My Service Dog, Jade

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Pit Bulls Attacking Guide Dogs, Cont....



Guide dogs in UK are constantly attacked by aggressive dogs

by Darren Jamieson on June 22, 2010
A recent report has shown an alarming spate of attacks on guide dogs in the UK from other dogs, sometimes without even a word of apology from the dog’s owner. The report has been published in the Veterinary Record this week, and it shows that over three guide dogs each month in the UK suffer attacks from other dogs – sometimes very ferocious attacks that require veterinary attention.

Of the dogs that are performing the unprovoked attacks on guide dogs, bull breeds of dogs account for 40% of all of the attacks. The data has been compiled from reports dating between Nov 2006 and Apr 2009.
Worse yet is the fact that 61% of the attacks on the guide dogs came when they were actually working, guiding their handlers. Most of the instances also included males, with 85.7% of the attacking dogs being male, and 62% of the guide dogs being attacked also being male.


Most guide dogs are either Labrador or Golden Retriever breeds – and are unable to defend themselves against aggressive attackers such as bulldogs,Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Pitbulls. 61% of the aggressive dogs that attacked guide dogs were not on the lead, and 46% of them were ‘bull’ breeds.
According to research, bull breeds only account for around 6% of the dogs in the UK, so 46% of attacks on guide dogs being attributed to bull breeds is worrying.



Following the attacks on the defenceless guide dogs, 49 of the dogs had to be rushed to the vets for treatment. 19% of the attacks also saw the guide dog’s handler, or a passer by, also injured by the aggressive dog.
Sadly, two of the guide dogs that were attacked could no longer continue to work as guide dogs following the incidents.
Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the attacks was that in just six of the incidents did the owner of the aggressive dog actually apologise for the attack. Eight incidents saw the owners of the aggressive dogs flee the scene of the attack without even speaking to the handler of the guide dog.

Every guide dog in the UK costs approximately £50,000 to train and support for the duration of its life.
The authors of the research commented:
The financial implications of attacks on guide dogs should not be underestimated, especially if retraining or replacing a guide dog is necessary. Most importantly, a person in critical need of a guide dog may be without one for a period of time while waiting for a suitable replacement to be trained; this will impact on their quality of life and mobility.
These attacks are despicable and MUST STOP!!!





Saturday, June 16, 2012

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pitbulldangers/2012/06/16/tucson-pit-bull-dangerous-dog-victims-walk

http://www.wypr.org/podcast/pitbulls-and-maryland-court-appeals-decision-part-1-friday-june-15-12-1-pm

I've received some comments on this blog about the fact that I discuss pit bulls and pit bull behavior too much rather than discussing more issues regarding Service and Guide dogs.  Well, there have been several posts on this blog about Service dogs and Guide dogs getting mauled and killed by pit bulls, and this is a HUGE issue related to service dogs.  It's a MAJOR problem, and NEEDS to be addressed!

Quincy-Guide Dog killed by pit bulls



Anyone with a Service or Guide Dog NEEDS to be aware of this problem! I will continue to post about it, because people NEED to be educated about this issue and need to be aware of what's going on out there! Service dog trainers and handlers, and Guide dog trainers and handlers are getting sick and tired of these vicious attacks! The handlers are walking around out there in the streets in fear, and I don't blame them! In fact, I'm one of them.

Neela-Guide Dog viciously mauled by a pit bull


Many Service dog and Guide dog teams have already been viciously attacked by pit bulls running loose, or breaking their leashes, etc, and people need to understand that Service and Guide dogs are not pets. (You can read through my blog to see some of the various Service/Guide dog attacks by pit bulls, or go to the Service Dog Dangers page on my blog)  Not that anyone wants their pet viciously mauled by a pit bull either! When a Service dog/Guide dog is attacked, even if the working dog is lucky enough to survive, it most likely won't be able to continue working out of fear, defensiveness, anxiety and other psychological/physiological problems from the attack. Thus the handler then loses their independence and freedom because they have lost their working dog. I've been over this in my blog before.....but it appears that some people don't understand why I continue to discuss why pit bulls are a problem for Service and Guide dogs.

Also, for all you people who are sending me comments for the blog that are vile, rude, crude, and just downright nasty, just know that your comments are NOT going to be posted.  You can say what you want, I don't care, but I will post what I want here. This is MY blog and I'll do it MY way!  So get over it.

