normally controlled by the "dog pack" mentality. There is a strict hierarchy that is tested during fights. The victor is now the boss and the loser there after will show submissive behaviour, such as rolling onto its back and showing its stomach, to the winner if they meet again. They needn't fight again because the hierarchy in the "dog pack" had been decided. This is not so for the American Pit Bull. If it fights a dog and loses, if they meet again, it will fight again. Also, there are stories of submissive dogs showing their bellies to an American Pit Bull only for the pit bull to maul them. It was bred to fight and that is exactly what it does.

Besides fighting with hardly any cause, unlike other dogs, it will give no warning of attack. Other aggressive breeds, such as Rotweilers or German Shepherds, would growl and bare their teeth before attack to warn the other animal or human that an attack is imminent. A pit bull will suddenly attack without any warning at all.


The American Pit Bull has been shown to have insensitivity to pain and some scientists believe they may even be addicted to the endomorphins released when the body is subjected to pain and may go in search of pain because of it. They can withstand high levels of pain. American Pit Bulls also are much quicker to anger because they appear to have higher levels of the neurotransmitter L-Tyrosine.


The tenacity of the American Pit Bull can be seen in the length of a typical attack. Attacks last fifteen minutes or longer and nothing will stop the dog from continuing to attack. Most dogs that are fighting can be stopped if water is thrown on them or they are beaten, not an American Pit Bull. There are stories from people who have been attacked by American Pit Bulls who talk of beating the dog with various objects but it still held on and continued to attack.


Most dogs will either bite or hold the victim in some way. When American Pit Bulls attack they are intent on causing maximum damage, that is what they've been bred to do. This is the reason why most attacks by pit bulls will end in severe injury or death as compared to other dog breeds.


The original American Pit Bull was bred only to attack other dogs. In fact, a dog that attacked humans was killed. People running the dog fights had to ensure that the dogs could be handled safely inside and outside of the pit.


But then something went wrong. In the 1980's the American Pit Bull became the pet of choice for tough guys and thugs. How macho you were could be determined by how mean and vicous your pit bull was. People owning such dogs choose them for the very reason the rest of us fear them. In New York City, for example, police have found that drug bosses have taken to using pit bulls to protect their drug stashes- the meaner the better. In 1997 alone, 83 American Pit Bulls were captured and destroyed during drug busts.


Supply and demand economics came into play and irresponsible backyard breeders sprouted up, crossing pit bulls with guard dog breeds such as Rotweilers, German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers, long bred to attack humans. And to make matters worse, they bred them in the typically American fashion of bigger is better so the American Pit Bull breed of today is much bigger than the one of 15 years ago.


Voila! Now you have a big, tenacious dog, addicted to pain, with a short fuse and which will attack without notice; and it has human beings in its sight. You now have a problem- a deadly one.


And indeed the world over the American Pit Bull is quite successful in what it has been bred to do. From 1979-1996, 279 people were killed by dog attacks in the United States, and, of that, the highest number of killers was the American Pit Bull breed, with 60 deaths credited to them. In Australia, from 1991-2000 there were seven people killed by dogs, four of them met their deaths in the jaws of an American Pit Bull. The recent deaths in Botswana just add to the American Pit Bull's curriculum vitae as a killer.

So I'm sure this info is All Crap So why dont you educated us?
Or just call me a name and Declare yourself a winner.
*pit bull conspiracy*

 
At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohch your turn

 
At 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is frigging hysterical... you actually believe you made yourself look right? God you really are stupid.... Take notes and again after pulling your foot out of your mouth, read and think about what you're posting next time... here we go.....

Ok, Lets start from the begining smarty pants... Take note.. first paragraph... traced back to "the bulldogge a breed that was used for bullbaiting" it doesn't say pit bull it says bulldogge one of the founding breeds.... Next, if you care to look it up, these bullbaiting fights were never even close to fair... they sent in PACKS of bulldogges, not one on one with a bull, and when ever they did do one on one it was in enclosed close quarters and 9 times out of ten the bull was chained down and had it's horns remover... LOOK IT UP... I could bite a bull to death if it was chained down too and I didn't have to worry about horns... when the bull wasn't and it was in a big arena type deal, it was not one on one but multiple bulldogge's killing the bull... Sounds like wolves do it the same way, as could anyother breed when the numbers are in your favor....


quote from your posted article:

"The original American Pit Bull was bred only to attack other dogs. In fact, a dog that attacked humans was killed. People running the dog fights had to ensure that the dogs could be handled safely inside and outside of the pit.


But then something went wrong. In the 1980's the American Pit Bull became the pet of choice for tough guys and thugs. How macho you were could be determined by how mean and vicous your pit bull was. People owning such dogs choose them for the very reason the rest of us fear them. In New York City, for example, police have found that drug bosses have taken to using pit bulls to protect their drug stashes- the meaner the better. In 1997 alone, 83 American Pit Bulls were captured and destroyed during drug busts."


Wow, did that just say pits are safe animals for humans since they bred out all aggression towards humans for safety reasons? I believe it did, thanks for proving another point..... And I believe this also says bad people made bad pits for their own macho look.... These are animals that are taught in case you didn't understand the paragraph.... this still cancels out pits being bad to humans unless the owner makes it... hhhhmmm.... let me continue reading you proving yourself wrong.... you make it to easy...

OH MY!!! WHAT'S THIS... More facts that you pointed yourself out to be stupid? Could it be? let's see:



Supply and demand economics came into play and irresponsible backyard breeders sprouted up, crossing pit bulls with guard dog breeds such as Rotweilers, German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers, long bred to attack humans. And to make matters worse, they bred them in the typically American fashion of bigger is better so the American Pit Bull breed of today is much bigger than the one of 15 years ago.


Voila! Now you have a big, tenacious dog, addicted to pain, with a short fuse and which will attack without notice; and it has human beings in its sight. You now have a problem- a deadly one.


I do believe this just said crossbreeds did it not? OH MY STOP PROVING ME RIGHT!!!

and now for your "numbers" lets see, that's 79-97 and 60 deaths accredited to pitt bull TYPE over 17 years!!! As it states in the official goverment log!!!! and it's still only about 3 deaths a year? your right my friend with the 10's of thousands of pit bulls out there 3 deaths a year by PITT BULL TYPE DOGS, NOT AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIERS Sure does prove your point, They are psychos for sure.... more people die from bee's everyday, and more are struck by lightning... so if the odds of getting attacked and injured or killed by a pitt bull is less then getting struck by lightning, MY GOD THEY ARE THE DEVIL!!!

And in australia, 4 if they got the breed right? IN 9 YEARS!!!! Oh good god it's a holocaust....


I'm wondering where is it exactly I am suppose to feel that "OUCH"? You only hurt your own arguement and defended mine.

