Vet Raises Concerns About Aggressive Dogs Up For Adoption

NEW KENSINGTON (KDKA) — A veterinarian was attacked by a pit bull at a local shelter.

A doctor and a former staff member call the facility a “ticking bomb” saying many of the dogs are capable of attacking anyone that takes them home.

Dr. Becky Morrow calls this situation dangerous, not just for shelter workers, but to the animal-loving public.

The pictures show the face of veterinarian Dr. Morrow ripped open by a pit bull.

“He attacked my face, my eye …” she said.

It happened at the Animal Protectors Shelter in New Kensington. Morrow says she was trying to give the dog a rabies shot.

“I’m looking at this dog – they’re saying it’s an adoptable dog,” she said.

The dog that attacked Dr. Morrow is Chad. The shelter website says, “Chad is a brindle bundle of joy.”

“This is Forrest,” Dr. Morrow said, referring to another dog. “Forrest has bitten two people we know of at least. One was a police officer while Forrest was walking outside on a leash.”

The shelter website says: “If Forrest could talk, he would say, ‘Play ball!’”

Forrest is “very much a puppy at heart.”

Tracker is described as a shelter favorite, but bit the foot off of another dog.

Zara, says the website, is “looking for an energetic owner/family who will understand his need for exercise.”

Dr. Morrow says Zara killed a pug about a month ago.

Dacia is so aggressive you need to feed him with a steel dish under the cage.

“They need to be marked as dangerous dogs,” Dr. Morrow said. “If that’s not enforced, then the public’s at risk.”

The problem, according to the doctor who as bit in the face and a former employee, is the website says these dogs are friendly, fun-loving, family-type dogs when in fact the doctor says they are dangerous dogs and could be a risk to anyone who comes to Animal Protectors to adopt them.

“I have a professional obligation to the public,” Dr. Morrow said. “One of the things we take an oath on is protecting public health and that’s the reason why I’m so worried a child or another dog will get killed.”

Video taken inside the shelter by animal rescue volunteers in the last week shows not a single dog marked as dangerous.

A woman who just quit her job at the shelter over safety concerns calls the situation a ticking bomb.

Marty Griffin: “But there are dogs there that I could bring home that would be nice on Saturday and bite my child on Monday?”

Woman: “Yes.”

Griffin: “Dangerous dogs?”

Woman: “Yes.”

Griffin: “Should they be labeled as such?”

Woman: “They should be labeled as such …”

She says the facility has not legally labeled the dogs dangerous because they don’t report biting incidents – a violation of state law.

“I was present for several dog attacks – dog versus dog, dog versus human.”

“None of the five to 10 dog bites that I have witnessed in the past year at the facility have been reported properly to dog law.”

KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin went to the shelter. Operators refused to comment.

In fact, they called local police and asked the police officer to arrest a KDKA-TV crew for trespassing. He confirmed a fellow police officer had been bitten by one of the shelter dogs.

Dr. Morrow says she was fired from the New Kensington shelter after the biting incident. She said she was accused of not properly muzzling the dog that bit her.

Meantime, there’s no comment from the local dog warden. He referred KDKA-TV to Harrisburg.

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One Comment

  1. Adopter says:

    So hear is my two sense, I have adopted a dog from this place, and know many that have, not all these dogs are agressvie and dangerous. My dog is one of the most friendly dogs and everyone will tell you that. This broad knows where theses innocent dogs are being pulled from and know the potential that they have and still did not mussal the dog, thats her own damn fault. Was it right for the dog to attack, no, but be smart about being around a dog that has been either abused or abandon. like most of the dogs in that shelter. they pull the dogs right out of the yards of the trash that cant take care of them or the trash that gets pit bulls for the wrong reason. This is a wonderful shelter, have done so much to help the animals there. they do not deserve this story, now it is giong to turn all the possible adopters away from that sheter and the animals there are just going to sit there. I have met many dogs there and not one has showed me any aggression, so clearly the people they “attacked” were doing something to scare them. THis story is nonsense. It is a volenteer shelter that runs off of donations. They are wonderful, i just want everyone to know that.

