THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
That's what it appears to be. A few weeks ago, Colleen Lynn of www.DogsBite.ORG, presented a factual report to the Public Safety Commission in Austin that plainly showed that a 35% jump in dog bites coincided with the city's adoption of No Kill. Ryan Clinton of No Kill presented his report. At the next meeting, these reports were discussed. Seems Ryan had no confidence in his report. Where were you that day, Ryan? You didn't bother to go to the meeting to "defend" your report. Could it be that you knew you would get reamed a new one so you stayed away?Austin, TX - DogsBite.org recently reviewed 5-years of dog bite data gained from the City of Austin under the Freedom of Information Act. The data shows that dog bites have increased substantially since the city adopted a No-Kill policy in 2010. Between 2009 and 2011, dog bites increased 35%. The primary offenders of all bites were pit bulls and their mixes, responsible for 22% (1,288) followed by Labradors and their mixes, which inflicted 12% (682) during the 5-year period.
Year Dog Bites 2007 1015 2008 1065 2009 1074 2010 1222 2011 1449 Total 5825
Top Biting Breeds 2007-2011 # % Pit bull 1288 22% Labrador 682 12% Chihuahua 476 8% German Shepherd 334 6% Uknown 223 4% The City of Austin ended its Pet Licensing Program in 2008/2009.
Seems this has gotten Ryan Clinton's panties all in a wad and he fired back with his own "report" which, of course, states there is no correlation between the adoption of No Kill and the 35% rise in dog bites in Travis County.However, the Public Safety Commission begs to differ. Seems they are a little upset about the poor report Ryan turned into them. Even taking to waving it in the air as they talked about being "very very disappointed" in the report. You did yourself in, Ryan and now your credibility is questioned. About time.Commissioner (Vice Chair) Kim Rossmo speaking of Ryan's report to the Commission.I just would have to say, I wanted to warn other commissioners that this is ... a very poor report.
Again we see the use of acronyms without explanations.You'll note that this particular graph; we are not through 2012, so what may look like a drop has really no meaning. We don't know what the cut off point, what month it was.They have no idea how to do a trend line.Bottom line is the relevant issue is what has occurred since 2009. Going back to 2000 only washes out data.I just pulled some of my own figures off my iPhone, and bottom line Travis County's population went up 3.6% since 2009. The number of bites went up 35%, which is a 30% per capita rate -- which is quite significant.I don't know, it's only two years; it's hard to know if it is an ongoing thing, but I am very very disappointed in this report, which I think was designed to confuse not help us make a proper decision.My final thing is, I am not quite sure why a mandatory neutering policy is in conflict with what they are trying to do, but I did not think this was designed to help us make the right decisions [holds up the report].I would urge you all to be very careful looking at the report and feel free to examine the numbers yourself.Poor little Ryan, his house of cards is falling, just like the house of cars of his Messiah has already fallen. Ryan is a slow learner, he hasn't jumped ship yet but he will before it is over. I must say it couldn't happen to a "nicer" guy. Stay tuned, Ryan, there is more.