 
At 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OOOOO!!! He's Got You... That was a stupid thing to post if you were trying to disagree with that brothers defense of the breed... You proved him right. Sorry, calls'm as I sees'm

 
At 9:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nov. 6, 2005— A 10-year-old boy narrowly survived a vicious pit-bull attack and is recovering at the hospital this morning.

Greg Jones, of Aurora, Colo. was attacked by three dogs on Wednesday.

Jones' 16-year-old neighbor, Jerome Millard, called the police. Jones can be heard screaming in the background.

"There's three dogs attacking this little kid," Millard told the 911 operator. "There's three pit bulls, three big dogs, attacking him. Hurry, hurry, hurry."

Several neighbors tried to beat the dogs off with sticks.

One of the pit bulls was licensed to Danielle Carson, Jones' older sister. Animal care officers believe the other two dogs also were staying at the victim's house at the time of the attack.

One of the dogs that attacked Jones was shot by police and later euthanized, and the other two have been quarantined.


Not Uncommon

In all, 12 people were killed by dogs last year. Sixty percent of the 4.7 million people attacked by dogs are children.

For instance, six people in Chicago are recovering from pit bull attacks, and a 2-year-old girl was killed by two dogs in May. A 12-year-old boy was killed a month later in San Francisco.

 
At 9:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

December 20, 2006

Moultrie- A five-year-old Moultrie boy needed more than 30 stitches and countless staples to mend serious wounds after he was mauled by a pit bull. The boy's parents say he's lucky to be alive after the dog grabbed him by the leg and bite his face and head more than five times.

Several neighborhood children were playing Sunday in the Summer Heights neighborhood when they ventured into the Collins' back yard. Annissa Collins said the children had been warned to stay out of the yard because it agitates the dogs. That's when two-and-a-half-year-old Cinnamon got loose.

It's hard to believe the dog we saw cowering under a grate could cause such bite wounds to five year old NyRicky Nelson's head, face, hands, and chest.

NyRicky told his mom exactly what happened. "The dog broke the chain, I ran, trying to run to my daddy's house, the dog grabbed me by the leg, then the dog put my head in his mouth and was dragging me, Di came back then with rake," said Lashonda Hayes.

Children were playing Wednesday not far from where NyRicky was attacked. While three dogs were caged, Cinnamon was just tied to a tree when she pulled loose from her chain.

"He was full of blood, he had lacerations on his head, about five of them, head to toe nothing but blood," said his father Ricky Nelson.

The dog is being watched by the Moultrie, Colquitt County Humane Society because its rabies shot has expired.

"The rabies shot was last done two years ago, and in a case like that we have to keep the dog quarantined for 10 days," said Don Flowers, Moultrie, Colquitt County Humane Society Director.

Cinnamon's owners Annissa and Clarence Collins weren't home when the attack happened. They say the dog isn't usually bothered by people and hope to get Cinnamon back.

NyRicky's parents don't want that to happen, but if it does there will be rules. "I want the dog dead, if the dog don't die, it's going to be a whole lot more mess," said Hayes.

"First of all he's going to have to get extra insurance, to cover medical bills, he's going to have to keep it confined preferably in a cage, rather than on a leash," said Flowers.

The Humane Society plans to cite the Collins for not updating Cinnamon's shots. They say a rabies shot is only $14.00 ,and is a must for all dogs in Colquitt County. NyRicky is scheduled to go back to the doctor Thursday to have his wounds checked.

 
At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woman, 85, hospitalized after pit bull attack
Thursday, December 21, 2006
By Lisa Medendorp
CHRONICLE STAFF WRITER
A pit bull terrier was euthanized Tuesday following an attack last week that left an elderly Muskegon woman hospitalized with a severe leg fracture.

The victim, Connie Mastenbrook, 85, was walking in the alley near her Sanford Street home Friday when a neighbor's pit bull terrier ran out of a yard and attacked her, according to several reports.

The Muskegon Fire Department was dispatched at 12:47 p.m. to a medical emergency involving a fracture at 1134 Sanford, which is the address of the dog owner.

 
At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can post reports too... What Else You Got?


POSTED ON 12/27/06

Dog attack puts toddler in hospital
Canadian Press

HAMILTON, Ontario -- A two-year-old boy is in stable condition in a Hamilton hospital after he was viciously attacked by two Rottweilers on Christmas Day.

The dogs tore into the child on a playground -- witnesses said one of the boy's ears was ripped off and his cheek was gaping open.

It's unclear who was supervising the toddler on an early evening walk and it's not known why the dogs attacked the boy.

The 16-month-old male and female Rottweilers -- who had escaped before -- are in quarantine and will be put down.

Police found the owners 18 hours later, although they did not know their dogs had gotten loose.

Bylaw charges may be pending.

A man who lives nearby ran to help when he heard the commotion and eventually freed the boy from the dogs, which he says refused to let go.

"One dog kept relentlessly attacking the little boy," Mark Berka said.

When Mr. Berka got the boy free of the dogs, neighbours tended to his wounds while they waited for the ambulance.

When the boy's mother learned of the attack, she ran to the neighbours' house and collapsed when she saw her bloodied son.

"His one ear was gone," neighbour Laura Miller, 16, said. "Totally gone. His cheek was cut open so bad the bottom was hanging. His pants were gone. He wasn't making any noise. I thought he was dead."

Neighbours say the boy's family had moved to the area just two days earlier.

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Posted: 12/26/2006 5:46:00 PM

Car hits girl escaping dog attack

VALENCIA COUNTY, N.M. -- A young girl apparently trying to avoid a vicious dog was hit by a car and critically injured in Valencia County this afternoon.
Deputies said the 11-year-old girl, who has not been identified, was walking near the 3000 block of State Road 47 about 3 p.m. when two dogs bolted from a pen and chased her into the road.

There she was hit by vehicle traveling about 40 mph.

In addition to injuries from the car, the child had puncture wounds on her hands from dog bites. She was taken to UNM Hospital and is reported to be in critical condition. Deputies said no drugs or alcohol were involved, and no charges have been filed against the driver.

Animal control officers seized the two dogs, and the owner could be cited.



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Police plea on dog attackDec 21 2006

POLICE are still trying to trace the owner of an German shepherd dog which attacked a woman in Hardwick Close, Eastern Green, Coventry, on November 26.

The dog - believed to be called Billy - was being exercised by its owner at 8.30am when it was reported to have turned on the 64-year-old woman, injuring both her and her own dog.

Det Constable Vinny Jassi, of Little Park Street police station, said: "Somebody in the area must have knowledge of who this man is and of his German shepherd and where they both live."

The owner is described as being of large build, about 6ft, aged 30 to 35 and with short hair.

The victim is still recovering from her ordeal.

