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Ryan MaxwellGalesburg, IL – Ashiya Ferguson, the owner of the pit bull that killed 7-year-old Ryan Maxwell earlier this month, told reporters that she wants to die.

Lot of details out there regarding what led to this tragic incident, but still no word on what triggered the actual attack. After reading several articles (all of which will be linked) here is what is known so far.

On March 1st, Sarah Mead let her 7-year-old son, Ryan Maxwell, go roller skating for the first time – not knowing it would be his last. He would be spending the night at the home of Ashiya Ferguson, the wife of Sarah’s brother, along with Ashiya’s two boys, after going roller skating. The next day, Ryan was outside playing in Ashiya’s backyard when he was viciously mauled to death by the woman’s pit bull.

“He got so excited. He was excited to go skating and excited to spend the night with some other kids,” Sarah said, sobbing. “I let him go, and then this happened.”

The events that happened up to the attack have been mostly detailed by Ashiya and her mother, Susan, who were home when the attack occured. The morning after enjoying themselves at the skating rink and sleeping over, Ryan and Ashiya’s two boys – ages 7 and 8, went into the backyard to play.

Also in the backyard was Ghost, a pit bull Ashiya had raised since it was a puppy. The dog has been around her own children all their lives and she says she has never seen the dog act aggressively. The dog was chained to a porch at the back of the yard, but on this day, Ghost got loose and went after Ryan.

“Our youngest came in screaming,” said Susan. She and Ashiya ran outside and found Ghost had a hold of Ryan’s throat just outside the sliding glass doors. “I don’t know how it happened,” Susan said. “I don’t know why. I don’t know if the boys let the dog off the chain or if the chain came loose. But the chain didn’t reach from the back deck to our back doors.”

The women said nothing they did would get Ghost off the boy. “I couldn’t believe it was Ghost,” said Ashiya. “I couldn’t believe what was happening. I hit him. I kicked him. We hit him with shovels and the heavy butt of a BB gun. Oh God, it was so horrible. I couldn’t stop it. I couldn’t stop it. I couldn’t stop it.”

As her boys continued trying to get the dog off of Ryan, police were called. They were able to get Ghost off the boy, but had to shoot and kill Ghost after the dog turned on them. Ryan was rushed to the hospital, but it was too late. Sarah was at the hospital with her parents when hospital staff were unable to revive her son, and she had to give them permission to stop.

Ashiya has not returned to work since the incident. “I look at my own children, and I feel guilty. I want to go back and trade places with Ryan. I want to die instead,” she said.  She added that she’s having a hard time telling if she is awake or “something else.”

Ryan’s family is devastated as well, as you can expect.  “Ryan was learning the keyboard, and I was learning the bass. We always said we were going to have our band,” said Ryan’s grandfather, Tom Mead. “He was my buddy. I did everything with him.”

They say Ryan loved baseball and football, watched the show “Hunting For Bigfoot,” and telling knock-knock jokes. “If I didn’t have another son, if he didn’t need me, I would have probably committed suicide by now,” Sarah said.

“He was such a gentle soul and his smile would light up a room. That’s what makes it so horrible. He loved dogs”, said Paula Johnson, the boy’s great-aunt. “I want to know where the adults were. I have a lot of questions, I really do, but I’m going to wait to honor Ryan and send him off with the grace he deserves and then, we will be asking a lot of questions.”

Galesburg police have some questions as well, and are investigating why Ghost went after Ryan, and how it got loose in the first place. Investigators say they have interviewed Ashiya and are reviewing possible criminal charges.

Usually when we post these kind of stories, we have little to no info on the dog involved aside from the owners stating, as Ashiya has, that they couldn’t believe their dog would do this; that the dog was never vicious. In the case of Ghost, we actually have a bit of information – information that may play into whether or not anyone will face charges over Ryan’s death.

Ashiya and her boyfriend, Jereme Carter, bought Ghost as a puppy and have raised it along with her own children. While she says the dog was never vicious, neighbors said they were scared of the animal. “That dog was big and powerful, and there was no way to defend yourself against it,” one neighbor said. “It looked like it didn’t matter if you had a fence or not.”

