Wednesday, 26 April 2017

In the early 1920s Dr. Antonio Martinez wanted to create a super dog the Dogo Argentino. that was needed for hunting wild boars. He, with the help of his brother Agustin, began the breed with the Cordoba Fighting dog as a base. This fearless and aggressive crossbreed had a proven record in the dog pits of South America where it fought to the death. Such tenacity was necessary when up against a 400lb pig. However, Antonio used these dogs in hunting trips, and they would rather fight each other than chase the boar.

Corodoba Fighting Dog

He wanted a dog that would be an honest family dog, and so another dog breed had to be used to create the dog he wanted. One by one different kinds of dog breeds were added into the program as the brothers worked to create their super dog. Antonio and Agustin developed a plan. First to add in the Pointer, known for his sense of smell, the most basic element needed for tracking down the wild boar and other game. Next the Boxer for his gentleness and docility. The next dog he used was the Great Dane, he used this breed to increase the size of the dog. They then used the Bull Terrier to add fearlessness, agility and aggressiveness. The Old English Bulldog added boldness, obedience and tenacity, as well as a broad chest and strong jaws. The Irish Wolfhound was added because it was well known for being a hunter on sight of wild game. The Bordeaux dog was added for his powerful jaws. The Great Pyrenees would then be added for his dense white coat. Finally the Spanish Mastiff would give the super dog the raw power and the long loose lips necessary for allowing breathing while holding prey.
Antonio had a very distinct vision of what he wanted, and wrote the ideal standard for the breed in 1928. Many years passed to achieve the almost impossible goal of creating the super dog of Argentina. Tragically, Antonio never saw the end results of his super dog, he was killed during a boar hunt in 1956. His younger brother Agustin took over the program with adding new blood to the breed following the original formula and the same conviction as his brother Antonio had. Soon the legend of the super dog was spreading to North America and Europe Finally on May 21 1964, Argentina recognized the Dogo Argentino as a specific dog breed. On July 31, 1973, the FCI recognized the Dogo Argentino. The Dogo was and still is the only official Argentinean breed.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

2016 Pit Bull Type dog BSL creation and retention. across the US and Canada.

Since the start of 2016 Pit Bull advocates are 1 for 8 in all actions in attempting to ban BSL at the statewide level at this time with Wash,Idaho,W.Va.,Ga,MO & KY & DE rejecting it.

Over 1052 Cities, Towns & 38 Counties, 292 US Military bases in 36 states in the US currently have BSL, Breed Specific Legislation against pit bull type dogs as do over 43 other countries, an increase of over 125 cities in the last year.

In the Prov. of Ontario in Canada Pit Bull type dogs have been banned in all 444 cities and towns in Ontario.

The Province of Quebec has made a commitment to BAN All Pit Bull Type dogs Province wide in 2016.

Montreal,Quebec has banned all Pit Bull Type Dogs

Longueuil,Quebec voted in favour of a bylaw banning all pit bulls

Mount Royal,Quebec to ban all Pit Bulls 

Quebec City,Quebec has Banned all Pit Bulls 

Saguenay ,Quebec has a new Mandatory S/N BSL

Brossard,Quebec has a new Pit Bull Ban 

Candiac, Quebec has a new restrictive muzzle BSL

Columbiana, Oho voted to keep their Pit Bull Mandatory insurance BSL

Devils Lake, ND voted to keep their Pit Bull Type Dog Ban.

Ottumwa, Iowa voted to keep their Pit Bull Ban.

Council Bluffs, Iowa voted to keep their Pit Bull Ban.

Burnaby, B.C., Canada has reaffirmed their Muzzle BSL.

The Prairie Village, KS City Council voted to keep their Pit Bull Ban.

Britt, Iowa city council has voted to keep it's Pit Bull Ban and Enforce it.

Abbotsford, WI has Banned all Pit Bulls.

Yakima, WA, has voted to keep their Pit Bull ban.

Lumberton, N.C. has enacted a very restrictive BSL for Pit Bull Type Dogs

Hartland becomes first New Brunswick, Canada community to Ban all Pit Bull Type Dogs

Grosse Pointe Woods,MI has voted to keep it's pit bull Ban.

Verona, MO. has voted to keep their Pit Bull Type Dog Ban in place.

Worthington, Indiana recently decided to enforce it's Ban on all Pit Bull Type Dogs.

Muscatine, Iowa has voted to keep their Pit Bull Type Dog Ban in place.