Anybody with information is asked to phone Det Con Jassi


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Today’s media is filled with sensational headlines of dog attacks. Routinely quoted in these newspaper accounts are dated statistics from the Centers for Disease Control. The last CDC study released documented which breeds of dogs caused the most human fatalities from 1979 through 1998. While the CDC did an admirable job of studying fatal dog attacks, and went to great lengths to point out that irresponsible owners were the cause of most of these incidents, the media and lawmakers continue to use CDC statistics to substantiate claims that certain breeds of dogs are inherently more "vicious" than other breeds.

The result of sensationalizing individual incidents of severe or fatal dog attacks, included with the use of unexamined statistical "evidence" has created an unfortunate and inaccurate public and political perception as to the dangerousness and predictability of certain breeds of dogs. Despite enormous public and political interest in fatal dog attacks, there is no agency or organization that does investigative work (with the exception of this study) into each of the individual cases of fatal dog attacks and records the number and circumstances of fatal dog attacks on a continuous, yearly basis.

This study is conducted in an attempt to understand the human and canine behaviors that contribute to a fatal dog attack. Only in understanding the events and circumstances surrounding these incidents can we hope to prevent future tragedies.

STUDY FINDINGS:
After reviewing over 431 cases of fatal dog attacks it is apparent there is no single factor that translates in a lethal encounter between a person and a dog(s). A fatal dog attack is always the culmination of past and present events that include: inherited and learned behaviors, genetics, breeding, socialization, function of the dog, physical condition and size of the dog, reproductive status of dog, popularity of breed, individual temperament, environmental stresses, owner responsibility, victim behavior, victim size and physical condition, timing and misfortune.

While many circumstances may contribute to a fatal dog attack, the following three factors appear to play a critical role in the display of canine aggression towards humans;

Function of the dog - (Includes: dogs acquired for fighting, guarding/protection or image enhancement)


Owner responsibility - (Includes: dogs allowed to roam loose, chained dogs, dogs and/or children left unsupervised, dogs permitted or encouraged to behave aggressively, animal neglect and/or abuse)


Reproductive status of dog - (Includes: unaltered males dogs, bitches with puppies, children coming between male dog and female dog in estrus)
It is necessary to emphasize that a fatal dog attack is an exceptionally unusual event. Approximating 20 deaths per year in a dog population of 53 million yields an infinitesimal percent of the dog population (.0000004%) involved in a human fatality.

THE BREED FACTOR
Many communities and cities believe that the solution to prevent severe and fatal dog attacks is to label, restrict or ban certain breeds of dogs as potentially dangerous. If the breed of dog was the primary or sole determining factor in a fatal dog attack, it would necessarily stand to reason that since there are literally millions of Rottweilers, Pit Bulls and German Shepherd Dogs in the United States, there would have to be countless more than an approximate 20 human fatalities per year.

Since only an infinitesimal number of any breed is implicated in a human fatality, it is not only unreasonable to characterize this as a specific breed behavior by which judge an entire population of dogs, it also does little to prevent fatal or severe dog attacks as the real causes and events that contribute to a fatal attack are masked by the issue of breed and not seriously addressed.

Pit Bulls in particular have been in a firestorm of bad publicity, and throughout the country Pit Bulls often bear the brunt of breed specific legislation. One severe or fatal attack can result in either restrictions or outright banning of this breed (and other breeds) in a community. While any severe or fatal attack on a person is tragic, there is often a tragic loss of perspective as to degree of dangerousness associated with this breed in reaction to a fatality. Virtually any breed of dog can be implicated in a human fatality.

From 1965 - 2001, there have been at least 36 different breeds/types of dog that have been involved in a fatal attack in the United States. (This number rises to at least 52 breeds/types when surveying fatal attacks worldwide). We are increasingly becoming a society that has less and less tolerance and understanding of natural canine behaviors. Breed specific behaviors that have been respected and selected for over the centuries are now often viewed as unnatural or dangerous. Dogs have throughout the centuries served as protectors and guardians of our property, possessions and families. Dogs have also been used for thousands of years to track, chase and hunt both large and small animals. These natural and selected-for canine behaviors seem to now eliciting fear, shock and a sense of distrust among many people.

There seems to be an ever growing expectation of a "behaviorally homogenized" dog - "Benji" in the shape of a Rottweiler. Breeds of dogs with greater protection instincts or an elevated prey-drive are often unfairly viewed as "aggressive or dangerous". No breed of dog is inherently vicious, as all breeds of dogs were created and are maintained exclusively to serve and co-exist with humans. The problem exists not within the breed of dog, but rather within the owners that fail to control, supervise, maintain and properly train the breed of dog they choose to keep.

CANINE AGGRESSION - AN OVERVIEW
It is important to emphasize that dogs bite today for the same reasons that they did one hundred or one thousand years ago. Dogs are no more dangerous today than they were a century or millennium ago. They only difference is a shift in human perception of what is and is not natural canine behavior and/or aggression and the breed of dog involved.

Examination of newspaper archival records dating back to the 1950’s and 1960’s reveal the same types of severe and fatal attacks occurring then as today. The only difference is the breed of dog responsible for these events. A random study of 74 severe and fatal attacks reported in the Evening Bulletin (Philadelphia, PA) from 1964-1968, show no severe or fatal attacks by Rottweilers and only one attack attributed to a Pit-Bull-type dog. The dogs involved in most of these incidents were the breeds that were popular at the time.

Over two thousand years ago, Plato extolled a basic understanding of canine behavior when he wrote "the disposition of noble dogs is to be gentle with people they know and the opposite with those they don’t know...." Recently, this fundamental principal of canine behavior seems to elude many people as parents allow their children to be unsupervised with unfamiliar dogs and lawmakers clamor to declare certain dogs as dangerous in response to an attack.

Any dog, regardless of breed, is only as dangerous as his/her owner allows it to be.

Addressing the issue of severe and fatal dog attacks as a breed specific problem is akin to treating the symptom and not the disease. Severe and fatal attacks will continue until we come to the realization that allowing a toddler to wander off to a chained dog is more of a critical factor in a fatal dog attack than which breed of dog is at the end of the chain.

Only when we become more knowledgeable, humane and responsible in our treatment of dogs can we hope to prevent future tragedies.

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"FATAL DOG ATTACKS"
The Stories Behind the Statistics
by Karen Delise

THE STATISTICS - FATAL DOG ATTACKS IN THE U.S. FROM 1965 - 2001 *

The study covers 431 documented human fatalities from a dog attack.

