Born to be Scary…
In her latest attempt to stage a 4 legged takeover of my bed, my most dangerous ticking time bomb of a dog, cici circled the covers, whipped them into a frenzy and proceeded to lick me into submission this morning. Here she is, the devious one, plotting her next playful mauling of my belly. Run. Hide. Get Under the Covers.
Ignorance is bliss in Maryland…Maryland Court of Appeals just declared that pit bulls and pit bull mixes are “inherently dangerous.”
“The evidence shows clearly that such attacks are disproportionate to the number of pit bulls in society, that they inflict far more damage than other dogs, and that their attacks are associated with a higher risk of death. Pit bull jaws are three times stronger than those of a German (shepherd).”
…”pit bulls are four-legged time bombs. You live with them, you live with risk …
I wrote to Dan Rodricks who wrote the above and this was the response, “I return on Jan. 5. Happy New Year, and thank you for reading the column and supporting The Baltimore Sun.”
so not only is his email out of date but so is his faulty logic/opinion with no factual evidence nor research done about pitbulls, surprise surprise. at least he’s consistent.
what evidence where, educated folks want to know. because in the reality based world where we live…
pit bulls do NOT have locking jaws and pit bulls are just dogs like other dogs…
Dr. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia wrote:
“The few studies which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles and teeth of pit bulls show that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different than that of any breed of dog. There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of “locking mechanism” unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier.”
The ‘pit bull’ has powerful jaws, but they are not alone in this. This is yet another myth – that ‘pit bulls’ are more dangerous because they have the most powerful bite. Most large breeds and cross breeds have a very strong bite, and even smaller dogs can inflict a bite powerful enough to kill. Any dog can be dangerous in the hands or an irresponsible, negligent or abusive owner.
Hero: Refusing to cooperate with profiling pit bulls
A personal story from MD
Myths about pibbles busted
bite statistics prove that it is NOT any specific breed but factors are: is the dog chained outside, left to roam free, unneutered, unsocialized… these are the factors that produce dogs of ALL breeds that bite/maul…
but why do any research when you can just spout off myths, stereotypes and fear based opinion?
“at a time when much of the country, with exceptions like the Maryland Court of Appeals, is waking up to how wrong that stereotype is.”
“What Rodrick fails miserably at acknowledging is the owner’s part in a dog’s behavior. Dogs who are abused or neglected are often a bite risk.
Dogs who are owned by individuals who fail to alter them, allow them to roam neighborhoods unsupervised and/or are miserably undersocialized – are a bite risk.
Not Pit bulls – dogs – all dogs.”
a pit bull in Denver…
a tale of two dogs
“My kids are around pit bulls every day. In the ’70s they blamed Dobermans, in the ’80s they blamed German shepherds, in the ’90s they blamed the Rottweiler. Now they blame the pit bull.” Cesar Millan. “Pit bulls get a bad rap because of irresponsible owners….”
you can let Rodrick know what you think…
On Facebook: he deleted all of the comments about pit bulls and now his email automatically sends a message to go to the Court of Appeals. So if you want to comment, you will have to post underneath his other posts.
Tips for renters:
asking people to post photos of their awesome pit bulls (or pit bull mixes) to our HSUS MD page: www.facebook.com/HSUSMarylandand/or tweet to @humanesociety using the #WELOVEMDPITBULLS hashtag. Thanks in advance to anyone posting, it is greatly appreciated.”
…a small committee of qualified and trusted experts are now reviewing the legal landscape of this decision to design next steps. One thing you CAN do is to help Maryland’s dogs right at the source by supporting a very special Baltimore-based shelter that has been unwavering in its commitment to pit bull adoptions despite the disturbing news. BARCS Animal Shelter is a friend and is full of good people and deserving dogs. Please keep them on your radar and consider adopting from them, fostering, volunteering or donating a financial gift or dog supplies. And when you do, thank them for staying on course for the ‘pit bulls’ in their care.