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Baltimore County Senator Wants 'Blameless Victims' of Dog Attacks Compensated

Sen. Robert A. Zirkin, D-Baltimore County, said all dogs should be treated the same, and insurance companies, owners held accountable.

By Tamieka Briscoe, CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE

Animal-welfare advocates, attorneys and lawmakers debated Thursday whether pit bulls and their owners should be treated differently under Maryland law if this specific breed of dog is involved in an attack.

Legislation pending in the Maryland General Assembly could reverse a 2012 decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals, which found the pit bull breed is inherently dangerous after a 10-year-old Towson boy was mauled by a pit bull and seriously injured.

In a manner that resembled a prosecutor making opening remarks Sen. Robert A. Zirkin, D-Baltimore County, appealed to the emotions of committee members, arguing that a bill supported by the majority of the committee would not adequately protect victims of dog bites.

Zirkin said that it is important to pass the right bill so that dog-bite victims are not responsible for paying for damages that are no fault of their own.

“We make this thing understandable so that a blameless victim gets compensated. So that Nationwide and State Farm [insurance companies] and all the rest don’t get to walk away from their responsibilities by saying, ‘It never happened before.’” Zirkin said.

As an alternative, Zirkin has introduced his own measure, which would address some of the issues that he said were lacking in the other proposed legislation.

Zirkin said he does not believe his bill is flawless, but he emphasized the most important things was to protect "blameless victims"—that is, dog-bite victims who were not trespassing or doing anything to provoke a dog.

At several points throughout the hearing Zirkin expressed his concerns about the "blameless victim" going uncompensated based on a case where the dog had no prior history of aggression.

Despite the fact that it has been two years and legislators are under pressure to pass a bill, Zirkin says that he will not give in to a bill that he feels is "borderline immoral."

Said Zirkin: "I don't care if I am the only one left standing."

The failure to come to a resolution through courts or legislation has frustrated dog owners for two years.

“Everyone is telling us that we have to pass something,” said Sen. Nancy Jacobs, R-Cecil and Harford Counties. “I just don't see that we can single out a single breed.”

"You were right then, you are right now. We have been on the right side of this,” Zirkin said, suggesting that perhaps the solution may be to change some of the language to make it more clear the conditions where liability applies.

Representatives from companies like USAA, Nationwide Insurance, and private citizens took the podium to express support of the bill. Many of those that stood in support of the majority’s bill acknowledged that the bill was not perfect, but called it a “compromise.”

One of the supporters of the bill was a victim of a dog attack.

Kathy Hiett, 66, of Glen Burnie, said she recently lost a finger in an attack by two large dogs. The violent act took place in December when Hiett, a piano teacher, walked her two Labradors through her neighborhood. The dogs, believed to be pit bulls, attacked her younger dog, she testified.

Heitt says that the owners of the dogs were never identified, and as a result she could not be compensated for her losses. Heitt said she is now responsible for the medical bills for both herself and her pets. Heitt added that she cannot use her injured finger to play the piano, which affects her teaching work.

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Colleen Carter February 09, 2014 at 10:32 PM
I certainly hope you do, because every time you open your mouth it's a score for people with common sense. A pit bull is not a breed of dog recognized by the AKC. The UKC recognizes the American Pit Bull Terrier, but the vast majority dogs most commonly referred to as "pit bull" are mixed breed dogs, and DNA tests have proven that the majority have little-to-no breed commonality. Now, if the definition of pit bull is expanded to all molosser dogs, as Mr. Clifton likes to do in order to play armchair statistician, then a "pit bull" can any of 93 different breeds, and of course all shelter mutts that resemble any of these breeds. That is a HUGE demographic of dogs. Both the AKC and the UKC have specific conformity standards for each breed, and the AKC uses DNA testing to verify breed. So, since the vast majority of "pit bulls" are mixed breed dogs from shelters or rescues, they would actually only be considered a mixed-breed dog and not fall into any breed category by either group. So, according to this logic, unless the dog is a registered dog recognized by the UKC or the AKC, then the dog falls into no breed category, whatsoever. In other words, all of the "pit bulls" in Maryland that you have stated that wish to euthanize en masse actually do not exist, unless they are UKC-registered APBTs. Since no registered APBT has ever been responsible for a bite or a death, you would sound completely ridiculous and paranoid making that statement. Of course, since dog bite-related deaths or serious injuries are rare enough to be an anomaly, it's still ridiculous and paranoid. Your personal experience does not change this fact, and your inability to comprehend simple logic does not nullify it.
Dennis Baker February 10, 2014 at 01:12 AM
3 People dead by dog attack in 2014. Pit bull type dogs killed 2 of them. One of the dead are children. Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression before’, and knew the victim. Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (1) Kara E. Hartrich, 4 years old, Bloomington, Illinois. ** Adult fatalities by pit bull type (1): Christina Burleson, 43 years old, Houston, Texas. That’s 67% killed by attacking pit bull type dogs. Pit Bull type dogs are only about 5% of the entire dog population. 89-year-old Annabell Martin **, Corona, CA. by her grandson’s three Rottweilers. *************************************************************************************************** 33 People dead by dog attack in 2013. Pit bull type dogs killed thirty of them. sixteen of the twenty-nine dead are children. Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression before’, and knew the victim. Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (16): Christian Gormanous – 4 yrs old Montgomery County, TX Isaiah Aguilar – 2 yrs old Sabinal, TX Ryan Maxwell – 7 yrs old ** Galesburg, IL. Dax Borchardt – 14 mos old ** Walworth, WI. Monica Laminack – 21 mos old ** Ellabelle, GA. Tyler Jett – 7 yrs old Callaway, FL. Jordyn Arndt – 4 yrs old ** Prairie City, IA. Beau Rutledge – 2 yrs old ** Fulton County, GA. Ayden Evans- 5 yrs old ** Jessieville, AR. Nephi Selu – 6 yrs old ** Union City, CA. Arianna Jolee Merrbach – 5 yrs old Effingham, SC. Daniel (surname as yet not revealed) – 2 yrs old (Gilbert, Arizona) ** Samuel Eli Zamudio – 2 yrs old** Colton, CA Jordan Ryan– 5 yrs old Baker city, Oregon Levi Watson-Bradford-4 years old** White County, Arkansas Jah’niyah White - 2 years old ** Chicago, Ill Adult fatalities by pit bull type (13): Betty Todd – 65 yrs old ** Hodges, SC Elsie Grace – 91 yrs old ** Hemet, CA Claudia Gallardo – 38 yrs old Stockton, CA. Pamela Devitt – 63 yrs old Littlerock, CA. Carlton Freeman – 80 yrs old Harleyville, SC. Linda Oliver – 63 yrs old Dayton, TX. James Harding – 62 yrs old -Baltimore, MD chased into traffic by two attacking pit bulls Juan Campos – 96 yrs old Katy, Texas. Terry Douglass 56 years old. **Baltimore, MD Katherine Atkins-25 years old ** Kernersville, NC Nga Woodhead-65 years old Spanaway, WA. Joan Kappen, 75 years old Hot Springs Ark Michal Nelson, 41 years old Valencia County, New Mexico ** (1 non-pit type killing) [Rachel Honabarger - 35 yrs old - mauled to death by her own GSD mix] Coshocton, OH. (1 husky-mix killing, unknown if the other half of the dog was pit bull) [Jordan Lee Reed – 5 yrs old] Kotzebue, AK (1 Shiba Inu killing) Mia Gibson - age 3 months, of Gibson, OH - mauled to death by family Shiba Inu. Three of the pit bull type dogs were BULL mastiffs, ie 40% pit-fighting bulldog. If 27 of 33 dead were killed by pit bull attack, that’s 82% dead by pit attack, 9% dead by ‘molosser’, 3% by some kind of GSD mix, 3% by a husky + possibly pit mix, 3% by Shiba Inu. If you count the pit-mix mastiffs as pit bull types, that’s 91% killed by attacking pit bull types. Pit types are only about 5% of the entire dog population. The man who ran into traffic kept pit bulls himself. He knew perfectly well what the two stranger pit bulls that were chasing him would do if they caught him, so he preferred to risk a swift death by oncoming car. 534 maimed by pit type dogs 2013 (as of November.28).
Elizabeth Borden February 10, 2014 at 06:44 AM
