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.
Dear Colleen Lynn,
I just read the “Not Normal Dog Owners” section on this website, and it is absolutely straight on. I completely agree about these owners being psychologically different in their relationships with their dangerous dog breed than other dog owners too … Recently a pit bull in my area — adopted by the victim’s family from an unnamed rescue 7 months earlier — attacked and killed an 87-year old man as he lay on the floor taking down his Christmas tree. He was still being attacked when police arrived after receiving a 911 call from someone else in the home. I was once again horrified by the flood of people immediately advocating for the dog, while blaming the victim. I saw everything from, “the man was old and possibly mean” to “who knows how the poor dog had been treated before” to, “there must be more to this story, pit bulls don’t attack for no reason.” There was also an outpouring of photos of infants and children with their pit bull dogs, to “prove” that their dogs are gentle as lambs. I have to say, it’s horrible to think about what that poor man went through for possibly 20 minutes or more, and I seemed to be one of very few to even think about this… [Read full letter]
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
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
Re: Letter to the editor, Breed-specific language ‘inherently flawed and does not work,’ Burnaby NOW, Sept. 10, 2013.
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.
“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.”
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.
Austin, 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.”
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
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.
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.
Dear Colleen Lynn,
First of all, your site does absolutely first rate research. Without your findings, when I had my pit bull moment, I would have been rudderless in a sea of inequity. For a non-profit to do the kind of work you do, informing people like myself about the grave realities of that breed, it’s really gratifying to see your growth and I’m really happy to give witness to your effectiveness in the battle against a true public safety menace.
One year ago I had a family move in next door to mine with what appeared to me to be some sort of Pit Bull mix. The dog was a female about 80 lbs. and just over one year old. I voiced concern with the owner, as I have a wife, 4 year-old boy, and infant daughter. After all, we shared common areas, the same fence dividing our property in the back, a car port, and our doors were roughly 5 feet apart in a town home association. I was assured that the animal had no Pit Bull blood and was friendly with children. However, I had been advised by a good friend that the breed was nothing to take lightly, pure bred or not, so I started to search the Internet. When I found your site, I couldn’t believe the back log of devastation the pit bull breed… [Read full letter]
Annapolis, MD – In a rare decision by the high court to grant a motion for reconsideration, the Maryland Court of Appeals narrowed its April, 26 2012 ruling in Tracey v. Solesky by limiting its ruling only to pit bulls and removing the terms: cross-breds, pit bull mix, or cross-bred pit bull mix. The Court narrowed its original Opinion because the case before them, Tracey v. Solesky, had no references to cross-bred pit bulls. The dog in question in Tracey was a “pit bull terrier.”
The Court’s holding that “pit bulls are inherently dangerous” still stands, as does strict liability for their owners and landlords when a tenant’s pit bull attacks. – DogsBite.org
Dear Colleen Lynn,
So glad I came across your website, which I think is exceptionally well done and setting a high standard in terms of prevention and victim support.
I was pleased to see the South African media clips on your website.
No one will ever understand the sheer horror of being attacked by someone’s pet unless you have been a victim yourself, or, as in my case, being the daughter of one who was savagely attacked and killed a few years ago (in the week proceeding Father’s Day).
I wish you all the best and may you receive all the funding you need and more to keep things going strong.
– Leana, South Africa
Dear Colleen Lynn,
I want to thank you for your commitment to protecting innocent lives from the dangerous pit bull breed.
During my lifetime, I have witnessed 3 separate unrelated pit bull attacks. I witnessed these attacks over a 30 year period. In each case, the animal’s owners were completely shocked that their pet was capable of such an act of violence. I am now 50 years of age, and I am still frightened to go for walks in my neighborhood. These animals are inherently dangerous, and we should ALL have the right to feel safe in our community. I must say that I am shocked and appalled by the level of complete denial of facts and statistics that is demonstrated by the pit bull “advocates”. I absolutely believe that your diligence has saved lives, and with the thoughtful consideration of our elected and appointed officials, I believe that many more lives will be spared. – Mary E., Texas
Dear Colleen Lynn,
I started to do research into the dangers of pit bulls when it was announced in 2008 that the ban in Holland would be lifted. I searched the Dutch internet, but I could not find any information so I decided to search the American websites. I ploughed through 5 pages of search results before I found Dogsbite.org. All the time I was becoming more and more suspicious. Dog owners all agreeing on a subject? Doesn’t happen, never, but they all agree pit bulls are just like any other dog?
I started a website. Being warned by Dogsbite.org experiences, I registered ‘tegenpitjes.nl’ private. First the pit bull owners tried a DNS attack against my site. When that didn’t work, they harassed my domain registrar. It got so bad for them I had to pull the plug on ‘tegenpitjes.nl’ and register my new website, ‘tegenpitjes.info’, in the States.
Thank you Colleen, your help was invaluable. I admire you so much. I have no words to describe it because I’ve never known anybody who I admire this much. Your courage is a shining example for me. – Astrid, Founder of Tegenpitjes.info
Dear Colleen Lynn,
We corresponded via email late last year, I discussed the attack on myself by two pit bulls. I am having a tough time psychologically dealing with all the hatred directed towards the victims of these attacks. I have utilized your website regularly, and as a victim it has been most helpful, I continue to applaud you in your courageous efforts to stand firm against such hostile opposition. I wish you continued success with your ongoing attempts to educate others to the realities of certain breeds of dogs and hopefully one day eliminating these attacks all together. Kind Regards, – Luke, Founder of Sittingbull.com.au
“In Maryland now, if your pit bull bites, negligence no longer needs to be proven. Under the ruling, not just pit bull owners, but landlords who have the dogs living on their property are now liable for their actions … Colleen Lynn, who runs an education website about dangerous dogs called DogsBite.org, wrote a brief to the Maryland court supporting the decision. She told CBS News, “When they attack, they don’t stop. This is what ends up killing people. Pit bulls are the top killing dog breed.”