Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Buffalo Pit Bull Advocates Rescue Niagara Falls

Two extraordinary journalistic events occurred in January, 2015. The Newark [Ohio] Advocate, after supporting Newark's Breed Specific Legislation  (BSL) for years, suddenly reversed course and published a stunning series of six articles in rapid succession, including an editorial which supported the repeal of the existing BSL.

Of equal interest to animal advocates, and during the same period, a second lengthy series was initiated by The Niagara Gazette and continued in the weekly Niagara Falls Reporter. Niagara Falls, like many communities, is faced with severe shelter crowding and the need for additional shelter space. The Niagara Falls series was for the most part more thoughtful, varied, and objective than the stories published in the Newark Advocate.

But one of the recent articles in the Niagara Falls Reporter, by two shelter volunteers and self-described pit bull advocates from the nearby city of Buffalo, does little to advance the dialogue in Niagara Falls. A response to that article follows below.

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To Jennifer Ward and Suzanne Laba,

On January 27 an article authored by you appeared in the Niagara Falls Reporter which asks Is lazy journalism fueling the pit bull problem?

The answer to your question is, unfortunately, yes. But not in the manner you may think. You accuse the author of a previous article, Anna M. Howard, of lazy journalism. But your own article is filled with arrogance, bias, and the laziest possible journalism.

In support of your arguments you cite six sources, all of which are pit bull advocacy groups. Your decision to cite only pit bull advocacy groups is an act of such blatant bias that your column is rendered meaningless.

Your article is also flawed because, like many advocates of fighting breeds, you failed to acknowledge the reasons the shelters are overflowing with pit bulls. And like virtually all other pit bull advocates, you failed to acknowledge the financial burdens of shelter overcrowding and the toll of grief that result from an oversupply of pit bulls.

It's clear that you are unfamiliar with the causes of shelter overcrowding, the subject of the Niagara series. Information on the relationship between pit bull advocacy, backyard breeding, no-kill policies, and shelter crowding are readily available on SRUV1 and elsewhere on the web.

The Editors

Forthcoming: Niagara County SPCA

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1   See Resources on Euthanasia, Sheltering, and No-kill

SRUV uses the definition of "pit bull" as found in the Omaha Municipal Code Section 6-163. SRUV would like to see the definition expanded even further.

Sources cited by SRUV 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 are referred to by the media as "dog lovers" or "canine advocates." The majority of these pit bull advocates are none of these; they are single-purpose advocates of fighting breeds.

Sources: Niagara Falls

'Shelter pet' not the best term for a furever friend
   by Cathy Fugler, Niagara Falls Humane Society
   Niagara This Week; January 29, 2015

Pit bulls bred to be aggressive, like many of their owners
   by Jonathan A. Macready
   Niagara Falls Reporter, January 27, 2015

Pit bull battle continues; is lazy journalism fueling the pit bull problem?
   by Jennifer Ward & Suzanne Laba
   Niagara Falls Reporter; January 27, 2015

Euthanasia rates drop at Niagara County SPCA 4; January 25, 2015

Director Tells SPCA's Side of Challenge with City Pit Bulls Not the Problem
   by Amy Lewis, Exec Dir, Niagara County SPCA
   Niagara Falls Reporter, January 13, 2015

Are Reckless Pitbull Owners Behind Dyster's Proposed Animal Shelter?
   Niagara Falls Reporter; January 6, 2015

Is Dyster's Proposed $3.2 Million Animal Shelter Plan for the Pits?
   Niagara Falls Reporter; January 6, 2015

Bite Statistics to Sink Your Teeth Into
   Niagara Falls Reporter; January 6, 2015

Overabundance of pit bulls at Niagara Co. SPCA
   WKBW ABC7;  January 5, 2015

SPCA of Niagara deals with surplus pit bulls
    Niagara Gazette; December 28, 2014

Two pit bulls shot after attacking alpacas on Heartland farm
   Niagara Gazette; October 9, 2014

Teen hurt in pit bull attack
   Tonawanda News; October 2, 2014

Newfane pit bull attacked previous owners
   Lockport Union-Sun & Journal; September 30, 2014
On Sunday, a Newfane man was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center after being attacked by the pit bull at his South Main Street residence. The man had just acquired the dog, authorities said . . . Amy Lewis, Niagara SPCA director, said the pit bull attacked its previous owners on Sept. 15. . . . And before that, the same pit bull had been brought into the SPCA after biting someone in May, Lewis said.

