Teresa Lynn Chagrin, a self proclaimed Animal Care & Control expert for PETA, recently wrote a letter to the Legislatures of Maryland.
In short, Teresa doesn’t seem to care that many families in the State of Maryland are faced with the decision to either give up their dog or move out. Teresa also doesn’t seem to care about the difficulties dog groomers, dog boarding facilities, veterinarians and animal shelter are facing.
In general, I’m going to answer Teresa’s letter with the following quote:
Teresa, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
Said that, let me go in to some details and make sure that MY Legislatures in MY State get the full picture and can make a informed decision.
Instead of citing a study that is 14 years old, how about we look at the study from the Institute for Animal Welfare and Behavior, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hanover Germany “Comparison of Golden Retrievers and dogs affected by BSL”. I would like you to pay attention to the end of the study where it says “Results”.
You also may read my Blog “The needless fear of Pit Bull Breeds” which actually includes several studies.
Teresa, in all honesty, what in the world makes you think that you are qualified to be a dog behavior specialist? May I remind you of your own
Butcher Shop Animal Shelter in Norfolk, VA? How many dogs in your Butcher Shop Animal Shelter are being evaluated or receive any kind of behavior training? Well, it is not very difficult to figure out since the kill rate is about 97%. In the year of 2011 you accomplished to adopt out 21 animals after you killed 1911. How many of the adopted out animals actually were Pit Bull type dogs? How many of them did you actually evaluate? It is not very difficult to come up with the correct answer: zero.
You say that “Shelter workers across the nation see first hand on a regular basis the horribly cruel treatment that Pit Bulls are subjected to”. Really? I happen to be a Shelter worker but I have yet to see the “horribly cruel treatment that Pit Bulls are subjected to”. I do see cases of animal cruelty but they sure have nothing to do with any specific breed. So, I do have to wonder from where this information is coming?
I don’t know how you came up with the statistic that every 14 days a person dies from a Pit Bull? Somehow that doesn’t add up. I searched statistics for over 2 days but could not find anything that would support your numbers. Again, something to wonder about and questioning your “expertise” in the field of dog behavior.
Now, at last something personal. I am the proud owner of a Pit Bull and I take very much offense that you call me a criminal because I adopted my dog from our municipal open admission No Kill shelter in the beginning of 2011. And no, Christofer is not a weapon nor is he in chains as you suggest: