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Deaf N.C. pit bull finds new home with deaf woman in Niagara Falls

A deaf pit bull from North Carolina has a new home with a deaf woman in Niagara Falls.

Jessica Czamara read about Maggie on Facebook after the neglected dog was rescued from a backyard in North Carolina, where she’d been kept chained.

“She was very skinny and you could see her ribs and you could see where she sat all the time on the concrete, said Maria Sansone with Diamonds in the Ruff. “All the hair was worn off of the back of her legs.”

A friend of Czamara spotted the dog on the rescue organization’s Facebook page, and referred her to the post.

“I feel like I could relate to the dog because I’m deaf, and the dog is deaf,” Czamara told WGRZ in Buffalo. “There are some things that the dog does that we do in the deaf community.”

Czamara is teaching Maggie commands in sign language and says she’s responding well, and Maggie’s getting along fine with her other dog, Champ.

“It’s amazing,” said Kate Stephens with Educate-a-Bull, which assisted in getting Maggie relocated. “It’s absolutely amazing to see pictures of her intially and then bring her up on transport and take her out and meet her .. and to see her so well fitted to her new family, her home and her new brother.”

Stephens said the dog’s former owner had “all but forgotten her and left her out there and hadn’t bothered to name her because she was deaf.”

Now Maggie’s got a name, a home, and a human companion who probably understands her better than most.

“To get her attention, I have to pat her or wave to her,” Czamara said. “The same thing with deaf people you have to touch them on the shoulder or wave in their vision. And she’s funny and how she plays.”

“She’s just such a sweet dog. She gives lots of kisses,” Czamara said. “She’s a great addition to our family.”

Comments

Comment from vida
Time May 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm

This warms my heart, the differently abled are just as worthy of love, so glad Maggie found her true home.

Comment from Sophie Cairns
Time May 25, 2013 at 5:04 am

WHAT!?!?! This is one of the stupidest ideas I’ve ever heard of. PitBulls are NOT like other dogs. If she wanted a deaf dog there IS a group called DEAF DOGS ROCK. PitBulls are bred to attack without warning or provocation. Not much thought went into this placement. In the last three years 7 deaf women have been attacked by PitBulls. The growing trend of the 13 people KILLED by PitBulls so far this year 10 have been by FAMILY PitBulls. Last year, 10% of the people killed by PitBulls were rescuers who were killed by the Pits they raised from puppies so it is NOT ‘how they are raised’ or all they need is love and a good home like any other dog. They are NOT like any other dogs. All dogs were bred by humans for a specialized purpose and most of the puppies will exhibit that trait within 12 weeks of birth. Collies, Corgies and shepherds HERD. Pointers POINT. Retrievers RETRIEVE. Hounds TRACK. and PIT BULLS LATCH ON AND KILL. They were bred to hold cattle while the cattle were being slaughtered. They have a genetic trigger that no one knows when, where, why or if it will go off. Just because it has fur and four legs and wags a tail does not make it safe!

the Colorado Supreme Court upheld the Denver pit bull ban in 2005, the high court set aside characteristics that pit bulls displayed when they attack that differ from all other dog breeds. One of these characteristics was their lethal bite:
“[pit bulls] inflict more serious wounds than other breeds. They tend to attack the deep muscles, to hold on, to shake, and to cause ripping of tissues. Pit bull attacks were compared to shark attacks.”

Will the new guardian be able to hear potential disturbances that would cause the dog to attack a neighbor, a child, another dog? How would she break up the attack. The courts are holding PitBull owners/landlords liable for any damages caused by the dogs. STRICT LIABILTY LAWS state that if a dog gets out unleased, at ‘fault’ or not, the owner is responsible for any and all damages caused by the dog. Can this owner handle that? Does she have sufficient insurance? Can she use a ‘break stick’? If the answer is no, then this is a heartbreaking stupid idea that needs to be reversed and another deaf dog substituted.

In order to create THE fighting dog, a dog that will kill its own kind for no reason, without giving warning first, normal dog social behavior had to be eliminated. If a social/pack animal that the dog is, can be changed to “kill or die trying” for no reason, to kill his OWN KIND, all other species are the pits’ potential victims, too. The tragedy is that pits can be sweet, comical, affectionate immediately before and then after killing the baby or ripping the arm off an elderly neighbor.