Another neighbor said they were so afraid of the dog, they avoided the street where it resided. “The big pit bull was scary,” he said. “When you walked on Whiting, you could see it snap to attention and run out the length of the chain he was attached to. It was frightening. We stopped walking on Whiting because of it.”

In June 2012, police were called in reference to a dog at large. Officers would arrive to find Ghost and another pit bull running loose in the area, but the dogs ran back to their home’s back porch, according to the police report. Carter was issued a citation for animals at large.

Two months later, Carter was arrested and charged with the shooting death of Terrell Allen. In the days after his arrest, police received a call for a well-being check for his dogs. Animal control officers found the dogs had food and water and were in their kennel.

A few days later, Ashiya and the two dogs moved to her mother’s home on Whiting Avenue. Whiting animal control officers would respond to this residence twice –  Dec. 20, 2012, and Feb. 8, 2013, – over complaints that the dogs were being left out in the cold. When they arrived, the dogs were no longer outside, meaning officials could take no further action. Ashiya says it was a misunderstanding, and that she had just let the dogs out for a little bit and they were not being neglected.

Ashiya’s mother is adamant that the two dogs were not vicious. “If I had ever heard of the dogs intimidating people or threatening people, they would have been gone,” said Susan. “There are children who live here, too, and I would have never stood for having children in that kind of danger.”

According to the Humane Society, Ashiya insisted they take the second pit bull after Ryan’s death. “The owner told us to take it,” said Knox County Humane Society Director Erin Buckmaster. “It wasn’t aggressive, but it was pretty hungry, and its ribs were showing.”

So the death of this boy could go either way, depending on what side of the fence you are on regarding pit bulls. On one hand you have a dog that was never reported as vicious, and has been around children its entire life, snapping and tearing the throat out of a 7-year-old boy.  On the other, you have a chained pit bull with hints of being neglected, living in a sketchy environment, tearing the throat out of a 7-year-old boy.

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  • Athena

    Yep. The second I read the first time that the dog was chained up, I knew exactly what kind of people these were.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid. And probably a little trashy.

    I don’t love Pits, nor do I hate them. I defend their right to exist as a breed having once been the responsible owner of another “bully breed”, a large Rott/German Shepherd mix. However, I see absolutely no problem with placing mandates on the owners of such breeds… Specifically, mandated owner training, mandated dog training and mandated insurance.

  • newstarshipsmell

    She wants to die? She sure picked a good penis for that desire.

  • I think mandatory, enforced insurance is the perfect solution.

  • curiousalways

    While I think those things sound good, I don’t think it’s going to change a damn thing when it comes to certain people. Mandated insurance? How is that going to help once a kid is chewed to death. We have mandated car insurance here in Memphis and I think about 50% of the population drives with none. I think it’s the bad owners that cause the problems and I’m not sure how to stop that…..

  • Jamie Shermeyer

    Sure blame the dog or the owner. My bet is the kids let the dog loose and were tormenting the dog. This happens alot . Kid hits dog or provokes it one way or another but dog get blamed for defending itself.

  • Athena

    It is the bad owners. But mandated education and insurance is a step in the right direction. I’m not suggesting these measure will stop such deaths, but I believe most deaths are the result of ignorance. I also had to carry $500,000 of insurance to rent one of the houses I did while owning my dog (it’s actually not that expensive, you should know). It actually made me feel more comfortable owning such a creature, as lovable as she was.

    Hefty fines and automatic loss of custody for owners found not compliant would definitely pare down the bad owners, ultimately, and it would be a welcome improvement to those individuals who are injured by a dog, rather than the situation being dragged into court as it so often is.

  • soon2bmomof3

    A happy chained up dog… Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrright… That poor boy. 🙁

  • Athena

    If this was some small dog, I might buy that. But this was a large, particularly intimidating dog, if neighbors’ statements are to be trusted.

    Once upon a time, I had an… acquaintance who owned one such Pit. His name was Charlie. He was a gorgeous golden color, and he had jaw muscles like nothing I had ever seen. When outside, he was secured to a porch support beam with a heavy-gauge chain. In front of him laid a screw driver he had bent in half while chewing on. One day, a dog walked by his fenced yard, and he pulled that support beam right out while lunging for the fence.

