Sunday, January 15, 2017
RE: SB 5904: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5094.pdf#page=1
Dear Senate Local Government Committee chair Brian Dansel:
Please oppose SB 5904!
If passed, SB 5904 would prevent Washington cities and towns from effectively preventing fatal and disfiguring dog attacks before they happen, by preventing communities from adopting legislation pertaining specifically to pit bulls, pit mixes, and a few closely related breeds, cumulatively less than 7% of the U.S. dog population, but responsible nonetheless for more than 80% of all dog-inflicted fatal and disfiguring injuries.
We are Washington residents and voters since 1996.
I am a journalist and statistician, working on news beats pertaining to animals, public health, and occupational safety for more than 45 years. My wife Beth is a former police officer, animal control officer, veterinary technician, and pit bull rescuer.
Since 1982 we have logged and analyzed fatal and disfiguring dog attacks throughout the U.S. and Canada, more recently adding logs specific to India, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. In every nation the data is strikingly similar: pit bulls, pit mixes, pit variants such as the “American bully,” and closely related breeds such as the bull mastiff, Presa Canario, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasiliero account for 80%-plus of fatal and disfiguring attacks. This is no surprise, because historically these breeds have been bred specifically for fighting, and farther back ancestrally, to guard slaves and wage war.
You may read the latest data pertaining to dog attacks on humans, complete through 2016, when 91% of human death and disfigurement victims were injured by pit bulls, at:
The complete statistics, 1982-present, showing that over the past 34 years, 88% of the human victims of fatal or disfiguring dog attacks were injured by pit bulls and their closest canine relatives, are here:
The data pertaining to dog attacks on other animals, 2013-present, showing that 87% of the dogs who kill or badly injure other animals are pit bulls, are here:
A considerable volume of related information about dog attacks is here:
Finally, let me call to your attention a table which appears at the very end of the data logs, 1982-present:
Pit bull & pit mix attack trends, 1982-present
* The 1992 data line represents the first 10 years of data collection:
YEAR PIT BULLS CHILDREN ADULTS KILLED MAIMED
Running Running Running Running Running
total YEAR total YEAR total YEAR total YEAR total YEAR
1992* 105 45 60 18 38
2002 732 86 347 45 248 22 62 6 395 54
2003 860 128 397 50 304 56 75 13 466 71
2004 939 79 435 38 330 26 83 8 504 38
2005 1083 144 496 61 370 40 97 14 585 81
2006 1197 114 525 29 417 47 111 14 648 63
2007 1275 78 555 30 440 23 124 13 685 37
2008 1401 126 596 41 476 37 138 14 739 54
2009 1563 162 669 73 527 51 162 24 832 93
2010 1808 245 779 110 607 80 191 29 974 142
2011 2103 295 881 102 718 111 214 23 1172 198
2012 2394 291 971 90 850 132 245 32 1353 181
2013 2966 572 1187 214 1090 240 275 30 1760 407
2014 3569 603 1451 264 1369 279 307 32 2211 451
2015 4217 648 1660 209 1723 354 341 34 2670 459
2016 4969 752 1901 241 2074 351 366 25 3255 585
The Best Friends Animal Society, American Veterinary Medical Association, and ASPCA introduced their ongoing campaigns to repeal breed-specific legislation between 1992 and 2001. Note that the numbers of fatal and disfiguring pit bull attacks on humans have been higher in every year since 2002 than in the entire decade 1982-1992.
The Humane Society of the U.S. joined them in 2008. Since then, the total number of pit bulls involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks each year has increased nearly tenfold, the number of child victims per year is up nearly fivefold, the number of adult victims per year has increased nearly tenfold, there were record numbers of fatalities in five out of nine years, and the number of disfigurements per year has increased eleven times over.
Again, please oppose SB 5094!
Merritt & Beth Clifton
Merritt & Beth Clifton, editors
POB 101, Greenbank, WA 98253
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Friday, January 6, 2017
Kentucky, USA - December 2016.
A family man loses his little friend Spot the Boston Terrier to Pit Bull attack. These are his words. Keeping his name and details private, as he has attracted a lot of hatred and ignorance from Pit Bull owners and advocates, to the point where his original post has been removed.
Please share this story; don't let Spot die in vain. Give Spot and ALL who perish in the jaws of Pit Bulls BACK to the world in the only way possible - post their names and their stories, so that they can save other lives, even though they lost their own.
"Today I have to bury my little best friend Spot.
My neighbor's Pit Bull attacked him yesterday and unfortunately I was not close enough to be able to help my little buddy out. I have had him just shy of 3 years and would never imagined it ending this way. Most people know me know that I would just assume talk to my dog as to talk to a human being.
I never have liked or will I ever like the Pit Bull breed due to the nature of them and how they can do something like this to another dog or human being. I say kill them all they aren't good for nothing.
Wasn't a night that didn't go by that Spot didn't beat me to bed with his Sponge Bob toy and always laying on my pillow as if he was saying this is his spot to sleep, and he was my alarm clock at 630 each morning as he would wake me wanting to play.
Anytime that I worked, Spot worked too, from riding tractors to tagging along in the truck cutting grass - he was always with me.
Now I have to explain to a 4 year old that Spot isn't here no more and she is no longer his mommy, as she liked to pretend.
If there is such thing as doggy Heaven, I hope you and little Bubba (my other Boston terrier) are playing and having a blast.
So long little buddy - daddy sure loved you and is gonna miss you more than you will ever know."
Pit Bulls' kill dogs. That is what WE designed them to do. Now, we have banned their 'work' in all States. Now, they are redirecting onto us, our pets, our livestock and upon wildlife.
Peace to little Spot, and to all who grieve the loss of their pets, their children, their relatives, their neighbors, their friends, and their own good health BECAUSE OF PIT BULLS.
Spot before pit bull
Spot after pit bull
* the uber positive and politically correct facebook would not allow this man to grieve the loss of his dog. they claimed his photos violated their delicate community standards and deleted his post.