Colleen Lynn- Advocate or Just Over Reacting?

Her attack and her statements

Colleen Lynn, a former resident of Seattle, Wash. has made a name for herself in the pit bull attack victim community. However, how much of her "story" is just that, a fairy tale? There are two stories about the attack, one from Lynn herself and then one from the dog walker. The key to this story is that the dog, Bull, was leashed the entire time.

Lynn's first account of the attack: June 18, 2007 call in report to animal control. She was out jogging when she came upon another lady walking a dog. The dog walker moved from the sidewalk to the parking area on the side of the street while Lynn passed. Lynn slowed down when passing but did not stop until after the dog had jumped up onto her. She used her right arm to guard her face. The dog latched onto the right forearm of Lynn and proceeded to drag her into the grass. The dog walker had the leash the entire time and was attempting to pull the dog off of Lynn.

Lynn's second account of the attack: June 19, 2007 sworn statement to animal control. She was out jogging when she came upon another lady walking a dog. The dog walker moved from the sidewalk to the parking area on the side of the street while Lynn passed. As Lynn passed the dog stepped in front of her. Lynn stopped and the dog then jumped up on her. She used her right arm to guard her face. The dog latched onto the right forearm of Lynn and proceeded to drag her into the grass. The dog walker had the leash the entire time and was attempting to pull the dog off of Lynn.

Lynn's third account of the attack: February 24, 2010 during a debate she was involved in on breed discrimination. She was jogging and preparing to pass the dog walker. The dog walker moved aside and the dog broke free from the lady's control. The dog then jumped in front of Lynn and stood there. Lynn stopped where she was and the dog jumped on her going for her throat. She held up her right arm to protect her face and then the dog latched on. (In this recap of the attack Lynn did state that the dog walker knew the dog was potentially dangerous before it attacked.

The dog walker's account of the attack: in an interview with a journalist date unknown. She was out walking the dog when Lynn came jogging up from behind. The dog walker was unaware that Lynn was approaching, and did not move out of the way. Lynn proceeded to pass the dog walker and the dog on the right side where the dog was positioned. Lynn had stumbled while passing the dog on the right, either from tripping on the dog or losing her footing in the grass. She fell in front of the dog walker and the dog, at that time the dog had a hold of her right arm. The dog walker indicated that she believes the was startling either by Lynn approaching from behind or falling.

The scene

The area in which Colleen Lynn was jogging is a fairly narrow sidewalk with not much room between the sidewalk and a garden/retaining wall on the right side. To the left of the sidewalk there is a large strip of grass then the curb and the parking area where she claims the dog walker moved to while she passed. The area on the right to the sidewalk is a small grass strip roughly a foot and a half wide. While the grass on the left is nearly six feet from curb to sidewalk.

The dog walker was using a 5 foot leash when walking the dog that day.

Colleen Lynn's Cause

Lynn has taken her accident are plastered it across the internet and has taken a firm stance against Pit Bulls. Her website Dogsbite.org claims to be an advocate center for all victims of dog bites. However, the majority of the information is all on Pit Bulls. They have even gone so far as to link non-Pit bull attacks to Pit Bulls. Yes, they do post many news pieces on dog bites and attacks regardless of the breed, but they only focus on the Pits.

Lynn has been using her attack as fuel for a fire that is based on the media and not on the real information that is out there. If you oppose their cause they will ban you from their site and Facebook page. Even if you are a bite victim but you make any statement that says anything about other breeds of dogs being vicious or dangerous. They use dog bites and attacks as a cover for their hatred of one specific breed. Lynn has many followers but if you question her or bring up facts that go against her personal opinion she will single you out as a horrible person or a bad parent.

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City

There are other breed of dogs that bite and are dangerous, too for sure. It sounds like the one breed-pitbulls are being singled out, which isn't fair at all. Dobermans can be dangerous, as well as other breeds. Good hub! I voted up. People should know both sides of the story.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

When she was two, my little sister was viciously attacked by a dog. This dog was not a pit bull, German shepherd,rottweiler or doberman. It was a Yorkie...a small "sweet" lap dog that tore a hole in my sister's face. For a long time she feared dogs of all sizes...