People are sick and tired of pit bulls mauling and killing, and it's time something is done about it.


Go Maryland!!!!




Monday, June 11, 2012






http://walkforvictimsofpitbulls.blogspot.com/

Walk For Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn-WE2KF-co

This walk will take place in Tucson, AZ
October 27, 2012 at noon
Lincoln Park (South Pantano Rd)

The Walk is to honor and remember VICTIMS of pit bull and other dangerous dog attacks, and to promote awareness on this issue.


"It's NOT about legislation, or trying to get legislation enacted in Tucson.....We will NOT let this walk be about that....
It is about and for the VICTIMS of these dog attacks."


Since my service dog was viciously attacked by a pit bull type dog while out enjoying some fetch at the park, I stated doing some research on these dogs and found so many others who have also been attacked, but with more consequence.  I joined a group of other victims, and have learned SO much about these dogs, these attacks, and the people who own these dogs.  


The people who own these dogs have proven themselves to be just as vicious as their dogs, if not more. Once a person becomes a victim of their dogs, they also are forced to become a victim of the horrendous and vicious attacks perpetrated by their owners. Their owners show no compassion for the victims of their dogs, often grabbing their dog/s after an attack and fleeing the scene.  Then this group of owners seem to get together to keep the attacking dog from being appropriately euthanized, since it brutally and viciously attacked a child, or someone's pet.  They make donations for the attacking dog/s, they hold vigils for the attacking dog/s, and they protest ANY and ALL type of regulations that any city/county/state proposes in order to keep residents safe from their attacking dogs.  

This is Sociopathic behavior: "Someone whose social behavior is extremely abnormal.Sociopaths are interested only in their personal needs and desires, without concern for the effects of their behavior on others."



so·ci·o·path

  [soh-see-uh-path, soh-shee-]  Show IPA
noun Psychiatry .
a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.

They have been known to perpetrate the most vicious and vile verbal attacks on these victims that people have ever seen or experienced.  Some victims have even been forced to go into hiding after being attacked by a pit bull, and then the pit bull's owner.  


If you don't believe it, go to any victim's memorial page (yes, even a child's) or to any article that talks about a recent attack, and see the comments section for yourself.  After the comments on the articles and memorial pages, these owners often seek out the victim, and the victim's personal information and begin their ruthless and unjust harassment on the victim. 


Some victims have been brave enough to speak out regardless of these vicious verbal maulings, and have gone directly to their police departments, animal control officers, and sometimes even City Councils asking that new ordinances be set in place to ensure the safety of the city's residents.  Many times the owners of these dogs show up, whether in person, or via letters and emails and proceed to bully and threaten the City Council Representatives into NOT allowing these ordinances to be enacted. Sometimes the ordinance requested may only be something such as a request for pit bull type dogs to be muzzled in public, or a request for a mandatory spay/neuter of all pit bull type dogs.....But it doesn't matter.  These owners REFUSE to support ANY and ALL regulations of their pit bull type dogs.  WHY? Answer: See Sociopathic behavior above...Because they "lack a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience." They DO NOT care about the victims, not even a little bit.  All they care about is their own personal desires and wants "without concern for the effects of their behavior on others!" 


They don't even care that it would help their pit bull type dogs.  They don't even care about their own dogs, just themselves and what they want.  An ordinance that requires all pit bull type dogs to be spayed/neutered would save millions (yes, millions) of pit bulls from being euthanized in shelters each year (yes, each year!).  But that doesn't matter! Who cares about the victims? Who cares about the dogs? It's all about the owners. 


Now, here is this new Court of Appeals ruling from Maryland that states the owners and the landlords will be held 100% liable should a tenant's pit bull type dog attack someone, and they are fighting this tooth and nail!!! WHY? After all, it's always the owners of these dogs that say "it's not the dog, it's the owner who is at fault...for training their dog to attack, raising a vicious and unsocialized dog....it's the deed, not the breed!"  So why fight a Court Ruling that states EXACTLY that?!! Because they do not want ANY regulations on these dogs! NONE! They are walking contradictions that say one thing, and do another! People who "lack a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience!" ...and they care NOTHING for the victims of their violent and vicious mauling machines.  


