#39 Mar 7, 2013
WoW I really want to see it. Do they keep it at the statoin or hidden in the bushes where it sort of can't be seen. Do you have pictures. THIS IS SOOO EXCITING. Wonder if they will offer free rides. OH Wait.......Don't think I want one.
#41 Mar 7, 2013
Oh great I want to see it. Maybe its the one that was at the pawn shop on the rez. Could have been repainted.
#42 Mar 7, 2013
your attempts to distract from the documented verifiable facts about pitbulls proves your desperation and your cold hearted commenting on a piticide thread proves you should be legislated against and not have the legal right to have pits or children in your around you
YOU WANT FACTS I GOT EM
FACT: pits kill more people than 300+ different breeds of dogs added together
FACT: pits routinely cause 50% to 70+% of all fatal dog attacks
FACT: pits kill more owners than any other breed
FACT: pits kill more family members than any other breed
FACT: pits kill more elderly than any other breed
FACT: on average every 14 days someone loses their life to a pit
FACT: on average every 5.4 days someone loses a body part to a pit
FACT: on average 2 people each day are severely attacked by a pit
FACT: on average 60% of all dogs euthanised in the US each year are pits
FACT: pits are 14 times more likely to break constraint or confinement to attack than other breeds
FACT: on average owners of high risks dogs such as pitbulls have 10 times more criminal convictions than owners of low risk dogs
FACT: on average owners of high risk dogs such as pitbulls are 6.8 times more likely to be convicted of an aggressive crime
FACT: on average owners of high risk dogs such as pitbulls are 2.8 times more likely to have carried out a crime involving children
FACT: on average owners of high risk dogs such as pitbulls are 2.4 times more likely perpetrated domestic violence
FACT: on average owners of high risk dogs such as pitbulls are 5.4 times more likely to have a conviction involving alcohol
#43 Mar 7, 2013
WENT STRAIGHT FOR HIS THROAT AND THEN HIS FACE - HOPEFULLY THIS NEVER BEFALLS YOUR CHILDREN THAT YOU ENDANGER ON A DAILY BASIS - GREAT MOTHER YOU ARE
Pitbull that attacked and killed little boy “went for his throat, then his face”
Posted on: 5:40 pm, March 5, 2013, by Chris Minor, updated on: 05:41pm, March 5, 2013
The pit-bull that attacked and killed Ryan Maxwell, a 7-year old boy from Galesburg went straight for his throat, and then his beautiful face.
“The family is horrified. The problem with grieving in this situation is you cannot get over the horror of what happened to Ryan. All we can think of is the pain that baby suffered. Those dogs took our angel from us”, said Paula Johnson, the boy’s great-aunt.
Johnson says the little boy had gone roller skating for the first time Friday night, and was sleeping over at a friend’s house. The next day, while playing in their backyard, the dog killed him.
“The baby was taken away from us too soon by a mistreated dog. A lot of us are thinking that knowing Ryan, and the type of kid he was, he was probably going to feed the dogs, because they were starving. We were told their ribs were showing.”, Johnson said.
Ryan Maxwell was in the second grade at Neilson Elementary School in Galesburg. He loved baseball, football, his family, and his three- month- old German Shepard puppy he received for Christmas.
“He was such a gentle soul and his smile would light up a room. That’s what makes it so horrible. He loved dogs”, Johnson said.
Galesburg police say they’re still investigating why the pit-bull went after Ryan, and how it got loose. Investigators say they have interviewed the dog’s owners and are reviewing possible criminal charges.
“I want to know where the adults were. I have a lot of questions, I really do, but I’m going to wait to honor Ryan and send him off with the grace he deserves and then, we will be asking a lot of questions.”
