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“Emerald Nutter”

In the longstanding tradition of Nutters, including pre-Nutter, post-Nutter, Stockholm Nutter, Nikko-Nutter and Super Nutter, a new brand of Super Nutter evolved from Texas City, Texas on November 15, 2014 and is termed “Emerald Nutter.” An Emerald Nutter, named after pit bull owner Emerald White, is a Super Nutter that sues the victim after her four pit bulls tear through a victim’s fence and rip the victim’s dog to pieces on the victim’s own property then sues the victim for $1 million dollars. You read that correctly.

Even the Psychic Gerbil stumbled on this one, at one point declaring, “Texas nutter stumps Psychic Gerbil!” The Inquisitr has nothing kind to say about Emerald White of Texas City nor do over 7 thousand Yahoo commenters (and still growing). Common responses include, “I had to re-read the story because it just didn’t make sense!” and “Wow. Just wow. The nerve of this chick!” and “What a low life that pitbull owner is” and “This is so OUTRAGEOUS!” and finally, “THINGS LIKE THIS MAKE MY STOMACH TURN!”

Emerald White is the owner of four pit bulls. In October, the dogs got loose and found their way into the yard of Steve Baker. The Bakers owned a beagle named Bailey, who was 10 years old at the time. Bailey never stood a chance when Emerald’s dogs attacked, but now in an unusual twist, she is suing Baker for up to $1 million in damages, according to court documents. The Galveston County Daily News reports that Emerald White claims “she was ‘seriously injured’ after she was ‘unexpectedly and viciously attacked’ when she entered the Baker’s backyard to retrieve her dogs, which had entered through a hole in the mutual fence separating the two properties.” – Inquisitr, Pit Bull Owner Emerald White’s Dogs Killed A Beagle, Now She’s Suing The Victim

An Emerald Nutter trumps a Super Nutter (and a spicy Pit Grifter), but is merely an extension of the Nutter thought process: “Society must be responsible for my decision and choice to own pit bulls — four of them.” After I lose control of my four pit bulls and they chew through your fence and attack and kill your 10-year old dog on your own property (and attack and injure me in the process too), I have the right to sue you for $1 million dollars in damages. That is the thought process of an Emerald Nutter.

Emerald White is right about one thing, she will need a bucket of cash to keep her pit bulls. After the attack, Texas City officials declared all four of her dogs dangerous. The declaration requires White to obtain a secure enclosure for each dog that is at least 6 feet high (with a mechanical locking device), each dog must be registered with the city annually as a dangerous dog, a sign must be posted in White’s yard alerting residents of her dangerous dogs and she must also obtain $100,000 liability insurance on each dog.

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“Weaponized GMOs”

In order to understand this term, one must also understand what a GMO is, a genetically modified organism. According to Wikipedia, a GMO is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. In the case of pit bulls — and all dog breeds — selective breeding is the tool used for genetic modification. But let’s be clear about pit bulls, it is what dog fighters selectively bred OUT of pit bulls that turned them into “weaponized GMOs.” It is what is missing from pit bulls that makes them so lethal:

  • There is no natural cut off when attacking. Normal dog breeds bite and release; they are finished. But pit bulls repeatedly attack, which is the definition of a “mauling” and results in the extreme disproportionate number of amputations and deaths attributed to the breed. Dog fighters selectively bred OUT their natural cut off when attacking.
  • High tolerance to pain. Natural “self preservation” was selectively bred OUT of pit bulls. The very basis of breeding fighting dogs was to achieve a “game” dog, one that would fight to the death. All other domesticated and wild animals contain natural “self-preservation.” When faced with preserving their own life or dying, they choose “life.”
  • Ignore normal dog language. Normal dog-to-dog language was bred OUT of pit bulls by dog fighters, such as submission and appeasement, and approaching at a slight arc with a slightly turned head when meeting other dogs. Pit bulls will disembowel a dog on its back signaling submission and often approach in a b-line with a direct stare.
  • Pit bulls often provide no warning before an attack. Normal dog breeds bark or growl, their hair raises up — they provide visual and audio signals that warn a person or an animal to back off. Pit bulls often attack in total silence with no visual signals either. If any are present, they occur so fast that neither humans or animals can recognize them.

When genetic traits are removed from the gene pool they are gone, unless they are bred back into the gene pool. Thus, by breeding OUT normal dog traits dog fighters created “weaponized GMOs” that lack a normal cut off when attacking, lack “self preservation” when under attack, lack knowledge of dog language and lack providing warning signals before an attack. Mankind has the power to create a dog breed through selective breeding that is vastly more dangerous than a wild animal and that is exactly what dog fighters did.

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“Nutters in need”

Who do Nutters in need contact when they fear their pit bull will be confiscated? Who do they trust as an ally for this vital information? Presented are a collection of emails sent to DogsBite.org by Nutters in need. Do they find their state BSL page (example) through web searches and mistake DogsBite as an ally? Seems unlikely. These emails are typically ignored and show the multi-Nutter mentalities: apologist, narcissist, pitthetic, OPIG, etc.

The list topper is Nutter in need Pamela Six (aka “SCREW EM ALL”) who recently appeared on TV with a “pittie me” plea to keep her pit bull. This is a severely modified attitude than her previous emails, which referred to city officials as a, “BUNCH OF IDIOTS” and “one old fart on the city council” and “don’t know crap from a hill of beans” and “add this lousy town to your list.” Kudos to the City of Elma for enforcing their pit bull ban!

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From: Pamela Six <a6paac1@>
Subject: pit bull ban
Date: February 18, 2014 at 3:32:45 PM CST
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

add Elma Iowa to your list please. these fools allowed me to move here 8 frigging months ago with my pit bulls who are inside dogs and not allowed out without supervision and a leash and they just now send me a notice that pit bulls are banned from here and i WILL get rid of them or face legal action. my daughter is also being told to get rid of hers. she lives 4 doors down from me. no one in the town knows about the ban except one old fart on the city council and he sent us the notices. they in for a fight on this one. i am not getting rid of my dogs for ANYBODY. bunch of dummies that dont know crap from a hill of beans. pits are wonderful loyal dogs who respond the way they are raised. all dogs are. i had a flipping chihuahua someone abused before i got her and she was hell in a bottle. so add this lousy town to your list. thanks.

Thought: Will do!

From: Pamela Six <pamsphone59@>
Subject: PIT BULL ORDINANCE
Date: February 13, 2014 at 2:18:34 PM CST
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

ELMA IOWA JOINED THE BUNCH OF IDIOTS ON NOVEMBER 12 2012. I AM BEING FORCED OUT OF TOWN OR HAVE TO LET THEM DESTROY MY DOGS. NOT HAPPENING. MY DOGS HAVE BEEN HERE 8 MONTHS AND THEY ARE JUST NOW TELLING ME THEY HAVE AN ORDINANCE. SCREW EM ALL.

Thought: Tough cookies!

From: Michael K.
Subject: Denver Pitbulls
Date: February 27, 2014 at 2:02:34 PM CST
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

Is it legal to bring a pet pitbull into a state or city that does not allow you to own one? I am flying into Denver Colorado with my red nose (she has never hurt a fly…our tiny cat runs the house). Do you know any details about this that can help?

Thought: Did you mean you are flying into Denver on a “red carpet?”

From: dudleydo88@
Subject: BSL Westland, MI
Date: February 19, 2014 at 10:07:40 AM CST
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

HI, 
is it illegal to own a pitbull in Westland, MI? What are the laws specifically for Westland, MI?
Thank you
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

Thought: Err, contact the city and ask?

From: Brooke S.
Subject: Pit Bull Ordinance Notice
Date: February 13, 2014 at 11:24:54 AM CST
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

Hi my name is Brooke ██████ and I was doing some research for a paper in school. I know that Stanberry Mo has laws against pit bulls, I had two for four years then all of a sudden took me to court and charged me with having them. They also listed about ten other dogs they said was not allowed inside of city limits. Including Rottweiler’s, Mastiff’s, and American Bulldogs or any “mixed breed” of the dogs mentioned before. I would like to be able to tell you the rest of the list but I’m not exactly for sure and don’t want to give you false information.

Thought: Can’t recall the charging documents “student researcher?”

From: Kuder B.
Subject: General Information
Date: February 10, 2014 at 4:25:31 AM CST
To: general-at-dogsbite.org

Do these laws apply if I am from out of state

Sent from my iPhone

Thought: Ask a dog fighter?

From: CherokeeWOLF1@
Subject: Pit Bull Ordinance Notice
Date: January 28, 2014 at 6:56:50 PM CST
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

I am so against these bans, but here is yet another city and more breeds. When will people be educated that it is the leash holder that can make ANY breed bite. So angry about these bans. It is animal crulity!

¸.·´¯)¸.·´¯)¸.·*Debbie¸.·´¯)¸.·´¯)¸.·*

Thought: Thanks Debbie! Added to the North Dakota BSL page.

From: Jill S.
Subject: Pit Bull Ordinance Notice
Date: January 2, 2014 at 4:38:16 PM CST
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

Trying to figure out what breeds are banned in Pratt, the police want to take my diesel away because he’s American bulldog, but I can’t find that breed listed as banned

Thought: Tough cookies!

From: Barry B.
Subject: General Information
Date: December 28, 2013 at 12:41:49 PM CST
To: general-at-dogsbite.org

Can our Chicago Il condo legally restrict breeds of dogs?

Reply: “Yep!” – DogsBite.org response, December 28, 2014

From: Luis M.
Subject: Pit Bull Ordinance Notice
Date: December 15, 2013 at 3:44:55 PM CST
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

Need to know what are the restrictions of the pit bull in north Chicago, thanks

Luis M.

Thought: Click on the North Chicago ordinance link?

