Pit Bull Puppies Poisoned At Pit Bull Awareness Event

Pennsylvania is not known as very animal friendly as evidenced by the legality of live pigeon shooting in the state.  Now comes an alarming story of six 8-week-old pit bull puppies who were poisoned while attending a pit bull awareness event in Hollidaysburg.  How’s that for irony?

Founders of A Darrah Bull Bully Rescue (ADBBR) brought the pups to the first annual Central Pennsylvania Pit Bull Awareness Day on Saturday, October 13.  At about 2:00 p.m. Renae Metz, one of the founders, noticed that one of the puppies, Yogi, looked like he was having trouble.  “His stomach was bloated, he had glazy eyes and couldn’t hold his head up,” said Metz.

Yogi was rushed to Ebensburg Animal Hospital where he died.  The other five pups – Niayah, Mongy, Aramis, Deacon and Takoda – were sent to the animal hospital for observation and given IV fluids.  Tragically, Takoda also died.

A necropsy confirmed poisoning.  Brittany Miller, another founder of ADBBR, spoke with me by telephone and relayed the veterinarian suspected bleach or a bleach-based product was put in the water bowls.  This caused their livers to start bleeding.  Two days before, the puppies were given a clean bill of health by the veterinarian.

ADBBR is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to a conviction of the perpetrators.  The money was generously donated by some of the adoptive parents, and others, with a $1,000 donation from a single person.  Both the Pennsylvania State Police and the State Dog Warden are actively investigating this poisoning.

All of the surviving puppies have been approved for adoptive homes.  Media coverage brought numerous applications.   Niayah, Aramis, Deacon and Mongy are all back in their foster homes awaiting final adoption.  Brittany told me the veterinarian wants to wait a little longer to spay/neuter because of the poisoning.  He wants to ensure it is totally out of their systems before surgery.

Understanding Bully Breeds

ADBBR rescues all bully breeds — from Rottweilers to bulldogs and pit bulls.  They are dedicated to educating the public about bully breeds.  Did you know in the early twentieth century pit bulls used to be called “nanny dogs” because they were so dedicated to protecting the young children of their household?

It’s important to understand that any dog has the potential to bite humans.

Without proper socialization as a puppy within a loving home, any dog can become aggressive.  If a dog – any breed – is raised to be violent you have the possibility of aggression causing harm to humans and/or other animals.

It is also imperative that people — especially children — be taught humane education and the proper way to interact with unfamiliar dogs and other animals.  According to the American Humane Association (AHA), of the 4.7 million estimated dog bites each year almost 800,000 require medical intervention.  Fifty percent of the attacks were on children under the age of 12.

Many townships have passed breed-specific legislation (BSL) but this only serves to provide a false sense of security, because any dog can become aggressive.  BSL is expensive and often poorly-enforced, therefore providing little protection to the general public from dog bite incidents.

The AHA reports 25 different breeds of dogs were involved in 238 fatal dog attacks in the U.S. and sites “responsible breeding and ownership, public education and enforcement of existing laws are the most effective ways of reducing dog bites.”

Check out events for the 6th National Pit Bull Awareness Day, being held this year on October 27.

So yes, that adage “it’s the deed, not the breed” is something we should all be aware of.

Take a look at some photos of the poisoned puppies Brittany Miller shared with me.






Deacon and Mongy


Related Reading:

Bruce the Pit Bull Tastes Freedom at Last

In Memory of Lennox, Dog Put To Death for Resembling a Pit Bull

The Answer to Preventing Animal Abuse: Humane Education?

Pit Bulls Saved By $1 Million Grant from Pet-Smart Charities


All photos used with permission of Brittany Miller, ADBBR http://adarrahbullbullyrescue.webs.com/


Valentina R.
Valentina R2 years ago

I'd love to poison those soon-to-be serial killers.

Kay Fogleman
Kay Fogleman4 years ago

The laws have got to be stricter with heavy fines and prison time.Give these cruel sadistic people some thing to think about! Also confiscate their assets and give them to no kill shelters.We have to speak up for animals ,they don't have a voice !

Hollie H.
O O4 years ago

We live in a sick, evil, and insane world and it's a monster/or monsters like those that killed these innocent babies that make the world just that. Of course they do it under wraps so as not to be held responsible because they are cowards............I just hope and pray because of what they did that they bragged or someone saw the slime ball and that person knows what is right and has the compassion and heart to tell authorities.This person or person needs help because they are sick and must be punished for their evil deed. It matters not what breed of dog it was it matters that they murdered a innocent puppy. MONSTER..............that is what you are.

Lani Mor
Yolani M5 years ago

How sad and disturbing what a motherf*er!

Lani Mor
Yolani M5 years ago

How sad and disturbing what a motherf*er!

Mark M.
Mark M5 years ago

Thanks Diane.
Of course poisoning is an act of great cruelty, even in the case of rats, let alone dogs. I doubt however, if the police would have felt motivated to spend much time on it. More's the pity.

Diane L.
Diane L5 years ago

Mark M., I agree with you completely, but I also see Wendy's points. The situation is still that somebody poisoned innocent puppies, and it matters not what their breed happened to be. If one hates a particular breed, then take apapropriate steps to remove them from your particular neighborhood or live where you have no "interaction" with dogs, period. I'm not so much for BSL, but I do think neighborhoods and communities have a right to prohibit them from being in THEIR jurisdiction. Having said that, many communities prohibit more than just Pitbulls, so one just needs to do their homework and live where they are allowed if one wants to have them. I don't happen to LIKE Chihuahua's, but that wouldn't give me the right to go poison the neighbor's litter of Chihuahua puppies, would it?

Mark M.
Mark M5 years ago

No, Wendy F. Pit bulls were bred (i.e.) genetically engineered by men for fighting. They have extra strong jaws and unusual tenacity. They are, as a breed, immensely tough. As you say, all dogs bite if wrongly treated but pit bulls have the power and determination to kill, and not just children. That is why the breed is thought dangerous enough to have been banned in the UK.

Wendy F.
Wendy F5 years ago

Breed Specific Legislation is ridiculous! It isn't the breed that's a problem, it's the human use of specific breeds. ANY animal will bite if they aren't socialized and pit bulls are usually trained to fight BY HUMANS! It's not in the breed itself! How stupid can people be?!

Sheryl G.
Sheryl A5 years ago

The so-called humans that poisoned these puppies are cruel, heartless individuals. And people around them better watch out: they will start hurting and killing people next. Jefrrey Dahmer and others like him started their killing by torturing and killing animals before they "graduated" to humans.