Abandoned Pit Bulls at large in Australian suburb

by Leanne Thompson on September 16, 2011

Dangerous dogs have been running wild in a suburb of Victoria, Australia, as owners abandon them in the face of a crackdown by authorities.

So far, four Pit Bulls wandering around Hume have been captured by government dog handlers in the past several days.

Authorities think that the animals have offloaded by owners in an effort to avoid prosecution for importing or breeding dangerous animals. In fact, a hotline set up received information on 125 pit bulls and pit bull crosses within the first seven days it was active.

The tough new measures were put into effect following a fatal attack on a (more…)

Pregnant dog rescued from canal in Wiltshire

by Darren Jamieson on October 6, 2010

It’s a sad fact that some unscrupulous dog owners attempt to get rid of unwanted puppies by throwing them in the river or canal, but one evil minded person couldn’t even wait for their dog’s pups to be born. When an unnamed bull-terrier was pregnant, rather than throw the pups in the river the owners instead threw the pregnant dog into a canal in Wiltshire.

Pregnant dog rescued from canal in Wiltshire

Pregnant dog rescued from canal in Wiltshire

The dog was found struggling in Wiltshire’s Kennet and Avon canal, still with two puppies to come out – though showed signs of having giving birth to others already. The dog, now named Faith, is now at the Bath Cats and Dogs Home and is ready to find a new owner. Sadly though her two puppies, which were born via caesarean section, died shortly afterwards.

Faith was found in the canal by police officers who said she had wounds that didn’t look as though they’d come from attempts to escape the canal. After examination by a vet it was discovered that the dog had recently had puppies, and was still carrying two more, but it is unclear what happened to her other pups.

A police spokesman believes the dog may have been bred for dog fights.

Meanwhile Faith is awaiting a new owner at Bath Cats and Dogs Home, and staff are eager to hear from anyone who would like to offer her a new life.

Dog ensures his abuser is refused parole

by Leanne Thompson on August 31, 2010

louis vittonWe at Dream Dogs believe the laws regarded abusing dogs are far too lenient the world over – with custodial sentences very rarely handed out and dog abusers very rarely even being given lifetime bans from owning dogs again. However, one dog abuser in Alabama in the USA has received a sentence worthy of his crime, and his victim (a pitbull nicknamed Louis Vuitton) helped to ensure he stays behind bars.

Juan Daniels was convicted of abusing a dog in 2009. He beat the dog, and even set fire to it. For his crimes he was given a custodial sentence, but alarmingly was up for parole last week. Juan Daniels stood before the ‘Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles’ and could have been released early – had it not been for the star witness, the dog itself.

Louis Vuitton entered the parole hearing, looking much better than he did directly after his ordeal, and acted as a witness against his abuser. After his shock appearance, Juan Daniels was refused parole and was told he would not be eligible again until (more…)

American Pitbull Terrier Breed Profile

by Holly Wright on June 11, 2010

The American Pitbull Terrier has had its name shortened in a variety of ways for convenience, these include: the American Pitbull, Pitbull Terrier, American Bull, Yankee Terrier, the Pit Dog and just, the Pitbull.

It is a breed that was developed for the brutal world of dog fighting, from Staffordshire Bull Terriers, when a larger, heavier and more powerful breed was required. The Pitbull is a medium sized, short coated dog, solidly built with well defined muscles and immensely powerful jaws. It has gained a bad reputation in the media as a vicious killer because of a handful of tragic incidents and its blood splattered history. In reality, this is a placid dog, fondly described as loyal, loving, obedient and protective by their owners. With good early socialisation and proper training it can even be friendly with other dogs, despite its fighting ancestry.

The Pitbull has been banned outright in Sweden, and twelve other countries have enacted some form of breed legislation, including restrictions and conditions of ownership. In the UK, American Pitbull Terriers imported before the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act must be registered, tattooed, neutered, micro chipped, muzzled and on lead at all times in public.

Typical Pitbull facts

Height: 18-22in, 46-56cm
Weight: 30-80lb, 14-36kg
Average Litter Size: 8
Life Expectancy: 12 years
Good with Children: Yes
Kennel Club Classification: Terrier

Colour of a Pitbull

Pitbulls can appear in any variety of colours, from brindle to solid to parti-coloured.

