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John D April 24, 2014 at 01:34 pm
MARK WULKAN, MD, surgeon at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta "There is a difference with theRead More pit bulls. In the last two years we've seen 56 dog injuries that were so severe the patient had to be admitted to the hospital so this doesn't count just a little bite and then goes to the emergency room. Of those 56, 21 were pit bulls. And then when we look at our data even further, of the kids that were most severely injured, those that were in the hospital for more than 8 days or had life threatening injuries, 100% of those were pit bulls. STEPHEN COHN, MD, professor of surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center “I think this is a public health hazard, this particular dog. We just have to have them contained in a way that protects the general public. I don't want to see another kid come in dead.” JOHN BINI, MD, chief of surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center “There are going to be outspoken opponents of breed legislation, who say: ‘My pit bulls lie with my baby and play with my rabbit.' And that's fine. I just think we're seeing something here, and I think it does warrant a discussion as to whether this is a risk that a community wants to take.” MORTALITY, MAULING, AND MAIMING BY VICIOUS DOGS, April 2011 Annals of Surgery “Fortunately, fatal dog attacks are rare, but there seems to be a distinct relationship between the severity and lethality of an attack and the breed responsible,” they wrote in an article published in the April issue of the medical journal Annals of Surgery. “These breeds should be regulated in the same way in which other dangerous species, such as leopards, are regulated.” DAVID E. BLOCKER, BS, MD, Dog Bite Rates and Biting Dog Breeds in Texas, 1995-1997 Bite Rates by Breed page 23 One out of every 40 Pit Bulls (2.5%) and about one out of 75 Chow Chows (1.4%) generated a reported human bite each year (Table 29; Figure 7). One out of 100 Rottweilers (1%) caused a reported bite, and less than one out of 250 German Shepherds (0.37%) bit a human each year, not statistically different from the average for all dogs combined (0.53%). Huskies, Dobermans, and Australian Shepherds had bite rates slightly lower than German Shepherds but higher than Labrador Retrievers. Less than one in every 500 Labrador retrievers (0.15%) was associated with a reported bite each year. All other breeds examined individually, including Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, and Dachshunds, had bite rates lower than Labrador Retrievers. Odds ratios for each of the five most commonly biting dog breeds versus all others presented similar findings (Table 30). The odds of a Pit Bull in Bexar County causing a bite were 5 times greater than the odds for all other breeds combined, at 4.9 to 1. Chow Chows and Rottweilers also had odds ratios significantly greater than the average, at 2.9 to 1 and 1.8 to 1, respectively. The odds ratios for German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers were significantly lower than the average, at 0.67 to 1 and 0.26 to 1. PETER ANTEVY, pediatric E.R. physician, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Dr Antvey sees at least five dog-bite victims a month in his emergency room. Unfortunately, he said, "the biggest offender is the pit bull." MELISSA ARCA, MD The reality is that any dog can bite, and statistically speaking, a child is most likely to be bitten by the family dog or a dog that they know. When you're talking about bite severity resulting in life-threatening and even fatal injuries, pit bulls and Rottweilers are the main culprits. Experience absolutely colors our perception, and in this case I can't help but be affected by what I've seen. I will never forget a young child I treated in the ER during my pediatric residency. She suffered severe facial lacerations and tears to her face after a pit bull attack in her local park
Boss Hogg April 24, 2014 at 01:45 pm
EDUCATION from the truly EDUCATED. Not sourced from a TV show or the dog pound.
Kyle Christopher April 24, 2014 at 03:06 pm
Stay out of low income/high crime rate housing areas and you wont have to worry about it. ProblemRead More solved.
