Friday, March 28, 2014

The Photos Lie: Killer Pit Bulls & other dangerous dogs with their Victims

Adapted with thanks from a post on The Truth about Pit Bulls.

Photos of friendly pit bulls and other dangerous breeds as pets are deceptive.  These photos only show a moment in time.  When pit bulls and other dangerous breeds are made into pets, children are put at risk of being maimed or killed by a well-loved and cared for pet.  Dangerous breeds are dangerous because they will break the human canine bond for no reason other than their genetics.

These photos seem to show a boy with his well-loved and cared for pits, as well.  But a couple years after these photos were taken, one of his pit bulls  viciously killed him:

February, 2012 - After this photo was taken in South Africa, this boy's pit bull jumped over its fence and killed an elderly man with no provocation on the man's own property:

June, 2012  - This small child was killed by his pit bull very soon after this photograph was taken.  The mother judged this pit bull as an individual and believed this individual pit bull was a nurturer:

These two are showing us a photo of one of their pits with a baby taken before their dogs killed a woman inadvertently proving that even if you raise a pit bull to be a family pet, it still might go on to launch an off property, unprovoked fatal attack.

June, 2013  - After this photo was taken, this boy was killed by his pit bull.  His mother said, "It was like one best friend turning on the other,” said Tilema Selu. “He had no signs of being hostile. In fact, we felt confident that it was a protector of our children.”  Selu said her son, Nephi Selu adored the pit bull mix that killed him at his grandparents’ home in Union City on Monday.

November 2013  - Photo of Lexi Branson hugging her bull breed pet dog that was later to kill her.  "Neighbours said the family had the dog, named Mulan, for only around two months after picking it up from a local rescue centre...Family friends said Ms Hudson had been told the dog was safe around children. The animal apparently attacked Lexi without provocation."

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March, 2014  - Photo of 4 year old Mia DeRouen with the 130 pound pit bull that later killed her.  Both the dam and the sire of this massive pit bull were UKC registered American Pit Bull Terriers.

Jan, 2016 - Photo of three pit bulls that attacked and killed 9 year-old Tyler Trammell-Huston.  The three white  pit bulls were owned by his sister who claims she raised them with love and care.  

2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Boy Killed by His Sister's Three Pit Bulls in Yuba County, California

Jun, 2016  - The pit bull pictured with this child later killed another boy.
2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bull that Killed Boy Had a History of 'Dog Aggression'

These old photographs can't prove that the pit bulls in the photos were safe or that it was good judgment to let those children pose with the dog. These old photographs can't prove that the photos are of family pets and companions of the child. We can't tell by looking at many of these brag photos if the owner was showing off a child and their pet or showing off a valuable and prestigious fighting dog with a child. No one can know how many pet pit bulls later "turned on" and attacked after their portrait was taken.

These old photographs prove exactly nothing. And often when we know the story that surrounds the photos, we find the photo, if used as proof of a cherished, loyal, safe family dog, is an outright lie.