Contra Costa Animal Services’ 9th Annual St. Pitty’s Day Adoption Event

March 15, 2019 22:26 pm · 19 comments

Bob Foo March 16, 2019 at 9:54 AM

“The following Pit Bull facts taken from DogsBite org:

36 U.S. dog bite-related fatalities occurred in 2015. Despite being regulated in Military Housing areas and over 700 U.S. cities, pit bulls contributed to 78% (28) of these deaths. Pit bulls make up about 6.6% of the total U.S. dog population.

Together, pit bulls (28) and rottweilers (4), the second most lethal dog breed, accounted for 89% of the total recorded deaths in 2015. This same combination also accounted for 76% of all fatal attacks during the 11-year period of 2005 to 2015.

The breakdown between these two breeds is substantial over this 11-year period. From 2005 to 2015, pit bulls killed 233 Americans, about one citizen every 17 days, versus rottweilers, which killed 42, about one citizen every 96 days.

In the year of 2015, the combination of pit bulls (28), their close cousins, American bulldogs (2), and rottweilers (4) contributed to 94% (34) of all dog bite-related fatalities. Both American bulldog fatalities occurred in Miami-Dade County, Florida.”

Jkwellin March 16, 2019 at 3:11 PM

It all depends on the owner. I’ve had a pit and she was so calm, I adopted her weeks before my aunt was due to give birth. She welcomed the baby so well. Please stop spreading lies about this breed. They are so loving

WC March 16, 2019 at 3:56 PM

Now do people.

Bob Foo March 16, 2019 at 8:16 PM

Jkwellin –

How am I “spreading lies”? This are actual statistics.

I’m sure every pit owner thinks that their baby is just perfect… Until it rips some kid’s face off.

DL March 16, 2019 at 1:35 PM

I’m shocked that this post hasn’t gotten many, many comments, since the subject of pit bulls is one that brings out passionate opinions on both sides.

RKO281 March 16, 2019 at 2:50 PM

I was bitten by a ‘Pitty’ when I a kid. The dog owner had opened the garage door and the dog came running up to me on the sidewalk and took me by my arm and clamped down so hard and shook I still to this day can remember the strength of that animal. My arm was numb and my skin was twisted so violently it looked like I had loss the elasticity in my skin. The bruising was so severe it covered my entire arm. The dog owner was defensive and said that his dog didn’t bite people. He tried to say I was exaggerating about the bite to his neighbors. I had to go to the ER.

It wasn’t until that same dog ripped another neighbors dog into absolute shreds that they really understood that it was in fact a violent animal. This was no exaggeration or misunderstanding.

I am to this day terrified of Pitt Bulls.

I am not here to offend or upset anyone that has a Pit Bull. I am just asking that if you are a dog owner whether it is a ‘Pitty’ or ANY other breed, please keep it leashed and under control if you are just outside of your home or at a park as you never know how an animal could suddenly react to something. Even if you think your dog would never be aggressive or bite anyone. I don’t want anyone else traumatized like I was by my experience as a kid.

I am asking that you please do not troll my comment.

Dennis March 16, 2019 at 4:41 PM

I am no animal expert but it seems to me that dogs that are well cared for by getting plenty of exercise, love, being familiar with children from puppy time, attention and petting etc are usually well behaved and loving dogs. That seems to be the case with the vast majority of dogs I meet at my customers houses. The dogs I don’t trust are the ones that are pent up in some cage, chained up in the back yard, or for what ever reason have not had a tremendous amount of human contact/play/love time. Sad, but some dogs spend much of their time alone.

Bob Foo March 16, 2019 at 8:19 PM

I think one of the biggest factors in badly behaving dogs is that owners don’t show enough dominance when interacting with them. People let their dogs walk all over them, then wonder why the dogs act unpredictably.