From: Brittany T.
Subject: Insurance question
Date: December 12, 2013 at 11:52:25 AM CST
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

Yesterday I was getting a insurance quote for home insurance.
I have a pitbull mix and a Yorkshire terrior. The insurance company rep at allstate asked me if I had any dogs she said that they cannot give me a policy if I have a german shepard, rotweiler or pit bull. Is this true. The city and township I live in has no ban on pit bulls or any zoning laws I even called them to make sure of this!
Also can a insurance company raise the cost of my policy if I have a pit bull?
My dog has never bit anyone or any animal also!

Thanks,
Brittany T.

Thought: OMG! Insurance companies “assess risk!”

From: Christie R.
Subject: Pit Bull Ordinance Notice
Date: December 11, 2013 at 6:09:58 PM CST
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

Breed ban on Pitbulls in Muscoda Wisconsin! Moved here, bought a house not knowing about the breed ban and have been hiding our Pitty ever since! A lady two houses down had to move out and leave town because of here Pittys. Thankfully she was renting the home. So sad!

Christie R.

Action: Reported to local police authorities (only took 5-minutes to find her home address and Facebook page online!) - DogsBite.org, December 12, 2013

From: AA Gmail
Subject: Pit Bull Ordinance Notice
Date: December 5, 2013 at 3:34:20 PM CST
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

Hi there. I am new to Aurora, CO. And just found out about the BSL against Pit Bulls here in CO.
Can you tell me if these are current and/or any changes?
I am a huge advocate of Pit Bulls and am so bummed to read of this!
Thank you ahead of time & happy holidays!

Angela A.
‘What is Life, If Not a Journey?’

Thought: Happy holidays to you too! LOL, Aurora bans pit bulls!

From: Hope W.
Subject: Pit Bull Ordinance Notice
Date: October 4, 2013 11:52:30 AM CDT
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

This is for Bloomfield, MO.. since it isn’t listed on your site, I was curious as to if the ordinance is even existent. If you could look into it more and get back to me that would be great. We are looking to adopt a pit and any information would be great at this point.

SECTION 210.125: PIT BULL TERRIERS

It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep, harbor or allow to be in or upon his/her premises any of the following breeds of dog:

1. Bull Terrier breed of dog;
2. Staffordshire Terrier breed of dog;
3. American Pit Bull Terrier breed of dog;
4. American Staffordshire Terrier breed of dog;
5. Dogs of mixed breed or of other breeds than above listed, which breed or mixed breed is known as Pit Bulls, Pit Bull dogs or Pit Bull Terriers; and
6. Any dog that has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds of Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier any other breed commonly known as Pit Bulls, Pit Bull dogs or Pit Bull Terriers or a combination of any of these breeds. (Ord. No. 3237 §2, 2-15-11)

Hope

Thought: Thanks Hope! Added to the Missouri BSL page.

From: Jesse L.
Subject: Pit Bull Ordinance Notice
Date: July 6, 2013 6:31:52 PM CDT
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

Hi,
I am moving to Denver next week and I own a boxer/pit mix and I wanted to see what the protocol is?
Please let me know ASAP
Thank you and have a great day.

Sincerely,

Jesse L.

Thought: The protocol for pit bulls in Denver? No worries (LMAO!), we will pass your “personal information” on to the proper authorities!

From: jeannettevandomelen@
Subject: Pit Bull Ordinance Notice
Date: April 29, 2013 at 9:35:38 AM CDT
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

It states on the ukc website that the entire state of Michigan has bsl is there a way for you to confirm this?

Jeannett

Thought: Ask the Psychic Gerbil?

From: 8607246162@
Subject: Pit Bull Ordinance Notice
Date: April 11, 2013 7:18:24 PM CDT
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

Can you own a pit bull in Georgia

Thought: Ask the Psychic Gerbil?

From: Carol B.
Subject: Pit Bull Ordinance Notice
Date: April 1, 2013 2:19:01 PM CDT
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

Planning on moving to Maryland soon. I do have a pitbull (mixed breed).
How can I find a place that accepts him? Koda is deaf and house trained. I would appreciate any and all assistance given.

v/r

Carol B.

Thought: Your chances of a landlord willing to house a deaf pit bull in Maryland are on par with winning the state Lotto!

From: John B.
Subject: Re: Pit Bull Ordinance Notice
Date: January 16, 2013 1:22:53 PM CST
To: info-at-dogsbite.org

Dear Dog’s bite: I am in the process of looking for a new position and it is a cross-country search so being an owner of a pit bull (wonderful dog and overly friendly to all except for llamas) I check out each city in where I am being considered for a position. I will keep you posted as I search. John ██████

Thought: Thanks John!!!!!

From: Jennifer B.
Subject: Pit Bull Ordinance Notice
Date: December 30, 2012 10:15:45 AM CST
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

I am questioning whether you know of any regulations regarding child custody and pit bulls. A good friend of mine had taken emergency custody of her two nieces in August of 2011. They have been working with DCF, and have completed all steps to move towards adoption. They were informed 3 weeks ago that they would not be allowed to keep the girls if they did not get rid of missy. Missy is a pit. She is 3. This dog would not hurt a fly. She is great with kids especially. They live in ██████, and the girls lived in ██████ when they were taken. My friend and her husband have been working with ██████ DCF offices. ██████ has no problem with Missy. She is well behaved. The ██████ worker is the one who said she would not allow them to keep the kids if they did not get rid of the dog. They say that this is the last regulation they need to comply with before they can adopt the girls. Do you have any advice?
Jen

Thought: Yes! A couple that “truly” cared about the girls and their safety would have dumped the pit immediately!

From: Jennifer S.
Subject: Pit Bull Ordinance Notice
Date: August 29, 2012 8:50:33 PM CDT
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

I live in port deposit md and many people own pit bulls. The cops have never said anything to me about mine & she goes everywhere with me. Also many apartments allow them. So either no one here including the troopers obey the law our your information is extremely out dated!! I suggest u do some more research and stop posting out dated facts. Thanks!!

Thought: Take your complaint up with the Baltimore Sun!

From: jst00351@
Subject: Illinois State Law against pit bulls
Date: July 3, 2012 at 8:45:19 AM CDT
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

Dear Dogsbite.org,

My friend’s family pet of 10 years, a pit bull, was murdered by Illinois State Police when they broke in his front door in the wee hours of the morning to serve a search warrant and to arrest his daughter on a drug charge. The cops found nothing in the search of the house and only accomplished the murder of a much loved family pet, (they shot him twice on the floor of the living room).

The cops claimed it is the law in Illinois that if they ever encounter a pit bull they have the right to shoot it on sight– no questions asked— regardless of whether the dog is a threat to them or not. If that is true then it appears that it is OPEN SEASON in Illinois on pit bulls.

This incident occurred about 3 weeks ago in Romeoville IL, in Will County, about 35 miles SW of Chicago. Also in the room at the time of the murder was an eight year old little boy who had to watch his pet get its head blown apart for barking at the cops who busted in the door instead of ringing the doorbell.

My question is this: Is there a law in Illinois that allows the cops, or in this case the State Police, the right to shoot on sight any pit bull they find in a personal residence? Please let me know so I can tell my friend if he should hire a lawyer and be ready to get rich.

thanks,

Jim T.

Thought: We can think of many other reliable “get rich quick” schemes.

From: Val H.
Subject: Pit Bull Ordinance Notice
Date: May 10, 2012 10:15:18 AM CDT
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

Hi,

I’m considering moving to Larkspur, CO for work but have 3 pit mixes. I didn’t see any anti-pit laws for Larkspur, but need to be sure, as I will protect my dogs with every fiber of my being. My two oldest are 13 & 14 yrs old, & my 3rd is a rescued bait dog. I know what crazed anti-pit fanatics Denver has, & need to be sure Larkspur is safe for my babies before moving for work.

Any information would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

Val

Reply: “Douglas County Colorado has one of the highest ratios of concealed firearm permits per capita in the U.S. and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department shoots pit bulls that are running off property!”- DogsBite.org response, May 11, 2012

From: Matthew J.
Subject: Pit Bull Ordinance Notice
Date: November 6, 2011 at 2:31:58 PM CST
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

Macon, Missouri which is north of Columbia on 63 north has a ban on pit bulls that allows the police to kill the dog, and then you can face probation and up to a $500 fine. They do this even if the dog is only part pit bull. It is ridiculous how they go about it! If a police officer suspects that your dog has any pit in it, they take it and terminate the canine. Please advise me how to get this changed!

Thought: Wrong nonprofit to contact!

From: Mercy E.
Subject: Breed Specific Ordinance Notice
Date: June 5, 2011 10:47:17 PM CDT
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

Please please where can i live in colorado with 2 pittbulls

Mercy
*** please note this was sent from my i phone excuse typos

Thought: Ask the Psychic Gerbil?

From: Phineas
Subject: BSL
Date: January 10, 2011 1:30:25 PM CST
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

I rescue bullys and need the most current information on BSL in Kentucky, Ohio & Indiana. How often is your web site updated? http://www.dogsbite.org/legislating-dogs-kentucky.htm

Thanks, Lou

Thought: Check the bottom of the page for “Last Modified?”

From: Anneke C.
Subject: Pit Bull Ordinance Notice – Lafayette?
Date: May 7, 2010 1:31:19 PM CDT
To: ordinance-at-dogsbite.org

Hi,
I happened on your web site by a search. I live in Northern California and am looking into moving to Lafayette, CO soon.

Can you tell me if Lafayette has BSL laws on the books, or if they are planning such laws? I am planning on getting a pit bull when I move, as I lost my beloved girl of 10 years recently. I have to make sure that I move to someplace safe for my new dog.

Thanks so much – I appreciate your help.

Kind Regards,
Anneke

Thought: We’ll get right on your request, LOL!