Pittsburg, KS has voted to keep their Pit Bull Type Dog Ban.

In 2015 Pit Bull advocates were 0 for 7 in attempting to ban BSL at the statewide level in seven attempts in 7 states.

2014 Annual release: Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties, States and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Pit Bull Laws. Nearly 100 new jurisdictions added from last year, despite losing three states to anti-BSL laws. Remember, this document is "fractional" as thousands of U.S. jurisdictions do not have their ordinances online.

Just some of the very recent BSL Pit bull type dog Bans and restrictions just enacted since the start of 2015:

Girard, Ohio has announced it will keep it's pit bull Ban.

Bromont, Que. The town joins about 50 other municipalities in Quebec which have Banned Pit Bull Type Dogs.

In Quebec, Canada, Desbiens & Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean recently both Banned all Pit Bull Type Dogs

Jacksonville, AL just created a new containing Pit Bull BSL

“The Bridges”, "Seven Bridges" & other Southern Florida HOA have all Banned all Pit Bull type dogs and their mixes.

Fort Nelson, B.C. Canada kept their Ban of all pit bull type dogs.

Newark, Ohio just voted to retain their very restrictive BSL.

Recently Denmark made it's Ban on 13 pit bull type dogs permanent across the country.

Mississippi City, Miss., just enacted a pit bull BSL.

Aurora, CO. just voted by more then 2 to 1 to keep their Ban on pit bull type dogs.

Kansas City, Kansas voted to keep their pit bull ban recently.

Outremont, Que., Canada just voted to Ban all pit bull type dogs.

The Ban on pit bulls in one King County city will remain.

Enumclaw, WA. Bans pit bulls and the Enumclaw City Council was looking at an ordinance to end the ban.

After more than an hour of public comments were heard, the city council voted unanimously to keep the ban.

Fall River, WI has enacted a new Breed Specific Legislation against pit bull type dogs.

The Burlington City Council upheld an ordinance that bans pit bulls after hearing feedback from members of the community Monday Oct.6th in Burlington N.D.

LaFayette, Tennessee enacted a highly restrictive pit bull type dog BSL requiring it be registered with AC, a short leash, muzzle, confirmed kennel, photo, sign, no resale or transfer within the city.

Carroll County, Miss. recently enacted a pit bull Ban as well with all grandfathered pit bull type dogs having to be leaches, muzzled, kenneled with liability insurance.

Reynoldsburg, Ohio & Yakima WA both recently reaffirmed their pit bull type dog BSL Bans and kept them in place.!

FORT THOMAS, Ky, A 26 year ban on owning a pit bull in the city of Fort Thomas was kept in place Aug.4th after attempts to have it over turned were rejected by city council.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO IDENTIFY A PIT BULL?

For additional accurate information on the public safety Danger of Pit Bull Type Dogs visit:

http://www.dogsbite.org/

http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/

http://www.animals24-7.org/category/dogs-cats/dogs/
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IS IT IMPOSSIBLE TO IDENTIFY A PIT BULL?

The legal definition of a pit bull is a class of dogs that includes American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American bulldog and any other pure bred or mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dogs, dogsbite.org says. Weight and shape can vary significantly among pit bulls from 35 to 100 or more pounds.

Dogsbite.org also says scientific proof of a dog's breed is not required to enforce breed-specific laws nor is it required to properly identify a dog breed. “Misidentification tricks and theatrics were constructed by pro-pit bull and animal welfare groups and endure today for one class of dogs only: pit bulls,” it says.

More than 935 communities nationwide have enacted pit bull ordinances and several have claimed on dogsbite.org that their legislation has made their communities safer.

The Myth:

No one can correctly identify a pit bull. Fighting breed advocates claim that most people shown a collage of dog photos online can’t tell which one is the pit bull.

The Reality:

A recent ASPCA study in Virginia revealed that 93% of shelter workers were able to properly identify a “pit bull,” meaning one of the three closely-related (or identical) breeds above.

Many pit bull advocate groups post a collage of dog pictures online and ask the public to “identify the pit bull”.

What the public does not know is that the majority of dogs pictured are shot from camera angles deliberately designed to mislead. In addition, they show heads only, so size cannot be considered—this would not be the case when seeing the dog in real life.

They also feature many rare breeds that are related to pit bulls, but which are extremely uncommon in the United States (e.g., the Dogue de Bordeaux, Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, and Ca de Bou).