    1. Adopter says:

      HAHAHAHA!!!!! What does my spelling and grammer have to do with the story idiot, i typed fast because it is frustrating and i did not realize this was high school who cares about the spelling and grammer. I know that the vet was wrong in this situation and i also know that the dog was too. You clearly know nothing about the breed or the shelter.

    2. Bob Smith says:

      Sounds to me like you’re one of the idiots that work at that shelter.

      1. Adopter says:

        Sound to me like your one of the idiots that know nothing about animals. What makes the volunteers idiots???

    3. let's be real says:

      all this doctor is saying is that these dogs shouldn’t be labled as friendly or adoptable. when a dog in a shelter is aggressive and has an above average tendancy to bite then it’s the shelters responsibility to let the public and potential adopters know the REAL temperment of the dog. it’s understandable why some of the dogs act that way (being pulled from abusive owners, etc..) but those are the dogs that should be worked with more by the professionals at the shelter and not label the aggressive dog as “friendly” to potentially let the wrong person adopt that particular dog. it’s called being responsible. should the vet know better to muzzle the aggressive dog or potentially any dog that’s about to get a shot? sure….but regardless the shelter should be working harder to label the dogs accordingly, if the dogs is one of the more aggressive dogs then they should ONLY be let to be adopted by somone with a lot of experience with dogs that can and is able to take the time to work with them properly to rehab the dog.

    4. Steve says:

      There is no doubt that there are many well intentioned people with big hearts working at AP. But the improper procedures being performed with aggressive dogs are a danger to the public. That is what this story is about ma’am.

    5. Katie says:

      Would you like somebody to adopt a dog that was described to them as friendly and have it go home with them only to severely injure or kill their child? Is that what it would take to convince you that SOME of these dogs should be labeled as aggressive and be rehabilitated, if possible, before being put up for adoption. This dog bit an adult. What if it had gotten a hold on a smaller child? Would you be singing their praises then?

    6. unbelievable says:

      you can’t even figure out the point of the story. it is not a vet complaining that she got bit. it is a vet complaining that these dangerous dogs are not fit to be adopted out. She is trying to avert disaster. This is incredibly irresponsible.

      Also, hilarious that the police that were called to remove the reporters were able to confirm to the reporters that one of the shelter dogs bit a police officer.

      This is a lawsuit waiting to happen. The shelter is acting wantonly.
      Those dogs need to be put down. There is no reason for dangerous biters to take up space that could save a friendly dog.

    7. Turkey says:

      I’m sure there are many great dogs there. And they too are in danger of the aggressive ones. The article said a dog had its foot bitten off. I’m sorry, but aggressive dogs do not have more rights than people and non-aggressive animals.

  2. trainer says:

    Any dog that attacks a person or animal should be put down period. If the dog is defending itself in an attack, then that dog should be marked that it did so. That way it is recorded as a defensive measure but it should be evaluated.

    1. Adopter says:

      I agree with you 100%, but for the news story to completely deface the breed of a pit bull, which is what this entire story was based upon, is a crock. Any dog can attack. not every dog in that shelter is that way. imagine being that dog, how many times that dog was abused. that is the story of many of those dogs in that shelter. the dogs are pulled right out of yards in the community, most of the dogs have had a rough life and i agree that it needs to be recorded. every volunteer in that shelter, every vet, and every guest in that shelter knows the potential that the dog can have and knows that 99.9% of the time that dog came from a bad situation, they should know to take extra procaution when dealing with the dogs in any shetler. I adopted one of my two pits from that shelter, we were informed of the dogs background, and with the training that we provided my dog is wonderful. That shelter is amazing and i hope that the community realizes that.

      1. Realist says:

        seems you are the type of person that would defend the pit bull breed even if one was attached to your buttocks. Take your blinders off if you really want to help these dogs.

