Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Animal Science Experts on Pit Bulls

Animal Science Experts: Behaviorists, Biologists, Geneticists, Veterinarians, and other science professionals on pit bulls

Karin Pienaar, Animal Behaviorist, Senior Lecturer, DipCABT (COAPE) OCN, CertCAB, CAPBT Practitioner
It's important to understand that when a Pit Bull Terrier is engaged in aggression they are not being vicious, more often they are not having fun - because that is what the dog is bred to do. When a dog is able to do what they've been bred to do they have a huge release of dopamine which makes them feel fantastic.
Caroline Coile, Ph.D., Canine Research and Writing, author of "Pit Bulls for Dummies," 2015 inductee Dog Writers Association of America Hall of Fame
I am the author of Pit Bulls for Dummies. I will not have another after they, without warning, attacked and almost killed my other dog who they had been best buddies with for their entire lives. One of them choked my saluki unconscious and ran around the house with her like a panther with a dead gazelle while we tried to get her to let go. When they were good, they were delightful; when they were bad, they were deadly.
I have been in veterinary practice for 43 years and never have seen anything like the infusion of this breed. Having worked with more than 100,000 dogs of all breeds, I defy any apologist to offer up such experience.
Sure, there are sweet pits, but telling one from the bad ones, the Jekyll and Hyde ones that can be incited to violence by some catalyst, is near impossible. While most apologists fancy themselves good trainers, 95 percent of owners are clueless.
MICHAEL D. BREED, Ph.D., Professor, University of Colorado, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Certain breeds have been selected for enhanced dominance and aggression. Pit bulls and Rottweilers currently receive the most public attention in this regard, and pit bulls have been banned in many locations because they are perceived as being dangerous. While advocates of these breeds claim that maltreatment is a more likely underlying cause of the kind of aggression leading to biting incidents (some of which involve human fatalities), in fact we know that personality is fairly unresponsive to environment. Aggressive and dominant personalities likely only remain in check because dogs' owners have established themselves in a position of dominance over the animal, and other people are at risk, particularly when the owner is absent. 2003
EMILY WEISS, DVM, ASPCA professional contributor
I also think it is very important for us to make clear the breed traits of the dogs when we can identify the breed or breed mix.
We can share both individual dog behavior as identified in the shelter, as well as breed traits – the fact is, if someone wants a dog who points, what would we guide them to – a pointer or a Chihuahua? While we can probably teach that Chi to point, the adopter would be less likely to leave with unrealistic expectations if we sent him home with a pointer. Breed does matter. Physical characteristics lead to increased likelihood of particular behaviors and lines bred specifically for work likely being more pronounced – be it pointing, chasing or even arousal when feeling discomfort.
Ignoring breed can lead us to set dogs up for failure. Recently an individual from a shelter reached out to me for advice after a dog fight. Two, let’s say, JRT-type dogs were introduced for a play group, and while they did well together for the first few minutes, inappropriate behavior of one led to a significant fight that was quite difficult to end. Dogs who tend to grab, hold and not let go in fights with other dogs might not be the best candidates for play groups in shelters with limited resources and limited training. Obviously many JRTs will greatly benefit from play groups, and by noting both the individual behavior and, when possible, the breed, we can assure we apply the right programs for each dog. Now, let’s replace JRT with pit bull terrier in the story above and we may raise a few more eyebrows – but we are not maligning a breed, we are supporting them! 
BENJAMIN HART, professor emeritus at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and animal behaviorist
"It's quite common for a pit bull to show no signs of aggression. People will call it a nice dog, a sweet dog, even the neighbors - and then all of a sudden something triggers the dog, and it attacks a human in a characteristic way of biting and hanging on until a lot of damage is done."
Hart said pit bulls are responsible for about 60 percent of dog attack fatalities each year, which is "way out of proportion" compared with other breeds. Pit bulls make up less than 5 percent of the American dog population.
"It's very poor policy to allow any child around a pit bull, in my mind, let alone climb on a dog."

TARYN BLYTH, Dog Trainer, Animal Behaviorist, DipCABT
  1. No one is saying that a lot of Pit Bulls can’t be “successfully” socialised with other dogs. Many socialised from puppyhood are very friendly and outgoing with other dogs. The problem arises if and when fighting behaviour is triggered. Even if the Pit Bull does not start the fight, getting into conflict with another animal will often trigger their “grab, shake and kill” response.
  2. “Normal” dogs engage in “ritualised” forms of aggression when they come into conflict. This involves lots of noise, but no real damage. However, when Pit Bulls fight they engage the shake-bite/kill-bite part of the predatory sequence with often fatal or near fatal results. There is seldom time to intervene to rescue the other dog before serious damage is done.
  3. When Pit Bulls engage in a fight, far from this inducing an aversive state of mind (most dogs are in a defensive, survival mode during fights), opioids and dopamine are released in their brains making them feel really good - this feeling is so pleasurable that they will often seek out this behaviour again. In the same way that a border collie is built to feel really good when herding sheep, Pit Bulls are built to feel really good when fighting.
  4. Due to the opioid release during fights, Pit Bulls do not feel pain and so fight on regardless of injury - trying to stop a fight is incredibly difficult.
  5. When “normal” dogs fight, they usually respond to appeasement behaviour from their “opponent” i.e. as fighting is not designed to kill, but to resolve conflict without serious harm, one dog may “give in” and display behaviour which will cause the other dog to back off. Pit Bulls do not respond to appeasement behaviour during fights as this would have been counterproductive in the fighting pits and has been bred out of them.
  6. In my experience Pit Bulls have a very low reactivity threshold - this means that stimuli at low intensities which would be ignored by other dogs are often triggers for aggressive behaviour in the breed. They also have very high arousal levels - they become physiologically aroused very quickly and to extreme levels.
One of the huge problems is actually the fact that the breed is extremely friendly and when well-socialised they are usually quite tolerant and very sweet. What people don’t realise is that the danger does not lie in the fearful, defensive under-socialised Pit Bull (as is so often the case with other breeds), it lies in the dog who will be triggered not into defensive behaviour, but into a predatory/fighting behaviour which is enjoyable and carried out in a happy state of mind - therefore a happy, outgoing dog is in this case no guarantee that one will not have a problem. In fact, due to the sociable nature of the dogs and apparent easy-going temperament, Pit Bulls are often put into situations which they are not equipped to handle - this is how so many tragedies occur. 
HUGH WIRTH, veterinarian, RSPCA Victoria president
Dr Hugh Wirth said the dogs were a menace and were not suitable as pets for anyone.
"They are time bombs waiting for the right circumstances.''
"The American pit bull terrier is lethal because it was a breed that was developed purely for dog fighting, in other words killing the opposition.
"They should never have been allowed into the country. They are an absolute menace."
“The fact of life is that the community doesn't want American pit bull terriers. They've said it loud and clear over and over again - they want them banned.”

NICHOLAS DODMAN, BVMS, MRCVS, ACVB, ACVA - Animal Behavior Clinic - Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine - Tufts University
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 interviewwith 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.”

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."
Pit bulls have been bred specifically to be aggressive

Kathryn Hawkins, DVM
After seeing another dog die from a pit bull attack, I feel compelled to write. The opinion that pit bulls are "mean because of the way they are raised" is often not the case.
Both of the dogs I took care of that died were attacked unprovoked by pit bulls that were in families that raised them responsibly.
Just as a retriever is bred to hunt birds -- an instinct you can't stop -- many pit bulls have a genetic tendency to attack other animals. When they do, they are extremely powerful and don't quit.
I have never been bitten or growled at by a pit bull -- they are very friendly. But when the instinct to attack another animal occurs, they cause serious damage, or death. They don't bite people any more often than other breeds but when they do, it's bad.
The aggressiveness toward other animals and damage they do is not because of "the way they are raised" -- it is usually due to a genetic instinct not in the control of the owner.
ARTHUR HERM, veterinarian, animal control
He said he disagrees with those people who believe they can train aggressiveness out of dogs, and added he believes aggressiveness is “inherent” and “genetic” in all dogs while pit bulls “seem to have more of that.”
MICHAEL W. FOX, veterinarian, animal behaviorist
"I spent 20 years studying the behavior of dogs and it's not in their nature. Man, has created a monster, If you wish...These dogs were selectively bred to fight, they have greater propensity to fight than other animals, which is brought out in training."
"They can attack people, and because the attitudes of Pit Bulls it is more likely they will attack people. The worry is the power of the dogs bite and not let go. It's quite sufficient to crush right through a child's arm or leg."
SHERYL BLAIR, Tufts Veterinary School symposium - Animal Aggression: Dog Bites and the Pit Bull Terrier
Unfortunately the pit bull, when it attacks, doesn't merely bite man—or, most horribly, child—it clamps its powerful jaws down and literally tears its victim apart. "The injuries these dogs inflict are more serious than other breeds because they go for the deep musculature and don't release; they hold and shake…"
COLLEEN HODGES, Veterinary Public Health spokeswoman
Some families think that they can raise a loving pet if they treat a pit bull like any other dog. They may not realize that the dog was bred to fight and that some of these dogs may have fighting in their genes.
They are tough, strong, tenacious. They are much more capable of inflicting serious damage, and some of them do. I would not recommend pits as a family dog.
GARY WILKES, animal behaviorist
No other breed in America is currently bred for fighting, in such great numbers as the American Pit Bull Terrier. No other breed has instinctive behaviors that are so consistently catastrophic when they occur, regardless of how rarely they happen. The reality is that every English Pointer has the ability to point a bird. Every Cattle Dog has the ability to bite the heel of a cow and every Beagle has the ability to make an obnoxious bugling noise when it scents a rabbit or sees a cat walking on the back fence. Realistically, if your English Pointer suddenly and unpredictably points at a bird in the park, nobody cares. If my Heeler nips your ankle, I’m going to take care of your injuries and probably be fined for the incident. If your Beagle bugles too much, you’ll get a ticket for a noise violation. If your Pit Bull does what it’s bred to do...well, you fill in the blank.
ALEXANDRA SEMYONOVA, animal behaviorist
You will also not prevent the dog from being what he is genetically predisposed to be. Because the inbred postures and behaviors feel good, fitting the body and brain the dog has been bred with, they are internally motivated and internally rewarded. This means that the behavior is practically impossible to extinguish by manipulating external environmental stimuli. The reward is not in the environment, but in the dog itself! As Coppinger and Coppinger (2001, p. 202) put it, “The dog gets such pleasure out of performing its motor pattern that it keeps looking for places to display it.” Some dogs get stuck in their particular inbred motor pattern.
As pointed out above, this kind of aggression has appeared in some other breeds as an unexpected and undesired anomaly – the golden retriever, the Berner Senne hund, the cocker spaniel have all had this problem.The lovers of aggressive breeds try to use these breeding accidents to prove that their aggressive breeds are just like any other dog, “see, they’re no different from the cuddly breeds.” But a cuddly breed sometimes ending up stuck with a genetic disaster does not prove that the behavior is normal canine behavior. All it proves is that the behavior is genetically determined.