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

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.
View or download the current PDF

This page may also include information fromDogsbite and 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


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Newark Advocate

NEWARK OH -- After several years of contentious debate within the community, on October 14, 2012 the Newark Advocate published an editorial opinion in support of Newark's existing Breed Specific Legislation (Don't change Newark's Vicious Dog Law).

A year later, on December 7, 2013, the Editorial Board reaffirmed that opinion (Newark's current pit bull law should stand).

Several weeks later, on February 7, 2014, Klonda Richey was mauled to death by two mixed-breed mastiffs in Montgomery County. Richey's death signaled the onset of the bloodiest year in Ohio pit bull history. Three people were killed in fatal attacks and dozens injured.1

That bloody year is apparently of little consequence to the editors of the Newark Advocate, who in 2015 reversed course and published a series of articles unlike anything previously seen in pit bull advocacy. At least six articles appeared over a ten-day period, including a new editorial opinion in support of pit bulls.

In the middle of the publishing blitz, on Sunday, January 11, the Advocate published what appears to be a special insert. The heavily illustrated article, Pit bull owners share the softer side of 'bully breeds' was reprinted by newspapers across the country.2

We have selected three of the many misrepresentations included in the week-long publishing blitz. They appear below with our responses.

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Newark Advocate: There’s never a guarantee any dog won’t bite or harm anyone, especially any animal that’s not cared for properly or abused. Yes, pit bulls have a bit of a rap sheet, but there are many of the breed who are loving and unlikely to harm anyone without good reason.
SRUV: Many advocates of fighting breeds (and the Newark Advocate must now be counted among them) are in the habit of generalizing: because my pit bull has never attacked anyone, it follows that all responsibly raised pit bulls will never attack anyone.

The evidence proves the opposite is true. On Christmas day, 2014, Edward Cahill of Portage, Indiana, was killed by the pit bull he had loved for eight years. At the time of the attack FatBoi was the banner image on Cahill's Facebook page.

A little over a week later 87-year old Eugene Smith became the first 2015 victim of a fatal pit bull attack while he was removing his Christmas tree. Neighbors and coworkers remarked that Mr Smith slept with his pit bull, and often told others how much he loved the dog.

These two men who loved and cared for their pit bulls were killed without cause. The advocates who insist that only mistreated, abused pit bulls kill their owners are not telling the truth.
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Newark Advocate: We would never prejudge a person as being more likely to harm someone without solid evidence of a crime or medically diagnosed mental health condition. We’re judged based on our actions, not what could happen.
SRUV: The attempt to treat dogs as if they were human is one of the great canards of the advocacy movement. No group of humans has been selectively bred for over 200 years to fight to the death in pits; if there were such a group they would be treated differently than the rest of us. Pit bulls have been selectively bred to kill and we must treat them accordingly.
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Newark Advocate: . . . Rath blames media hype for giving pit bulls a bad name. It’s happened to other dogs in the past — German shepherds, Rottweilers, Doberman pinschers — and now, it’s happening to pit bulls, he said.
Media hype, as Mr Rath calls it, is disproportionately favorable to pit bulls; witness the series under discussion.