#45 Mar 8, 2013
still waiting for you to explain exactly why you outright lied repeatedly about whether or not you owned a pit while you are avoiding this entirely here's an update to this piticide - mr 2 inches - pull up your pants your ignorance is showing again - no big surprise there
Photos, mementos and memories tell Ryan Maxwell’s story
STEVE DAVIS/The Register-Mail
Pallbearers carry the casket of 7-year-old Ryan Maxwell of Galesburg immediately following his funeral service on Thursday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Home. Ryan died at 1:41 p.m. Saturday from wounds received in a dog attack at 675 Whiting Ave.
By TOM LOEWY
Posted Mar 07, 2013 @ 11:00 PM
A little hand print in hardened plaster. Black fedora. The black silhouette of the side of a boy’s head mounted on white paper, a souvenir from the year he spent in Head Start.
There was plenty of evidence from Ryan Maxwell’s seven years of life on display Thursday morning inside Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Home’s chapel. It could be found on two long tables, laid out with deliberation and care.
A New York Yankees cap and a prized baseball. Toy guns and a wooden sword. The certificate commemorating Ryan’s first haircut — Oct. 7, 2006, at Jerry’s Barber Shop.
And there were pictures, filling two big boards on easels. Ryan smiling, grinning and laughing. Ryan making funny faces. Ryan with his aunt, Kelly Mead. Ryan with his grandfather, Tom Mead. Ryan with his mother, Sarah Mead.
Evidence of Ryan’s joy.
Ryan Maxwell died at 1:41 p.m. Saturday from the wounds he received in a dog attack in the backyard of 675 Whiting Ave., the residence where he spent the previous night.
His closed casket sat in the chapel, surrounded by flowers, not far from the evidence of his life. During the service, family members read letters from friends and those closest to the boy whose favorite things were laid out on long tables.
A letter from Aunt Kelly told Ryan,“There will not be one minute of one day when you won’t be on my mind. You’re the best kid in the entire world.”
In another letter, Tom told Ryan he was more than a grandson.“You were my best friend and my son, too.”
The young, middle-aged and elderly all paid their respects to Ryan. His grandfather called it “the evidence of all the lives Ryan touched.”
Before the start of the service, his mother sat alone in a pew in front of the casket and tried to suppress tears.
Ryan was the 27-year-old’s first-born.
“I haven’t talked a lot about how I’m feeling,” Sarah said.“What is there to say, really?
“I know I wouldn’t be here right now if I didn’t have the help of my family. They are being strong for me.”
Sarah tried to sort through her emotions, to find some foothold in the abyss of her son’s absence.
“I’m angry. I’m angry and I’m hurt,” she said.“I’m hurt and I’m lost.
#46 Mar 8, 2013
while you pit is trying to find your 2 inches here's the rest of that update everyone knows most pitnutters are deviants
“I’m so lost right now and I’m ...”
Sarah didn’t know how to describe the rest of it. She sat in the pew for a time, silent.
“The mornings are the hardest part,” Sarah said after collecting her thoughts.“The mornings are so hard. He was always up first and we always got him ready for school together. I get up expecting to hear him.
“I don’t know if I’m really sleeping. For a while, I didn’t know if I was really awake.”
Ryan’s mother looked at his casket. Over to the collage of pictures.
“Yesterday, my 1-year-old came to me and asked for his ‘Bubba.’ It was the first time he tried to say brother,” Sarah recounted.“I showed him a picture of Ryan and he kissed it and smiled.”
She broke down for a moment.
“I don’t hear Ryan in the morning and I don’t want to get out of bed. I don’t want to wake up. I don’t want to get up in the morning,” Sarah said.
And then she paused. Through tears, she confessed. Almost to herself.
“If I didn’t have another son, if he didn’t need me, I would have probably committed suicide by now,” Sarah said.“I feel like my soul is gone.
“I feel like my life has been taken away from me.”
#47 Mar 8, 2013
Do you think that this mother would feel great about her childs death if he had drowned, burned in a fire, been shot, hit by a car,kidnapped, run over by an Amish horse, fell in a farm machine,murdered by a neighbor, drowned when he fell through the ice or any number of things. It is always tragic when someone dies because of an accident, especially a child.You should know that better than almost anybody. Loosing a child is horrible for the family. I know OCD, there was a little boy who died in my family at 7, and a girl at just under 16. As hard as you might find it to believe neither had anything to do with dogs and they were just as tragic and the parents felt just as bad.