20 children murdered by dogs last year in the US and ALL by Pit Bulls.
14 people killed by Pit Bull type dogs in the US so far this year 8 of them children, 20 out of 22 fatal pit bull mauling’s last year were children.

Stats on pit bull attacks in 2013:

13 Lifeflights…one every 6.92 days

14 DBRFS one person killed by a pit bull every 12.98 Days

20 Darwin attacks: Every 4.1 days an owner requests a 911 response when attacked by their own pit bull (5 stab Offs, 2 taser, 6 shot by police/rescuers)

Choose another deaf dog that is not a danger to her and her neighbors!!!! or if you live near this woman, get a gun… you will need it.

http://deafdogsrock.com/adoptable-deaf-dogs

Comment from DeeDee Bailey
Time May 26, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Reply to Sophie Cairnes: You’re closed minded and rather dull. Pit bulls have been trained to assist our military and police, and they’re also trained to be therapy dogs and service dogs. They are highly intelligent and love people. It’s unfortunate and very sad that people like you continue to spread myths about pit bulls.

Comment from Lynn (in Lousiana)
Time May 27, 2013 at 10:43 am

Thank you DeeDee. I was uncharacteristically at a loss of words in which to respond to Ms. Cairnes. I didn’t know where to start or how much to say or whether it was really worth the effort.

Comment from Judith Pannebaker
Time May 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Hear, hear, DeeDee. Where are those cited statistics documented?

Comment from Dog Boarding Toronto
Time May 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I had an ex girlfriend and both her parents were deaf. The dog that I helped them adopt brings them so much love!

Comment from Virginia
Time May 28, 2013 at 11:53 am

How can a dog owner all but forget her and left her out? Unbelievable! Glad to see she found a good home, and I bet in this situation things will work out very well.

Comment from Jen Brighton
Time May 28, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Wow, Sophie, just WOW!!! Such misinformation you are spreading. You are welcome to meet my pit bull mix therapy dogs any time. We currently visit the Boys & Girls Club, a university in the library during finals week, a mental health clinic and care centers. In the past we’ve visited an at-risk class at one of the local high schools and my dogs have worked with adults with developmental disabilities. You owe pit bulls an apology!

And one of my best friends has a deaf, white pit bull that is the calmest, sweetest, lovingest dog you could ever wish to meet. The family has another pit bull and very small children. The dogs are absolutely awesome with anyone who walks through the door and especially the children.

You might try considering another side to bully breeds by taking a look at http://stubbydog.org/.

Please keep an open mind. You appear to not have much experience with pit bull type dogs.

Comment from Jen Brighton
Time May 29, 2013 at 11:06 am

I’ve taken a look at the Deaf Dogs Rock website, which seems to be a great service to people. What Sophie may not realize is that the original dog, Nitro, is a deaf boxer. And what were boxers originally bred for? Quote from the AKC website: “Developed in Germany in the 19th century, Boxers were originally used for dog fighting and to run down and hold large game such as wild boar and bison until the hunter could arrive.”

And even more ironic, is the first dog I came across on the list of adoptable Deaf Dogs Rock dogs:

“Meet our Deaf Dogs Rock Star of The Day Pipsqueak! Pip is an approximately 1-1.5 year old deaf American Pit Bull Terrier mix and truly a love-a-bull sweetheart (and we think his beautiful black and brown brindle coat isn’t justified in these photos!)”

Enough said. I hope Sophie tries to educate herself rather than continue with her vendetta against pit bulls.

Comment from Christina Lee
Time June 3, 2013 at 9:21 am

Sophie, I appreciate the shout out for Deaf Dogs Rock but 75% of my listings are Pit Bulls and I network all the deaf Pit Bulls the same as I do with all the deaf dogs on our site. I think the media has had a profound effect on you and I am so sorry you have fallen into the deep propaganda machine we call the “lame street media”. Sophie does not speak for DEAF DOGS ROCK. My deaf dogs Nitro, Bud and I are advocates for the Pit Bull Breeds. We love Pit Bulls and many of our friends are deaf Pit Bulls. I am pretty sure Maggie was networked on our Facebook Page. Sophie, you need to put down the liberal news papers and stop watching the liberal news networks because they are out to destroy the PitBull breed. Your statistics are not based on fact. There are 300,000,000 people in our country and the majority of attacks on people are by other breeds.

Christina Lee – Deaf Dogs Rock

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