Pit Bulls Unleashed: Should They Be Banned? – The Fifth Estate

Pit Bulls Unleashed: Should They Be Banned? – The Fifth Estate

Announcer: [ ♪♪ ]>>Female called
911 hysterical saying she was attacked
by two dogs. Apparently the dogs
attacked a child.>>I never would have imagined
in a million years before this that my dog, my pet, would attack me
and kill a child.>>His face was just gone. I mean, from here
down was just mangled.>>Mark: What kind of dog
would attack a child?>>A dog that’s unstable, and there are dogs of any breed
that are unstable. I think they are the most
misunderstood breed of dog there is. They’re just dogs.
They’re not werewolves. [ Chanting ]
>>All: BSL has got to go.>>Announcer: On this
edition of the Fifth Estate, Mark Kelley investigates. Should pit bulls be banned? [ ♪♪ ]>>Mark: This is a
flight to freedom for some 30 dogs that were
doomed to die in the US. [ Barking ]>>Mark: They’re getting what
you might call a new leash on life here in Canada. These dogs have been
flown in from a shelter in Ventura County, California. A dozen of them are
pit bull type dogs. Few dogs are as deeply
polarizing as the people.>>That’s a good girl.
Thank you, Maggie.>>Mark: A menace to some, simply misunderstood
to others. And welcomed with
open arms in Calgary.>>Snickers?
Snickers? Yeah, you big, bad head.>>Yeah, you big
old the blockhead.>>Here’s your old buddy.>>Mark: Jerry Hogg is
coordinating this mission of mercy for an animal
rescue group called BARCs.>>These are dogs from
death row that we are saving at this point. We are not taking dogs out of
there that have been shown any interest in adoption. They are now at the point where
they have been in their high kill centres for X number of
time and they’re on death row, and it’s a case of if
we don’t take them, they are deceased.>>Mark: And the
problem with that is?>>It’s a dog.
It’s a life.>>Mark: So, you’ve got
1,000 dogs and counting. You’re hoping that this
is a pipeline that you can keep moving.>>Absolutely.
Absolutely.>>Mark: Airlifts like this
are supported by a powerful animal
rights group. It’s just a small part of a
multimillion-dollar effort to rebrand the pit bull as
a family-friendly dog.>>Good luck.
>>Thank you. [ ♪♪ ]>>Mark: The PR campaign is powered
by lawyers, lobbyists, even corporate sponsors. In this video from the
shoe company Zappos, the pit bull terrier is touted
as the perfect family pet. And they’re getting
some celebrity support. Patrick Stewart has a starring
role on the website of one animal rights group. [ Laughter ]>>Mark: Primetime personality
Anderson Cooper is pro-pit, too.>>He’s a diva now.>>I really like pit bulls. Everyone that I’ve met have
been incredibly sweet and I’ve actually thought about adopting
pit bulls from time to time.>>Mark: The pit bulls’
loudest voice, though, is the Dog Whisperer,
TV host and best-selling author, Cesar Millan, who posted this
on his web site.>>Why I love pit bulls? Why not? I have a great
relationship with pit bulls. I raised my kids
around pit bulls. I haven’t had a
negative story with pit bulls.>>Mark: With such
ringing endorsements, who could resist adopting one
of these dogs? Well, not Susan Iwicki.>>Before we adopted
the puppies, we used to watch Dog Whisperer. All feeds into the whole reason
that we were okay with adopting those dogs. Cesar Millan, you know,
he was an advocate for the breed, and they were just
about that time where you were starting to see more celebrities
adopting them and, sure, that absolutely factored
into…my– my trust of pit bulls, yes.>>Mark: So Susan and her
boyfriend adopted two puppies, a mix of American Pit Bull
and Staffordshire Terriers.>>Mark: They were–
they were good dogs. I mean, we trained ’em. We, you know, taught ’em all
the basic commands. They were very willing to learn. They were socialized
with plenty of other dogs. Our friends would
bring their dogs over, and everything seemed great. My friends’ kids would
come over and play with the puppies, and they
were loved. Those dogs– those dogs were
cuddling with me just before Dax showed up at my
house that morning.>>Mark: Dax is
Daxton Borchardt. On the morning of
March 6th, 2013, Susan was babysitting
him just as she had
many times before. The 14-month-old,
the pride and joy of his dad, Jeff.>>He– he was quite
the ambitious little guy. He was really funny. And he– I mean,
he was a curious, you know, happy little guy. This is the longest
he’s ever walked. [ ♪♪ ]>>Whenever, you know, you’d put
the music on and everything, he was always dancing. And he took well to
everybody, you know. He wasn’t shy. Just always laughing. And…
Yeah, I’ll tell you. That day was just–
I’ll never forget it, you know?>>Mark: That day, Susan let her
dogs out while she stood outside holding Dax,
bundled against the cold. Then, within seconds, her dogs
went from pets to predators.>>They just… They just kept
coming at us, and… ..Dax. They pulled him out
of my arms, and… ..all I could think was,
“I have to. “I don’t know what’s going on,
but I have to protect him. “I have to save him.
“I have to do something. “I have to get us out of here.
“I have to get us out of here. “I have to get us out of here.” It was just a nightmare. [ dial tone ] [ Ringing ] [ Screaming ] [ ♪♪ ] [ ♪♪ ]>>Whose dogs are they? [ Heavy Breathing ]>>The whole time
it’s happening, you can’t…believe
it’s possible.>>Mark: And you
can’t stop them?>>You start praying, and just–
you just keep acting. You just keep reacting. You just keep trying…to get
him out of that situation.>>Mark: Jeff Borchardt was
on a job site when a co-worker got the call. Jeff was told Dax was
being taken to hospital. Jeff had no idea how his
life was about to change.>>And he told me, he says,
“The dogs bit Dax. “He’s going– he’s being
transported to… “The ambulance is there,
and they’re going “to bring him to Mercy. “And so, we’re
gonna meet ’em there.” And at that point,
I mean, I was just like, “They bit him, you know,
it’s a dog bite. “You know, I was
bitten by dogs before. “How bad can it be? “You know, he’ll be fine,
you know?”>>Mark: But when Jeff arrived
at the hospital he quickly learned this wasn’t any
dog bite.>>So they brought me back there
and the nurses were giving him CPR, and I looked
down at him, and I mean, he was stripped naked. I mean, all of his
clothes were ripped off. His face was just gone. I mean, from here
down was just mangled. I mean, his– it was so bad. And just blood everywhere. I was just screaming
the whole time. Like, “Oh, my God!
“Oh, my God! “Oh, my God!
“What are we going to do?! “Oh, my God,” you know? And my wife was just silent.
She didn’t say a word. She just sat there just
holding his hand.>>Mark: Dozens of doctors and
nurses did everything they could but couldn’t save Dax. The damage, too deep
for the broken boy.>>You know, 14 months is just
too young. It’s just– never got
