In 2007 a woman named Colleen Lynn was bit while she was jogging. Although there was an animal control report made, and the dog was euthanized, Ms Lynn never published either pictures or the actual report or settlement reached with the owners. An excellent analysis of this incident can be found here: http://legal.pblnn.com/pro-bsl-experts/dogbiteorg/109-collen-lynn-seattle-animal-control-records . (Thank you to Ray’s supporter for sharing this link).
In response to this incident Colleen Lynn, who is a web designer by trade, decided to launch an anti-dog bite site called Dogsbite.org. It very quickly morphed into a pit bull hate site. Colleen lambasts the internet with her “statistics” and “data”, which have no supporting evidence or documentation. She makes behavioral assumptions about dogs, without any background in dog behavior or training. Worst of all, she provides supporters with a “Maul Talk Manual” that gives them all the talking points they need to pepper pit bull articles with their hatred and lies. If you ever read the comments under a positive pit bull story, you will be sure to see some of her rabid supporters parroting the same tired lies again and again.
Colleen has even developed her own vocabulary to deal with pit bulls, their owners, and her supporters. Pit Nutters is one of the nicer things she calls dog owners. Or how about this one: any veterinarian or scientist who posts a study or information that doesn’t support her world view is called a “science whore”. Nice, right?
The medical journal “Annals of Surgery” has even written an article debunking Ms. Lynn’s data. Her numbers, pictures, and statistics are all taken from press accounts. If the news story calls the dog a pit bull, it goes into her database. Even if the story is later corrected, if it’s discovered that the dog in an entirely different breed, Colleen’s account does not change. Hardly scientifically accurate data. The fact that a medical journal felt the need to address this issue shows just how pervasive her rhetoric has proven to be.
Colleen saves the worst of her vitriol for pit pull terrier type dog owners. She has a position paper called “Pit Bull Owners”. Here are a few of her contentions:
- Pittie owners are “not normal dog owners”. According to her there is a sinister reason that we are drawn to these type of dog.
- Pit Bull Terrier type dog owners will try to disguise their dog’s breed name. According to Ms. Lynn, we have always tried to come up new breed names so that we can fool people into thinking these are a totally different breed of dog.
- Pit Bull Terrier type dog owners have a “don’t blame the dog” mentality. According to her, no matter what the studies say, no matter what the owner has done or not done to the dog, it is always the dog’s fault when there is an incident. She says we (the pit nutters) search for ways to blame the victim for the incident.
- One of her contentions that I found most humorous was that we latch on to the few dogs who have a decent temperament and make them into breed ambassadors, trying to convince people that these dogs are not dangerous animals. that they aren’t slathering beasts who are waiting for the right moment to kill us in our sleep. (If my dog killed me in my sleep it would be because I would asphyxiate from the deadly pittie gas).
- Power dog owners have a “Lion Tamer Complex”. Which means that we think we have the skills to keep our deadly dogs from wrecking havoc across the country. Not because our dogs are trained and socialized…….but because we are in fact wild-animal trainers.
- And finally, with few exceptions, it is criminals who are drawn to these types of dog. There is no refuting the fact that there are unsavory people who are drawn to strong, powerful dogs. But please do not tar all of us with that brush. I’m an almost 60 year old former social worker. Hardly the type to be considered a “thug”.
Regardless of what factual information we try and share with the world, Colleen Lynn comes up with a statement to refute it. When the Maddy’s Fund Breed Identification study is brought up, DBO’s response is that we are blowing smoke. That everyone who sees a pit bull type dog knows exactly what it is. After all, we all know what beagles and labs look like, right? She refuses to acknowledge there is no “pit bull” breed. That many dogs identified as pit bull have none of the power breeds in their background. When I wrote about Maddy’s Fund study on Ray’s page, one of his followers, Emily Ann Meyer, shared this photo and statement:
Maxmillian…my personal pit imposter. We adopted him WANTING a pit bull, and got a DNA test just for fun and to confirm the shelter’s label of pit/lab.
He’s neither a pit nor a lab. He’s a vizsla/bullmastiff/bloodhound/German shepherd!
There are many towns in this country where Max would be in danger of being siezed and euthanized. Not because of his actual DNA, but because of how he looks. If you take DBO’s logic as truth…it is how a dog looks that determines how he will act.
That is the greatest sin of DBO, they lead people to believe these dogs are horrific monsters. That every muscular, blocky-headed, short-coated dog is a pit bull and dangerous. It’s time we take back the power. Do not let DBO supporters go unchallenged. We can change the world for our beloved dogs, but we can’t just sit back and hope someone else does it for us.