        Any dog, whatever breed, should not be advertised a family friendly if they are not. Human or dog aggressive dogs should be advertised as such and only allowed to be adopted by people with a experience with the breed.

      2. Turkey says:

        Another pit bull apologist. Face it – the breed has issues, doesn’t mean they are all bad, but let’s be realistic.

      3. Steve Carol says:

        I read Adopter’s first comment (and it was as coherent as a poop fight at a primate exhibit). No way I’m reading this. Fool me once….

  3. WUT says:

    It’s obvious that this woman is just playing CYA. Either she’s lying, in which case she’s a piece of garbage, or she’s telling the truth, in which case she is doing so only for her own benefit of trying to invalidate the fact that she was fired with cause (which is only briefly mentioned at the end of the article). If she is in fact telling the truth, she should have reported the above incidents as soon as they happened or as soon as she became aware of them, not after she got fired. If incidents did occur that are reportable by law, then she is just as responsible as the rest of the shelter for not reporting them (she even claims that she was present for some of them, and yet she did not report them). Would she have gone public with these accusations if she did not get fired? I highly doubt it. Clearly she either has poor intentions or she is being dishonest (or both). She only reported these incidents to the media (not the state) after getting fired, probably out of spite and to make it look like the people that fired her were in the wrong (not because of her “professional obligation to the public,” what a joke).

    Furthermore, I have no idea how a vet could put herself in the position to get bitten IN THE FACE by a dog while giving it a shot. Plenty of dogs act aggressively when pain is inflicted upon them, and I think that a vet that puts herself in the position to get bitten in the face in this situation has clearly made a mistake.

    1. Adopter says:

      HUGE HIGH FIVE TO WUT!!!!!!! You hit the nail right on the head.

    2. kristy says:

      couldn’t have put it better myself. a simple case of sour grapes and vindictiveness.

      1. Black Cat says:

        Oh yes, Dear Becky Morrow does have a history of vindictiveness.

    3. Steve says:

      A big raspberry to WUT!

    4. Donnie says:

      CYA? Really? Why did she need to CYA? I think AP needs more to CYA, don’t you?

    5. WhatALoad says:

      Very well stated, WUT. Proper procedure is not laying your head on a dogs head (in addition to full body weight) in an attempt to immobilize said dog to administer a shot. Just sayin’. The real story here is this “vet” (and I use that term loosely) and her motives for running to the media. I would also hope that AP is taking measures to verify who is filming on the property and handing it over to KDKA.

    6. Steve Carol says:

      WUT you do not consider this very real possibility: the vet is expressing sour grapes AND is also telling the truth about the shelter’s practice of incorrectly labeling dogs. This can all be consider outside her own bite incident.

      You are not a wise sage as others here think, WUT. Not everyone who tattles for hurt feelings is lying. In fact, it is more effective when you are telling the truth.

  4. Mary says:

    Maybe YOUR dog was fine, and your friend’s dog is fine. Never once did she say each and every dog that comes out of that shelter is dangerous. What she IS saying is that those that ARE dangerous are not being properly dealt with. They’re not following the law as far as dangerous dogs. They’re not reporting when humans are bitten by the dogs as they should. Think about it. If you’re hurt at work, you’re required to inform a manager, even if it’s a minor injury. These are unreported dog bites. Maybe things were fine until she tried to report the bite as per the law, none of us know what actually happened as we’re getting the story second hand.

  5. Bob Smith says:

    I know a lot about animals and have a few myself. I am not saying that the volunteers at the shelter are idiots. At Animal Protectors, there are volunteers and there are Board Members. The Board Members run the shelter and are paid employees. The Board Members are the ones that are the idiots. I have dealt with the shelter before and I will tell you that there is a lot of shady things going on down there. Kudos to KDKA for bringing this out in the open. Hopefully there will be a full investigation into this shelter. The Board Members could care less about the animals.

    1. kristy says:

      bob smith – speak only of what you know. the board members are NOT paid employees – they are unpaid volunteers, doing the best that they can. where do you get your information?