Location of Attack
25% of all fatal attacks were inflicted by chained dogs
25% resulted from dogs loose in their yard
23% occurred inside the home
17% resulted from attacks by dogs roaming off their property
10% involved leashed dogs or miscellaneous circumstances

Number of Dogs
68% of all fatal attacks were inflicted by a single dog
32% was the result of a multiple dog attack

Victim Profile
79% of all fatal attacks were on children under the age of 12
12% of the victims were the elderly, aged 65 - 94
9% of the victims were 13 - 64 years old

The age group with the highest number of fatalities were children under the age of 1 year old; accounting for 19% of the deaths due to dog attack. Over 95% of these fatalities occurred when an infant was left unsupervised with a dog(s).

The age group with the second-highest number of fatalities were 2-year-olds; accounting for 11% of the fatalities due to dog attack. Over 87% of these fatalities occurred when the 2-year-old child was left unsupervised with a dog(s) or the child wandered off to the location of the dog(s).

Boys aged 1 - 12 years old were 2.5 times more likely to be the victim of a fatal dog attack than girls of the same age.

Breeds Involved
Pit Bull and Pit-bull-type dogs (21%) (Take Note as this percentage includes Pit Bulls Along With Approximately 13 other breeds considered PITT BULL TYPES including Bull Mastiffs American Bulldogs, Argentinian Dogos, Alpha Blue Bloods, Canary Dogs, Cane Corsos and the list goes on, Considering the percentage including all these breeds the actual percentage of Pitt Bulls Involved Would Fall Far BElow Any Other Breed On the list), Mixed breed dogs (16%),
Rottweilers (13%), German Shepherd Dogs (9%), Wolf Dogs (5%),
Siberian Huskies (5%), Malamutes (4%), Great Danes (3%),
St. Bernards (3%), Chow Chows (3%), Doberman Pinschers (3%),
other breeds & non-specified breeds (15%).

Reproductive Status of Dogs
Overwhelmingly, the dogs involved in fatal dog attacks were unaltered males.
From 2000-2001 there were 41 fatal dog attacks. Of these, 28 were attacks by a single dog and 13 fatalities were caused by multiple dogs.

Of the 28 single dogs responsible for a fatal attack between 2000-2001;
26 were males and 2 were females. Of the 26 males, 21 were found to be intact (the reproductive status of the remaining 5 males dogs could not be determined).

States with the Most Fatalities - 1965-2001
California, 47; Texas, 32; Alaska, 26; Florida, 22; New York, 19; Michigan, 18; Illinois, 18; North Carolina, 17; Georgia, 16.

While at times informative, statistics on fatal dog attacks can also be misleading. For example, a number of cases were a Pit Bull, Rottweiler or GSD were counted as causing a human fatality were in reality the direct result of gross human negligence or criminal intent (i.e. discarding a newborn in the yard where the dogs were kept, or cases of extremely emaciated animals, or cases were the dog was ordered or encouraged to attack the victim).

This study was conducted not to determine which breeds of dogs caused fatalities, but rather to examine the circumstances and events that precipitated an attack. Knowing how many Pit Bulls or Rottweilers caused a human fatality has little applicable value, only when examining each case individually can we hope to gain insight into the HUMAN and CANINE behaviors that contributed to these tragic events.

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What's that????? You still can't figure out how to prove Pitts Are Killers? How It's the Not The Media?? How It's not a conspiracy with all the blame going on one breed because breeds like him are called pitt Bulls? IT'S CAUSE IT'S ALL BULLSHIT AND NONE OF YOU HAVE A CLUE WHAT A PITTBULL IS!!!!!!!!

 
At 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering the PITT BULL TYPE label and all the breed considered PITT BULL TYPES, Pits percentage of attacks and fatalities do fall far below the rest on the list... can't argue with basic mathmatics.
Well Played.....

 
At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Point... A rottweiler is just a rotweiler alone as is a german shepard..... at 21 percent even if it was a pure bred pitt bull 50 percent of the time, it still would only equal that of german shepards, would be nearly half that of rotts and is far below that of mixed breeds... and with so many dogs being bunched into one catergory as pit type dogs, I find it hard to believ any single breed in that group comes anywhere near claiming 50 percent of that 21% looks to me like we should be banning rotts and mutts... well not really, just pointing out trying to ban any breed is retarded, but to blame one breed on a group of animals is even stupider... it's obvious by simple math and the statistical facts presented that rotts and mutts are far more dangerous. How can anyone even consider trying to argue this? The numbers don't lie.

 
At 7:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not the dogs it's the assholes that own them.
You know your a redneck when you own a pit bull.

 
At 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, it must suck for all these people to know they have less of an education then people called rednecks... It must be even harder finally be shut up by rednecks with simple math.... and it must really suck to have so called rednecks point out how all you so called non rednecks (and I assume that means better) are no more then minion followers that will throw up their fists and back up anything said on the media or buy a polotician without ever even doing the research cause you are gulible enough to believe the goverment don't lie and the media reports the truth and not entertainment.... YYEEE HHHAAWWWW, IF THAT'S THE CASE, CALL ME A REDNECK PPAAAWWW!!!! A redneck from new york city, you back country hicks. It's not pitts or their asshole owners, it's little follower minions that scream out to the poloticianand media "Tell Us More Ghost Stories" and then cry when they have nightmares and their imaginations take over their feeble little minds....

 
At 8:24 PM, Anonymous philip from oklahoma said...

I find it very interesting how society has always found someone or something to put the blame on. The child that was invovled with having his arm ripped off through the gate was a very bad situation but upon a close look you will find many errors. First of all when the owner was interviewed he was a moron. He owned four or five dogs, i can't remember, and at this point any dog gets into whats called a pack mentality. Anyone who doesn't know what this is should keep their ideas in check since they haven't the slightest idea about animals. I have seen several people say "do your research" and i agree. Second the parents admitted they weren't keeping their eyes on the child. Yes, he should be able to play in his backyard without interference but i wouldn't not leave my three-year-old child in a backyard for more than a second without supervision. On top of that the parents knew that the pits were next door and still left a three year old unattended. REAL SMART HUH??!!

I have owned and been around pit bull dogs since i was five. Yeah crazy how i am still in good shape. wait no its not because since the 1900's and still today these dogs are labled "nanny dogs" in many places in the world. Reaszon being they are one of the best dogs to have around children. disagree with me i just have one thing to say, yolu better be able to back up your facts and not give me anacdotal evidence,(look it up) because i have done my research 10 times over and your are very far from shutting me down in this conversation but go ahead, enjoy.

 
At 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First and foremost,my heart goes out to the family of the child who was hurt. I hope that they punish the owner to the fullest extent of the law.

I am shocked by the ignorance of state officials, and citizens alike. Pit's are accosted because of their breed and their strength. I have been around pit's most of my life. And I will admit to having met a couple with behavioral problems. Dogs are a lot like children. They are what they are because of how they are raised, NOT because of what they are!

But I have also come across many other breeds that are just as vicious, one of which is the chow chow. Pit's aren't the problem. People are. Someone said Pit Bulls are an unstable dog. Well the same can be said for human beings as well.

