Pit Sisters: Interview with Jennifer Deane, Founder and Owner

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Everyone that knows me knows that the only thing that I love as a close second to my daughter is animals.  But what I also have to add on that short list are selfless, passionate individuals who also love animals as much as I do (I like to think of as Angels on Earth). 

It gives me “goosies” when I meet someone that shares my love and commitment to saving animals.  And I find it an honor to share their story with you so that we all can strengthen this Team we all join to help give a happier and healthier life to the beautiful animal souls that come into our lives.

As it is National Pit Bull Awareness Month and on 10/27/18 it is National Pit Bull Awareness Day, it only makes perfect sense that I had this interview.  It warms my heart to introduce you to the Owner and creator of Pit Sisters, located in Jacksonville, FL.  What is Pit Sisters you ask?  It’s not a rescue but instead it is a charity that recues Pit Bulls, rehabilitates them with obedience and behavior modification.  Pit Sisters also provides private pet rehabilitation training as an effort to reduce the number of Pit Bull surrenders.  They work with you and your dog in teaching basic behavior skills of listening to each other.

Now there is an interesting program that is making an impact in the community.  This program is set up and run through 6 prisons located in south GA and north FL.  Their program is known as Teaching Animals & Inmates Life Skills (TAILS).  At the end of a Prisoner’s sentence who has participated in this program, they have the option to adopt one of these dogs.  But mostly, these newly trained dogs are adopted out to different families or given a job.

But what I really want to share with you is how Pit Sisters has been in the news  for the past couple years in a highly publicized international story that had them in the middle of saving the lives of over 2 dozen rescued fighting dogs from Ontario Canada, known world-wide as #Savethe21 or #Ontario21.

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As the story was told to me, Jim Crosby, one of Pit Sister’s Board Members, was contacted by the Ontario SPCA about a dog fighting ring that was raided by the organization.  The facts of the raid, as laid out by Ontario City Records are, “During that raid, officials came across a grim scene in a building at the back of the property, behind a sign reading “Dirty White Boy Kennels,” as described by an OSPCA affidavit filed with the court.  They seized 31 pit bulls in total (20 adults of which 1 was pregnant and gave birth to 11 puppies), dogfighting paraphernalia that included rape stands used in breeding,  fighting records, 15 guns, four knives, ammunition and about a kilogram of marijuana, according to court documents.  

Inspectors seized more than 200 items that day, documents said, including medical kits with injectable solutions and vitamin supplements, suture and skin staple kits, syringes and surgical tools, lists of names of dogs, training and weight schedules, a training kit with weights, muzzles and sticks, and harnesses “used for weight training.”

All of the dogs were found attached to chains that were tied to metal stakes in the ground. Inspectors also found anabolic steroids on site, according to court documents, and dogfighting contracts.

An inspector noted “that the majority of the adult dogs had severe scarring consistent with dog fighting. These scars were primarily located on the head, neck and forelimbs of the dogs.”

Three dogs were euthanized for medical reasons, while the other dogs underwent behavioral assessments.

The case came to prominence after the OSPCA applied for the court’s approval to destroy 21 dogs for behavioral reasons, saying they were a menace to society and could not be rehabilitated.

That prompted a public outcry to save the dogs, including harsh words from hockey commentator Don Cherry and outrage from animal activists.

Several animal rights groups tried to intervene in the case to represent the dogs’ interests, an application the judge would eventually reject. One of those organizations, Dog Tales, continued the fight outside court by launching a publicity campaign, called #savethe21, which featured celebrity endorsements from British billionaire Richard Branson, pop star Enrique Iglesias , hotel heiress and socialite Paris Hilton and Adrian Grenier, Hollywood heart-throb, pleading for the dogs to be saved.

 

 

After much negotiation, and a second behavioral evaluation, all parties agreed to a compromise: Dog Tales drove 18 dogs down to Pit Sisters in Florida to be rehabilitated, one dog was deemed dangerous and the court ordered it to be euthanized while two other dogs died while in a 2 week OSPCA custody.

Out of the 18 dogs Pit Sister received, 2 have been rehabilitated in their program and sent to Throw Away Dogs Project .  One pit bull, Munchkin, is the Official Ambassador for Throw Away Dogs Project’s Pitbulls for Police program.  The other dog, Dallas, just graduated their Narcotics Detection Program and he has been placed as a K9 Officer in the Honaker Virginia Police Department.  

 

 
 
 

 

Out of the 18 rescued Ontario dogs, 1 has been rehabilitated on the highest level and earned a Ph.D.  Cuddles was placed in the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.  She loves people so she will be great as an emotional support dog for the police station.

The other 15 dogs from the 18 that came from Ontario went to Dogs Playing for Life near Lake City, FL.  Here they are being treated further for behavioral issues so that they can become a functioning part of a family and society.  One of these dogs have already been placed with an agility trainer and is enjoying a life on the run.

To read more about the Ontario 21, check out these articles:

  • Bark Post- Hope Continues for the Ontario 21
  • CBC- Deal Reached to Save 18 Alleged Ontario Fighting Dogs from Death Row
  • Care2- Pit Bull Rescued from Ontario Dog Fighting Ring to Become a Police Dog
  • The Washington Post- This Dog was Bred for Dog Fighting. Now he’s joining the Police Force.

To read more about Pit Sisters Pit Bull Awareness Month, check out this article:

  • People Magazine- Dog Fight Rescue Program Turns Inmates into Tender and Dedicated Dog Trainers
  • Dogington Post- October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month

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