      1. Steve says:

        I noticed that you didn’t say anything else he said was wrong.

    2. dogmom says:

      some dogs need specific behavior training by persons qualified to work with reactive dogs. NEED TO STRESS, it is NOT the dog OR the specific breed of dog that is the problem in these cases. It is the people who were, at some point, in the dogs life. The shelter needs to show compassion for these animals and get them properly socialized to the extent that is possible which each animal. Potential adopters will need to be screened and educated about their role in the dogs future.

  6. kristy says:

    i find it amusing that the former vet and shelter employee only made this a news story AFTER they left the shelter’s employ. if they were so concerned about the public’s welfare, why wasn’t it reported while they were STILL working there WHEN it was happening? it sounds like sour grapes to me, pure and simple. one wonders if one or both of them would’ve said or done anything at all if they were still working there.

  7. kristy says:

    question: has this vet ever heard of something called a “MUZZLE?” wow.

    1. Black Cat says:

      No—she is a moron! Lindsay is a bigger moron!

      1. Joanne Martin says:


      2. Joe says:

        Aren’t you one of the idiot supporters of Tiger Ranch. You can’t stay away from the forums can you? Well at least the more you are on the forums, the less you are harming animals. Tell me, disgusting person that you are, how many cats did you help kill with your stupidity by helping a hoarder? You make me sick!!! You always are on the wrong side of right.

  8. Sky says:

    Good ! the idiot should have been fired for not muzzling the dog to treat it or to give it a shot . The dog is in an unknown place , other animals around barking and meowing , unknown people and smells which all are causing great stress,and some idiot pricks it , I’d bite her too . No compassion or understanding was shown on her part , And if a police was bitten , he must have understood why because he din’t shoot the dog . Also : If the shelter or anyone thought the animals were dangerouse , they would kill the animal s,not adopt them out to families . I think this ex vet ( Thank goodness ) finally got figured out that she doen’t belong in this field and got booted for incompetency . If you can’t do your job right , you need to be fired . Follow the program ,and the program calls for muzzling the dog . Safety comes first , for you and the animal , it sounds like she was bored, in a hurry and just wanted to get this dog out of her hair ,so he got in her face .

    1. Maggie's colony says:

      Joe, get real–a stalker and a hoarder helper? And, what do you do in
      your spare time? Dress in drag? Peek in windows? You are spooky.

    2. WhatALoad says:

      Yep & once again, horrible reporting. The kitten wasn’t even in AP’s shelter! It was @ the new Tiger Ranch that Morrow runs, where her “tech” now lives. Why didn’t media verify this? This is nothing more than a smear campaign by this so-called doctor and I urge KDKA to investigate HER and HER MOTIVES and get to the REAL truth!

  9. APwarehousesdogs says:

    If Animal Protectors has nothing to hide and evaluates and handles dogs at the shelter appropriately, why wouldn’t media be invited in for staff to demonstrate so?

    All dogs up for adoption should be able to be given a hug by a potential adopter. Animal Protectors does not even possess appropriate muzzles and is merely “equipped” with mesh muzzles that will not effectively protect any of their staff from potential bite incidents.

    These few dogs with shaky histories are not the root of the problem. The root of the problem is the group of apathetic board members who choose to ignore the needs of the dogs coming into the shelter. Yes many dogs arriving have been abused, but who is genuinely qualified to evaluate these dogs’ needs and attempt to rehabilitate them so they are safe for adoption and not left to linger in a noisy cement kennel for YEARS of their lives?

    Wake up, Animal Protectors. Stop sitting on a ton of money and failing to build a new shelter while turning a blind eye to the needs of the dogs you’re warehousing at the shelter until someone feels sorry enough for an animal you have neglected and failed to even attempt to rehabilitate into a huggable, safe, and adoptable canine citizen. Clinging to fanatical emotions of animal rescue and housing a dangerous dog for three years prior to their ultimate euthanasia and rewarding a dog’s food aggression with enabling feeding methods is unacceptable.