You are a horrible person to use these sad stories to make yourself feel good. How about spending a little of your free time helping to figure out where Timmy Leaf is. I noticed you never wrote a note to his parents expressing sympathy for what they must be going through. When your child was injured did it mean more to have a neighbor express sympathy or to read a dramatized story in the newspaper or on Topox.Look in the mirror before you call anyone names.
#48 Mar 8, 2013
I have to say that all of you are the most closed minded people I have ever had to read on the internet. And the fact that you're taking "sources" like dogsbite.org as truth is just hilarious. If any of you had taken the time to be objective to this entire situation you'd realize how ridiculous you sound and that you're taking the words of a deranged woman on the internet as fact. First of all Pitbulls and their cousin breeds were NEVER bred for dog fighting, they were bred to bait bulls hence the name pitbull. And what does a dog do to bait a bull you ask? Well the answer would be risk its life to coral the bull into a pen or pit. Meaning it became an enticing moving target for a bull to chase and try and stomp while the dog is attempting to lead it in to a coral. As a matter of fact the job that pitbulls were originally bred for was very cruel to the dog and just about all of them died. It was years later that some evil human realized that the breeds traits were good for dog fighting. And if you've don't any research on dog fighting you'd realized exactly how much has to be done, how much abuse and inhumane treatment has to be done to get the dog to fight. You all sit here and say it's genetic and that the breed should die it's down right repugnant. So does that mean all you small minded people believe that all black people commit horrible crimes because most criminals are black? You're stereotyping to the extreme. You get upset because someone doesn't show sympathy for the victims however you're not showing any sympathy for a living creature. I am a proud pit owner, call me a pitnutter if you want cause I'm more than proud to have raised 2 amazing and loving pits that have actually changed the minds of many people like you. It's sickening that you all sit there and accuse pit owners of having no sympathy when you know nothing about us only that we have theses dogs. I sympathize with the victims and I hate hearing of a dog attack especially on a child however I don't jump to condemning the dog. Take in the facts and the evidence surrounding the attack before you go raising your pitchforks. Let me give you a little newsflash: the media only tells the public the juicy stuff and leaves out the facts. The very media you're going to for your "facts" is the most corrupt type of people in our society. They NEVER give you the full story or all the facts. And then you all go out on your witch hunts. If any thing or one in this world is a frankenmauler its you people. You sit up there on your high horses and focus on all this crap and persecuting animals because of your stereotypes mean while the country is going to hell in a hand basket. Open your eyes and start focusing on the important shit and not attacking people who own these dogs. Why don't we have our governing bodies focus on more important issues than Breed Legislation...that oh by the way has been SCIENTIFICALLY proven NOT to work. But for those of you who still feel the need to go on about this I will give you a little advise: USED ACADEMIC STUDIES AND JOURNALS FOR FACTS, GO TO REPUTABLE SOURCES FOR FACTS, talk to PROFESSIONALS for facts. Not some nut job that has nothing else to do but make crap about dogs up. Check out the ASPCA website, or the Humane Society Website, and even the CDC has a study that proves that your beloved BSL will not work. Hell half of you wouldn't know the difference between a pitbull and Labrador if one came up and bit your ass but oh wait you'd all scream pitbull because the dog bit you and apparently only pitbull dogs bite right? Hate to break it to you but every breed is capable of doing the same amount of damage. I wonder did any of you ever listen to the news in regards to other breeds attacking people? Bet you missed this one morons:
Yeah you're gonna read that right. a POMERANIAN killed a 6 week old child not a pitbull. And there's plenty more where that came from, IDIOTS.
#49 Mar 8, 2013
Thank you for your post. We agree with you completely. Since you are new here I guess you don't realize that there are only two people who post against Pits. One is a jerk from another area (Rochester) and the other uses all the different stupid names. The one who uses several names is the only one who posts from Carthage.
