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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Des Moines police have deemed a pit bull who bit two children in two separate incidents over the past few months “dangerous." But the dog’s owners are fighting to keep the dog alive.

Seven-year-old Jashawn Fleming's physical scars are healing, but the mental scars, that's another story. Last month, Jashawn went to visit a friend in his east side apartment building when the friend's pit bull got out and lunged at him.

"The dog was right beside the door. When he was shutting it, when he was moving it, he got through and came at me and jumped on top of me," Jashawn says while covering his throat with his arm, "I went like this so he couldn't get my throat or my chest but he got this and then I moved in and then he got that."

The dog, named Cash, was not up to date on its rabies shots and was not insured. Both attacks happened at Carol Hildreth's apartment. Her daughter owns Cash.

"That's what dogs do. That's their way of protecting the ones they love," Hildreth says, "Them kids provoked Cash too. And like I said, no, he shouldn't bite. But he should not be put to death for it."

Cash is being held at the ARL. The city will determine in the next few weeks whether Cash should be put down.


    • Linda

      The DOG is not the monster, the person is. It’s an animal. It isn’t trained or handled properly obviously. Please don’t take your frustrations or disgust out on the dog. The owner should be heavily fined, and put on a do not adopt list circulated to all rescues and shelters. She shouldn’t have a pet. She doesn’t know how to.

    • Nancy

      Putting the dog down is not the answer. Educating the owners or taking the dog away from the owners so he can live with someone that is knowledgeable about protective dogs, their behavior and how to work with them would be the answer. Before you jump to conclusion that this dog is a “monster” you need to review facts about his environment.

  • Holly Johnson

    I’m so tired of dog owners who don’t have a clue about the breed of dog they own. Number one, she doesn’t have the shots updated nor insurance, really. If you can not afford those things then you shouldn’t own a dog. Number two, it is not in a well trained dogs nature to bite children. If you don’t know enough to read up about your breed of dog and learn to train your dog and be pack leader, you shouldn’t own a dog. A dogs nature is to protect their human and know when that moment is when raised and trained properly. If this dog gets put down, and it should, it is the owners fault. With all I’ve read and discussed with pitbull owners, I don’t believe you should own a pitbull if you have children or like taking your dog to dog parks. I’ve heard too many people say that they never thought they would become a statistic and they couldn’t believe that their pitbull turned on their child for no reason. Seeing is defiantly believing. It’s amazing people can hear and read about these things over and over again but yet continue to play with fire.

    • john

      Pit bulls are great babysitters. If they are capable of attacking then its the owners that should be trained and the dog should be rehabilitated. My son’s pit is the biggest baby I’ve ever known. Just a real sweetheart and wouldn’t hurt anyone. There’s so much bad publicity with pit bulls that people like Bob Tarpster react like that when really Bob should be put down for being ignorant and charge his wife.

      • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

        BADRAP surrenders to facts

        “A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is still trying to put on its pants.” ~Mark Twain

        on May 20 @ 9:00am PST, BADRAP made the following proclamation:

        It’s Dog Bite Prevention Week. Did you know that there was never such thing as a ‘Nanny’s Dog’? This term was a recent invention created to describe the myriad of vintage photos of children enjoying their family pit bulls.

        While the intention behind the term was innocent, using it may mislead parents into being careless with their children around their family dog – A recipe for dog bites!

      • Tom M. (@TomM1933)


        The Myth:
        To explain vintage black and white photographs that depicted children and pit bulls together, a story was created that back in the Victorian age the pit bull was the “nanny dog”. These so-called nanny dogs were said to be so good with children parents relied on them to babysit and protect them.

        The Reality:
        One fighting breed advocate created this “legend” in 1971 to distance her breed from its fighting origins. This mention was picked up by a newspaper in 1987 and has since been promoted as historical “fact.”

        At no point in history were pit bulls ever “nanny dogs”. There has not been any proof ever given to make this myth a reality. The pit bull advocacy group “Bad Rap” recently admitted that pit bulls were never nanny dogs and that this myth was dangerous to children. The retraction of the “nanny dog myth” has been highly publicized. Despite the retraction, the myth has lived on and pit bull advocates still repeat it regularly

        Did you know that there was never such thing as a ‘Nanny’s Dog’? This term was a recent invention created to describe the myriad of vintage photos of children enjoying their family pit bulls (click this link for details about vintage photos). While the intention behind the term was innocent, using it may mislead parents into being careless with their children around their family dog – A recipe for dog bites!

  • Rachel (@fuzzyduck133)

    Put these dogs down! About one pit bull in 107,000 will kill someone this year, compared to about one other dog in 1.4 million. About one pit bull in 5,800 will disfigure someone, compared to about one other dog in 130,000. About one pit bull in 107 will kill another animal, compared to about one other dog in about 50,000.

    • consuela

      ur obviously a pit hater. ur statement put these dogs down is made out of ignorance and fear. a trained, socialized pitbull is a joy to live with. check out the other end of the leash. thats probably the problem

      • Nathan James

        “one pit bull in 107,000 will kill someone this year, compared to about one other dog in 1.4 million.” Right, joy to live with, they’re no more joy to live with than any other dog and OTHER dogs don’t have these kinds of statistics!

      • Kamandak

        You know Consuela, the ‘head in the sand’ approach you use does nothing positive for the breed. You are just making yourself look foolish and non-creditable. Statistical FACTS are made out of ignorance and fear? Why because they hurt your feelings and don’t jive with your delusions? Yes this dog that has attacked on two separate occasions needs to be but down. Had this child not covered his neck he may well be dead. I love my dog with all my heart but how can anyone ever seriously say a dog’s life is worth more than a child’s? The solution seems rather simple: You can not own a Pit Bull in Des Moines without proper certified training. Responsible pit bull owners would comply (they are already purchasing $1M insurance policies) and irresponsible owners would hopefully be deterred from owning this potentially dangerous breed.

    • Lisbeth

      It’s a lot worse than you think. You’re talking short term — what pit bulls in homes will do in any single year. If you look at the long term, you get this. It’s not only how many succeed in killing, but how many will try to kill something during their lives. Here are the facts:

      One third of all pit bulls are dumped at a shelter before they’re a year old — mostly due to aggression problems. After that, one half of all adult pit bulls are dumped at a shelter any given year — mostly for aggression problems.

      Consider what this means: It means that by the time any pit bull is five years old, 96% of its age mates have shown aggression so serious that the owner didn’t want it any more. This means that only one in 25 pit bulls will not have tried to kill something by the time it reaches its sixth year. Of those, quite a few will still maul and try to kill when they are 7 or 8 years old.

      So the correct statement is: Almost all pit bulls will flip and try to kill at some point. The pit bull that makes it to the end of its life without doing so is extremely rare — an anomaly within the type.

      • Lisbeth

        Please note that attacks are severely under-reported, so all stats on pit bulldogs attacking are kind to the bulldogs.

        Note also this, please: When those hundreds of thousands of pit bulls are dumped yearly at a shelter because the owner saw what was coming, this does not mean the pit bulls aren’t aggressive. It just means someone made a decision in time to keep it from mauling or killing. The same goes for the hundreds of ‘nearly’ moments that go on every day with pit bull types. The fact that someone was just in time to prevent a mauliing or killing is NOT to the pit bull’s credit. It does NOT mean the pit bull isn’t aggressive. If we were to count all the *attempts* by pit bull type dogs to maul or kill, we’d probably find that 99% or more are doing this.