So, this Walk For Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs has been put together to give these VICTIMS a voice. A voice that they never would otherwise have. A way to get victims together and let them know that they are NOT alone, and they have support to fight for ordinances on these dogs, to speak up and to speak out! 


This Walk is also the FIRST EVER of its kind, as nothing has ever been done in support of VICTIMS in the past....they only care about supporting the dogs that perpetrated the attack. 


IT'S TIME THE VOICES OF THE VICTIMS BE HEARD!!!! 


"JOIN US IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS BY ATTENDING THIS WALK FOR VICTIMS OF PIT BULLS AND OTHER DANGEROUS DOGS!" 





































Sunday, June 3, 2012

Pit Bulls Killing Guide and Service Dogs Continued



Posted: May 07, 2012 1:12 PM MSTUpdated: May 07, 2012 1:13 PM MST

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says it has closed its investigation into an incident that a blind man said caused his guide dog to die.
It happened March 19 when Bruce Cole was out walking with his guide dog, "Quincy."

According to Cole, three dogs attacked Quincy. 

"I could feel the dogs hitting her," he said. "Then they came up and slammed her [to the ground]."

Over the next couple of weeks, Cole said Quincy's health began deteriorating. She died on Friday.
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office confirmed in an e-mail to FOX 13 News that they were conducting a vicious dog investigation. The e-mail said "there were no documented injuries to Quincy, which the vet confirmed" and that "she developed an internal infection from stress."
The sheriff's office said it cited the dogs' owners for letting them run loose and not having them properly licensed.
They said there were no other reports against the dogs, and with no other bites or complaints on file, they closed the investigation.
Cole said he has already started the process of getting a replacement for Quincy, but that it could take upwards of one year. 
    NOW  HERE'S THE REAL STORY

BRUCE COLE, A LEGALLY BLIND RESIDENT OF SARASOTA, WAS WALKING WITH HIS GUIDE DOG QUINCY ON MARCH 19, WHEN ACCORDING TO AN EYEWITNESS...........

                         2 PIT BULLS

BEGAN JUMPING ON QUINCY.  MR. COLE, HAVING WORKED WITH QUINCY FOR 7 YEARS WAS SENSITIVE TO HER MINUTEST MOVEMENTS THROUGH THE HARNESS THE DOG WORE AND KNEW THAT DOGS WERE HITTING AND PROBABLY BITING QUINCY.

BRUCE CALLED 911.  THE OWNER OF THE PIT BULLS CAME FROM HIS HOUSE AND HEARD BRUCE SAYING THAT HIS GUIDE DOG HAD BEEN ATTACKED  AND  HE CALLED HIM.....

                  "A (EXPLETIVE) LIAR"

WHICH CAN BE HEARD ON THE 911 TAPE.

TWO DEPUTIES FROM THE SARASOTA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARRIVED BUT QUICKLY TURNED THE MATTER OVER TO AN ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER.  THIS OFFICER COULD DETECT NO BITES ON QUINCY BUT FOUND DROOL ON HER SHOULDER AND NECK, A COMMON SIGN OF BITING AND CHEWING.  THE ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER ISSUED CITATIONS TO THE OWNER FOR NOT KEEPING HIS DOGS UNDER CONTROL AND NOT HAVING PROOF OF SHOTS FOR EITHER DOG.  THE OWNER SAID......

"I'M HAVING ISSUES WITH MY FRONT DOOR AND I NEED TO FIX IT."

QUINCY DID NOT EXHIBIT ANY SYMPTOMS FOR SEVERAL DAYS, BUT SEEMED TO BE SHAKEN.  MR COLE SPOKE WITH A VET BUT THEY AGREED HE SHOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR HER CONDITION.  THEN SHE BEGAN TO WOBBLE WHEN WALKING AND MR. COLE REALIZED QUINCY WAS LOSING THE USE OF HER HIND LEGS.  HE TOOK HER TO BENEVA ANIMAL HOSPITAL ON APRIL 9.

TESTS REVEALED THAT QUINCY HAD 2 FRACTURED VERTEBRAE AND A BACTERIAL INFECTION, THE CAUSE OF WHICH, GIVEN THE ABSENCE OF ANY OTHER TRAUMA, WAS LIKELY A PUNCTURE WOUND SUFFERED DURING  THE PIT BULL ATTACK.


