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Thank You Letter :: DogsBite.org

by colleen lynn.

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: DogsBite.org

by colleen lynn.

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 :: DogsBite.org

by colleen lynn.

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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Thank You Letter :: DogsBite.org

by colleen lynn.

Dear DogsBite.org,
I am thrilled to see a website that offers clear statistics on how dangerous these dogs really are. My family and I have had nothing but trouble with pit bulls throughout our lives. I have had family members terrorized and chased by pit bulls while riding bikes or jogging. One of our horses was bitten in the face by a pit bull several years ago. Worst of all, our neighbor’s rescued fighting pit bull mauled and killed our cat last year. I already knew it was a bad dog because it had previously growled at me when I tried to pet it. When it killed my beloved cat, it only provided further evidence that these vicious, deranged dogs should be banned. They are a threat to people and their pets everywhere. Thank you for all of your information and resources. – A.W., Georgia

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Thank You Letter :: DogsBite.org

by colleen lynn.

Dear DogsBite.org,
Thank you for all that you do. Even after being seriously attacked, I still thought I was an anomaly, just a case of bad luck of being between a pit bull and a dog it wanted to kill. I didn’t realize the serious danger pit bulls posed to all humans, even though I realized they were dog aggressive. Your important work has put a human face on this deadly issue and has helped me keep my family safer. I have also educated others that had no idea, and they now know to keep their kids away from pit bulls, especially making sure they aren’t going into homes with pit bulls. Thanks again. – Stacey, Oregon

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Thank You Letter :: DogsBite.org

by colleen lynn.

Dear DogsBite.org,
I would like to thank you for the effort and critical thought you have put into your website. I own a pit bull that recently angrily snapped at my 13-month-old daughter just for invading the dog’s space. Luckily, the dog did not actually bite and my daughter was not harmed in any way. Thanks to your site, I will be removing the dog from my home as soon as possible without regret or hesitation. I will sleep easier now that I never have to worry about it potentially injuring my daughter. My wife and I adopted the dog several years ago from a local shelter after reading the pit bull propaganda, seeing the shows on TV, etc. Your website has made me realize that the continued ownership of these dogs is both highly dangerous to humans and cruel to the animals themselves who have been bred and domesticated for nothing more than personal entertainment. If a food or prescription had the same fatality and injury rate as pit bulls do, it would be banned instantly by the FDA. – Jason, New York

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Thank You Letter :: DogsBite.org

by colleen lynn.

Dear DogsBite.org,
I just wanted to say thank you so much for your website. It has helped our family so much these last few months. Our 3-year old daughter was attacked by a 7-month old pit bull at a neighborhood BBQ. She was just walking past it to get a drink off the table, when it came after her. She has had two surgeries and we are hoping for a full recovery of her pinky after the nerve was severed. Our family has learned so much from your site and after our own experience, we are trying to spread the word on how dangerous these animals are. Thank you again,
–Sara, Colorado

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Thank You Letter :: DogsBite.org

by colleen lynn.

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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Thank You Letter :: DogsBite.org

by colleen lynn.

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

by colleen lynn.

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

by colleen lynn.

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

by colleen lynn.

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

by colleen lynn.

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

Colleen Lynn :: Banning Pit Bulls Saves Lives

by colleen lynn.

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 :: DogsBite.org

by colleen lynn.

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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