  • Dennis Baker

    2014 Dog Bite Related Fatalities
    Updated after each fatality following fact finding research

    31 Dog Bite Related Fatalities
    by Breed:
    23 by Pit Bull / Pit Bull Mix
    3 by Bullmastiff / Mastiff Mix
    2 by Rottweiler
    1 by Cane Corso
    1 by Shepherd Mix
    1 by Catahoula Leopard Dog

    By age:
    17 Children
    12 Adults

    By State:
    TX – 6 deaths
    AL – 3 deaths
    OH – 3 deaths
    FL – 3 deaths
    NC – 2 deaths
    MI – 2 deaths
    AZ – 1 death
    CA – 2 death
    CT – 1 death
    DE – 1 death
    IL – 1 death
    LA – 1 death
    MS – 2 death
    NJ – 1 death
    MO – 1 death
    AR – 1 death
    Names and ages of the deceased:
    Christina Bell-Burleson – 43 – Houston, TX – 2 Pit Bulls [01.05.14]
    Betty Clark – 75 – Canyon Lake, TX – 2 Pit Bulls [01.06.14]
    Kara Hartrich – 4 – Bloomington, IL – 2 Pit Bulls [01.17.14]
    Annabel Martin – 89 – Corona, CA – 3 Rottweilers [01.26.14]
    Klonda Richey – 57 – Dayton, OH – 2 Mastiff Mixes [02.07.14]
    Je’vaeh Mayes – 2 – Temple, TX – Pit Bull [02.17.14]
    Braelynn Coulter – 3 – High Point, NC – Pit Bull [02.24.14]
    Summer Sears – 4 – Tallassee, AL – Shepherd Mix [02.26.14]
    Kenneth Santillan – 13 – Paterson, NJ – Bullmastiff [02.28.14]
    Raymane Robinson, Jr. – 2 – Killeen, TX – Bullmastiff [03.01.14]
    Nancy Newberry – 77 – Phoenix, AZ – Pit Bull [03.14.14]
    Mia DeRouen – 4 – Houma, LA – Pit Bull [03.25.14]
    Christopher Malone- 3 – Holmes County, MS – 2 Pit Bulls [03.31.14]
    Dorothy Hamilton – 85 – Kaufman, TX – 2 Pit Bulls [03.31.14]
    John Harvard – 5 – Riverside, AL – Pit Bull [04.06.14]
    Petra Aguirre – 83 – San Antonio, TX – Pit Bull Mix [04.11.14]
    Katie Morrison – 20 – Phenix City, AL – 3 Pit Bulls [05.03.14]
    Nyhiem Wilfong – 1 – Caldwell County, NC – Rottweiler [05.04.14]
    Kasii Haith – 4 – Kent County, DE – 3 Pit Bulls [05.07.14]
    Rita Pepe – 93 – Branford, CT – Pit Bull Mix [05.25.14]
    Holden Garrison – 10 wks – Davisburg, MI – Catahoula Leopard Dog [06.09.14]
    Logan Shepard – 4 – Riverview, FL – 2 Pit Bulls [07.19.14]
    Jonathan Quarles – 7 mo – Dayton, OH – Pit Bull [07.20.14]
    Craig Sytsma – 46 – Metamore Twp, MI – 2 Cane Corso [07.23.14]
    Cindy Whisman – 59 – Madison Twp, OH – Pit Bull [08.04.14]
    Joel Chireieleison – 6 – Fanning Springs, FL – 2 Pit Bulls [08.07.14]
    Deriah Solem – 22 mo – St Charles County, MO – Pit Bull Mix [08.09.14]
    Javon Dade – 4 – Miami, FL – Pit Bull [08.13.14]
    David Glass Sr.-51-Benton County, MS – 3 Pit Bulls [09.20.14]
    Alice Payne – 75 – Cave City, AR – 1 Pit Bull [09.26.14]
    Juan Fernandez – 59 – Modesto, CA – ? – [10.14.14]

    Non – Bite Related Canine Deaths

    Demonta Collins – 13 – Augusta, GA – Chased into traffic by at large Pit Bull [04.10.14]
    Davon Jigget – 17 – Fulton County, Ga – Chased into traffic by at large Pit Bull [04.11.14]
    Ryan Brown – 15 – Fayette County, TN – Killed by pan thrown by brother when attempting to break up dog fight [08.08.14]

    On average so far this year someone has been killed by a pit bull every 12 days. Some of these pit bull attacks were from the family dog that was well trained and had never shown signs of aggression before. The only common in these severe and often fatal attacks is not abuse or lack of training it is breed. Choose the breed of dog you trust the lives of your loved ones with wisely.

  • EKP

    Unfortunately, channel 13 did not accurately report the incident or the story. I would encourage anyone who is concerned the unfair campaign against this particular breed to get copies of the audio from today’s appeal hearing in front of administrative law judge Lisa Burke. That would be October 15, 2014. Both incidents were provoked. During the first incident, which occurred at a playground, the owner had her dog on a leash and under her control. Several kids approached the dog, began teasing, and ultimately poked the dog in the eye. The second incident happened inside the apartment where both the owner and her son were visiting the owners mother. On this occasion, the owners young son attempted to keep a bully from entering his grandmothers apartment. The bully pushed his way in and provoked a response from Cash. All of this can be heard in the audio which was provided to Channel 13.

    • john

      Thanks for the update EKP.
      As I thought before, the dog was provoked. Did you read this all you dog killers? Some people understand dogs and some that don’t react violently. Bob, Wake up and learn something before you react. I would expect that that dog would have bitten you too.

    • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

      In this audio tape who made the claim that the pit bull was provoked both times?
      If it was the owner that means nothing and in all likelihood are just lies meant to save their undog’s life.

      Are there legitimate witnesses saying this?, is it AC or the police saying this was the outcome of their investigation?
      If not then this just typical pit nutter lies, propaganda and attempts at obfuscating the truth.

    • Taylor

      Why would a 7 year Old boy lie about what happened? He’s 7! He is scared to sleep at night, scared to be in his apartment building! The dog attacked him, pinned him down, and bit him. I think it’s time you all open your eyes and realize this isn’t about the dog being a pitbull, it’s the 2nd child to be attacked! This dog needs put down. Especially if the insurance and rabies shots aren’t up to date.

    • Holly Johnson

      I have a 83 pound golden, 3 years old and a 100 pound golden lab, 2 years old. I was at a park and letting kids pet them. The kids would not listen when I instructed them how to pet the dogs etc….. It was a simple to decide to remove my dogs from the area before they felt the need to bite a child for being aggressive towards them. I’m in charge of my dogs and do not take chances by putting them or others in harms way. This dog has already bitten and I blame the handler. Yes, I believe this dog should be put down. I love dogs but it is obvious that the handler has not trained or removed the dog from certain situations when needed. I strongly believe it’s too late for this dog and this woman needs to concentrate on getting her finances in order rather then own and put another dog and child in harms way. If she could afford a dog the dog would have been updated on shots and insured.

    • Kamandak

      Testimony is not fact. Especially testimony from the accused trying to clear themselves. If the testimony is true, the owner SHOULD be charged for the 1st attack. He was on a leash and controlled and still attacked? Why the heck didn’t she just walk away at the first sign of provocation? Personally, if I was in a similar situation while walking my dog, my first instinct would be to stand between the children and the dog, while telling the brats to go away. That shows your dog they are not head of the pack, you are….exactly the mentality needed when raising a Pit.

  • Linda

    Tragic! The OWNER of this dog has no business HAVING a dog. It’s very clear she is not a strong enough leader or experienced enough handling dogs to own a breed like Cash. In the meantime, NO, the dog should NOT be put down, but retrained and rehomed. The ARL should be able to do that!

    • Holly Johnson

      There are already too many pitbull and pitbull mixes at shelters that can’t find homes. Why does this dog deserve not to be put down while others will be that have not bitten? Reality is that not every dog can be saved because of irresponsible breeding etc…… This is not a perfect world that you are so blindly living in. They need to control breeding of this dog to breed out the fighting mentality. Unfortunately for this breed, people have been fighting them illegally and killing the less aggressive ones. These more aggressive ones are ending up in homes with children because people like you don’t want to accept reality and what it’s become.

