Anyone who loves pit bulls must rally and rally NOW! Please read the following AND ACT ON IT!!! The future of this breed depends on your actions!
I see/hear/read it all the time (like a dull buzz after awhile), “pit bulls are killing machines, who will ‘eat your face off’, spontaneously attack with no provocation or warning; not stopping until their opponent is dead.”
While I understand that small-minded, frightened people often say things out of fear, the recent proliferation of Web pages, blogs, and clearly fake profiles – on a national level – that are calling for extreme, violent and illegal actions against ‘pit bulls’ and their owners, has me frightened. Thanks to the advent of ‘Google Alerts’, these tirades are now being seen, locally, with the “national participants” injecting themselves into a local cultures, that they are not members of. While not ‘a movement’, the verbage and syntax are clearly one or two people, taking on the persona/facebook identities of many! This same ‘group’, then, whips the locals, via the comment section of their community’s papers, into a frenzy! The same players, just a different game board, time and again, giving the appearance of a ‘movement’, so to speak, of the anti-pit sentiment, that they are spreading. They then divert the readers to fabricated ‘facts’ via personal web pages that were created to look credible. Community by community, this faction is creating widespread hysteria, based on lies, to unknowing people who believe everything they read that claims to be based on ‘facts’ or read on a website. Even when the dog in question is clearly identified as another breed, this group of ‘pit-haters’ clamour that it is a ‘pit-type’, then, proceed with their anti-pit agenda. If called to reason, they turn the tables, saying that the person opposing their views either: 1) doesn’t care about the victim, 2) is a “pit nutter” and unable to avail themselves to ‘the facts’, or 3) throws personal innuendo about the opposing side that has nothing to do with the topic at hand. Like the high school girls’ room, they will stop at nothing in their vindictive attacks.
Not since the Doberman hysteria of the 80’s have I seen such histrionic, far-reaching ideology with no basis in fact (actually, facts are often made up along the way!), clinging to an undocumented, unwarranted philosophy. There HAD to be more to this….here’s what I found.
It all began when a jogger, Coleen Lynn, passing a dog walker and pit, didn’t want to slow down, but decided to pass the duo from behind. She was subsequently bitten by the frightened dog, as she attempted to squeeze herself between a fence and the dog – from behind it. She received three puncture marks to the top of her arm and two on the bottom. The arm was broken. However, there is significant question as to whether her arm was broken by the bite (as she claims) or in the fall. The only certainty is that her account could not be factual and it morphed with time. However, that didn’t stop her from 1) having the poor dog euthanized and 2) collecting a HUGE insurance settlement.
Pages of Interest:
The Lynn Media Group: http://www.lynnmediagroup.com/about.htm Not able to keep a good woman down, Ms. Lynn marketed her infamous “attack” into the Lynn Media Group for ‘Social Awareness’. Note the last paragraph of this page that states, “Ms. Lynn has built a reputation for her innovative approach to customer experience….” INDEED! I suspect that her clever and relentless attacks on a specific breed of dog (by creating a multitude of fake profiles) is what has launched The Lynn Media Group. Without that, she would be ‘just another web designer’. Basing a business on the fear of the multitudes would be difficult to incorporate into a business plan, but clearly, Ms. Lynn has made it work for her!
Dogsbite.org – A Registered Non-Profit as of 2011: http://www.dogsbite.org Ms. Lynn’s page devoted to fake ‘pit bull’ facts. This page appears to be the premier ‘origin of hate’ against pits on the web. Professional-looking and full of statistics (fake ones), this page can fool anyone not familiar with statistical analysis and web design. The common person, who has no interaction with dogs, can easily be tricked into believing it is a ‘real’ web page filled with actual statistics on pit bulls.
Who REALLY is behind Dog Bites. org – CO EIN Number (scroll to the bottom): http://www.sos.state.co.us/biz/ViewImage.do?fileId=20101678308&masterFileId=20091666412
(Interestingly, the dogsbite.org domain was originally registered on GoDaddy to an individual named Gary Stevens with the address and phone number of the Seattle Police Department!!! It was changed very quickly when that fact was brought to the attention of the SPD. Why would a individual from CA, who moved to Seattle, WA, then to Austin, TX with her windfall, incorporate in CO??)
The ‘Donate’ Button is EVERYWHERE! : http://www.dogsbite.org/dogsbite-donate.php Although it has NOTHING to do with pit bulls, her media group, which is a ‘for profit’, seems to be intertwined with the 501c3 revenue (which hasn’t filed 990’s yet) of dogsbite.org, time and again!
Information referral form to the IRS. http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f3949a.pdf This form is for reporting tax fraud or impropriety.