From: PHILLIP
Subject: Breed Specific Ordinance Notice
Date: June 10, 2009 9:40:38 PM MDT
To: info-at-dogsbite.org

I was just wondering if there is a dog ban against pit-bull type dogs in my county. I live in Muscatine and have heard different rumors saying there is and there isn’t and I have a dog that I am not sure of the breed but I think there is some pit-bull in him. please let me know because i rescued him and do not want to lose him because he is part of my family

Thought: We’ll get right on your request, LOL!

Historic “head count”

As one can see from the original 1987 graphic (bottom left), which depicts the face of a vicious pit bull representing the “head count” of human fatalities, the only thing different today is the increased number of deaths inflicted by pit bulls. The graphic was published along side an article in The New Mexican on August 10, 1987 (See page 2: NM town’s plan to bar pit bulls draws opposition). At that time, the public was horrified at the number of fatal pit bull attacks; there had been 5 so far into 1987 (June 25, 1987). Continued Maul Talk, junk “identification” studies and the engine beneath The Pit Bull Propaganda Machine will lead to many more savage deaths by these dogs. It is a societal disgrace.

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“Pit bull social worker”

Out: Animal Control Officer | In: Pit Bull Social Worker

Given that unwanted pit bulls glut open admission animal shelters from coast to coast, and nearly a million are euthanized each year (about two-thirds are “owner surrender” mind you), the role of the animal control officer has shifted into pretty much a full time Pit Bull Social Worker. If Pit Bull Social Workers are not loading aggressive or at large pit bulls into trucks for impoundment, they are prepping them for adoption, promoting them through obscene showcase videos, promoting them visa-a-via breed mislabeling (“boxer blend”), cashing whopping checks from PetSmart Charities for “free pit bull sterilization” (breed-specific programs) and of course, giving them “forever” dirt naps. Your public dollars are spent ad nauseam to pay Pit Bull Social Workers to facilitate the unwanted pit bull population problem, as well as to outright lie to the public about the dangerousness of this dog breed by pumping out pit bull myths generated by the pit bull propaganda machine.

Then of course, there is the “Animal Un-Control” solution as well, where the term Pit Bull Social Worker actually stems. In a May blog post by Dog Haters Unite, the blogger writes: “This video is proof that animal control has become nothing more than pit bull social workers in many parts of the U.S. Disgusting.” The 2010 video is a harrowing portrayal of a woman being chased by a pack of pit bulls on her horse. The attack occurs in San Bernardino County, California (which has since adopted a mandatory pit bull sterilization law). Amazingly, county animal services approved the animals to be “warehoused” in a vacant house: “ANIMAL CONTROL HAS BRILLIANTLY (GREG BECK) DEVISED A WAY FOR THESE IRRESPONSIBLE LIARS TO PUT 8 DOGS IN TWO VACANT HOMES AND HAVE 4 DOGS AT THE NEW HOME 5 MILES AWAY. HOW DARE YOU JEOPARDIZE MY SAFETY, MY ANIMALS, AND THE PEACEFUL ENJOYMENT OF MY HOME.”

Thus, the role of Pit Bull Social Workers is also to enable irresponsible pit bull owners.

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“I heard it on NPR”

Nutter Laurie Hoffman“I heard it on NPR” stems from another underhanded attack by a pit bull advocate on Jeff Borchardt, the father of a young boy mauled to death by his babysitter’s two pit bulls on March 6th in Walworth, Wisconsin. Following the release of Borchardt’s story on July 26, Beyond the Interview, Jeff became involved with the City of Watertown, whose council members are midway through passing a rational and preventive pit bull ordinance.

After a recent public hearing about the ordinance, which Jeff attended, Laurie Hoffmann wrote a disturbing Letter to the Editor of the Watertown Daily Times, rife with untruthful and defamatory statements. It’s a wonder the Times published it all. There was no fact checking either. Hoffmann stated multiple times that both Borchardt and the babysitter were “negligent” without any evidence to back up her claim, the legal definition of libel.

Another deception in Hoffman’s piece, is her claim, “I heard it on NPR.” Hoffmann said, “I also cried when I heard National Public Radio report about the Wisconsin grandmother who put her grandson in a car seat on the floor with her Jack Russell Terrier.” First, no such story ever aired on NPR, according to their website. Second, the only infant killed by a Jack Russell in the U.S. since 1982 was Justin Mozer in 2008 in the State of Kentucky.

The circumstances of Mozer’s death were also entirely different.

You see how this works? National Public Radio, which Hoffmann listed twice in her letter, could not have run a story about a non-existent victim from Wisconsin.1 Hoffmann falsified the “victim” and the “state” in her letter (Check out a Google site search of NPR.org). As one can see from the search result listings, NPR does like to talk about Jack Russell Terriers, but in the context of “Jack Russell Terrier Swallows More than 100 Pennies.”

A bloody fatal dog attack is far less palatable to NPR producers.

Hoffmann used NPR to lend credit to her hazy story and the State of Wisconsin, where Jeff’s son was killed by two pit bulls, to “localize” the infant killing Jack Russell. This combination appears intentional. Like Michelle Serocki of the Brew City Bully Club, who deceitfully tried to lure one of Jeff’s friends with false information in a private Facebook message, Hoffmann’s letter sheds more light on the “organized” pro-pit bull effort.

Laurie Hoffmann also failed to disclose her background in the letter. She is not a mere Watertown resident, but served on the board of the Watertown Humane Society, at least through 2009. Hoffmann is a shining example of why “public policy coming from animal advocates concerning protecting humans from pit bulls is fundamentally flawed.” People like Hoffmann have no place in policy decisions designed to protect the safety of citizens.

Jeff Borchardt’s response to Hoffmann’s letter is below, followed by the babysitter’s response, Susan Iwicki (added Sept 3), and Hoffmann’s printed letter.

Watertown Daily Times
Friday, August 30
Print Edition

Response to Laurie Hoffmann

My name is Jeff Borchardt. I am the father of 14-month old Daxton Borchardt who was brutally killed by two pit bulls owned by a family friend on March 6th. It was a prolonged attack that lasted up to 15 minutes. The dogs crushed my son’s skull and ripped off the entire right side of his face. My friend Susan, was also sent to the hospital due to the injuries she received fighting off her own pit bulls to protect my son’s life.

In Laurie Hoffman’s letter to the editor (August 23, 2013), she made grievous errors about the circumstances of my son’s violent death. Being the father, I spoke at length with the Walworth County detective. Had there been any negligence on anyone’s part, criminal charges would have resulted. Susan’s dogs have never shown any signs of aggression prior to March 6th, both were also spay and neutered. These dogs appeared to be the nicest, friendliest family pets you could ever imagine. The only mistake I made was believing the myth, “It’s not the breed, it’s all how you raise them.”

I have no idea where Hoffmann got the story of the Jack Russell terrier that supposedly killed another Wisconsin boy. It never happened. The only recorded fatality by a Jack Russell in the past decade occurred in Kentucky. That infant was lying on a bed; there was no grandmother present or car seat, his name was Justin Mozer.

The desire of some people like Hoffmann to portray pit bulls as anything other than the ticking time bombs that they are is a great disservice to the public. Dogs selectively bred for hundreds of years for the repulsive sport of dogfighting. When Susan walked into her back yard carrying Dax on that snowy day in March, they viciously attacked them. The result of Susan’s two well-raised pit bulls turning “dead game.” It was a struggle so violent that the metal gate to the dog run was ripped down. Blood covered her backyard along with all of my son’s clothing. In addition to inflicting catastrophic injuries, the dogs stripped my son naked.

My only desire is to honor the memory of my son by sharing the truth about pit bulls with other people who believe the myth that I did. If the truth in this letter can contribute to a safer Watertown, my son will not have died in vain. – Jeff Borchardt

DogsBite.org Facebook Page
September 2, 2013
Susan Iwicki

Response to Laurie Hoffmann

My name is Susan Iwicki. I was caring for my friend’s 14-month-old son, Daxton Borchardt, at my home in Walworth, WI when my own two pet pit bulls attacked me while Dax was in my arms. It was the most violent and bloody 15 minutes of my life. This was not just “a dog bite” incident. This was a vicious and prolonged attack on our flesh. This was a mauling by “normal house pets” that without warning reverted to what their breed was initially bred for: killing. No amount of force I exerted, including gouging at the female’s eye, was enough to stop or even create pause in their attack.

I never saw a single flash of aggression in those dogs since they were brought into my home as puppies three years prior. I truly believed, “It’s all how you raise them.” And they were raised with love, attention, and proper discipline. They were each spayed and neutered as early as the vet allowed and had regular veterinary visits. Both dogs were socialized, played with numerous children and small animals throughout their lives, and loved to cuddle. I was their “mama.” My dogs never experienced a day of neglect or abuse in their existence. The false sense of security is in believing it is the owner, not the breed.

On March 6th of this year, my so-called “babies” attacked their “mama” and ended the life of a real, human baby. A sweet, curious, happy little boy named Dax. In Laurie Hoffmann’s letter to the editor on August 23rd, she refers to the “negligence aspect” of pit bull victims’ stories. If the breed is so safe and truly are “nanny dogs,” how could any owner of a pit be negligent for having a child near their “nanny dog” that was raised well?

I urge you to look at that “friendly” pit bull you or your neighbor owns. Perhaps you believe the myth that I did, “It’s all how you raise them.” It certainly sounds attractive to believe, doesn’t it? It isn’t. It is an outright distortion of reality and one of the most dangerous myths to believe and perpetuate. From 2005 to 2012, pit bulls killed 151 Americans, about one citizen every 19 days. By 2016, pit bulls are projected to maul 275 Americans to death since 1998, the year the CDC stopped tracking fatal dog attacks by breed. – Susan Iwicki

All parts highlighted are distortions and/or show the “organized” pro-pit bull effort.
Lorrie Hoffmann pit bull sociopath

1 In November 2012, in the United Kingdom, an infant was killed by a family Jack Russell. This may be what Hoffmann was referring to. The was not a United States dog bite fatality, much less specific to the State of Wisconsin. Also, NPR, at least according to their website, never reported on this boy’s death (no results for Harry Harper).