JOHN FAUL, animal behaviorist
Faul said they were dangerous and a threat to life. He said the pitbull was bred to be absolutely fearless and had a "hair-trigger" attack response.
"The cardinal rule is that these dogs are not pets," he said.
"The only way to keep them is in a working environment."
He said the only relationship one could have with the pitbull was one of "dominance, sub-dominance", in which the dog was reminded daily of its position.

ANDREW ROWAN, PhD, Center for Animals and Public Policy - Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine - Tufts University
"A pit bull is trained to inflict the maximum amount of damage in the shortest amount of time. Other dogs bite and hold. A Doberman or a German shepherd won't tear if you stand still. A pit bull is more likely to remove a piece of tissue. Dogs fight as a last resort under most circumstances. But a pit bull will attack without warning. If a dog shows a submissive characteristic, such as rolling over most dogs wills top their attack. A pit bull will disembowel its victim."
"A study by Dr Randall Lockwood of the US Humane Society found that pit bulls are more likely to break restraints to attack someone and that pit bulls are more likely to attack their owners, possibly as a result of owners trying to separate their dogs from victims."

However, Alan Beck, director of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine Center of the Human-Animal Bond, favors letting the breed go into extinction.
“This breed alone is a risk of serious public health factors,” Beck said. “We are keeping them alive against their own best interests.”
Beck said while he does not advocate taking dogs from current and caring owners, he does feel that it has become more of a social and political issue for people than a health one.
“If these dogs were carrying an actual disease, people would advocate euthanizing them,” Beck said. “This breed itself is not natural.”
"It has this sort of mystique that attracts a population of people. Of course, most of these dogs are never going to bite, as champions of the breed will tell you. But most people who smoke don't get cancer, but we know regulations help reduce a significant risk."
"I know you're going to get beat up for this. But they just aren't good dogs to own. That's why so many of them are relinquished to shelters. There are too many other breeds out there to take a chance on these guys."

Adapted with thanks from Craven Desires

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Extreme Attacks: List of Pit Bull Attacks that Result in Dismemberment or Amputation of a limb

List of recent attacks in which the pit bull ripped off a limb or a limb was so damaged by the pit bull attack that it had to be amputated.
Unfunny Comedian Rebecca Corry Organized a Pit Bull Rally and Mocked
Victims Working to End These Extreme and Devastating Attacks Like the Attack
That left this pit bull owner with no arms, one eye, no ears, and no scalp

2017 MI - A pit bull that was known to be vicious and that had previously attacked a man was allowed to attack a 10 year old girl severing her arm.  The pit bull also severed her foot, "but not completely" and doctors were able to reattach that, too.  Doctors have reattached the arm and are watching for infection.  She is in very critical condition.  This is what happens when cities believe it's a great idea to allow people to keep vicious animals in communities.  Detroit Police Chief James Craig believes it is wrong to allow the public to keep vicious dogs.  Thank You Chief Craig.  Pit bulls have been mauling children in Detroit at an extraordinary rate and public officials are doing nothing about it.

This Bloody Pit Bull Tore Off a Ten-Year-Old's Arm
and partially severed her foot.
2016 AR - A 78-year-old man's left leg had to be amputated after three pit bulls attacked him in Jefferson County.

2016 FL - A man who was killed by a pack of mixed breed dogs was dragged back into their yard and dismembered.  A witness said that there was only 30 percent of the body left.

2016 CA - A 90 year old woman was attacked by a pit bull and was severely injured.  She has lost several fingers and has severe damage to her arm.  Police had to shoot the pit bull because it came back after first responders arrived and wanted to attack them.

2016 NZ - A domestic worker who had worked for a family for 14 years and has taken care of their dogs was dismembered by the family's pit bull.  She lost her arm and now the family is telling her to go on disability because they can't afford to keep her on.

2016 CT - Jocelyn Winfrey, 53, was attacked by  Dr. Hamilton Hicks' pit bulls.  She lost both of her eyes, her right leg, and an arm.  She later passed away.

2016 GA - In June, a woman was attacked by her son's pit bulls so badly that she lost a leg.  A year later, she is scheduled to have the other leg amputated.  First responders didn't rush to the scene because when asked what kind of dog attacked, the son's girlfriend sarcastically said chihuahua mixes.  The son and girlfriend were convicted on several charges related to the attack and the pit bulls.
2016 CA - A woman was walking her grandson home from school when a pit bull attacked the boy.  The grandmother stepped in between her grandson and the pit bull and took the brunt of the pit bull's mauling attack.  Her leg was so badly mauled that it had to be amputated below the knee.  Her insurance will not pay for a prosthetic limb.  News outlets are not publishing the negligent owner's name to protect him.

2016 CA - A woman was attacked by pit bulls that escaped a fenced yard.  The woman is in very critical condition with extensive injuries.  Doctors had to amputate an arm.  Police tried to identify her using a fingerprint scanner, but the pit bulls had done so much devastating damage that she had no fingerprints left.  Two pit bulls attacked and will be killed.  Two mixed breeds probably did not attack and will be evaluated.

2016 UK - A woman walked her son's illegal pit bull as a favor to him.  His pit bull attacked her so severely that her hand was detached from her arm.

2016 FL - Four pit bulls in an apartment suddenly began attacking family members.  The mother saved her children by getting them into other rooms. She thought the pit bulls had calmed down, but instead, after a moment, they launched a nearly fatal attack on her that left her hospitalized for 6 months, needing specialty care in Chicago.  She lost one arm, had the other reconstructed and has scars on her stomach from where the pit bulls braced their feet so they could rip the flesh off her bones.  They finally stopped when they had exhausted themselves.  The police came and shot them.

2015 MO - A woman's American Bulldog attacked her causing her foot to be amputated.  She also had a large portion of her hair torn out and the ambull had removed most of her clothes.  She  was in critical but stable condition after her surgery.  She had owned the 3 year old dog for about a year.  The story does not say if the dog was a rescue dog.

2015 DC - Two loose pit bulls launched an unprovoked attack on a man who was looking at an apartment.  He lost his foot in the attack.

2015 SC - A pit bull mauled its owner's sister's arm so badly that it had to be amputated.  All the victim did was call Bull's name.  Witnesses said that the arm was completely snapped and hanging only by the "meat."  The pit bull tore off the woman's knee cap as well.  The owner was upset that the pit bull was shot as she and the pit bull were inseparable.  Her daughter emphasized that he was a good dog. This attack also appears on the list of family pit bulls that attack.

2015 SC - A woman's arm was ripped off by her boyfriend's pit bull.  Witnesses saw the pit bull attack the woman, latch onto her arm, pull her down, and rip her arm off her body.  Her boyfriend, the owner, did not want to relinquish the pit bull, but animal control eventually took it and put it down.

2014 MI Twelve pit bulls attacked a man who was feeding them alongside the owner.  He lost three limbs and the pit bulls consumed part of his arm.

2013 UK An American bulldog mauled a man's arm so severely, that it had to be amputated.

2013 CT Pit bull tears off woman's arm and other hand

2013 LA Westwego woman lost eye, ear and both arms after pit bull attack

2013 FL - Sandra Lambert loses one arm at the shoulder to pit bull attack

2013 KY - A pit bull bit off a boy's nose and swallowed it.  Initially, the nose could not be found so the pit bull was taken to the vet to have the nose removed from the pit bull's stomach.  It was reattached to the boy's face.  The owner had owned the pit bull since it was a puppy and it had never been violent.

2012 FL - Laura Miller loses arm after pit bull attack at veterinary clinic

2012 FL - Robin Johnson loses arm and leg after pit bull attack

2012 IL - Jogger who lost leg wants pit bull regulation

2011 CA - Emako Mendoza lost arm and part of leg to pit bull mauling.  She later dies from her injuries.

2011 AZ - Michael Cook was attacked by his own pit bull so severely that both his arms had to be amputated and he required over 100 pints of blood, depleting the City of Tucson's blood supply.  He died 20 days after he was attacked.

2011 FL - 61 year old Karin Carter lost her leg in an attack by family pit bulls that she would have sworn with her dying breath would never be aggressive because they were raised right by her family. Doctors were initially unsure whether she would survive her injuries.

2011 MI - A boy jumps a fence to get a wayward ball and the pit bull in the yard attacked his leg so badly that it had to be amputated.  The pit bull's jaws locked on the boy and the pit bull would not let go until it was shot to death.

2011 FL - The neighbors' three pit bulls escaped and attacked 78 year-old Roy McSweeny in his own yard and tore off both his arms.  He later died from his injuries.

2011 ME - A 28-year-old man last known to be living in LaGrange was convicted in absentia and received the maximum sentence under civil law Tuesday for his dog’s brutal attack two months ago on a former friend, Karen Stewart, who lost most of her right arm and whose left arm was badly mauled.

2010 WA - A man was attacked by a pit bull and lost both of his arm to amputations.The 61-year-old recently lost his arm in an operation. The victim also has a deep gash on his right leg as a result from the pit bull attack that took place on Aug. 3.
2010 GA - 8 year old Erin Ingram lost part of left arm in an horrific off-property pit bull attack in the middle of the street.  Initially doctors feared she might die. In 2015 a jury awarded her $72 million dollars.

2009 US - In a study done by of all pit bull attacks reported in the media during the year 2009, 35 people were reported to have lost a body part that year.

2009 PA - A pit bull bit off its owner's hand and when police arrived, the pit bull was shot because it would not allow responders to aid the 48 year old victim.

2008 FL - Roger Lindee was attacked by two pit bulls and was lying in a ditch when two good samaritans pulled the pits off and held them until authorities came.  He was attacked so severely that his right leg was amputated below the knee.

2008 IN - Woman loses both arms in sustained attack from her own pet pit bull that she raised from a puppy.  She just let him out like she did every day and he launched an horrific attack that was described by a police lieutenant with 35 years experience as "the grossest thing he had ever seen...The dog was literally eating her to death."  (Archived by WebCite® at

2006 TX -Woman Loses Both Arms After Pit Bull Mauling. Vicky Jeffries was brutally attacked by her own pit bull when she tried to stop her pit bulls from attacking each other.

2005 CO - A 10-year-old boy lost his arm after being mauled by three pit bulls in his own yard.  The attack happened 2 days after Aurora passed a pit bull ban.  His mother was criminally charged for the attack.

