News that Rally’s the Cause

A collection of news stories about Lynn Media Group websites and Colleen Lynn. See more press coverage from and Righthaven Victims.

August 30, 2018
Group wants to end breed-specific dog bans in area communities
Kimberly Barker | The Joplin Globe | In 2007, Colleen Lynn was jogging in her hometown of Seattle when she passed a leashed pit bull with its owner … Her organization cites a study indicating that dogs killed 433 Americans from 2005 to 2017, and nearly 66 percent of those fatalities were caused by pit bulls and more than 10 percent were caused by Rottweilers…

May 16, 2018
Why do pit bulls attack? The answer is complicated
Wesley Muller, John Fitzhugh And Anita Lee | Sun Herald | Pit bulls make headlines when they attack humans because the injuries they inflict are typically severe and sometimes fatal … Colleen Lynn, founder of, said people often adopt dogs from rescue groups that have little or no information on the history of the dogs … Mioton and Lynn agreed its irresponsible…

November 1, 2017
The dangerous dog debate
Scott Nolen | | Around 7 p.m. on June 17, 2007, Colleen Lynn was making her way through her Beacon Hill neighborhood in Seattle on a final training run for an upcoming half-marathon. Ahead, a woman walking a dog on a leash stepped off the sidewalk and onto the parking strip with the dog so Lynn could pass. But, as Lynn neared…

February 21, 2017
Is it time to ban pit bulls?
Priscilla DeGregory, Natalie Musumeci and Danika Fears | New York Post | Nasty, snarling menaces — or loyal, lovable dogs? … “They were selectively bred to execute the killing bite — to attack without warning,” said Colleen Lynn, who runs “No growl, bark, or direct stare, and they will continue until death. Those are the three keys that make them more dangerous…”

October 1, 2016
Miami-Dade may repeal its 1989 ban on pit bulls
Douglas Hanks | Miami Herald | A Miami-Dade commissioner wants to end the county’s nearly 30-year ban on pit bulls and repeal a law that survived a challenge at the ballot box just four years ago … “We know that when this dog breed attacks, there’s a very high likelihood that it will be severe,” said Colleen Lynn, founder of, a nonprofit in Austin…

July 13, 2016
Protect yourself from dog-inflicted wounds
Jacqueline Gonzalez | The Shorthorn | Colleen Lynn ran every morning as part of her routine until a leashed pit bull attacked her one morning, sending her to the hospital. The incident turned the Austin resident into an advocate of dog attack victims and inspired her to launch … “Society doesn’t treat dog attack victims very well,” Lynn said…

June 10, 2016
Would a pit bull ban have prevented Montreal woman’s death after attack?
Ellen Brait | The Globe and Mail | The death of a Montreal woman, who was attacked by a pit bull, has brought a heated debate back into the spotlight: Should pit bull ownership be more widely banned in Canada? … Colleen Lynn, founder of, a U.S. dog bite victims’ organization, said that “dramatically lowering the population of pit bulls…”

April 18, 2016
Missouri Law Would Block Cities From Banning Pit Bulls, Other Dog Breeds
Fox News Insider | Cities in Missouri will no longer be able to ban pit bulls, according to a bill advancing in the state legislature … Colleen Lynn, with the organization, says that pit bulls are particularly dangerous because they inflict more damage during attacks than other breeds. Lynn and others argue that rules surrounding dog breed…

April 10, 2016
Pit bull lovers petition Darke Co. shelter
Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate | “How can I put the citizens of this county at risk?” he added. Colleen Lynn, the founder of, a national dog bite victims’ group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, agrees … “The Darke County shelter director should be admired for his public safety priority,” she said. “This is a priority that is being dismantled across…

December 3, 2015
State bill would outlaw local bans on pit bull
Matt Helms and Joe Guillen | Detroit Free Press | So far, 19 states have enacted such prohibitions since the 1980s, but in recent years, such efforts have failed in state legislatures, said Colleen Lynn, president of, a group she founded in 2007 after being mauled by a pit bull … “They want us to ignore the heritage of the pit bull breed,” Lynn said…

August 11, 2015
Pit bulls are disproportionally dangerous. Why is Calgary importing more of them?
Barbara Kay | National Post | Commenting on the Strother case, Colleen Lynn, founder of, an advocacy site for victims of dangerous dogs, stated, “Currently, there is no way to reliably test for unpredictable pit bull aggression. The ‘state-of-the-art’ temperamental assessment test SAFER cannot measure…”

April 22, 2015
As family mourns, propaganda hides danger of pit bull attacks
Steve Blow, The Dallas Morning News | A tragic deception has been perpetrated on the American public, says Colleen Lynn of Austin. And the gruesome consequences were seen in Dallas last weekend. In a scene almost too sickening to imagine, a 2-month-old baby in a bouncy seat was attacked and fatally…

March 13, 2015
At Chapman forum, ‘Righthaven’ copyright outfit still controversial five years later
Steve Green, Orange County Register | Besides the attorneys who fought Righthaven, some activists sprang into action and said they were defending free speech on the Internet. Among them was Colleen Lynn, who started the website, which “lists the victims of Righthaven ‘shakedown’…

July 7, 2014
Pit bull attacks leave lasting wounds, devastate families
Eric Veronikis, The Patriot-News | Colleen Lynn, founder and president of, said Blouch’s statement minimizes human life. The nonprofit started tracking vital human fatality statistics, along with 18 other factors, because the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention stopped tracking the data in…