    It’s time to get the help that is needed, choose who will provide sound evaluations and rehabilitation, and actually take the advice that is given for a change.

    1. Steve says:

      B I N G O ! ! ! ! !

  10. Heather S. says:

    If you look at other animal shelters in the Pittsburgh area, you will see that Pitt Bulls and other aggressive breeds go through loving character training when they come in. You can’t expect a dog that has been abused and neglected, to just conform to the way we think they should behave. You have to put the time and effort in to retrain them. I have a Pitt Bull who went through one of these intake programs and he’s amazing. I wouldn’t take adopting him back if someone paid me to. If the dogs are neglected even as they come into the shelter there is bound to be issues. The Humane Society and Animal Friends both have programs to retrain the aggressive breeds to help them change their behavior, and it works….maybe they should think before putting dogs up for adoption that they themselves haven’t put any time into. Letting a volunteer walk them for 15 mins a day isn’t going to help them be adoptable.

  11. One who cares about truth says:

    This so called “vet” insisted on giving the dog a rabies shot that was not due till the next month. After being told by the workers not to manhandle the dog, she wrestled him to the ground and had him in a head lock with her face next to him when he bit in panic. He was forced to bit.

    For that matter what “vet” does not test dogs for illness but feels she is so smart she smells dogs to “test” for mange? She has “diagnosed” dogs for cancer and told owners to put the dogs down without blood tests, xrays, etc….She feels she is THAT smart and will not accept a second opinion.

    Have you noticed she is frequently on TV, various channels? Wants attention for the book she is writing. Using the media for her publicity.

    1. Living on Mars must suck says:

      And here it is. The lies about the vet being started by the mud slinging idiots. “One who cares about the lies” is obviously trying to cover her own butt by placing blame on the victim. A common ploy by the offender.

      How is the vet supposed to know to muzzle the dog when it is acting friendly and there is no warning that this dog has been aggressive before?

      Do any of you even care that the dog almost took this woman’s eye out?

      You sure sound like a complete a$$hole to me.

      Oh, and your trying to say that one month would have made a difference? Yes, it would probably have killed her after of month of no proper training.

      As for your “story” about her wrestling the dog to the ground. A pathetic ploy to CYA. I know how much people will lie when they think that they are in trouble. And, I think that you are in trouble, here. You better watch what all you say on forums!

      As for the other lies, what planet are you from? Mars!?

      Did you notice that the story mentions that the police officer confirmed that another officer had been bitten by a dog at the shelter?

      Did AP ever report this to the proper authorities?

      They are required, by law, to do so!!!!

    2. Witness says:

      As for caring about the truth, I was witness to the dog attack that day and the accounts of what really happened couldn’t be further from the truth. Chad arrived to the scene friendly, but snarled at a kennelworker, seemingly inexperienced at muzzling, as the kennelworker held the dog’s head to her stomach with fingers all around the dog’s mouth. Several employees and volunteers including myself lingered on the scene without actively helping. Dr. Morrow and the workers helping her verbally disciplined the dog and proceeded to ignore the animal and give him rest while discussing whether or not to proceed with the shot. Chad began happily wagging his tail and seemed very apologetic for the snarling, approaching the veterinarian and staff licking their hands and being generally friendly and over his little outburst. Chad was rewarded for his good behavior with praise and Dr. Morrow crouched down to restrain the dog who was in a seated position. The vet used a simple “hugging” technique I have seen the wonderful staff at my veterinarian’s practice use on my 8 year old chow mix Daisy to do everything from trimming nails to drawing blood, and I would *never* allow my dog to be manhandled! She can be squirrely but does good when shes restrained that way because it seems to be just the right amount of force without making her uncomfortable.
      Chad had not even been poked by a needle by another kennelworker before the veterinarian’s firm grip seemed to loosen under the dog’s might, the dog never growled but then attacked and jumped into the face of the vet twice and again into her arm before the other kennelworker pulled back on the leash and the veterinarian was able to stand up. At no point did I see the vet pinning the dog or placing any body weight beyond the hugging restraint from the side.