a chance at anything, you know? [ ♪♪ ]>>Uh…this is Detective Craig, videotaping the rear
residence of…>>Mark: The police did a
detailed investigation, and though Susan wasn’t
found to be at fault, both of her dogs
were euthanized.>>There was
nothing she did wrong. You know? She raised them right. She didn’t abuse ’em. You know, you can look
in the police reports. It’ll say the dogs
were in good health, good condition, you know. From all accounts
of the neighbours, you know, they were
raised really good. They were friendly
with other dogs. Played with other kids before. I mean, they were good-natured
dogs until the day they weren’t.>>Who wants to even admit for
a second that their family pet could kill one of
their family members? Who wants to,
for a single second, think that that’s possible? Think that that
could be a reality? I know I certainly didn’t. I never would’ve imagined for–
I never would’ve imagined in a million years
before this that my dog, my pet, would attack
me and kill a child.>>Mark: But as we’ll
show you, after every death, maiming or mauling,
attributed to pit bull type dogs, there’s an instant
campaign ready to do damage control. Why do pit bulls need lobbying? Why do they need
an organization? Why do they need a
network fighting for them?>>Well, I think they are the
most misunderstood breed of dog there is. They’re just dogs. They’re not werewolves.>>Announcer: You count
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out other ways to get in touch. [ ♪♪ ] [ ♪♪ ]>>Mark: Jeff Borchardt was
never one to rock the boat. His passion? Fishing, not being
in the public eye. Well, not until his son
was mauled to death by his babysitter’s
two pit bulls. Incredibly, even before his
son’s funeral, pit bull owners were attacking
him online for being an irresponsible parent and
damaging the reputation of their beloved dogs. So, pit bull supporters were
attacking you because you were giving pit bulls a bad name?>>I was giving pit bulls
a bad name. So, just by having
my son killed by one. It was before I even started
anything in the advocacy work. It’s almost a religion, I think,
to these people. They see their own family dog
and they just can’t imagine in their wildest dreams that it
could turn and kill someone, another family member.>>Mark: With anger as his
motivation and Google as his guide, Borchardt set out to make
sense of his son’s death.>>I put a little
thing together, and some of the…>>Mark: We should
warn you, what’s posted online
is upsetting. His son wasn’t alone. These are pictures posted by
parents who say their kids were attacked by pit bulls, too. Their message? Your child could be next.>>Since my son was killed,
there’s been 103 Americans killed by pit bulls, since my
son was killed in 2013. 103 just by pit bulls. More than all other
breed types combined.>>There is often this
hysteria about pit bulls.>>Mark: But there is a counter
campaign trying to wash those pictures from your mind. These images aren’t graphic. They’re idyllic. This is one of hundreds
of videos produced by an influential US animal
rights group called Best Friends Animal Society. They’re trying to win over the
biggest dog market in America, the family. Their message? The pit bull is
user-friendly, family-friendly.>>Good girl!
Come on, let’s go for a walk.>>Mark: And front and centre
for Best Friends is Ledy VanKavage, a lawyer, a lobbyist,
and a lifelong pit bull lover.>>Mark: Why do pit bulls
need lobbying? Why do they need
an organization? Why do they need a
network fighting for them?>>Well, I think they are the
most misunderstood breed of dog there is. They’re just dogs. They’re not werewolves,
you know? So, there’s been so much
hysteria involved with these dogs, and so
much media hype. Actually, even though I don’t
like to use this term, it’s one place where there
probably is a lot of “fake news”. So, that’s why a lot of times
they can’t speak for themselves, so we need to get
the truth out there.>>Mark: But could it be the
hundreds of reports every year of pit bull attacks
are all dead wrong? I read VanKavage some
headlines we found online, in one randomly
chosen month. This was September–
September 2016.>>Uh-huh.>>Mark: Pit Bull Run Rampant
In New Mexico. Pit Bull Attacks Man In Florida. 5-year-old Girl Attacked
By Pit Bull, Palm Desert. Portage, Indiana Residents Concerned About
Pit Bulls After An Attack. Lepine Officer Recovering
After Pit Bull Attack. Pit Bull Attack In
Northern Carolina On UPS Driver. Woman Has Been Hospitalized
After A Pit Bull Attack in Oakland Hills. And on, and on, and on,
and this is one month. Now, in your opinion, and I
know you haven’t seen each and every one of these cases, do you
believe this is all fake news?>>I believe some
of it is media bias. I do. I think the hype has led people
to have this perception of it and, again, I think a lot of it
is because of media bias or fake news.>>Mark: So, I asked her about
the tragic death of 14-month-old Daxton Borchardt,
the little boy who was ripped from the arms of his babysitter by her two
supposedly family-friendly dogs. Was that fake news too?>>It is very, very tragic,
but most of the dog-related fatalities involve
unsupervised children. I don’t know what
happened that day.>>Mark: She was holding the
child at the time.>>You know– you know, I don’t
know if the child was crying. I don’t know the
history of the dogs.>>Mark: But if the
child was crying?>>You know, like, it–>>Mark: What kind of dog
would attack a child?>>A dog that’s unstable,
and there are dogs of any breed that are unstable,
just like there are people of any race that are
unstable, and–>>Mark: And you
don’t think that the pit bulls are more prone?>>No, I do not.>>Mark: Well, we wanted to go
beyond the headlines to meet someone who’s looked
into thousands of attacks, case by case. Meet Dr Michael Golinko. He’s the
Director Of Plastic Surgery at the Children’s Hospital
in Little Rock, Arkansas. He loves his
dogs…but not all dogs.>>Mark: In your
professional opinion, do pit bulls and kids mix well?>>No.
No. I’d like to say they do. Like I said, I’m a dog lover
and I’d like to say that every dog gets along well, and they
may mix well with adults or, you know, their breeds, but I
think there’s just too much of a risk from what I’ve seen to
kind of advocate for that or kind of sanction that.>>Mark: Doctor Golinko came to
this conclusion after completing two large bite studies involving
more than 500 children admitted to hospitals in Arkansas
and some 1,600 in Atlanta. 46 different
breeds were identified, but when it comes
to the deepest, most damaging dog bites,
the pit bulls were in a class of their own.>>What makes a pit bull
different is it would bite and it would keep on
attacking, and again, as we said in multiple
anatomical locations, were 2-3 times more likely,
and any kid that went to the operating room, half the time,