And one of the dog breeds that is included is an American Staffordshire Terrier which is the exact same breed as the American Pit Bull Terrier, but registered with another organization.

It should also be noted that many humane societies offer discounts on spaying/neutering of pit bulls. If pit bulls are so difficult to identify, then how do shelter workers identify who qualifies for the discount?

There are also many pit bull rescues with the term “pit bull” in the organization name. How do these groups know which dogs to rescue?

Please pick out a dog show to attend. Any dog show. They are held in every state, every weekend . They are all judged on a visual identification system.

Every dog show ever held has been judged on a visual identification system. Judges not only identify breeds but also minute deviations from breed standard. Watch the judges work.

Humans are capable of this and do it all the time. You can pick out a Poodle or a Pug, Irish Setter or Wolfhound, Corgi or Chihuahua but you have difficulty identifying a breed that you state is anywhere from 5% to 40% of the dogs in America?

The material that I have linked to is very clear that the ASPCA is telling us that their shelter volunteers can correctly identify pit bulls 96% of the time.

Here’s the point: The NCRC uses the DNA when it is convenient to do so. It knows full well that the test does not test for “pit bull” and will often pick it up as other breeds, but it does not tell its readers.

It then uses the mix of other breeds to declare the dogs not pit bulls. Then it uses this sham of an experiment as cited research in their fatality reports to prove they can’t identify pit bulls.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Insurance companies refuse to insure homes with Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Wolf Hybrids

For additional accurate information on the public safety Danger of Pit Bull Type Dogs visit:

http://www.dogsbite.org/

http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/

http://www.animals24-7.org/category/dogs-cats/dogs/
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Insurance companies refuse to insure homes with Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Wolf Hybrids

Coverage to End For Bites by Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Wolf Hybrids
Farmers Group, Inc., will stop covering homeowners for bites by three breeds, saying they are responsible for a quarter of all claims in California
By Sharon Bernstein
Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 

America’s infatuation with canines has led to a breathtaking rise in the number of dog bites – and in the amount of money that insurance companies pay to compensate the bitten.

In California, one major insurer is growling back.

Farmers Group, Inc., has notified policyholders that bites by pit bulls, Rottweilers and wolf hybrids will no longer be covered by homeowners insurance in the state.

The move has drawn criticism from pit bull rescue groups and trainers.

"It is offensive," said Candy Clemente, who trains pit bulls for the Animal Planet show "Pit Boss." They are condemning these breeds indiscriminately without giving the home owners a chance to prove their dogs are not vicious."

But insurers say that bites from pit bulls and the other breeds have gone up dramatically in recent years - along with the cost of settling damage claims.

“We reviewed our liability claim history and we determined that three breeds accounted for more than 25% of dog bite claims,” said spokeswoman Erin Freeman. “In addition, these three breeds caused more harm when they attacked than any other breed.”

The move by Farmers, which will go into effect for California homeowners as their policies come up for renewal, is one of several efforts nationwide by insurance companies to limit an ever-increasing level of liability for dog bites.

Across the U.S., insurance companies paid out $480 million to people who were attacked by dogs in 2011 – a 50% rise in just eight years, according to data from the Insurance Information Institute. In California that year, insurers paid more than $20 million to settle just 527 claims.

Just last week, a 91-year-old Desert Hot Springs woman died after she was attacked by her two pit bulls. In San Diego on Monday, a woman and her daughter were convicted of involuntary manslaughter in another attack, after their two dogs attacked a 75-year-old woman who later died.

Emako Mendoza stepped outside her home to get a newspaper in June of 2011 when she was mauled by the two dogs. She suffered a heart attack and her left arm and leg had to be amputated. Mendoza died six months later.

To deal with the skyrocketing claims and attendant expense, insurers have adopted a number of new measures, the insurance institute said. Some, like Farmers, are asking customers to sign waivers acknowledging that bites will not be covered under certain circumstances.

Others are charging people extra for breeds like pitbulls, or refusing to cover dog bites altogether.

Still more insurers use what they call the “one-bite rule,” saying they’ll cover an attack the first time it happens – not if the animal bites someone else at another time.

Two states, Pennsylvania and Michigan, do not allow insurers to cancel or refuse coverage to owners of specific breeds.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

A North American coalition of over 50 pit bull attack victim support groups has launched an information website

(PRWEB) OCTOBER 14, 2015
A North American coalition of over 50 pit bull attack victim support groups has launched an information website -- 

NationalPitBullVictimAwarenessDay.org -- to coincide with National Pit Bull Awareness Day, which is being held this year on October 24.