Please feel free to post again but understand that you are talking to one idiot who thinks Coleen Lynn is a saint, rather than the lying, animal abuser that she is.
If you check the history of the threads on the Massena,NY topix you will see that we have fought AGAINST Can't Deny, for almost a year. We have proven that several of the stories that this idiot has posted to be false. If you review the threads and find any more outright lies, we would appreciate your input.
#50 Mar 9, 2013
Great post Proud Father of Pitbulls, unfortunately our resident delusional, fear mongering, hypocritical Muppet has already drank the Koolaid and is under complete control of her puppet master. At this point she is unable to think rationally or for herself at all, its actually kind of sad to see someone become a classic "cult" member. They do tend to go after the weak and simple minded though.
#52 Mar 9, 2013
and all you pitnutters take the word of PROVEN outright lying pitnutter sites - enough said - and a pomneranian killed 1 person in 30 years pits have killed 215+ in thirty years do see how ridiculous of a statement that is
and pits were invented for dog fighting - another ridiculous statement - educate yourself you are making yourself look extremely ignorant and making yourself to an outright liar like the pitnutter sites you get your lies for - old english bulldogs were used for bull baiting when that was made illegal they went to dog fighting and the old english bulldogs were not agile enough for the sport so they crossed them with terriers and voila the pitbull was born - for dog fighting - pitbulls were never used for bull baiting they were even around before it was made illegal - get your facts straight you are lying through your teeth
and there it is the race card pitnutters can not bring themselves to not use terms to describe dogs that are meant to describe human things human things being a racist means you are violating a certain subset of the population RIGHTS - dogs do not have constitutional rights
#53 Mar 9, 2013
pits kill more people than 300+ different breeds of dogs the surrounding circumstances don't mean much other breeds of dogs are in the same surrounding circumstances as pits and do not even remotely come close to killing as many people as pits in 2012 pits killed 25 people and 300+ different breeds of dogs killed 13 - that in itself proves it is genetic or other breeds of dogs would have similar killing numbers - AND THEY DON'T - not even rotties come remotely close to killing the amount of people that pits do in the 30 years spanning sept 1982 to dec 26 2011 rotties kiulled 81 people and PITS KILLED 215 - again get your facts straight
newsflash news articles are multi source which makes them way more accurate than any single sourced peice of info - you know that and so doesn't anyone else
focus on the important stuff?????- children being ripped apart by frankenmaulers isn't important enough for you???? that right there PROVES you are just as morally bankrupt as you fellow pitnutters and that is why pitnutters and their frankenmaulers have such a bad name so far this year there have been 6 fatal dog attacks and 4 of them have been children - AND - ALLLLLLL - OF THEM HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY PITS AND IT'S ONLY THE BEGINING OF MARCH - IDIOT - no other breed of dog has killed anyone yet this year only frankenmaulers
bsl has been PROVEN repeatedly to work miami dade county florida has had a pit ban for 23 or 24 yrs and has not had 1 single piticide in all that time last year ohio reversed it's bsl and within in a few short months had 3 piticides on of which was in cincinatti less than 2 months after it reversed it's pit ban - that right there proves it works and there is much more PROOF that it works and i will post it - you are outright lying
the only people who can't identify a pitbull are pitnutters the pit lobby has so aggressively lobbied for pits with media campaigns that even small children can recognize a pit
and yes evey breed bites but not every breeds rips limbs faces scalps and heads off it's not about which breeds bite it's about the severe damage inflict when a pitbull does and that damage has been describe by surgeons as look like a shark or lion attack
KEEP DRINKING THE PITNUTTER KOOLAID - THE MORE "ALL OF YOU" ARE PROVEN TO BE OUTRIGHT LIARS THE LESS THE LEGISLATORS WILL TAKE YOU SERIOUSLY
#54 Mar 9, 2013
TOO BAD IT'S ALL OUTRIGHT LIES THAT HE GOT FROM PROVEN OUTRIGHT LYING PITNUTTER SITES JUST LIKE YOU DID WHEN YOU LIED REPEATEDLY IN SUPPORT OF YOU POSITION - HERE'S DOCUMENTED VERIFIABLE PROOF THAT BSL WORKS Monday, November 12, 2012
Cities with Successful Pit Bull Laws; Data Shows Breed-Specific Laws Work
The lives of children, adults, senior citizens, beloved pets, horses, and livestock.