What of those people who want to move to Oklahoma and are Pit owners. They can live here, but not with their dog. Talk to someone who has had a pet a long time. That animal is like their child. Would you like to be told you can't live somewhere because of your "child" Because that is what your doing to these owners.

Don't punish the good owners. Make stricter laws for those who train vicious dogs, of any breed. It broke my wife's and I heart to learn we could not adopt a pit bull that we had discovered at the animal shelter. She was the sweetest thing. The employee told us flat out, if their owners don't claim them, they get destroyed.

Our heart's broke in two when hearing this. Dogs like children need a good loving home. It's not fair to the dog and other people because of someone else's ignorance in raising that animal.

Please don't deny people the right to own a wonderful dog.

 
At 12:45 AM, Blogger Kelly said...

It really amazes me how many uneducated people post a blog with absolutely no FACTS! Here are the facts: (per year) 440,000 people die due to cigarettes, 40,000 people die in car accidents, 38,000 people die from gun shot related wounds, 2,000 children are killed by their own parents, 3 people are killed a year by pitbulls. Where is the real problem? Some say only ghetto scum, white trash, and people who want to look tough own pit bulls...Jack Dempsy, Fred Astaire, Thomas Edison, Helen Keller, Michael J Fox, and Presiden Theodore Roosevelt all owned Pitbull/pit mixs. I am the owner of a 2yr old Pit named Josi. She's a 60lb lapdog who knows she is a princess. Don't punish me and my baby b/c of people who train their dogs to fight, or because of neglectful parents who let their 2 year old play unsupervised in the yard knowing there is a pit next door. Punish the deed, not the breed!

 
At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the idea of banning pitbulls is soundly based. There have been a number of incidents of viscious, horrible attacks by pits and that is sufficient justification to require owners to neuter all pits and keep them behind 8 foot high fences, or about 5 times the dogs' average height, and to ban any more pits from moving into the state.

Likewise, there have been a number of viscious murders and rapes committed by black people, so it is reasonable to have a law that prohibits any more blacks from coming into the US, requires all males already here to be castrasted so they can't rape, and to be kept in prison behind fences 30 feet high.

There have been a number of cases of terrible incest committed by rural white people so, in a similar vein, all whites with less than a college education living in municipalities with less than 50,000 population, should be castrated, kept behind fences, and no more permitted to move into the US. Also, all white families should have all female children removed from them, due to the danger of incest, and placed with nice Indian families.

There is a relatively high incidence of AIDS among gay people, so they should all be put in cages and neutered as well. It is only logical.

There are a lot of Christians who commit hate crimes and belong to hate groups, like the KKK and Christian Identity, so all Christian males should be placed in prisons immediately and no more permitted to move into or be bred in the US. If any white women give birth to white males, the boys should be immediately euthanized.

Since extreme feminism is rampant among white women, we need to wipe them out too.

Since Native Americans have a high incidence of alcoholism and driving while drunk, which endangers us all, we need to immediately imprison all of them and cut off their hands so that they cannot raise a glass, bottle or can to their lips and get drunk.

I am still working on the problems with Hindus and Mexicans, and will post more later when I make my suggestions for the Final Solution to these dangerous elements as well.

Get the general idea?

 
At 5:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off Im 100% AGAINST baning pitbulls I was reading Amandas and she made a really good point!! Anyways Im sorry to hear about what happen to the little boy in Moore but as I was reading that if he was being watched then why did the dad have to jump the fence? Was Cody not in his own fence? Im confused on that part...But anyways I have a Red Nosed Chocolate Eurpeon Pitbull and she is a reall big baby....She has a certain place to sleep in the bed and plus she has a bed time call it crazy but she is just like a kid....PITBULLS have feeling just like any other dog!! But I remember when I was little my stepdad had two rotts and my mom had a Chihuahua and the rotts killed my moms dog and there was nothing left of the Chihuahua.....And now as Im older I have a pitbull and my mom has a Chihuahua and they get ALONG JUST FINE she doesn't even hurt him and we also have a 2 month old kitten and she also loves him as well they sleep together on the couch during the day and when outside they always play....And Im from a small town in Oklahoma I don't find it right to ban a dog because how the owner has raised it!! And if you talk to almost any mailman the dog they FEAR THE MOST IS CHIHUAHUAS,CHOWS,AND GERMANS,so when are the other dogs going to banned I think it is stupid tryin to banned a dog because of the owner its not the dogs fault!!The other day we had a baby over her and my dog was playing with her and not hurting her.....My sister has 2 pits and a Chihuaha and everyone is more scared of the ankle bitter cause they are just as bad!! SO WHOEVER THINKS IT IS OKAY TO BAN PITS IS JUST PLAN STUPID BECAUSE PITBULLS HAVE FEELING JUST LIKE ANY OTHER DOG...And why just talk to the parents and grandparents its should'nt be up too them on banning pitbulls or not!

 
At 10:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought a Pitt Bull about 5 years ago he was a red nose, his name was Sonny. He was raised with two children, 2 cats, a yorkie and a Rottweiler (his best friend). He never started a fight, never once attacked anyone or anything. He was registered, his father was a showdog and he was beautiful. He traveled with us when we moved to Alaska, California, and then to Oklahoma, where he was found hung in my backyard. He did not deserve to die like that, just because someone was afraid of him or did not like the breed. Maybe people should try a little harder to ban sexual predators from killing our children, for pressing charges on social workers who put a child back into harm and that child dies. The drugs that are killing us. There are alot more things in life to worry about than banning Pitt Bulls from Oklahoma.
Mine brought our family join and we miss him everyday. They are an amazing breed..

 
At 11:16 PM, Blogger stephie said...

im sorry for anyone who was hurt but i have been around pitts my whole life and own one who plays with my cats and has my pet rats that can ride on her i have never met a bad one a pomerain mauld a 6 wk old baby to death will you ban them dogs are mans best friend will man not return the favor my dog will stand up for me as i will her punish dog abuse punish ignorance dont punish a breed

 
At 6:01 PM, Blogger StargateGirl88 said...

I hate pit bulls... I've been chases to no end in my neighborhood, and I don't mind saying that... They've caused too much problems for me, and I think they out to have laws against them, or take sever measures to ensure that they are not allowed to roam free. They are vicious, and dangerous. Please visit my blog to find out what I say what I do. Thanks. http://intolerablefacts.blogspot.com/

 
At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am an owner of a pit bull and I have 4 kids from 18 months to 8 years and my dog is one of the family. He has never attemped to even bark at a stranger. All dogs are capable of attacking whether it be a chihuaha or a great dane. The only thing is a larger dog is capable of more damage and the pit bull is on attack from the media and people who do not do the research on how to raise the dog. If they ban the dog in oklahoma then there should be a way for those of us who are responsible pitt bull owners to keep ours. You know, like a list of owners who have had their dog for several years.