“Pit pimping to kids”

The first use of “pit pimping” appears to have been in 2009 by an anonymous commenter on the DogsBite blog and refers to Ledy VanKavage (aka Bledy VanKarnage), a lobbyist for Best Friends Animal Society. That VanKavage has been “pit pimping since the age of four” refers to when she got her very first pit bull, “Boody” that was allowed to roam and often fought with other dogs, according to VanKavage. Like pimps who procure customers for their prostitutes, pit pimpers procure new owners for their notorious “killer breed.”

The most egregious form of pit pimping, similar to drug dealers soliciting school children, is “pit pimping to kids.” In late July, just days after the City of Detroit declared bankruptcy, a group named Detroit Dog Rescue (all of 8 employees) was featured in an Mlive.com article pimping out rescued “drug” and “fighting” pit bulls to children. Journalist Gus Burns, who covered the lengthily recovery process of Duane VanLanHam, nearly killed by pit bulls in 2009, wrote the pitiable article. This is a bad blight upon Burns, who knows better.

In his article, Burns prints many deceitful myths invented by pit bull breeders and owners retold by Detroit Dog Rescue within the basement of a “closed church” where 30-plus children were attending the Crescendo Music Camp. It’s one thing for Burns to write a pit bull puff piece, it’s quite another to promote a group that pimps these dogs to kids. It’s unknown if any of the parents were aware of the pit pimping “media event”[1] — their kids used as pawns — prior to its occurrence. No parents were included in Burns’ article.

Damien Crutcher, the camp director, is the most appalling. He arranged the pit pimping “media event” to “dispel misconceptions about pit bulls.” Though Detroit has up to 50,000 stray dogs, many of which are pit bulls from dangerous backgrounds, dogfighting and drugs, Crutcher states: Their[2] are beliefs about pit bulls that “they’re man eaters, they’ll attack you, they kill kids; it’s actually the opposite. I don’t think it’s any more dangerous, I just think it’s the way that some of them are raised by their owners,” Crutcher said.

Notably, pit bull mauling deaths are so frequent in “pit hole” Detroit that a medical study was devoted to this issue.

“Pit pimping to kids” should be a crime — in Detroit it should be a felony.

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(2009) Ledy VanKavage has been pit pimping since the age of 4! LMAO! – Anonymous
This is the ONE thing the pit nutters have going for them and how they’ve managed to turn a defective pet animal into a trend-no low is too low. No shame, no decency, no conscience, just pit pimping anywhere and anytime. – KaD
This child was at least the 250th American to be life flighted after a pit bull attack since the last CDC report … After two decades of pit pimping by Organized Pit Idiocy Groups (OPIGS), Life Flights are really taking off!! – Vintage
Here they are talking about propagandizing for their fighting breeds after a violent pit bull attack, where Julia Jones made sure to go out and lie to the press to save their pit pimping asses. Or rather “She was contacted by the Federal Way Mirror to do an interview portraying the positive side of pit bulls.” Nice that a newspaper is contacting a pit bull pimper to help out fighting breeds. Is Margo Horner nuts or just stupid? – Anonymous
That area is eat up with pits. And now they are bringing in Brenda Barnette, another pit pimper who subscribes to the Winograd “No Kill Equation” motto of pits get a bad rap. Sorry about the attack, your little didn’t stand a chance. – User P.
If there ever was a pit pimping group, it’s the cult of Best Fiends. You don’t understand how to manipulate, only how to be manipulated. And manipulation is what is happening with the professional dog fighters. – HarveMorgan

Reviewing previous articles by Gus Burns

[1]MLive.com posted sixteen photos of this pit pimping “media event.”
[2]MLive.com typo, not ours.

“So sorry for your loss … BUT”

This term refers to a branch of Pit Sociopaths. Zealous pit bull advocates (Nutters), who comment on mauling threads or write directly to the parents of children killed by a pit bull. “So sorry for your loss … BUT” commenters care “nothing for social norms and will break them with impunity if it serves their purpose,” which in this case involves defending the pit bull breed. The “BUT” follows the superficial expression of trying to appear socially normal by first stating, “So sorry.” The latter part is used to explain away the destructive injuries inflicted by pit bulls or to place blame on other factors, such as the victim or dog owner.

I am so very very sorry for your loss and I do feel your pain I myself also lost a son but being a pet owner all of my life and helping in rescue and transports I can tell you what happen that day only the sitter and the dogs know what happen and since the pets cant talk well they could not defend themselves I believe 99.9 % that what happen is not what truly happen and it was a 100% the sitters fault so to blame it solely on the pets is not right they will suffer again because of a irresponsible owner that wasn’t doing her job. – Carrie L. Willnow (Re: Death of Daxton Borchardt)

I am soo sorry for the loss of this child. But the dog did not attack because of its breed.. That is just stupid to even say, or blame it on why the dog attacked. The dog must have though the boy was hurting the woman. We need to stop putting sterotypes on breeds of dogs. Maybe the dog was sick and the yelling child over stimulated the dog and he just snapped. – Brandy Burns Carey (Re: Death of Ayden Evans)

I am so sorry for the loss of this woman’s life and how painful it just have been and my heart goes out to her family during this tragedy. But can we all take as deep breath here and think for a moment. The pit bull breed, and the boxer breed look very much alike. Furthermore there are just as many ”vicious” German Shepherd’s or Rottweiler’s. Let’s not always blame a single bred. After all is that not similar to racism in the human race? – Lori (Re: Death of Pamela Devitt)

I am very sorry for your loss, but now this is getting a little bit disturbing. I understand you’re upset, & you have every right to be, at THOSE DOGS, not every dog of the same breed. That’s so unfair to classify every pitbull as a terrible dog. I know plenty that are loving. It’s not the dogs fault, it’s the owner. – Hannah Hoyt (Re: Death of Daxton Borchardt)

You know what Kimberly? I don’t think one person on here doesn’t feel bad about what happened. This is a terrible situation & I understand you both are hurt. But, regardless of any situation & circumstance, there is always a line to where it gets inappropriate. Again, we are all sorry for the loss, but I think his best bet is to talk about killing pitbulls outside of Facebook where our “insensitive” comments won’t be heard. – Hannah Hoyt (Re: Death of Daxton Borchardt)

Wow I’m sorry for your loss but this is a bit over board. Pit bulls aren’t all bad. Plus is this how you would react if your sons life would of been taken by a robber? And he was already dead? Would you want every man killed? I understand you have been through a lot and I don’t know what it feels like but this status went too far. – Amanda Bustos (Re: Death of Daxton Borchardt)

im so soo sorry for you loss kim and jeff, but an animal is called an animal for a reason! there all wired the same way…unfortinatly it was a pitt and not a boxer or pitcher or bulldog…things triggr actions from all mammals including humans… – Kristy Dickman (Re: Death of Daxton Borchardt)

I am sorry for their loss and my heart goes out to them. But even in my reading this story it doesn’t change my opinion about this breed. I will ALWAYS and FOREVER love the Pit Bull breed and I will continue to fight on their behalf and to love them … If we ban this breed it will just be like segregation all over again and the Pits are us black folk. You may never change your mind about this and that’s fine but don’t try and make this breed be extinct – Angela Nicholas (Re: Death of Daxton Borchardt)

First off I would like to say how sorry I am for the family of this little girl. My thoughts and prayers are with them. Second I would like to know what the Pit was mixed with, was that bread partly to blame as well? .. My brother has had several Pit Bulls and never once had a problem with them ever, other than hogging the couch. – The rest please (Re: Death of Savannah Edwards)

Same superficial expression, different terminology:

My heart goes out to you, losing your son is unimaginable. But he wasnt murdered, murder is a human condition. And i hope to god im wrong, but this video appears to me to be a thinly disguised attempt to tout your dj ‘skills’ rather then educate, or celebrate your sons life. – shelagh purvis (Re: Death of Daxton Borchardt)

“Pit Sociopath”

A sociopath is a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience. Sociopaths and psychopaths each fall within the broader term of persons with Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD). Generally speaking, sociopaths exhibit psychopathic behaviors in certain contexts but not all. For instance, while a sociopath cares “nothing for social norms and will break them with impunity if it serves their purpose,” they may not do so within their group or family. (See comparison chart: Psychopath vs. Sociopath).

A Pit Sociopath — antisocial pit bull defender — comes in a variety of forms detectable by their outward behavior. For instance Dine-n-Dash behavior, rounding up their pit bulls after a serious attack and fleeing the scene, which often forces dog bite victims to undergo a painful and expensive ($2,000 and beyond) series of rabies shots. Their characteristic “impoverished conscience” can also be detected when commenting at mauling threads or in the examples below, exhibiting extreme sociopathy by communicating directly with a parent whose child was brutally mauled to death by two pet pit bulls.

Mix Master Bogart is Jeff Borchardt, a widely known deejay in the Midwest. His son Daxton Borchardt, 14-months old, was killed by his babysitter’s two pit bulls on March 6, 2013 in Walworth County, Wisconsin. The arriving deputy initially feared it was a murder scene. Bloodstained snow and fabric covered the backyard where the attack took place. The relentless mauling lasted up to 15 minutes. The child was first taken by ambulance to Mercy-Walworth Medical Center then taken by helicopter to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. The boy suffered catastrophic injuries and did not survive.

