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PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF OUR PETS "DOG ON DOG" ATTACKS

Opinion: There is no need for pit bulls


By Dr. David A. Billmire 5:36 p.m. EDT 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.

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Safety Before Pit Bulldogs


Useful information, data, studies, and expert opinion about the dangers of pit bulls in communities and the value of BSL to keep communities safe.

Extreme Attacks: List of Pit Bulls Up for Adoption or Recently Adopted From Shelters That Seriously Attack

http://safetybeforebulldogs.blogspot.com/2014/05/list-of-pit-bulls-recently-adopted-from.html

 

 

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Dog attacks in the news


Pit bulls attack, injure 9-year-old Seattle girl, police say
Pit bulls attack, injure 9-year-old Seattle girl, police say | www.ajc.com.

Dog bites of head and neck: evaluation of common pediatric truma and associated treatment
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/25311183

Darla Napora pregnant killed by own 2-year-old pit bull
http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/darla-napora-pregnant-killed-her-pit-bull-2-years-ago-father-writes-about

News Anchor being bit on T.V. live!

Continuation of news anchor being bit

This person is a friend of mine. my heart breaks for her.
http://www.edmontonsun.com/2014/11/30/woman-sues-over-botched-plastic-surgery-after-pitbull-attack

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York Pa. looking for better ways


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I returned to my camp after being out for the day. I heard a whimpering sound coming from outside near our barriers. Upon investigation into the cause of the sound, I found Murphy caught in some Constantine wire at the base of our barriers. After carefully freeing him from the wire I inspected him for injuries. Luckily he had none. He appeared scared and malnourished so I fed and bathed him. He seems happy now and I realized I didn’t want him to go back out where he’d most likely have to

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Tougher Laws


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PA Dog Bite Attorney Obtains Groundbreaking Court Decision – Press Release – Digital Journal


Thanks for the article. Hope this info helps someone. will spread the news.

Dangerous Dogs in the News

PA Dog Bite Attorney Obtains Groundbreaking Court Decision - Press Release - Digital Journal

In July of 2014, PA dog bite attorney, Thomas J. Newell obtained a legal decision that has opened up new avenues of recovery for Pennsylvania dog bite victims. On 12/19/13, Attorney Newell filed a 27 page Complaint in the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas indexed to #2013-CV-11100.

LEGAL BACKGROUND

This legal document identified an attack by three unleashed boxers on a York County resident in Millersburg, PA. Attorney Newell’s Complaint requested damages based upon eight separate legal theories. On 1/13/14, defense counsel filed Preliminary Objections averring that 5 of the 8 legal claims should be dismissed by the court. Oral Argument was held before Judge William T. Tully on 5/16/14.

COURT DECISION

On July 1, 2014, Judge Tully’s six-page Memorandum Opinion and Order was filed of record in Harrisburg, PA. The judge denied and dismissed four of the defendant’s five objections. The Pennsylvania dog attack lawyer may now present…

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ASPCA-Guide to handling Pitbulls in Shelters


ASPCA Guide to Handling Pit Bulls in Shelter Environments

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“The Care of Pit Bulls in the Shelter Environment,” by Leslie D. Appel, DVM
Director of Shelter Veterinary Outreach ASPCA

The ASPCA is an animal welfare agency that strongly opposes breed-specific laws (AKA pit bull laws), yet in their own documentation (“The Care of Pit Bulls in the Shelter Environment,”) they spell out the unique dangers of pit bulls. To “protect” shelter workers from dangerous pit bulls, they include the following in their guidelines:

—There are cases of experienced handlers who had developed good relationships with the dogs over a period of months still being attacked without warning or obvious provocation.
—Pit bulls ignore signs of submission from other dogs and give no warning prior to attack. This is different than normal dog behavior. There goes the often preached theory that “all dogs are equal.”
—Today’s pit bulls have various names including: Staffordshire Terrier (AKC 1935) and American Staffordshire Terrier (AKC 1972, Am Staff). There goes the claim that Staffordshire terrier is not a pit bull.
—These dogs can be aggressive towards humans and more likely to cause fatal attacks to people than other fighting type dogs.
—Pit bulls will climb fences, chew up stainless steel food and water bowls, destroy copper tubing of automatic water systems and conventional cages, attack other animals through chain link fences.
—Pit bulls can break through conventional cage doors and destroy typical epoxy paint on the floors and walls.
—Pit bulls require special housing considerations and isolation from other animals if dog aggressive or have a high prey drive.
—Install a panic button in rooms housing pit bulls along with other restraint equipment in any room housing pit bulls.

Learn more at the following blog post:
http://www.dogsbite.org/blog/2008/06/aspca-pushing-pit-bull-adoption-big.html

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Nottingham’s ‘robodog’ recovers from park attack thanks to metal plate in spine | Nottingham Post


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JUST over a week after a spaniel was savaged in a dog attack, leaving him unable to walk, a Nottingham vet has got him back on his feet again.

Dog owner Kathy Hart said that veterinary staff at Hucknall’s East Midlands Referrals have performed a miracle operation on her 11-year-old Papillon, Cody.

Retired Kathy, 86, from Aspley had taken Cody on holiday – along with her daughters Annette and Caroline and their partners – to Devon on Saturday, June 7.

They were celebrating Annette’s wedding anniversary but only minutes after they arrived the attack happened. It left Cody with a spinal injury requiring specialist surgery.

Annette, 59, of Chilwell, said: “I was just unpacking when there was an awful commotion.

“We thought he was gone, he was absolutely lifeless.

“The vet told us that he was very lucky that the attack missed vital blood vessels.”

The other animal has been…

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Pit Bull Ban Won’t Be Put To Popular Vote Any Time Soon | Miami New Times


Sooooooooooo…………what is that telling everyone.

Dangerous Dogs in the News

The current countywide ban on pit bulls seems safe from renewed scrutiny from Miami-Dade voters in the coming years. After an attempt to repeal the ban failed by a 63 percent to 37 percent margin in 2012, keeping the decades-old ban in place, activists say they’ve all but given up hope in changing the legislation.

If you are caught with a pit bull in the county, you must pay a $500 fine and remove the dog from Miami. Strays are picked up by animal control and euthanized five days later if no one claims them. This is particularly problematic in the face of a 2012 county commission action that made Miami-Dade a “Kill Free” shelter community.

via Pit Bull Ban Won’t Be Put To Popular Vote Any Time Soon | Miami New Times.

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