Thursday, May 6, 2010
Recently I did a show covering the topic of tethering and the push for anti-tethering laws. My opinion and once again its only my opinion I dont think that we need more laws when people cant obey the laws we currently in place in regards to companion animals.I believe stronger penalties for the laws we currently have in place is where we need to focus. I know from personal experience in my area being involved in a case where a convicted hoarder was trying to take in dogs from an out of state rescue and the States attorney point blank told us she would be able to get animals again within 2 years after 2 offences. Now multiple animals were found dead in her house and she can continue to get them and it was also very evident that the attorney nor the judge had much concern when it came to this case. Then theres the case of destiny and Faith who the police called me about and I met at there former owners house where they were locked in a shed behind the house. When we got them out they were covered in feces and urine had multiple open wounds and were extremely malnourished. I took them in because we dont have a pound and I knew the local shelter wouldnt because they are "pit bulls". So that meant either I take them or they would have been put down. I got the case number and followed up on it and was told it hadnt been processed yet call back, this was a month later. I waited another month anticipating the heavy workload of DUI's, possession and domestic violence cases as those seemed to be reoccurring themes on the docket on the days of the hoarder case and was told they would not be pursuing charges. So I basically am taking care of the dogs at my cost with no help from anyone in this backwards town. My faith in justice when it comes to animals is dwindling so my point was how are more laws going to fix this problem, I was of the opinion they werent just more laws for irresponsible owners to break with no penalties.
Lately I have been having issues with one of the dogs in my care and what has previously worked for all the other dogs wasnt working and I was finding myself frustrated and helpless. Some suggested that I had done all I could for her and that maybe it was time to make a difficult decision. I reached out to a guy I had met at a charity rescue function and asked for his help and on Monday I made the 2 hour drive with Lillian. Lilly was becoming more reactive to dogs on the leash and also to the other dogs in the house. now I know full well what I have in owning APBT's I dont consider my self an expert but I have had a few years around them, my first one was in 1985. I took her there and he not only helped her but he helped me Lilly wasnt the only one at fault I was a s well and he showed me ways to become a better owner and develop a better bond with lilly. I came home posted a simple status something to the effect went greatLlilly did well Jeff is the man well it wasnt long before people began speculating on what was done and how it was done and it evolved into alpha and pure positive all over a 2 sentence statement. Now I have no problem with debate and thought wow this really sparked some interest maybe it would make a good show topic. Well that was yesterday and about 137 comments later it once again took on a life of its own and the arguing began then it turned personal and people were being sarcastic making rude comments. Once again t got me to thinking how counter productive it all is which i pointed out a few times or at lest attempted to on my own post but people were so caught up in trying to one up each other with opinions.
Ii think we are losing sight of our goal, arent we? The vast majority of people who are friends here on facebook are 'pit bull" owners or are at the very least dog lovers. I know this because I had alot of high school classmates admit to deleting me due to my repeated posts in regards to APBT's, so its mostly dog people with a smattering of non dog people. Does anyone wonder what the non dog people and the non APBT people think when they see us consistently arguing about this topic or that topic at all times no matter what it is? Do we look strong and united or do we look disorganized and weak? We have multi million dollar organizations who would love to see us no longer have companion animals and never mind all the APBT haters and the constant barrage of mythical media and negative portrayal and yet we continue to fight despite the fact that each and every one of us LOVE our dogs! Right or wrong? How can we ever get anything done as a community when we cant come together as one? Ever hear the saying your only as strong as your weakest link? Fighting because you do this and I do that is ridiculous and immensely counter productive and anyone who wishes to debate that topic feel free to contact me. We dont all drive the same car, eat the same food, shop at the same store so to think we are going to agree on all topics is ludicrous and arguing, well I think everyone knows where I stand on that by now. I do though like stated think we all love our dogs and the breed and want no harm to come to them nor do we want more prejudice.
Until we can come together to form a stronger front we will never gain any ground in this uphill battle. so before you jump down someones throat about how they train there dog or confine, if they are concerned for the utmost safety and health of that dog then we need to work together. We owe it to the dogs.