Dobermans may have enjoyed their moment as most feared canine, as have GSDs and Rottweilers. But all the fear and publicity and posturing aside, which dog really is more dangerous? It isn't even close. While Dobermans may be intimidating they've killed only 7 humans in the last 32 years. Pit bulls have now killed at least 308 in the same period; Dobermans just were not bred for killing. GSDs have killed 15 humans in 30 years (in the low 20s if counting crossbred GSDs) and Rottweilers have killed in the low 80s in the last thirty years. This isn't an argument worth having.

Mr Rath also claims that BSL is costly and ineffective. On June 6, 2014 6-year old Zainabou Drame was attacked by two pit bulls. Zainabou was in an induced coma for weeks and will require a lifetime of therapy. The cost of one child's medical care, already over a million dollars after only a half year, will easily exceed the cost of BSL animal control in Newark for a decade. 
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Councilman Jeff Rath has promised to sponsor new legislation rescinding Newark's BSL and he is currently feeling the love of pit bull advocates. Mr Rath and his colleagues should remember that the advocates who have swarmed recent council meetings are a minority of Newark's citizens. In elections and surveys, whenever constituents are free to choose, they have consistently voted by a two-to-one margin saying they do not want to live next door to a pit bull.

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1  See Ohio Reeling from pit bull attacks  (SRUV, Aug 8, 2014)
2  The Softer Side of Pit Bulls has become a cliché of advocacy publishing in recent years. Numerous photo essays and books have appeared which depict pit bulls in soft light with glowing auras, or in studio settings with pastel backgrounds. An example is The Softer Side of Pit Bulls; A Reviled Breed Gets a Makeover   (Time, July 22, 2013). The photos accompanying the brief article are still available online.

The Newark Advocate

Pit bull supporters push against breed-specific law
   January 20, 2015 (Tues); Newark Advocate
Pit bulls deserve another look
   January 17, 2015 (Sat); Newark Advocate Editorial
Rath vows to help pit bull owners fight vicious status
   January 13, 2015 (Tues); Newark Advocate
Safety panel session invites pit bull owners' comments
   January 12, 2015 (Mon); Newark Advocate
Pit bull owners share the 'softer side' of bully breeds
   January 11, 2015 (Sun); Newark Advocate
Roscoe; An American red nose pit bull
   January 10, 2015 (Sat); Newark Advocate
Pit bull owners complain to council about law, officer
   December 16, 2014; Newark Advocate
Official cancels meeting with pit bull owner
   December 5, 2014; Newark Advocate
Activist wants county to stop killing pit bulls
    August 12, 2014; Newark Advocate
Newark Pit Bulls Must Pass Good Citizenship Test To Get Off Vicious Dog List
   December 17, 2013; WBNS 10TV
Newark council passes pit bull ordinance
   December 17, 2013; Newark Advocate
Newark Pit Bull Regulations Close To Makeover
   December 10, 2013 (March 4, 2014); NBC4i
Newark's current pit bull law should stand
   December 7, 2013; Newark Advocate Editorial
Don't change Newark's vicious dog law
   October 14, 2012; Newark Advocate Editorial
Pit bulls kills dog
   December 1, 2004; Newark Advocate

Ohio News:
Dog named "Precious" bites woman
   January 18, 2015; WDTN
Pit bull running loose attacks, bites man
   January 13, 2015; Newark Advocate
Man chased, bit by dog
   January 4, 2015; WDTN

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

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.
View or download the current PDF

This page may also include information fromDogsbite and 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


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Advocacy Bullies

Revised: January 4, 2015; 01:25 GMT
Revised: January 5, 2015; 19:27 GMT

In 1991 rumors circulated that the President of Proctor and Gamble, the multinational consumer goods company, tithed a portion of company profits to Satanic causes. Similar rumors had surfaced throughout the 1980s but returned with a vengeance in 1991 and continued to gain traction in 1994 and 1995. Evangelical groups called for a national boycott of P&G products.

In 1991 Procter & Gamble modified their logo to eliminate the supposed horns and 6's, and in 1995 they dropped the "man in the moon" logo entirely in favor of a simple stylized "P&G" rendered in blue letters.