2004 CA - 91 year old woman loses both arms when she attempted to feed her great-grandson's pit bull, Zion.

2000 NY - 51 year old plumber Dennis Whitcomb was mauled by his neighbor’s pit bulls while he was shoveling his driveway.  He spent weeks in the hospital and underwent 12 operations for extensive wounds to his face, neck chest and right arm which was amputated above the elbow. Whitcomb was recuperating from open-heart surgery when he was attacked.

1990 CA - In an attempt to save a 70 year old grandmother after she was mauled for about 30 minutes, surgeons amputated her left arm during a 6 hour long surgery.  She had puncture wounds on most of her torson and all the flesh had been eaten off both arms from the wrist to the shoulder.  Marjee Lilly remained conscious for the entire 30 minutes, watching the pit bulls tear the flesh from her arms.  She was able to tell police that she was attempting to feed the pit bulls when they mauled her. Despite all efforts, she died.

1983 FL - Two pit pulls dragged 11-year-old Jorge Cuartas from his bicycle and bit him more than 100 times. His left foot was nearly severed and had to be amputated. ``If you had seen the injuries,`` the boy`s doctor said, ``you probably wouldn`t have believed they had been done by a dog.``
Vaughn Garbarek, director of Dade County Animal Services, said his office was flooded with more than 100 calls a day from people who wanted to adopt the animal.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

List of Pit Bull Attacks on Police K9 dogs: Extreme Attacks

2017 CA - A loose pit bull attacked a police K9 in Oakhurst park when the officer handler responded to a call.  The police officer fired shots at the pit bull which was taken by animal control and the owner was cited for violating leash laws.

2017 GA - While police arrested a man, another man was ordered to let go of a pit bull and get on the ground.  The pit bull attacked a police K9 and police were forced to shoot the pit bull.

2017 CA - A pit bull attacked an on duty police K9 officer named Hancock while police were searching a property and serving a warrant.  The pit bull bit Hancock's leg and clamped onto his neck.  An officer shot the pit bull dead.  Hancock received emergency veterinary treatment and will recover.
K9 Hancock after treatment at the veterinarian's office
2017 CA - While pursuing a fleeing suspect, police and K9 officer Cort entered a yard with a stray pit bull in it.  The pit bull attacked Cort and police had to shoot the pit bull to stop the attack.  The pit bull died at the scene.

2017 IL - A pit bull attacked a working K9 in Springfield IL.  The K9 handler had to shoot the pit bull 5 times and kill it to stop the attack.  The pit bull had reportedly escaped a cage and then jumped over a fence to escape.

2017 CA - Belgian Malinois K9 Jarno was attacked by a stray pit bull while walking with his handler on their way to a fundraiser.  The pit bull inflicted numerous bites to Jarno's abdomen, but he is expected to recover after a couple weeks rest off duty.

2016 OH - When police responded to a fatal shooting a pit bull tried to attack a police K9 officer.  Police shot and killed the pit bull.

2016 OH- The Franklin County Sheriff's office was holding a community relations event right in front of the courthouse when a loose pit bull attacked the police K9 officer, Vando.  The K9 handler and other officers shot the pit bull several times, killing it, in front of a horrified public and the owner was arrested.  No matter how much propagandizing pit bull pushers do, pit bulls continue to teach us what pit bulls are really all about.  When pit bulls show you what they really are,  believe them.

2016 MO - K9 Joey died 6 months after he sustained injuries while protecting his handler from a pit bull attack.  He was buried with honors.  RIP K9 Joey.  One news outlet told the news while the other censored itself and refused to acknowledge that the "aggressive dog" was a pit bull.
RIP K9 Joey
2016 NY - A loose pit bull attacked Wyatt, an off duty NYPD Transit K9 officer, and his handler.  The pit bull charged through a fence and across a road just so it could attack the K9 officer.  The handler was able to kick the pit bull away and Wyatt escaped with minor injuries.

2016 MS - K9 Ringo and his Hancock County Sheriff's deputy handler were attacked by a pit bull.  The deputy was putting Ringo back into the back seat of the cruiser when a pit bull leapt in and attacked Ringo.  The pit bull attacked the deputy when he tried to stop the attack.  Ringo attacked the pit bull again and the pit bull went for Ringo's throat.  The deputy shot the pit bull which ran off and will survive.  Ringo will recover.

2016 WA - K9 Laslo was working with other law enforcement officers to arrest a man wanted on a felony warrant.  Two pit bulls ran out of the felon's house when another resident of the house tried to sneak away to avoid being picked up on a warrant.  The two pit bulls attacked Laslo and his handler Officer Thurman.  Thurman shot one of the pit bulls which ran off and died.  One of the owners got the other pit bull under control.

2015 MI - a Flint police K9 officer named Zeke was attacked by a pit bull while searching for a suspect.  Troopers shot and killed the pit bull.  Zeke is expected to recover.

2015 WA - A Centralia police dog who was chasing after a suspected car thief was attacked by a pit bull, and during the melee, the pit bull's owner was bit, according to police.

2015 NC - A yellow lab named Gunner, an Avery County sheriff’s Office K9 officer-in-training, was killed by a stray pit bull while training with her handler in her own yard.  Gunner succombed to massive head and chest trauma and an injury to her back leg.  Her handler was traumatized.

2015 FL - A Lee County K9 unit suffered a pit bull attack while deputies were executing a search and the search took them through an unfenced yard of a pit bull. The pit bull was shot.

2015 NV - Two loose dogs came upon a police dog that was searching for a suspect. One of the two dogs was a pit bull. Only the pit bull attacked the police dog. Police shot the pit bull and it eventually died. The police K9 was treated for wounds.

2015 ID - While officers attempted to serve a warrant, the felony suspect bolted from his house and was followed by a pit bull which attacked the K9 officer and its handler.  Police shot the pit bull to stop the attack.

2015 NC - K9 Mako died of injuries sustained three months earlier when he was attacked by another dog while assisting members of the agency's Vice / Narcotics Division serve a warrant near Shelby, North Carolina.

2014 IL - A Chicago police dog named Ditto is undergoing surgery after pit bulls attacked him inflicting severe injuries. Ditto was off duty and being walked by his handler at the time.

2014 UK - Max, a police dog was savaged by a pit bull terrier and had to be retired from service. His handler is devastated by the horrific attack.

2014 AL - A police dog was severely mauled by a suspect’s two pit bulls. She needed 17 staples in her hip. Police think she will be able to return to work.

2014 WA - Police K9 Laslo was attacked by a pit bull while in pursuit of a burglar. The handler shot and killed the pit bull to get it to stop attacking.

2014 - During a search for a felony suspect, a pit bull leaped out of a window to attack K9 officer Tessa.  Tessa was accidentally shot when an officer opened fire on the pit bull to stop the attack.  Tessa is expected to make a full recovery.

2014 FL - A St. Johns County Sheriff's Deputy and K-9 deputy 'Ryker' were searching for a 13 year-old suspect who ran from a stolen car when Ryker was attacked by a pit bull.  The officer shot at the pit bull which ran away.  The suspect got away.

2014 NV - A brutal attack on a retired Nye County Sheriff’s K-9 by two neighborhood pit bulls has left the service dog in severe pain and in need of multiple surgeries. Hoss, a 12-year-old German Shepherd, was let out of his home to use the restroom on March 23 when his family says two pit bulls jumped the fence to their yard and attacked

2013 FL - A Temple Terrace officer shot a pit bull that was attacking a police canine Monday during the arrest of a drug suspect. The police dog is expected to recover.  The pit bull was not killed.

2013 PA - Pit bulls attack officer and K9 during a heroin bust.

2013 NY - While investigating a report of a burglary in progress, a police K9 was attacked by a pit bull in the house.  Police had to shoot the pit bull to stop the attack and the pit bull eventually died.

2013 NC - Carver, a search and rescue border collie with the Thomasville Rescue Squad, was fatally mauled when 2 pit bulls invaded his yard and attacked him inside his kennel.  The pit bulls had already killed another dog in a similar manner.  Carver was the only dog in the state that was licensed to do rubble search and rescue.  The squad is devastated by the loss of Carver, described as gentle, to an horrific and avoidable pit bull attack.  The ignorant Animal Control worker, apparently unaware that this is abnormal pet dog behavior, stated the pit bulls were "just being dogs." (also listed under pit bull invasion attacks)

2013 CA - A pit bull attacked a K9 and had to be shot to stop the attack while police responded to a report of gun shots fired.  The pit bull died soon after.

2012 CA - While arresting a fugitive, a pit bull ran from the fugitive's backyard and attacked K9 handler Melissa Drane and the police K9 named Kasper. The pit bull had latched on to Kasper’s throat when an officer shot at the pit bull twice to stop the attack.  The shots missed, but the pit bull let go.

2012 IL - Vvorra, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois canine partner-in-training of Chicago Police Officer Kevin Keel, was attacked by an unleashed pit bull, was rushed to emergency care, and is expected to be back on duty.

2012 IA - Video news account of a pit bull attacking a police K9 named Damien while on duty.  The pit bull was tazed and ran off with a barb in its back.  Damien was no seriously injured.

2011 VA - K9 Maggie, a bloodhound, was searching for a suicidal man when a pit bull fatally mauled her. In her career, she had responded to 348 calls. Her handler is devastated.
RIP K9 Maggie 
2011 IA - Pit bull came out of nowhere after the handler officer and K9 officer had completed a search and were returning to their car. The pit bull was tazered, but got away.

2010 BC - Pit bull attacked an RCMP police dog in training and was shot and killed to stop the attack.  Owner whines that her out of control, vicious pit bull should not have been shot.

2008 NC - Police K9 labrador drug detection dog attacked by suspect’s pit bull. Jet, the K9 is OK, the police handler shot the pit bull and it eventually died after running away.

2004 FL - Manatee Deputies shot and killed a pit bull that attacked K9 Gunner, a Belgian Malinois, while police were searching for a burglary suspect.  Gunner suffered a puncture wound to the head

2002 IN - K9 officer Fax died after undergoing emergency surgery and treatment for wounds received while the canine was defending two Lake County Officer’s who were attacked by a vicious Pit-Bull while responding to a call.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Extreme Attacks: List of pit bull & other dangerous breed attacks inside Petsmart and PetCo

Pit bulls and other dangerous breeds have attacked children and attacked and killed pets in Petsmarts and Petco.s across the nation.  Why they continue play host to this carnage is beyond comprehension.  Below is a list of attacks that have been reported in the media and shared witness accounts.  Most attacks are by pit bulls but other dangerous breed dogs are included.