Pit Sociopath: Stephen Chroma Cristofano

July 2, 2013

Stephen Cristofano8:15pm
Stephen Chroma Cristofano
My pitbull is the most loving dog i have ever had. Sorry your loved ones got there faces chewed off because they don’t know how to train dogs. Fuckin dj dude not be an activists about how pitbulls are shit.. You are just as bad as motherfuckers who fight them. Might as well have terriers put down because they nipped my niece in the face? Get a life.
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12:24am
Mix Master Bogart
I will ask you to wait a week or two for the full story to come out on a blog…then and only then you will understand why I have come to the conclusion that it is the breed and ONLY the breed that killed my son…please be patient…when the over 5000+ word blog comes out, please take the time to read the WHOLE piece…THEN get back to me…thank you.

12:27am
Stephen Chroma Cristofano
Then realize you’re bringing a fuckin dog into an infants home. That was your fault as a parent not the dogs fault. I be you put a rabid rot in the same room with a rot and it’ll happen. I’m genuinely sorry about your son. But you don’t have to go out of your way to phish to get attention. And then encourage communities to put down pits.

12:29am
Mix Master Bogart
ok…so you will NOT listen to the whole story then…ok, nevermind…delete me please….frankly, I’m sick of telling the story…sorry to challenge your “conditioned” way of thinking.

12:31am
Stephen Chroma Cristofano
That’s fine you have a story good for you man. Again I apologize for your tragedy. But killing THE BREED. Will not avenge your death.
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Nutter Stephen Cristofano refers to “avenge” in his final message. This is hardly about avenging. This is about preventing the 300 or so new pit bull fatalities coming over the next ten years. Cristofano seems perfectly fine by this equation — aka Pit Sociopath.

Pit Sociopath: Cheryl Whiting

On July 9, Jeff posted pictures to his Facebook timeline after a day on Lake Beulah with his wife and his two small dogs. Pit Sociopath Cheryl Whiting, who had been a friend of Jeff’s up until this point, coldly and calculatedly played the pit bull card on his timeline that only leaves ONE possibility open since no one on earth has ever confused a chihuahua with a pit bull. Whiting is a Pit Sociopath of a different nightmarish twist than Cristofano. Whiting plays the “Can’t identify a pit bull” game (but notably refers to a “blue nose” pit bull, a specific type) while simultaneously and demonically taunting the grieving father.

Lake Beulah

Antisocial, perverse and diabolically wicked

July 9, 2013

Cheryl WhitingCheryl Whiting
“is that a pitbull looks like a american bluenose”

Cheryl Whiting
“he cute”

Mix Master Bogart
“^are you out of your fucking mind Cheryl Whiting?….how DARE you even say that to me?…GO FUCK YOURSELF and stay the fuck in NC and don’t come back.”

Mix Master Bogart
“like I would own a fucking pit bull EVER after what my family has been thru.”

Cheryl Whiting
“wow was just a question everyone here has one jeez”

Antisocial, perverse and diabolically wicked

Whiting is especially grotesque by creating a Nutter episode on a photo comment that had nothing to do with this issue, and adds, “everyone here has one jeez,” in order to normalize a dog breed that kills more people than all other dog breeds combined.

“Just like any other dog”

Pit bulls are “just like any other dog” is a phrase mainly trumpeted by animal groups connected to Ledy VanKavage (aka “Bledy VanKarnage”), such as Best Friends Animal Society (lobbyist) and Animal Farm Foundation (board member). Unlike a similar phrase used by the same groups, “all dogs are individuals,” the slogan, pit bulls are “just like any other dog,” is a complete denial of the existence of breed traits. This false myth winds up killing an untold number of family pets each year (due to pit bull dog aggression), and seriously injuring and killing innocent people (due to the breed’s “hold and shake” bite style). These two influential groups deliberately created the slogan to disseminate to their Nutter followers — strategic disinformation.

Pit bull type breeds are just like any other dog. Each one is an individual. – Best Friends Animal Society
Fighting dogs should be evaluated like any other dog seized in a cruelty case,” says VanKavage, senior legislative analyst for Best Friends Animal Society. – Ledy VanKavage
Pit-bull-terrier-type dogs are just like any other dogs, but they’ve been given a bad rap; so, they need help overcoming the stereotypes surrounding them and the myths about them. – Best Friends Animal Society
“In addition to this program helping to save lives of adoptable animals, I would really like for people to realize that Pit Bull Terriers are just dogs, like any other dog … loyal goofballs – Jamie Healy, Best Friends Animal Society
As scientific study and research continues to prove that “pit bull” dogs are just like any other dog, we’re now facing a different, equally challenging, hurdle: proving that “pit bull” dog owners are just like any other dog owner. – Animal Farm Foundation (Fat chance given their “human kill rate” and antisocial owners!)
Well-matched dogs not only love this work, but their presence out in public amongst people and other animals helps advance the idea that AFF works so hard on — that pit bull type dogs are just dogs like any others– nothing different, nothing unique. – Animal Farm Foundation
“It used to be that the concern was with predicting everything that might go wrong,” Reynolds says. “Now, increasingly, people are embracing them as dogs like any other dogs.” – Donna Reynolds, Bad Rap, results of strategic disinformation (See: Darla Napora)
It’s clear that pit bulls are just like any other dogs – bad owners create bad dogs, regardless of breed. I really appreciate that your station is giving our beloved dogs a voice – Nutter Melanie Meyer, responding to VanKavage interview, results of strategic disinformation
PITTIES ARE JUST LIKE ANY OTHER DOG – IT TAKES THE PERSON TO MAKE THE DOG, ANY DOG, GOOD OR BAD. – Nutter Felica responding to Best Friends blog post, results of strategic disinformation

“I saw them and they were neglected”

On June 14, 2013, over three months after the pit bull mauling death of little Daxton Borchardt, Michelle Serocki of the Brew City Bully Club private messaged a friend of the little boy’s father on Facebook under the auspices of a “perceived expert” with special knowledge. Serocki deceitfully claimed to Jennifer that she “saw [the pit bulls]” and “they were neglected.” The truth is, as stated in Beyond the Interview – Essay of a Fatal Pit Bull Mauling by DogsBite.org, Michelle Serocki never laid eyes on those dogs, which were euthanized within hours of the deadly mauling on March 6, 2013 in Walworth, Wisconsin.

While Susan was sitting in the ambulance — still in the driveway of her home — she signed the surrender forms allowing authorities to take her dogs. She wanted nothing more to do with the pit bulls she had raised from babies. The two dogs were taken to a private veterinarian and put down in a matter of hours. Susan was still in the emergency room at Mercy when she was told by a police officer that the dogs had been euthanized. Serocki never laid eyes on those pit bulls. – DogsBite.org

See private message conversation in full

10:58am
Michelle Serocki
Hi Jennifer, Just wanted to privately let you know that what I said publically is directly from my heart. I can’t imagine your pain. The dogs that did this were not well cared for though. I saw them and they were neglected – in my professional opionion almost criminally. You and I can have different opinions on how to care for dogs – but by social and veterinary standards these dogs were neglected. When the Boxer killed and ate the child in Washington County 2 springs ago the media called and asked if it was a pit bull. I guess that kid’s life wasn’t as important as Dax’s since she was killed and eaten by a Boxer… The twins in Menomonee Falls that are no longer identical because of a Black Lab – they weren’t important enough to be news worthy either. It’s sick that the media does this OVER AND OVER AND OVER. If my kid ever gets killed by a dog – no matter what breed – I PROMISE YOU it’s going to make the news. I didn’t want to put all this out on FB out of respect for you. I don’t want to argue with you – I’m fairly certain that I won’t change your mind and that’s totally, totally ok. I don’t need to – I just wanted you to know that some of what you’re saying is not correct because I doubt you’re a person that wants to spread out right lies. You’re just a person that is devastated with grief. I’m so sorry again for your loss and your anger. You’ll be in my prayers not just right now and tonight – but for many days to come. Take care, Michelle Serocki Brew City Bully Club

“Nutter”

Over time, the original term, Pit Nutter, has been shortened to simply Nutter. Like the original term, Nutter embodies the same meaning: “The hallmark trait of the pit nutter is their unwillingness to accept the genetic heritage of the pit bulldog (It’s all how you raise ‘em!) or their inability to see the death and destruction their pit bulldogs create as anything other than collateral damage that the rest of society must absorb so that the pit nutter can enjoy the freedom of owning a killing machine.”

In 2013, however, the term “Nutter” sharpened to distinguish the purveyors of untruthful pit bull myths. In a June new release, “It’s Time for the Pit Bull ‘Recall’ Too,” attorney Kenneth Phillips states the distinction, “Unfortunately, pit bull lovers have neglected the problem for too long. Worse, they have alienated the general public by failing to denounce the “nutters” who spread misinformation about the members of this breed, which generally are not “nanny dogs,” service dogs, or rescue dogs.”

Some Nutters are intelligent, some are not, while others are mindless drones, circulating false myths about the pit bull breed because they have been directed to (See: Best Friends Animal Society). The primary demographic of Nutters are Caucasian women. Frequently young women of the child-bearing years (18 to 30-years old) with a natural draw to “mother” or “rescue” just about anything, in this case stockpiles of unwanted pit bulls that continuously flood U.S. open admission shelters.

Terms sharing the Nutter base include: Stockholm Nutter, Super Nutter, Nikko Nutter, pre-Nutter and post-Nutter.

“OPIG”

A recent gathering in Riverside, California shows another Organized Pit Bull Idiocy Group (OPIG) marching to ensure that the colossal animal control resources already consumed by pit bulls continues unchecked and that maulings by pit bulls continue ad nauseum. OPIGs offer no solutions to shelters glutted with unwanted pit bulls from coast to coast — a serious “humane” concern. Nor do OPIGs offer solutions aimed at reducing “severe” and “mauling” injuries primarily inflicted by pit bulls — a serious “human” concern.