In March, 2007 a jury awarded P&G $19.25 million after finding that four employees of a competing consumer housewares company had spread false rumors about P&G to advance their own business.

Rumor-based internet bullying has  been around since the dawn of the internet, but several recent cases show how the tactic has evolved in the age of social media.

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Pit bull dogs will be on earth long after you are being ate by worms and your soul burning in hell.
Bob Cronk (comment)
On November 4, 2014, citizens in Aurora, Colorado voted in the nation's first general election referendum on Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). Newspapers from the Salt Lake Tribune to the Washington Times were poised to report the results. Aurora citizens voted in favor of keeping the ban by a two-to-one margin.

Among the papers which carried news of the outcome on November 5th was the nation's leading independent international journal of animal health and welfare, Animals 24-7. The article carried a photo of 14-month old Daxton Borchardt;1 the sidebar to the right of the article carried an advertisement promoting a pet adoption drive.

(Click image to enlarge)

According to a subsequent statement from Animals 24-7, the advertisement was jointly sponsored by:
. . . . the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California, and the Home 4 the Holidays international adoption program it sponsors; and Blue Buffalo, a pet food maker whose only involvement was that it sponsors Home 4 the Holidays . . . . Among the 1.1 million shelter animals rehomed by Home 4 the Holidays in 2013 were an estimated 170,000 pit bulls.
Dozens of media outlets carried news of the Aurora results; all of them, including corporate giants like Fox News, carried advertisements in close proximity to their coverage of the Aurora vote. But some pit bull advocates took exception to the Animals 24-7 article. Or to the layout, or to the image, or to the advertisement. We may never fully understand exactly what provoked the advocates, but some of them snapped.

On the 5th, burning with indignation at their loss in Aurora, pit bull advocacy groups launched a campaign against Blue Buffalo and Animals 24-7. Among the advocacy groups that urged their devotees to boycott Blue Buffalo were Wisconsin Voters for Companion Animals2 and ColoRADogs,3 the group that led the failed Aurora repeal effort. The response by pit bull advocates was so overwhelming that by noon of November 7th Blue Buffalo pulled the ad from Animals 24-7.

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I really don’t know what caused all of this hatred, but now our phones are ringing, our social media is being attacked, and our sponsors are being attacked, so I must ask you to remove our ad.
Animals 24-7 has recently carried stories about the Gadhi Mai buffalo sacrifice (by Jim Myers of the Animal Aid Charitable Trust), Lithuania's planned wild boar cull, the plight of brickyard mules in Kathmandu, pangolins, camel slaughter, camel rescue, Toxoplasma gondi and the international trade in horse meat, among dozens of other articles of interest to animal advocates worldwide.4

Ms Tranzow of ColoRADogs publicly espouses respectful dialogue:
We believe that vitriol closes the line of communication.
Ms Tranzow must have forgotten her high ideals when she called for the boycott that harmed the Helen Woodward Center, Blue Buffalo, and Home 4 The Holidays adoption program. Ms Tranzow's elevated language does not hide the fact that she fabricated false claims about Mr Clifton's position on euthanasia. Her animus harmed several respected animal welfare groups, an international animal welfare journalist who is respected by everyone except advocates of fighting breeds, and ultimately harmed the pit bulls Ms Tranzow claims to love. Ms Tranzow allowed her personal animosity for Animals 24-7 to take precedence over her advocacy for pit bulls.

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The dust had barely settled on November 8th when ColoRADogs published an exculpatory post on Facebook titled Clearing the Air. The document exhibits a peculiar mix of evasiveness, contrition, arrogance, defiance, and as is often the case with pit bull advocacy, a fundamentalist self-righteousness. Clearing the Air also incorporates without attribution several of Clifton's statements from a November 7th article about the boycott.