  • Merritt Clifton

    Of the 5,061 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 3,507 (68%) were pit bulls; 557 were Rottweilers; 4,343 (85%) were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, bull mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes. Of the 571 human fatalities, 303 were killed by pit bulls; 87 were killed by Rottweilers; 436 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 3,079 people who were disfigured, 2,159 (68%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 328 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,639 (84%) were disfigured by molosser breeds. Pit bulls–exclusive of their use in dogfighting–also inflict more than 70 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class. Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are together less than 7% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    Opinion: There is no need for pit bulls
    By Dr. David A. Billmire June 29, 2014

    Dr. Billmire is professor and director of the Division of Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    As one who, for the last 30 years, has been on the receiving end of the dog-bite injuries that pass through the Children’s Hospital Emergency Room, as well as on the staff at the Shriners Hospitals for Children where we see the late effects of these injuries from across the nation, I can categorically tell you that the problems associated with dog bites are indeed breed-specific.

    When I started my career, the most common dog-bite injuries were from German shepherds and occasionally retrievers. These injuries were almost always provoked, such as food-related or stepping on the dog, and in almost every instance, the dog reacted with a single snap and release – essentially a warning shot. There were no pack attacks.

    Starting about 25 years ago, my colleagues and I started to see disturbingly different types of injuries. Instead of a warning bite, we saw wounds where the flesh was torn from the victim. There were multiple bite wounds covering many different anatomical sites. The attacks were generally unprovoked, persistent and often involved more than one dog. In every instance the dog involved was a pit bull or a pit bull mix.

    Now, I am a dog lover and virtually every one of my family members has a dog. But it is a fact that different dogs have always been bred for specific qualities. My sheltie herded, my daughter’s setter flushes birds and my pug sits on my lap – this is what they are bred for. Pit bulls were bred to fight and kill and, unfortunately, many current breeders favor these aggressive traits. There is no need for any dog with the characteristics.

    I recently gave a talk summarizing my 30 years of practice in pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery, and one segment was titled “Why I Hate Pit Bulls.” I watched a child bleed to death one night in our operating room because a pit bull had torn his throat out. I have had to rebuild the skull of a child who had his ears and entire scalp torn off.

    I am currently reconstructing the face of a child, half of whose face has been torn off down to the bone. I have had to rebuild noses, lips, eyelids, jaws and cheeks of numerous children. On older children, I have had to reconstruct legs and hands. The unfortunate young victim whose recent attack has initiated this discussion will bear the scars of this attack for the rest of her life.

    Based on my extensive experience, I believe that the risk posed by pit bulls is equivalent to placing a loaded gun with the safety off on the coffee table. In my opinion, these dogs should be banned. I know this is an unpopular stand in some circles, but how many mauled children do we have to see before we realize the folly of allowing these dogs to exist?

    The arguments made by advocates of these dogs are the same arguments made by people who feel that assault weapons are an essential part of daily living. There are plenty of breeds available that peacefully coexist with human society. There is no need for pit bulls.

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    Dog trainers/animal control, Pit Bull breeders, owners, fanciers, experts

    TRISH KING, Director, Behavior & Training Dept. Marin Humane Society

    “There is no direct eye contact or very little direct eye contact. It is very quick and over with. Which is one reason why with pit bulls and rottweilers, we have problems. Because they’re bred to do direct eye contact and so they are off putting to other dogs and actually scary to other dogs.”

    The fourth undesirable characteristic – arousal or excitement – is actually the most problematic. Many bully dogs cannot seem to calm themselves down once they get excited. And once they get excited all their behaviors are exacerbated.

    Thus, if a dog is over-confident and has a tendency to body slam or mount, he or she will really crash into the other dog or person when he’s aroused, sometimes inadvertently causing injury. He may begin to play-bite, and then bite harder and harder and harder.

    When you try to stop the behavior, the dog often becomes even more “aggressive.” In this way, play can turn into aggression fairly quickly. Research on the brain has shown that excited play has exactly the same chemistry as extreme anger. This allows a play behavior to switch quickly into aggression. And, once the dog has become aggressive a few times, the switch is much easier.
    HORSWELL BB, CHAHINE CJ, oral surgeons

    Dog bites of the facial region are increasing in children according to the Center for Disease Control. To evaluate the epidemiology of such injuries in our medical provider region, we undertook a retrospective review of those children treated for facial, head and neck dog bite wounds at a level 1 trauma center.

    Most dog bites occurred in or near the home by an animal known to the child/family. Most injuries were soft tissue related, however more severe bites and injuries were observed in attacks from the pit-bull and Rottweiler breeds.

    Younger (under five years) children sustained more of the injuries requiring medical treatment. Injury Severity Scales were determined as well as victim and payer mix demographics, type and characteristics of injury, and complications from the attack.

    DR RICHARD SATTIN, chief of unintentional-injuries section of the Centers of Disease Control

    We’re trying to focus public attention on this greatly underestimated public hazard.

    In 1979, pit bulls accounted for 20 percent of fatal attacks by dogs. That figure had risen to 62 percent by 1988.

    Nobody knows the dog population of the United States or the exact breakdown by breed. We do not believe that pit bulls represent anywhere near 42% percent of dogs in the United States. Therefore, we believe that the pit bull excess in deaths is real and growing.


    As a pediatrician I was disturbed to read Vicki Hearne’s assertion that there are no bad breeds, just bad dogs (Op-Ed, April 15). There is ample evidence to suggest that certain breeds of dogs are more dangerous to children than others.

    From 1979 to 1994, there were 177 known dog-bite-related fatalities in the United States. Of these fatalities, 66 percent were caused by five breeds: pit bull, Rottweiler, shepherd, husky and malamute.

    If you include crosses among these five breeds, that number rises to 82 percent. Other breeds, like Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers were not implicated in a single fatality during this same period.

    I laud the American Kennel Club’s attempt to include information about dog breeds considered ”not good with children” in the coming edition of ”The Complete Dog Book,” and lament the fact that the book is being recalled at the request of some breeders.

    Seattle, April 16, 1998

    Dr. EDGAR JOGANIK (after trying to reattach scalp and ear to a pit bull victim)

    Pit bull attacks are typically the most severe, and in about one-third of all attacks, the animals are family pets or belong to close friends.

    That should be the message, that these dogs should not be around children, adults are just as likely to be victims.

    Everyone should be extremely cautious.


    When a Pit Bull is involved the bites are worse. When they bite, they bite and lock and they don’t let go… they bite lock and they rip and they don’t let go.


    Bites from pit bulls inflict much more damage, multiple deep bites and ripping of flesh and are unlike any other domestic animal I’ve encountered. Their bites are devastating – close to what a wildcat or shark would do.

    DR. AMY WANDEL, plastic surgeon

    I see just as many dog bites from dogs that are not pit bulls as bites from pit bulls. The big difference is pit bulls are known to grab onto something and keep holding so their damage they create is worse than other breeds.

    DR. PATRICK BYRNE, Johns Hopkins Hospital

    I can’t think of a single injury of this nature that was incurred by any other species other than a pit bull or a rottweiler.


    As a practicing emergency physician, I have witnessed countless dog bites. Invariably, the most vicious and brutal attacks I have seen have been from the pit bull breed.

    Many of the victims have been children. In a recent study from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, pit bull attacks accounted for more ER visits than all other breeds combined.

    In young children, the most common part of the body injured was the face. Numerous studies have proven that the number-one cause of dog bite fatalities is the pit bull breed.

    I am certain that many attacks are due to owner negligence, but the fact remains that many were unpredictable and were perpetrated by formerly “loving and loyal” pets.

    Dr. Chagnon has every right to leave our town as she claims she will if pit bulls are banned, just like every one of her patients has the right not to attend her clinic where she brings her pit bulls.

    I applaud Mayor Pro Tem Joanne Sanders for bringing this issue to the forefront. In the interest of public safety, I recommend we enforce a spay/neuter requirement on pit bulls while reviewing and revamping all of our policies relating to animal bites.

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    Time Magazine

    June.20, 2014

    The Problem With Pit Bulls
    Charlotte Alter

    It’s horrible that KFC kicked out that 3-year-old girl, but let’s focus on the real problem: pit bulls were bred to be violent

    The social media universe became furious at KFC this week after an employee asked a three-year old victim of a dog attack to leave one of their restaurants because “her face is disrupting our customers.”

    But it wasn’t KFC employees who broke down the door to Victoria Wilcher’s grandfather’s house and mauled the toddler until half her face was paralyzed and she lost the use of one of her eyes. Three pit bulls did that.