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Harriet Laurin April 24, 2014 at 08:41 am
#John - I did see the stats. I also know that such studies often are flawed, with dogs beingRead More misidentified, etc. - sometimes even by professionals. I will never advocate for a breed ban, because that is an ineffective policy that punishes an entire classification based on the actions/incidents associated with a relative few in terms of the entire population. I will always advocate for increased education of owners, what it means to be a responsible owner - including providing the dog with proper training, exercise, nutrition, veterinary care, socialization, licensing, microchipping, adherence to leash laws, etc. - and that should be for EVERY dog owner. And for the record, both of my dogs are "fixed" so they will never add to the pet overpopulation problem. Both went to obedience school, and the PB earned the AKC CGC on her first try. She was also the ONLY dog in the class who passed. While prepping her for that test, she went to a crowded mall where a plate of food was dropped on the floor in front of her. Most dogs would have jumped on the opportunity to scarf up what was on that plate; not her. She looked to me for direction, which was "leave it" - and that's exactly what she did. While training towards becoming a certified service dog, she flew a round-trip flight 5.5 hours each way, in coach. A TSA agent happened to be seated two rows behind us, and when he saw my PB at my feet, he made some comments to another passenger that weren't very nice about my dog, based solely on her breed. He didn't know it, but that passenger he was talking to knew me and she didn't tell him. However, by the end of the flight, he reversed his position and told her that he would never have believed it if he hadn't seen it for his own eyes - but he's flown many, many flights and had never seen a more well-behaved dog and watching her work - which included staying quiet the entire flight, escorting me down the length of the aisle to the lavatory and back, without batting an eye at any of the many other passengers on the plane - changed his previously negative view on PBs. Unlike some PB-proponents who deny a PB could attack, I admit they can - as can any other dog. It often comes down to responsible ownership and management of the dog, rather than the actual breed.
Proud Hamster April 24, 2014 at 10:53 am
#Harriet. All those positive things can be accomplished with other types of dogs. I think that isRead More what perplexes non-Pit Bull owners. Why would you take such a risk with a dog that was created for bull and bear baiting and has such a sordid history -- when they do attack.
Harriet Laurin April 24, 2014 at 02:24 pm
@PH - Why? Because every dog is an individual. I know a Golden Retriever who growls and doesn'tRead More like children - but that doesn't mean all Golden Retrievers are that way. Airedales are supposedly nice family dogs, but as I said, I had to take refuge in a bathroom when one went after me at a house I was babysitting. I remember, as an older child, walking the family dog (a Heinz 57 mutt) along with a friend walking a beagle. A German Shepherd charged out of an open backyard gate, snatched up my friend's beagle, and proceeded to try to kill it. Doesn't mean all GSD's are dog-aggressive killers; just that one. Stereotyping dogs - either way - isn't a way to accurately assess a given dog and determine if that dog should live or die. Did I purposely seek out the PB I have? Not really; I spotted her staggering on a city street close to heat exhaustion, just moments before a car (not mine) mowed her over. When I got to her, it became pretty clear that she had previously been mistreated by humans and was quite frightened. It took perhaps ten or fifteen minutes for her to decide to cautiously approach me (with me sitting, cross-legged, on a hot concrete sidewalk), another five minutes of me giving her water from the palm of my hand before she surrendered her heart and loyalty to me, got closer and with a sigh, laid down and put her head into my lap. Why did I take that risk with her? Simply because she was a dog I spotted, clearly in dire straits and I happened to be the only person there, in that moment, who was comfortable with dogs. When I got her to a vet and put her on the table, she stood there and let the vet do everything she needed to do for her to put her on the road to recovery, without any problems. The vet herself said "This is a good dog", pleased with the dog's temperament and behavior, even though the dog had been through a lot - and was barely a year old. Since then, she's learned all the obedience basics and a few cute tricks (shake hands, high five, double high five, find it, etc.), but also will pull a light wagon of garden debris for me, will pull a sled with a small child in it, literally will help remove unwanted brush and saplings in my yard (I point, she pulls them out). I had a knee injury that put me in a wheelchair for a short time, but she was able to provide assistance for me as I worked through physical therapy. While walking out just with her in a large, quiet quiet park, I slipped - and couldn't get back up on my own with my knee in the shape it was in. And no one was around to help. She positioned herself so that I could use her shoulders as leverage and literally hauled me up and out of a gully in the park. Could another dog have learned all of that? Sure. But just as I happened to be there for her, she now happens to be there for me. Someday, she will grow old and die. Will my next dog be a PB? Maybe, or maybe not. It will depend on who I find in a shelter and who seems to be the right match, as an individual, for me at that stage in my life. And for her to have a dog buddy, she picked her buddy out from a shelter - a little Jack Russell - Chihuahua mix. While my PB is pretty rock solid, the little guy is the temperamental feisty one.