Clearing the Air claims that Blue Buffalo, by advertising in Animals 24-7, asked pet owners to buy their products while supporting a page that calls for their death. This claim by Ms Tranzow is a corruption of Clifton's views, as any reader will discover for themselves by reviewing Clifton's articles on euthanasia.5

Ms Tranzow would have avoided her errors had she been aware of the history of the no-kill movement. The Directory for the original No-Kill Conference series (1995-2001) carried the following statement on page 1:
Implicit to the no-kill philosophy is the reality of exceptional situations in which euthanasia is the most humane alternative available. Those exceptional situations include irrecoverable illness or injury, dangerous behavior, and/or the need to decapitate an animal who has bitten someone in order to perform rabies testing. They do not include 'unadoptable, too young, too old, or lack of space.'
The statement was drafted by Merritt Clifton.

Clearing the Air further fouled the air by claiming that Clifton justifies the euthanization of family pets; this is a libelous misrepresentation. Readers who are familiar with Animals 24-7 and Clifton's writings on euthanasia will find this deceit contemptible.

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Both ColoRADogs and Wisconsin Voters listed contact information for Blue Buffalo and urged their readers to send boycott letters. Hundreds of readers, mistakenly convinced that Animals 24-7 promotes euthanasia, contacted Blue Buffalo with angry letters, forcing Blue Buffalo to pull their ad.

If any reader of this blog called, emailed, or commented to Blue Buffalo under the false impression that Animals 24-7 supports euthanasia, you were misled by Ms Tranzow or other advocacy groups.

Those who placed angry calls or sent angry emails to Blue Buffalo or the Helen Woodward Animal Center now have the opportunity to correct that error. Please take this opportunity to call, email, or comment on Facebook, thanking Blue Buffalo, the Helen Woodward Animal Center, and Animals 24-7 for their tireless efforts in behalf of our animal companions.

Contact Blue Buffalo:
Phone: 800-919-2833

Contact the Helen Woodward Animal Center:
Email: Marcie Grube;
Phone: 858-756-4117

Forthcoming: Advocacy bullies in Madison, Wisconsin, Australia, and New Orleans; Blowback; The Pit Bull Third Rail

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1 Daxton Borchardt was killed in a fatal pit bull attack on March 6, 2013. His father, Jeffrey Borchardt, participated in the Aurora campaign to retain BSL.
2 Wisconsin Voters for Companion Animals is an euphemism; the group advocates solely for pit bulls.
3 ColoRADogs was formed in 2012 by Nancy Tranzow and her partner Melanie Schweder
4 The founder, editor, and lead investigative journalist of Animals 24-7, Merritt Clifton, has also written extensively about the tragedy of euthanasia and related subjects, including sheltering, no-kill policies, and Breed Specific Legislation. Clifton also compiles dog attack statistics. It's doubtful that the pit bull advocates who flooded The Helen Woodward Center and Blue Buffalo with hate mail for advertising in Animals 24-7 are familiar with any of Clifton's work, except through rumors circulated by pit bull advocates.
5   See Resources on Euthanasia, Sheltering, and No-Kill.

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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" should 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.

Sources for Aurora and Blue Buffalo:
Colorado town considers repealing pit bull ban in landmark vote
   October 18, 2014; Christian Science Monitor
Aurora, Colorado, to reconsider pit bull ban in general election
   October 18, 2014; World News
No on Proposition 2D: Putting an end to Aurora’s dangerous pit bull charade
   October 23, 2014; Aurora Sentinel
Aurora overwhelming votes to keep pit bull ban in place
   November 5, 2014; Fox31
Animal advocates vow to keep fighting after Aurora votes to maintain pit bull ban
   November 5, 2014; Huffington Post
Pit bull ban survives in Denver suburb
   November 5, 2015; Washington Times
Aurora right to keep pit bull ban
   November 6, 2014; Denver Post
Attempt to repeal pit bull ban crushed in Colorado
   November 5, 2014; Animals 24-7
Blue Buffalo dog food supports breed discrimination through advertising
   November 5, 2014; WI Voters for Companion Animals
Update on Blue Buffalo Dog Food Ad
   November 6, 2014; WI Voters for Companion Animals
   November 7, 2014; Animals 24-7
Clearing the air
   November 8, 2014; ColoRADogs
No surprise that pit bullies won't let election loss go
   November 18, 2014; Aurora Sentinel