      I’m so glad this poor woman’s vision was not permanently damaged but I wish I could have done more to help the situation but the shelter staff watching this happen didn’t seem to need anything and weren’t visibly upset by anything that was going on before and after the bite.
      I won’t be back to volunteer at Animal Protectors. I don’t know in what world it would be okay to just fire a shelter vet because they were attacked whether it was their own fault or not shouldn’t matter. Maybe there is more going on then I’m aware behind the scenes but I feel like I was behind the scenes that day given the incorrect accounts of what actually happened and I just wanted to shed some light. I never walked Chad myself but I said hi to all the dogs at their kennels at orientation and before I walked and he just always seemed sad to me.

      1. sarver,pa says:

        thank you doctor for your diagnosis of doggie depression!!! AP doesn’t want you anyway

  12. Black Cat says:

    Gee—my comments have been removed. Why do you have a forum if you remove comments? KDKA—-what a joke!

  13. Jen says:

    Why then has Dr. Morrow given thousands of rabies shots without getting bitten? I know this because I have been to many of her clinics over the years.

    Maybe it is because the dog’s owners warn her ahead of time.

    Isn’t it the kennel manager’s responsibility to report dog bites and aggressive behavior and mark the cage clearly. Did they know about previous aggressive behavior and not mention it?

    I doubt that she was even giving it the shot yet. She was just being friendly with the dog and it bit her without warning. After all, it said what a wonderful, loving dog this was on their website.

    1. WhatALoad says:

      It’s a shame that only one side of the story is being put out there. If readers/viewers had the facts, they would see “Dr.” Morrow in a completely different light. This is horrible reporting. I, too, would have called the cops on reporters ambushing my place of business and antagonizing the animals – this is harassment by “Dr.” Morrow, aided by KDKA. Shameful.

  14. A Sad Story says:

    This story is about public safety. Veterinarians have a responsibility to the public to report aggressive dogs.

    Warehousing dogs creates dominant aggressive behavior. This creates a danger to the public. Dogs may be aggressive toward other animals or humans. They cannot be adopted. Is living the rest of its life in jail fair to the animal? No. Could a volunteer be attacked and severely injured or killed? Yes.

  15. DogWalker says:

    This news really irritated me when I read it. Bottom line: The dogs at Animal Protectors are NOT vicious and/or dangerous! This incident was very unfortunate and I am glad that the Dr. is OK.

    I have walked most of the dogs at AP and look forward to these walks and seeing them every week. Yes, there are some very strong dogs and some of them have anxious-type behaviors. These same dogs will pull the leash right out of your hand if you’re not paying attention. It takes a person with a strong presense to walk some of the bigger, stronger dogs. I wouldn’t call them dangerous though. The dogs at AP are so happy to have someone paying attention to them or taking them for a walk, many of them will lick your face, curl up on your leg (if you’re sitting with them) or show their gratitude in their own unique way.

    Big and strong pit bull-type dogs are not the only dogs at Animal Protectors either. They get a multitude of personalities: lazy, frisky, joker, scared, juvenile, submissive… (etc.). I have personally witnessed people bringing in dogs to give up (or threaten to leave them loose outside). Many people have tied up dogs and left them on the property.

    What it comes down to is using common sense-type precautions when walking/feeding/treating (ect.) the dogs.

    1. Bob Smith says:

      That may be true, but quit trying to cover up the fact that there have been people who have been bitten by dogs down there, there was a dog from your shelter that killed a Pug, a policeman was bitten. etc. These dogs are being mislabeled, not being handled correctly and the incidents are not properly being reported by law. No one is saying all the dogs are bad down there either, but by saying that they are all loveable is fiction and poses a dangerous situation to the public. The Dog Warden needs to step in and do a full investigation.