Kentucky Derby March 16, 2019 at 9:01 PM

It’s the owner and the breed. Anyone who doesn’t think pit bulls are inherently aggressive is choosing to be naïve. Add that to irresponsible, low life owners – there you have it. That same owner with a poodle – needless to say, you won’t see the same aggression.

Even this ad is referring to pit bulls as “bully breed.” This isn’t breaking news.

Dawg March 16, 2019 at 10:06 PM

Pit bulls were bred in England between a bulldog and a terrier and became known as the Staffordshire Terrier. They were specifically bred to be used in blood sports. The owners would place them in a pit to fight to the death. Hence the name, pit bull.
Pit bull owners today are either naïve, ignorant, or in denial and should do some research to educate themselves about the breed and how they have the potential to become unpredictably vicious. Homeowners that own a pit bull should also check with their homeowners insurance to make sure they are covered if the dog ever bites someone. Most insurance companies do not cover pit bull attacks, and the owner will be held liable in a law suit.

Gititogether March 17, 2019 at 8:58 AM

Another attempt by shelter(s) to get rid of their inventory of pitbulls. Sorry, but no way. Don’t like or trust them and am not a “parolee”.

ExPat March 17, 2019 at 12:31 PM

Our neighbor adopted a pit from a shelter. He was a proponent of the “Pits bet a bad rap” The dog did seem nice I will admit. However about 3 months after having the dog it snapped out of nowhere and jumped on my daughter bitting her in the arm and wrist. She spent a few days in the hospital. I do not trust them and am not surprised there are so many in the shelter.

Anonalon March 17, 2019 at 7:13 PM

Dogbite dot .org is not an unbiased source. I have volunteered with CCAS for years almost exclusively with the “pitties.” That would be probably around the tune of hundreds of dogs. Hundreds! I’ve fostered them. Trained with them. Facilitated many many adoptions. Helped friends adopt. Helped family adopt. Guess what- NEVER been bit by a pittie. Never ever. So are we deal with these dogs in the shelter environment which is probably the most stress they’ve ever been under, we don’t get bit regularly or mauled or killed. There are dog bites from every and any breed known under the sun every day, everywhere, and I’m not even going to argue the ridiculousness that people bring to these posts every single time. It truly just shows your ignorance.

Cowellian March 17, 2019 at 8:43 PM

But it only takes one pit-bull attack to change your whole perspective on the breed. And Dogbite.org‘s findings are closer to my own experiences than your findings are.

But, of course, your mileage may vary.

Anon March 17, 2019 at 7:53 PM

dogs bite dot org is not a legit site please stop quoting from them.

Cowellian March 17, 2019 at 8:33 PM

A few years ago, my wife and I were walking our dogs, on-leash, when we were attacked by an off-leash pit bull. My wife was seriously injured. We didn’t have to testify, but we went to court to watch the proceedings. The pit-bull’s owner told the judge that her little baby was so sweet, and had never shown any aggression before. So it must have been our dogs’ fault, even though they were both on-leash. Luckily, the judge didn’t buy into her nonsense. The fine was less than $100, but her dog was forever branded an aggressive animal, which has its own set of laws and regulations.

WC Resident March 17, 2019 at 11:16 PM

@Cowellian – I believe you meant dogsbite.org and not dogbite.org. The latter site is garbage (low information content) from a lawyer who wants to represent you if you have been bitten by a dog.

dogsbite.org seems marginally useful. It hypes the hysteria and drama to the point that I can’t trust their data that seems more objective. It’s useful in that they cite and link to media reports.

My experience with pit bull dogs is that they are very sweet, affectionate, and that you need to be aware that, like all large dogs, they can be extremely dangerous.

Cowellian March 18, 2019 at 7:41 AM

Sorry. You are correct about the site.

Kentucky Derby March 18, 2019 at 9:25 AM

“Pit bulls make up 6 percent of the dog population in Canada and the US, but they were responsible for 68 percent of dog attacks and 52 percent of dog-related deaths from 1982 to 2009, TIME magazine reported.”

Think what you want. It’s a free country.

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