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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 :: Colleen Lynn

by colleen lynn.

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… [Read in full]

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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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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

About Colleen Lynn

by colleen lynn.

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.

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

by colleen lynn.

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

by colleen lynn.

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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Letter to the Editor :: Credentials

by colleen lynn.

In a recent letter to the editor of The Vancouver Sun, the founder of DogsBite.org, Colleen Lynn, shines a light of truth upon falsifications written in an “opinion” piece published by the same newspaper. Below is the submission, the published letter was edited.

Re: Opinion: Punish aggressive behaviour of individual dogs, not the breed

DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims’ group, addresses falsifications written by Rebeka Breder and Rebecca Ledger published on Sept. 17. Their opinion piece responds to an article by Stephen Hume, “Hume: Certain dog breeds and owners combine for violence.”
The co-authors falsely state, “Hume bases his facts and statistics on data that is neither peer reviewed nor published in scientific publications, and is therefore unreliable.” The co-authors then cite DogsBite.org as one source of Hume’s data.
Both authors ignored the peer-reviewed scientific study that Hume wrote about in his article — Mortality, Mauling, and Maiming by Vicious Dogs, by John K. Bini, MD, et al., published in the Annals of Surgery in April 2011.
Pit bull injury data from DogsBite.org is cited in several areas of this study. Thus the statement by Breder and Ledger is doubly fictitious. Hume indisputably relied upon peer-reviewed data and DogsBite.org data has been published in a peer-reviewed scientific publication.
The pair next state: “This American-based group is run by an attack victim whose only agenda is to exterminate what it considers to be ‘dangerous breeds.'”
DogsBite.org is a tax-exempt public charity organization with a board of directors, advisors and volunteers with the following mission: “A national dog bite victims’ group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks.” Since our inception in 2007, DogsBite.org has corresponded with hundreds of dog bite victims. Such correspondences cannot be published for privacy reasons.
Hume got it right, which is what triggered the erroneous response by Breder and Ledger.

Colleen Lynn
President & Founder
DogsBite.org

Thank You Letter :: Colleen Lynn

by colleen lynn.

Pit bull advocacy fails to realize that the people who speak out for regulation of dangerous dogs, the people they characterize as “haters” are just ordinary folks who probably had no thoughts on pit bulls one way or another. Until, and this is the key point, they became victims of the violence. We pretty much all say the same thing after our attack “nobody should have to go through this, somebody should do something.” It comes to us that we are the “somebody” and we demand regulation. Ms. Biniaz is a high profile somebody, and she is courageous to use her status to focus attention on the maulings. Emma’s parents are somebody, the Soleskys are somebody. Every parent, and every pet or livestock owner who contacts legislators to demand action, they are somebody, every one of them. Colleen Lynn is a powerful somebody, she shines a light on the need to regulate a known danger. Thank you Colleen and thank you Miss Canada! – april 29

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