Here, she even ADMITS that the dogbite.org site is inaccurate: http://www.dogsbite.org/dogsbite-terms.php
One Example of Media Bias By the News Director of a Tuscon TV Station: https://www.facebook.com/KGUN9OnYourSide/posts/259476627470347 This particular News Director, Forrest Carr, not only ‘becomes the news’ by constantly interjecting his personal bias, on the side of the dogsbite.org crew (apparently, not well enough versed in syntax to realize he’s only speaking to a couple of people with 50 different aliases), but he freely attacks those speaking out for pit bulls, personally! So scewed are his biases, that he prepared this: http://www.kgun9.com/news/local/138511629.html. Rarely do we see such blatant attacks lodged by an employee of the news media on such a personal level. Professionalism to the wind, Mr. Carr shamelessly “went pit bull” (a phrase this group is attempting to make popular slang) on anyone who dared to insinuate that he was doing this for ratings. Apparently, it never occurred to Mr. Carr that most people will react stongly to injustice, lies and false accusations, not to mention his frequent personal attacks on individuals. However, it is only fair to note that the ‘ratings factor’ is not helping his cause, as his station ranks LAST of the THREE Tuscon media outlets.
A Listing of More Fake Bull Sites, Each With Links To More:
A conglomeration of news features about pit bulls that are twisted to suit the author’s agenda. The site is to “Educate The Public About Pit Bulls”. While not much effort has gone into this one, it is heaped onto the rest of the pretend-facts blogs to add to the numbers: http://educatingpeopleaboutpitbulls.blogspot.com/
This site makes no attempt to hide the fact that it skews facts AND people. Unabashedly naming-names of those who dare oppose the views of ‘Dawn James’ (another fake name/person) and twisting half-truths to suit their own agenda. Nationally- acclaimed behaviorists and pit moms alike are trashed in this hodgepodge of fuckery: http://thetruthaboutpitbulls.blogspot.com
FAKE PROFILES THAT NEED REPORTED TO FACEBOOK: It is against Facebook Terms of Service Policy to have a personal profile that isn’t a ‘real’ person. As many animal advocates can attest, Facebook is making those having profiles that are suspected of not being ‘real’ people, fax them a copy of their photo identification. Although I am certain this group of fakes will simply put up another fake profile, the following profiles need to be GONE from Facebook, as they are clearly the same individual. To report a regular page, go to the bottom left, and click ‘Report/Block’, then check the box that says, “Not a real person”. To report a timeline, go to the gear in the upper-right corner and hit “Report/Block”, then click “Not a real person”.
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003660134530 – This profile actually changed names in the time it took me to write this post!! It was Ginny LRidley, now it is Fiona Mastiff!!! In reality, it’s a woman named Dawn James: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003660134530#!/profile.php?id=100002775596708&sk=wall
This woman is actually http://www.ginnyscockatiels.com/ Now Tim’s Cockatiels…no doubt due to the negative publicity she spouts!!! If you scroll down to the first page, her Fiona, looks amazingly like a “Pit Bull Type”…classic hypocrite!!!!
FACEBOOK HATER PAGES NEEDING CONSTANT MONITORING:
Here’s What She Does When She’s NOT trashing pits and their owners: http://www.yelp.com/user_details?userid=CzGxDp3YyspPACFHmHmgCg (She’s not a playa, she just eats a lot.) Colleen L’s Yelp Profile shows she does a good deal of drinking and fine dining, at the expense of our pups!
- Review from Colleen L.
What to Expect When Confronting This Group:
Myths of the Absolute:
1. All pit bulls are dangerous, unpredictable beasts who will attack without warning
2. All pit owners, fanciers are prostitutes, dog fighters and drug dealers
3. All pit bulls possess supernatural traits, ie. ‘locking jaws’, no fence can contain them, unGodly strength
4. All BSL proponents are experts on pit bulls, but are unable to define them
5. All pit bulls must be eradicated
6. Any individual that speaks out for pit bulls has questionable mental faculties
Recognize Their Tactics:
1. Personal attacks will take the place of evidence
2. The subject will change depending on where they want to go, or when they perceive you are making ground
3. Goading us into anger
4. Promoting breed/breeder hatred
5. Identifying pit bulls as ‘victims’, while calling for their extinction
6. Hiding behind anonymity
7. Claiming to be experts, but with no credentials
8. Bashing those WITH credentials
9 Accusing defenders of doing what they are doing, ie. changing subject, not caring about victims
10. Isolating one defender to befriend, while trashing another
What to Do To Protect Your Animals:
1. Debate openly
2. Stay on topic
3. Ignore personal attacks
4. Substitute fiction with facts – offer proof
5. Use humor
6. Know who you are talking to
7. Know yourself
8. Know the law
9. Treat your opposers with courtesy, respect and politeness
10. Learn from EVERY ENCOUNTER!!!!!