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“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

“Ban stupid owners!”

“Ban stupid owners!” is a reactionary phrase used by Maul Talkers following a serious or fatal pit bull attack. The phrase denies the pit bull’s responsibility in the incident and directs the blame onto the dog’s owner. Despite the U.S. Constitution, specifically the 14th Amendment, Maul Talkers will have you believe that banning stupid owners is legal in our country. This distortion works to further confuse the public about the underlying source of the pit bull problem: the dog was bred to bite down with its powerful jaws, hold that bite and shake whatever is in its mouth until it’s dead. (See: pit bull bite style).

Why don’t they ban stupid people instead? I’m no fan of a pit bull chained to a tree in the trailer park – Bootz Fan
Ban Stupid People… not dogs – Pit nutter Myspace page
Ban stupid ownersPit nutter Facebook page
Stupid owners have stupid dogs. Maybe the ban should be that stupid people shouldnt be allowed to own pit bulls – Julie and JoJo Fink
I say ban stupid owners not the breed. =) – Pit nutter
Ban Stupid People Not Dogs (Tee-shirts) – Pit nutter
it’s not the dogs. it’s the stupid owners. there is a reason they call pits the “ghetto mascot” guess who owns them and treats them badly to make the dog mean. they should bad stupid people. – Chris Crawford

“I’m a vet tech”

This phrase is often used by pit bull owners to be seen as an authority when interviewed in news articles or commenting in a mauling thread. 95% of the time, the person is not a “vet tech” (with 2-3 years of accredited training) nor has any training outside of being a pit bull owner. Maul Talkers often take this perceived expert claim further by claiming to be a vet tech for “30 years.” When his or her MySpace or Facebook page is found, however, the person’s age is listed as 25 or younger. Any person who claims to be a “vet tech” when talking about the pit bull issue should quickly be dismissed as a fraud.

I work with all types of dogs as I am certified veterinary technician. When I was in Aurora I worked with quite a few “Pit-bulls” and never came across one that I was scared of until my last day of 2 years at that clinic. I was attacked by several chows, a few labs and one extremely mean Golden (not even mentioning all the chihuahuas, min-pins, shit-zus and countless other small dog breed). – CVT

As a vet tech for 8 years I have had a lot of experience handling dogs who I am unfamiliar with and who are unfamiliar with me. I have had to restrain and perform painful and frightening procedures on all shapes and sizes. When I began in this business I had no experience with pit bulls at all. In the past eight years MANY of the breeds I used to admire have shown me their true and ugly natures and I am no longer a fan. On the flipside I have come to respect and adore the pit bull based on my experiences with them. – Vet Tech

“Must have been trained to attack”

This statement is often made by Maul Talkers after a horrible pit bull attack. It is used to deny the pit bull’s responsibility and the breed’s genetic history by shifting the blame onto the dog’s owner. The term is also used to victimize pit bulls. What goes notably unmentioned by Maul Talkers are the many disfiguring and deadly pit bull attacks that involve “loving household” pit bulls that were never trained to attack prior to the dog’s berserking incident.

What Little Bear also didn’t know is that the pitbull breed gets a bad rap because of a handful of pitbulls who were either trained to be mean, or not trained correctly. – Nicki Mann
And just becuase criminals take this breed and fight it and make it do terrible things, you want to punish us all? Guess what, get rid of them and the same criminals are going to go after your beloved Labs and Retrievers who can be trained and tortured just as easily to fight… – Anonymous pit nutter
Just another horrible pet “owner” that will continue to tarnish the reputation of a perfectly good dog breed. Ignorant people that have no clue about Pit Bulls or dogs in general will latch onto this to support their xenophobic fear of the dog rather than the stupid owners that mistreat and train their animals to behave poorly. – Fuzzle1
If any dog is trained to fight by (probably by your distant igrorant lowlife realtives) humans, thats what the dog will do. Get it- still HUMANS FAULT. No different then teaching your son to go rob 7-ll and shoot someone. Does that mean the entire human race should be punished because of your stupid family?? – Pit nutter Jen
“We try to keep track of them, and we have very few incidents,” he said. “A lot of them are not because of what breed of dog it is, but how it has been trained.” – Pit nutter police chief

“It was a bait dog!”