one half the time, that was a pit bull, and the
other half the time it was every other breed
you could think of, so to me, that’s an overwhelming
preponderance of data, saying, “Something is
going on here, “and we can maybe intervene.”>>Mark: And this
isn’t your opinion?>>No, this is the data.>>Mark: Pit bull
advocates dispute this. They point to analysis
by the National Canine
Research Council, which is run by a
pro-pit bull foundation, that claims there is no reliable
evidence that demonstrates a link between breed
and fatal dog bites. They also claim pit bulls are
routinely misidentified as the guilty party. How were you able to identify
whether these were in fact pit bulls that had
attacked these victims?>>That’s a great question. It was pretty much by–
because the majority of the biting dogs is either a
family dog or a dog known to the family, meaning,
you know, mom’s boyfriend or ex-husband brings over a dog,
or grandma brings over a dog, it’s typically a dog that
the child is familiar with, in most situations. So, everything go
okay yesterday? Yeah.>>Mark: It’s taken four years
and 21 operations to try to repair what a family pit bull
did to Trehlan Credit in just a matter of minutes.>>You’ve been, you know,
to the hospital. You should get a frequent
flyer card or something. I mean, 21 operations is a lot–
>>It is.>>–you know, for a little kid
who’s not even eight years old.>>Mark: Today, Trehlan sees for
the first time what the dog left him looking like, with 50
lacerations to his face, his scalp ripped
from his head.>>I looked kind of scary.>>It is scary, son.
>>It is so scary, yeah.>>Mark: Dr Golinko has
inserted an implant into the boy’s scalp to stretch the skin,
and after one more operation, replaced the damaged tissue. After seeing firsthand the
damage caused by these dogs, Dr Golinko says the
solution is simple… Ban them.>>If you could prevent, like,
one death or one tragic injury, where I don’t have to, you know,
take a kid’s skull apart in the operating room
because of a terrible bite, then that’d be worth it.>>Mark: Trehlan mom,
Laquecia Jones, says her son’s childhood
was ripped away from him. She agrees,
pit bulls should be banned.>>I don’t really
like that breed because– especially around
my kids, after this incident. Before, I was very cautious
about coming around them, because they’re so intimidating. And there’s been too many
incidents that I’ve heard, even after my son, that it’s
just– it doesn’t make any sense that it’s– the statistics is
enough to show that the dogs are just an aggressive breed. And they should be banned. [ ♪♪ ]>>Mark: The idea of banning
pit bull type dogs remains controversial in
Canada and the US, but consider this… 32 countries around the
world have decided the issue. They either outright
ban pit bull type dogs, ban their importation,
or severely restrict their ownership. But in places where
there are no restrictions, the pit bull
population is exploding. We’ll show you what some
shelters are doing to get trouble dogs out of their
kennels and into your homes.>>There’s a good girl. You’ll see them rename
the dogs several times. You’ll see the same dog pop
up on different websites with different names as time goes
on because they’re just try to lose the paper trail. [ ♪♪ ]>>Announcer: There’s always
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[ Indistinct Chatter ] [ Cheering ]>>Mark: In the deeply
divisive debate over pit bulls, even a dog festival like
this one in Toronto can get political. Ontario banned pit bull
type dogs 12 years ago, which means any pit bulls here
would have to be born before 2005 to be legal, and they
need to be muzzled in public, like this dog. The owner is obeying the law,
but that doesn’t mean she agrees with it.>>I have a small daughter at
home and I’ve never had any doubt in my mind that this dog
would do anything to attack her or hurt her. He’s amazing.>>Mark: These four breeds of
dogs are considered pit bulls and have been banned,
as well as pit bull mixes. Rule of thumb…
>>Can I pet him?>>Mark: If it looks
substantially like these dogs, in the eyes of the
government, it’s a pit bull. So, does that mean
this dog is illegal? Well, not if you ask its owner. Isn’t this dog
illegal in Ontario?>>No.
No.>>Mark: No?
>>This is the mixed breed.>>Mark: It’s a mixed breed?
>>Sure.>>Yeah, the pit bull
are illegal.>>Mark: The pit bull is illegal
but this isn’t a pit bull?>>No.>>Mark: Some may
disagree with you on that.>>Possibly, but those
people would be wrong.>>Mark: So you don’t have
to have a muzzle on this dog?>>No, you shouldn’t have
to have a muzzle on any dog. You know, people need to
learn how to handle their dogs. Like, you know? Should be a– should be a
licensing for people who have dogs, not a
licensing for the dog.>>Mark: In 2005 when
the ban was introduced, there were 112 recorded bites
by pit bull type dogs in Toronto. Last year, only 15.>>All: End BSL!>>Mark: But that hasn’t won
over any converts in this crowd. They oppose what’s called
Breed Specific Legislation, or BSL. Dog owners marched through the
streets of Toronto and other Canadian cities this
summer, calling the bans cruel, ineffective, and canine racism. An online petition is calling on
Prime Minister Trudeau to adopt a federal law, banning
breed-specific dog bans. It’s a successful strategy,
ripped straight from the playbook of the
US pit bull lobby.>>This is dog breed
Independence Day, because…>>Mark: Ledy VanKavage is the
lead lawyer on a team of five attorneys working at
Best Friends Animal Society. So far, they have convinced
almost half the US states to pass legislation prohibiting
breed-specific bans. So, you’ve got 21
states and counting.>>We are at 21 states
and counting, yeah. We are hoping to introduce a
bill in Michigan this year. And, you know, we are always
looking for opportunities, so we think responsible pet
owners should be allowed to own whatever breed of
dog they choose. It’s that simple. [ ♪♪ ]>>Mark: Best Friends has
wrapped the pit bull in red, white, and blue. This isn’t just any dog. The pit bull has been
branded America’s dog, the underdog.>>No dog should ever be
euthanized for what they are. This is America’s dog
we’re talking about, and unfortunately,
America has lost track of that. [ Barking ]>>Mark: And go to many
animal shelters in the US, like this one in St Louis,
and you can see the power and influence of
Best Friends. Best Friends subsidizes shelters
like this that have a no-kill policy. Don’t put dogs down. Put them up for adoption. Best Friend’s motto? “Save them all.”>>Today, 2 million cats
and dogs are being killed in America’s shelters every year. But by 2025, we will achieve
no kill. How? With your help. [ Barking ]>>Here’s– this building
right here’s one that we’ve
pulled dogs from.>>Mark: But take a drive
through the streets of St Louis to get an idea about what