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Kim April 23, 2014 at 12:05 pm
What I think is really scary and a public health threat is the violence PEOPLE do to pit bulls. WeRead More kill millions of them every year. They are tortured in fighting rings, look at what Vick did. Humans are a very dangerous breed. THere should be laws or something to protect the public--and animals--- from people.
tribble April 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm
#Kim, all the more reason for restrictions, such as spaying and neutering. Less animals to be hurtRead More in fighting pits or put in the pound, only to be put down.
Notbricktrash April 23, 2014 at 07:20 pm
Here's a story http://m.digitaljournal.com/article/355611
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Tim H April 24, 2014 at 10:48 am
@Fay, the KindleFire has the normal color display that doesn't work well in bright light -- like aRead More lot of other tablets. For outdoors, the Kindle with E-Ink or Paperwhite displays are better. You might want to buy their cheap $69 model for E-Ink to use outdoors so you don't have to be as concerned about it getting damaged (rain, sand, dirt, etc). Use your KindleFire indoors. Check the comments on Amazon to see what others have to say. From what I heard, all the stuff on your KindleFire should be accessible on a new Kindle device provided you use the same account. It will even keep you last read page when you switch devices, so where you left of on the E-Ink device, you can resume on your KindleFire and visa versa. I don't have one myself, but that's what I've heard from others that use them.
Fay April 24, 2014 at 10:57 am
Thanks Tim! I'll check it out!
Brina M April 24, 2014 at 11:07 am
The original kindle is great for outside reading. I got a lot of good tips from these comments.Read More Thank you all.
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Mad as hell... April 22, 2014 at 11:28 pm
Savecritters...I appreciate your concern but like I said you may want to make sure your homeownersRead More insurance will cover that dog. When you're on the receiving end of a pit bull dog's attack it's hard to fathom the logic in owning one.
Savecritters....you lost the argument as soon as you wrote "...owned by countless movieRead More stars..." What the hell does that prove?
tribble April 23, 2014 at 06:53 am
Yeah, Miley Cyrus' pit bull killed her little doggie last fall. The other dog that just died...it'sRead More being covered up how it died. That's why all the articles that mention coyote say "allegedly".
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Igor April 21, 2014 at 07:42 am
Boss Hogg and Anthony. Thank you both. Seeing where it's coming from I'll take that as a compliment.
Igor April 21, 2014 at 11:17 am
What?
Penquin April 21, 2014 at 11:39 am
Wrong blog Igor, but I do agree with your opinions on this particular blog.
Rae Anne Resident April 24, 2014 at 11:04 am
Can it christie the clown. No one gives a shiznit about your desperate need for publicRead More validation.Go to your pastor and commiserate with him about it.
Carl Petersen III April 24, 2014 at 11:07 am
christie nicolle April 24, 2014 at 10:54 AM Ms.D- it's transparent your freaking out 'cause your sonRead More is gay - " but most of us are Not railing against God or out to destroy civilization as homosexuals are!" ____________________________________________________ And how exactly are people who happen to love people of the same gender trying to "destroy civilization?"
nobody April 24, 2014 at 11:19 am
Would you all do something? Would you please ignore christie nicolle? She is deliberating pissingRead More people off! she is a troll, she is not for real.
Snag man April 22, 2014 at 07:40 pm
You making a few assumptions there meat-stick. First, I wouldn't claim that we have the bestRead More healthcare system in the world, I might say we have the best doctors money can buy though. I also didn't say anything remotely close to wanting to protect "my anything" by denying millions of people access "to anything". What I was trying to say is.... I don't want my country turned into just another socialist nation with massive debt and lemmings and muppets for citizens. You can ignore the point of not letting the government take over your life all you want...You can ignore what all those "ignorant old white dudes" knows as the "Founding Fathers" warned us about, in crafting the guidelines of government, if you choose to do so... It will be a debt paid by someone in your lineage at some point.
jpf2361 April 23, 2014 at 06:23 am
If OBAMACARE is so Great then why is it that all the Politicians that voted for it weren't the FIRSTRead More ONES to sign up for it ???? WHY Aren't Kuster, Shaheen and Shea Porter MANDATED to sign up for this TRAIN WRECK!!!!