Organized Pit Bull Idiocy

“Stockholm Nutter”

Stockholm Nutter is derived from the base term “Nutter” (short for Pit Nutter) and is part of several combined terms, such as Super Nutter, Nikko-Nutter, pre-Nutter and post-Nutter. A Stockholm Nutter is exactly what it suggests: A pit bull owner who has been at the receiving end of the death and destruction these dogs inflict, but still has empathy, sympathy and positive feelings for the breed. Wikipedia describes Stockholm syndrome as a form of “traumatic bonding” that does not necessarily require a hostage scenario.

Meet Patricia (Trisha) Williams of Waukesha. In June 2011, Williams, then 52-years old, was brutally attacked by one of her two pet pit bulls, named Prince. The dog nearly killed her. Williams was airlifted to a trauma level hospital where she spent over two months recovering from her injuries. The pit bull took out her whole knee among other atrocities.  In March 2013, she told media members that she still wished Prince was still alive — police shot and killed the animal when they arrived on scene. Williams kept Prince’s mother.

“I was playing ball with him, chasing him around the backyard. I brought him in to put him in the kennel and he didn’t want to go in. He turned around and was attacking me — I think he blacked out (classic Stockholm excuse!) … I miss him. I never thought [Prince] was bad. I don’t blame anybody for it, it’s just something that happened.” – Trisha Williams

Trisha Williams

“Really nice dogs”

Following up on a submission by KaD last week, “[Pit bulls] are really nice dogs if you’d just give them a chance,” we now focus on the first part: “really nice dogs.” Variations, such as “really good dogs,” “really great dogs” and “really sweet dogs” are found ad nauseum online. However, “give them a chance” is the heavy hitter term due to the endless number of unwanted pit bulls sitting in shelters awaiting death (If only the public would give them a chance!). The term, “really nice dogs” and its variants are often used by owners after their dog violently attacks and by breed enthusiasts as a propaganda tool.

Lesson #1 — Parents often learn through their kids...
Dad: “So how was school today?”
Johnny: “It was Ok. Oh, a lady came and talked to us about being kind to animals. She brought her dog. That was the best part!”
Dad: “Really, what kind of dog was it?”
Johnny: “It was a pit bull named Sampson.”
Dad: “A pit bull? Were you scared?”
Johnny: “Nah. He’s a really nice dog. I got to pet him and give him a treat too.”
Even if Dad decides to call Johnny’s teacher out of concern, the message will just be reinforced. Sampson is a nice dog. – Pit Bul Propaganda Promoter
People that, like you and I, want a well-behaved family companion in an urban or suburban setting. They go to training classes, hire a private trainer, and do anything to proof to “everyone” that a pit bull or Amstaff can be a really nice dog. – Messed-up “Bullies” Don’t Always Belong to Thugs.
She and others in the Alta Vista area neighborhood can hardly believe that a pit bull running loose could lift her gate off its hinges, enter her back yard, kill her tiny dachshund, and then be reunited with its owner … Lauren Olivas said her live-in boyfriend owns the dogs … “She’s actually a really good dog,” Olivas said of the female involved in the killing. “When I heard there was a dog attack, I knew it was her.” – Lauren Olivas
the mailman who delivers on this route, and another neighbor, are swearing up and down that the dog was a really nice dog. So how can the public trust all the testimony of all the pit bull owners who claim their dog is a really nice dog? Some of the worst mauling cases involve dogs whose owners and family swear the dog was great. – Anonymous
they turn on people based on how there treated.! & actually beast was a really great dog this was the first time he ever did something like that now tell me just over one mistake do you really think he should be put down – West Side Milinos
Following a vicious dog hearing in December, the pit bull involved, Cali, was deemed “vicious” and was taken to the Warren Animal Shelter …  “She can be a really sweet dog.  – Animal Control Officer Heidi Garrity
Sterilize all pit bulls now and let the breed die out. There are too many kids around with a half a face after someone’s, “it’s a really sweet dog” has ripped their little faces apart. Pit bulls are not essential to the biosphere continuum. – People First-Dogs Second
However, Sgt. Wiggins said when the officer could not fend-off the dog, he made the decision to fire his gun at it … “The dog was a great dog,” said Junior’s owner, Tony O’Hare. “He would never hurt anybody; he was just a real sweet dog.” – Larry Carver

“Give them a chance”

A recent submission by KaD came in containing two Maul Talk terms: “These are really nice dogs if you’d just give them a chance.” We separated the terms into: “really nice dogs” and “give them a chance.” Tackling the latter term first, Google Search results show that the query (“pit bull” and “give them a chance”) has over one million results. This term often centers around the obscene number of unwanted pit bulls — about a million annually — that arrive in open admission shelters of which 800,000+ are euthanized. The plea, give them a chance, is echoed gratuitously despite the breed’s unmatched, killing record.

Submission:

I always cringe when some pitiot says “These are really nice dogs if you’d just give them a chance…” That’s the whole problem. Pits are the number ONE breed for FAILING a second chance after mauling or killing a person or their pet. Pit bulls have had 30 YEARS of chances — resulting in 30 years of maimings, killings, maulings, disfigurements, dismemberments, scalpings, amputations, life flights, dead pet dogs, dead horses, dead sheep, dead alpacas, dead kids. Pit bulls have had far too many ‘chances’ already. Add to this the fact that pit bulls were bred to be fighting dogs, not pets, and that there are over 400 registered dog breeds and no damn reason anyone needs to own a pit bull. - KaD

References:

Many adopters won’t even give them a chance. They hear pit and they run. They are scared.  – Kristina Campbell
the reason there is so much in the pound is because people don’t give them a chance.  thats why there so many in the pound, shelter, and even dead! – Eric13
Fighting Pit Bulls being put down – why not give them a chance? – Alice
Pit Bulls are an amazing loyal loving dog if you people would just give them a chance! – Amanda Thoman
“I encourage people not to wrinkle their nose and get all scared when they see a Pit Bull. I encourage you to give them a chance,” – Shannon Bagby
Why rescue a Pit Bull: “Because they can change minds, touch hearts, and save lives…if someone would just give them a chance.” – Pit bull rescue
PEOPLE ARE THE CAUSE OF BAD PITS.  IF ONLY PEOPLE WOULD GIVE THEM A CHANCE. – Repellent pit bull breeder
Pits – Give them a chanceFacebook page
Give them a chance — I know a lot of people are afraid of pits, but they are really great dogs if you just give them a chance. – Ashley Gilbert
When cared for and treated responsibly…Pit Bulls are the best dogs anywhere…give them a chance. – Bailey West
This pit bull single-handedly changed my misinterpreted belief about the breed. They are great dogs if you just give them a chanceJennifer

Close Combination References

They are really, really good dogs, wonderful dogs, if people would just give them a chance. – Danielle Black
I CAN GUARANTEE THIS DOG WILL NOT BITE U IF U RAISE HIM WELL! Pit Bulls are super sweet! I HAVE NVR SEEN ONE GO CRAZY ABOUT ANYONE OR ATTACK ANYONE! They are really good dogs! GIVE THEM A CHANCE! – Jessie Muniz
I wish more people like you would give them a chance. They can be really good dogs if you raise them with love – xxangiielovexx
I know a lot of people are afraid of pits, but they are really great dogs if you just give them a chance. – Ashley Gilbert
I must say thank you so much for adopting a APBT, you are saving two lives. The one who you adopt and the one that takes its place at the shelter. They can be really great dogs if people just give them a chance and they just want to be lap dogs! – Rogue Bullies

“Use them as pillows”

After the horrific dog mauling death of 21-month old Monica Laminack by her family’s seven pit bulls, relatives told investigators that the toddler often played with the dogs and would “use them as pillows” while watching TV. Google Search results show that Laminack’s relatives are not unique. The term, “use them as pillows,” yet another disturbing pit bull myth rife with dangerous propaganda, is spread across the Internet by numerous Nutters (See related myth: Nanny dog). Authorities anticipate charges against the adults who were home “napping” while the seven pit bulls tore little Monica apart.

He said relatives insisted the toddler would play with the dogs and even “use them as pillows while watching TV.” – Nutter family
keep the dog ditch the husband he sounds paranoid i have pit bulls and when my grandchildren come over they use them as pillows to watch tv – Karen B
I think its awesome how most of these points to ban the breed are based on social stigma and not personal experience. I love my loyal loving cuddling friendly pit bulls. They let kids pull their ears, ride their backs, use them as pillows. – Anna Jones
Who does this cowhead think he is? Pit bulls r the most sweetest, kindest, & the most gentlest breed of dog there is. Wut other dog breed would just lay there & let children climb all over them & let a person use them as pillows without attacking. – Teresa Cornwall
Same. I used to have 2 pits. They were the sweetest dogs ever. They let u use them as pillows! – ElviraTepes
Blame the deed not the breed! There is no such thing ad a bad dog only bad owner. I own 5 pitbulls and 1 American bulldog and they all let my children jump on them pull tails pull ears (yes I discurrge my children from doing so) they even let my children use them as pillows. – Tipsy
ANY DOG CAN ATTACK … these dogs are the most LOYAL nad protective that I have ever owned … my 8 stay inside at night and are outside at least 6hrs a day,they sit in the floor when we watch a movie or the kids will use them as pillows while watching T.V – luv my pit bull
My aunt has owned three pits, and when she went on vacation, we would watch them. I used to use them as pillows when I was younger, and they had no problem with it. – FlyersEnforcer
The APBT’s in our family were always like having a nanny around we could ride them and use them as pillows to take a nap with and when outside playing they were always right with us on guard protecting us – sw_df27

After publishing this post, a user sent in the below information to show that pillows aren’t always innocent fluffy objects used to lay your head upon. Pillows, however, do not kill people spontaneously, without specific direction from those who use them.

