Name: Pit Bulls – a Symptom of a Social Disease.
Year of attack: Over several years
Tell us about the attack
I am a dog behaviorist who consults in the dogs’ own homes. The first time I was attacked, my clients had misinformed me about the breed of the dog: it was a pit bull. I had to drive myself to hospital. The second time, the pit bull was let into the room “by mistake” where I was sitting. The pit bull owner drove me to hospital but did not pay for the stitches, medication or treatment. The third time a pit bull was deliberately set on me, I managed to get to my car and save myself in time. After that I turned down pit bulls and was soon smeared for being a coward. Then people started telling me their pit bull was a cross breed or a “Staffordshire bull terrier,” only to discover too late that their dogs were in fact actually pit bulls. Soon I learnt to recognise the way that pit bull owners speak. Most are poor, but not all are.
How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
I have lost a section of my business because I have to turn down all requests to train pit bulls. I have also lost a lot of respect for certain dog industry professionals who keep silent about what they know about pit bulls as they fear losing business and upsetting some people – even at the cost of life and limb to innocent people – including babies and children.
None. The legal system is corrupt and hopelessly inadequate.
What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Pit bulls win the trust of many of their victims before suddenly attacking them – even when the victims have shown only love and kindness to them. They target victims that are defenseless, have their backs turned on them, that are showing them affection and that trust them. They kill for pleasure, as do human psychopaths: not for any need to retaliate or defend themselves. Retaliation is sometimes a motive to attack, but not always. They choose victims that are off guard, defenseless, and/or who trust them.
I have worked hands on with this type of dog for four decades in several countries so I am way past just having mere “opinions” about them.