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October 12, 2013

Maleah Stringer: New non-profit aims to help pit bulls

Many in the dog world believe that pit bulls are a misunderstood breed and are the object of discrimination which results in abuse and death. Pit bulls, through no fault of their own, are used for dog fighting purposes which can result in big financials gains for breeders and fighters.

Pit bulls are often banned from rentals and apartments regardless of the nature of the dog. Insurance companies refuse to cover owners of certain kinds of pets. Groups are springing up to help this misunderstood breed. We have such an organization in Anderson: Project Bully Indiana, Inc., founded in July. Its mission statement reads, in part: "We are advocates for pit bulls and bully breed dogs. Our goals are to make the country safe and equal for all dogs; to spread education about overpopulation and responsible pet ownership; to encourage the community to adopt shelter pets; to work with youth to create strong responsible leaders for the future; to bring affordable and free spay/neuter services to the community; to fight breed specific legislation; to teach that a dog should not be judged by the actions of its owner; and more."

They have sponsored 31 pit bulls and pit bull mixes from Madison County to be spayed/neutered. People in need of assistance can go to www.getthemfixed.org, print the $10 application, and mail the app with proof of qualifications to P.O. Box 361, Middletown, IN 47356 or email projectbullyindiana@yahoo.com.

On Sept. 28 they hosted their first event at Shadyside Park, the Fall Pittie Reunion Picnic. We got the community out to see how amazing a large group of pit bulls can be, with no fights and many in costumes and tutus, making everyone smile.

The next event is on December 14 in Anderson, or close once we find a location (suggestions are appreciated.)

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