          QUINCY DIED ON MAY 4




"IT IS A CRIME IN FLORIDA FOR ANYONE TO "PERMIT A DOG THAT HE OR SHE OWNS TO INTERFERE WITH THE USE OF A SERVICE ANIMAL BY OBSTRUCTING, INTIMIDATING OR OTHERWISE JEOPARDIZING THE SAFETY OF THE SERVICE ANIMAL OR ITS USER......" THIS IS A SECOND-DEGREE MISDEMEANOR FOR THE FIRST OFFENSE.  MORE SERIOUS CHARGES CAN BE FILED IF THE CONDITIONS OF THE INTERFERENCE INVOLVES INTENT .........

*************OR THE SERVICE ANIMAL IS KILLED ****************

IT IS UNCLEAR WHETHER THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT CONSIDERED FILING SUCH A CHARGE, WHICH WOULD HAVE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES.

CIVIL LIABILITY IS ALSO POSSIBLE.  SOME STATES NOW APPLY STRICT LIABILITY TO ATTACKS BY PIT BULLS.  WHEN STRICT LIABILITY IS APPLIED, AS IN A CASE DECIDED BY MARYLAND'S HIGHEST COURT IN APRIL (TRACEY V. SOLESKY), "IT IS NO DEFENCE THAT A KEEPER EMPLOYED REASONABLE CARE, OR EVEN A HIGH DEGREE OF DILIGENCE TO PREVENT THEIR ESCAPE.  LIABILITY IS INDEPENDENT OF ANY FAULT ON THE PART OF THE OWNER."  STRICT LIABILITY HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO LANDLORDS OF TENANTS WITH PIT BULLS.

MANY STATES INCLUDING FLORIDA, HAVE PASSED LAWS IN AN ATTEMPT TO REDUCE SUCH INCIDENTS AND THE RESULTANT COST TO GUIDE DOG USERS, WHO MOST OFTEN WAIT UP TO A YEAR TO GET ANOTHER DOG, AS IS LIKELY TO BE TRUE FOR MR. COLE.

HAVING LAWS ON THE STATUTE BOOKS CANNOT HELP IF AUTHORITIES REMAIN UNAWARE OF THEM OR REGARD THEM AS UNENFORCEABLE.  IT IS HOPED THAT SERVICE ANIMAL INTERFERENCE LAWS, AND INCIDENTS THAT SHOULD BE PROSECUTED UNDER THEM, WILL RECEIVE GREATER ATTENTION FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT, THE PUBLIC, AND THE MEDIA, IN THE FUTURE.







SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2012


ROYAL OAK MI - PIT BULL BREAKS FREE FROM A 10-YEAR-OLD AND ATTACKED A DOG BEING TRAINED BY LEADER DOGS FOR THE BLIND


Sunday - June 3, 2012 - A   PIT BULL  broke loose from a 10-year-old girl Sunday afternoon and attacked a dog that was being trained by Leader dogs for the Blind. The  Golden Retriever that was attacked was training in the city's downtown with an instructor and a blind client.

The 10-year-old girl's mother left her with the Pit bull on the sidewalk cafe of Burgrz Restaurant on South Main.  Lana Louys of Wyandotte, who was dining at the restaurant's outdoor area said she heard the girl screeam and looked up to see th Pit Bull scrambling after a seeing-eye dog and a blind man who were passing by....


THE PIT BULL PINNED THE SEEING-EYE DOG TO THE GROUND AND HAD IT BY THE THROAT. ABOUT 10 MEN GOT INVOLVED AND SOMEHOW 'PRIED THE PIT BULL OFF" THE 18-MONTH-OLD GOLDEN RETRIEVER.



One of the men held the dog on his leash while others finally found the girl's mother about five minutes later.  Police said that neither of the dogs needed medical treatment, though there was a small spot of blood on the golden retriever's neck.  Animal Control is investigating.

A spokeswoman at Leader dogs for the Blind in Rochester Hills said it will take another week or two before they are able to determine if the incident will have any lastsing effect on the Golden Retriever and possible end its eligibility as a leader dog.  It had completed 4 months of training and was in its final month, when leader dogs typically work with deaf or blind clients.



Make NO MISTAKE-PIT BULLS ARE KILLERS!!!!!!!
Pit Bull owners are the lowest of the low, most vile, disgusting people I've ever had the displeasure of interacting with!