2017 VA - A six month old pit bull puppy severely mauled a toddler in a completely unprovoked attack.  All it took was for the pit bull to escape from the training area, and it ran around the store, and instead of seeking love and affection, it sought prey to attack.  Yes, toddlers are prey to pit bulls.  This is why they are unacceptable as pets.

2017 FL - A pit bull attacked a golden retriever at a pet hotel named TyVy.

2017 TX - A mastiff killed a sweet little bichon named Luna in Petsmart.  The Luna's owner is devastated, and Petsmart is mouthing platitudes.  Their empty platitudes over the regular attacks on our pets in their stores might suggest they care more about profit than our pets.

2016 PA - A dog groomer was attacked by a bullmastiff at a Petsmart in South Philadelphia.  Medics came and treated her at the scene and then she was taken to the hospital. After the bullmastiff attacked the groomer, it attacked a pomeranian.  No word on how badly the pomeranian was hurt. Police say there was no provocation for either attack.

2015 GA - In the same PetsMart where a pit bull was stabbed to stop an attack earlier this year, another pit bull attacked a Great Dane.  The pit owner seemed to think it was OK to bring a fighting breed dog into a store so long as she told other dog owners they better back off her aisle 'cuz she didn't know how her pit bull might react.

2015 TX - Family wins lawsuit against Petsmart which hosted an adoption event at which a rottweiler up for adoption launched an unprovoked, serious mauling on a 4 year old girl.  Lawyers for the girl said, "This was a preventable injury. Had Petsmart had in place a requirement that potentially dangerous breeds of dogs, such as Rottweiler’s and Pitbulls be muzzled before being brought into the store, this would not have happened.  We  hope that PetSmart will make a policy change to require muzzles on potentially dangerous breeds inside their stores."

2015 CA - An upscale PetCo brand Pooch Hotel in Hollywood allowed a pit bull to play with other dogs including two french bulldogs.  The temperament tested, deemed friendly pit bull killed one of the french bulldogs.

2015 MI - A leashed pit bull bit a PetsMart customer in the store putting a gash in his thigh.  The pit bull owner left without giving information.  The victim followed the pit bull owner into the parking lot where he saw him get into a Mercedes and leave.  According to the victim's lawyer, though at least one PetsMart employee saw the incident, no employees helped detain the fleeing pit bull owner.

2014 GA - A pit bull attacked a westie and wouldn't let go, so the owner of the westie stabbed the pit bull to get it to stop.  The pit bull was euthanized because its lung was punctured.  The westie had to be transferred to an emergency vet overnight.

2013 TX - An Austin police officer killed a pit bull that was mauling a Maltese in a Petco.

2013 - A pit bull lunged at and mauled a young child in PetsMart.  Bitten to the bone, the child lost color and went into shock.  A good samaritan tried to block the pit bull owner from leaving before police came, but the pit bull owner pointed gun at the man as he raced away in a truck.

2012 - A Petsmart employee attempted to train a pit bull on a long lead inside the store, but he lost control of it and it attacked a customer's dog.

2010 FL - A pit bull attacked a 4 month old Jack Russell terrier in a PetsMart.  PetsMart's chain vet clinic tried to bill the owner for the emergency care they gave the puppy after the attack they allowed to happen.

2009 CO - A yorkie was mauled to death by the PetsMart grooming manager's own pit bull which she had in a city with a pit bull ban, so she lied and called it an american bulldog/mastiff mix.  She also lied and told the owner of the yorkie that another dog killed her dog. (original link - dead)

2009 - Dog owner reported that their dogs were almost attacked at a Petsmart during a pit bull adoption event and claimed the rescue knew the pit bull had aggression issues.

2008 MD - A friendly beagle/collie mix approached an American Bulldog in a Petsmart and both greeted each other in a friendly way.  Then the Ambull killed the beagle/collie mix.

2008 CO - An American bulldog mauled a 4 year old child in Petsmart.

2007 NE - A pit bull attacked and killed golden retriever puppy at a Petsmart

2006 A pit bull mix in a Petco that had been acting aggressively attacked a little dog and attacked people who were trying to save it.  The witness said it looked as if the little dog was mortally wounded.

2005 IL - A pit bull killed a yorkie puppy in a PetsMart while both dogs were waiting in line for the vet clinic.  The pit bull got loose when the owner handed the leash to the store employee and it made a bee line for the yorkie puppy and killed her in one bite.  PetsMart was careful to communicate several times that they were not responsible for the puppy's death, but they paid the owner for a replacement dog.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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

People often perceive pit bull rescuers, shelters, and animal control officers to be experts on pit bull behavior and safety. Potential adopters often believe they can rely on these perceived experts' knowledge, judgment and temperament testing procedures to give them sound advice about pit bull safety and to match them with safe pit bulls.

Sadly, these perceived experts often are not required to have much expertise at all. More importantly many have sworn no oath and have no mandate to protect public safety and they are often extremely misguided. They refuse to acknowledge the inherent dangers of pit bulls and believe if they foist off an "iffy" pit bull on someone, well, it gives the pit bull another chance for a home, and it might turn out alright. Sometimes, the shelter does tell the adoptive owner that the pit bull has "dog aggression" and minimizes the significance of the danger to neighborhood pets and protective owners. Other times, shelter workers have reportedly failed to provide known information about aggression, and in some cases, when pit bulls attacked right after being adopted, they blamed the adopter.

It may surprise people to know that while these perceived experts often have little knowledge or expertise in safely adopting pets, dangerous dog advocates have been educating shelters in how to avoid liability when adopting out potentially or known dangerous dogs.

The recent and rapidly escalating problem of shelter dogs that fatally attack illustrated by Merritt Clifton
The following list shows the results of these misguided priorities and lack of mandated responsibility or accountability by these animal care "experts." Most of these articles are about recently adopted pit bulls that launched a serious attack, sometimes killing a person. Many of these pit bulls came with assurances that the pit bull was non-aggressive and/or had been temperament tested. A few articles concern other dangerous dogs, and some articles concern attacks that occurred while the dog was still in the care of the animal control, shelter, rescue or foster. The list is not complete or comprehensive, but merely highlights the growing and seriously dangerous problem.

2017 NY - A child and an adult were attacked by a rescue pit bull during a Mermorial Day celebration at the Pound Ridge Fire Department.

2017 WI - A pit bull mix being fostered for Shelter From the Storm rescue escaped it's foster's fence and attacked two dogs being walked by a woman.  The pit killed one dog and injured the other and severely injured the dogs' owner.  The rescue is lying about the breed saying the pit mix is a shepherd greyhound mix which is ridiculous when you look at both the photo that was shared AND the nature of the the attack.
Killer Pit Bull Passed Off As
GSD/Greyhound Mix
2017 PA - A volunteer for Angel Ridge Animal Rescue brought her 4 and 7-year-old daughters with her to the rescue.  While she was walking a pit bull, it attacked her younger daughter. She got the pit off her daughter, and was being severely mauled when a man came, got the pit off her, and tied a belt and a leash around each arm as tourniquets.  She is in the hospital in serious condition after surgery.  Her daughter was also hospitalized. The man said he'd never seen a dog persist in an attack like that.  That's what pit bulls do.

2017 NC - A rescue group volunteer and her son were attacked by two rottweilers at a private shelter, For the Love of Dogs.  The child sustained severe injuries including large lacerations over all of his body.

2017 NM - The Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department has been found once again to be adopting out dangerous dogs. After designing a process that had 3 experts designate dogs that needed to be euthanized for aggression, the new director has once again been found to be unilaterally removing dogs from the euthanasia list and putting them up for adoption.

2017 NV - The founder of Happy Acres Animal Sanctuary was seriously mauled by a newly acquired dangerous pit bull and was in fair condition at the hospital. Sanctuaries take unadoptable animals, including animals that are dangerously aggressive, instead of humanely euthanizing them. The new dangerous pit bull that attacked Steve Benson was attacked by another pit bull which is believed to have saved Benson's life.

2017 IA - A pit bull was transported from Louisiana to the Clinton IA Humane Society where it was adopted out to a family.  Less than two hours later the pit bull had attacked a 15-month old child doing horrifying, permanent damage to his face.

2017 LA - Pit bull attacked the deputy director of the St. Lanry Parish Animal Control Shelter and her dog.  The pit bull was put down and the shelter has been closed.

2017 GA - Two women have filed a lawsuit against Macon’s All About Animals Rescue Inc., alleging they were mauled by a pit bull while volunteering at the no-kill shelter in 2015. During a walk, and without provocation from the volunteers, Hooch “viciously attacked and mauled” Archibald, according to the lawsuit, filed in Bibb County State Court on March 3.

2017 FL - After at least two recent instances of pit bull mixes adopted by the shelter biting people, Lake County Animal Control has changed its rules so that those adopting the animals know up front whether the creatures have been aggressive at the shelter and whether they’ve been returned by an owner for biting.  Excellent opinion piece about this craziness.

2017 MI - A woman went to the Center for Animal Health and Welfare in Williams Township to adopt a sweet beagle named Penny. They were just about to take Penny home when a pit mix broke free from its handler and mauled Penny horribly for no reason. Penny's throat was ripped open and her jaw was left hanging. At last report she had had surgery. The pit bull was put down, thankfully.

2017 CA - A 10-year-veteran Animal Care Tech was viciously mauled by a pit bull at LAAS North Central Shelter.  She required a 5-hour-long surgery, both arms are bandaged from her fingers to her shoulders and from photos, one person believed her entire biceps were gone on one arm.

2016 CA - Jack was a 5 lb yorkshire terrier who was beloved. His owner took him everywhere had an Instagram page for him. Her room mates brought home a friggin pit bull that killed Jack hours later. The room mates had brought Jack to meet the pit bull without his owner's knowledge and since the pit bull didn't kill Jack right away, the San Diego Shelter was more than happy to put Jack's life in danger by adopting the pit bull to the idiot room mates. When confronted by the owner the San Diego Shelter essentially said, and I'm paraphrasing, "Not our fault and no big deal and FU, we're giving the pit bull back to your room mates."

2016 NJ - A pit bull attacked an 11-year-old boy inflicting such serious damage that the boy required 80 stitches. The pit bull that had been adopted from the Bloomfield animal Shelter a couple weeks previously during the week of October 10th. A judge allowed the irresponsible shelter to take the mauling pit bull back. They plan to find a sanctuary for it. And they want more money to do so.
Derrick the pit bull that tore up an 11-year-old is Safe.
2016 CA - Yet more shelters are found to be adopting out dangerous dogs that are known to be aggressive and bite histories. This time it is Sonoma County that is the subject of an expose and that exposed them.