    But I digress. I don’t see kids this age releasing the dog then tormenting it. Not this dog. I would imagine kids this age to still have a healthy paranoia.

  • Buffettgirl

    Seems simplistic, but I think the poor dog was probably mad with hunger…

  • Jamie Shermeyer

    Well the kids were 7 and 8. The way I see it is if my 5 yr old showed no fear toward my moms pure bred german shepard then they probably weren’t scared of a pit. My moms shepard was a lot bigger than a pit and my daughter would sit on its back and tried to ride on him like he was a horse. I don’t put nothing past kids these days.

  • techsupp0rt

    Dog was never reported as vicious, but the owners were reported repeatedly for being shitty dog owners. People who chain their dogs are almost always bad dog owners. Good dog owners do not regularly chain their dogs, if at all. This dog was regularly chained, so not socialized enough to be in the home with the family. Plenty of people with families have pits, rotts, huskies and even St. Bernards and Danes, and keep them in the home with the family, because they ARE family. They have to be trained and socialized to be able to have this kind of setup without your house being destroyed or everyone being eaten.

    That the dog was on a chain while the children were in the yard shows that the owners knew that the dog should not be around the children.

    Boyfriend was a thug, the kind who like to get pit bulls but never care to raise them right, then go to prison. This was inevitable.

  • The fact she was shacked up with a convicted killer, I’d say, indicated she’s more than a little trashy.

  • t0ofly

    When my nieces come over the dog goes outside. He’s not mean and he’s never hurt anyone but I plan to keep it that way. Toddlers aren’t very big and a dog can do a lot of damage in mere seconds.

  • Jessica Stewart

    I would add specialized licensing to own certain breeds as well as insurance. I feel like this would protect the dogs from being exploited, too.

  • Kids these days? Kids have been teasing dogs ever since the two were introduced.

  • Sounds like normal kids to me, they all do that stuff. Which is why they shouldn’t be alone with a dog, if at all, that has lethal ability. Blaming the kids is the most asinine thing I’ve heard in a while. Blame the owner, blame the dog, either is fine, but saying it’s the kids fault for being kids is beyond idiotic.

  • Guest

    Unfortunately, they reproduced first.

  • Sounds like a terrible accident to me. I don’t agree that a chained dog always equals a bad owner. I had a huge cur dog that no matter what we tried, would not stay out of the road. We chained him until we found a suitable home with lots of running room.

  • soon2bmomof3

    same -tho my dogs are members of my immediate family, I remember they are merely an animal and kids can be overly excitable. Especially my sweet nephew lol. All dogs go outside when he comes. They actually know to wait by the door when he comes too. Maybe when he is older…. (He is only 4)

  • soon2bmomof3

    Do you also blame the gun for killing people instead of the person pulling the trigger? No wait … my guess its the victims fault for getting in front the person holding the gun, right? Good God, you’re an idiot.

  • I’m afraid I agree with curious on this. The mandated insurance will just be skipped. Anyone that’s been to traffic court in any major metro area or run down area knows they’ll see about half the cases in a day in court are for driving without insurance. And typically the fine is significantly less than what it could cost to have insurance, unlike the original fines when the mandates were put in. I’d suspect because the large fines were just never paid.

  • Athena

    Like I said, I believe the majority of incidents are due to ignorance… Decent people who just don’t know how to keep a dog. Mandatory insurance would encourage most of these people to opt for a dog less capable of damage. And if you tie that proof of insurance into, say, renting a home? Even more unworthy owners would be dissuaded.

    Again, I’m not saying these things would solve the problem, or soothe the pain of a parent who has lost a child in such a violent matter. But you know what sucks more than losing a child violently? To have to go to court just to recoup enough money to bury him.

  • Athena

    Chaining a dog as a last resort is reasonable when the owner is trying to find other accommodations. Is that what it sounds like these people were doing to you?

    Chaining a dog up outside on a consistent basis with no intention of changing anything does always equal bad owner.