happens when there are no restrictions on pit bulls. It’s a veritable free-for-all.>>In this alleyway,
there were, at one time, probably eight to ten
pit bulls being housed here, and now it looks like he’s got
additional dogs and puppies on the property, so I would imagine
he’s selling the puppies.>>Mark: Donna Lochmann is a
pit bull lover who sees too many backyard breeders
selling them as status dogs, guard dogs, or fighting dogs. She says many of these dogs will
end up in the crowded shelter where she works.>>One female can have a
litter of puppies twice a year, and then any of those puppies
that grow up on the street can have puppies. It’s just astronomical how
quickly it– it builds and builds.>>Mark: Her shelter is
bursting with unwanted or abused pit bulls. According to the American SPCA,
pit bull type dogs are the most common dog found in shelters.>>Hi, buddy.>>Mark: Of the 150 dogs here,
about 80% are pit bull type dogs. They’re in the kennels,
in playgroups outside in the yard, and in the shelter
showroom, to see if they’re a good fit to be adopted by
so-called forever families. From neglected junkyard
dogs, to precious family pets.>>And I like all dogs. Like, I’m not necessarily
partial to one over the other, but historically, pit bulls are
the best with kids. They just are.>>Mark: Listen in as this
family arrives to adopt a dog. The shelter offers them a
pit bull and a sales pitch that would make a used
car dealer blush.>>Seriously, this is the first
breed I’d send home with three, I’m guessing somewhat
rambunctious at times, boys. Yeah. And we offer free
training for the first year, too, so if you’re worried about
handling a dog of this size or something like that, it’s one
of the first things we work with and teach with training,
is how– you know, the leash manners and basic training. Get down, girl.
Good girl! Can you sit?
Good puppy! I think they’re very,
very good, loyal, and good with people. You can’t generalize and say
that pit bulls are not gonna be good with people or kids.>>Mark: Are you ever concerned
that a dog that you have adopted out may– may bite,
or, God forbid, maul somebody that’s
adopted it?>>Not at all. No.>>Mark: Brandi McNeely
begs to differ. She worked as a vet tech
and in shelters for 15 years. She took this shepherd-pit bull
mix home from a shelter as it recovered from heart worms.>>When I brought him home,
he was a great dog. He was very calm. He was actually kind of
timid and scared. We did his heart worm treatment
and the minute he felt better, and you could tell that
the heart worms were gone, the dog became a
different dog, so… And all of a sudden he
hated all other dogs, and he started
attacking my dogs, my mom’s dogs, going after
strangers’ dogs, and in the end,
I brought him back, and I said, “I can’t have him
anywhere near any other dogs,” and I’ve got a
house full of dogs, and everyone I know has dogs.>>Mark: Pit bull opponents say
their data shows that in 2015 alone, pit bulls killed
37,000 cats and dogs. [ Barking ]>>Mark: Brand says
when she first started working at the shelter,
public safety was paramount. Aggressive dogs were
never adopted out.>>We had a very strict policy
when we started. When you did a temperament test,
if the dog did not pass the test, it was euthanized. And that was it.>>Mark: But that’s changed in
the US thanks to the no-kill movement. Now, she says,
cast-off pit bulls are given cheerful new names
and sanitized bios.>>And we started
fabricating stories, you know, exaggerating
abuse, and things like that, to try to sell them, basically. We started writing dog bios,
and you want to focus on the good and use new words. Instead of saying
“dog aggressive,” you say “dog reactive…” or “dog selective,” which means
that he only attacks some dogs, not all. But they wanted you to
play with these new words, so that way you could kind of
give the information in a very deceiving way and then pass
it on to the public who thinks that, “Oh, I’m just getting a
dog that sometimes doesn’t like “all dogs, so I’ll just, like,
do slow introductions,” when reality is that this
dog wants to kill other dogs.>>Mark: And that can end badly,
like when family pet adoptions make local news.>>And we begin with brand-new
details about a gruesome dog attack in Virginia Beach that
killed a 90-year-old woman.>>Mark: Nine hours after
this pit bull mix named Blue was adopted, he mauled
an elderly woman. The family is suing the
shelter for $5 million. The shelter says Blue showed
no signs of aggression at the shelter. This pit bull named Emmet was
shipped from a Louisiana shelter to one in Iowa. Emmet was
listed as a boxer mix and a great dog with a
great temperament. Hours after he was adopted,
he mauled a 15-month-old boy. The boy’s family is now
suing the Iowa shelter, which denies any wrongdoing. Brandi McNeely says it’s not
unusual to ship dogs across state lines. And as they move, they can
erase their past.>>One of the big strategies,
especially with problematic dogs, is that you’ll
see ’em move ’em around. Even in my area, they
consistently move ’em around. Paper trails don’t
follow these dog. People think if a dog bit,
like, this piece of paper follows them wherever they go. It does not.>>Mark: And is that way
often the dogs are moved?>>Yes.
Yup. You ship ’em around,
move ’em around, try to drop the paper trail. You’ll see them rename
the dog several times. You’ll see the same dog pop
up on different websites with different names as time goes on,
’cause they’re just trying to lose the paper trail.>>Mark: Some dogs go
from state to state, and every year,
hundreds end up in Canada, like these ones airlifted
from California to Calgary. Canadian columnist Barbara Kay has written
extensively about pit bulls. She says Canada should close its
borders to these cast-off dogs.>>The Government Of Alberta
should be looking into this and saying, “No,
this is insane. “This is crazy.
“Why are they coming here?” Because there’s such an
overflow of them in California, and in all these
places out west.>>Mark: Mmm-hmm.
>>That’s crazy, really. You’re bringing in…problematic
dogs that have problematic pasts, that you
don’t know about.>>This one goes in here.>>Mark: The coordinator
of the airlift, Jerry Hogg, admits these
dogs have no paper trail, but he says they’ve all
been assessed by their team. What do you know
about these dogs?>>We don’t know a whole
lot about their history, because they are all rescue dogs
from down in the states that have been surrendered to the
animal rescues down there.>>Is that a
concern for you, though?>>No, because we have– we have
all the dogs are assessed down in stateside
prior to coming up. We don’t bring
dogs that are sick. We don’t bring dogs that have
got major aggression issues and so on and so forth.>>Mark: He says none of
these death-row dogs have been involved in any
attacks in Canada.>>Who is this?