2016 CA - A pit bull owned by The Tiny Pitbull Rescue attacked a dog and the woman fostering it when she tried to stop the attack. The Tiny Pitbull Rescue will put the attacking pit bull down.

2016 FL - A man was bitten by a shepherd mix that he had adopted two days previously from the Gulf Coast Humane Society. When he returned the dog, he was told that it had happened before and the man wants to know why he wasn't told. Other workers at the Humane Society said the dog had been returned, but not for aggression or violence.

2016 PA - A pit bull attacked and severely mauled his owner putting him in the hospital and will need to be in a nursing home for a few weeks to recover. The owner said he'd rescued the pit bull a year earlier when it was six months old. He called his pit bull a "gentle giant" who was not aggressive and said he'd nursed it back up to a healthy weight and cared for it with love to be part of the family. Then one night, the pit bull, believed to be scared by a storm, mauled.

2016 CA - An update to the investigative report about the dangerous dogs Contra Costa Animal Services is adopting out describes how a pit bull killed a cute little maltese the very day it was adopted out to a woman. The ugly pit bull had been at CCAS for a month, but had not been temperament tested. They just won't stop even after they've been exposed.
Pit Bull Gets to Kill a Sweet Maltese
Before It Gets Put Down because shelter
workers wanted to give it another chance (to kill)

2016 VA - An update to the investigative report about the dangerous dogs Fairfax County Animal Services describes how a dangerous pit bull with a known history of aggression was adopted and just a few months later it killed an adorable and beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel leaving his owner devastated because he adored his little dog.
An adorable and beloved little dog was killed because shelter workers callously
adopt out known aggressive pit bulls like the one that killed Kaiser.

2016 VA - Fairfax County Animal Services is yet another publicly funded animal control that is striving to achieve No Kill status and in doing so, is keeping dangerous dogs alive, exposing shelter workers to dangerous dogs, and adopting out dangerous dogs to the public. Once investigative reporters began looking into the situation and exposed the fact that several shelter workers had been seriously mauled and that people had been bitten by adopted dangerous dogs that were returned and then adopted out again, the interim Shelter Director resigned. A pit bull, pit mix and a German Shepherd were identified as among the attacking breeds in the investigative report.
Virginia Pit Bull Vern was photographed in a cute bow tie the day before he
mauled a shelter worker as she took him out to show a potential adopter

2016 CA - Contra Costa Animal Services knowingly and purposefully adopted out a German Shepherd to a couple that was so aggressive the veterinary director of CCAS said that staff could not touch him to examine him. The German shepherd also attempted to bite a dog trainer in the face. That veterinarian said that CCAS is jeopardizing public safety to keep their “live release rate” numbers up. That live release rate is a useless measure created by No Kill advocacy that is putting people at risk around the country. CCAS director Beth Ward asks this question which proves that she is incompetent. “Do you euthanize any animal that shows any kind of negative behavior?” If by “negative behavior” you mean “aggressive” or “unstable" behavior the answer is yes, Beth. It is yes. Especially when you say you’re so overburdened with dogs that you don’t have time to thoroughly examine the dogs you have.

2016 NV - The founder and two volunteers of A Home 4 Spot rescue were put in the hospital and required surgery following an attack by one of the rescue dogs. Initially news reports said that the dog was a shepherd/lab mix and the founder was specifically quoted as saying:
"The dog was a mutt and a member of the Board of Directors emphasized that "this was not a vicious pit bull attack." The member also said the dog has never shown reason for concern and the volunteers were in shock after the attack."
Both those statements were later deleted. In an update posted 2 days after the attack, the dog was identified as a pit bull mix:
"UPDATE: Representatives from the city of Las Vegas say the dog was a pit bull mix and is being evaluated at the Animal Foundation."
Diana England, the rescue's founder, who lied to protect pit bulls, was still in the hospital 4 days after the attack.

2016 AL - A 12-year-old boy was brutally attacked by his mother's rescue pit bulls. The news report suggests there was a breeding pair with puppies, but the mother says on her facebook page that all the pit bulls but one were rescues.

2016 OH - Two pit bulls bust out of a gate for the express purpose of killing a little dog being walked on a leash knocking down the 60 year old owner. The owners say the pit bulls are "rescue" dogs.

2016 TX - Austin City Animal Control has sent over 500 aggressive dogs to Austin Pets Alive! No Kill animal shelter. Really obscene lack of responsibility here.
"Max is one of more than 500 dogs quarantined for biting, which the city then transferred to APA in the last five years, according to city records. More than 200 of those dogs appear to meet the city's own definition of a dangerous dog: attacking unprovoked and causing injuries. In at least 40 of those attacks, city staff said the person received moderate to severe injuries. Hundreds more dogs are noted in city records as "aggressive" but were still given to APA." And they are defending their actions. Wow!

2016 CA - Brenda Barnett of LA Animal Services allowed someone who claimed to represent a rescue in Arkansas to take an extremely dangerous pit bull that had bitten a AC worker. That pit bull, after released, but still in LA, attacked a potential adopter. The vicious pit bull had to be stabbed 19 times to stop the attack and was later euthanized. (This attack is also listed in Pit Bulls That Must Be Stabbed to Stop an Attack)

2016 MI - A family adopted a pit bull from the Taylor Animal Shelter. The family said that as soon as they brought it in the home, it attacked their daughter. The shelter took the dog back and gave them their money back. The rescue won't put the dog down. They want a rescue to take it.

2016 WI - A recently adopted pit bull mix jumped over a 4 ft fence to get into a yard so it could kill a lab dachshund mix. After several people, including the pit bull's owner, tried to get the pit bull off the victim dog, a neighbor got a gun and shot the pit bull dead. The report didn't bother to mention how the victim dog was doing. The mauling pit bull was adopted from a shelter in Rice Lake, WI. (This attack is also listed in Invasion Attacks.)

2016 NY - In July 2015 a boy and his mother went to the city animal services shelter in Rochester to find a dog to adopt. A "boxer mix" was brought out for them to look at. The mother got confirmation that the dog was "suitable for children". After a brief introduction, the "boxer mix" was taken off the leash at which time it immediately mauled the child, biting him in the abdomen resulting in severe and permanent scarring and disfigurement." The mother has filed a lawsuit. This story was not reported when it happened. "Boxer mix" often means pit bull and this shelter is full to the brim with pit bulls.

2016 CA - The pit bull mix that killed a 3-day-old baby had been adopted from the San diego Humane Society 6 months previously. The pit mix had been judged as an individual by experts to be "a happy, social dog who enjoyed going on walks and playing with other dogs" that had shown no signs of aggression. The head of the San Diego Humane Society, who just wrote a book about how to understand animal communication seems unaware that happy, well adjusted pit bulls are known for mauling and killing unprovoked with no previous signs of aggression. It has been less than a year since the Asheville Humane Society adopted out a pit bull that killed a boy a few days later. That pit bull had also been deemed non-aggressive by "experts."
The recently adopted pit bull that killed a
a child soon after passing a temperament test 

2016 TX - Two volunteers, one a teenage girl, at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter allowed two pit bulls to attack a little dog. An off-duty sheriff who was about to adopt a dog saw the teenager trying to get the pit bulls off the little dog. He decided not to shoot, but to hit one of the pit bulls with a board. This worked to stop the attack and get the little dog away from the pit bulls which began attacking each other. The sheriff was accused of beating dogs by people on social media as thanks for saving the teenager.

2016 MD - A child was bitten by a dog at the humane Society of Hartford County. The child was flown to the hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries. The breed of dog has not been released. The vast majority of dogs at the shelter are pit bulls.

2016 ON - An illegal pit bull that had been recently adopted escaped its owner's condo and pushed through the front door of a neighbors condo and killed the neighbor's dog in a bloody, vicious, horrific invasion attack. The owner said he could tell his April was already dead in seconds because the pit bull had literally ripped April completely open. One of the neighbors was scratched trying to keep the invading pit from attacking their other dog. (This attack is also posted in invasion attacks).

2016 NJ - A pit bull escaped from a home, rushed to a woman walking a baby stroller and attacked the 11 month old girl in the stroller. The pit bull was recently adopted from a shelter. The baby girl was hospitalized for three days, received 70 stitches and plastic surgery. (This attack is also listed in attacks with no provocation or warning.)

2016 IN - A woman went to the Marion-Grand County Humane Society. A pit bull that had been deemed safe for adoption was led into a room to meet the potential adoptor and immediately jumped up and bit the woman on the face sending her to the hospital. On top of that, the Humane Society gave her the runaround for DAYS about whether the pit bull had been vaccinated for rabies. It had not. And now she is waiting to see if the pit bull will show signs of rabies. That is a very bad idea since she was bitten in the face.

2016 CT - A rescue pit bull escaped containment and attacked a donkey while at large. The owner says the pit bull will be returned to the rescue after the 14-day quarantine period is over.

2016 CO - The Longmont Humane Society, the only HS in the country to have been charged as an irresponsible dangerous pit bull owner with allowing a dangerous dog to attack, has adopted out another dangerous dog with a history of biting animals and people. This time an American Bulldog recently adopted from LHS bit a meter reader and inflicted "significant" injuries to the woman who needed surgery. Longmont HS prides itself on taking problematic pit bulls from all over the country and "rehabilitating" them. Then they dump them on the city of Longmont and environs. The citizens of Longmont then have to deal with the fact that this "rehabilitation" is fantasy.
Craven Desires - Longmont Humane Society

2016 AZ - A 7 year-old girl was rushed to the hospital after being attacked by a pit bull terrier mix that had been adopted 6 months previously. She had non-life threatening injuries to her hand and scalp.

In 2015, 9% of the attacks resulting in death were inflicted by dogs rehomed by c

2015 CA - A family is suing Labrador and Friends Rescue and San Diego County after a lab they adopted from the rescue severely mauled their son.  They later found out that the dog had attacked a woman just two weeks previous to the adoption, both SDAC and the rescue knew about the attack, and no one told the family.

2015 OH - Lucas County Pit Crew adopted out a pit bull to a couple and three days later the pit bull bit the husband leaving a gash that required two stitches. Lucas County Pit Crew and founder Jean Keating have been criminally charged with obstruction of official business and violating rabies quarantine. Keating insists that Bosco, the biting pit bull who was declared dangerous, has never shown aggression despite the fact that Bosco bit a man.

2015 NS - The St. Mary’s University student was about to leave for work when a pit bull showed up and chased, Diamond, her pomeranian from their yard into the living room of her home on Fourth Street in Dartmouth. She tried desperately to save her little dog whom she regarded as her child, but the pit bull ran off with her baby's lifeless body. The pit bull owners feel their pit isn't aggressive because it didn't also try to kill the people in their own home and that their killer pit bull shouldn't be put down. The pit bull had been recently bought from Homeward Bound Rescue (yeah, it was homeward bound alright.) (Also listed in the invasion attacks list.)

