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Petitioning Our Legislatures and governors

Pit Bull & Dangerous Dog Victims Demand Justice and Protection.

The serious and growing problem of pit bull and dangerous dog attacks that cause serious injury, dismemberment, disabling, permanent disfigurement and deaths is a preventable tragedy and we have to act to prevent it when we can and to address the victims and victims family's plight after these horrendous and often vicious attacks. Society has the right to be safe when we Walk down our street and our children when they catch a bus. We need Justice For Justin and other victims of these attacks. Owners must be held responsible for what they allow their animals to do.

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Our Legislatures and governors
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The State of Texas Legislature.

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Make Dog owners culpable for their dogs actions and provide insurance

The serious and growing problem of pit bull and dangerous dog attacks that cause serious injury, dismemberment, disabling, permanent disfigurement and deaths is a preventable tragedy and we have to act to prevent it when we can and to address the victims and victims family's plight after these horrendous and often vicious attacks. Society has the right to be safe when we Walk down our street and our children when they catch a bus. We need Justice For Justin and other victims of these attacks. Owners must be held responsible for what they allow their animals to do.
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A Discussion of the Pit Bull and Dangerous Dog Problems, Solutions and Myths

Part 1 of 6 -
Defining the Pit Bull Problem:

Pit Bull type dogs kill, maim and seriously injure more people each year than all other type dogs combined. This means that one type dog that makes up less than 5% of the dog population kills more than 60% of all people who die in dog attack related fatalities.

Pit Bull type dogs are notorious for actions unique to these type dogs.

Pit Bulls turn on and attack their owners 6 times more often than other dogs.

Pit Bulls escape containment 14 times more often than other dogs.

A person’s relative risk of death in a Pit Bull attack is 2500 times higher than a person’s relative risk of death in a Lab attack.

Pit bulls kill one person every 2 weeks in the US alone.

Pit Bulls dismember a body part on average once every 5.4 days in the US.

Pit Bulls once they start an attack will not stop even when subjected to intense pain in many cases.

Pit Bull type dogs attack in the manner of many wild animals in that they grab, hold and shake the victim to do even more damage similar to the way large cats, sharks and other predators do.

There have been several studies done over several decades and while the opinions of the authors may differ the numbers are generally consistent in proving that Pit Bulls kill more than all other type dogs.

Another unique trait of Pit Bulls is that they are the only type dog known to attack adults as often as children. An example is the “Mortality, Mauling & Maiming by Vicious Dogs” study, published in April 2011 in the Annals of Surgery. Where it shows that in the age group 21 to 54 Pit Bulls were responsible for 82% of the deaths.

Let me close by saying that this is a serious and persistent issue that must be addressed. We have to find ways to stop the senseless and vicious maiming, mauling, and killing of our children and others by these animals. These attacks and deaths are preventable and we as a society must act to prevent them.


A Discussion of the Pit Bull and Dangerous Dog Problems, Solutions and Myths

Part 2 of 6 -
These Attacks are Preventable

I want to discuss the most sensible and effective solutions, and why we need them. Because discussing any problem without discussing a solution is counterproductive. Most will agree we definitely have a problem though they may disagree on exactly what the problem is.

While no solution to any problem is ever 100% effective. Proper laws, and effective controls properly enforced will prevent the vast majority of attacks, injuries and deaths caused by these animals today.

Many people will say laws do not work, if that is so then why do we have laws? Because they do work, not everyone will obey them but most will and those that do not will eventually wind up in court or in jail.

Many will say we have existing laws and enforcing them will solve the problem. Again this is not true. Since existing laws are reactive not proactive and provide little punishment for the owners in these attacks, they are ineffective where it matters the most. Preventing these attacks and the resultant maiming, mauling, permanently life altering injuries, disfiguring, dismemberment, disabling and deadly effects should be our number 1 priority.

You can not return a child killed to its parents after an attack, you cannot give back what is lost to a victim after a hand, arm or leg has been amputated. You cannot hide or cure the effects of permanently disfiguring scars that so many suffer from the rest of their lives. We have to stop these attacks and we have to do it now.


A Discussion of the Pit Bull and Dangerous Dog Problems, Solutions and Myths

Part 3 of 6 -
The Best Solutions

I feel that the steps listed below are the most sensible and effective solution possible for this issue.

1. Making sure all animals are registered and assessing stiff penalties for not doing so in a timely manner or violating other restrictions placed upon the animals and their owners.

2. Requiring proof of shots, micro-chipping and a minimum of $100,000 liability insurance for any dog weighing 30 pounds or more.

3. Requiring that an annual up to date photo of the animal is provided to animal control at the time of registration.

4. Requiring proper fencing and or kenneling is provided for animals not living in the house or home of the owner. This fencing or kenneling should meet minimum standards to ensure the safety of the public from the animal and the safety of the animal from the public.

5. All dogs weighing 30 pounds or more must be on a 4 foot chain link leash and have either a muzzle or a halter in use whenever outside the dogs fencing or home.

6. Passing a law that makes dog owners responsible for their animal’s actions and liable both civilly and criminally, yet making sure that the law is clearly written and does provide protections for animals defending the owner, family or property.

7. Passing a law making it illegal to allow anyone under the age of 18 to be in control of or be allowed to take out for a walk any dog weighing 30 pounds or more outside of its home or kennel without adult supervision.