 
At 11:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am against people that want the oklahoma state to to aband pit bull's and for one it's the stupid Irresponavle people that u got behind the pit bull.. it's unfair to us Responable owner's that do have our pit bull's ... It just depend's and how u raise ur pit bull.... For one if u know that u have a bitting pit bull and when u have company with kid's put the pit bull up.. and another and these parent's of kid's need to be watching their kid's alot better than wat they do and when in some else's yard and no matter if he or she does have a bitting dog or not ... one more thing and it's the owner's job to make sure that the pit bull and or how ever many pit bull's he or she may have to keep the dog chain's up to date as well as the dog collar's up to date to and tightened up and so the pit bull can't get of the dog chain.. buy thick chain's and then no one can complain on us Responable owner's that do take care of our pit bull's .. I do believe that the Irresponavle pit bull owner's should not own a pit bull... that mean's buy brand new chain's and dog collar's too.. Raw meat is uncalled for ... angie real... i have 3, lil girl's and also has 4,pit bull's and hasn't had one bit trouble out of any of my pit bull's ... hummmmmmm it's called being a Responable owner...

 
At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am against people that want the oklahoma state law to aband pit bull's and for one it's the stupid Irresponavle people that u got behind the pit bull.. it's unfair to us Responable owner's that do have our pit bull's ... It just depend's and how u raise ur pit bull.... For one if u know that u have a bitting pit bull and when u have company with kid's put the pit bull up.. and another and these parent's of kid's need to be watching their kid's alot better than wat they do and when in some else's yard and no matter if he or she does have a bitting dog or not ... one more thing and it's the owner's job to make sure that the pit bull and or how ever many pit bull's he or she may have to keep the dog chain's up to date as well as the dog collar's up to date to and tightened up and so the pit bull can't get of the dog chain.. buy thick chain's and then no one can complain on us Responable owner's that do take care of our pit bull's .. I do believe that the Irresponavle pit bull owner's should not own a pit bull... that mean's buy brand new chain's and dog collar's too.. Raw meat is uncalled for ... angie real... i have 3, lil girl's and also has 4,pit bull's and hasn't had one bit trouble out of any of my pit bull's ... hummmmmmm it's called being a Responable owner... and if any one misstreat's and then no i don't blame any animal for biting that person,or person's.. also people and that doesn't watch their own kid or kid's need's to be taking away from the irresponavle mother and father and for instance ur neighbor could have a big built in swimming pool in the ground and ur child get into the yard and in that swimming pool and drown and u not know it either.. it's no different than ur neighbor that havin a pit bull and or any dog's really... angie real .. take the pit bull's away from the irresonavle pit bull owner's and leave us responable owner's alone.......

 
At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It take's a responale person and or person's to take care of their kid's and their pet's too ... if u people would tell the owner's of their pit bull off and if u don't like how the owner is doin the pit bull and then say something bout it .. like for instance u could say does ur pit bull bite ? or u could say is the pit bull on a thick chain and or dog collar and tightened up to where the pit bull can't get off the chain and cuz u could say i have kid's and or a kid... and if the owner let's u out to look at a pup and when u r looking to buy a pup and hold ur baby and kid's & or kid and while walkin around in there yard to look around.. don't never go to some one yard and let ur kid's loose and or run wild.... and these irresponavle pit bull owner's that u got behind a pit bull and that does get off their dog chain and attacked some one and is all on the account of the pit bull owner not making sure that the pit bull is on a brand new thick dog collar and also a brand new thick dog chain... also if the other parent's with their children and or child know's that the pit bull bite's and then the parent to that child doesn't need that child and or children... when i go to look at some one else's pit bull's and i let my mom and or dad watch my kid's for a bit at home... and or if i go to look at pit bull's and they stay with me at all time's .. i don't take my eye's off my 3,lil girl's... and another thing u people that is against pit bull's is crazyy and if any thing yall should be against the irresponavle pit bull owner's and not the responable pit bull owner's..... thoese type's of pit bull's and u do have to spend alot of time with the pit bull's ... they love to be loved and they are excellent pit bull's.. and don't never train ur pit bull to sic any one and or don't tell ur pit bull to watch a person and or person's and that's uncalled for too..... fighting pit bull's is uncalled for too.............

 
At 2:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that it is not the breed that is responsible but the person that has raised the dog and how it was trained. I have a 1y.o. pit and he is so loving and caring like a big teddy bear, while down hte street a neighbor has one which he raised to be aggressive and he turnned on him. It is all about how the dog is trained so there should not be a ban on the breed punish the people who own them.

 
At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with everyone that is against banning pits. i do not have one, but am about to get one and i have done all the research about them. mainly because i was unsure at first about getting one bc of what i had heard. When i did the research i found out that everyone was wrong. pits are loyal and loving if trained right, ofcorse that goes along with any other dog too. i do tho feel sorry for the kid in moore, i live in okc but at the same time what stupid parents just let their 3 YEAR OLD out by themselves? i know the kid was in their own backyard, but they knew there was a pit next door. maybe the parents should be punished for not knowing how to be good parents. i know i would never ever let my child be unsupervised like that even if there wasnt a dog within 5 miles it doesnt matter you need to watch your kids better, wherever you are. also owners, the irresponsible ones, need to NOT own pits or they need to become responsible. pple need to know that if you are going to own a pit it takes responsibility not stupidity. there needs to be more laws on pits nnot banning them, thats ridiculous. you cant be racist against one breed bc of some stupid accidents. thats not fair at all. and any big dog can do harm to anyone its not just pits i think all dogs should be papered and trained right. that would solve alot of problems. people who want to ban pits from oklahoma should just move to another state i guarauntee if we voted for the ban, more people would vote AGAINST BANNING!!! especially if they did their research or maybe if the damn media wasnt full of inconsiderate idiots they could put up the REAL FACTS ABOUT PITS.and to all of you people on this comment thing, rednecks are not the ones who own pits, its a wide variety of pple. BUT i guess since im from OKLAHOMA that means ima redneck... maybe if you could be more open-minded you would see that your the idiotic pple that cause all of this unneeded drama. One more thing, to that stupid guy Wesselhoft, have you ever even owned a pit? ok prob not why dont you try owning a dog like that and train it right and see if it attacks someone, i bet you it wont, unless it attacks you cuz your a moron. thats all i have to say about that.

 
At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Banning an entire breed for the actions of a few poory raised and treated individuals....you have to be kidding. Its really to bad we cant start banning and euthanizing the human race for the actions of a few. lets start blaming the irresponsible dog owners and not the dogs, its not their fault we are stupid.