2015 MD - A 5 year-old boy suffered serious facial injuries after an attack by a "boxer-bulldog mix" (pit bull) that had been adopted earlier the same day. The county animal shelter suspended adoptions to review their adoption protocols, but did not find that adopting out pit bulls and lying about the breed were problems.

2015 VA - A family is suing the Fluvanna SPCA for adopting an aggressive dog to them without informing them of previous attacks by the dog. The dog, Max, attacked a 5 year-old child of the family. Previously, SPCA adopted out a dog that killed a puppy the same day it was adopted. Max is supposedly a German shepherd and husky mix. However neither of those two breeds would have given Max terrier ears.

2015 TN - A man adopted a rottweiler from Jackson Rabies Control and later that same day the rottweiler mauled him to death.

2015 TX - A pit bulls was adopted from the Corinne T. Smith Animal shelter on Oct 22 and on Nov 9, it was reported that the owner stabbed and beat the pit bull after it killed two other household pets and began attacking a third pet in front of a 4 year old child.  The pit bull was reportedly stabbed  to stop the attack, but it is unclear whether the pit bull was tied up before or after it was beaten.  The shelter blames the owner saying they told the owner the pit bull wasn't good with cats.  The focus of most of the reporting has been on the pit bull as a victim.  The bloodbath the pit bull created and the two pit bull mauling victims have barely been reported.  The rescue wants to adopt out this pit bull again and has shown no concern for the pets that were killed and ignores the dangers to people and pets of this highly predatory pit bull.

2015 MA - A pit bull that had been rescued six months previously attacked an 18 month old baby after an 8 year old sibling opened a door and the pit bull rushed in from another room.  The toddler suffered injuries to the sides of her head and ears.

2015 CA - San Diego AC, against policy, gave a lab that had almost amputated the finger of an adult woman to a rescue which then adopted it out without telling the new family about the severe bite the lab has inflicted. Days later, the lab bit off the nose of a 21 year old family member.

2015 WI - A pit bull that was adopted October 19 leapt out of a car window for the express purpose of killing a little bichon on October 21.  The pit bull was put down.

2015 OH - A sweet little dog was boarded at Promway kennel so often, he was called "The Prince of Promway."  Then the owner of Promway Kennel decided to foster a rescue pit bull.  The rescue pit bull killed the sweet, loving little prince of a dog.  His owners are devastated.

2015 GA - A volunteer was attacked at the Cobb Animal Shelter by a chow.  The shelter refused to pay the $16,000 medical bill their chow inflicted serious wounds on the volunteer.

2015 OH - Clermont County has been suffering from many pit bulls attacks recently.  The most recent victim was a young woman with special needs who was attacked by a pit bull her mother had recently adopted.  Neighbors report seeing many pit bull attacks recently.

2015 NY - A rescue pit bull brought home on a trial basis attacked the potential adopters a couple days later.  The SPCA of Niagara is now "evaluating" it. Both the man and the woman received medical treatment.

2015 NY - A recently adopted pit bull being walked on a leash by a young boy attacked and killed a pomeranian that was being walked on a leash.  The mother of the boy said she was going to turn the killer pit bull in to the SPCA.

2015 MI - Police were called to a home by a 23-year-old pit bull owner after the pit bull attacked him.  The man's other dog, a pomeranian, lunged at the pit bull to protect the man and the pit bull killed the pomeranian instantly with one bite.  The pit bull had been adopted just 7 months previously and had multiple bite mark scars and what appeared to be two bullet holes.  The pit bull will be put down.

2015 SC - TWO children were bitten by a male, one-year-old “boxer mix” from the Charleston Animal Society in a busy public square. At the time of the attack, The Charleston Animal Society’s adoption page showed only one dog labeled as 1-year-old male boxer, and that dog was obviously a pit mix. After the first child was bitten in the leg, police told the foster handler of the pit mix to stay at the event which is when the second child was bitten in the shoulder requiring surgery. The Charleston Animal Society said that the dog had passed multiple aggression tests and had never shown any aggressive behavior before the two attacks.
The 1-year-old male "boxer mix" up for
adoption at the Charleston Animal Society
2015 NY - A pit bull named Alex attacked a 16 year old girl minutes after her father had adopted it and brought it home from All Breed Rescue in Williston VT and NYC ACC.  The father says he was made to feel confident that the pit bull would be a safe family dog.  He had seen temperament tests and an ad that said the pit bull would be great with any family.  It took the father several minutes to get the pit off his child, and police needed two tranquilizer darts to calm the pit enough to get it back to AC to put down.  The girl stayed overnight in the hospital with injuries to her arm and face including removal of part of her lip.

2015 OH - The family pit bull attacked a girl and her father jumped in front of her to protect her. The pit bull then turned on him. The family says they got the pit bull from a rescue that specializes in rescuing pit bulls that were bred, conditioned and used for dog fighting. An updated story says that the pit bull was rescued from a friend of a friend, not a formal rescue, and that the owner believes the pit bull was used as a bait dog which made it unstable. The family is keeping their other pit bull and will adopt more. The attacking pit bull will be put down.
Securing the Fighting Dog Weapons Drawn
2015 CA - An 11-year-old boy was taken to the hospital after a pit bull his neighbor was fostering attacked him in Costa Mesa, police said.  The dog chased the boy and bit him on his right leg. Some of the lacerations were four to six inches in length.  There are questions about whether it will be euthanized or adopted out.

2015 TX - Family wins lawsuit against Petsmart which hosted an adoption event.  A rottweiler up for adoption at the event launched an unprovoked, serious mauling on a 4 year old girl.  Lawyers for the girl said, "This was a preventable injury. Had Petsmart had in place a requirement that potentially dangerous breeds of dogs, such as Rottweiler’s and Pitbulls be muzzled before being brought into the store, this would not have happened.  We  hope that PetSmart will make a policy change to require muzzles on potentially dangerous breeds inside their stores." (Also posted on the list of attacks inside of PetSmart)

2015 IL - The Animal Protection League is still set on adopting out a pit bull that attacked one of their volunteers unprovoked.  The volunteer is trying to sue the APL to force it to do the responsible thing and put down the dangerous dog.

2015 WV - A pit bull broke out of its cage Saturday morning and attacked a hound dog returning to the shelter after a walk. Several employees tried to stop the attack but could not, so an employee grabbed a gun from his vehicle and shot and killed the attacking pit bull. A shelter employee was injured while attempted to stop the dog fight.

2015 OH  - Five months after an Ohio couple adopted a rescue pit bull from a shelter in California, it escaped containment and attacked a woman and her little dog on the street unprovoked.  The woman required 10 stitches and the little dog required 25 stitches.  The couple want to give the pit bull back to the rescue.

2015 GA - DeKalb County Animal Shelter employees were allowed to take a dog into their office as an office dog.  One employee decided to take a pit bull that has never showed aggression in the three months it had been there.  When another employee walked past the office and fell, the pit bull slipped its collar and seriously mauled her.

2015 MS - A previously friendly pit bull that all staff had interacted with attacked a shelter worker during a routine kennel cleaning that the pit bull was familiar with.  The pit bull mauled the employee's leg and an animal control officer was attacked when he got the pit bull off the shelter worker's leg.  Both people attacked had "vicious dog training certificates" (whatever that is) and neither had anticipated that this pit bull would attack.  The two supposed experts are "trying to figure out" why the pit bull attacked because they are apparently unaware that friendly pit bulls regularly launch vicious attacks out of the blue.  The shelter worker had to have two reconstructive surgeries on her leg.
2015 NC - A pit bull was accidentally allowed to roam in the Columbus Animal Shelter and killed a cat and 13 kittens.  The pit bull was either given to a foster or adopted out "to a new home, one without cats."
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2015 NC - A 6 year old child was killed by the neighbors' newly adopted pit bull from the Asheville Humane Society right around the time the Humane Society had launched a new "Project Pit Bull" initiative to encourage people to adopt more pit bulls.  The neighbors left the pit bull outside unattended in a fenced yard while they were away.  The boy left the house and climbed the fence to see the pit bull in the few moments the mother took to go to the bathroom.  Reportedly, the child had played with the pit bull before and the pit bull had given the boy kisses through the fence, and the mother and owner believed the pit bull was safe and friendly.  The AHS subsequently wiped their Facebook and web pages of all traces of their "Project Pit Bull."

2015 NC - About a month before an Asheville Humane Society pit bull killed a boy, AHS had adopted another temperament tested pit bull to a family with a 5 year old boy.  Less than 24 hours later, the pit bull seriously mauled the boy according to a commenter on a news story who claimed to be the mother who adopted the pit bull.

2015 KY - The Smith County Animal Control Director was attacked by a pit bull when she tried to put him back in his kennel and had to lock herself in her office to stop the attack.  Another AC officer was forced to kill the pit bull.  Still, the director says she'd love that the mauling pit bull if it hadn't been shot to death because "these dogs are my life."

2015 CA - Animal control head,  DR. JENNIFER HAWKINS, removed the  "vicious" dog label from a pit bull that had bitten someone in the face.  The label would only have required the pit bull to be leashed and muzzled.  The pit bull then launched an unprovoked, off property attack on a pregnant woman requiring that labor be induced so the victim could undergo reconstructive surgery.

2015 FL - A newly adopted pit bull mix from an adoption event at the Alachua County shelter bit a toddler the very next day so badly  that she needed reconstructive surgery.

2015 CT - A pit bull severely mauled an assistant animal control worker at her home and also injured another person at the home.  The pit bull was a "rescue" pit bull that she was caring for in her home, presumably as a foster arrangement.  The animal control worker had to be life-flighted to a larger hospital remained hospitalized.

2015 DC - A rescue pit bull in the care of a rescue/for-profit-doggie-day-care business called Wagtime was allowed to attack a yellow lab owned by a paying customer of the daycare service.  The owner of the non-profit/for profit combo business acknowledged the pit bull attacked, but minimized the injuries and asked that the aggrieved lab owner shut up because he might ruin the chances of the pit bull getting adopted and damage her business.

2015 NE - A woman was attacked seriously in the leg by a pit bull she had adopted 10 months before.  Neighbors from across the street heard her screaming and came to her aid.  The news outlet refused to mention breed, but displayed a photo of the pit bull.

2015 AR - A toddler was attacked by a pit bull adopted 3 days before.  The toddler's father tried to kill the pit bull because it would not leave off the attack.  The pit bull escaped outside and police had to shoot it.  The family had been told the pit bull had never shown signs of aggression when they adopted it.