  • Athena

    Size isn’t the difference, necessarily. St. Bernards and Irish Wolfhounds are huge creatures that naturally look quite friendly. I haven’t seen pictures of the Pit in question in this story, but if he was muscular, I’d be far more afraid of him than a German Shepherd. And that’s not just because I’m an adult and I know better. I was terrified of my neighbor’s Doberman as a kid. Not terrified of my uncle’s Old English Sheepdog who was big enough for me to ride.

    I know kids terrorize dogs sometimes. But we have no reason to believe that’s what happened, here.

  • Twisted1

    I hate when I see ANY kind of animal chained up all day. My neighbor had a Golden Ret. mix in Florida that she would chain to a tree outside before she left for work with a bucket of water. The dog was chained up so much the trees roots were exposed and it had a deep scar where they wrapped it around the tree. She was pissed at me for telling the humane society people that the dog was out there all day in the Florida sun or rain. Just to get a idea of the brain capacity this lady had. During a very bad storm I called and asked if she wanted me to bring the dog in. I told her two people on base had been already struck by lightening and my TV was struck as well. She said “No he will be fine, he is under a tree”. Smh

  • Twisted1

    How about mandatory classes to be completed before you can own a dangerous breed. If the breeders are caught selling them without a certified copy of completion then the breeder can be fined or jailed.

  • Pyncky

    First of all,I think anyone who leaves a dog of any kind chained up outside is being cruel to the animal. I can understand if you are a business and have guard dogs for security. However if the dog is supposed to be a pet then don’t chain it outside and leave it. Dogs are pack animals and the worse thing in their world is to be ostracized from the pack. The dog’s owner is the pack leader, or should be. A large dog needs to know who the top dog is or they are going to try to become the top dog. I am not saying to physically hit or dominate the animal, control can be as simple as tone of voice.

    When the dog is left alone, outside on a chain, it is going to eventually get tired of it and be a bit twisted and crazy. I have had Great Danes and used to breed and raise Dobermans. A large dog can be a gentle giant but mine lived in the house with me. Even the Dobies that I bred had access to the house and the family. Of course if you have the dog in the house, no one will see it and know what a bad-ass you are. I think for some having a big scary animal is like having the biggest truck or the fastest car. It’s a way to make up for insecurities in other areas.

  • Pyncky

    When I was young, I had a Great Dane. My little sister was told to keep away from him when I or my mother wasn’t there. Of course as soon as her little friend came over they wanted to play with the dog. Baron loved to play. He would jump up and down and wag his tail like a puppy. But this puppy weighed nearly 190lbs and was 7 feet tall on his hand legs. So he jumped up and down and his dew claw raked down the girl’s face and left about a 1/8th inch furrow down her cheek. When I got home my mother told me what had happened and that the girl’s dad was talking about wanting Baron put down. I went to his house and explained that both his daughter and my sister KNEW not to play with the dog because of his size. He called his daughter out into the living room and asked her if that was true. To her credit she admitted it was. Her father apologized and said his insurance would take care of it and that was the end of it. I saw the girl about a year or so later and you couldn’t even see a scar.

    My point is that an animal that size doesn’t have to be vicious to be dangerous.

  • glitterpuss

    Exactly! Stupid, trashy, and full of shit when she says the dog wasn’t neglected. A dog isn’t a fucking porch decoration.

  • glitterpuss

    The idea is that when the neighbors complained before, the people would have been found noncompliant, the dog woulda been history, and there would be no dead child.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    At first, I felt sorry for the woman, but the more I read, the more I realized that she didn’t socialize the dog properly, probably didn’t feed it enough, and didn’t provide adequate supervision for the children when they were in the yard with the dog. A chain is no substitute for adult supervision.

  • I grew up around Chow Chows that had been chained and I never was attacked however they were aggressive to other people outside my immediate family. Just because the dog isn’t aggressive towards people he is always around doesn’t me he’s not aggressive. This is a horrible tragedy for the mother that lost her son.

  • Why don’t parents realize the danger of ANY animal to their children??? I have 3 big dogs that don’t go anywhere near my 6 month old. Are they aggressive ? Nope. But they’re ANIMALS!

  • techsupp0rt

    DEFINITELY licenses to breed and sell.

