Posts from the ‘Blame the Victim’ Category

“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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“They move differently”

The New York Post recently reported that a 28-year old dog owner blamed a senior citizen who was attacked by two rottweilers because elderly people “move differently.” Christie Smythe said, “My dog isn’t always fond of elderly people. They move differently than other people and that seems to set off a reaction.” A quick search on the phrase shows that the Dog Whisperer uses the same rational when describing “kid aggressive canines.”

The truth is that many dogs perceive children differently from the way they see adults. They move differently, walk differently, smell differently, and sound differently. It’s in their nature to react to any energy that to them, seems unbalanced or unstable. – dogwhisperer

“Must have done something wrong”

Maul Talkers frequently use the phrase, “[The victim] must have done something wrong,” after a violent pit bull attack to place the blame onto the victim. After a family Staffy bull, for instance, seriously mauled and injured Alan Edwards’ wife and male friend, he said: “They must have done something wrong and the dog rebelled.” (See: Images of the victims being taken away on stretchers.) Other examples include:

Yeah, yeah, go and say you did nothing but love the dog and it turned on you– I DO NOT believe you. There is something you must have done wrongLying pit nutter
I have been attacked by a dog before, but never has it been from a pit bull or rottweiler or german shepard. These people must have done something to the dog to scare it. – Snowblossom
The pit bull just mauled this tiny pug visciously and the pit bull’s owner couldn’t stop it. It was, again, TERRIFYING. The pug’s owner left clutching her dog which wasn’t moving. The pit bull’s owner said “There must be something wrong with that pug, He must have done something, my dog isn’t like that”. – Redhead

“What did you expect?”

This term may be used to blame the victim or to deny the pit bull’s responsibility in the attack. After John Williams’ pit bull, named Joe, bit a deputy it was legally declared “dangerous”. A day after the hearing, deputies were sent to his home on a domestic violence call. The pit bull  then attacked a different deputy and was shot dead. Despite Williams saying that he “trained the dog everyday of his life,” pit bull advocates threw him under the bus:

You know that a dog protects its owners and thats what this dog was doing. We need to be EDUCATED about animals. No one treats these pit bulls with any respect. If you beat them, starve them, tease them, what in the world do you expect them to do??? GET EDUCATED – Cole
The article said that the dog was chained up most of its life… what do you expect. [This is after the pit bull attacked and KILLED its owner] – Bullybob

“Your dog provoked the attack”

Just as Maul Talkers blame children for provoking a pit bull to launch an unbridled attack causing severe and fatal injury, they also blame dogs victimized by pit bulls. On My3cents.com, the owner of a victimized dog makes a plea for help only to have a pit bull advocate blame her deceased dog for the incident:

Not saying it is so, but perhaps the now-deceased dog provoked the attack by the pit bull? If so, it would be why the police ‘failed’ to take action against the pit bull owner. – Ghost of Doc J

“Your dog was unleashed”

After Jacqueline Harris’ dog, named Louie, was captured on camera being mauled by two pit bulls, the pit bull owners fled the scene. Harrison was bitten trying to save her dog. None of the dogs were leashed at the time, but Louie was attempting to flee the pit bulls after they spotted and bolted after him. Pit bull advocates blamed the incident on Harris (Note: There is an excellent chance that Iceman80 is a lying pit nutter).

Iceman80: Ms. Harris wants everyone to think of her and her dog as victims, when she was as much to blame as the pit bull owners. Yes, the pit bulls should have been on leashes.(I am not a pit bull fan, and I don’t understand why anyone would want one as a pet) If Ms. Harris really cared about her dog, she could have been more protective by keeping the garage door closed. Leaving a small dog unattended, and unprotected in an open garage isn’t too bright.
Jeri: Yeah, and she should have had a fence and a moat around the garage! – Jeri

“Why is she uninsured?”

One of the most infamous “blame the victim” comments left at DogsBite.org was left by an anonymous user following the horrific attack of Charlotte Blevins. The commenter blames the child’s mother for not having insurance (which is false; Wendy did have insurance coverage) after a pit bull owned by a third party nearly killed the child.

Question, why does Wendy Blevins not have insurance to pay for this? Not that it’s her fault that her daughter was attacked, but if the attack happened to me, insurance would cover it. Why is she apparently uninsured? – Anonymous
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The commenter also questions whether or not Wendy is a good mother. Wendy immediately straddled the attacking dog and pulled it off of her daughter. As the scalp ripped off, blood flew everywhere, including all over Wendy. – DogsBite.org

“The child provoked the dog”

Pit bull owners and advocates frequently claim that a child teased or taunted the dog prior to the serious mauling. The most common phrase, however, is, “The child provoked the dog.” A Google Search shows over 36,000 results for the term: pit bull child provoked. The term is not limited to children. In an NJ.com article about Maria Zaldana, “70-year-old must have provoked pit bull attack,” pit bull owner Jason Reid makes this claim:

The co-owner of the dogs, Jason Reid, showed up at the Associated Humane Society of Newark facility Saturday and told D.J. Infield, the manager and chief animal control officer, that Maria Zaldana, of Jersey City, must have provoked the dogs, Infield said today.
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Zaldano suffered a partially torn scalp, numerous puncture wounds and the skin was torn from the left side of her face and her right knee and calf.

“The child taunted the dog”

Similar to the phrase, “The child teased the dog,” is the taunting claim voiced by pit bull advocates following a serious pit bull mauling. This “blame the victim” technique minimizes the seriousness of the victim’s injuries and literally declares: “What did you expect?” In the incident involving Vincent Marchese, commenter “Fail” even states, “MAYBE he got what was coming to him.”

Their point was that he had been to that fence before. The neighbors had stated that kids had taunted that dog previously. Read the article before making stupid comments. MAYBE the kid isn’t compeltely innocent. MAYBE he taunted the pitbull. MAYBE he got what was coming to him. If I taunt a dog, or for that matter a person, I would be aware there are consequences. – Fail

“Dogs don’t attack for no reason”

Another blame the victim phrase is, “Dogs don’t attack for no reason.” The goal of the phrase is to deny the victim’s and other witnesses’ version of the attack and to essentially blame the attack on anything but the dog. A commenter in an article published by the Evening News, “Boy savaged by ‘gentle’ pet,” states:

This comment won’t be popular but…Dogs don’t attack for “no reason”. Something will have triggered it, the report mentions that the dog went rigid and started growling, so what did the child do immediately before that? What provoked the attack? – Dan