2015 NM - Former employees allege that the Albuquerque city animal shelter director  adopted out over one hundred dogs that failed temperament tests, were demonstrably dangerous, or had histories of attacking people or killing pets.  Some of these dangerous dogs have attacked people and pets after they were adopted to the public.

2015 CO - A pit bull that had just been adopted from the humane society was let off leash to play fetch, but instead decided to chase a deer which got away.  The pit bull then saw a woman walking two dachshunds and it killed one of them in a brutal, unprovoked, off property attack.  This same story also describes a home invasion attack which is listed on the invasion attack list page.

2015 CO - A little girl was severely mauled by a new neighbor's pit bull in her front yard when the new neighbor accidentally let the pit bull slip out the front door.  The pit bull owner had previously said that the attacking pit bull had been abused and still had behavior problems when he adopted it.

2015 PA - A "very friendly" pit bull attacked a mother and her two children two days after it was brought home from ACCT, the local publicly funded animal control, during a promotional pit bull 1/2 off sale for St. Patrick's Day.  The mother and daughter were treated and released at the local hospital, but the son was transferred to CHOP because injuries to his arm were severe including a broken arm.  It was subsequently reported that the pit bull had shown extreme aggression to a dog before and the AC organization that adopted it out knew about it.

2015 TX - A sheltie named Piper was being walked on a leash when she was attacked by a cattle dog mix that busted out of a house window and made a bee line for the sheltie.  The sheltie was seriously injured. The cattle dog mix was known to be aggressive and was being fostered by a volunteer for Critter Shack Rescue.

2015 AK - A shelter volunteer was attacked by a pit bull when she tried to put it back in its kennel after exercising it.  The pit bull had never shown aggression before.  The attack was savage, but after inflicting serious injury, the pit bull abruptly stopped the attack and acted calm as if nothing had happened.  The shelter volunteer refuses to admit that this is a pit bull problem and hopes that protocols will change for all dog handling.  She thinks volunteers must be trained to handle normal dogs as well as pit bulls and that only professionals are capable of taking normal dogs as well as pit bulls in and out of kennels.

2015 TX - A shelter volunteer was attacked by a pit bull she was exercising.  She suffered serious injuries.  The shelter willfully ignored the problem of breed and says they're going to change temperament assessment protocols for all dogs even though temperament tests can't predict which pit bulls will attack and does not address the problem: pit bulls' willingness to launch unprovoked attacks with no warning.
This is the victim's description of her injuries: I am the volunteer who was attacked at Bastrop Animal Sheter and almost mauled to death last February.  I spent 27 days in Brackenridge, had 7 blood transfusions, 12 surgeries and spent months and months in painful rehab.  I had my finger torn off and reattached, my face and neck ripped open, and I have a dead persons nerve in my arm so it can partially function.  My leg is full of skin grafts and looks like it was attacked by zombies."

2014 WA - Report reveals that one rescue worker who adopted dogs through Petsmart adoption events was responsible for adopting out 3 dogs that killed pets soon after they were adopted or fostered.  One of these was named as a pit bull, the breeds of the other two maulers wasn't mentioned.

2014  BC - A pit bull adopted from the Humane Society in Whitehorse, Yukon and brought to Vancouver launched an unprovoked attack on a 5-pound miniature pinscher, a therapy dog for its autistic owner. The owner of the pit bull told neighbours the pit bull came from a dog fighting background, yet she did not ensure it had a proper muzzle or leash. The Humane Society had originally quarantined the dog before a behavior expert assured them it was safe for adoption. 

2014 TX - A rescuer is killed by pit bulls she was fostering.  She worked with a rescue called For The Love Of Strays.  A commenter on the story said that he had to return a pit bull he adopted from her because it was too aggressive.  The victim was trying to adopt it out again.  She also had allowed two pit bulls to escape in the past.

2014 OH - Pit bull rescue told a foster family the pit bull was a great dog. Two days later it put a grown man in the hospital for 3 days - turning from sweet to aggressive in a split second.  And the 501c3 rescue had let its insurance lapse.

2014 OR - Face tattooed ex-con set up his own self-styled, unregulated, dangerous pit bull "rehabilitation" rescue in a residential neighborhood.  He failed to make his dangerous pit bulls inaccessible to anyone who wanted to open the fence and one of his pit bulls "somehow" got loose and immediately took down a 16 year old girl, seriously injuring her.  There had been previous calls for a bite to person and a fatal dogfight.  The offending pit bull had gotten loose before and neighbors had called about dangerous dogs several times, telling Animal Control that someone was going to get hurt.

2014 UT - A 5 year old boy was attacked while playing with the pit bull the family had adopted 2 weeks before from an unnamed shelter.  The pit bull broke the child's ribs,  ripped open his body cavity to expose his bowels, and nearly ripped off the child's ear.

2014 PA - Woman fostering at least three pit bulls for a shelter was severely attacked by one of the pit bulls when she tried to break up a fight between pit bulls.  She was hospitalized.  A police officer said that it is an extremely rare event in that area for anyone, especially an owner, to be attacked severely enough to require hospitalization.

2014 IL - A new No Kill director was at the helm when Oak Park Animal Care League adopted a dog to a family and 3 hours later, the dog killed the family cat.  After the dog was returned, long-time employees felt like they were forced to lie to the second family who adopted the dog without being told that the dog had killed a family pet cat.  Employees, volunteers and community members are upset about safety issues and conditions in the shelter since the new director decided to make the shelter No Kill. One former employee described "the dishonest practice of marketing dogs as ready for new homes and good pets despite a history of violent behavior toward humans and other pets."

2014 MA - An unnamed Rescue Network adopted a pit bull to a couple that seriously attacked a man, a woman and their dog in an unprovoked, off property attack on a sidewalk.  Instead of having the pit bull put down, the owners gave the pit bull back to the rescue network. The victims found out later "that the dog was not euthanized. Instead, the volunteer network tried to find a new home for the dog by posting a listing on its website that indicated the animal had no history of violence."

2014 NC - Rowan County AC adopted an aggressive, stray German Shepherd that had bitten a Sheriff's Canine Deputy who was assessing it to a "certified trainer."  While "socializing" the dangerous dog in a public park two weeks later, the GSD attacked the two women handling the dog, and a deputy had to shoot the GSD.

2014 - The number of people attacked by dogs in or recently adopted from shelters is skyrocketing according to this report by Merritt Clifton.

2014 NY - A pit bull owner wanted to keep and not put down their pit bull after it had bitten two people, so the shelter agreed to keep it for the 10 day rabies quarantine.  They observed the pit bull for 10 days and saw no signs of aggression.  Hours before the pit bull was to be given back to the owner and allowed to bite the public, the pit bull attacked four people in the shelter, two severely.  The shelter workers reveal they are unaware that pit bulls are unpredictable and that friendly pit bulls can suddenly and severely maul for no reason and with no warning.

2014 IL - Dog rescuer allowed her pit bulls to escape twice and on each occasion, they killed a small, neighborhood dog.

2014 CT -  Stamford Animal Shelter manager was fired, arrested and charged with three counts of reckless endangerment for repeatedly adopting dogs out with bite histories and not telling potential adopters about the dangers.  Despite her arrest, she has passionate followers and defenders because she saves dangerous dogs.

2014 CT - A pit bull that had been adopted only months before ran out of a house to attack a 93 year old woman leaving devastating wounds.  The shelter reports conducting extensive testing, training and socializing.  The shelter director also prides herself on "rehabilitating" vicious dogs.  Neighbors and the shelter say the owners were good people and extremely responsible about owning their pit bull.  The victim died 6 weeks after the attack.

2014 TN - Blount county Animal Shelter was sued for negligence after newly adopted pit bull attacked a child unprovoked

2014 OH - After BAD RAP's Tim Racer and Donna Reynolds, nationally acclaimed pit bull "expert evaluators," temperament tested and gave the green light for adoption to six fight bust pit bulls, two of the fight bust dogs that had passed a temperament test conducted by the "experts" had to be put down for dangerous behavior concerns.

2014 WV - A rescuer adopted a fight bust pit bull to an 18 year old girl assuring her that the pit bull was "peaceful."  The pit bull launched its first full blown attack while the family was snowed in.  The pit bull chewed through two doors to get to the family while the family waited 2 hours barricaded in the basement for animal control to get there.

2014 - "We were talked into adopting a rescued pitbull ... One day we let it out, and it attacked my son ... Luckily, I had a gun in the home"

2014 NY - A shelter allegedly withheld info about a pit bull's past and the pit bull attacked children a day after it was adopted.  The shelter blamed the new adoptive owner who was having none of it saying that he was an experienced dog owner.

2014 GA - A newly adopted pit bull showed never-before-seen aggression and attacked a boy completely unprovoked.

2014 NY - A woman attacked by her adopted pit bull sued the town for not disclosing violent pit fighting history of the dog.

2014 Jun IL - A pit bull in foster care created a "bloodbath" in a vet office seriously injuring 2 veterinary assistants.  The foster owners want to "save" mauling pit bull.  The rescue owner was fined $250 for allowing a dangerous dog to attack.

2014 Mar FL - A volunteer at the Second Chance Animal Rescue brought her children, 3 and 5 years old, to the rescue.  While there, a pit bull escaped from its kennel and lept through passenger side window of the volunteer's mini-van and attacked her 3-yr-old in the second row.  She wrestled it out and into its cage where it broke out and went through the window a second time attacking her daughter. (This attack is also listed in the list of invasion attacks)
First Coast News

2014 Feb OH - A happy, playful pit bull seriously mauled a Hancock Co. Humane Society volunteer who had taken the pit bull out for exercise and playtime.  The pit bull joyfully began using a human being as a chew toy and would not let go inflicting serious injuries.  The Humane Society admits that all three of the recent attacks on volunteers and workers were inflicted by pit mixes.  The HS is now installing panic buttons and implementing a "buddy system" to protect themselves from pit bull maulings.  These are some of the suggested protocols the ASPCA developed specifically for keeping pit bulls but then abandoned and hid when they decided to pretend pit bulls are just like other dogs (link below).

2014 Jan MA - A pit bull that was adopted less than a month ago from BARCS in Baltimore mauled a woman and two of her children. The two brothers ages 10 and 11 were playing basketball outside their home in York County, when a neighbor's pit bull attacked unprovoked.  The pit bull pulled away from the leash when it heard the boys playing and went to them specifically to attack.  When the boys' mother pulled the pit bull off her child then the pit bull attacked the woman.