Pit Bull Laws Save Lives
DogsBite.org - Cities and counties in at least 12 states report successful results after enacting a breed-specific law. These states include: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington. The province of Ontario also reports successful results after it's 2005 adoption of a pit bull ban. Pro-pit bull groups frequently say, "BSL doesn't work." The below city and law enforcement officials disagree.
Municipalities that have implemented successful breed-specific pit bull laws, please share your results with DogsBite.org by emailing: email@example.com.
Population 51,230 | View Ordinance
In November 2012, Saginaw reported a reduction in dog attacks eighteen months after enacting a "Light" BSL ordinance1 requiring owners of the top 5 dangerous dog breeds2 to comply with new regulations.
Eighteen months after Saginaw created its dangerous dog ordinance, put into effect in June 2011, Saginaw City Chief Inspector John Stemple said it has helped to lower the amount of dog attacks in the city.
"It was the government reacting to a problem," Stemple said. "And if you look at the numbers, it's been very effective."
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The ordinance requires residents to register dogs whose breeds are deemed "dangerous" at the City Clerk's office, post a "Dog on premises" sign in the front of their homes and when outdoors, keep their animals either on a leash or within a 4-foot-high fenced area or kennel.
The breeds included in the ordinance are pit bulls, presa canario, bull mastiffs, rottweilers and German shepherds.
Stemple said he has heard from employees at Consumers Energy and the U.S. Postal Service that the signs and tethering rules have made their work safer. The number of reported dog bites fell in 2011 to nine, from 24 in 2009.
Erica Perdue, "Dangerous dogs: Saginaw's chief inspector says ordinance 'very effective' in first year," MLive.com , November 12, 2012 ( www.mlive.com )
URL:http://www.mlive.com/news/ saginaw/index.ssf/2012/11/sagi naw_chief_inspector_danger.htm l. Accessed: 2012-11-28.(Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6CWWNiPb4 )
1Even a "Light" BSL ordinance yields results!
2The ordinance does not specify dog breeds, instead it states: "Any dog of a breed that appears consistently in the top five (5) of the breeds on credible, analytical listings of "Most Dangerous Dogs" as verified and supplemented by local data and records for Saginaw County." (See: 2011)
#55 Mar 9, 2013
Population 2,503,281 | View Ordinance
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.(See: Data chart)
Patrick Cain, "Toronto dog bites fell after pit bull ban," Global Toronto, November 14, 2011 ( www.globaltoronto.com )
URL:http://www.globaltoronto.c om/toronto dog bites fell after pit bull ban/6442521422/story.html. Accessed: 2011-11-20.(Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/63Ll2TyBC )
San Bernardino County, California
Population 2,035,210 | View Ordinance
In August 2011, San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control, which oversees unincorporated areas and Highland and Yucaipa, reported a 9.6 decrease in dog bites after enacting a pit bull sterilization law in 2010.
The law, approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors last week, expands upon an ordinance approved last year that requires pit bull owners to spay or neuter their pets.
Supervisor Neil Derry introduced the original proposal in response to an increasing number of attacks by pit bulls in recent years that resulted in four deaths -- two of them young children -- in the last five years.
The county saw a 9.6 percent decrease in dog bites in the year since the spay/neuter program was instituted, said Brian Cronin, the county's animal care and control division chief.
