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Pit Bull's Dead Body in Detroit Street 'Tagged' with Spray Paint

| by Phyllis M Daugherty
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According to Detroit authorities, the body of a dead Pit Bull with white graffiti sprayed across her side and leg, lying in the street, is not unusual in their city. The beautiful young black female dog with the letters "PBS" scrawled on her body was found last week with a rope tightly tied around her neck, abandoned on the road. She is believed to be between two and three years of age, the Daily Mail reports.

The dog did not have any discernible injuries, and the Michigan Humane Society is awaiting the results of a necropsy (an autopsy on a non-human) to determine her cause of death, according to the report.

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Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is offering a $2,500 reward for information about the incident, but officials say it is not uncommon for graffiti taggers to target the carcasses of animals.

MHS spokesman Kevin Hatman said, "A dead dog is as much a blank canvas as a wall or abandoned house for graffiti taggers. There's graffiti all over this city, a dead dog is like a brick wall. It's a mound of spare tires; it's an abandoned house.”

MHS investigators do not yet understand the meaning of the graffiti tag "PBS" found on the dog’s left side nor do they have any idea who did the spray painting, which also covered the dogs back and legs.

An arrow pointing down appears to mark the dog's front leg. According to Douglas Page in the Law Enforcement Technology Journal. these marks would appear to represent two types of tagging: (1) Publicity, with the letters PBS identifying the gang; and (2) Territorial, the down arrow, marking that this is their territory.

Kevin Hatman said that Pit Bulls are 35 to 40 per cent of dogs rescued by MHS in Detroit, which has thousands of homeless dogs.

Detroit is not unique in Michigan in regard to the overwhelming number of Pit Bulls abandoned in the streets and dumped in shelters. A July 15 opinion published in the Kalamazoo Gazette—about 140 miles from Detroit--regarding that city’s animal shelter states, “On a regular basis, the population of this breed [Pit Bulls] runs about 95 percent of all the dog breeds in their care.”

Detroit Dog Rescue founder, Daniel Carlisle, called Pit Bulls the "Detroit dog," estimating that the breed makes up about 80 per cent of their rescues, according to the Daily Mail. He said of the graffiti tagged dog: ‘It happens all the time. This isn't anything new.’

Kevin Hartman of MHS lamented, ‘Unfortunately the breed does have a significant history of being exploited."

"All the dogs that get graffiti tagged are just random acts of animal cruelty,"
he added.

Sources: Daily Mail, NCJRS, mlive.com

# # #The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is offering a $2,500 reward for information about the incident, but offiials say it is not uncommon for graffiti taggers to target the carcasses of animals.