Sources for Wisconsin:
Merrill girl, 2, recovering days after pit bull attack
   December 16, 2014; Wausau Daily Herald
Madison will consider major animal control changes
   October 17, 2014; Wisconsin State Journal
Pit bull attack brings plea for tighter controls
   September 13, 2014;
Committee votes to end Pitbull ban in Cambridge
   September 5, 2014. WKOW
3 Pit Bulls Attack 5 Children, 1 Adult in 2 Days in Racine
   August 27, 2014; Wide Awake America
In Cambridge, a pit bull named Sherlock triggers a rancorous showdown
   August 17, 2014; Wisconsin State Journal
70-Year-Old Uses Revolver to stop Pit Bull Attack
   24 July, 2014;
Victim in pit bull attack wants breed banned
   July 10, 2014; Wausau Daily Herald
Madison drops proposed mandatory pit bull neuter/spay law
   March 21, 2014. Wisconsin State Journal
Madison pit bull proposal off the table
   March 21, 2014; WMTV NBC15
Sponsors pull controversial Madison pit bull ordinance
   March 21, 2014;
Walworth County toddler dies after pit bull attack
   March 6, 2013; WISN

Sources for New Orleans:
Westwego councilman pulls his pit bull ordinance proposal
   July 8, 2013; Times-Picayune
Westwego woman lost eye, ear and both arms after pit bull attack
   March 14, 2013; Times-Picayune

Sources for Miranda Divine:
Times up for deadly dogs
   August 6, 2013; Daily Telegraph
How did I end up in a race war over dogs?
   August 10, 2013; Daily Telegraph

Sources for Rhode Island:
Rhode Island Introduces Statewide BSL Measure
   February 7, 2013; AKC News
Rhode Island pit bull bills withdrawn
   March 1, 2013; Bless the Bullys

Sources: Other Advocacy Bullying
Pit bulls, Ann Landers, & Dr. Laura
   by Barbara Kay
   Animals 24-7; December 24, 2014
Dr Laura sorry she said pit bull dogs at shelters "should all be put down"
   Fox411; December 23, 2014
Pit-bull cartoon sent me on journey of understanding
   by Charles St Amand
   Sentinel & Enterprise; August 21, 2014
Dog lovers protest Sonoma councilwoman's pit-bull comments
   Press Democrat; August 23, 2011

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

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.
View or download the current PDF

This page may also include information fromDogsbite and 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


Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 Top Ten

This selection is listed chronologically, and does not reflect the number of page views. The list is subject to change.

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1/  Carnival of Madness
     January 14, 2014

2/  Like a Dog
     February 3, 2014

3/  Trojan Horse in Albany
     March 4, 2014

4/  Vicki Hearne
     April 8, 2014

5/  Malcolm Gladwell's Stigma
     May 15, 2014

6/  Any Dog in Cincinnati; Postscript
     June 26, 2014

7/  Summer Reading List
     July 19, 2014

8/  The Removal of Joe Rock
     August 1, 2014

9/  Douglas Anthony Cooper
     September 27, 2014

10/ Portland Streetcar Pit Bull Attack: The Backstory
      October 19, 2014

11/ ArtPrize and Pit Bulls
      November 10, 2014

12/ Crowdfunding Pit Bulls
      November 17, 2014
      Even more heartbreaking are the campaigns for human victims of pit bull attacks. Medical care for these victims can easily run to six figures. . . And finally, there are crowdfunding appeals to help defray funeral expenses for those who have been killed by fatal pit bull attacks. . . Few of the campaigns for victims of pit bull attacks meet their fundraising goal. 

13/ Coordinated Campaign
      December 9, 2014