'Pit Bulls on Parade' in Issaquah

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by NATASHA RYAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 7:10 AM

ISSAQUAH, Wash. -  When you hear the word pit bull, what do you think of? Bullseye Dog Rescue wants to change the stigma attached to the breed, so they invited hundreds of them to Issaquah so people could see for themselves.

Everywhere you looked there was a pit bull and that was the point. BullsEye Dog Rescue President Lorraine Kalmbach-Ehlers said they organized the event to get hundreds of pit bulls in one place so anyone could come and check the breed out.

They were also there to answer questions and educate people about the breed. She says they're wonderful and loyal dogs, who love children.  She believes they get a bad reputation and should instead, like people, be looked at as individuals.

"It's really important to remember that that one dog is not representing that breed as a whole," she said. 

Megan McCloskey's not so sure. Last year she had to visit the emergency room after a pit bull sank its teeth into her leg. She was going for a walk in her neighborhood when it happened. She admits it stirred up fear for her. Although she is wary of the breed now, she doesn't necessarily blame the dog.

"I think people don't know what they have and people who own pit bulls often don't know how to care for them properly," she said.

 

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