Monday, January 9, 2012

Nippers, Rippers and Grippers

Tige liked to play with balloons too.

Jessup, the animal control officer in Olympia, uses two pit bulls to train police and animal control officers on surviving dogs attacks.

Unlike dogs who are nippers and rippers, her pit bulls are typically "grippers" who bite down and hang onto their victims.

At the workshop, animal control officers learned to avoid the animals' gripping jaws by using fences, vehicles or even a rabies pole, a four foot long stick with a wire noose.

Under no circumstances should anyone ever lie down or play dead around an attacking dog, Niemczyk.

Even if the animal bites an arm, that is better than an attack on the neck or head, she said.

By the end of the day, Dread had knocked down two male officers, tore at Nienczyk's arm and taught a few lessons.

IF ALL dogs bite and IF pit bulls are no more dangerous than labs or cocker spaniels, WHY do they need pit bulls for this seminar? Doesn't the use of pit bulls help feed the fear mongering that pit bulls are more dangerous? Why not use boxers or collies? OR, could it be that the instructor (Diane Nutter Jessup) needed a dog that had the ability to KNOCK DOWN an adult male police officer to demonstrate how critical it is that you should never be in the prostrate position with a biting dog? OR, was this just another stunt in an effort to show how wonderful pit bulls are?

Spokesman-Review August 3, 1988


Small Survivors said...

My bet is on needing that extra stim before zipping home to have special time with the buzzinator.

Anonymous said...

Seems Jessup as cut off from subsidization from the Pit Lobby around the time this article came out:

"It's not sensible to get an animal bred for bringing a 2,000-pound bull to its knees and say I'm going to treat this like a soft-mouth Labrador," says Jessup, the former animal-control officer. She blames novice owners, as much as actual criminals, for bringing the breed into disrepute. "It's a capable animal, and it's got to be treated as such."

When we first got pit bulls in, they were always friendly. They were always nice dogs," says Diane Jessup, a former animal-control officer in Olympia. Jessup has raised many pit bulls and written several books about them. "I will say now, in the last five years, 50 percent of the dogs are fearful, fear-biters with horribly unsound temperaments."

Anonymous said...

Why has her level of sense deteriorated? Maybe it's because of the money she's been getting from the pit lobby that has prevented her from being a responsible representative and educator on pit type dogs.

Many pit bulls are unsound due to how they're raised, but many are also unsound from the way they are bred.

Anonymous said...

They chosen the path of "It's the owner" since they can't regulate themselves and produce safe animals.

Here CDC Panelist Gail Golab now of the AVMA chimes in:


Dogs' breeding and training determine their aggressiveness, said Gail Golab, director of the American Veterinary Medical Association's animal welfare division. For example, Doberman pinschers were once "a big macho kind of dog" but have become more gentle and docile with breeding in recent years, she said.

The same could be done with pit bulls, which include American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Bull Terriers and mixes of those breeds.

Anonymous said...

Another CDC panelist chimes in back in 1987. The US now averages 30 DBRFs annually thanks to his good work.

''The number of fatal dog attacks nationwide usually averages around 10 each year,'' said Randall Lockwood, an animal behaviorist at the Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C.

Anonymous said...

Here is a snippet from The AVMA's Liability Trusts "Do's and Don'ts concerning Vicious Dogs"

"Many incidents of a child being killed or seriously injured are of this sort, the dogs apparently mistake a young child for a prey animal.

There are vicious dogs in every breed but Pit Bulls and Rottweilers have come to personify vicious behavior in dogs"

Anonymous said...

Bonnie Beaver is one of the head Nutters at Texas A&M University and former president of the AVMA...She is one of the "experts" fighting against BSL in Texas...

When she testified under oath for the prosecution back in 91' this is what she said:

KERRVILLE A 60-pound pit bulldog was capable of seriously injuring or killing two law officers because of the breed's development as a fighting animal, an animal-behavior expert testified in court Wednesday.
"By its origin, a pit bull is a fighting dog that takes very little stimulous to initiate aggression, and it will continue to fight regardless of what happens," said Dr. Bonnie Beaver, chief of medicine of the Texas A&M

Beaver said pit bulldogs have been responsible for about 70 percent of the deaths of humans killed by dogs since 1979. The animals are capable of pulling more than 5,600 pounds of dead weight, she testified

I guess what they say depends on who is paying the "expert fee"....

Anonymous said...

Nicholas Dodman, a Tufts University animal behavioral specialist and author of “Dogs Behaving Badly,” agrees that pit bulls come with some baggage.

“Genetics does play a role and people who think it doesn’t are kidding themselves,” says Dodman. “The pit bull is notorious for a very hard bite. They are always No. 1 in the lethal dog bite parade. The dog was bred for pit fighting. It was bred to never give up, to bite and hang on.”

Lately Dodman has been against BSL despite the Pit-casket pile reaching skyscraper level.

Anonymous said...

The statisical analysis in this one is unbelievable, yet Lockwood comes to the corrupt PC conclusion that BSL is not merited in the 1987 "Are Pit Bulls Different? " Study

Pits 6 times more likely to attack their owners

Over twice as likely to attack rescuers

20 times more likely to break a chain/jump a fence and attack compared to other breeds

60 percent of serious bites involved Pit Bulls

In the 3 years prior to the study at least one Pit Bull was involved in 66 percent of fatal attacks

Disappropriately attack adolesents and adults compared to other breeds

BSL would be unfair to the 3responsible Pit Bull owners!

Anonymous said...

I often wonder why pit bull breeders who really care for the breed and want to really prove that their dogs are safe don't take some sort of initiative to produce genetic  tests that show for a matter of fact that their line of dog is ideal as a pet. 

Responsible breeders who care for the welfare of their animals generally have no hesitation in showing potential buyers the pedigree and medical tests that show what physical and mental defects the dog may have. Whether dominant or recessive. 

So why are the so called responsible pit bull breeders hesitant of funding for a test that would genetically show which dogs are better to breed from and which ones should be prohibited? It is quite possibly the one way that the pit bull could truthfully earn the status as a good dog for any family environment if the breeders would just take the innitiviate and actually help the dogs they claim to love in the long run.