About Colleen Lynn

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Colleen LynnColleen Lynn is a veteran user interface designer who is known for her exceptional multidisciplinary skill set and creating websites that deliver social impact. In 1995, she began her Seattle-based web design company, and over the next decade worked with a diverse range of clients including Internet startups, retail companies and smart device manufacturers. During this time she played a key visual role in numerous identity designs and nearly 100 website designs. Colleen Lynn also spent two quarters teaching courses at the Art Institute of Seattle. Achievements in social activism include being selected as the visual designer for the 2008 Washington State grassroots primary Obama campaign. In the same year, Colleen Lynn created DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims’ website, after undergoing a serious dog attack. The site has since grown into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In 2011, DogsBite.org submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the young mauling victim in Tracey v. Solesky, which helped move the highest court in Maryland to declare pit bulls “inherently dangerous.” Statistical data from her group has been cited in a peer-reviewed medical journal and is often cited by media sources. Ms. Lynn also created Righthaven Victims, a free speech advocacy website that tracked victims of the copyright troll formerly known as Righthaven. Colleen Lynn continues her role as the founder of DogsBite.org, as well as her role as a user interface designer at Lynn Media Group, an Austin-based web design company she began in 2010.

Colleen Lynn graduated in 1991 with a degree in Communication Arts from Holy Names College in Oakland, California. After graduation, she returned to Houston and attended Rice University’s Publishing Program.

Thank You Letter :: Colleen Lynn

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Dear Colleen Lynn,
Thank you so much for your tireless efforts on Dogsbite.org. Through your work, you have created the absolute best resource of pit bull and vicious dog information on the internet. I, myself, have not been a victim of a dog attack, but I came to understand the nature of pit bulls earlier this year when a young child in my town was brutally attacked and killed by one in a home where he should have felt safe. When I heard of the attack, I was rightly outraged and full of questions around why someone would choose a pit bull over one of the hundreds of other breeds much less likely to maim a child. I went to the Internet searching for answers and made the mistake of trying to have a civil conversation on a pit bull message board. When I asked why anyone would choose a pit bull, I was immediately attacked as hateful, uninformed, and treated as if I was evil. I was threatened, and my name, home address, phone number, and vehicle’s license plate were posted publicly with the threat that I was now going to “pay for what I believed.” I couldn’t believe the utter vitriol directed my way and it was that day that I made my personal decision on pit bulls and their owners. I found your site and was greatly relieved that there were folks out there who were speaking the truth about these dogs and making the general public aware of the dangers hidden by groups such as the “Humane” Society (quotes intentional). I am now a financial and moral supporter of you and the site and make it my business to respond factually to any pro-pit propaganda that comes across my Facebook page. I’ve lost a few “friends” this way, but if I can change the mind of one person considering allowing a pit bull into their home, then I’ve done my job.
Please keep up the AMAZING work you are doing. It is absolutely having a positive affect in people’s lives. I had a manager who told me once that if I’m not pissing off at least one person a day, I wasn’t doing my job. The fact that the pro-pit folks are so up in arms about the site tells me that you are going way beyond what you have to do, and I thank you for that.  – Alvin, Arizona

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Thank You Letter :: DogsBite.org

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Dear DogsBite.org,
Just wanted to let you know that your website has been so much help for my family. My 13-year old son was attacked on August 5th by a pit bull while doing mission work in our town. His wound on his leg required surgeries and a hospital stay. He is now in physical therapy and speaks with a therapist every week. Your website has helped us so much with the facts about dog bites, especially pit bulls. We usually sponsor a family for Christmas, but have decided this year to donate to medical funds for children who have been attacked by dogs. We were able to find these medical funds on your website, so thank you! – Robbie, South Carolina

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Unflinching Committment to the Cause

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Colleen Lynn never fails to blow my mind with her stamina and intelligence. It’s depressing to consider how seldom one discovers a partisan or activist who isn’t a soft-headed political pawn, or a conservative “armchair warrior” who spooks at the first sign of retaliation…especially in the ineffectual and gutless “anti-pit bull” groups. Colleen is exactly that rare individual who stares the sociopaths and rednecks -and indeed the Frankenmauler mutants themselves- straight in the eye at every opportunity. www.dogsbite.org – Gene, Florida