>>This is Molly.>>Mark: And that’s good
enough for Chantelle Campo and her two kids. They’re opening
their home to Molly. She doesn’t see
a risk, just a reward. But what do you know about
the history of this dog? Do you know…
>>You don’t know any. So you just take it slow. You get it used to our
environment, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a
pit bull, if it’s a little dog, they can all bite. They can all– we don’t
know their background, so to always ask before
you come up onto a dog, and I would have ten
of ’em if I could.>>Mark: Really?
>>Yup.>>Mark: Well, I hope it
works out you well for you, and especially for your kids.>>Me, too.>>Mark: But it’s a
different story in Québec, where the province is now
proposing a pit bull ban, inciting the Pit Bull Army on
both sides of the border. [ ♪♪ ]>>Announcer: There’s
always more to our stories. You can stay connected with
the Fifth Estate on Facebook. Get the latest on upcoming shows
and special video features. [ ♪♪ ]>>Mark: Mention the words
pit bull and the fight is on. Canadians, as deeply passionate
about these dogs as Americans, even though we have far fewer
pit bull type dogs than the US, and far fewer attacks. Though, that’s cold comfort for
those who have been mauled by the dogs, and there are plenty
of cases from coast-to-coast, like 4-year-old Emily
Cranford of White Rock, BC.>>He bited me.>>Mark: Her parents said
the solution was simple…>>We would like to
see pit bulls banned, and I’m very serious. That is what I
would like to see.>>Mark: Canada has a patchwork
of laws and regulations governing pit bulls. They’re permitted in plenty
of cities and towns across the country. The only
province wide ban is in Ontario, but Québec may be next. It took the high-profile death
of this woman last summer to spark calls for a ban. 55-year-old Christiane Vadnais
was alone in her backyard in Montréal when she was attacked
and killed by her neighbour’s pit bull. Aptly named Lucifer. Vadnais’ daughter, Emily,
has never spoken publicly about her mother’s death, until now.>>Even a year after,
it may seem long for a couple of people, but for us, family,
we’re still in total shock. We’re still
reliving every moment. We have a hard time
talking about it together. It’s upsetting.>>Mark: Pit bull supporters
were unleashed when both Montréal and
Québec City proposed bans, both inspired by Vadnais’ death. [ Chanting ] [ Cheering ]>>Mark: Now the Québec
government is debating a province wide ban like
the one in Ontario. Pit bull supporters in the
US have joined the debate. Singer Cyndi Lauper
took to Facebook, posting… [ ♪♪ ]>>Mark: Even the Dog Whisperer
himself sent a special video message to the
people of Montréal.>>I think that when people
learn to dislike the breed, they hear stories about
aggressive pit bulls or a pit bull did this,
and a pit bull did that, but they never really
actually dig into the story, and understand why the pit bull
became aggressive in the first place, which leads
humankind to be very ignorant and to live in fear…>>Mark: And from fear to fury,
Montréal city councillors were bombarded in a
blitzkrieg of e-mails from angry pit bull supporters, most of
them sent from the US. They called the pit bull
ban a form of terrorism, denouncing the
councillors as monsters, and murderers. Christiane Vadnais’ daughter,
Emily, felt protesters were more concerned with the fate of
their dogs than the life of her mother.>>For them, it’s maybe
just one person who died. For me, it’s my whole world,
and it definitely opened my eyes to every other victims,
and I read a lot. We obviously don’t have a
voice as loud as they do, but we’re definitely there,
and we’re hurt, and all that we want is safety
to be number-one priority, human safety.>>Mark: But when
it comes to safety, Ledy VanKavage, the pit bull
lobbyist who successfully fought back against pit bull bans in
more than 20 American states, insists Canada is
on the wrong track.>>It is panic policymaking,
and I think that a lot of politicians are trying to
gain capital by– by fear-based policies like, you know,
by focusing on– on a certain breed, or vilifying
a certain breed, I think that might increase
their political capital, whereas they’re not
looking at the issue from what is good policy. You know, so,
we’re seeing other places, you know,
realize it doesn’t work, and getting rid of it, and we
see Canada going towards it! Which kind of makes
no sense to me at all.>>Mark: And so the battle
is brought to our doorstep. Canadian politicians feeling the
heat from the US pit bull lobby. Brandy McNeely, the former
shelter worker and pit bull whistle blower,
says politicians must stand their ground.>>It’s always a bad idea to
have animal groups make laws about public safety. Public Safety groups,
really, need to do that, so– but for some reason, every time
they want somebody to talk about animal laws,
they call in animal groups. Doesn’t make any sense to me.>>Mark: Dr Michael Golinko,
the plastic surgeon in Arkansas who’s treated so many
children mauled by pit bulls, says the issue isn’t about the
personal freedoms of dog owners. It’s about Public Safety,
and life and death.>>Would I miss the pit bulls
or would people really miss the pit bulls if they were banned? Maybe for a little bit,
but probably not. You know, people– there was a
time in America where nobody was wearing seatbelts, and then you
made everybody wear a seatbelt, and for a little while, there
was a little bit of pushback, but at the end of the day,
you have way less fatalities because of airbags,
because of seatbelts, and I think it’s the same thing. You know? It’s a child safety issue and
I’d much rather be on that side of the argument,
advocating for a child’s safety, than for the individual’s
right to own a pretty dangerous animal.>>Mark: Jeff Borchardt,
whose son, Daxton, was killed by pit bulls, now runs an
advocacy group pushing for more pit bull bans, but he
says it’s a lonely battle.>>If this is a fight,
the victims versus the pit bull advocates,
who’s winning the fight?>>Well, the pit bull advocates
are definitely winning. I mean– I mean, you just look
at some of these laws that are being overturned,
and stopped, you know? We don’t have
that kind of voice. The victims don’t. We don’t have that
kind of resources. We don’t have
that kind of money. So, I would say they’re winning.>>Mark: As for the woman who
owned the pit bulls that killed Borchardt’s son, Susan Iwicki
says she won’t be silenced by the powerful pit bull lobby,
not as long as more children continue to be killed
by their family pet.>>I blame myself
for not knowing… ..for not knowing the danger. But… Pit bulls do not
belong around anyone. They just don’t. Yeah, not all of
them are gonna attack, fine, but as soon as you can
tell me which one is going to attack and which one
isn’t going to attack, that’s when I’ll listen to you. [ ♪♪ ]