Mr. Solesky: You are delusional with your statements. The statement you make, "I support BSL since only certain breeds have the physical ability to maul..." is untrue. All dogs have the ability to maul and even kill. Let's consider the pair of Shiba Inu's in Ohio that killed an infant in December 2013. And there was another killing of a child in Alaska by the same breed. A dog that averages 10kg killed two children in 2013. The breed was bred to hunt small wild game, boar and bear but has evolved into a family pet. Where is your rampage against the Shiba Inu? Or are you going to dismiss it because it does not fit your agenda? The wise thing to do is to promote responsible ownership and I think that you know that, but you are letting your arrogance and pride get in the way.
Elizabeth Borden February 10, 2014 at 07:38 AM
Mr. Solesky: Upon further review of your comments, it has been determined that you have no idea what you are talking about, whether it be guns or dogs. Within your reply to bawlmer1022, it is clearly evident that you have no idea what you are talking about. Proof: "Actually I fully agree that the gun itself is inherently dangerous...to kill living things and they are inherently dangerous...But there is no instance where the gun itself has the ability to impose its inherent dangers...they are both inherently dangerous." As with guns and dogs, it is the OWNER'S responsibility. Just as you, as a parent, are responsible for the actions of your child. Can you explain why your child was seen antagonizing the dog that bit him? Can you explain why your son was on Facebook bragging about it? Can you explain your failure as a parent to properly teach your child respect? Can you explain why items were found in the dog's enclosure that were not supposed to be there and they were the same items that your son was seen throwing at the dog?
Tony Solesky February 10, 2014 at 09:13 AM
Elizabeth, At some point the conversation has to turn to sensibility. My sons case was very high profile, there is nothing in the court records of both a civil and a criminal trail that said he teased the dogs. That is why it was never reported in the news as such. The point of fact is, that my 10 year old son was mauled when he was summoned from the front of our home to go down the back alley and help his 9 year old friend that was mauled first. There is no witnesses on either side to the contrary and the dog owner was convicted of child endangerment after pleading guilty. It is more important to understand, that at some point you are going to have to make a case for pit bulls, not a case against people and other dog breeds (which I do not agree kill this way) even if some of what you say where true. It simply is not a basis to exonerate Pit bulls keeping and while I am happy that what you say is not true, it is appalling to me that you find it would be relevant. It is telling that you choose this course rather then be able to promote the attributes of your position. This differences in our approach to this matter is critical. It is very similar to understanding training as a positive method of directing inherent instincts and breaking as the negative method of thwarting inherent instincts. A dog breed is a term that describes the nature of a particular dog breeds behavioral instincts and that will determine which type training it needs. It is by this measure that I say you cannot consider pit bulls a safe breed. If on the one hand you would have to train a dog to fight, then that breed otherwise is inherently safe, unless you willfully misdirected the dog by training it this way. The absents of such fight training does not mean the dog is going to be dangerous and deadly dog otherwise. Pit bulls on the other hand, have to be trained not to kill things and so when they do, in your view it is the absents of training that leads to a killing. That makes them inherently dangerous and I do not know how anyone can call the keeping of an animal where its training is necessary to avert an inherent danger and where the dog is itself autonomous unlike a gun, is synonymous with a responsible dog owner. Further, this is actually called breaking a dog , it is not the same as training, which is the encouraging and positive reinforcement in the directing of it breed instincts. Training for Golden Retrievers for example, is to let them bring you birds. Training of Pit bulls is to let them fight. Thus people who hunt pick retrievers but if they merely want them for pets and do not hunt them, they do not have to break them of attacking people and pets. About what you wrote on the gun analogy in my post. I don’t understand what you mean but will be happy to answer it if can be more clear.
Buck Harmon February 10, 2014 at 09:23 AM
You are starting to look like the Energizer Bunny Tony...you are full of crap and you just keep on pounding it..
Tony Solesky February 10, 2014 at 09:25 AM
Fu, I absolutely would be for banning all of the dog breeds that are born with inherent instincts that require that they must be trained in order to have an expectation that they won’t kill. This is completely different then corrupting a dog breed into killing and also why it is rarely done because it is harder to do with a dog not so bred. It would be like trying to train a Pit bull to point birds.
Buck Harmon February 10, 2014 at 09:42 AM