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kgarcia1113 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA Author

Thank you for sharing, I was attacked by a small poodle when I was 4 and it resulted in a broken collar bone from falling. I have always been cautious with kids around dogs. I started raising my Pit Bulls and someone lectured me and pointed me in the direction of Dogsbite.org. I thought it was for victims of dog bites in general and we amazed at how they treat anyone who speaks out for pit bulls or simply points out that all dogs bite no matter the breed. I was banned for it.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

The only pit bull I ever knew up close and personal was a young brindle female named Jackie. She belonged to a neighbor who had two children under 5. This dog was the sweetest, smartest, most caring dog that I have ever known..she watched the kids better than their parents did...I remember watching one time when the younger child tried to run into the street and Jackie pulled him back by the diaper...I loved that dog!


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kgarcia1113 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA Author

I just read an email from someone who was also banned from their site, she states that because the dog that recently attacked was a "small breed" that they told her there was nothing they could do for her. All she was doing was looking for some support. The dog did some extensive damage but was only around 20 pounds.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Geez...if they want to advocate for dog bites...they should advocate for ALL of them...sad...


kari cadwell 4 years ago

I think Colleen is sick twisted lady.... Im gonna laugh my ass off when her fb page and dogsbite.org get shut down... I have a 8 month old pitbull named Mephala.... She's a lovable dog.... I've been around 3 other pitbulls who very lovable and they never attacked anyone... Lets bring this sick twisted lady down and save our beloved pitbulls...


Melissa McDougal 4 years ago

This lady disgusts me and I would love nothing more than to put her in a room of pits and ask her to count how many licks she received. I did visit her web site and I was one of the ones that were banned from it. I reported her page. I am a proud pit nutter, I am assuming that means pit lover. However, I did invite her to my house and to my surprise that was a no go. There is a whole group of them that help her with this page. It is sick and I wish karma would come and kick her in her ass…..I LOVE MY PIT named Zarrah!!! I am so happy to see someone try to do something about this terror, Colleen Lynn. Let’s take her down…..


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kgarcia1113 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA Author

I love the support, I often email her and message her on facebook. As expected I get no where. I do enjoy reading the articles she puts on her facebook page though, to get the comedy in them you must read through the comments and see how people spin everything to make the pit bulls out to be the bad ones even if the story is about a poodle biting someone they will find a way to make it about pits. it is awesome lol


Julie Jo 2 years ago

I personally am so tired of this woman's lies and personal vendetta against pretty much any breed of dog that she herself feels that she wants to get banned. Pitbulls seem to be at the top of her never ending list along with any other breeds she deems a pitbull. No dog is safe from the scrutiny of this bias or insanity that Ms. Lynn and her dogsbite.org cult decide they want to off. They are totally one sided on their views and make no room for anyone else to even challenge the comments that they claim as their truth. Which in turn is not even near the truth of what has been either said or quoted. Ms. Lynn herself has been quoted as to being on psychiatric drugs and not being able to function without them. She seems to have a few followers that seem to be just as mentally ill as she is. She is a self proclaimed expert on the pitbull, which she has no expertise on at all. The only thing that she knows about dogs is she was once bitten by one. That is as far as her knowledge goes. Not she, or any of her followers have ever even owned one of the dogs they so love to hate, yet they still make statements based on media reports and hype.They claim they don't want to eradicate any breeds, however they keep telling the world that they would like to see the pitbull sterilized out of existence. I personally would like to see her and her anti group taken off of the net, as they are making a bad name for a totally good group of animals that are loved by millions. They are partially responsible for alot of dogs dying in shelters across the nation due to the spreading of the lies they make up to suit their purpose. Especially about the pitbull breed. There are really no bad dogs, only bad owners. I have proof right here at home. My amstaff Lacy and my american bulldog Bella. They are both very good dogs because I have treated and trained them the right way.

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