  • Daily World, The (Aberdeen, WA) – March 27, 2013 — Man says he ‘committed a father’s worst sin,’ pleads not guilty to shooting — Michael League called 911 early Sunday to report he’d “committed a father’s worst sin,” authorities said.League, 69, told police he took his .22-caliber Ruger pistol and shot his adult son and daughter in the head as they slept in his Puyallup home, court records show.He allegedly used a pillow to muffle the sound of the gunshots so as not to wake his wife and two young grandsons, who also were asleep in the house.
  • Clear Creek Courant (Idaho Springs, CO) – December 5, 2012 — Investigator: Elmgreen confessed to killing father,  Judge finds probable cause at preliminary hearing — During a preliminary hearing in Jefferson County Court on Nov. 30, a homicide investigator testified that defendant Kenneth Elmgreen admitted to killing his elderly father and then attempting suicide.Evergreen resident Elmgreen, 53, was arrested in early August on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree arson and two counts of crimes of violence.Last Friday, Jeffco sheriff’s Investigator Kathleen Battan testified that Elmgreen said he used a pillow.
  • Bismarck Tribune, The (ND) – October 3, 2012 — ND murder suspect scheduled to change plea — DICKINSON (AP) – Trial has been canceled and a change-of-plea hearing scheduled for a North Dakota man accused of killing the mother of a child he believed was his daughter.Dirk Huber of Belfield had pleaded not guilty to murdering Nicole Radebaugh in her apartment bedroom in August 2011. He was scheduled for trial beginning Oct. 15. Court documents show that he will appear in court to change his plea instead.Authorities allege that Huber used a pillow to suffocate Radebaugh.
  • San Francisco Chronicle (CA) – July 20, 2012 — Woman charged with murder – Bible possibly a weapon — A woman smothered a romantic rival with a pillow and beat her – possibly with a Bible – while chanting religious passages as part of what she called an exorcism, a prosecutor said Thursday. Karla Kuhl, 35, of El Sobrante has been charged with murdering 58-year-old Patricia Medeiros, said Contra Costa County prosecutor Harold Jewett.Sheriff’s deputies responding to an early morning medical call on June 5 found Medeiros dead in her home.
  • Herald-Dispatch, The (Huntington, WV) – February 8, 2012 — Man accused of trying to kill daughter, Father allegedly used pillow in an attempt to suffocate girl, 11 months old — HUNTINGTON — A local man found himself behind bars Tuesday, charged with trying to kill his infant daughter.Authorities charged Larry James Thomas, 40, with felony attempted first-degree murder, along with misdemeanor domestic battery and carrying a concealed weapon without a license. Criminal complaints describe Thomas as a convicted felon wanted out of Boyd County, Ky.The incident with Thomas’ 11-month-old daughter happened just after 11 p.m. Monday.
  • Dickinson Press (ND) – November 8, 2011 — Officer: Pillow used to suffocate Radebaugh; Huber pleads not guilty to Belfield homicide — Nov. 08–Dirk J. Huber is believed to have used a pillow to kill his former girlfriend after allegedly arguing over the paternity of her daughter, officials said during his pretrial conference in Dickinson on Monday. The 41-year-old pleaded not guilty Monday to murdering Nicole Lynn Radebaugh, 39, by suffocating her in her Belfield apartment in August.
  • Associated Press Archive – September 14, 2010 — UK reporter sentenced for fake mercy killing claim
    A veteran British TV reporter has been sentenced after he admitted making up claims he killed a former lover who was dying of AIDS. A judge gave BBC journalist Ray Gosling a 90-day suspended prison sentence for fabricating his confession and wasting 1,800 hours of police time.The 70-year-old Gosling drew media and police attention in February when he said on a BBC TV documentary that he used a pillow to smother his dying lover in his hospital bed.
  • Grand Rapids Press, The (MI) – January 13, 2009 — Life sentence ‘what I deserve’ — GRAND RAPIDS — Against the advice of his lawyer, 41-year-old Andrew Neal pleaded guilty Monday and accepted a lifetime in prison for murdering a woman he called his close friend. “It’s what I deserve, your honor. There is no excuse,” Neal told Kent County Circuit Judge Paul Sullivan after admitting he used a pillow to suffocate Mashonda Griffin, 35, in her Wyoming home, at 2940 Union Ave. SE, on Oct. 27.

“I don’t understand it”

After the catastrophic pit bull mauling of Linda Henry, 54, of Westwego, Louisiana, her boyfriend Clarence Allen said, “I don’t know why they did it … They never had a fight. I don’t understand it.” Three of the couple’s four adult pit bulls ambushed Henry after she walked into her home. The woman lost an eye, ear and both arms to amputation in the horrific assault. The pit bulls also ripped off the entire back portion of her scalp. The response by pit bull owners, “I don’t understand it” is complete denial of well documented pit bull attack traits revealed over and over again in serious and fatal pit bull maulings.

The toddler killed by a family dog in Orange County has been named … Mike Hicks, the victim’s cousin, told reporters, “Friendly dog, I mean, I don’t understand it. Just don’t understand it. Words can’t describe how it happened,” Hicks said. – DogsBite.org
“My dogs mind me when I tell them to go in the yard and lay down, they do. When I say go on the porch and lay down, they do. I don’t understand why this happened” – Donny Hays
I don’t understand what happened. It was almost like he was cursed or something, like somebody had him under a curse.” – Derek Malcom
I just don’t understand it. He is such a sweet dog, just a big ol’ puppy. I leave him alone with my kids all the time. The 4 year old must have provoked him.” (sarcasm) – Glock23
Every single solitary pitbull owner whose dog has mauled someone has said the exact same thing as you; they are wonderful, I’ve never had a problem, I just don’t understand it, this is the first time, etc. – Anonymous
All pit bulls are as sweet as pie and every time they bite or kill someone, the fool owner says “I don’t understand it. My dog has never bitten anyone before. The child must have been doing something to provoke him because he’s always been as sweet as pie.” – Hank
Maybe he is… but it’s amazing how often, following a vicious pit pull attack, the responsible party says, “I don’t understand it… he’s a nice dog.” -bikeboy
Most pit bull owners whose dogs attack another animal or human with no apparent reason are wont to say that they don’t understand it because their dog was the gentlest, most loving dog one could imagine. – Barbara Kay
And to add to 26’s posting, how many times have you read in pit bull attack stories that an owner says, “I don’t understand it. He’s always been such a sweet dog”? – LAB
The remarks frequently heard after such an attack “I don’t understand it….he’s always been nice to everyone…..he plays with all the neighborhood children….he’s not an attack dog…..he’s never been abused….” certainly bear that out. It is mind boggling how many here will make all kinds of nonsensical excuses for pitbulls – AA#5

“Could not stop it”

After a pet pit bull violently attacked Ryan Maxwell killing him, the owner of the dog, Ashiya Ferguson, emphatically declared: “Oh God, it was so horrible. I couldn’t stop it. I couldn’t stop it. I couldn’t stop it.” Ferguson is hardly alone in the inability to stop a tenacious pit bull attack, which is Part One of why many communities regulate this dog breed. Part Two is the damage this breed inflicts during its assault. In the case of Ryan Maxwell, the dog clamped onto the boy’s throat and refused to release. The dog was still clamped on when police arrived. As usual, to “disengage” the pit bull, officers had to shoot the dog.

“Oh God, it was so horrible. I couldnʼt stop it. I couldnʼt stop it. I couldnʼt stop it.” While Ashiyah and her sons scrambled to try to free Ryan, Susan called the police. “How do you call someoneʼs mother and explain this?” Ashiyah asked. – Ashiya Ferguson
An officer said he was forced to shoot a dog Sunday after he could not stop it from attacking another canine. “The pit bull showed no signs of stopping, no matter what they tried,” – Police officer Kevin Wyatt
My babies just started fighting!… Help!! … This time i was home alone and could not stop it. They were literaly tearing each other apart!! I got them seperated with all my might and theyd break free ad keep going. I was scarred, horrified, and helpless. It started in the living room and ended in the front driveway. I even got my pistol and fired the entire clip into the ground next to them … They never missed a beat. – csixer66
I’ve had othwise lovely pits get into dogfights where the owner could not stop the fight no matter how hard they tried….and that includes hitting them with a hose, hitting them with a baseball bad, etc. Sorry, but when pits get into an aggressive fight, there is not much you can do to stop them. – DuikesMum
Boo, a four-year-old pit bull, broke free from it’s leash and ran into Lombardo’s yard. The Lombardo family said they could not stop the attack on their own. Charles Lombardo told sheriff’s deputies that he tried to separate the animals by yelling, kicking and hitting them with a cane before be grabbed a 12-gauge shot gun and shot the dog twice, then called police. – Charles Lombardo
A condo neighbor of my in-laws was not so fortunate, their young 4 year old daughter was riding her tricycle on their sidewalk when a neighbor’s two Pit Bulls attacked her. A group of male neighbors rushed to help her with hammers, shovels and tire tools and could not stop the dogs from ripping the girls throat out killing her … – Ken
Police considered charges Tuesday against the owners of two pit bull terriers that killed a retired Veterans Administration hospital chief surgeon in a 25-minute attack that neighbors could not stop. Witnesses said about nine people tried to subdue the dogs with poles, pipes and brooms while the animals mauled Dr. William G. Eckman, 67, as he left his home… – Los Angeles Times

“Super Nutter”

As opposed to just a plain old pit nutter — now commonly seen shortened and also capitalized to the single term “Nutter” — a Super Nutter was coined by writer Snack Sized Dog in a December 2012 blog post on Craven Desires, Who will be the Austin TX Next Top Nutter? The post names three Super Nutters, persons and organizations who have demonstrated or advanced exponential Nutter endeavors: Austin Animal Services, Christopher Grant and State Representative Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin (District 51).

