About Colleen Lynn

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colleen lynn, founder of dogsbite.orgColleen 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 :: DogsBite.org

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Dear DogsBite.org,
I just wanted to take the time to thank you for sharing all this detailed information!
It is not often that you find a website that actually provides truthful information on pit bulls. I have worked in the veterinary and pet industry for over 25 years and have always been an advocate of honesty about the realities of this breed. While in the industries, people who do not share the belief that pit bulls are a “sweet and perfect family dog” are berated and told that you are not a pet lover.
Thank you for sharing this information and doing it in a way that is easy for people to understand! – Cliff, California

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Thank You Comment :: Colleen Lynn

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I am a great admirer of Colleen Lynn, her intelligence, her integrity and her strength. I’m awed and deeply touched by the openness and poignancy with which Colleen dares describes what the attack did to her, including the secondary trauma. This is real courage … Colleen, you make this world a better place in so many ways … all of us are blessed that you exist and that we may know you. – Alexandra

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Thank You Comment :: Colleen Lynn

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Congratulations for taking an active part in informing the uninformed of both the dangers of these dogs and the profound effect on victims of attacks … Colleen Lynn you are doing a great job, as this is and will continue to be a growing concern. One look at the photos of victims, particularly children, should be enough to convince anyone. – Bruce D.

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Thank You Comment :: Colleen Lynn

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Thanks again for publishing this essay Colleen Lynn, 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. – Anonymous

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Thank You Comment :: Colleen Lynn

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Keep up the great work Colleen Lynn. As a scientist I’m constantly amazed by the wanton disregard for basic statistics that advocates of this breed buy into. Yes, statistics can be skewed if someone cared to one way or the other, but the numbers year-over-year of fatal dog attacks are undeniable. There is just no way to P-test your way out of that one. I’m also amazed at the utter sociopathic nature of pit advocacy as a whole, just such an appallingly self-centered attitude in their groupthink. Thank you for putting together such a large volume of statistical, cited, evidence. Your and Merritt’s research shines a light on the glaring lack of concern of the CDC as well as the medical profession in general. – Molly Thewad

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Thank You Letter :: Colleen Lynn

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Dear Colleen Lynn,
Your wisdom and care for people in the midst of aggressive dog issues is so needed in our nation. Thank you for your voice and strong advocacy. Please don’t give up. There are so many people that are quiet and read your blog to keep their heads up. Our family appreciates you and will never forget your help. You spent time to digest our story and give our fears a reality to stand upon. Thank you, thank you! – Erin, Washington

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Thank You Letter :: Colleen Lynn

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Dear Colleen Lynn,
The impact and credibility of Dogsbite.org was brought home to me when researching material for a professional presentation on morbidity and mortality from dog attacks. I had set out to compare Virginia statistics to those nationwide. My queries to the Centers for Disease Control resulted in a reference to Dogsbite.org as THE source for reliable data. This particularly applies to breeds most likely to inflict fatal maulings. When doing research, I don’t just look at the headlines; I look at everything. Your site is invaluable because it is sourced and annotated and verifiable with respect to its data. Human fatalities from dog attacks have risen dramatically, and that is not just media hype. As a dog lover myself, relentless “pit bull advocacy” has convinced me that some of us have entered into a disordered relationship with the gift we have been given in domestic dogs.
Thank you for what you do and for your huge contribution to a public health issue. -Bonny, Virginia

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Thank You Letter :: DogsBite.org

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Dear DogsBite.org,
I just wanted to say thank you for the awesome information on pit bulls. The citations you provide and the careful research you perform are an invaluable resource to counter all the propaganda speak out there and we will keep this information handy to inform those we encounter that have swallowed the lie. – Laura, Washington

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Thank You Letter :: Colleen Lynn

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Dear Colleen Lynn,
I am writing to you because I want you to know that you bring a great service to humanity. It is because of you and DogsBite.org that I was able to heal through a very traumatic event where my two dogs were attacked simultaneously by two pit bulls on a mountain trail. If it weren’t for DogsBite.org, I would have had a much more difficult and alienated road since my attack. My mental health definitely suffered for a period of time after the attack. Over time, I was able to heal my heart and I attribute that healing in a large way to you.
I wanted to take the time and thank you deeply. You helped me in a way that many family or friends could not. You helped save me from many dark places by shining light into my circumstances. I had never witnessed such wanton mindless violence before in my life. It changes a person. Your website helped to keep me in the light. I want you to know that. From the bottom of my heart I’m grateful to you and the endeavor you have taken on. Please know that it is having a deeply positive effect in not only showing the truth, but in helping people like me to heal. Please stay strong and know that many people out there keep you in their prayers so that what you have created will continue to go forth and help people. Blessing to you. Thank you. – Victor, California.

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Thank You Letter :: Colleen Lynn

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Dear Colleen Lynn,
I just ran across your site and wanted to let you know how happy I am that someone is compiling this information. About 20 years ago, a pair of loose pit bulls killed our beloved Scottish terrier by literally pulling him apart, and then they attacked my husband when he tried to defend our dog. We asked our City Council to ban pit bulls, but the usual pit bull supporters were able to sway their vote. My city still has no protection from pit bulls. Thank you for your efforts. – Carol, California

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Thank You Letter: DogsBite.org

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Dear DogsBite.org,
Thank you for your website, for the truth it bares, for the courage it took to put it there. Even as tough as I am, I can’t stand up to the hurricane of insanity around these dogs. Thank you for your time, your research and candid honesty. You’re an inspiration. Reading your site gave me the courage to write this all down, the first time I have ever done so. As a dog trainer I have to take tremendous criticism when I refuse to handle these dogs now. Their owners are the cruelest nastiest people I have ever encountered. Especially when someone tells them their dogs are not angels and they should expect nothing but what they are getting after they come begging a trainer for help so their dog can play at dog parks or stop trying to kill cats or children. I understand how irrationally hateful the lovers of these dogs can be, and how hard, as a victim of the breed, life is after you have been attacked by one. I raise my lighter to your story, to your website. | Read full letter » – Retired Professional Dog Trainer of 25+ Years

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Thank You Letter: Colleen Lynn

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Dear Colleen Lynn,
Thank you for providing this informative site. It’s comforting to be able to visit with people who feel the same way I do. I am an Animal Control Officer and have been “in the trenches” for over 2 decades. Recently, I dared to express my unfavorable opinion about pit bulls on Facebook by sharing some of your stories. My goal was to encourage awareness and caution, nothing more. However, I immediately came under attack. I was called a hater, a hate-monger and a liar.
I have saved many, many pit bulls from life on the end of a tow chain where their only purpose was to be bred or fought, but they have always been a problem in our area, and lately, things seem to be escalating… [Read full letter] – AC officer, Southern State

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Dear Colleen Lynn,
I have always respected the work you do. I am a volunteer for dog rescue. The hardest thing I have to do is deal with a dog that bites, and I sometimes have to put them down. I do realize all dogs bite, it’s just how hard they can bite, and it’s not possible to put them in a situation where it will never happen. Your work is respected by people who own and love dogs! – Smith, Colorado

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Thank You Letter :: DogsBite.org

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Dear DogsBite.org,
God bless you for all you do to educate people about this very real and serious issue. My friends in rescue hate my opinions about this, but as a professional trainer who studied aggression for over thirty years, I have read and studied so many heartbreaking stories that I simply don’t think it is worth the risk for anyone to own one of these dogs as pets. – Carol, Virginia

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