Saturday, February 21, 2015


The Saga of a Dangerous Dog

The six entries below, all of them about a Montana pit bull named Legion, are gathered from several different web sites. The dates and chronological order have been ascribed by the editors of SRUV.

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Chapter 1
Montana; June 22, 2012
I persuaded everyone to calm down, and assured the woman (bi-polar and off meds) to let me take the dog. Through the door I assured her that I have never let a pit bull be put down once I get them into rescue, and I wouldn’t do so with Legion either. She opened the door a crack, and agreed to let me take him. Before I could get in though, the stepfather rushed the door, and set Legion into barking and snarling again, and he was chained to the wall, just inches from the baby.
> > > Read more: Pit bull chained to a wall stops a murder and now needs a home 

Chapter 2
Longmont Humane Society; July, 2012
Longmont has contacted us to say that Legion needs to go to Sanctuary, Best Friends Animal Society, in Utah. We need to raise $4000.00 to get him to Best Friends, an unequivocally NO KILL shelter and we need your help to help him. Will you please become a member of Legion's legion?

> > Read more: Can you help us to help him?

Chapter 3
Longmont Humane Society; November 27, 2012
In order to transfer him to Best Friends, Longmont must commit to bringing 4 adoptable dogs in his place to Longmont. The cost to them is around $4000.00. . . . Rhea [Morriarty] at Longmont is opening negotiations with Best Friends, and Longmont will keep Legion safely, while we raise these funds.

> > Read more: Please help Legion

Chapter 4
Therapy costs money; December 11, 2012
Since the Humane Society at Longmont was never meant to be a permanent home, and they do not have room to keep Legion -- despite his progress -- his brief reprieve at Longmont has become a new death row.

> > Read more: A good dog's sad story

Chapter 5
A Sleepover with Legion at LHS; January 31, 2013
Thanks especially to Rhea Moriarty, Behavior and Training Department Manager; Marianna Langan, Training and Behavior Coordinator; Annie Wyatt, Training Specialist; and 4th level volunteer Michael Schupp.

> > Read more: Legion is on his way to Best Friends!

Chapter 6 
From Longmont to Best Friends
Fortunately, Gypsy was able to fly up to Longmont, Colorado to say a personal goodbye to her "boy" before he went to live at Best Friends. Longmont generously made arrangements for us to spend a special day and "sleep-over" with Legion. These photos capture some of our visit with Legion and friends from LHS.

> > Read more: Gypsy was able to fly to Longmont

Legion and Gypsy

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SRUV uses the definition of "pit bull" as found in the Omaha Municipal Code Section 6-163. As pit bulls are increasingly crossed with exotic mastiffs, Catahoula Leopard Dogs and other breeds, the vernacular definition of "pit bull" must be made even more inclusive.

Sources cited by news media sometimes refer to "Animal Advocates" or sometimes "Experts." In many cases these words are used to refer to single-purpose pit bull advocates who have never advocated for any other breeds or species of animals. Media would be more accurate to refer to these pit bull advocates as advocates of fighting breeds.

Similarly, in many cases pit bull advocates refer to themselves as "dog lovers" or "canine advocates" and media often accepts this usage. The majority of these pit bull advocates are single-purpose advocates of fighting breeds.

Statistics quoted on SRUV are from the nation's authoritative source for current dog attack statistics, the 30+ year, continuously updated Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada.
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2014 Year-end report of dog attacks
   Animals 24-7; January 3, 2015
32 years of logging fatal & disfiguring dog attacks
   Animals 24-7; September 27, 2014
How many other animals did pit bulls kill in 2014?
   Animals 24-7; January 27, 2015

This page may also include information from Dogsbite &Fatal Pit Bull Attacks.

Google News: Today's pit bull attacks

2014 Dog Bite Related Fatalities on Daxton's Friends
Index of canine fatalities on Daxton's Friends