Just recently there was an attack in Indy from a pit bull adopted by the Humane Society of Indianapolis that attacked a boy and this pit had a complaint within four days of the adoption to a Sheriff's deputy. Now there has been an attack by a pit at a shelter of a 6 year old boy. Seems this boy walked into an area at the Hamilton County Humane Society with an injured pit. The pit attacked him. This is an invitation sent BEFORE the attack by the President of the Humane Society that owns the shelter and received by several people on March 11, 2010 including Michael Speedy, the campaigner for the safety of people through MSL/BSL. Speedy's response is after this, so keep reading.
I serve as the President of the Board of Directors at the Humane Society for Hamilton County and I would like to extend an invitation for you to attend an upcoming event at our facility. Each year, our organization recognizes March as “Pit Bull Education Month” and this year is no exception. On Saturday, March 20th, we will be hosting various programs in support of this initiative. I have attached a flyer summarizing the programs included in the event for your review.
Given the recent news regarding a few incidents in our community, I thought you may benefit from becoming a bit more educated about the facts related to the breed. Opinions, both for and against, the breed are certainly very strong by many in the community and I feel this event would serve as a great way for you to get a better understanding of some of the issues related to this issue. Please note that RSVP’s are required as seating is limited and I encourage you to invite others you feel may benefit by attending the event. I hope you will be able to attend and I look forward to seeing you there. Should you not be able to attend, we would certainly welcome the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you have about this topic at a time that is more convenient for you. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Hi Mr. Ridenour,
By now I’m sure your have seen more “recent news”:
It would be good to educate us on how pit bulls, because of their physical capabilities, need greater care in confining, even when or especially when they are injured. Remember, they are bred to keep fighting even when injured. It is not the dog’s fault to have this key trait of a fighting breed.
Also, it would be good to educate us on how an agency who wants to maximize adoptions, which more often than not come from families and kids, could not have foreseen a six year old getting away from his parent. It would seem unreasonable to expect a six-year-old to understand and appreciate a “No Access” sign.
It seems unfair to me that the price of all this is “dozens of stitches” in a six-year-old, when a better understanding of a pit bull would have been all that is necessary to avoid.
Thanks for the invite, but I’m out of town that day.
Councillor, District 24
City County Council
City of Indianapolis, Marion County
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Indianapolis, IN 46237
Chairman, Public Works, Member, Parks & Recreation,and Metropolitan Development
I got a nice laugh on this one. Way to go, Mike Speedy!!!