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Advocate Group or Cult?

Updated on August 31, 2012

Like many groups out there in the world, Dogsbite.org believes they are doing good. In some way they might be however, their extreme views and bullying tactics make them appear more like a cult then just a simple advocate group. And, their fearless leader Colleen Lynn is making news by her political views and her support for laws that would only benefit her and her followers.

Here are a few of the examples of how this group exhibits cult characteristics:

  1. Unquestioning commitment to the leader or head of their group. People blindly support Lynn even with documentation that she has changed her story on her "attack" several times.
  2. They have a taken a stand and have exhibited several times an "us vs. them" mentality. Then using the friction caused by that thinking to fuel their rage.
  3. They believe what they are told to believe by their leader.
  4. If you don't agree with them or speak out against something they are doing, they "punish" you by banning you from their group (banning from their Facebook page and their website"
  5. The group and its leader uses peer pressure to shame people into feeling guilty if they oppose the ideas of the group
  6. The group has managed to justify the ends by and means necessary in their minds. They accuse people of being bad parents without knowing anything about the person other then that person feels that all dogs bite and attack not just Pit Bulls
  7. Their leader thinks she is untouchable by authorities. Proven by her claim that their group is a 501 c nonprofit when they clearly support politics and a political view (as demonstrated today on national television).
  8. The group is clearly more preoccupied with gaining more followers then many advocate groups. They use bully tactics to sway people to join or support their cause.

These are just some of the characteristics that the group has shown on their website and Facebook page that follow the cult mentality. As an "advocate" for dogs and owners I do have concerns with bites and attacks, but I understand that most that occur could be avoided or prevented. To attack just one particular breed but say you are there to support any bite victim is insulting. This is just one manipulation they use to gain support. They claim to be against bully breed dogs and yet they are the biggest bullies of all.

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      Kassi Garcia 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA

      My whole stand started because I was told that I was a bad mother because I have two pit bull mix pups, right now they are only 5 months old but I have been hearing it for the last 3 months. They are no more aggressive then my lab mix. I started looking into Pit Bulls and found that site. I have also been a "free thinker" as my mother says. And I don't want my kids to think that groups that are set out to destroy a specific breed or a specific animal are okay. I want them to know that it's okay to disagree with people and to have different view on things but be so mean and hurtful to complete strangers isn't okay.

      They are being more aggressive and dangerous then the dogs they want to destroy. When a better thing to do would be to encourage people to properly train their dogs and teach kids how to respect dogs and their space. And that goes for any breed!

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      Melissa A Smith 6 years ago from New York

      A word of advice: Don't. Bother.

      I've never heard of this group before but I recognize this mentality that you speak of already. Groups like these do not want to entertain objective reasoning. I wish that people like you who support dog owners would extend the same courtesy to owners of exotic animals that are always demonized in the media, they are certainly less responsible for bites and attacks than dogs. I support your efforts against groups like these. Most likely these people have no respect for the lifestyles of others and also dislike and fear dogs. One of my family members is like that.

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      Kassi Garcia 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA

      Funny thing, the banned me from their site and Facebook page for making a comment on other breeds bite and attack too, it is a dogs only line of defense. They don't like me much.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      I hate that website with all my force. They claim inaccurate facts and make them sound like they are real, ie they state that pit bulls don't let go and have a locking jaw etc, that they are vicious against people and that it's the breed and not the owner etc. and all that crap. I wished something could be done to prevent them from proliferating all this ill information that is deleterious to stereotyped breeds.

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