Imran Ghpri, "SB: County: Spay/neuter law expanded," The Press-Enterprise, August 2011 ( www.pe.com )
URL:http://www.pe.com/local-ne ws/local-news-headlines/201108 30-sb-county-spayneuter-law-ex panded.ece. Accessed: 2012-07-13.(Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6980NiTHO )
Population 408,958 | View Ordinance
In September 2010, the Nebraska Humane Society provided bite statistical data to city council members and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the pit bull ordinance adopted by the City of Omaha in late 2008.
"It is the position of the Nebraska Human Society that this ordinance has been effective in reducing bites involving dogs defined as "Pit Bulls" in the ordinance."
Judy Varner, President and CEO, Nebraska Human Society
-- analysis --
Varner's attached statistical data shows that bites by pit bulls dropped 40% after one year of the adoption of the ordinance, 121 bites in 2008 down to 73 bites in 2009. The bite rate dropped even further in 2010.
2008 Pit Bull Bites: 121 Total
2009 Pit Bull Bites: 73 Total
2010 Pit Bull Bites (through August): 28 Total
Nebraska Humane Society Bite Statistic Report, September 23, 2010 ( cityofomaha.org )(Archived by DogsBite.org )
#56 Mar 9, 2013
Population 24,998 | View Ordinance
In July 2010, Police Chief Jim Clark said there had been no recorded pit bull attacks since the city's 2003 pit bull ban. Between 1989 and 2003, the city had a pit bull ordinance, but still allowed pit bulls as "guard" dogs.
"Police Chief Jim Clark says since the ban, there have been no recorded attacks by the animals.
"We haven't had any attacks since then for one thing because it is illegal," said Clark. "Most people are keeping their dogs inside their house or inside their basement and not letting them out loose so therefore they're not around other people to attack them."
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"In the two-and-a-half years before the 2003 ban, Ottumwa police recorded 18 pit bull attacks, including the death of 21-month-old Charlee Shepherd in August 2002. There were at least three other attacks on children during this time."1
James Buechele, "Police chief supports pit bull ban," KTVO3, July 12, 2010 ( www.heartlandconnection.com ) URL:http://www.heartlandconnec tion.com/news/story.aspx?id=48 1775. Accessed: 2010-08-31.(Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5sPLFk9CY )
"Factfinder: Pitbull attacks and citations," KTVO3, July 12, 2010 ( www.heartlandconnection.com ) URL:http://www.heartlandconnec tion.com/news/story.aspx?id=48 1570. Accessed: 2010-08-31.(Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5sPLHxxRE )
1Ottumwa city officials correctly determined in 2003 that the 1989 pit bull ordinance, which still allowed pit bulls as "guard" dogs, did not sufficiently protect children or the public.
Population 47,707 | View Ordinance
In March 2010, a subsequent article was written about the effectiveness of Salina's pit bull ordinance. 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."2
Tim Unruh, "Inspiring change," Salina Journal, March 15, 2010 ( www.salina.com )
1Osh Gosh, the heroic golden retriever that gained fame for intervening in the 2004 pit bull mauling that prompted Salina's pit bull ban died in March 2011.
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Population 58,268 | View Ordinance
After two serious and separate pit bull maulings occurred on March 4, 2010 in the City of Indianapolis, the assistant city attorney of Council Bluffs spoke to a local radio host about Council Bluff's 2004 pit bull ban:
"We passed a ban and started enforcing it in January of 05, at the end of 05 our numbers had dropped down to 19 people injured by pit bulls. In 06, the numbers dropped to 7 people injured by pit bulls. In 07, 2007 we only had two people injured by pit bulls and we haven't had a person injured by pit bulls since. So in 2008 and 2009 we had zero attacks. As of March 5th, 2010 we have yet to have a pit bull injury here in Council Bluffs."