Danny Hutson

100 thoughts on “Pit Bulls Unleashed: Should They Be Banned? – The Fifth Estate

  1. I got bit in the leg and face by pit bull and little dogs it don't matter to me because I still love dogs and have one right now

  2. I went to Nordstrom yesterday and this guy was walking all over the place with a big pitbull, the store was full, kids playing in the floor, one lady even ran to grab her baby, i left the store because I have a stroller. Those dogs should be banned or wear a face mask while on the street.

  3. "They're just dogs, not werewolves." She's right, werewolves weren't bred for "Bull Baiting." A legit blood sport. Also, werewolves aren't real. These things are.

  4. Most cases its bad owners. You don't just own a horse to have a horse. You have to do research on the breed. The food it eats, the behaviours? You think any other animal is different!? It IS YOUR day FAULT, if you bring an animal into your home with zero knowledge about it's behaviors, that the animal causes harm to another animal or person.

    Some dogs NEED behavior training, or a certain amount of social encounters and exercise. I don't blame the dog. Especially if that dog wasn't brought up right. I blame kids parenTs not the kids. It the same GODAMN concept. And if you wanna get ridiculous! It's racist to ban them. =v|

  5. A dog is a predator. No matter the breed. Yes, some breeds have better temperaments, but it boils down to how the owners choose to discipline their dog. We are so uneducated as canine handlers that we make our dogs unstable by how we punish and praise them. Babying them, not providing a structured environment to where the dog feels confident in themselves, forcing dogs into submission, swatting or popping your dogs, this all leads to explosive aggression – no matter the breed. And this is how people commonly punish their dogs for their behaviors. So going forward, remember that you cause the stress and aggression in your dog. Instead of banning the breed, how about educate potential owners on how to properly discipline and care for large breeds like this. An aggressive dog (especially towards other dogs or humans) is often because the dog is traumatized by a previous experience, either abuse by a human or an attack by another dog. Socializing and training is the key to controlling all dog breeds – not just pit bulls.

  6. I'm a pit bull advocate but pit bulls are for fighting and they have a very high prey drive. So having them around kids is a bad idea.

  7. Too many people are still ignorant after this video😶… the account from the lady in the beginning IS NOT! Unique. She an example of your typical pitbull owner- thinking owning a pit is just like owning a Labrador. There are plenty of similar stories for example:

  8. I never understood why people never learned lessons from pitbull attacks on kids and adults…. just a stupid idea to raise a pitbull for a pet

  9. If you have one Pitbull they see you as the alpha but if you have two pit bulls they are communicating with each other and they make decisions some good some bad they are powerful dogs pitbull dogs is not for everyone

  10. Unfortunately some people are so incompetent with regard to how to properly care for dogs, that they should have to be licensed to have one. Dogs aren’t furniture, they need to be loved and cared for as if it were your family member. It’s not the dog, it’s clearly the owner. Anyone who truly understands dogs can look at the pictures of the dogs who bit the child and see that the dogs were flaky, not because it was their fault, but because they were not properly cared for. Stop getting dogs and leaving them outside in the yard! It’s obvious that that’s how the dogs were treated. Also, how responsible of a parent are you to get a grown rescue dog, instead of a puppy to have around your little children?

  11. It should be legal to kill any of them out running loose. These people are the same liberal idiots that want to allow criminals in the country.

  12. The same people want to ban guns, which, by the way don't have minds of there own and a history of autonomic murder. No one can absolutely predict their behavior from one moment to the next and the fact that no one in their home town wanted to adopt them sure sets off some alarm bells. This manifestation of folly needs to be called out for what it is. Can a man take a serpent to his breast without getting bitten. Sooner or later something is going to go terribly wrong.

  13. I have seen a pit bull attack and kill a baby pit bull, the owner could not stop them, unfortunately the baby pitbull was killed, the lady had two children with her at the time of the attack the pit bulls did not harm them, thank God

  14. I so miss my gentle Aussie. Any dog can bite, it is just the pure damage that pit bulls can do when they do go off. I would never own one. Give me a herding, gentle Australian Shepherd any day. One thing is for sure, my Aussie would never have attacked and killed a baby or a cat. That video of the cat being killed was awful.

  15. I had to help several people on several different occasions from being mauled by these 4 legged beasts owned by 2 legged beasts. This should not even be a question.