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Pet Owners Disagree What Happens After Dog Attack Girl Scout, Dog Attacked By Other Dog In Bloomington
Madi Stende was out delivering Girl Scout cookies with her older brother Connor and, her sister Taylor. They were with their dog Bella.
What happened next was pretty scary. Bill Currin's German shepherd got out and ran toward them.
Bella, the Border collie, was injured in the attack and 12-year-old Taylor was bit on the hand.
WCCO-TV talked to both pet owners about what happened and what should happen to the German shepherd.
Bill Currin, owner of dog that attacked: This is Ava. She's a five-year-old German shepherd. We rescued her, um; she's been a great job up until that one moment.
Dena Gambone-Stende, upset her dog and daughter were injured: It was a completely unprovoked attack. My dog was all the way on the other side of the street.
Currin: But the kids were over there, and maybe she got defensive for my daughters. I've got twin 12-year-old girls. With the other dog over there, she got a little possessive.
Gambone-Stende: The owner says someone forgot to latch the door, and that's all it took, and the dog just got out, ran all the way across the street, straight for my dog.
Currin: The girl tried to prevent the dogs from fighting, and she got hurt in the process. It's -- it's a horrible tragedy, but it happened.
Gambone-Stende: It was just really scary. And when the vet came in and told me that the dog had to have surgery, I couldn't believe it.
Currin: It sickens me actually to know what happened and to know that we're partially to blame for it.
Gambone-Stende: The gentleman has said that he's going to pay, but I don't think he realizes the extent of the damage done … it was $649 … the second one was for $129.88.
Currin: The city has quarantined Ava for 10 days, required her to get micro-chipped, and we're gonna do that, we're gonna do everything we have to. It was an accident.
Gambone-Stende: I think it's a dangerous dog. … I don't understand how you can keep a dog like that's that dangerous. I don't understand that.
Currin: I looked at the bites … the little girl, I don't know which dog did it, and it's hard to say. …If I knew for a fact, Ava would be put down. I don't know.
Gambone-Stende: There's no question in my mind if Bella were a smaller dog, she'd be dead. What does this dog have to do before they deem it a dangerous dog?
Currin: I believe the child's name is Taylor, and I'd like to buy her a bike or an iPod, just because … it's a scary thing, there's no question about it. And I regret that she had to go through that.
Ava, the German shepherd, is now considered a "potentially dangerous" dog. According to state law, to be called "dangerous," a dog has to inflict substantial bodily harm to a person, without provocation, or kill a pet off the owner's property, without provocation.
If a "potentially dangerous" dog aggressively bites, attacks or endangers people or animals, its classification will change to "dangerous dog."
Paula Engelking, Producer
The young girl's grandmother had to fight the animal off during the incident on Terrell's Creek Road, in Laurel County.
Madison McQueen is listed in fair condition at UK Hospital as of Sunday night.
The child is making progress after her grandparents and a neighbor rescued her from the family's 2-year-old Great Dane.
Family members say taking one-and-a-half-year-old Madison McQueen to pet their three dogs was something they did each day.
Next-door-neighbor James McFadden says the family's Great Dane, Wolfie is a "good dog."
Family members say they're not sure what made Wolfie bite Madison, but when her grandmother Abby Gillam tried to stop the dog, Wolfie attacked Abby.
"I heard her hollering over at the barn. She's hollering, help, help," said McFadden.
McFadden says the child's grandfather was the first to reach them.
"He ran over there and got the dog off of him and when I got over there, her and the baby was at the end of the barn, and I got the baby and brought it back to the house," said McFadden.
McFadden called 911 and waited with Madison.
Doctors treated Abby at a nearby hospital and released her that day.
As for Madison, paramedics took her to UK Hospital with injuries to her face, legs, and groin.
Madison's mother Jennifer McQueen says she expects her daughter to be released Monday and to make a full recovery.
Btw "Pit Bull Positive" I was laughing at your "internet video show" - I missed it sorry I logged on 5 hours late. you're a douche. You talk like a fag and you look like a methhead.
PS "Pit Bull Positive" it must suck to be a felon. Nice prison tattoos. Now I realize why you have so much time to run a lame-ass internet show...your ass doesn't have a job. Have fun "broadcasting from Marty's living room" and bowling next friday. dork