    Pit bulls make up only 6% of the dog population, but they’re responsible for 68% of dog attacks and 52% of dog-related deaths since 1982, according to research compiled by Merritt Clifton, editor of Animals 24-7, an animal-news organization that focuses on humane work and animal cruelty prevention.

    Clifton himself has been twice attacked by dogs (one pit bull,) and part of his work involves logging fatal and disfiguring attacks. Clifton says that for the 32 years he’s been recording, there has never been a year when pit bulls have accounted for less than half of all attacks. A CDC report on dog-bite fatalities from 1978 to 1998 confirms that pit bulls are responsible for more deaths than any other breed, but the CDC no longer collects breed-specific information.

    Another report published in the April 2011 issue of Annals of Surgery found that one person is killed by a pit bull every 14 days, two people are injured by a pit bull every day, and young children are especially at risk. The report concludes that “these breeds should be regulated in the same way in which other dangerous species, such as leopards, are regulated.” That report was shared with TIME by PETA, the world’s largest animal rights organization.

    The little girl’s grandfather shot and killed the three dogs that attacked her, and both he and his girlfriend are facing child-endangerment charges. KFC has donated $30,000 to the girl’s family to help with her medical bills, and more money keeps flooding in. But so far the outrage has been directed at the rude KFC employee, not at growing problem of pit bull maulings.

    As pit bull attacks become more and more common, they’re getting increasing attention on social media, but not always in support of the wounded children. In March, a Facebook petition to save Mickey, a dangerous pit bull in Phoenix, got over 70,000 likes.

    Mickey was facing euthanization for mauling 4-year old Kevin Vincente so badly that he cracked his jaw, eye socket, and cheekbone. Vincente is facing months of reconstructive surgery, but more people were concerned with saving the dog than helping the boy. Mickey’s Facebook page has now become a social media landing page to save other dogs that are considered dangerous.

    Clifton says he’s seen an unprecedented rise in dog maulings in recent years, as more pit bulls enter the shelter system. Between 1858 and 2000, there are only two recorded instances of shelter dogs killing humans. From 2000 to 2009, there were three fatal attacks involving shelter dogs (one pit bull, one breed similar to a pit bull, and one Doberman.) But from 2010 to 2014, there have been 35 shelter dogs who fatally attacked humans. All but 11 were pit bulls.

    Supporters say pit bulls are getting a bad rap. Sara Enos, founder and president of the American Pit Bull Foundation, said that it’s wrong to blame dog attacks on pit bulls, because it’s the owners who are to blame. “It really boils down to being responsible owners,” she said. “Any dog from any breed can be aggressive, it matters how it’s treated.” And, as TIME reported in 2013, pit bull owners all over the country are trying to rebrand the breed, insisting pit bulls can have a softer side when treated humanely.

    Many pit bull advocacy organizations, including BAD RAP, did not want to comment for this story. But there is a growing backlash against the idea that pit bulls are more violent than other dogs. “There is not any breed of dog that is inherently more dangerous,” said Marcy Setter of the Pit Bull Rescue Center. “That’s simply not true.”

    But critics say that pit bulls are inherently dangerous no matter how they’re treated, because violence is in their DNA. “Why do herding dogs herd? Why do pointing dogs point? They don’t learn that behavior, that’s selective behavior,” says Colleen Lynn, President and Founder of DogsBite dot org, a national dog bit victims group dedicated to reducing dog attacks. “Pit bulls were specifically bred to go into that pit with incredible aggression and fight.”

    “Every kind of dog is neglected and abused,” Clifton agrees. “And not every kind of dog responds to the neglect and abuse by killing and injuring people.”

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    But there’s another root cause of the rise in pit-bull attacks, one you might not think of: Hurricane Katrina.

    Pit bulls are especially popular in Louisiana and Mississippi, and many of the volunteers responding to Hurricane Katrina found themselves saving stranded dogs. Most of the pit bulls they saved had been kept inside and behaved well around the rescuers, Clifton said, because they knew their survival depended on it. The dogs who were rescued were good pit bulls, he says, and “the real badasses, the ones chained outside, were drowned.”

    Clifton said that many of the volunteers, who had very little experience with dog rescue, became attached to the breed and involved in pit bull advocacy. And that helped galvanize the pro-pit bull movement in the wake of Michael Vick’s 2007 dog-fighting scandal. That movement helped encourage more people to adopt pit bulls as lack of sterilization caused the population to grow.

    “If you need a marker in your head for when pit bulls got out of control, it’s 2007 with Michael Vick,” Lynn says. Vick’s high-profile trial for dogfighting and cruelty to animals roused a growing sympathy for pit-bulls, which led more people to adopt them and bring them into their homes.

    Dogbites dot org
    “We need to get used to mauling injuries, because we’re going to be seeing a lot more of them.” warns Lynn. “Each of us will know a mauled, disfigured child by a known dangerous breed of dog. There will be one in every school.”

    But what can be done about the growing number of pit bulls? Some say that the best solution would be breed-specific sterilization, which would curb the pit bull population and reduce euthanizations in shelters. Most dogs of all breeds are spayed and neutered– about 80%, by Clifton’s estimation. But only 20% of pit bulls are sterilized, partly because the population that owns pit bulls tends to resist the spay-neuter message. He notes that there are a number of free sterilization programs for pit bulls, including one run by the ASPCA, but that even the largest programs aren’t sterilizing enough pit bulls to reduce the number of shelter intakes.

    Lynn agrees that breed-specific sterilization laws are the most humane and efficient way to deal with the situation and avoid having more dogs euthanized. “If you want to hit that ‘no-kill’ status, you better do something about the pit bull problem.” Pit bulls currently account for 63% of the dogs put down in shelters, but only 38% of the admissions. Lynn says that all pit bulls should be sterilized, except those that come from licensed breeders.

    Even PETA, the largest animal rights organization in the world, supports breed-specific sterilization for pit bulls. “Pit bulls are a breed-specific problem, so it seems reasonable to target them,” said Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA’s Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations. “The public is misled to believe that pit bulls are like any other dog. And they just aren’t.” Even the ASPCA acknowledges on their website that pit bulls are genetically different than other dogs. “Pit bulls have been bred to behave differently during a fight,” they say. “They may not give warning before becoming aggressive, and they’re less likely to back down when clashing with an opponent.”

    Opponents of sterilization argue that it can be difficult to determine which dogs are pit bulls, and that breed-specific efforts are unfair to certain dogs. “When you discriminate against a breed, you’re also discriminating against good dogs as well,” Enos said. Setter of Pit Bull Rescue Central opposes breed-specific sterilization because she says it’s ineffective, because the laws don’t target irresponsible owners.

    But Nachminovitch said that PETA stands by breed-specific sterilization as a common-sense solution to what has become a human safety issue. “These dogs were bred to bait bulls. They were bred to fight each other to the death,” she said. “Just because we’re an animal rights organization doesn’t mean we’re not concerned about public safety.”

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    Springfield, MO

    In April 2008, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department released data to a local TV station – following the City of Springfield’s adoption of a 2006 pit bull ban:

    “The Springfield-Greene County Health Department reports that dog bites and vicious dog complaints are declining since the implementation of the Pit Bull Ordinance in the City of Springfield two years ago. In 2005 the health department fielded 18 vicious dog complaints, but only eight in 2007. Bites were down from 102 in 2005 to 87 in 2007.”

    “The ordinance, which requires pit bull owners to register their dogs annually, has also resulted in fewer pit bull dogs being impounded at the Springfield Animal Shelter.

    In 2005 there were 502 pit bull and pit bull mixes impounded, compared to only 252 in 2007.

    According to statistics taken from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, as reported in the News-Leader March 12, for the three-year period beginning in 2004, there were 42 “vicious” animal attacks recorded in the jurisdiction covered.

    After passing the local ordinance banning or strictly controlling the ownership of pit bull or pit bull types, the number of attacks has dropped dramatically.

    For the five-year period from 2007-2011, there was a total of 14.