Austin Animal Services – You couldn’t find a more pit bull lovin’ & promotin’ organization than Austin Animal Services and their little buddy Austin Pets Alive! You’d also be hard pressed to find an organization so audaciously and brazenly contemptuous of the hand that feeds it. It takes major balls to take tax payers’ money for the stated purpose of adopting out more large dogs with behavior problems back into those tax payers’ neighborhoods
Christopher Grant – ‘handicapable’ GRANT has trained his own dogs, including the two service pits himself. Look at these training videos. First, as a responsible owner, he builds a very high fence (Title of video: Freestyle walking). And then he trains his dogs to scale it. And in this one, he teaches his service dogs to pull him around on a bike (Title of the video, Urban Sled).
State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez – He could have looked at the carnage CHRIS ‘walking clusterfuck’ GRANT has wrought and publicly demanded that the full force of Lillian’s law be brought to bear … He could have decided to file a bill that penalizes people for fraudulently claiming their pets are service dogs … RODRIGUEZ is now set to file a bill that will make sure that the next CHRIS GRANT will be allowed to force the City of Austin to spend tax-payer money to fight an appeal to keep the mauling pit bulls in their neighborhood.

Other Super Nutters that come to mind prior to this enhanced terminology include Greg Napora whose pregnant wife was brutally killed by the couple’s pet pit bull. Napora told the media after her death that he planned to bury her (and her unborn child) with her murderer.

“A day after the family’s pit bull fatally attacked his pregnant wife, Greg Napora said Friday he doesn’t blame the dog. He even plans to bury his spouse, Darla, with their pet’s cremated remains in her casket. “They are the most loving animals I have ever had in my life. Whatever happened right now was not the breed’s fault,” said Napora, who found his wife dead when he returned to the couple’s Pacifica home from his construction job with plans to take her to lunch Thursday. “It was just a freak accident.” – Greg Napora

“PBAM”

Writer Barbara Kay of the National Post, who does not shy away when writing about the dangerousness of pit bulls, recently penned the Maul Talk Term “ambulatory grenade.” In the same article, “Beauty queen becomes target of the pit bully lobby,” Kay created a new acronym for the pit bull lobby, calling it the pit bull advocacy movement (PBAM). Kay dutifully remarks that the PBAM, oddly enough, only exists to promote the denial of the pit bull breed’s proven vices: continuous maulings, maimings and deaths.

but the fruit of a well-oiled, extremely well-funded propaganda campaign by the pit bull advocacy movement (PBAM). The PBAM is wedded to the fiction that the pit bull, sadly victimized by a biased press, is a gentle, affectionate, child-loving dog … The PBAM is a powerful lobby group that has successfully coerced complicity in the propagation of pit bull myths from kennel clubs and humane societies, and shamefully misled gullible media … Only the PBAM exists to promote denial of their beloved breed’s proven vices. – Barbara Kay

“Must have been the weather”

Maul Talk reader JoannaDW sends in new phrase after the fatal pit bull mauling of Debra Wilson-Robert. The phrase, “Must have been the weather” has been used before, but in a slightly different context. In February 2010, after a series of brutal pit bull maulings in Philadelphia, including the horrific death of Christine Staab, pit bull propaganda devotee Karen Delise suggested the attacks were caused by the “snowy winter” and “cabin fever.”

This one was inspired by the story told on September 11 about the woman in Jefferson County who was killed by her pet pit bull. Marla Glover, the woman’s friend, actually blamed the attack on a storm that blew over, as if it’s totally normal and expected for domestic animals to suddenly launch a bloody, fatal attack on long-time owners and friends. Most wild animals don’t even do that, but this does not faze the dedicated pit nutter. “Must have been the weather” is the sort of response you give to someone whose allergies or arthritis is acting up, or to someone whose plants have grown twice their original size in a week. It’s not the response you give to someone who was eaten alive by their own pets. – JoannaDW

“Ambulatory grenade”

Writer Barbara Kay of the National Post, who writes sharply crafted prose about the dangerousness of pit bulls, recently penned two Maul Talk Terms in a single paragraph. The article, “Beauty queen becomes target of the pit bully lobby” concerns the recent announcement by Miss Universe Canada, Sahar Biniaz, that she supports a provincial pit bull law in British Columbia. The first term by Kay is “PBAM” and the second is her description of a pit bull as a “genetically manufactured ambulatory grenade.”

The petition against Ms. Biniaz is not a spontaneous phenomenon, but the fruit of a well-oiled, extremely well-funded propaganda campaign by the pit bull advocacy movement (PBAM). The PBAM is wedded to the fiction that the pit bull, sadly victimized by a biased press, is a gentle, affectionate, child-loving dog. They are — until suddenly they aren’t. And nobody knows when or why they will strike with their rending, crocodile teeth and implacable to-the-death grip, except that the answer lies in their genes. The pit bull is a genetically manufactured ambulatory grenade and deserves every bit of condemnation it receives. – Barbara Kay

“Navigate the yard”

In what may be one of the finest comments ever left at the DogsBite.org Facebook page — noted as biblical in fact — a reader sarcastically responds to the many nauseating Maul Talk phrases used by pit bull owners to deny the breed’s responsibility in the continuous onslaught of maulings and killings. In a dazzling metaphor, the reader hits all of the highlights: It’s all in how you raise ‘em; pit bulls don’t snap for no reason; images of pit bulls cuddling with babies; and last but not least: Don’t ban the breed, ban stupid owners!

I have live land mines in my yard. They’re safe. They’ve never exploded. It’s all in how you navigate the yard. Land mines don’t explode for no reason; something has to set them off. I even have pictures of my kids sitting in my land mine strewn yard and smiling, set to “Angel” by Sarah Mclachlan. Don’t ban land mines, ban dumb, inattentive walkers!” – David

“Unfortunate accident”

Like the terms freak accident and tragic accident used by pit bull owners to deny responsibility after a violent or deadly attack, “unfortunate accident” was recently voiced by Adam Pollack, who runs a pit bull breeding operation from his home, after his three leashed pit bulls attacked a 9-year old boy. The attack occurred as the boy and his mother, Jessyca Petell, were walking into the entrance of a multi-family home in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Petell said when her son opened the door, “the dogs burst out, dragging him down the steps and continuing a ‘violent, relentless and ruthless’ attack.” The dogs inflicted 35 puncture wounds and a 3-by-3 inch section of the boy’s scalp was torn off.

In 2007, after a felony-filled domestic incident, Adam Pollack was allegedly attacked by one of his pit bulls. He told police officers then, “You guys better shoot that dog or I will.” So the officers shot the pit bull to death. Pollack is currently appealing the order of Pittsfield Police Chief Michael J. Wynn that deems his three current pit bulls vicious after attacking the 9-year old boy. (Owners of pit bulls who are attacked by their dog routinely order officers to shoot it. When their dog attacks an innocent person, pit bull owners like Adam Pollack routinely go through the appeals process to get their maulers back. Notably, while in quarantine after the attack, one of Pollack’s pit bulls had a litter of puppies).

An unfortunate “accident” indicates an “unforeseeable event not caused by misconduct or negligence” yet in this case, Pollack couldn’t even hold onto the dogs’ leashes allowing his animals to violently attack. Pollack blamed his loss of control over his dogs because the little boy “flung open” the door, spooking the dogs. What is unfortunate is that no matter what a judge decides in the upcoming appeals hearing, Pollack still has a round of new pit bull puppies coming back to his home. What is unfortunate is that new victims of Pollack’s pit bulls lie on the horizon. And finally, what is indeed unfortunate is that Pollack is “prime material” to file bankruptcy if sued by the victim’s family to escape liability.

If Pollack is a renter, however, the boy’s family may have hope.

The owners of three pit bulls implicated in the injury of a 9-year-old boy say they feel terrible about the attack, which they characterize as “an unfortunate accident.” – Adam Pollack
Griggs reiterated that the attack was the result of “a bad decision” … “This was an unfortunate accident.” During the trial which lasted four days, DeKalb Solicitor General Sherry Boston portrayed Vaughn as a negligent dog owner. “An accident didn’t happen on March 9, 2010,” Boston said. “A vicious dog attack that was avoidable happened on March 9, 2010,” – Solicitor General Sherry Boston
Owners of a pit bull in Cheyenne have surrendered their pet to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter after it attacked a 10-year-old neighbor a second time within a year. The dog’s co-owner Duane Padilla said Monday it was an “unfortunate accident.” – Duane Padilla
We spoke with the dog’s caretaker, who says she’s being harassed by people through phone calls and emails, calling her a bad mother for keeping a violent dog when she has small children … The dog belonged to her ex-boyfriend and was never fully socialized, she calls it an unfortunate accident. – Caretaker of pit bull
DEXTER CLARK says it was an unfortunate accident in one breath and in another acknowledges that he is the only one who can control the beast and still another implies the victim did something to provoke dog. – Dexter Clark
As stated before, even though unintentional, you entered the other dog’s territory when you entered their room. They protected their owners just as any dog who is worth it’s salt would do… including yours. Neither you, the hotel nor the dogs were at fault. It was an unfortunate accident  – Richie H
Best quote from the comments section of the article: “This is an unfortunate accident, but it could have been any breed of dog. I agree that owners of dogs have a responsibility to train and maintain control of a dog on a leash. However, I also believe that runners and cyclist need have a responsibility for their own safety when they approach a person walking a dog.” – Blogger commenting on Nutter comment
I agree it is an unfortunate accident but the people who own those pit bulls r my aunt and uncle. Those dogs have always been the most loving and well behaved dogs. They have had many pit bulls in over 25 years and have never ran I to any problems. – rbkirtiely

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