  • Athena

    I wouldn’t disagree with that. It’s all about accountability and, currently, there isn’t nearly enough.

  • Andyman

    This all sounds great – on paper. Kind of like all the requirements of gun ownership. Laws are one thing, enforcing them are something totally different. I still don’t understand why people with young children take this risk regardless of when they got them and how well they take care of them.

  • velvetjoneslives

    While your story is touching I suggest you re-read the article again. This wasn’t a loving but overly rambunctious dog that injured the child. It was a vicious killer that would not let go even after being repeatedly beaten with various objects. These dogs are beyond psycho and will switch from loving to killer mode in a blink of an eye.

  • warbonds

    Agreed, good pitbull=dead pitbull, never change my mind on that one, don’t give 2 shits what pit owners say either.

  • wastintime

    We had license and insurance laws for breeds considered aggressive. Good owners complied, gang bangers, drug dealers, plain old trash, did not. And it’s almost impossible to enforce.

  • JustBrowsingLife

    you know when a child minds when it comes to staying away from swimming pools and animals? NEVER NEVER NEVER!

  • JustBrowsingLife

    You know when kids mind when it comes to swimming pools or animals? NEVER! NEVER! NEVER!

  • LeaveMeBe

    I think he read and comprehended the article just fine and happened to want to share a story about a dog he owned. He didn’t defend the owner or the dog in this story, nor did he compare his dog to this one, so I’m not sure why you felt the need to be shitty to him. Maybe you should read his comment again and explain where your response is coming from because you seem to be the one who is making assumptions.

  • LeaveMeBe

    That poor mother. She finally loosened up a little bit to let her kid go out and spend time with friends and attend a sleep over and something like this happens. You can tell by what she said that she will punish herself for the rest of her life for making that decision and letting him go. My heart is just tearing apart for her.
    Having said that, I never had any problem whatsoever asking the parents of my kids’ friends hard questions before I agreed to let them go to their houses. I wanted to know where alcohol was kept and made sure there would be no alcohol comsumption while my kids were around by them or their friends. I also asked about guns, drugs, dogs, swimming pools, rules for running the streets and the parents’ friends. It wasn’t about control, it was about minimizing the risk my kids faced while away from home AND making anyone think twice before doing something stupid with my kids around. I never had a parent criticize me for it, most were blown away in a good way and picked up my habit of asking tough questions. Of course, just because you ask those questions there is no guarantee. Life is not guaranteed. 🙁

  • Valerie

    Bad owners and bad breeders (encouraged by scum that want a psychotic dog to intimidate other people). As long as the most aggressive dogs keep being bred together, the breed will continue to snap like this. Environment plays a role, but the fact remains that a lot of these dogs are genetically predisposed towards aggression (much like herding dogs, herd and pointers will point, and retrievers retrieve). I think that the only way to save the breed is to only breed the non aggressive dogs, but the highest demand is for aggressive pits, not sweet family dogs.

  • Wicked Smilee

    All dogs, regardless of breed, go skitzo when they’re cast out, away from their owners/pack/family, especially in deplorable conditions, with no food and snow up the azz,… It’s time for people to know that NO DOG should EVER be a chained-up alarm system.

  • restlessvagabond

    “I want to know where the adults were. I have a lot of questions, I really do, but I’m going to wait to honor Ryan and send him off with the grace he deserves and then, we will be asking a lot of questions.”

    Umm, fuck you Paula Johnson. Adults simply cannot watch/be around their children 24/7/365. They have to be given space for their own sanity and so the children can gain a sense of independence. The adults were inside the house while the children were in the backyard. Sounds pretty fucking responsible to me. A thousand different days during my childhood I’d be BLOCKS away from home at that age.


    While she says the dog was never vicious, neighbors said they were scared of the animal. “That dog was big and powerful, and there was no way to defend yourself against it,” one neighbor said. “It looked like it didn’t matter if you had a fence or not. Another neighbor said they were so afraid of the dog, they avoided the street where it resided. “The big pit bull was scary,” he said. “When you walked on Whiting, you could see it snap to attention and run out the length of the chain he was attached to. It was frightening. We stopped walking on Whiting because of it.”