Grooming a Pitbull

The Pitbull’s very short coat needs very little attention. A quick groom with a (more…)

Dog returned to Sandra Bullock’s husband Jesse James

by Leanne Thompson on February 18, 2010

Sandra Bullock and Jesse JamesLosing your family dog can be a distressing experience, and Sandra Bullock’s husband Jesse James knows just how that feels as he recently lost his beloved dog CinnaBun.

Jesse James owns a motorcycle shop called West Coast Choppers on Long Beach, and the dog, CinnaBun, spends all day with him at the bike shop. Recently Jesse’s dog wandered off, which sent the biker into panic looking for him. Jesse posted flyers up around Long Beach and used Twitter to plead for help in finding his dog.

The Twitter message stated:

CinnaBun our shop dog & pet been missing since 2pm yesterday. If you find her plz call 562-983-6666

Jesse and his dog had been separated for three weeks before (more…)

My weapon is a dog

by Darren Jamieson on May 24, 2009

This week the BBC broadcast another documentary on dogs in the UK, but this time it wasn’t the Kennel Club and its attitude towards stud dogs that was under the microscope in the Pedigree Dogs Exposed programme. BBC3 were looking at the problem of dangerous dogs in the UK, or rather the problem of irresponsible owners who were treating their pets as weapons because of some desire to be seen as being tough.

dmx-dogThe programme, “My Weapon is a Dog”, was hosted by Rickie Haywood-Williams from Kiss FM. He interviewed many owners of aggressive dog breeds such as pit bulls and tried to find out just why they wanted to use their dogs as weapons. One of things that Rickie uncovered was the synergy between dangerous dogs and US rap stars, as the US doesn’t have any ‘Dangerous Dogs Act’ such as the one seen in the UK, so pit bulls and other dogs are more freely available. US rapper DMX (pictured) is a known fan of the dogs and features them in many of his videos and album covers. Indeed DMX’s videos are at times bordering on dog fighting videos.

A self proclaimed dog lover, DMX has been arrested for animal cruelty and was sentenced in 2002 when 13 pit bulls were (more…)

Extreme colouring in

by Darren Jamieson on March 24, 2009

You may have heard of extreme sports, such as base jumping (where you leap off the top of a building with a parachute) or bungee jumping. They’re the sort of sports that adrenaline junkies do to get their kicks. They’re dangerous and exciting, and only for adults with a sense of adventure.

It seems that even children like the occasional extreme sport though, such as this small child who enjoys a spot of ‘extreme colouring in’. Rather than use a colouring book, which is so tame, he chooses to use a pit bull terrier (more…)

Don’t leave your dog at home, take them to work!

by Darren Jamieson on August 26, 2008

Does your dog resent being left at home when you go to work? Do they stare at you longingly as you leave for the day, wishing they could go with you, giving you the old guilt trip?

Worry no more, because next month, Wednesday September 17th, is Take Your Dog to Work Day!!!

You shouldn’t have a hard time convincing your boss to allow you to bring your dog to work either, as it’s all for charity; The Blue Cross to be precise. Plus, if you’re worried that your dog might not last the full working day without wanting to misbehave, the Blue Cross are also offering tips on training your dog for their first day at work. (more…)

Life Saving dog cloned for grateful owner

by Darren Jamieson on August 6, 2008

Fifty-seven-year-old Bernann McKinney is ecstatic after South Korean scientists cloned her pet dog ‘Booger’, a pit bull terrier, and provided her with five identical puppies. The clones represent the first ever commercial cloning in the world, and cost Ms McKinney a cool £25,000 (£5,000 per puppy).

She’s delighted with her purchase though as Booger, who died of old age two years ago, once saved her life from an attack from another dog. (more…)

Pit Bull owner arrested after his dogs killed two cats

by Darren Jamieson on July 29, 2008

Two pit bull type dogs went on what police described as a ‘rampage’ on Monday when they roamed the streets of Cambridge. The two dogs apparently killed two cats and tried to attack teenagers. Armed police and angered residents went in search of the dogs in a witch hunt that ended with one of the dogs being run down by a car.

The incident started at 7:20am and even sparked a police helicopter to search for the dogs. Both dogs were eventually caught.

According to police, a 31-year-old man from Cambridge was in police custody after being arrested for allowing the dogs to roam ‘out of control’. (more…)