    “Because we are impounding fewer pit bulls, we’ve also seen overcrowding in our shelter subside,” says assistant director Clay Goddard. “It is the natural tendency of pit bulls to fight, so our animal control staff are forced to segregate them in individual pens.

    When we have several pit bulls in the shelter simultaneously, this severely limits space for other dogs.”

    In 2008, the City of Wapato passed an ordinance that bans new pit bulls, rottweilers and mastiffs. Nine months after its adoption, in March 2009, Wapato Police Chief Richard Sanchez reported successful results:

    “Nine months into the ban and police calls about vicious dogs have been cut in half. The Wapato Police tell Action News they’ve gone from 18 reports in January, February and March of last year to seven so far in ’09. “Seven calls in three months… that’s nothing,” says Chief Richard Sanchez, Wapato Police Department.

    Chief Sanchez credits local cooperation for the decline of dangerous dogs.”
    Rhode Island

    When the City of Woonsocket was debating a pit bull ordinance in June 2009, the animal control supervisor in Pawtucket, John Holmes, spoke about the enormous success of Pawtucket’s 2003 pit bull ban:

    “Holmes says he predicted that it would take two years for Pawtucket to experience the full benefit of the law after it was passed, but the results were actually apparent in half the time.

    “It’s working absolutely fantastic,” said Holmes. “We have not had a pit bull maiming in the city since December of 2004.”

    Holmes says the law also capped the number of legal pit bulls in Pawtucket to about 70 animals.”

    In July 2013, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and City Council President David Moran sent a joint letter to Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee asking that he reject a statewide anti-BSL measure before him.

    While they agree that some pit bulls can make good pets, said Moran and Grebien, “the number and severity of pit bull attacks against people and other animals in the early 2000s required us to take the action we did.”

    Prior to the 2004 city ordinance, Pawtucket Animal Control officers responded to many calls about serious pit bull attacks against people and animals, according to the letter. Two of the worst cases involved a nine-month pregnant woman and a child.

    While proponents of the bill argue that breed-specific bans don’t work, said Grebien and Moran, “the results in Pawtucket dramatically prove that they do work.”

    In 2003, the year before the local ban on pit bulls went into effect, 135 pit bulls, all from Pawtucket, were taken in at the Pawtucket Animal Control Shelter for a variety of health and safety reasons, with 48 of those dogs needing to be put down.

    In 2012, 72 pit bulls were taken in, only 41 from Pawtucket, with only six needing to be euthanized, according to the two officials.
    “That’s a tremendous improvement,” they state in their letter.
    Per section 8-55 of Denvers pit bull ban:

    A pit bull, is defined as any dog that is an APBT, Am Staf Terrier, Staff Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of anyone (1) or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards set by the AKC or UKC for any of the above breed.

    Over the course of 22 years, the Denver ban has withstood numerous battles in state and federal courts. It has been used as a model for over 600 USA cities that legislate pit bulls, as well as US Navy, Air Force, Marine and Army bases ( so much for Sgt Stubby).

    without it, we’d see just what we see in Miss E’s lame replies. Every pit owner would claim their land shark was anything but a pit bull.

    Miami Dade county voted 66% to keep their pit bull ban, just as it is worded, last year.

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

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

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

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

    Sources: Denver Post

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

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

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

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

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

    Salina, KS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    In North America, from 1982-2013, Pit Bull breeds and mixes have seriously attacked 2,990 humans that resulted in 1,777 maimings and 275 deaths.

    The bullmastiff is a Pit bull type dog with the same genetic makeup and danger of a pit bull.
    The Bullmastiff was a cross of 40% Old English Bulldog or pit bull type dog and 60% English Mastiff

    In North America, from 1982-2013, Bullmastiffs have been responsible for 105 serious attacks on humans, resulting in 61 maimings and 15 deaths.
    In North America from 1982-2013, Rottweilers were responsible for 514 attacks on humans, resulting in 81 deaths.
    Rottweiler mixes were responsible for 30 attacks on humans, resulting in 4 deaths
    The following is a list of the top 10 dog breeds involved in dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada involving humans from September 1982 to December 31, 2013, based on a larger table compiled by Merritt Clifton, former editor of Animal People, an animal rights charity/news group. Clifton now is the editor of Animals 24-7.

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

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

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

    Attacks by police dogs, guard dogs and dogs trained specifically to fight are not included in the report.
    About 31,400 dogs attacked about 61,500 other animals in the U.S. in 2013, killing 43,500 and seriously injuring 18,100.
    The animals killed included about 12,000 dogs, 8,000 cats, 6,000 hooved animals, and 17,000 other small domestic animals, primarily poultry.

    The seriously injured included about 12,400 dogs, 4,000 cats, and 1,700 hooved animals. Few small mammals and poultry survived reported dog attacks.

    Pit bulls inflicted 99% of the total fatal attacks on other animals (43,000); 96% of the fatal attacks on other dogs (11,520); 95% of the fatal attacks on livestock (5,700) and on small mammals and poultry (16,150); and 94% of the fatal attacks on cats (11,280).
    About 30,000 pit bulls were involved in attacks on other animals, many of them killing multiple other animals.

    There are about 3.2 million pit bulls in the U.S. at any given time, according to the annual Animal24-7 surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption via online classified ads.
    Thus in 2013 about one pit bull in 107 killed or seriously injured another animal, compared with about one dog in 50,000 of other breeds.

    Nationally, fatal and disfiguring attacks by dogs from shelters and rescues have exploded from zero in the first 90 years of the 20th century to 80 since 2010, including 58 by pit bulls, along with 22 fatal & disfiguring attacks by other shelter dogs, mostly Rottweilers & bull mastiffs.
    Altogether, 33 U.S. shelter dogs have participated in killing people since 2010, including 24 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, and two Rottweilers.

    The only dogs rehomed from U.S. shelters to kill anyone before 2000 were two wolf hybrids, rehomed in 1988 and 1989, respectively.
    Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to May.25, 2013.
    By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2013, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, shows the breeds most responsible for serious injury and death.

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

    84% of attacks that induce bodily harm.
    75% of attacks to children.
    87% of attack to adults.
    72% of attacks that result in fatalities.
    80% that result in maiming

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    Myth #1: It’s the owner not the T-rex

    Myth # 2: It’s impossible to identify a T-rex

    Myth #3: Human-aggressive T-rex’s were “culled”

    Fatal attack statistics about T-rex’s are false

    The media conspiracy against T-Rex’s

    T-rex’s are not unpredictable

    T-Rex’s do not have a locking jaw, they just eat you alive

    T-Rex’s used to be the most popular dinosaur in America

    T-rex’s pass the American Temperament Test

    Punish the deed not the breed (of dinosaur)

    T-rex’s originally were “nanny dinosaurs”

    T-rex’s were once known as nanny dino’s.

    T-Rex’s will lick you to death.

    There’s no need to muzzle and leash your T-Rex in the Doggy Park.

    Don’t forget to attend our ‘Million T-Rex March’ on The White House. President Obama loves T-Rex’s and he thinks everyone should own one. Except him.

    Its not an attack if the T-rex is wagging its tail.

    There no bad T-rex’s…only bad owners.

    I’ve seen chihuahuas more aggressive than my T-Rex.


    TSL has been proven not to work in Denver

    Best babysitters ever….NOT

    MY T-rex is the sweetest dino ever.

    T.Rex’s make the BEST Therapy Dinos ever. And are wonderful as Guide-Dinos for The Blind.

    velociraptors bite more than T-rex’s.

    Let’s set up a T-rex kissing booth for our kids.

    Let’s bring a T-rex into school and let the children read books to a perfectly trained T-rex

    Let’s bring our T-rex to the walk for the victims of T-rex’s in Houston to show them they don’t have to be afraid of T-rex’s

    T-rexBite dot org

    Hey now…educate yourself guys.

    My T-Rex likes coconuts!

    you’re all just racist against T-Rex’s!!!

    please leave t~Rex’s alone my family had bred them for years and the only time i was bitten was by a pibble.

    educate yourself you hater,I hope get mauled by a chihuahua.

    t-rex make the best nanny dinosaur, its all how they are raised don’t you know.