More Tony baloney...you ar not an expert with regard to training dogs. You seem to be an expert at making an ass of yourself though..
Tony Solesky February 10, 2014 at 10:05 AM
Colleen, I saw you testify at the house, you have a great speaking voice and a calm demeanor. As you know I have submitted written testimony, if I am wrong it will be resolved accordingly. As far as a physical identification of a dog, you fail to remember that the goal here is the prevention of dog bites, mauling, injury and deaths. No one from either side disputes that any dog , no matter the breed, can inflict serious injury from a bite. This means the Pit Bull physicality can be visually observed by the muzzle shape and it is the musculature of a dog that can inflict the worst type of bite over a sustained period of time. What is ironic is you seem able to identify them in order to advocate for them. If what you say in your post is true , do you not realize you have now discredited all of the testimony on their behalf to be struck form the record. Nonetheless in the common ground where this is about public safety , not dog owners, there is no debate over the fact all dogs have the potential to bite. Obviously they are not equally equipped to carry out the task in a deadly way. Even if the bite of another breed has the same PSI. It is the muzzle of the dog that allows it to keep up that pressure for a sustained period of time. The head is shaped the way it is because of the massive muscles in its head. As a comparative, it would be like having a calf muscle in the jaw for a human and quite easy to observe. You would have us believe, that no one can identify a pit bull and further that people took the time to create/breed these dogs (constructed by selective mating) in this way as happen stance, arbitrarily, with no regard for behavioral instincts to support its physical attributes. This is in complete opposition to the totality of what breeding is and what it means and how sled dogs for example and every other dog on the planet was bred in concert with behavior. I am far less formally educated then you but having such a high profile position in the debate, despite my written skills can orally articulate my points before the judiciary. I will be there on the 20th.
Elizabeth Borden February 10, 2014 at 10:11 AM
I am going to use your words. "At some point the conversation has to turn to sensibility." It seems that common sense is what you lack as well as the ability to deliver your point without using words that encircle, but do not directly answer any questions that are asked of you. I would like to point out that in my posts, I did not mention a pit bull. It was you who mentioned a pit bull. I am for holding all owners accountable, not just pit bull owners. And I think that your directive is stunningly illogical and sanctimoniously superficial. I do believe that you are having issues trying to decipher my post, as I find that someone with a high level of confusion often cannot follow a pattern of logical thought. I simply have to say that your mind is very narrow, but yet perplexing enough to keep yourself entertained.
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 12:56 PM
KATHERINE HOUPT, VMD, PhD, DACVB Says Katherine Houpt, director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cornell and author of Domestic Animal Behavior: "Different breeds have genetic predispositions to certain kinds of behavior, though that can be influenced by how they are raised. The pit bull is an innately aggressive breed, often owned by someone who wants an aggressive dog, so they're going to encourage it.". “I have seen so many pit bulls taken by very nice, very dog-savvy people who did all the right things,” said Houpt. “They take them to socialization class, they take them to obedience school, they are fine for a few years, and then they kill the neighbor’s dog.”
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 12:56 PM
NICHOLAS DODMAN, BVMS, ACVB, ACVA Rottweilers were originally bred to guard the money of peasants returning home from the city of Rottweil in Germany, so their fierceness was prized. Staffordshire bull terriers and pit bulls were programmed to deliver a full crushing bite to the noses of bulls. "They're locked and loaded," as Dodman puts it. on breed profiling But Dodman defends the practice. "The insurance companies have no ax to grind," he says. They base their decisions on actuarial statistics showing that certain breeds in certain homes are a recipe for trouble and the cause of lawsuits. on the MA muzzling law After a spate of attacks by pit bulls this summer, Massachusetts lawmakers passed legislation requiring the dogs to be muzzled in public. Some pit bull owners protested, but a Tufts expert says the law may be a good idea. Breeds like pit bulls and Rottweilers, says animal behavior expert Nick Dodman, are hardwired for aggression. “Some of these dogs are as dangerous as a loaded handgun,” Dodman– director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at TuftsSchool of Veterinary Medicine – said in an interview with The Boston Globe Magazine. Genetics play a big role. “No doubt about it, pit bulls are genetically predisposed toward aggression,” he told the magazine. “Justas certain breeds of dogs were bred to herd, certain were bred to hunt, certain to point, and others to swim.” While most pet owners accept that their dogs have certain genetic behavioral characteristics, there is still resistance to the idea that some dogs are more dangerous than others. “Everybody accepts [genetic behaviors like herding or hunting] until you throw in the word ‘aggression’ and things like a full, crushing bite, which some breeds were specifically bred for in the past.” Statistics on dog attacks reinforce the link between certain dogs and dangerous behavior. “It’s like a scene from “Casablanca” when they say, ‘Roundup the usual suspects,’” Dodman told the Globe.