"Aggression" isn't the problem. The problem is the DAMAGE pit bulls do when they attack. Furthermore, ALL serious dog attacks are reported. In fact, serious dog attacks involving non-pit bulls are more widely-reported than those involving pit bulls because they are rare. Last year, the most widely-reported serious dog attacks in the US were the retriever-mix that killed the baby in South Carolina, the husky that murdered the newborn in Pennsylvania, and the big, ugly mastiff in Nevada that killed the little boy on his 1st birthday. The most widely-reported attack in England last year was the Jack Russell terrier that killed an infant. And it is NOT "how they are raised and trained." Dogs are products of their breeding and the majority of pit bulls involved in human fatalities have been raised from puppies and have never been mistreated or "trained" to fight! Radcliffe Robins, DVM and animal behaviorist, says: "Temperament is 100% genetic; it is inherited, and fixed at the moment of the dog’s fertilization/conception/
birth. Temperament in the dog cannot be eliminated nor transformed from one type to another. It cannot change during the dog’s lifetime. It is the permanent mental/neurological characteristic of the individual dog. Environment, socialization or training can MODIFY the expression of an individual dog’s temperament, but they cannot transform it nor eliminate it. The dog will die with the temperament with which it was born."--JANE CLARKE
American Bulldogs were once called American Pit Bulldogs until the two obscure hog dogging registries - NKC and ARF - rebranded them once the pit maulings started escalating. The "AMERICAN" Bulldog is the reconstituted original English Bullbaiting Bulldog that Pit Bulls descended from. They were allowed to go extinct in England when the bull baiters had to switch to dog fighting to stay ahead of the law. In some circles, it is thought that Colby Pit Bull Blood was used to recreate them. Changing names and rebranding to create confusion and to stay ahead of the law is common through Bully Breed history - like a felon using an alias.....Vintage
Thursday, December 22, 2011
COLUMBUS GA - 2 PIT BULLS ATTACKED A NEIGHBOR'S DOG - HERO - WHEN IT WAS REALIZED THAT A BASEBALL BAT WOULD NOT HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE ANOTHER NEIGHBOR BROUGHT OUT A .38 AND FIRED !!!
UPDATE: "I automatically thought Tyson was dead…One of them had Tyson's head in its mouth and it was crushing his skull and one of his eyes was like bulging out."
Thurs - Dec 22, 2011 - A Mesa Street resident had to fire a handgun Wednesday to save a neighbor's dog from two pit bulls that were attacking it, police said. Police initially were summoned about 2 p.m. to the 2400 block of Mesa Street on a report of shots fired, and there spoke with Robin Whitledge Jr., who told them he was in his backyard when he heard dogs growling in front of his home.
So he went out front and saw two black and white pit bulls attacking a neighbor's dog. "Mr. Whitledge stated he went and got his baseball bat, but realized that was not going to make the dogs stop fighting and backed off," police reported. So his father, Robin Whitledge Sr., came outside with a .38-caliber revolver and fired two shots at the pit bulls, which ran away, officers said. They spoke with another neighbor who confirmed that she also saw the two pit bulls attacking the other dog, and saw the senior Whitledge fire the gun to scare them off.
Columbus Animal Control was called out to search for the pit bulls, and the owner of the dog that was attacked came and took what police described as her husky and pit-bull mix to a veterinary hospital.
Though discharging a firearm within the city limits is illegal, the elder Whitledge was not charged, "due to the fact that he was trying to stop his neighbor's dog from being attacked," police said.