"Radio Show Interviews Assistant City Attorney Don Bauermeister," Greg Browning Show, March 5, 2010 ( wibc.com ) Transcript provided by DogsBite.org
#57 Mar 9, 2013
San Francisco, California
Population 808,977 | View Ordinance
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 Fletcher, "Auburn seeks ways to prevent another pit bull attack," The Sacramento Bee, January 30, 2010 ( www.scabee.com ) URL:http://www.sacbee.com/2010 /01/30/2500818/auburn-seeks-wa ys-to-prevent-another.html. Accessed: 2010-08-31.(Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5sPLO97oa )
Population 145,074 | View Ordinance
After Lancaster adopted a mandatory spay and neuter law for pit bulls and rottweilers in early 2009, it was reported just one year later, in January 2010, that the results of the ordinance were very positive:
"City officials said that 1,138 pit bulls and Rottweilers were impounded last year by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. Of those, 362 were voluntarily surrendered by their owners in response to Lancaster’s ordinance.
A year ago, this city was overrun with individuals -- namely, gang members -- who routinely used pit bulls and other potentially vicious dogs as tools of intimidation and violence," Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said in a statement."
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"Parris believes there is a correlation between the results of the dog ordinance and a drop in the city’s gang crime rate. Lancaster’s violent gang crime, which includes homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, fell by 45% last year, and there was a drop in overall gang crime by 41%, Parris said, citing statistics from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department."
"Lancaster's dog ordinance is cited in helping to drive down gang crime," L.A. Now, January 21, 2010 ( www.latimesblogs.latimes.com ) URL:http://latimesblogs.latime s.com/lanow/2010/01/lancasters -dog-ordinance-is-cited-in-hel ping-to-drive-down-gang-crime. html. Accessed: 2010-08-31.(Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5sPLTYBsX )
Population 438,646 | View Ordinance
After the City of Omaha adopted a pit bull law in 2008, Mark Langan of the Nebraska Humane Society, who opposed the law, said in September 2009 that pit bull biting incidents were down 35% since its adoption:
"Despite the attack of Haynes, The Humane Society's Mark Langan says pitbull bites are down since new laws went into effect last year. Langan says so far this year 54 bites have been reported compared to 83 last year."
"Woman Recovers From Pitbull Attack," 1110 KFAB, September 21, 2009 ( www.kfab.com ) URL:http://kfab.com/pages/loca lnews.html?feed=122285&art icle=6039792. Accessed: 2010-08-31.(Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5sPLd0O5N )
#58 Mar 9, 2013
Prince George's County, Maryland
Population 834,560 | View Ordinance
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."
Jonathan Mummolo, "Pr. George's Ban on Pit Bulls Resists Tenacious Opposition," The Washington Post, August 17, 2009 ( www.washingtonpost.com ) URL:http://www.washingtonpost. com/wp-dyn/content/article/200 9/08/16/AR2009081601946.html. Accessed: 2010-08-31.(Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5sPLfWspL )
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Population 71,765 | View Ordinance
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:1
"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."
Russ Olivo, "Police push pit bull law," The Call, June 14, 2009 ( www.woonsocektcall.com ) URL:http://www.woonsocketcall. com/content/view/90556. Accessed: 2010-08-31.(Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5sPLm1OH6 )
1The proposed Woonsocket pit bull ban, brought by Capt. Kenneth Paulhus of the Woonsocket Police Department and Animal Control Officer Doris Kay, sadly did not prevail. Nine months later, Kay was attacked and seriously injured by a pit bull.
Little Rock, Arkansas
Population 189,515 | View Ordinance
When the City of Indianapolis was discussing a pit bull sterilization law in April 2009, Little Rock Animal Services Director Tracy Roark spoke about Little Rock's successful 2008 pit bull ordinance:
"There was a day when you could walk down any street in center city Little Rock, you could see several pit bulls chained up. You don't see that anymore," said Tracy Roark with Little Rock Animal Services.
Roark told Eyewitness News over the phone that pit bull attacks have been cut in half and credits their new law with getting them there.
"This is the most abused dog in the city," said Roark.
The Little Rock law passed last year and requires pit bulls to be sterilized, registered and microchipped. Also dogs - regardless of the breed - are also not allowed to be chained up outside."