    I will be posting this at the dinosaurs love kids and kids love dinosaurs.

    don’t you know the famous dinosaur barney?

    president roosevelt had a dinosaur and fred flintstone.

    helen keller had 25 of them.

    wiggle tails?

    educate yourself its haters like you that give dinosaurs a bad name.

    come over to my house and meet my t-rex

    awww you really hurted my feelings, Im going to go eat worms!!

    My brontosaurus bites and my T-Rex never does. In fact the T-Rex is scared of him!

    T-rex only bite if they’re trained to

    my vet says t-rex is the only dinosaur that doesn’t bite

    I have 8 t-rex and I’m a vet tech

    I’am a vet tech too and i have a therapy dinosaur, it reads to kids at schools

    64 kids crawl all over my t-rex, and he’s never shown aggression

    Get the FACTS!!!

    there’s no such thing as a t-rex

    people are so quick to label anything 20 ft tall with a 5 foot neck and muscular as a so called “t-rex”

    all dinosaurs have teeth

    Their are over 30 types of dinosaur mistaken for a T-Rex, not only that, their is a media conspiracy against them. T-Rex attack stories sell.

    My T-Rex saved my life; he roared at a bit of smoke & we evacuated the house. Last week I read that a T-Rex killed a child; that is SO rubbish – there is no such thing as a T-Rex! Get educated! I’m so done with this – I’m going to feed my T… I mean my Giant Lizard. Goodbye!

    t-rex aren’t real. nothing is real.

    omg u ppl r so ignorent!!!!!!! i had a terradactle an that little basturd was way meaner than my t-rex!!!!!! only ppl who fight t-rexes make them mean an bite so dont judge the hole bread just cuz a few buttwipes train there dinos to attack i raise my t-rex with love an he kisses us all the time!!!!!! U PPL R RACIST AN U MAKE ME SICK!!!

    t-rex built this great nation


    You haters only have 153 likes. Our T-Rex breeders club has 4000! TAKE THAT, HATERS!!!

    It’s a nannysaurus!

    Parents need to teach their brats proper kindness and respect around t-rex. ANY dinosaur has it’s breaking point when TERRIFIED!!

    Good news, T – Rex went extinct and no longer prey on communities.

    T-Rex’s are as safe as any other dinosaur. You guys are just racist.

    more kids are injured falling down, so what are we going to ban falling down next?!!!

    My T-Rex smiles at me every time I walk in the door. He even lets my two year old ride his tail. Was this T- Rex neutered??? This wouldn’t happen if he was. Do not spew your hate towards MY T-Rex! Responsible T-Rex ownership 101. WE ARE WINNING. OUR T-REX’S ARE WINNING. SUCK IT HATERS

    My T-rex pulled a baby from a burning building. He is the best nanny t rex god ever made. He wouldnt hurt a fly.

    My T – Rex is an ambassador for the breed. He passed his T – Rex Good Citizenship test performed by my best friend and passed with flying colors. I bring him to dog parks and he is a perfect angel. He even loves cats!

    my t-rex is gorgeous and sweet but would defend me to the bitter end

    It isn’t my T-Rex you need to worry about; it’s ME. They might have culled the man-biters out of HIS lizard-lineage, but they let them live in MY ancestors! Grrrrr!

    sorry to have to report this but

    my T-rex just killed my Dino dog, it had always been sweet and had never bit anyone before.

    The -Rex will be going to the flintstone dinosaur rescue farm for unstable dinasaur’s

    My t-rex is tattooed on my *#@!

    omg did you vagazzle it too!?

    My T Rex lets my 5 year old put press on nails on him.

    My t rex only wants to love and kiss you all over . Lmbo

    see you later i am off to see the T-rex fights tonight.

    The owners need to wash the T-rex’s before the fight so that proves they are safe? right???

    T Rex’s are not fighting dinosaurs!!!!!! Please educate yourself about the bread!

    blame the deed not the bread

    my great grandaddy JP Colby bred game T-rex in the 1920’s

    all your fat over weight pigs have nothing on a real all american game bred T-rex.

    Darn Dino mommys

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    KEVIN COUTTS, Head Dog Ranger, Rotorua, New Zealand

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

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

    COUTTS’ comment on a pit car mauling

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

    VICTORIA STILWELL, celebrity dog trainer

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

    CESAR MILAN, celebrity dog trainer

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

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

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

    GARRETT RUSSO, dog trainer

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

    STEVE DUNO, dog trainer, pit bull owner

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

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

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

    JEAN DONALDSON, dog trainer

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

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

    ARLENE STERLING, Newaygo County, MI Chief Animal Control Officer

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

    BOB KERRIDGE, New Zealand SPCA executive director

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

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

    JIM CROSBY, pit bull hired gun

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

    MELANIE PFEIFFER, veterinary assistant

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

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

    DIANE JESSUP, Washington pit bull owner and expert

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

    JOHN ROCKHOLT, South Carolina dogman

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

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

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

    MARK PAULHUS, HSUS southeast regional coordinator

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

    F.L. DANTZLER, HSUS director of field services

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

  • Nathan James

    The only reason the kid survived was because he put his arm up. If not for that, he’d probably be dead. This dog has a history of doing this, who’s to say the next kid will be lucky enough to put their arm up? Next the dog’s sinking its teeth in a kid’s throat!

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    Council Bluffs, Iowa.

    Pit bulls are not only problematic in large cities; they threaten mid-sized cities and small towns as well. Located in the heartland, Council Bluffs, Iowa has about 60,000 citizens.
    After a series of devastating attacks, beginning in 2003, Council Bluffs joined over 600 U.S. cities and began regulating pit bulls.

    The results of the Council Bluffs pit bull ban, which began January 1, 2005, show the positive effects such legislation can have on public safety in just a few years time:1.
    Council Bluffs: Pit Bull Bite Statistics.

    Year Pit Bull Bites % of All Bites.
    2004 29 23%.
    2005 12 10% (year ban enacted).
    2006 6 4%.
    2007 2 2%.
    2008 0 0%.
    2009 0 0%.
    2010 1 1%.
    2011 0 0%.
    From the CDC (1998 report, page 4):
    “Despite these limitations and concerns
    (about identifying the exact ‘breed’ of pit bull type dog responsible for a
    killing), the data indicate that Rottweilers and pit bull-type dogs accounted
    for 67% of human DBRF in the United States between 1997 and 1998.
    It is extremely unlikely that they accounted for anywhere near 60% of dogs in the
    United States during that same period and, thus, there appears to be a
    breed-specific problem with fatalities.”
    In June 2013, after a Bay Area child was killed by a family pit bull, San Francisco Animal Care and Control cited the decrease in pit bull bites and euthanasia since the adoption of a 2005 pit bull law.

    After 12-year-old Nicholas Faibish was fatally mauled by his family’s pit bulls, the city adopted a mandatory spay-neuter law for the breed. The reasoning was that fixed dogs tend to be calmer and better socialized.

    Since then, San Francisco has impounded 14 percent fewer pit bulls and euthanized 29 percent fewer – which is a “significant decrease,” said Rebecca Katz, director of the city’s Animal Care and Control department.

    Another significant indicator, she said, is that there have been 28 pit bull bites reported in the past three years – and 1,229 bites by other breeds during the same period. In the three-year period before that, there were 45 pit bull bites and 907 incidents involving other breeds.

    Results of mandatory breed-specific S/N in SF: success in San Francisco, where in just eight years there was a 49% decline in the number of pit-bulls impounded, a 23% decline in the number of pit-bulls euthanized, and an 81% decline in the number of pit-bulls involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks.
    When the City of Auburn debated enacting a pit bull law in January 2010, Sgt. Bill Herndon of the San Francisco Police Department weighed in about the success of San Francisco’s 2005 pit bull law:

    “Since requiring all pit bulls to be neutered, they say they are finding fewer pit bulls involved in biting incidents.