2013 CO - Longmont Humane Society placed a pit bull that had been designated "dangerous" in another county in foster care in the community of Longmont because they felt they had "rehabilitated" it.  Then the "rehabilitated" pit bull attacked a dog and a person, just as it had done several times before.  LHS may be the first Humane Society to be fined for allowing a dangerous dog to attack.  Longmont takes in dangerous and aggressive dogs from other locations, "rehabilitates" them and adopts them into the community.

2013 NC - Gaston County Animal Shelter showed a prospective adopter and her 7 year old son a pit bull puppy they thought would be a good match for them, and the pit bull puppy promptly attacked both the mother and son.

2013 IL - Recently adopted pit bull with supposedly stellar temperament attacked the family's other dog in front of young child. The pit bull had to be shot by police to stop the attack.

2012 AZ - A 5-year-old girl was hospitalized after being attacked by a pit bull the family had adopted a month before from Santa Cruz County Animal Control.

2012 PA - Owner cited after a newly adopted pit bull seriously, and without provocation, mauled a child it was familiar with .  The pit bull had supposedly passed behavior tests at the shelter, but had only been at the shelter for five days before it was adopted out again.

2012 IL -  Three days after a couple adopted a pit bull from the Huntley Animal House Shelter, it suddenly yanked free of its leash, left its property for the express purpose of mauling a basset hound.  The new pit bull owner sustained wounds necessitating a 2 night stay in the hospital and it cost $1,100 to care for the damage the basset hound sustained.

2012 CO -  Longmont Humane Society lied and said a pit bull was "dog selective" when actually it was predatory.  It had attacked a dog in the shelter.  Three months after it was adopted, it viciously ripped apart and killed a Yorkie.

2012 MI - A child was bitten on the face and thigh. She was taken to a hospital for treatment after being mauled with "heavy bleeding". The department described the dog as a "rescue animal" that had been adopted by the family.

2012 AR -  A child had to be air-lifted to a hospital with a trauma center after he was attacked on April 4 by a pit bull that his family had adopted from the local Humane Society in March.

2012 PA - On April 4, a three-year-old Pit Bull adopted from the Humane League of Lancaster County in February 2012 mauled a seven-year-old boy at about 5 p.m. outside the owner’s home at 25 Parkside Drive, in Penn Township, according to Police Sgt. George Pappas.  Pappas told WHPTV that the boy’s arm, shoulder and ear were badly torn up in the brutal attack.

2012 NY - One year after adopting a pit bull from an unidentified pit bull rescue organization, a woman decided to put the dog down because of increasing aggressive tendencies. While being euthanized, the pit bull bit the woman in the face, sending her to the hospital.

2012 KS - Rescued pit bull with known "dog aggression" was touted as friendly with people.  It killed 2 year old Savannah Edwards

2012 CA - Beloved 21 year old little pup named Penny was savagely attacked by three pit bulls from Shadow's Fund rescue that were at an adoption event in a park.  The pit bulls also severed Penny's elderly owner's finger and she required surgery on both hands.

2011 PA - A veterinarian who was attacked by a pit bull up for adoption at Animal Protectors Shelter in New Kensington blows the whistle on dangerous adoption practices.  Pit bulls that were considered adoptable were one that killed another dog at the shelter and another that had bitten the foot off another dog at the shelter.  Still another pit bull had bitten a police officer.  The article says that none of the attacks were reported.

2011 MA - Seven months after being adopted, "the nicest" pit bulls from MSPCA got into a vicious fight.  They bit the owner when he tried to stop the fight.  The pits had to be euthanized because of their viciousness and the severity of their injuries.

2011 - Pit Bull owned by Wadena County Humane Society attacked a border collie service dog at a pet expo event.  The Humane Society blamed the service dog for provoking their pit, but witnesses said the service dog was just sitting quietly in the shade of a tree when the Humane Society's pit attacked.  TheWadena County  Humane Society shirked their responsibility and refused to apologize or pay for the vet bills their pit caused by their irresponsible handling of their pit bull.

2011 - recently adopted fighting "boxer" (pit bull) attacked the newly adoptive owner's other dog.  The owner mourns for the mauler that they put down.

2011 MI - The owner of a dog boarding facility who agreed to house a pit bull for a rescue and then got attacked sued the rescue.

2011 NYC - Social Tees Rescue adopted and fostered out two pit bulls that seriously attacked two dogs in separate incidents. In addition, the same rescue's pit bulls were responsible for several less severe attacks at a dog park in New York City

2011 MO - Shelby was a sweet little dog housed in the St. Louis county pound with a pit bull that mauled the poor little dog.  The pit bull had to be shot to get it off Shelby.  Shelby's leg was almost torn off and she needed surgery and a long rehabilitation period.

2011 CA - Lucky was attacked by a pit bull while in the care of 46 yr old humane society volunteer FRANCINE M LUCAS. Lucas failed to seek medical care for the little dog whose leg was so badly injured, he chewed off the injured portion. FRANCINE LUCAS pled guilty to felony animal cruelty and will be sentenced to jail and 3 years probation. Lucky had the rest of his leg amputated and has been adopted.

2010 RI - One day after the Warren Animal Shelter adopted a pit bull to a family, it severely mauled a passive, leashed labrador retriever.  It injured two people who tried to help the labrador victim.   The labrador required 5 hours of surgery.

2010 CA - Shadow's Fund pit bull "rescue" brought pit bulls to an adoption booth set up in a public park.  A 22 year old 14 pound dog was attacked and her owner had a finger removed by one or more of the pit bulls that escaped from the booth to attack.

2010 DE - An undisclosed chapter of the Delaware SPCA adopted out a pit bull that displayed severe aggression to both people and pets on several occasions culminating in a severe attack on the adopter's pet dog  despite rigorously following guidelines that were supposed to rehabilitate the pit bull.  The adopter returned the pit bull saying that it should be put down, but the SPCA decided to adopt it out to another family.

2010 IN - Humane Society of Indianapolis is sued after a recently adopted pit bull launched a terrible attack two months after adoption.

2010 NY - Out of the Pits Rescue in New York adopted out a pit bull that attacked Frankie Flora who initially required 1,000 stitches and will require years of reconstructive surgery.

2010  SC - Amanda Conrad is a pit grifter who collected donations for dogs she didn't have.  But she also allowed one of her mutants to bite another pit nutter.

2009 TN - Eleven Eleven Bully Rescue in Tennessee adopted out a pit bull that attacked a man and a woman, the new adoptive owners, 30 minutes after being adopted. The woman needed 60 stitches and the man needed reconstructive surgery on his leg.

2009 CT - The lawyer pit bull rescuer allowed her american bulldog to attack two small dogs at a park.  The little dogs' owner was bitten trying to save her dogs.

2009 ID - Pitbull attacks owner 24 hours after adoption.

2007 OH - a rescue in the Chicago area adopted out a pit bull to a woman planning a move to Ohio. That pit bull attacked a horse in a public park soon after being trafficked across state lines. The pit bull owner refused to name the rescue group during her deposition. During the deposition it was stated that the dog had been "given away" two more times after the attack on the horse.

2007 CA - Rescuer believes she can magically rehabilitate a sick and abused American bulldog that in hindsight she says was a very bad idea.  The bulldog  attacked and nearly killed her, crushing her trachea and turning her arm into ground beef.

2003 NJ - Ten days after adopting a doberman pinscher from  the Associated Humane Societies Shelter in Newark, NJ, 66 year old Valerie deSwart was mauled to death.  The shelter did not disclose that the dog had been turned in to be killed after it seriously attacked its previous owner.

2003 NY - Six weeks after adoption from a shelter where it had lived for a year, a pit bull killed the 75 year old owner in a ferocious, unprovoked attack.  Presumably, after living at the shelter for a year, the staff were very knowledgeable about the pit bull and deemed it safe for a 75 year old woman to adopt.

2002 SC - A pit bull attacked a woman in the animal shelter parking lot after being held there for biting another person. Dottie Watson, 62, and her granddaughter were leaving the New Hanover County Animal Control shelter with Watson's Jack Russell terrier, Ladybug, when the attack occurred, said Animal Control Supervisor Judy Evonko.

1988 - Ft. Walton Beach, Florida - Four-year-old Nathan Carpenter killed by a neighbor's recently acquired hybrid that had been featured as "pet of the week" at the shelter from which it was  adopted; Panhandle Area Welfare Society (PAWS) paid a $425,000 settlement to the boy's family.

Studies indicating temperament tests are not reliable or have not been tested for validity or reliability:

"The overall inter-rater reliability of the B.A.R.K. protocol was moderate to strong however the test–retest reliability was relatively weak. Amongst dogs that initially passed the test and were subsequently rehomed, the predictive validity of the protocol was also quite poor, with ‘fear’ (r = 0.42, n = 67, P < 0.01) and ‘friendliness’ (r = 0.49, n = 67, P < 0.01) being the only measures that proved to be predictive. The results of the study imply that a standardised behavioural test may be of less value in identifying the suitability of dogs for placement in the community than is currently believed. If so, this has significant implications for how such tests are employed."
Mornement KM, Coleman GJ, Toukhsati S, Bennett PC. Development of the behavioural assessment for re-homing K9′s (B.A.R.K.) protocol. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 2013; Article in Press.

Abstract states that these tests are only erroneously called "temperament" tests because they actually test behavior.
"Few (behavior tests) have been tested for reliability and validity. Those that have either fared very poorly or are not feasible within the constraints of normal workplace practices.
This clearly presents a significant problem for those wanting to assess canine behaviour. The use of invalid tests may result in dogs being incorrectly classified as safe or unsafe, with potentially devastating consequences. Mornement K, Toukhsati S, Coleman G, et al. Reliability, validity and feasibility of existing tests of canine behavior."
AIAM Annual Conference on Urban Animal Management, Proceedings. 2009;11-18.

"Our results strongly suggest that there are certain types of aggressive tendencies that are not exhibited reliably during temperament testing using the techniques de- scribed above. A significant number of dogs passing this temperament test exhibited aggressive tendencies in situations suggesting motivations such as territorial, predatory, and intra-specific aggression."
Aggressive behavior in adopted dogs that passed a temperament test in a shelter setting

In the study, 55% of the dogs that were deemed to be food aggressive based on the fake hand test were judged to be not food aggressive by the adopting family. Conversely, 22% of the dogs that passed the fake hand test in the shelter and were deemed to be not food aggressive based on the test, were reported to be food aggressive in the adoptive home.
Food-related aggression in shelter dogs: A comparison of behavior identified by a behavior evaluation in the shelter and owner reports after adoption
Caution: what the researcher's results indicate is that the fake hand test for food aggression is not reliable to identify or rule out food aggression. The conclusion they draw from those results, that it is OK to adopt out dogs that show aggression on temperament tests is foolhardy, however.

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