8. Mandatory spay neuter laws are very effective, but would need to allow for exemptions some cases.

9. Preventing the owners of these animals from taking them to places frequented by children, such as schools, day cares, church, playgrounds, etc.

10. Strict regulation of breeders, pet stores, shelters and rescues.


A Discussion of the Pit Bull and Dangerous Dog Problems, Solutions and Myths

Part 4 of 6 -
Necessary Legislation

Dog owners must be held accountable for the actions of their animals. This should be done in the same way drivers are held culpable in areas such as with automobiles and drunk driving.

Examples of culpability in autos are charges of vehicular manslaughter, intoxication assault and related charges.

I feel dog owners should be charged with assault when their dog attacks, aggravated assault when they cause serious injury and manslaughter or negligent homicide when their dog kills.

The fines for the regulations listed in part 3 must be heavy enough to actually motivate people not to violate them. Repeatedly violating the steps should end in jail time for offender.

We must recognize that people and human life come first, everything else comes after. Thus we have to act to stop the attacks, the injuries and the deaths they cause, and we must act now not after thousands more are maimed mauled and seriously injured. We must prevent these deaths. The bottom line is that it really does not matter right now why these attacks and the resulting injuries and deaths occur. First we must prevent them, after we have accomplished that we can address the reasons and causes for this problem in other ways such as education.


A Discussion of the Pit Bull and Dangerous Dog Problems, Solutions and Myths

Part 5 of 6 -
Myths and Misinformation Part 1

Most people can find a ton of information online easily about Pit Bulls and Dangerous Dogs. The problem is the vast majority of this information is not cited, sourced or accurate. Even when it is sourced most sources are just other sites spreading the same opinions, rumors, or misinformation. This leads many well meaning people to repeat these statements as if they are fact when in truth they are not.

Myth: Temperament testing by the ATTS proves pits are less dangerous, less aggressive etc.

Truth: The temperament test was developed by Alfons Ertelt in 1977. Mr Ertelt was not an animal behaviorist, he worked in the print industry but his passion was dogs and he was involved in Schutzhund. (Schutzhund is a dog sport that mirrors the training of police dog work and it is dominated by German Shepherds) The ATTS test was initially intended to test working dogs for jobs such as police work. When looking at its scoring system you realize that it rewards aggressive dogs and penalizes timid or calm dogs meaning it in no way tests for the suitability of these dogs to be around people or be pets at all.

Myth: Pit Bulls have been called the Nanny Dog

Truth: This myth was started by statements made by two people. Mrs. Lilian Rant, President, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America, magazine editor said they are referred to as a nursemaid dog in an interview published in the New York Times in 1971. Second in 1987 Toronto Star article where Breeder Kathy Thomas, president of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Association said “In England, our Staffies were called the nanny-dog”.

No sources, citations or evidence just two biased people heavily invested in trying to change the image of Pit Bulls made these statements and started this whole myth.

A Discussion of the Pit Bull and Dangerous Dog Problems, Solutions and Myths

Part 6 of 6 -
Myths and Misinformation Part 2

Most people can find a ton of information online easily about Pit Bulls and Dangerous Dogs. The problem is the vast majority of this information is not cited, sourced or accurate. Even when it is sourced most sources are just other sites spreading the same opinions, rumors, or misinformation. This leads many well meaning people to repeat these statements as if they are fact when in truth they are not.

Myth: It is always the owner never the dog

Truth: While the owner can make a difference no amount of training, nurture or socializing an animal can change its nature, genetic heritage or instinctual behavior. Pointers will point, retrievers will retrieve, fighting dogs will fight, and this is true without training or even after being trained not to. Humans can choose to act upon instinct or not act upon it; dogs do not have that choice. Many type dogs are owned by the same type people as pit bulls, are abused like pit bulls, and are trained to fight like pit bulls. Many of these type dogs out number pit bulls yet pit bulls maim, maul and kill more people than all other dogs combined. This proves that it is not just the owner or treatment of the animal that makes them so dangerous.

Myth: BSL and Laws do not work

Truth: If laws do not work then why do we have them? Because they do work, while some may not obey the law most people do. Most of those people who do not will eventually wind up in court or in jail as it right. Thus laws do work and are needed in many areas especially in protecting human life from dangerous animals and their irresponsible owners.

Myth: BSL Does Not Lower the Number of Dog bites

Truth: No BSL (breed specific legislation) anywhere was ever designed or put in place to prevent dog bites. Most areas have seen dog population increase and so the number of dog bites increases. Yet due to the BSL laws serious injuries, fatalities, shelter populations and dogs euthanized have been reduced. In most cases the truth is that BSL has worked exceedingly well. Yet the groups that profit financially from these dogs knowingly try to deceive the public by claiming that BSL does not work because dog bites did not go down. Dog bites do not compare to pit bull attacks in any way form or fashion. Reducing annoying and minor dig bite incidents was never the reason or goal of any BSL passed. Rather BSL was passed in many areas to be proactive rather than reactive and to help prevent attacks, prevent serious injuries and prevent deaths caused by the vicious attacks. It has also been passed in places like San Francisco with added goals such as reducing the number of dogs in their shelter and reducing the number of dogs put down. BSL laws have worked overwhelmingly to reduce serious injuries and deaths caused by dangerous dogs. BSL has worked very well in reducing shelter populations, overcrowding and in reducing the number of animals put down in those shelters.

Sincerely,