 
At 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a Pit bull who is almost 8months and he is the sweetest dog i have EVER owned. He loves babies, kids,teens,adults and the elderly. He goes to the dog park every week almost and plays with dogs and has never bitten or harmed another dog, yet when he gets bit he just keeps playing. He sleeps in bed with us at night and cuddles just like a human. What people dont realize is that there are many dog attacks every day, but the only ones reported are PIT BULL ATTACKS, and if you read facts and statistics it is said that pitbulls are the best dogs for a child to have...and its true that they act they way they are raised...my dog goes to the vet regularly and has never bitten the vet or anyone just loves them and my boyfriends mom has a lab and last time he went to the vet he got bit...but that wasnt reported bc he was a lab, but if it was my pit it would of been reported..

 
At 12:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I whole heartedly agree with the fencing laws and leash laws they want to put into effect. I also think if you want this to be a "safer state" then maybe it should be a requirement to have them registered with the state but if you want to do that then maybe you should have ALL LARGE BREED dogs registered with the state. It's not fair to punish the responsible dog owners for the dumb ones mistakes. Don't punish the dog, punish the owner. I'm a firm believer in it's all in how you raise them and always will be.

 
At 2:05 AM, Anonymous TIM BURNS! said...

I think you all are a little "off" on your comments. If any of you actually own a dog you would realize that even your mutts could do the same thing! Punish the owners NOT THE BREED! And I have a 1yr old pitt and a Rottweiler and I can promise that there is NO PERSON ON THIS SOIL THAT WILL TAKE EITHER OF MY BABIES AWAY! and for your info they LOVE! kids and ppl as long as your not in their space. Dong hop my fence and you wont get laid out! PLAIN AND SIMPLE! I WISHED one of you had a dog that bit me or anyone I know cuz id spend every single penny i had to get that breed banned!

 
At 2:30 AM, Anonymous Timmah Thrasher said...

I am AGAISNT, The ban on Pit Bulls they ar not as agressive as everyone Thinks... first of al facts about the common dog you should know about...THEY ARE TERRITORIAL....that means dont tuch there propery..if you do that is your fault!!!!! they are PROTECTIVE so dont go yelling at the owner of one or you will get a very mad pit bull who is only trying to defend his owner....., second of all i have noticed...that most of the people who have posted are women Those of wich own those tiny mutt that i refer to as FOOTBALLS there for i think that anyone who owns one of those yap boxes should be subject to disturbing the peace... im sorry but if i can tame my german shepard to NOT BARK AT 3 O CLOCK IN THE MORNING then you can too...People all i ask is that you accually use the most important thing GOD gave you...(incase your wondeing ITS YOUR BRAIN) DO BE SO STUPID OF JUDGMENTAL JUST BECAUSE YOUVE "heard or have seen a pitt bull attack" becuse chances are if you heard it its false and if you saw it then you should be able to think of why the dog attacked. PUNISH THE OWNERS NOT THE DOG......

 
At 10:42 PM, Anonymous Renee Benson/ Texas said...

I am the owner of 4 beautiful pitt bulls, I agree with some of the comments that are on this site, a pitt bull is very territorial and if someone they do not know comes on their property, they will either stand at attack position and bark to let that person know they are in the wrong for being there or they will get between the owner and them to protect. I have yet seen a well trained pitt bull attack anyone or anything unless they were taught to do so.. I can not stand to see or hear about people fighting a pitt bull let alone any animal that is inhumane... people who fight their pitt bulls will take the ones who lose and starve them and make them the ones that the fighters train with, because they are weak. Anyone who teaches their animal to fight needs to be taken out and have a bullwhip taken to them... then they need to serve a life time incarcerated...for cruelty to animals.... I Love my pitty's they are a part of my family....

 
At 12:46 AM, Anonymous CALEB J W said...

I'M A PROUD PIT BULL OWNER!!! I WAS ROBBED TWICE A MONTH AGO WHILE I WAS AT WORK. COPS TOLD ME STRAIGHT UP THERE'S NOTHING THEY COULD DO AND IT WAS MY FAULT. SORRY FOR BEING A GOOD PART OF THE COMMUNITY AND WORKING FOR A DAMN LIVING. SINCE I GOT A PIT BULL MY PLACE GOT BROKEN IN AGAIN AND MY PIT WAS STILL THERE AND I COULD TELL FROM THE BLOOD THAT HE'D DONE HIS JOB. NOTHING HAS HAPPENED SINCE. WE CANT BAN HUMAN BEINGS WHO HAVE MADE MISTAKES IN THE PAST. PEOPLE KILL MORE PEOPLE THAN DOGS KILL PEOPLE EVERY YEAR BUT WE KEEP ON KILLING AND WE KEEP PAYING TAXES FOR THEM TO LIVE IN PRISON JUST FINE. WE PAY OUR MILITARY TO KILL OVERSEAS BUT WE'RE FOCUSING ON DOG BITES IN OUR OWN COUNTRY?! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH US THAT WE WOULD SPEND SO MUCH TIME AND MONEY ON VERY FEW INCIDENTS THAT THE MEDIA LOVES TO BLOW UP WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER PROBLEMS WITH OUR COUNTRY AND OUR SPECIFIC STATE! I'M SORRY ABOUT THE ATTACKS ON CHILDREN BUT MAYBE YOU SHOULD KEEP YOUR KIDS ON A LEASH OR JUST PAY MORE DAMN ATTENTION TO THEM. I'VE RAISED BEAGLES ALSO WITH MY FAMILY AND WHEN WE'RE OUT SELLING THEM PEOPLE BRING THEIR LITTLE KIDS WHO DONT KNOW HOW TO TREAT A DOG AND PET HARD AND PULL TAILS AND EARS AND POKE IN THE EYES. STOP SAYING MY CHILD WAS JUST TRYING TO PET HIM AND HE WENT NUTS. YOU PROBABLY HAVENT TAUGHT YOUR KID HOW TO TREAT ALL THINGS WITH RESPECT SO NOW YOUR KID GOT WHAT HE DESERVED!

 
At 6:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question. I am not for banning pits. I think it is the way a dog is raised. With that being said, what do you do when you have 3 pit bulls come into your yard, and attack and kill your weenie dog, and the local sheriff's department won't do anything about it, they won't even come out. All they say do is if they come back on our property is to shoot them. This happened last night in Wagoner, Ok.

 
At 2:52 AM, Anonymous shayna flemming said...

i am not for banning pits. i have had several. it's not the dog. it is who owns it. yes at first pits were bred to fight. but there are people believe it or not who get them because they like the bred not to fight them. i think that this is a crock of shit. what if we wanted to ban them little ankle bitters because one day a granny was walking and it bit her ankle and she fell and broke her foot. i dont get it. pits are animals not aliens.