  16. The blonde baby sitter was so off. It seemed like she was suppressing a smirk the whole time she was pretending to be sad. Perfect example: 42:02 (watch it in slow motion, it's even more obvious). It was like watching an episode of "Lie To Me". I'd bet you anything she's a psychopath

  17. The closest thing to a pitbull and with a very gentle behavior is the Argentinian Dogo
    I've been attacked by pitbulls that's why I would never have one

  18. There is nothing wrong with pitbulls at all. Anyone that says so never has had one or scared of them from what other people say. It's sad that a pitbull gets a bad name and not shown that they can be just as good as any other dog

  19. THE FIFTH ESTATE you just said it at 18minutes and 45 seconds in the doctors study 46 different breeds attacks that's, not all pitbull, Pitbulls didn't even have the most attacks, there are other breeds that do not get mentioned that attack more than the pitbull, ALL YOU COULD SAY IS THAT THE WOUDS AND INJURIES WERE MORE SEVERE, so just because the injuries are worse doesn't stand in any real argument saying they should be banned, WOW SMH @ people who say PITBULLS should be banned

  20. Its like saying a man who workout and is very strong are not allowed to fight because they do more damage than smaller weaker men

  21. Bernese mountain dogs are great with kids, as are German shepherds. But really, I've never met a nasty BMD, but I've met nasty ones of most other breeds.

  22. Okay, this is something I have to comment on. First, "pit bull" is not a breed in which they as are talking about. There is the American Pit Bull Terrier which would be the "pit bull" breed. Dogs like the American Bully is NOT a pit bull, yet they are commonly mistaken for that. Second, the breed itself is not dangerous, some dogs DO have a snapping point. But this depends on their living situation, their owners, socialization and their genetics! Yes I agree statistics have pinned the "Pit Bull" as one of the most dangerous dog breeds but one thing this video had not talked about is their genetics. Ex: dogs that come from fighting lines have a tendency to be more agressive/higher prey drive. When you breed a dog for their temperament, you will get the temperament you desire. If you breed them for a calm temperament you will get a dog with a calm temperament. If the breeder breeds for looks there will be some personality traits that they were not breeding against or for. Which brings me to my third point, it depends on the breeder. So, DO YOUR RESEARCH whenever you buy a dog! Because this can happen with any dog breed. When the breeder is breeding for the wrong reasons, you will get negative side effects. This most commonly happens with "Pit Bulls" because of their physical features.

  23. Pit bulls cannot just bite you and you're able to go on without hospitalization. They are super strong. i remember when I owned a red doberman and no one wanted to visit my home. They were considered dangerous. Then the pitbull took that title. I don't know what it is about pit bulls but they are super strong. They are jealous of other dogs. I think they are sensitive to certain smells or certain movements. If they are that hard to read keep them away. If they bite you they will do major damage. Simple as that.

  24. Never heard of a Collie maiming or killing anyone. A woman in Boston was taking her groceries into her apartment when her neighbor's Pitbull bounded down the hall and ripped her to shreds killing her.

  25. This click bait title is offensive! Ban stupid pet owners that dont know what they are doing! Thats for any animal. Too bad we dont make people take a test to have a kid but they have to prove they can have a house.

  26. I love my amstafs! Best breed of dogs, they’ve NEVER hurt my family. Never will. What about the 2 dachshunds that mauled a women to death?

  27. Iv been around Pitbulls my whole life and own 6 of them.. And never once have i had a pitbull turn on me or anyone else in my home.. Its not the dogs its the bad owners💯💯

  28. I bet the lady left the baby outside alone and he did something to anger the dogs… It just all sounds fishy she did something and blamed it all on the dogs

  29. a community in Sweden had a 140 pet dogs. out of the 140 twelve dogs bit and mauled a child or adult. Of the 12 dogs, 12 were pit bulls.. These dogs are genetically messed up

  30. I knew a pitbull that was raised by someone who is a very responsible dog owner. The dog was loveable, gentle, and very well trained. I loved the dog almost as much as the owner did. I was one of those people who always thought as long as they were raised right there would be no problems. Well, I was wrong! As heard on the video, the dog was ok until he wasn't. There was never an incident of aggression until the day he brutally attacked his owner. I'll never trust another pitbull, and I think it's very irresponsible to have these dogs around children!

  31. pit bull owners are all the same breed they're all desperate to fit in somewhere so they chose pits. they should be euthanized as well

  32. Watching this video from Europe… something looks very wrong !


    USA would allow guns and point the fact that the user of the gun is responsable for the damage it causes,
    but when it comes to dogs, the responsability goes to the "viciousness" of the animal ?
    Being a professional babysitter and having 2 pitbulls in the same place proves her incompetant to this job.
    Doesn't it seems weird that her emergency phone call goes :

    "Help, Help, there are 2 pitbulls", instead of "Help, Help, my dogs attacked a kid"

    It feels she distances (from the very first second) herself from her dogs, and was already blaming it on their breed.
    She is clearly responsable for what happened"
    The surgeon disgust me even more using the public safety argument.
    If so, why not just forbid ALL DOGS (his included)?
    As far as I know, ANY dog being an animal could have done this !

  33. I raised pookie since he was a week old……….. i don't know why he ate my face off when i was sleeping.
    Ban these monsters!

  34. The dogs wud have been wary of the smell of the baby. It wasn't a human they were used to. Plus she was holding him in her arms.. Cud have been jealousy?? Poor baby. Poor dogs. I think they were confused..???? They wud not have planned it. It was a reaction to something unfamiliar. They cud have been trying to protect? I am no expert, but this is random attack. God bless them all. What a shame.

  35. The dogs do not call the object a child. They were not familiar with the object in her arms. Was he crying? There was a reason. But the dogs didn't see a child. They saw a threat for some reason. Poor dogs dead now. Poor child dead now. Have mercy.. There is definite confusion to blame. It is not right but I don't think they understood wot they were doing..
    There was a trigger that no one is aware of.. Forgive them..

  36. She could have muzzled them around the new human/object.. She didn't bcoz she saw no reason to.. But the child was unfamiliar to them. There was a risk..

  37. A small baby's body movements and sounds are erratic.. The dogs do not understand.. They see different and unfamiliar behaviour.. A lot of angry or abusive behaviour stems from fear…

  38. Instead of killing an animal that didn't understand.. Their teeth shud be filed down.. Or as standard .. Before the damage is done..!!! They cud still eat with smaller blunter teeth.

  39. No owners of the pet bulls should no longer own pit bulls. I do agree once a dog attacks for no reason should be put down kill the dog.