June 20, 2014
The Problem With Pit Bulls
Charlotte Alter, Time | “Why do herding dogs herd? Why do pointing dogs point? They don’t learn that behavior, that’s selective behavior,” says Colleen Lynn, president and founder of, a national dog-bite-victims group dedicated to reducing dog attacks. “Pit bulls were specifically bred to…

March 11, 2014
Attitudes and laws against pit bulls soften
Bill Draper, Associated Press | Colleen Lynn, founder of, pointed to a friend-of-the-court brief her organization submitted in a 2012 case in which the Maryland Court of Appeals declared pit bulls “inherently dangerous.” “Appellate courts agree with us. Doctors and surgeons agree with us. That is credibility…

June 19, 2013
Boy, 6, fatally bitten by relative’s dog
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle | A 6-year-old boy who was playing with a relative’s dog in Union City died after the animal bit him … According to Colleen Lynn, director of the nonprofit in Texas, pit bulls kill more people than any other breed. From 2005 to 2012, pit bulls killed 151 people in the U.S…

May 24, 2013
The Front Burner: Banning pit bulls saves lives and protects the innocent
Colleen Lynn Guest Columnist, Orlando Sentinel | So far this year, 13 of the 14 Americans who have been killed by dogs — 93 percent — were killed by pit bulls and pit mixes. This is well above the average of 60 percent from 2005 to 2012. As the pit bull population rises, more human fatalities ensue. During the last…

March 28, 2013
Viewpoints: What can be done about dangerous dogs?
BBC News | Colleen Lynn – founder and president of – “Every country should help establish a human victim-centred organisation with resources and statistical studies. This organisation should be independent of influence and funding by dog breeder, veterinarian and animal welfare groups.” We’re a US…

June 22, 2012
Spate of Pit Bull Attacks Has Nation on Alert
Jamie Reno, The Daily Beast | Colleen Lynn is in the former camp. The founder of, which collects data on dog attacks, said these latest pit bull attacks are “tragic, but they aren’t shocking to me. People who have pit bulls are in denial about this breed.” Lynn, herself a survivor of a pit bull attack, says 128 people…

May 3, 2012
Pit bull ruling outrages rescue groups, owners
White Johnson, CBS This Morning | Colleen Lynn, who runs an education website about dangerous dogs called, wrote a brief to the Maryland court supporting the decision. She told CBS News, “When they attack, they don’t stop. This is what ends up killing people. Pit bulls are the top killing dog breed.”

February 2, 2012
As number of dog bites grow, debate over safety of breeds intensify
Cindy Horswell, Houston Chronicle | Colleen Lynn, who heads a national dog-bite victim group based in Austin, said 71 percent of the 31 dog-bite deaths recorded across the U.S. last year involved pit bull-type dogs. She describes them as “canine gladiators” known for their strength, tenacity and ability to ignore pain…

December 7, 2011
Good dog, bad dog
Stathi Paxinos, The Age | Colleen Lynn, an American website designer, became a vocal advocate against pit-bull types after she was attacked by a pit bull while she was out running … “We don’t know which one is going to go off — nice pit bulls kill their owners. We do not say that every pit bull is born vicious. We do say…

August 12, 2011
Pacifica Tragedy Renews Pit Bull Debate
Justin Berton and Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle | Colleen Lynn, director of the nonprofit Dogs Bite in Texas, absolutely disagreed. Her organization contends that pit bulls kill more people than any other breed, and that at the very least every locality should pass laws requiring they be spayed and neutered…

June 20, 2011
Righthaven ‘Chilling Effect’ Prompts Nonprofit to Adjust
Steve Green, VEGAS INC | Sanders’ story is similar to that of Colleen Lynn, who regularly posted stories about vicious dog attacks on her nonprofit website but then had to worry about a Righthaven lawsuit. Lynn was so upset about Righthaven she started the Righthaven Victims website, which provides news…

February 11, 2011
Pit Bulls: Man’s Best Friend or Worst Enemy?
Sue Manning, Associated Press | Colleen Lynn said Vick’s dogs hadn’t been bred for generations like those in so many illegal fighting rings. But, she said, all fighting dogs should be euthanized because they are too unstable. Despite temperament tests given by some shelters, Lynn said a dog that has been trained to fight…

September 21, 2010
Righthaven Revisited Nevada Public Radio | Texas resident Colleen Lynn, founder of Lynn Media Group and her cause-related website, joins the discussion concerning Righthaven LLC, who has sued over 130 bloggers and web operators for copyright infringement. Other guests include: Eric Goldman, Peter Mennell…

September 9, 2010
Texas Woman Emerges as Vocal Critic of Copyright Lawsuit Firm
Steve Green, Las Vegas Sun | Colleen Lynn noted that Rightaven in some cases has sued Review-Journal sources and said: “ fears the day when a news agency sues us for copyright infringement after that same group quoted data from one of our freely-available dog bite fatality statistics. Lynn isn’t alone…

July 24, 2010
Pit Bull Factions Find Peace in S.F. Neuter Law
Carolyn Jones, San Francisco Chronicle | But even victims’ rights advocates say the dog itself is not to blame for irresponsible breeders and owners. “Every pit bull is born dangerous, but certainly not every pit bull is born vicious,” said Colleen Lynn, director of a Texas nonprofit called Dogs Bite, which lobbies for legislation…