NationalPitBullVictimAwarenessDay.org provides information on the growing issue of attacks on humans and animals by pit bulls, and is intended to help citizens, policymakers and elected officials better understand the scope of this increasingly urgent public safety issue.

As reported by Merritt Clifton, Editor of Animals 24-7 on October 3, 2015, “Although only 5% of the U.S. and Canadian dog population are pit bulls, in the past nine years pit bulls have accounted for 80% of the dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks, resulting in two-thirds of the deaths and disfigurements.”

The National Pit Bull Victim Awareness Day website outlines the effect of pit bulls on families and communities with respect to public safety, and their often devastating social and economic impacts. Various stakeholders in the pit bull issue are identified and addressed, including taxpayers, legislators, emergency and healthcare workers, animal control officers, law enforcement agencies, pet owners, farmers and humane organizations, among others.

The website features state-by-state reports of serious pit bull attacks, disfigurements and fatalities, along with state and local legislation pertaining to the breed.

According to Colleen Lynn, Founder of DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, "Despite clear evidence that pit bulls are responsible for a substantially disproportionate number of attacks, maimings and deaths, humane groups and tax-payer funded animal shelters continue to encourage the public to adopt pit bulls by specifically promoting them through initiatives like Pit Bull Awareness Month." According to Clifton’s research, since 2010, 30 pit bulls and 7 bull mastiffs adopted from shelters have killed people.

Often overlooked as victims are the pit bulls themselves. Pit bulls are the breed of choice for dog fighters, which is why People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), as reported in TIME Magazine, June 20, 2014, supports mandatory spay/neuter programs specifically for pit bull type dogs in order to end this inhumane activity, as well as the rampant overbreeding leading to pit bull euthanization of almost one million per year.

National Pit Bull Victim Awareness Day (NPBVAD) evolved out of the need to amass the growing number of pit bull victim groups into a central online support hub.
"As the numbers of dead and disfigured by pit bulls continue to increase, our concerns are still not being sufficiently addressed by elected officials," states Jeff Borchardt, Founder of Daxton's Friends for Canine Education and Awareness. Borchardt's 14-month-old son Daxton was fatally attacked by pit bulls in early 2013.

Partner organizations in the NPBVAD initiative include Daxton’s Friends (Wisconsin), DogsBite.org (Texas), Dangerous By Default (Maryland), Protect Children from Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs (California), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - PETA (Worldwide),BanPitBulls.org (USA and Canada), and Awareness for Victims of Canine Attack - AVOCA (Worldwide).

NationalPitBullVictimAwarenessDay.org lists more than 50 organizations and advocacy groups from across the continent whose purpose is to alert the public to the pit bull crisis.
NPBVAD also maintains a list of pit bull victims who are available for interviews with the media.

About National Pit Bull Victim Awareness Day: 

National Pit Bull Victim Awareness Day (NPBVAD) is a day to honor and remember victims of pit bulls across the country. Victims include thousands of people and animals every single year. During “National Pit Bull Awareness Month,” we ask you to examine the devastating side of “pit bull awareness”.

About DogsBite.org: 
DogsBite.org is a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. Through our work, we hope to protect both people and pets from future attacks. 

Our website, http://www.dogsbite.org, was launched in October 2007 and contains a wide collection of data to help policymakers and citizens learn about dangerous dogs. 

Our research focuses on pit bull type dogs. Due to selective breeding practices that emphasize aggression and tenacity, this class of dogs negatively impacts communities the most.

About Awareness for Victims of Canine Attack (AVOCA): 

AVOCA is a national ad hoc coalition of bereaved families and survivors of canine attack. 
Our mission is to educate the public about dangerous dogs, and in particular fighting and gripping breeds, with respect to the risk they present to human and animal health and safety.http://www.VoicesoftheVictims.org

About Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education & Awareness: 

Daxton’s Friends was formed in honor of Daxton Borchardt, who passed away on March 6, 2013, due to severe injuries sustained in a dog attack. 

Daxton’s Friends strives to educate the public about the importance of understanding dog breeds and how, with proper education and pet care, the number of dog-related incidents can be reduced. http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Douglas Skinner, DVM Speaks on Pit Bull Type Dog issue

Douglas Skinner, DVM 

Time to neuter all pit bulls, jail owners for attacks
Another vicious attack by not one, but four pit bulls. Dare we say anything lest we raise the ire of the breed’s apologists?