  40. Their should be a law if you a person what's to adopt a pit bull owner must go there training how train your pit bull. DYNASTY PIT BULL assume utube channel

  41. Why is that woman not shedding any tears?? She's faking it so hard. Two trained dogs. A weird baby sitter. Where were her wounds from them ripping the kids away from her? She said they attacked her too right? I'm sorry but my gut tells me there's something sinister that happened. That baby sitter had that little boy attacked by her dogs!! Prove to me otherwise and Ill have no problem telling you I'm wrong.

  42. Not 1 dog in this video is a true APBT those are cross bred dogs especially the gray/blue 1s…She said a mix between staff terrior and a pitbull 2 totally different dogs…Stop calling these muts pitbulls

  43. Notice he's saying pitbull (type) dogs meaning muts not APBT…I have been breeding and raising APBT all of my life and I don't see a dog on this video that looks close to my dogs…

  44. I had to put my neighbors pit down. freaking thing came after me constantly . after it was done the cops told me there had been multiple complaints on the dog from other families.

  45. That babysitter dont look like a nice white lady at all. She looks more like a mean angry white trash witch… no tears or nothing. #1 Mean heartless owners creates mean heartless dogs. #2 selective breeding to keep them super aggressive towards humans n or animals.

  46. Maybe they should be owned by people with a special license, not for everybody. Sure, all dogs can be unstable, but bully breeds have the physical potential to seriously injure or kill. The pitbull owners are usually the worst too. I have a bichon and he has gotten shockingly aggressive with me before as he gets older, almost like he is out of his mind or something. Something i had never seen before all his back teeth showing. Then, he just snapped out of it and was back to his sweet self. If he ended up attacking me, (which he didnt) there is no way he could kill me or seriously injure me. Thats the difference. For some reason, bully breed owners will never admit that part so they treat their dogs like the rest of the dogs snd they are not the same.

  47. The story of the child that was killed is tragic, but the woman's story doesnt ring true.
    1) She says that her dogs were socialised, but none of the pictures show her dogs with other dogs. I have had dogs all my life and i have thousands of pics and videos of my dog playing with her friends. She has none, so I dont believe her.
    2) I believe that she is an irresponsible, inexperienced dog owner. She was holding the baby in a bundle, the dogs jumped up to investigate (as most dogs would), she panicked, then the dogs turned to protect her. I know with my dog that if you pick up another dog, a stick, a ball, a blade of grass – literally anything – she will jump up to see what you have in your arms, assuming its a toy. If I tell her "DOWN" she will leave me alone, but if I was to shout and wave my arms the dog swill be even more intent on seeing what it is that is making you so excited.

    Given her lack of experience and intelligence (look at the woman, she's a dimwit with an IQ of 3), my guess is that she panicked, started screaming (listen to her 911 call – her total lack of calm, inability to articulate, repetitiveness, screaming) and this made the dogs think that SHE was in danger and they retaliated to defend HER against the thing that they thought was causing her harm: the BABY that she was waving around.

    Why would anyone leave their child with an over-emotional idiot and two pitbulls? I firmly believe that this woman's behaviour caused the death of the baby.

  48. 2018 a woman was killed by her pit /mix in Langdon' Alberta. Her grandchild was attacked by the dog and she died protecting the
    3 year old..RIP Lisa Lloyd

  49. Not every dog is going to be a great loving dog or good with children but I don't think a whole breed should get a bad rap because of a few. Not every human is loving or good with children but we don't think all people are bad just because of a few.

  50. Americans have lost their minds. They're obsessed with dogs and make nothing but excuses when pitbulls kill more than any other breed.
    Contrary to claims there are plenty of pitbulls raised from puppies, treated well, even fixed but they still end up mauling and killing people and other animals. It's in their nature, like a scorpion or a crocodile.
    It's insane to allow these dogs as pets for the general public.


  52. My Pitts have always treated my kids all 4 from birth until now like there own they sleep with them, play, walk, and etc, we just had to pur our oldest down due to cancer he was a red nose and huge weighed 98lbs and he was all of our best friend, son, brother, and etc, my youngest still cry over his death we have his ashes along with his pic above and his favorite ball, they are the most misunderstood breed period, I'm 100% Pitt I'm sry for what happen but I still think there's more to it, its all how you raise, treat, and etc, #RipDuce

  53. I don't agree with any animal being owned, for any reason. I have the same policy for humans. 🙂 I'd like to see ownership of all animals banned. I know, I know… its weird.

  54. Here, in my town, people own Pitbulls like I've never seen elsewhere (LA an exception, of course). Most live out on the streets for the day and get back to their owners at night. Once one of these dogs had fought another dog, they change. Radically. I have a Staffie, a precursor breed of Pitbulls. She's never been into a fight, loves children (she plays with 15 of them every day) and dogs. Will she ever turn into a killing machine? Don't know, but not likely at all. When I found her, she was thrown out of a truck, tied in chains, ropes, and her muzzle with shoelaces. I ran her over with my car. She was badly injured and maybe just 4 months old. Today, she's an amazing dog at 5 years old. Lots of Pitbull dogs are raised to fight, to kill and maim. Once they've done it once, they're killing machines. Once you mistreat a Pitbull, it's a killing machine. Once a Pitbull smells blood, that dog becomes a weapon. Yes, they're great with children. Yes, they will love you unconditionally. And yes, if there's a bad history behind, they may become lethal. It's really tough to say this, but even being an owner of a Pitbull-Staffie, I'm not in favor of politics and money, I'm in favor of life., Human life. (I have five dogs, BTW). Hope you watch this, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIpUQEsTwDc

  55. Notice that almost 100% are raised by blacks/and or single mothers. This is a problem. You have to show them who the boss is. Sorry to explain the truth to you but it's the truth.

  56. Yeah pitbulls are nice until they're not. My brother got a girl pit she was a puppy super cute and friendly yet decided to bite my brother's face for no reason. It's like they have a switch and you just never know when it's gonna flip.

  57. It’s not the dog, but the owner that’s at fault. Dogs need training, discipline, and a strong bond with their owner to behave. Pit bulls are powerful dogs and should certainly be handled by owners who know how to train and raise dogs properly.

  58. Any dog can be dangerous. Depends on how they are raised/ trained. If you wanna banned one dog breed, just banned all dog breeds.

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