Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire

When we were young, there were always two types of kids on the playground during recess…the bully’s and the people they tormented with name-calling and shoves to the ground. In an effort to demoralize or weaken their victim, the bully gets a sense of power, even if it’s just superficial. Most people associate this type of behavior to that of a juvenile, so it should come as a shocking surprise that grown adults feel the need to stoop to the level of a 3rd grader, with about as much creativity, education and vocabulary as one. The only difference here is the “bullies” are the victimsof this small, irrelevant group of people with an obvious vendetta against the most misunderstood type of dog in canine history…the Pit Bull terrier. These haters bring about as much bark and bite as the fictional “Pit Bull” they claim terrorize and cause a public safety concern, which should make us wonder who the real danger is.Like childish insults that came before, Pit Nutteris the word coined by DogsBite.org leader and infamous Pit Bull hate monger, Colleen Lynn, which describes the people who defend the incorrect reputation and myths surrounding Pit Bull dogs. Acting as a dog bite support group, Lynn claims her site is a “public education website about dangerous dogs – specifically pit bull dogs.” and “putting the safety of humans before dogs” (as if you can’t have both…). In this statement alone, there is reason for concern. Lynn would have you believe that Pit Bull dogs are the root cause of evil, and if we abolish them to extinction, all of our problems would vanish into thin air. Unfortunately, dog bite prevention is much more complex and encompasses several variables, none of which is breed.Even Colleen herself admits to relying on media reports (newspapers, magazines, news casts, etc.) as the resource for her “studies” in a link posted on her site (http://www.dogsbite.org/newsroom-dogsbite.htm – March 27, 2011) below:http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2011/mar/27/kb_pitbulls_pro_032811_133868/?news&local-newsIt reads: “As far as human fatalities go, pit bulls accounted for 59 percent of 88 dog-bite deaths in the United States from 2006 to 2008, according to a review of media reports done by dogsbite.org.”When you try to approach Colleen, as I have numerous times, and attempt to civilly discuss the inaccuracy of what she is relaying, she blocks your email address and hides behind the fiber optics of her virtual world.But it doesn’t stop with just Ms. Lynn, she has apparently teamed up with “Animal People” editor Merritt Clifton. Clifton is notorious for his compilation of a so-called study titled “Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada September 1982 to November 13, 2006”
(http://dogbitelaw.com/images/pdf/Dog_Attacks_1982-2006_Clifton.pdf). I have seen him or this paper being quoted numerous times whenever Breed Specific Legislation is being discussed in a community, and because of that, I feel I must discuss the validity of it. If this topic wasn’t so serious, this would be comical.

Besides the numerous misspelled dog breed names, and complete disregard and lack for using spell check, which any professional journalist and especially a self-proclaimed “animal person” would use, he completely fabricates a collection of newspaper clippings and passes it off as a reputable resource. Merritt supposedly documented severe attacks by dogs that needed medical care or were fatal. This one spans approximately 24 years, and during that timeframe he recorded 2209 attacks doing bodily harm. Pit Bull and Pit Bull mixes account for 1182, more than half (53.5%) of that total. But the troubling part of these figures is in the amount collectively by all dogs. If we were to divide the total number of bites doing bodily harm, which would typically mean a trip seeking medical care, this would mean that on average only 92 bites occur each year needing treatment. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) tell a different kind of story. In their “National Dog Bite Prevention Week” factsheet (see: http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Dog-Bites/dogbite-factsheet.html), they report that 4.7 million people are bitten every year, 386,000 of which require treatment in an emergency department. Hmm, I wonder where Merritt obtains his information from…Merritt’s studies simply have no merit.

Mr. Clifton seems particularly fond of German Shepherd dogs. He continually and persistently defends when German Shepherds “have a bad moment.” He goes on by giving a brief history of the GSD, followed by the distinction of their 3 types of bite:

“the guiding nip, which is gentle and does not break the skin; the grab and drag, to pull a puppy or lamb or child away from danger…; The reactive bite usually comes only after many warning barks, growls, and other exhibititions intended to avert a conflict.”

First off…”to pull a puppy, lamb or child away from danger”… What is he even talking about?

Next, he mentions of the “German Shepherd mauling, killing, and maiming cases I have recorded, there have almost always been circumstances of duress: the dog was deranged from being kept alone on a chain for prolonged periods without human contact, was starving, was otherwise abused…” Now this is truly offensive as a dog lover in general. For some reason, he is in a way blatantly condoning the bad behavior of the GSD’s that have attacked because of their living conditions, as if they are the only type of dog to be mistreated. Anybody in the dog rescue world would and should agree, that there is arguably no dog more abused than the Pit Bull terrier, and abuse of dogs is not breed specific to just German Shepherds. How many other breeds did he go the extent to research and uncover reasons to defend for their behavior…?

Last, he explains how Pit Bulls differ behaviorally than other dogs, and notes that “they are notorious for attacking seemingly without warning, a tendency exacerbated by the custom of docking pit bulls’ tails…” Pit Bull tails were never customary for docking, which makes me wonder if he even knows what a Pit Bull is. Clearly this report cannot be used as evidence when creating policy on breed bans.

They come in all shapes and sizes with one mission of destroying a breed once revered in American history, repeating the same rubbish like a broken record and instilling fear as the tactic to gain the attention. They mislead the public and defame anyone who opposes their way of thinking, referring to all Pit Bull owners as breeders and dog fighters, which is completely inaccurate and a slap in the face to the countless bomb and drug sniffing, search and rescue, therapy and other service Pit Bull dogs assisting every day in our communities across this country. When all else fails, they turn to name calling and photoshopping pictures, all things you’d expect to find in any elementary classroom on any given day. But they’re only doing these things because they know the times are changing, and they are heavily outnumbered by compassionate, open minded and level headed people.

My final message to all who oppose Pit Bull dogs…Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me…

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6 responses to “Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire

  1. I think this is ridiculous. Pit Bulls can be just as loving and caring as any other animal. I have personally owned a female and male Pit Bull and left them alone in a room with my young child, and nothing ever happened. ANY ANIMAL no matter what breed or size can turn in a heart beat depending on the circumstances. I feel that these people need to get their facts straight and tell the truth. According to this article because I have owned a Pit Bull makes me ither a breeeder or a fighter is completely ridiculous. I am neither. I am a mother of three and enjoy my animals and children.

  2. Howdy excellent website! Does running a blog such as this require a large amount of work?

    I have absolutely no expertise in programming however I was hoping to start my own
    blog soon. Anyways, if you have any ideas or techniques for new blog owners please share.
    I know this is off topic however I simply had to ask. Cheers!

    • Hello, running a blog requires more work than I put in. I only write when I have some sort of inspiration. I don’t force words out. Which is why there aren’t many posts. But I also run two other websites for my film, along with the production of my film, caring for 3 dogs alone in my home and working a normal day job, so you can only do so much. Good luck in your writing ventures. Do it for fun, don’t make it a job. Have passion in what you write about. That’s my advice.

  3. What’s ironic is most of the PIt haters are Gun nuts… Thanks for all you are doing to help protect and defend these amazing dogs! ❤

  4. I noticed the other day on their site that they claim the issues are of the past 3 decades. Interestingly enough these dogs have been around FAR longer than 30 years. I also feel the need to point out that when you are writing an informative paper you should NEVER site your own statistics as part of a an unbiased, believable paper. It’s irresponsible and poor writing (referring to their website, not yours).
    I love the work you do and am so glad you are part of the solution. Thank you!

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