 
At 10:46 AM, Anonymous Michelle W. said...

For anyone to say that the dog is bred to kill and that it will eventually do that, well, they are just total idiots. I had an American Staffordshire Terrier (or what uneducated people call Pit Bull) and she was the most docile, sweetest dog I had ever owned. She was completely friendly around cats, children, other dogs...anything and everyone. The worst she would do was lick my toes when I didn't wear socks. The idea of banning the breed will not solve the problem of dog bites or attacks. Next they'll say they need to ban Great Danes, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, German Shepards...it's ridiculous. It's stupid people who know nothing about the breed that can't control their dogs. Those are the people who should be punished, not the dogs. All a dog looks for is love, acceptance, and an "Alpha Male" stance from it's owner. As long as you prove to be the Alpha, your dog will obey. Any dog can be taught to be vicious. More people are bit by smaller breeds than by bigger breeds. God forbid someone say let's ban Yorkies or Chihuahuas...that would just seem mean! Politicians shouldn't be allowed to think...they're all idiots. PUNISH THE DEED, NOT THE BREED. PUNISH THE STUPID OWNERS WHO DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING. THEY SHOULD GO TO PRISON FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY IF THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE BREED. IT'S TRUE THERE ARE NO BAD DOGS, JUST BAD OWNERS.

 
At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Michelle W. said...

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/07/10/earlyshow/contributors/debbyeturner/main514774.shtml

Read that for insight.

 
At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Michelle W. said...

http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/pospress.php

Gee, don't they look so vicious? (that's sarcasm for you slow people)

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the little statement the guy made he said pitts are responcible for 15% of bites ok sure what about the 85% of bites in the state i completely disagree with him you cant ban this dog from the state pitts are the best dogs in the world all dogs are good some just have terrible owners and pitts aren't the only dogs in the world that attack people i read a story in the newspaper about a chiuaua attacking and killing a new born baby are you going to ban that breed of dog to i think this guy is just trying to make a name for himself and he is using this ban on pitts to do it this is all for his own personal goals

 
At 4:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its pointless to argue there will never be an agreement on the matter,but I'm against it I own a pit I've had him for 5 yrs and he the best dog I've ever had.. and our vet even said its not the dog its the owner,and any dog could attack. Also I hate how the media is darn sure to let ppl know when its a pit bull who attacks but any other dog they just say dog attack.. Pits are treated unfair by ignorant owners and by media. I do on one hand think there needs to be control on the breeding as well as other dogs bc there are too many being bred then out on the streets or used to fight,which needs to be cracked down on as well.

 
At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have American Bullys and they are a half breed to a pit and I have 3 kids and the dogs are in the house there is nothing wrong with it. It all depends on how u rase them. Punish the deed not the breed. They are great dogs my kids play with them all the time. My middle girl was affraid of dogs and when we got bullys she opened up n she really loves them. She says they are all her dogs. What about all the other breeds that attack kids you dont hear nothing about them, its not just pits so get all your facts straight before you point your finger.

 
At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a pit and personally it has been one of the best dogs I have ever had. I think the way you raise a dog is how it is going to act in situations. Its not the dogs fault its the owner. So therefore I am AGAINST the ban for pit bulls.

 
At 5:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think about it ... If pit bulls make up 15%of the biting there has to be a reason ... It's not the breed it's the owners of course there's going to be a higher percentage of pit bulls biting when people are making this unspecific breed vicious ... They choose the breed because they are strong and loyal to their owner .... In other words the dogs do what the owner wants or has taught them !!!! If more people are getting pit bulls to make them mean than more pit bulls are goin to be mean.  Their breed doesn't make them bad dogs their owners do .... Quit punishing the breed when the people are responsible.... If you fear another human does that human not have some sort of power over you ... If you show distaste for another do you not have the ability to make them bitter, when someone points and judges you do you not lash out or find distaste for them as well??? Just like the human animal  pit bulls are judged and mistreated not for their crimes but for the name of a "breed" ... Think about this the highest percent of crime is done by blacks should we bann them too???  What comes to my mind when i think of breed banning... A new type of racism  
O and FYI pit bull is not a specific species or breed it is a group of breeds that have been classified together solely on appearance if any of theses obviously well educated beings saying that the pit bull "breed" should be banned remember their 6th grade taxonomy they would realize that individual breeds are being grouped and compared to specific breeds and would see the disadvantage they are giving our dogs.. Of course the percentage of bites from pit bulls is goin to be higher when you have multiple breeds considered and compared as one ???? Another thing those people bagging on pit bulls need to do some research because for all you know you might have just trashed your own dogs reputation..... ;) 

And for the person who said her kids life was the most important thing to her I completely agree .. I can't have any children of my own. I went on a removal of a deceased man ( I am a mortician) who had found a "pit bull' dumped in a ditch pregnant a bleeding to death ... As a retired veterinarian he nursed her to health with the assistance of his son and she gave birth to 7 pups 3 still borns and 4 survivors... The pups were 5 weeks old when I went to assist this family with their loss . They spoke to me about how the dog he found and her pups gave him so much joy in the last couple of months he spent on earth . They told me how they truly believed that their grandfather/ father had held onto life till he was certain the pups and mother were healthy and happy ... I was offered one by the family as a token of their appreciation . Took it as a sign that God wanted me to have him ... I returned a week later to the families home to retrieve the pup .since then we r inseparable .  He is my child  and his life is more important to me than anything :)   

Meridius is his name and he is a full American staffordshire terrier 
Aka a pit bull breed who is a certified service dog and I'm proud of it !!!! 

 
At 11:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I own a American pit bull terrier. She loves kids! I am responsible for her and her actions out in public and in my home. This is a sad story and I pray for the family. Was this dog DNA tested to see if it was a pit bull? Like Frank said most people can't tell the difference between a pit bull and a American Bulldog. I don't understand why the owners of ALL KINDS of DOGS are not held responsible for their PETS ACTIONS!I took on my pet for a life commitment and that's what I'm going to do.
Go to this link and see if you can find the Pit Bull! I bet you can't!!

http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/findpit.html

 
At 11:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do you get your information on the internet? OH well that stuff MUST BE TRUE!!! You can not go by all the stuff you read online. These dogs where family dogs. They still are today.

 
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At 3:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just witnessed my neighbors dog get attacked by a pitt. She has one also I have kids that walk up a 1/4 of a block driveway the county says they can't do anything come on really how many kids, adults,etc. get killed or severly injured from these monsters before the law makers do something

 
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At 8:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will say this to all of the ignorant people of the United states of America and to Oklahoma pit bulls was bred by the Romans for house protection not fighting if somebody actually did some real research you would know this but something like that is to hard. You need to be after the owners not the breed of dog so go find a new hobby besides ruining everybody's lives who a actually raise there animals right

 
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