jpf2361 April 23, 2014 at 09:44 am
Of the 8 Million supposedly "NEWLY INSURED " individuals of ObamaCare, how many haveRead More actually paid their premiums??? Of these 8 million how many are from the targeted groups for healthcare, as in young adults that will be helping to pay the premiums for the older generation that have medical issues??? If Barry's administration can't provide these numbers then HOW CAN THEY CLAIM OBAMACARE IS A SUCCESS??? >>>> Prior to Kathleen Seblius leaving her post she said the Premiums for ObamaCare would be increasing due to the FACT that most of the 8 Million "NEW SUBSCRIBERS" were elderly and sick and would qualify for the majority of subsidies, which would drive up the costs to others. So AGAIN. How is this a Victory for Barry and his minions, as Barry had promised that his plan would save citizens, on average $2,500.00 per year. His other promise which turned out to be the LIE OF THE CENTURY was that if you Liked your Doctor and Healthcare Plan You Can KEEP THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Anna Bucciarelli April 20, 2014 at 08:15 am
Definitely will add these to my long, long list of "to reads". Maybe I'll live longRead More enough to get to them all. Just finished an oldie but goodie ... but you know? The stories only stay with me for a while, I read so much that I forget what I've already read and after the first few pages, I get into it again and often continue since I liked it the first time around. There will never be enough hours in any day to read all I want to and thank goodness and God for Goodreads and, of course, my library and you, Danielle, for adding to my lists. Was offered a Kindle but know what? I really prefer to hold that book in my lap to read, plus I prefer to use my library ... it's FREE, for goodness sake, why would I pay to read anything but a newspaper? And, even that can be gotten at the library. If nothing else, I just love the smell of a library! (Sorry for my longwinded-ness ... just love, love books.)
Mamie Huggins April 20, 2014 at 08:37 am
Hey Anna - I'm a book lover too and use the library on occasion. But it's not FREE as you say, it'sRead More paid for by us taxpayers. Also, when I buy a book, especially by an unknown and/or local author, I'm helping that person to keep writing.
Anna Bucciarelli April 20, 2014 at 05:48 pm
Of course you're right Mamie but if I don't have to part with an additional penny from my pocket IRead More feel it's a treat. And you're right too about keeping authors writing I especially like books by new, first-time novelists who often surprise me with the wonder of their words.
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Notbricktrash April 22, 2014 at 01:04 pm
This guy is psycho I see all negative posts on this breed. Us all who are for the breed let's postRead More positive things. This guy has no life obviously to sit and pick apart a breed. My dad was a meter reader in the day he was attacked and bitten 9 times on different occasions. 2 of them were German sheps, rest were ankle biters. ALL dogs bite. My parents were ignorant with pit bulls I remember my neighbors bf had them in my yard when I was a kid and my moms screaming they are vicious get inside. (They were sweet dogs) that goes with them being uneducated about the breed. They witnessed my neighbors pit mauling the neighbors small dog (their dog was nice until the crack heads put him in a cage 24/7) they are like till recently they are dangerous blah blah blah and know what I educated them I now rescued a pit lab who is a big baby and whom my parents adore. I cross post animals all over and many are pit bulls. They say 1 of 600 finds homes. It's sad cause in my dad's years of meter reading not one pit bull attacked him. 2 days in a row I saw 2 pits running in and out of traffic on a main road by my house. Almost hit them. I got out of my car called them over (had no fear as if it were a smaller dog or a shep) they came to me I grabbed their collars and what did they do? They licked me. I'm in school to be an nj Animal control officer and an associates in vet tech and I can bet you in my life I will support the pit breed in some successful way. I will never hate the breed or judge them. I've got bitten by a smaller dog breed do I judge them? No. So educate before you discriminate
MARIA ESCOBAR April 22, 2014 at 06:00 pm
Thanks again Gina!! I could not have asked for more concise, clear cut corroboration for myRead More premise, than that which you have provided. Please keep it up as I pass these on to friends and we get a good laugh at the irony of it all.
Notbricktrash April 24, 2014 at 09:39 am
Ignorance educate don't discriminate. There's many more dog attacks they just chose to exploit pitRead More bulls. All dogs bite
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bayboat April 18, 2014 at 06:36 pm
* Complete sentences not * Confusing "article" * Drunk or stoned both maybe? * RemedialRead More writing course soon needed
Glen M April 20, 2014 at 09:10 am
Ban the pit!
Igor April 20, 2014 at 11:21 am
Ban the Hogg