Pit bull rescuers and animal shelter workers often call rescued pit bulls “bait dogs” in order to drive up sympathy and donations. They also use the term to as a way to adopt out dogs formerly used for fighting. The logic of a dogfighter using a pit bull as a bait dog makes little sense. Dogfighters typically kill cur pit bulls (pit bulls that refuse to fight). Any dog that can fight is an investment and worth protecting. Bait dogs, realistically, are more likely to be strays and dogs of other breeds.

Last week, Best Friends announced that one of Vick’s dogs, Bonita, died during a routine anesthesia procedure. The dog apparently had worn or filed down teeth and had required dental work. Best Friends chalks the bad teeth up to Bonita likely being a “bait dog,” when the condition might just be the result of longtime chain chewing on Vick’s property. The press release is masterful copy for soliciting donations. – DogsBite.org

“Pit bulls have a bad rap!”

The phrase, “Pit bulls have a bad rap,” is so cliched that Bad Rap (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls) based their anachronistic name on it. Pit bull owners and advocates use the phrase to cast pit bulls as victims by saying, “Pit bulls are NOT EVIL, they just have a bad rap!” On the contrary, pit bulls have a very deserved reputation and one that is unmatched in the maiming and killing of innocent human beings and animals.

“Pit bulls have a bad rap,” says Shorty in an Animal Planet press release, “though they don’t deserve it at all. It’s what people have done to these pits or how they have trained them that caused this horrible misperception. Pit bulls are beautiful and energetic dogs that make wonderful companions and have the ability to bring out the best in just about any one – the elderly, children, the handicapped, and yes… even the little people of this world!” – Pit Boss, Animal Planet TV

“The most ‘abused’ breed”

Along with the term, “The most ‘maligned’ breed,” pit bull owners and advocates use the term, “The most ‘abused’ breed” to gain sympathy for pit bulls. The truth is the pit bull is the most abused breed in the world because its entire selective breeding foundation is based on dogfighting, and pit bulls continue to be bred for dogfighting today. The act of dogfighting is horrifically abusive and outlawed in all 50 U.S. states. Maul Talkers, however, will have you believe that every pit bull is born angelic and that it is due to owners’ beating and torturing the animal that it continues to maul and kill human beings and animals at an unmatched rate. Note below that 83% of the human fatalities involved family dogs, not pit bulls that were abused or used in dogfighting by their owners.

Mid Year Results: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities from January 1 to July 22, 2010
DogsBite.org – Of the 18 fatal dog attacks recorded by DogsBite.org so far in 2010, pit bull type dogs contributed to 67% (12). This is equivalent to a pit bull killing a U.S. citizen every 17 days during this 203-day period. 83% (10) of these incidents involved a family pit bull killing a family member.

According to Google News Archives, usage of the term picked up in the late 1990’s and shot through the roof in 2005. One cannot read a mauling thread without hearing the verbiage echoed throughout. After two loose pit bulls killed William Parker in July 2010, pit bull advocates, owners, and apologists were out in full force to victimize the offending pit bulls who not only killed Parker, but injured four others:

I would bet that most posters would agree that not all pit bulls are vicious. Those dogs who are vicious have been shown no love, starved, and have been repeatedly abused and agitated, so much so, that anyone or anything approaching is seen as a threat. Undoubtedly, that was probably the case in this sad, sad story.
This is by no means a racial or location issue. It is about being a responsible pet owner treating an animal as a pet, not a means for what some sick people call “entertainment.” – illindtenn

“The most ‘maligned’ breed”

This term appears to have taken root in the early 1990’s, just after pit bulls spent the 1980’s on a killing spree, (which has only increased since). During the 1980’s, the pit bull breed amassed 45 deaths versus the next top killing breed, the German Shepherd, which amassed 13 in the same period. The Rottweiler community adopted the same verbiage in 1996, just after the breed catapulted to the top killer from 1993 to 1996. “The most ‘maligned’ breed” terminology, however, is primarily used by pit bull advocates in an effort to gain sympathy for the dog.

The stranger may see only a “pit bull” on a leash held by an obvious fool. Your behavior and the behavior of your dog may be the only opportunity this stranger will ever have to see the positive side of what has become the most maligned breed in the history of dogdom. – American Pit Bull Terrier Handbook

“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