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Thank You Letter :: DogsBite.org

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Dear DogsBite.org,
What a great site. Here in California, there was another deadly pit bull attack and a two-year-old boy is dead. I am sick of the cover-up regarding this breed. I am tired of hearing all the excuses for why pits are not to be blamed. You do an excellent and important job, and it is time we stood up to fanatics who continue to defend this breed.
I am a dog lover. I have always owned dogs, and understand how much they become a member of the family. That said, children are more important than a breed of dog. The pro-pit bull campaign has been effective, so much so that non-pit owners do not speak out, fearful that the will appear bigoted. They also believe the ridiculous “nanny dog” rhetoric. The lack of sensitivity towards victims is often stunning.
Your site is an oasis of sanity, and I am grateful it exists. Please, keep doing this important work so that eventually common sense wins out and legislation is enacted to protect our children, adults and pets from predatory dogs. Deepest thanks and appreciation, – Renee, California

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Thank You Letter :: DogsBite.org

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A gigantic thank you to Colleen Lynn and all who work on www.dogsbite.org! Without you, all of us victims of pit bulls and other dangerous dog attacks would have nothing to fall back on. We wouldn’t know where to turn.
After the pit bull attacked my dog, I searched online for information to make sense of the attack. Your website gave me everything I needed: documented facts and statistics, other attack victims’ stories, resources for dog bite victims, and a community of people who understand the trauma of such an attack.
Since then, I’ve been able to educate others by sending them to your website. I can’t say thank you enough times for your valuable ongoing work. – Sally, Washington

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Letter to the Editor :: Credentials

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The founder of DogsBite.org, Colleen Lynn, responds to distortions made by another animal advocacy group. Her response exemplifies why city officials should not entrust the health and safety of their citizens to such groups.

Re: Letter to the editor, Breed-specific language ‘inherently flawed and does not work,’ Burnaby NOW, Sept. 10, 2013.

Dear Editor:

DogsBite.org advocates on behalf of victims of serious dog attacks. The United States-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization also tracks U.S. dog bite fatalities, dog bite injury studies, jurisdictions with breed-specific laws and appellate court rulings that uphold these laws.

Statistical data from DogsBite.org is cited in the peer-reviewed scientific medical study, Mortality, Mauling, and Maiming by Vicious Dogs, published in the Annals of Surgery in April 2011. The study’s conclusion:

“Attacks by pit bulls are associated with higher morbidity rates, higher hospital charges, and a higher risk of death than are attacks by other breeds of dogs. Strict regulation of pit bulls may substantially reduce the US mortality rates related to dog bites.”

Read: Full Letter to the Editor

Comments :: DogsBite.org

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Part of letter published to the comment section of Essay of a Fatal Pit Bull Mauling. View essay to read full letter.

Thanks again for publishing this essay, and for shedding light on all victims of these attacks … I wanted to commend the people involved with your site for providing the public with undeniable evidence of the organizations and supposed “credible” sources who disguise themselves as canine behavioral experts in order to manipulate and distort facts designed to deceive the public, as well as to thank you for exploiting the overwhelming fallacies presented by pit bull advocacy groups. I also enjoyed hearing about the politicians and animal rights activists who wish to eliminate the amount maulings and fatalities associated with the breed, as well as the shelters and rescues who are not seeking to promote higher adoption rates or misinformation about pit bulls, but are instead striving to reach the day when there are no more pit bulls around to enter their doors. – Anonymous

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Beyond the Interview: Essay of a Fatal Pit Bull Mauling

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I wanted to share what my nonprofit, DogsBite.org, released today:

Read: Beyond the Interview – Essay of a Fatal Pit Bull Mauling

DogsBite.org Releases ‘Beyond the Interview’ Essay: Father of Child Killed by Babysitter’s Pit Bulls Speaks Out After Attack

Jeff Borchardt, the father of a young boy mauled to death by two pit bulls, and the owner of the dogs, Susan Iwicki, speak out to warn others about the myth, “It’s all how they’re raised,” to prevent future pit bull maulings and fatalities.

