Posts tagged "dog attacks"

There's No Problem with Pit Bulls: Misinformation A Problem

There's No Problem with Pit Bulls: Misinformation A Problem
“The Problem with Pit Bulls” was the headline of a Time magazine story (June 20, 2014) by Charlotte Alter. My problem is with the story, not with the dogs referred to as pit bulls. The story, filled with inaccurate characterizations, called for breed-specific mandated sterilization, and ultimately vilified dogs referred to as pit bulls. Whenever anti-pit... Read more »

Most Dangerous Dog Breeds: No Such List

Most Dangerous Dog Breeds: No Such List
The 10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Based on Biting and Fatality Statistics that is the name of the above blog post – which has gone viral….I will provide a link (at the bottom of this story), but I don’t want to encourage or perpetuate  this nonsense. The post begins: “We wish we could say that... Read more »

Romania Approves Dog Slaughter

Romania Approves Dog Slaughter
Romania’s answer to solve a stray dog problem is to round them up and kill them, which was just voted into law by Parlaiment September 10. This follows a report that  a 4-year-old boy has died and his 6-year-old brother was injured after they were attacked by a pack of stray dogs outside a park... Read more »
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Pit Bulls Are America's Most Beautiful and Misunderstood Dog

Pit Bulls Are America's Most Beautiful and Misunderstood Dog
A breed ban came very close to happening in Chicago. At this point, I’d like to think our city is beyond breed specific legislation….but all it takes is one mis-timed incident. And, who knows what can happen from there? Tonight, November 15 Ken Foster will sign copies and talk about his new book “I’m a... Read more »

Dog Bite Prevention Week, American Veterinary Medical Association

Dog Bite Prevention Week, American Veterinary Medical Association
We are smack dab in the middle of Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 20 through 26. While dog bite prevention is important, some maintain there are an epidemic of bites, a theory I do not subscribe to. Here’s why: There are more dogs in America today than ever before, the number of reported bites actually... Read more »

Why Won't Chicago Animal Care and Control Punish Irresponsible Owners?

Why Won't Chicago Animal Care and Control Punish Irresponsible Owners?
In my view, nearly everything at Chicago Animal Care and Control is today broken. Check this blog post: Who runs CACC and why won’t Chicago Punish Irresponsible Pit Bull Owners?  (click to read story) I congratulate the author for having the courage to address the problems, though there are inaccuracies in the blog post  (important... Read more »
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Spanish Study Confirms Breed Bans Don't Work

Spanish Study Confirms Breed Bans Don't Work
When I’ve testified in opposition to breed specific bans (always involving a community or even an entire state seeking to ban Pit Bull-type dogs and sometimes Rottweilers and other breeds), I rattle off all sorts of facts – then I add, “There’s no data to support breed bans work to decrease dog bites, or dog... Read more »

Questions, Answers from an Animal Behavior Meeting

Questions, Answers from an Animal Behavior Meeting
ST. LOUIS, MO. — Experts from around the world attended the Symposium of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior July 15. The event coincided with the American Veterinary Medical Association Convention. A pawful of the attendees agreed to answer selected reader questions: Q: Due to recent dog attacks... Read more »

United States Postal Service vs. the Dogs

United States Postal Service vs. the Dogs
Where do you live? It turns out, Chicago dogs like postal carriers – at least more than 12 other cities do. The Postal Service released statistics today (May 12) highlighting the cities where the most dog attacks occur nationwide. Houston tops the list with 62 letter carriers attacked in 2010 (far exceeding the number two... Read more »
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It's Not Why Pit Bulls Attack, It's Why Any Dog May Attack

I listed several common and generally believed myths about Pit Bulls in a previous blog post. This dog attack story is not atypical, this is the story of a Pit Bulll who bit two people on Saturday, November 20 in Spartanburg, NC and then latched on to a man’s arm. And local animal care and... Read more »
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