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October 13, 2009

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EmilyS

this series is outstanding, Brent.
On the media coverage, I see the exact trend in the Cheyenne paper. Periodically they'll reprint a report on a pit bull "attack" in some other town.... they never print reports on "attacks" by other breeds.

Brent Toellner

Thanks Emily. It really is amazing that this book was written about fear in general and covered a huge array of different areas where this plays out. Not once did it mention dogs. But it could not have painted a more clear picture of how we've gotten to this point when it comes to how society views "pit bulls".

PAMM - People Against Mauled Men

The Alan Hill situation was extremely bizarre and involved a lot of people who had histories of illegal activites. There have been a lot of rumors about what may or may not have been going on in that situation that the media completely ignored.

Don't forget Jimmie Mae McConnell that died from a HEART ATTACK while being attacked by an alleged pit bull around the same time as the Hill incident - none of her bites were serious but the paper didn't note that. Talk about a perfect storm...

The whole crack epidemic played out the same way - that was media hysteria there was not big influx of crack heads.

Rinalia

Just wanted to say that I've been enjoying this series immensely, Brent.

ERICA ALBERDA

I OWN A VERY VERY LOVING PITBULL NAMES BLUE WHO WOULD NEVER HURT A SOUL, 2 YEARS AGO MY DAUGHTER WAS MAULED BY A MIXED BREED SPRINGER SPANIEL AND LOST HER TOP LIP, IT NEVER MADE THE PAPER. BLUE MY 4 YEAR OLD PIT SAVED US FROM INTRUDERS BREAKING INTO OUR HOUSE IN APRIL OF LAST YEAR IT NEVER MADE THE PAPERS. I THINK WE NEED TO FOCUS ON THE GOOD AND NOT THE BAD, LETS START PROMOTING THE LOYAL,CARING BREED THAT THEY ARE AND EXPOSING THE BAD OWNERS WHO TORMENT THESE WONDERFUL DOGS.

Joanne

What upsets me about dog attack reporting is that ANY big-headed short haired breed is described as a "pitbull type", most especially the Mastif. Two I remember the most were a Presa Canario, and then a Canne Corso, both described as pitbull breeds

Jonathan

I am a dog walker in Australia and found this post really interesting "how society views pit bulls". We had only last week two people mauled in Sydney by a pit bull that the police shot dead-however I looked further into the story and feel it was not all the dogs fault-however will not discuss that for legal reasons-great post!

Jonathan

I am a dog walker in Australia and found this post really interesting "how society views pit bulls". We had only last week two people mauled in Sydney by a pit bull that the police shot dead-however I looked further into the story and feel it was not all the dogs fault-however will not discuss that for legal reasons-great post!

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