      1. DogWalker says:

        I am not covering up anything. I volunteer to walk dogs… that is all. My post was mainly a reflection of my own personal experiences. I am not involved with the behind-the-scenes work either.

        However, I do not think it is fair to throw labels around. In my experiences, two of the dogs mentioned in the article have been very loving; very strong and alpha too, but that did not affect my interactions with the dog.

        I have had a lot of experience with dogs and implementing the proper proceedures/behavior (s) in training them. I have had zero problems with any of the dogs that I have taken out. Could something happen in the future? Of course it could, as with handling any animal, there is always an element of uncertainty. But sound training behavior and a little common sense go a long way.

        And as far as mislabeling: the descriptions of the dogs are accurate. Yes, there are obviously other behaviors/sides to these same dogs (anxiousness/dog-aggressiveness) and these are explained to people when they ask to see the animal. But the fun/playful sides are also a part of their personalities and are seen in varying degrees, dependent upon who is handling the dog.

  16. kristy says:

    why did the former vet and former employee wait until AFTER they were fired to report this? something doesn’t seem right here. if they knew what was happening all along, shouldn”t they – especially the vet – have been legally required to report these events as they were, indeed, going on? it seems like they’re bitter and angry that they were let go and want to get back at the shellter. my vet, when she’s unsure of a dog, always muzzles them, and these are owned animals! why would this vet, given the stressful shelter environment and a dog with an unknown history, try to vaccinate him without using the proper precautions? true, it’s a shame that she was bitten, but it could’ve been prevented by using a little common sense. i’m not a vet, and even i know that.

  17. Sarver,pa says:

    Everyone knows Marty Griffin is a subpar reporter. I donate to AP several times a year and will increase the frequency and amount of my gifts. Why was Ms. Morrow’s face so close to the dogs? She was fired for being incompetent and now she wants revenge, simple. We shouldn’t talk of putting these dogs down. These dogs become aggressive from their upbringing. Marty boy should have been arrested for trespassing. I’ll make damn sure morrow doesn’t touch my pet at Saxony.

  18. Fellow Rescuer says:

    Didn’t Marty Griffin target pit bulls on his radio talk show a while back? AP isn’t just about pit bulls, but here is this “investigative reporter” that has an obvious bias about dogs that he finds scary putting out more slanted reporting.
    Shame shame Marty!!
    I’m rather shocked he didn’t ‘break into the shelter’ during his investigation since he’s gotten away with similar criminal behavior in the past while hiding behind the constitution. sigh
    As for this particular story – the truth SHOULD come out. Pittsburgh has enough pit bull type dogs that are in need of homes, and for every single story that comes out painting the dogs in this light hundreds of dogs lose the chance for a responsible, caring and WELL-SCREENED home. If doing rescue, you HAVE to be just as responsible as the home you’re looking to place a dog into. If you can’t properly evaluate, acknowledge identified behavior issues, and provide whatever corrective measure necessary then don’t do rescue. It’s not rocket science, they cannot all be saved and a human aggressive dog is not adoptable – period. Dogs that ‘bite the foot off’ of another dog are not adoptable – period. Dogs that bite out of fear(aggression) are unbalanced and [typically] unhappy and unstable and are not adoptable – period. As DogWalker described, Chad appeared ‘sad’ when she saw him in his kennel — what kind of life is that for any animal?
    Sometimes the HUMANE thing to do is put an animal out of its misery, and certainly protect the public…and for that matter protect the pit bulls that are well-behaved, loving, balanced dogs that do deserve good homes.
    If AP wants to serve as a sanctuary environment and keep all of the unadoptable pets to live out their lives, then remove them from the adoption area. Place them in an environment that is less stressful on them and those that are adoptable (I can’t imagine an animal that is adoptable being in a shelter where it is attacked and loses a foot – a shelter is suppose to be a safe-haven).
    It’s very disappointing that this shelter didn’t react appropriately, to both the needs of the animals and their reaction to allegations that could cause further harm to those that are in their care and awaiting adoption, by simply making a statement for this ‘reporter’ so that the public could weigh the other-side-of-the-story.
    It’s just as alarming that an animal professional failed to report findings as they were made available instead of waiting until she herself became a victim. Were the others that were harmed not as important as herself? If she has no regard for others well-being I’d have to wonder if her concern for a pet would be any more realistic. Investigative reporting would have looked into those concerns for public safety a little further IMO.
    Pittsburgh needs to get a grip!