“It’s always German shepherds, chow, husky, pit bull.The numbers do the talking.” He added that pit bulls and Rottweilers alone account for more than 50 percent of the fatal dog attacks every year. Despite the danger, the owners of these dogs often fail to take proper precautions. “A lot of owners of aggressive breeds are suffering from denial and ignorance, because no one wants to be fingered as having that kind of dog,” Dodman said. “Genetics does play a role and people who think it doesn’t are kidding themselves,” says Dodman. “The pit bull is notorious for a very hard bite. They are always No. 1 in the lethal dog bite parade. The dog was bred for pit fighting. It was bred to never give up, to bite and hang on.”
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 12:56 PM
ANDREW FENTON, M.D. 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.
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Pit bull type dogs were created for one purpose: to torture other animals to death. When you manage to keep a pit bull from killing your dog (or horse, or sheep -- or child), this doesn't mean the danger has subsided. If you let it live, the pit bull will persistently try to return to finish the job of killing. Even if it does kill, it'll come back some other day to see if there's more pit bull fun to be had (a new victim). The pit bull isn't like this because it has bad owners. It attracts a certain type of owner because it is inherently vicious. The only part of the problem the owners create is that they are unable or unwilling to keep their killer away from other people, our children and our pets. They don't care because they assume we and our loved ones will die, never their pit bull. Never let a pit bull leave your yard alive.
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Cesar Millan quote unquote: “Yeah, but this is a different breed…the power that comes behind the 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. … So if you are trying to create submission in a fighting breed, it’s not going to happen. They would rather die than surrender. If you add pain, it only infuriates them…to them pain is that adrenaline rush, they are looking forward to that, they are addicted to it… That’s why they are such great fighters.”. He 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.” Wow, is that what you want in a pet? A dog that has “explosions over and over” in its brain?
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 12:58 PM
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.
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 12:58 PM
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.
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM
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.)
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM
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."
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM
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.
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM
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."
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM
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."
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 01:00 PM
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."
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 01:00 PM
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."
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 01:00 PM
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?
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 01:00 PM
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."
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 01:00 PM
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.
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 01:00 PM
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.
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 01:00 PM
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."
Darrin Stephens February 10, 2014 at 01:02 PM
4 People dead by dog attack in 2014. Pit bull type dogs killed 3 of them. One of the dead are children. Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression before’, and knew the victim. Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (1) Kara E. Hartrich, 4 years old, Bloomington, Illinois. ** Adult fatalities by pit bull type (2): Christina Burleson, 43 years old, Houston, Texas. Klonda S. Richey, 57 years old, Dayton, Ohio. That’s 75% killed by attacking pit bull type dogs. Pit Bull type dogs are only about 6% of the entire dog population. 89-year-old Annabell Martin **, Corona, CA. by her grandson’s three Rottweilers.

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