    The dogs weren’t vicious and never attacked anyone. Just because the neighbors are ignorant and thing the dog is scary doesn’t make it the case.

    When I was little I lived in a lower-income/minority-heavy/intelligence-lacking neighborhood. Everyone thought our dog (a German Shepherd/Husky mix) was a wolf and were terrified of it. But he was the sweetest damn dog on the block. He was even attacked twice by the neighbor across the street’s pit bulls and STILL people were more afraid of him than those dogs based solely on looks.

    While this is a terrible tragedy it seems most people are jumping to conclusions based on the fact that an interracial couple (one of whom is in jail) owned pit bulls. That must mean they were bad dogs, of course.


  • restlessvagabond

    “This wasn’t a loving but overly rambunctious dog that injured the child. It was a vicious killer that would not let go even after being repeatedly beaten with various objects.”


    Pit bulls by nature don’t let go of something they’ve bit. That’s not being intentionally vicious that’s acting out of instinct.

  • restlessvagabond

    And how do you know they didn’t intend to change anything? Seems to me from the article that they’d only recently moved to the neighborhood and the house they were in. So please, with all your insight into this family’s life and plans prior to this tragedy, tell us what they were intending.

  • Chaining ANY dog makes them mean!!!!! And if they were starved and neglected too????????????? Poor little boy.

  • velvetjoneslives

    This isn’t just a Pit instinct, all Terriers are this way. My old Jack Russell would grab on to a rope and you could swing him around on it. Nothing could get him to let go. The big difference is a Jack Russel ways 10 pounds and doesn’t randomly latch on to people out of blind aggression. It’s that mix a Terrier tenacity combined with a extremely physical stature and temperamental personality that makes Pit Bulls so dangerous.

  • restlessvagabond

    I’ve seen terriers take after people for no good reason other than the mood hit them. I’ve even been attacked by a random chihuahua/hairy football in my neighborhood. And a 10 pound dog can easily kill a 20 pound baby. It all comes down to how the individual dog is raised, handled, socialized, etc. The reason that pit bulls and other large breed dogs get a bad rap is because people generally don’t report bites from chihuahuas, terriers and other toy or small dogs. Its skewed the numbers for years because only reported dog bites are accounted for and larger dogs are more likely to be reported even if its not a serious bite.

  • Cassy_Again

    I agree. As I’ve moaned about on here endlessly, I did a shit load of research (over 100 cases) of attacks by Pit bulls and Rotties, and in every case I found most or all of these factors:

    1. Animal not neutered (in 100% of the cases).
    2. Animal chained, with inadequate space to run.
    3. Animal not socialized or given anything to do. No one was taking the animal to the park to play catch, or interacting with the dog on dog terms regularly.

    4. Multiple dogs in house.

    And recently I read that the owners of both breeds are 10X more likely to have a criminal record, so the breeds attract idiots.

    I think to own anything much larger than a lap dog, they need to enforce neutering. OUTLAW breeding. Set up criteria that the owner must live in a home where there’s a large, fenced area for the dog to run, and not a “dog run.”

    I can actually see the dog’s reasoning in this case. A new “puppy” was out there with the others, the dog saw that as a threat, either physically or to his “place” in the hierarchy and attacked the “challenger.” That’s what animals do, particularly if they’re not neutered and not socialized and kept on a chain. It’s a lot of pent up aggression.

    It would be easier to mandate these things, because once done, like a dog license, there’d be a record the authorities could check any time someone called. And with the rep these dogs have, I bet one coming in to most neighbourhoods would end up with people calling.

  • why did she wait to shoot the dog once he turned on her? not while he was killing a kid!

  • 16pawz

    Me too. My rotts are nice dogs but I never, ever have them around my 4 yo grandson. EVER. The owner/handler must be smarter than the dog. Any dumbass who chains a dog, isn’t smart enough to have one.

  • 16pawz

    How about walking it then returning to the inside of your home??? I hope you stay pet free. Too many people think pets are self reliant and should’t inconvenience them.

  • 16pawz

    WTF? A reasonably intelligent parent would not let three little kids play unsupervised around a chained dog. Especially when one child didn’t know the dog. ANY chained dog.