    1. kristy says:

      my sentiments exactly. this vet and employee should’ve been reporting all along what was going on. ONLY after they were fired did they come forth with this. hell hath no fury . . .

      1. Fellow Rescuer says:

        If all of this is true…the SHELTER should have been reporting it! Then there would be no story! IMO the shelter has failed the dogs, both adoptable and non-adoptable.
        The vet is just self-absorbed and obviously takes her oath seriously only when it’s a convenience, the volunteer I’ll give the benefit of the doubt. He/She was not in any position of authority, may not have known the law compared to what she was told by AP staff, etc. It sounds as though s/he left AP out of fear and concern for his or herself…although by remaining anonymous I question if s/he isn’t concerned with being libel….?
        The victims have been those that were injured, and NOW, could very well be those that are perfectly fit for adoption not finding the homes they so deserve!!
        And all because the shelter didn’t do the right thing in the first place!
        My personal dislike of Marty Griffin really has nothing to do with this story, I just like sharing that opinion publicly as often as chance allows! ha

  19. Ruth says:

    These dogs should be put down. Grow up. The humanization of pets is getting worse. Do they wait until some is killed?

  20. Mandy says:

    This is not a public smear campaign. If that was so, how come a vet, volunteer, and police officer that all witnessed dog bites were so easy to find? It is about being responsible and informing the public about what type of dog they are going to adopt. Not to mention reporting bites as legally mandated. As a RESPONSIBLE owner you should always notify your vet of any temperament issues or need for a muzzle before they start the appointment. They don’t muzzle every single dog that they treat. AP would have known about his behaviors, they should have warned her. Period.

    As for the smear campaign against pittbulls, the fact of the matter is they are already much maligned in the media. Its not that the breed makes them more aggressive, but when they are aggressive the damage is often significant. I own a wonderful, loving, and affectionate pitt and to this day I am cautious about who/what situations I bring him around just based on the fact that if something happened my dog probably would be the one considered at fault. Because I respect that my dog has never been put in a situation where he could be incited to accidentally hurt another person or animal. I also was thoroughly screened and counseled before I adopted my dog, which is how it always should be with a shelter animal that could have a history of abuse or maltreatment. The shelter owes it to the public to be honest about what type of animal they are adopting out. If they are aggressive they should be off the adoption floor until they undergo training or should only be adopted out to someone in the event of full disclosure with experience working with an aggressive animal.

    As for Dr. Morrow, I applaud her for coming forward. I was lucky enough to have her as professor years ago at Duquesne and I both liked and respected her. As for you all describing her as hateful, maybe she never had a reason to come forward before an animal NEARLY TOOK HER FACE OFF. Shame on you for blaming her.

    1. Maggie's colony says:

      You apparently haven’t followed Dr. Morrow’s career since having her as a professor “years ago.” Anyone who’s career is so surrounded by controversy
      should make all of us wonder if there is any truth in her.

  21. Steve Carol says:

    I mention this because on any animal related story, especially related to animals behaving destructively, everyone knows that the comments from the animal nuts come off as ridiculous. Of those who devote their lives to a charitable calling, everyone knows that on average the animal rescuers are very eccentric and often do not view the human to non-human animal relationship with anything resembling adequate perspective. The animals lovers should not be in charge of saving animals. They are not able to make logical decisions in this area because of their emotional entanglements and inability to differentiate what is real from what they would like to be reality.

    1. Maggie's colony says:

      Are you for real? OMG.

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