Mary Milz, "Indianapolis ordinance puts restrictions on pit bull breeds," WTHR 13, April 7, 2009 ( www.wthr.com ) URL:http://www.wthr.com/Global /story.asp?S=10145348. Accessed: 2010-08-31.(Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5sPLpDjxR )
#59 Mar 9, 2013
Fort Lupton, Colorado
Population 6,787 | View Ordinance
When the City of Fort Collins was mulling a pit bull law in March 2009, Fort Lupton's Police Chief spoke about Fort Lupton's successful 2003 pit bull ban, including zero pit bull biting incidents since the law's adoption:
"Fort Lupton Police Chief Ron Grannis said the city hasn’t had a pit bull bite since the ban was enacted, but it still has the occasional pit bull that is picked up and taken away. Although he said the ban has not been well-received by every resident, he thinks it was the right decision for the city.
"I believe it makes the community safer,” he said.“That’s my personal opinion. Pit bulls are not the kind of dogs most people should have. They are too unpredictable.... These dogs have been bred for thousands of years to be fighters.
You can’t take it out of them. A lion cub may be friendly for a while, but one day it can take your head off."
Erin Frustaci, "Opponents, supporters speak out about breed-specific bans," The Greeley Tribune, March 28, 2009 ( www.greeleytribune.com ) URL:http://www.greeleytribune. com/article/20090328/NEWS/9032 89954. Accessed: 2010-08-31.(Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5sPLv53oY )
Population 4,582 | City Website
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."
Sadie Malloy, "Pitbull Ban Has Wapato Locals Hiding Their Dogs," March 20, 2009, KIMA CBS 29,( www.kimatv.com ) URL:http://www.kimatv.com/news /local/41542702.html. Accessed: 2010-08-31.(Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5sPM0jKKq )
#60 Mar 9, 2013
Population 156,206 | View Ordinance
In April 2008, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department released data to a local TV station showing that pit bull biting incidents declined 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."
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"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.
"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."
"Health Department says "Pit Bull Ordinance Working," KSPR News, April 14, 2008 ( www.kspr.com ) URL:http://www.kspr.com/news/l ocal/17662294.html. Accessed: 2010-08-31.(Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5sPM5VAT8 )
Population 2,503,281 | View Ordinance
In a March 2008 Toronto Sun article, Toronto animal services reported that pit bull biting incidents had dropped significantly since the adoption of the Dog Owners Liability Act 2005, an act that banned pit bulls:
"And reports of bites by pit bull type dogs have dropped dramatically.
In 2004, the animal services department received reports about 130 of the powerful animals biting humans and animals.
The numbers dropped by substantial increments in subsequent years: 71 in 2005; 53 in 2006; and 44 in 2007."
Zen Ruryk, "One endangered species," The Toronto Sun, March 2, 2008 ( www.torontosun.com )(Archived by DogsBite.org )
Population 80,560 | City Website
After an 8-year legal battle, pit bull advocates dismantled a pit bull law adopted by Reading in 1998. It was reported in the same news article, in February 2008, that the law had significantly reduced biting incidents:
"Reading's 1998 law required that aggressive or dangerous dogs, when outside the home, be muzzled and kept on a leash shorter than three feet long with a minimum tensile strength of 300 pounds.
The law also punished violators with fines of up to $1,000 or 30 days in jail.
The law is credited with helping to reduce dog bites from 130 in 1999 to 33 in 2006. As a result, the law - or at least elements of it - were not being actively enforced, the Reading Eagle reported last year.
"State court tosses Reading dog law," Associated Press, February, 26, 2008 ( abclocal.go.com )
URL:http://abclocal.go.com/wpv i/story?section=news/local &id=5975527. Accessed: 2012-11-28.(Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6CWeqwH50 )
#62 Mar 9, 2013
Population 46,140 | View Ordinance
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.
In Touch, The City's new monthly source of service information, Volume 2, Issue 5, September 2006.(Archived by DogsBite.org )
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