Domestic violence à la dog

When it became clear that children needed protection from some parents, laws and public policy were made to enable public agencies to remove children from abusive or neglectful homes. When adults attempt suicide, we take them and put them into care, at least for a short period for evaluation. Now it seems that ADULTS need … Continue reading Domestic violence à la dog

How to spot a scam dog rescue: predatory rescues and the broker-rescue

The broker-rescue is the new dog rescue scam that is gaining attention and leaving heartbroken people (and dogs) in their wake. Instead of the usual two parties, you and the rescue, there are instead three or four parties involved in a broker-rescue scam: The shelter which owns the dog, you, who are thinking about taking … Continue reading How to spot a scam dog rescue: predatory rescues and the broker-rescue

Did the CDC really stop keeping dog breed data after 2000?

Short answer: No, they never kept dog breed data in the first place. The CDC never stopped collecting data. They never collected it in the first place. The rumor got started because two men, one who worked at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the other who worked at HSUS (Humane Society … Continue reading Did the CDC really stop keeping dog breed data after 2000?

Wikipedia censoring dog fighting histories

Although information wars in Wikipedia are common enough, a follower recently filled me in on the latest as relates to dangerous dogs. A small group of people are deliberately and systematically rebranding pit bull and bulldog types and breeds and information through propagandizing Wikipedia and sanitizing the breed histories of numerous breeds by removing references … Continue reading Wikipedia censoring dog fighting histories

Mandatory reporting of dog bites and a national database

For forty-two (42) years, professionals have been clamoring for mandatory reporting of dog bites and a national database for epidemiological research. Fatal dog attacks have risen from an average of five (5) deaths per year in the 1970's to a staggering average of thirty-five (35) deaths per year in the 2010's. That's a 7-fold increase! … Continue reading Mandatory reporting of dog bites and a national database

The Fantasy of The Pitter’s No-BSL World (An Allegory)

In celebration of the recent turn of events where the city council has removed their long standing breed specific legislation, thus making it legal to own and keep pit bulls within the city limits, pit bull lovers everywhere are celebrating with massive importations of pit bulls of unknown origins and scheduling numerous adoption clinics around … Continue reading The Fantasy of The Pitter’s No-BSL World (An Allegory)