Essay of a Fatal Pit Bull MaulingAustin, TX July 26, 2013 — DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims’ group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, releases Beyond the Interview, an 8,500 word essay detailing a fatal pit bull attack. The essay follows a June 10th interview with WISN when the father spoke to the media about his son’s death for the first time. On March 6th, 2013, Daxton Borchardt, 14-months old, was brutally killed by his babysitter’s pit bulls while under her care in Walworth, Wisconsin.

Beyond the Interview was created through direct phone calls and emails over a 6-week period with Jeff Borchardt, 39, the boy’s grieving father, and Susan Iwicki, 30, the babysitter and owner of the two pit bulls. Both are compelled to speak out after believing the widely pervasive myth, “It’s all how they’re raised.” On March 6th, states the essay, “Susan’s well-raised pit bulls acted out their genetic heritage by inflicting an unpredictable destructive attack that took a boy’s life.”

Read: News release in full

Read: Beyond the Interview – Essay of a Fatal Pit Bull Mauling

Thank You Letter :: Colleen Lynn

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Dear Colleen Lynn,
I just found your site last night (following some links after reading about the most recent tragic child death from a pit bull in Wisconsin) and have been scarcely able to tear myself away to take care of necessaries such as sleep, shower, etc.!
I want to thank you for your excellent site. As a dog lover and rescuer, I have been troubled about what to make of these powerful animals called pit bulls.
Thankfully, I have never been attacked by such a dog. But I have developed a deep apprehension of this dog’s predisposition to attacking other dogs, and their ability to inflict devastating harm.
I want to say again how grateful I am to see a voice of reason and sanity address this very troubling scourge in our society in such a straightforward, well-researched, and articulate way.  – Sue, Wisconsin

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Colleen Lynn :: Banning Pit Bulls Saves Lives

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The Front Burner: Banning pit bulls saves lives and protects the innocent
Whether to ban pit bulls is a human health and safety issue that should be steered by health and safety officials. Public safety is not the profession of animal advocates. Thus, public policy coming from animal advocates concerning protecting humans from pit bulls is fundamentally flawed.
So far this year, 13 of the 14 Americans who have been killed by dogs — 93 percent — were killed by pit bulls and pit mixes. This is well above the average of 60 percent from 2005 to 2012.
As the pit bull population rises, more human fatalities ensue…

See: Full guest columnist editorial at the Orlando Sentinel

Thank You Letter :: Colleen Lynn

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Thank you Thank you!!  I love what you do! I have always felt the same as you, but you are much better at putting it into an understandable format!  You have made it very easy for me to raise awareness about how dangerous these dogs are. – Richard, Connecticut

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Thank You Letter :: DogsBite.org

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THANK YOU SO MUCH for this website. MAGNIFICENT EYE-OPENER REALLY. And to the founder of dogsbite.org, Colleen, THANK YOU SO MUCH. You are so brave for doing this. THANK YOU. Someone needed to take a first step and you did so. And in a beautiful manner. THANK YOU. May your horrifying experience and consequent actions save many lives. You’ve probably saved many lives already. Thank you! – Pedro, Portugal

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DogsBite.org Founder in BBC News Viewpoints Article After UK Fatal Dog Mauling

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Colleen Lynn – founder and president of dogsbite.org
Every country should help establish a human victim-centred organisation with resources and statistical studies.
This organisation should be independent of influence and funding by dog breeder, veterinarian and animal welfare groups.
We’re a US charity dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. Every week, a person from the UK writes to DogsBite.org asking if a similar organisation exists in their country.
Thus far, we frustratingly write back: “Not to our knowledge.”

  • Based in Austin, Texas the website raises awareness about the potential danger posed by some dogs
  • It advocates changes in legislation and regulation to minimise the risk of dog attacks

Viewpoints: What can be done about dangerous dogs?, BBC News, March 28, 2013

Thank You Letter :: Colleen Lynn

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I want to thank you for the hard work and dedication you have in trying to protect people from dangerous dogs such as Pitbulls.  Your dedication is admired by all of us that are in this battle to try and restore some safety and peace to the people, children and normal family pets.  Safety and peace that has been so badly disrupted by Pitbulls and the ProPitbull Lobby. We appreciate your honest and tactful manner in which you report dog attacks. I hope that I can bring some help to the victim advocacy movement.  – Gail, Texas

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