News Today in Put Bulls
posted by July 7 at 11:04 AMon
Apparently I have become the unelected leader of the anti-pit-bull movement in Seattle—all due to a few Slog posts. This email came in over the weekend…
I don’t know if you are interested in this but thought you should hear about this as I did a quick google search and your name came up as someone who may take interest from this story.
I just witnessed a pit bull (2 of them) attack tonight. I was photographing a family portrait at Discovery Park when these two pit bulls, unleashed came bounding by us. Then we started hearing hysterical screaming. When we looked back, we saw (what we thought at the time) a woman being attacked by the two pit bulls. It turned out it was her dog being attacked and she was trying to fend off these brutal dogs. Fortunately for her and her dog, two of the men I was with from the family portrait, ran over to help stop the attack. I thank God we just happened to be there as I fear it could have been a lot worse as she was all alone in the field by herself.
The dogs went on to attack another dog. In the meantime I had called 911 and they did arrive within about 10 minutes. I am not sure what happened after that.
And numerous pit bull fanciers—apologists, collaborators useful idiots, etc.—are sending me a link to a story in today’s Washington Post. A few have suggested that I don’t have the courage to post it to Slog. La la la, here it is. Dogs seized from pro-footballer Michael Vick’s dog fighting operation have been rehabilitated, which proves that pit bulls are lovely, wonderful animals—see, even pits that have been brutalized can be rehabilitated!
More than a year after being confiscated from Vick’s property, Leo, a tan, muscular pit bull, dons a colorful clown collar and visits cancer patients as a certified therapy dog in California. Hector, who bears deep scars on his chest and legs, recently was adopted and is about to start training for national flying disc competitions in Minnesota. Teddles takes orders from a 2-year-old. Gracie is a couch potato in Richmond who lives with cats and sleeps with four other dogs.
I trust the Washington Post will update us if any of Vick’s pits snap—if one of these dogs should be provoked by a squeaky wheel, say, or encounter a small child who fails to remain absolutely calm and stand there stock still when charged by a snarling pit bull. But defenders of pit bulls contacting me this AM aren’t reading the fine print…
Of the 49 pit bulls animal behavior experts evaluated in the fall, only one was deemed too vicious to warrant saving and was euthanized. (Another was euthanized because it was sick and in pain.)
Of the 47 surviving dogs, 25 were placed directly in foster homes, and a handful have been or are being adopted. Twenty-two were deemed potentially aggressive toward other dogs and were sent to an animal sanctuary in Utah.
Yes, the majority of Vick’s dogs have been deemed salvageable—sort of. Only a “handful” are being “adopted,” but that handful of dogs is more than vets and humane society professionals expected to save. But nearly half of Vick’s dogs were deemed unsalvageable and, again, the “salvageable” dogs rest have not lived out their lives. I don’t know about the parents of the two-year that adopted one of Vick’s pits, but I wouldn’t welcome a potentially violent dog into my home that had been chained, beaten, hanged, etc. Placing your child at risk of a injury or death to disprove a “stereotype” about a certain breed of dog seems the opposite of responsible parenting to me.