    Sgt. Bill Herndon, of the San Francisco Police Department’s vicious dog unit, said the numbers and severity of pit bull attacks are down since San Francisco enacted an ordinance in 2005 after the mauling death of 12-year-old Nicholas Faibish.

    “The number of complaints of mean pit bulls has dropped dramatically,” Herndon said.
    San Francisco’s animal control department reports more than 30 percent fewer pit bulls at the shelter or being euthanized.”
    Ed Boks, Executive director, Yavapai Humane Society (responsible Jan 2004 as director City Center for Animal Care & Control in NYC for trying to rename pit bulls New Yorkies; is pb owner)

    Pit bull type dogs represent 3000% the actuarial risk compared to other types of dogs.
    Insurance companies will have calculated the risks the other listed breeds represent based on what they’ve had to pay out through the years.

    This isn’t ‘prejudice’, this is cold statistical reality. Actuarial realities don’t yield to sentiment or a feeling of entitlement — they just are what they are
    Doctors at University Hospital Respond
    In 2011, the Annals of Surgery published a critical peer-reviewed scientific study pertaining to severe and fatal pit bull injuries (Mortality, Mauling and Maiming by Vicious Dogs, by John K. Bini, et al.), authored by doctors at San Antonio University Hospital.
    In the landmark 2012 Tracey v. Solesky decision, which declared pit bulls “inherently dangerous,” the highest court in Maryland cited the entire abstract of this study. The conclusions by the University Hospital doctors:

    pit bull Conclusions: Attacks by pit bulls are associated with higher morbidity rates, higher hospital charges, and a higher risk of death than are attacks by other breeds of dogs. Strict regulation of pit bulls may substantially reduce the US mortality rates related to dog bites.

    The majority of the San Antonio Express-News article pertains to this study and a rehearsed rehashing of the 30-year old pit bull debate.
    One of the primary authors of the study, Dr. Stephen Cohn, is interviewed in the article. “We’ve had people that have almost lost their legs just going out for a run,”
    said Dr. Stephen Cohn, a professor of surgery at the Health Science Center.
    “This is a complete hazard for all of us.”

  • Nathan James

    Who cares how good pitbulls can be. The fact is, they’re dangerous to society. And for every pitbull someone takes in, that’s 1 less less-violent dog being given a home.

  • Lisbeth

    It is insanity that this pit bull isn’t dead. It’s insanity that anyone would listen to an overly self-entitled fashion-conscious consumer who doesn’t know anything at all about how normal dogs behave. ‘All dogs will attack children’ — how DARE she! Pit bulls and their mixes have killed 31 people so far this year. That is 89% of all people killed by any dogs. These monsters (they aren’t dogs, dogs don’t behave this way) are only about 7% of the entire canine population. I would like to see them banned altogether — but in the meantime, any pit bull type that attacks any animal or human must be immediately humanely euthanized.

  • Sandy

    The dog was not up to date with his shots. and they have to have insurance on this type of dog. On any insurance policy when you have this breed of dog they are considered vicious and for a reason!

  • Suzanne

    For the love of God, why do people insist on saving dogs that attack people? It should never be up to the misguided owners of the dog, especially pit bulls, when they prove time and time again that they don’t make any kind of rational judgment. Idiot… You’d think the pit bull apologists and pushers would want to ensure the truly, demonstrably, dangerous pits are quickly euthanized so they can maybe put their little finger in the humongous hole in the dike. But, no… Save them all, every one, at all costs to society, communities, people, pets, livestock and wildlife. It’s infuriating. Where are all the law makers?? YOU could do something, why don’t you?? Aren’t our legislators supposed to, ummm, legislate? Might I suggest some BSL to try to curb the insanity of the epidemic of egregious dog attacks we have plaguing the country currently? HMMM???? It’s TIME!!!

  • Nicole Thorngren

    Ugh!!! If my dog bit one child it probably wouldn’t be at my house anymore. 2nd time, there is a HUGE problem. I’d drive it to the vet myself, say my goodbyes and watch it peacefully pass to a place where it’s soul is no longer tormented by whatever caused it to bite. Get real lady. You have kids yourself? I suppose if it was biting YOUR grandkids it’d be different. Psh. Pathetic. It’s people like this that make pit bulls have a bad reputation. Stupidity is alive and well here!

  • Bob Tarpster

    Simply put, border collies do not herd sheep because they are raised on sheep farms; rather, they are raised on sheep farms because they herd. In addition pointers point, retrievers retrieve, and mastiffs guard, all because those traits are part of their breed expectations, meaning strong and continuous selection in the underlying breeding program ”

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

    It is their nature, their genetic truth and reality.!!

    It is not how you raise them rather it is simply what they are.!!

    Just like sled dogs run and pull, it is just their nature.!

    A pit bull type dog is what it is and does what it is.You can no more alter it genetic makeup then you can a collies to herd, a hounds to track, a retriever’s to retrieve, a labs to swim, a pointers to point, a sled dog to run and pull.

    They do what they are and a pit bull type dog is a mauling violent killer that has been bred to be a land shark, nothing you do can change that, even if you have them from birth.

    No matter if you love them, or how you nurture, train, rehabilitate, raise them optimally as normal dogs from birth, you can not change their Genetic reality to Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure, Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit.

    For over 600 years the current pit bull type dog was brought into being through careful selective genetic breeding to create the most violent murderous fighting dog possible

  • Sue

    Yep, I’m an animal lover, but, this dog has savagely attacked 2 children. Once they have broken that taboo it can be very hard to break. I would certainly never trust it with my children.
    And…the owner is obviously NOT responsible, or trustworthy where her dog is concerned or it would be up to date on its vaccinations and she would have insurance.
    There are traits and habits that are part of a dog’s make up. Beagles chase squirrels and rabbits, labs swim, there are things that are pretty consistent across the breed.
    One thing that is consistent with pits…they don’t just bite, release, retreat like most dogs. They go in for the kill. Whether there are more pit bull attacks then other breeds or not, the attacks are generally much more severe. We had german shephards growing up. I was 10- 12 years old. the neighbor boy came over and came at me like he was going to hit me (he was definitely trouble and I was scared). Our shepherd bit him once, then placed him self between me and the boy. he came back and protected me, he did not maul the boy, or try to kill him. The typical pit attack would have ended much differently. And yes, I know shephards show up on the violent dog list. I never knew that until recently.

    • Holly Johnson

      I believe the German Shepard stats are including K9 police dogs. It’s not fair to add those stats in since they are doing what they are told to do by police officers.

  • AJ

    I’m the founder and director of an animal rescue and have been active in animal welfare work for 35 years. I remember the days when all pits were euthanized upon arrival at shelters. During those times pit bulls attacks were very rare too. These dogs are not family pets; they need to be put down after one mauling. No second chances. Human safety always comes first.

  • AJ Ravinsky

    These dogs were never meant to be family pets; they were bred and raised for dogfighting. They need to be put down after one attack on a human, human safety always comes first. And in case you’re wondering, I have been active in animal welfare for 35 years, I currently run an animal rescue organization, and remember the days in shelters (1980s on back) when all pits entering shelters were put down upon arrival. Curiously, during those days pit attacks were very rare, unlike now.

    • Holly Johnson

      Well they have no control over anything else in their life so they think a dog like this earns them respect and control over people but rather it’s just people fearing the dog and it’s dumb handler. Just saying…..

    • iamjoespinkyfinger

      why is it your stupid enough to make such an ignorant comment? Everyone I know who owns the breed are probably better people than you could ever hope to be. In fact they’re out working, producing and raising families while you;re trolling on the internet.


  • Sue

    Shouldn’t what the owner wants be a moot point in all of this? I’m sure criminals don’t want to go to jail either, but, they don’t get a choice.
    And for everyone who’s not Cash’s fault…he can be rehabilitated…he deserves a second chance…..Why should a dog who has proven, twice, that he will attack a child, be given a THIRD chance while another dog, who has never bitten and never shown aggressive behavior wants and deserves a home? the time and money spent to rehabilitate this dog could go along ways towards helping dogs that don’t have a violent history.