"I have been in veterinary practice for 43 years and never have seen anything like the infusion of this breed. Having worked with more than 100,000 dogs of all breeds, I defy any apologist to offer up such experience. 

Sure, there are sweet pits, but telling one from the bad ones, the Jekyll and Hyde ones that can be incited to violence by some catalyst, is near impossible. While most apologists fancy themselves good trainers, 95 percent of owners are clueless. 

Many breeds have a history of use based on genetics; the border collie’s is herding, German short hair pointers find birds, and pits have a history of violence. With that information, it still makes sense from the “it’s how you raise your dog” crowd that any dog could be made to herd or point; I mean, it’s how you raise them, right? 

A border collie herds instinctively, pointers find game birds, and a pit bull? Well, it wants to chase two girls across a field with three of its buddies and maul them. 

Neuter all pit bulls, require high, double fencing, and give severe fines/incarceration of owners for such attacks. I’ve had it with pit bulls and their mixes trying to bite me during exams or scaring other pet owners. Six weeks old, three months old, you can’t trust them; you can only make excuses for them." 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Is BSL Ineffective, Expensive, and Difficult to Enforce?

Is BSL Ineffective, Expensive, and Difficult to Enforce?
Revised: December 4, 2014; 18:45 GMT


BSL is ineffective, expensive, and difficult to enforce.

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These claims are as common as air; they're made so often that few of us question if they're actually true.

But who is it that makes these claims? And are they true?

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Last month Mike Hendricks of the Kansas City Star published an article which claimed that
research . . . shows little correlation between fatal dog bites and the breeds of the dogs inflicting those wounds, . . .1
Mr Hendricks fails to cite the source of the research, but he may have been referring to any of the numerous "studies" authored and published by pit bull advocacy groups. Independent reports, which Mr Hendricks neglects to mention, leave little doubt of the correlation between pit bulls and fatal or disfiguring attacks.

Mr Hendricks' acceptance and publication of this misinformation follows a now common pattern. Advocates of fighting breeds have repeated these unsupported assertions so often that many journalists accept them without fact-checking.

The Toronto Star recently reported pit bull attacks have virtually disappeared in the decade since BSL was enacted.2  Similarly, Sioux City records show that police officers responded to 37% fewer dog attacks in 2013 than they did in 2007, the year that Sioux City enacted their breed ban. Similar results have been reported in Antigo, Pawtucket, and every other city where good BSL legislation is enacted and enforced.

It is pit bull advocates, not the cities who pay the bills, who claim that BSL is expensive. The advocacy claims are supported by data from the BSL Fiscal Impact Cost Calculator, an advocacy tool developed under a contract from Best Friends Animal Society.3 The tool purports to show that BSL is expensive, but it does not reflect the huge costs incurred by cities that choose breed-neutral laws, rather than BSL. Cities with breed-neutral laws are notoriously plagued by huge numbers of surplus pit bulls, many of them bred by back-yard breeders, which the city must pay to warehouse in animal shelters. BSL, on the other hand, reduces the number of pit bulls in shelters. BSL also reduces the number of euthanizations, which is also a cost for the city, as well as a humane tragedy.

In addition, the advocacy cost calculator fails to address the costs of dozens or hundreds of life-flight evacuations each year, which range in cost from $15k to $50k. The cost calculator does not account for the costs incurred by victims of pit bull attacks, many of whom are left with lasting physical and emotional scars, and overwhelming financial burdens. The cost calculator ignores entirely the costs borne by thousands of victims and their families.

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So, who is it that makes the claim that BSL is ineffective, expensive, and impossible to enforce? And who is it that calls for the revocation of BSL? Choose from among the following three options:
A: Victims of pit bull attacks
B: Municipalities that currently have successful BSL
C: Advocates for pit bulls and other fighting breeds
The answer is C, of course: it is the advocates who are the source of calls to revoke BSL.

The question we must ask ourselves is: Why would the advocates of fighting breeds be allowed to determine how we legislate fighting breeds?

Allowing the advocates of fighting breeds to write the rules regulating fighting breeds appears to make sense, until you think about it.

http://sruv-pitbulls.blogspot.ca/2014/12/is-bsl-ineffective-expensive-and.html