  • Lisa M

    It not the owners, it is the breed. There are bad owners of every single kind of dog out there, but 12 of the 13 dog mauling fatalities in 2013 are pit bulls. Most of the time they come from “loving homes”. Ask the parents of Beau Rutledge. They had an 8 yr old pit bull they raised from a puppy and it killed their 2 year old son in their own home on April 24, 2013.

  • Debbie Bell

    Chimp bites get reported; toddler bites at daycare don’t make the news. Both are primate bites. Damage matters. Danger matters.

    Pits are different. That’s why ALL USA dog fighters all use pits. That’s why pit men created break sticks (google pit bull/break stick). If pit BULLY people would educate the pit owning public about the need to acquire and practice with breaksticks, this child might still be alive.

    Tragically the current pit bully people are no different from the original pit men: selfish, sadistic, short-sighted.

  • Sean

    Duh, because a Pitbull’s size and power. So bash the dog because of it’s size, instead of holding the owner responsible for not taking proper precautions when owning a dog of that size? Oooooookkkk

  • Lisa McClaughry

    Sean are you aware, of “Zero Margin of Error” which is required when owning a pittbull? No? If not. Let me educate you. “Many pit bull owners — particularly those duped by the myth, “It’s all how you raise them” — are unaware of this rule until it is too late. The margin of error between humans and normal dog breeds is a vast meadow. Humans and dogs can make small, medium and large errors within this area without significant repercussions. Pit bull owners, however, have “zero margin of error” — one simple error or oversight can result in a catastrophic or fatal pit bull mauling.
    Perfect dog owners are similar to perfect parents — both are nonexistent. There are strengths and weaknesses in each role, even average and great, but never perfection. Susan did not leave this child unattended on that day, which was the other option, to leave Dax in a room in the house alone while the dogs took a bathroom break. Zealous pit bull advocates would have the public believe that perfect dog owners and the “zero margin of error” rule are reasonable.

    Only pit bull experts, a selection of zealous pit bull owners and dogfighters — real knowers of the breed — understand the “zero margin of error” rule. The broader category of pit bull owners, such as what Susan falls within, is either in denial of the rule or has no idea of its existence. Duped by the pervasive myth, “It’s all how you raise them,” along with similar myths, “It’s the owner” and “All dogs are the same,” how would the average pit bull owner even know about this rule?”


    Read through that ENTIRE site, then come tell me they don’t know what they are talking about. The Pittbull was bred to be a fighting dog. Do you understand what that even means? They took the bulldog, and a terrier, to make a dog that will not STOP and will attack, to the point of insanity, other dogs, cattle, etc. They were bred for that purpose, and that purpose alone. This devil dog needs to be bred out, or banned, plain and simple. This creation is evil in its purest form. Like playing russian roulette. When is yours going to go off?

  • Lisa McClaughry

    A gun is not even the same as an uncontrollable breed of dog that was bred purposefully for fighting. http://www.dogsbite.org/ There is no reason to have a breed of dog that requires owners to have “zero margin of error” and “break sticks that if used on other breeds would not work”. You, along with a lot of people, are being lied to by propaganda. And again, it’s not about a dog just biting, it’s about how pitbulls were bred to destroy, without stopping or letting go, their target/opponent. They were BRED this way. Read the whole site, you’ll learn a lot.

  • Lisa McClaughry

    What do you not get, Pittbulls are not like other breeds of dogs because they were bred for fighting. For that purpose alone. If you chained a golden retriever up would it go and rip this childs face off? How about a springer spaniel? No? Why’s that? Because of the genetic traits in those dogs were not bred to be FIGHTING DOGS. http://www.dogsbite.org/ Get educated. You are currently not. And read through that whole site, if you can handle it.

  • Clyde Flower

    I’ve found several instances of the “zero margin of error” rule online, but they all source back to Mr. Borchardt’s page. I’m obviously not gonna confront him about it, but since you’re familiar with the rule, could you please provide some evidence of its existence prior to 2013? Or a citation from a veterinarian, animal trainer, or someone not quite so personally invested in the case?