  • gretchen negrete

    I feel each dog should be judged there shouldn’t be a pit bull ban. Its all how you raise them they are lovable dogs just some taught bad and mistreated and thats what makes them bite lots of little dogs are more aggressive! Pit bull lover

    • Mike Cee

      Every time we hear of one of these dogs mauling or killing a kid, the owner claims that it was well trained and would never hurt anyone. Sorry, but it’s a combination of the breed and the type of irresponsible person that feels the need to own one. To believe otherwise is ignorance at it’s worst.

  • Gary Edwards

    No insurance and no rabies up to date. Owners should not have this dog. Unless a rescue organization or really responsible person claims the dog , it should be put down. I am amazed at “owners” who try to say the dog was “provoked”. Thats insanity. The owners should NEVER be allowed to have dogs as they are irresponsible and have no clue.

  • gretchen negrete

    I also agree 100% if your going to own a pet you need to be able to insure, feed and pay for its shots etc also love it and make it part of your family some people shouldn’t have pets or kids!!

  • Mike Cee

    It’s the same story you hear time and time again from idiots who own these dogs. Their dog would never hurt anyone, right up to the point when they maul or kill a kid. This dog did it twice.

    And to top it off this loser of an owner doesn’t have insurance and the dog isn’t current on it’s shots. Even worse, this loser is trying to keep a pit bull in an apartment.

  • Julie Wall

    Pit-bull types are considered one of the most powerful type of dogs, stronger than most of their guardians. The inheritable traits of the pit-bull type dogs is great holding and pulling power, unmatched tenacity and high tolerance for pain. When a pit decides to go for you or your pet, it’s an altogether different matter than when a cocker spaniel takes a dislike to you or your pet. Pitbull types bite down, clamp and shake, causing severe tissue damage and won’t let go. If a pit does attack even with you right there it’s next to impossible to stop the attack. This is a typical pit attack on another animal:

    According to Pit Bull Rescue Central, the leading authority of pit-bull type dogs, “It is a FACT that our pit bulls, AmStaffs and pit mixes come with a built-in fighting heritage.It doesn’t matter where we get them from, whether it be the pound, a stray we pick up, or a puppy we buy from a breeder. The majority of pit bulls will, at some point in their lives, exhibit some degree of dog-on-dog aggression. This type of animal aggression is completely separate from human-aggression; a well-socialized pit bull is very good-natured with people.Yet, chances are that a “normal” pit bull will not share his affection with other animals.We cannot predict when or where it will happen and we can’t love, train or socialize it out ofthe dog. Pit bulls may not start fights, but they will finish them.”

    I appreciate that ‘Pit bull Rescue Central,’ is telling pit-bull guardians not to take their dog to off-leash parks but many pit guardians are still very ignorant to this recommendation. What is bewildering to me is that Pit Bull Rescue Central admits that other beloved dogs in the community are not safe around pit-bulls because of their genetic makeup but promotes them as a great family pet. For me this is a red flag that you are compromising public safety and the safety of our beloved pets in our communities. These are powerful dogs that break away free from pit guardians all the time and then go maul or kill a beloved pet or a person. I do not consider that a safe family pet for our community. Of all the dog breeds, they are the all time number one killer of humans and other people’s beloved pets. Children & adults have watched their beloved pets be mauled to death by pit bulls. Many develop PSTD after watching a horrific pit attack: Then these pit-bull advocates are oblivious and offended why people do not want these dogs in the neighborhood. REALLY? Are you really that blind? Do I really have to spell it out for you? Many people in the neighborhood have beloved pets that they consider family members. They are concerned for their pet’s safety and they do not want their dog to get mauled to death. Now people in the neighborhood who have pets have to live in fear if this powerful pitbull will get away from the guardian and hurt or kill their beloved pet. Almost all dog guardians have experience a mishap where their dog gets away from them by mistake.

    The Pit Bull Rescue Central recommends ALL pit guardians to have a break stick. For me this is another red flag! “Since pit bulls have a strong fighting background, we recommend that pet owners also have a breaking stick as a precaution, even if they don’t plan to use it in an illegal context. However, please be discreet. Breaking sticks are not something to brag about and the general pubic might have the wrong impression if you walk around with a stick in your hand. Breaking sticks are not illegal, but they are considered dog fighting paraphernalia in certain states and/or with certain law enforcement agents.

    • Sue

      ok, reading that PIT BULL SUPPORTERS recommend that you carry around a ‘weapon’, created for dog fights, if you have a pit bull as a ‘pet’, changes my entire perspective. if their supporters are this afraid of them, they should not be allowed to be owned as pets.

      If they are that aggressive and unpredictable, that is no different then owning a wild animal, like a lion, which the general public is not allowed to do.

  • Jimmy Quick

    No pit bull ban, but case by case basis, any dog can bite, pet owner, and dog should have to attend obedience classes.

  • Sue

    Pit bull fans like to say it isn’t the breed, it’s the owner. Even if you agree with that, this breed does seem to attract a lot of owners that simply don’t know how to handle them, or aren’t wiling to. And yes, I know that there are good pit bull owners out there too. I’m not saying ‘all’, but, you have to admit, the dog is attractive to people who want a big tough looking animal as a status symbol.

    The woman who owned Cash was VERY negligent the first time the dog bit. Gee, these kids are abusing my dog….gee, these kids are poking my dog in the eyes….I think I will just stand here and allow it until something bad happens. IDIOT! She had the power to walk away. She had the RESPONSIBILITY to walk away. I’m guessing she was hoping the dog would bite in order to ‘teach those little brats a lesson’ ASSUMING they truly were provoking the dog. Why would you stand there and let someone be mean to your pet??

    You can say ‘other dog breeds bite too’. the difference is in how they bite. pit bull type dogs are insanely strong. And, they don’t generally bite and back off like a lot of dogs do. They hang on and shake. No matter how much of a pit bull fan you are, you have to admit, their bites are generally worse.

    Because they seem to be a breed that, in general, needs a certain type of handler, and they are so dangerous when they do bite, if we don’t ban the breed entirely, they should only be allowed to be sold by credible, licensed breeders, to trained, certified owners with specific insurance policies.

    it’s no different than the limits that there are on guns. I can own a gun (or a golden retriever), but, I, as Joe Public, can’t own a fully automatic Uzi (Pit bull). both guns can kill (both dogs can bite), but, the Uzi, IF misused, will kill a lot more people a lot faster than my single shot 22. NRA people, please don’t attack me for using the gun comparison, or if misspoke on who can own a fully automatic weapon. Hopefully I still made my point.


    Pit bull killed my dog in my front yard this spring! Animal control in West Des Moines was little or no help to me! Took owners to court and won.They are letting their house go in to Forecloser. So now they live in a house they do not pay for with their dog! Doesn’t seem fair does it!

  • Mary

    Is the city going to start providing all of the treatments, surgeries, artificial limbs and caskets if necessary for the victims that sometimes are left disfigured? No? Then do what should of been done in the first place: Put it down.

  • linda

    This dog should be put down!! He might kill next time!!! And the owner’s should be responsible for bills and pain and suffering for the family!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jeremy

    Your poll is idiotic. It does not matter if people *think* the breed is no more vicious than others; the fact remains that it *is* more vicious. This has been documented repeatedly.

  • Jonesey

    Probably not neutered, rabies not up to date and I’m sure there’s more to the story. Irresponsible, lazy Pet Owners are always the problem with these situations. And media, stop using the word attacked, the dog bit someone not attacked it.
    Breed has nothing to do with it, a Lab could do the same damage.
    And by all means let the ARL handle the situation, they kill more animals then any other Kill Shelter in Iowa. He’ll fit right in there with the rest of those in the back rooms awaiting their fate.
    Why isn’t Tommy or Joshy (Colvin) boy being quoted on this one. For fear they’ll not get a donation if they speak the truth?
    The whole thing is full of irresponsible people from the owner to the Kill Shelter. Poor dog doesn’t stand a chance.

  • Tony Solesky

    Ban the Breed end the DEED!! Only a social retard foolish enough to own any breed of dog that can kill and maim would want to save the dog. Tony Solesky Towson Maryland

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