Humane society tries to improve pit bull reputation

Humane society tries to improve pit bull reputation

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by Scott Evans

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Posted on October 24, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 6:10 PM

BOISE – The Idaho Humane Society is joining a national movement to raise awareness this month for national pit bull awareness month.

This comes on the heels of a pit bull attack in Oregon last month that killed a five-year-old boy.

The humane society believes pit bulls get a bad rap, and that there is this perception that they are more dangerous than other dogs.

At the Idaho Humane Society pit bulls are one of the top three breeds at the shelter.

"Pit bulls are, across the nation, increasingly one of the top breeds you see in shelters, as they become more popular in homes, more and more people own them," said Hannah Parpart with the Idaho Humane Society.

While at the humane society, KTVB spoke with James Powell who is looking into adopting a dog.

"I'm just looking for someone to go on hikes with, someone to have around the house," said Powell.

Despite coming to look at a lab, he brought a pit bull outside to see if they mesh.

"I know a lot of people, they're a little hesitant to get pit bulls, but I've been around them throughout my life, and I don't think they're bad dogs at all," said Powell.

According to Dogsbite.org, from 2006 to 2008, pit bulls were responsible for 59 percent of the fatal dog attacks nationwide.

While fatal dog attack numbers aren't available here, the human society tracks dog bites.

"We probably see 150 or so dog bites in the Treasure Valley that we take care of every year, and the majority aren't pit bulls, but those are the ones that catch the eye of the news and create a lot more drama, but they aren't necessarily any more severe than the dog bites we see in any other breed," said Parpart.

Saturday, the humane society will host several activities to educate and train the public to counter any bad news pit bulls might get.

"I hope that pit bull owners and people that maybe just don't know a lot about the breed, might come out on Saturday," said Parpart.

Thursday there is a documentary playing at the Country Club Reel Theatre off Overland Road in Boise.

The movie is called "Guilty until Proven Innocent." It starts at 7 p.m.

Saturday, the events go from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the humane society.

Below is a list of the events provided by the Idaho Humane Society:

Parade: 12:30 - 1p.m. Featuring available IHS pit bulls, other shelter dogs, and breed ambassadors who will be attending the event in costume walking the perimeter of the building.

Photo Booth: 1 - 5 p.m. Sponsor a pit bull, have your photo taken with an available IHS pit bull and your donation will go towards their adoption fee. Adopt an IHS pit bull and receive a free photo.

Kissing Booth: 1 - 5 p.m. Meet three different rescue pit bulls at the kissing booth.  Don't like sloppy kisses? You can opt for a chocolate one.

Carnival Activities: 1 - 5 p.m.  IHS will feature face painting, paw print station, ring toss, and more.

Training Booth: 1 - 5 p.m.  Find information about the IHS training program, "It's a Dog's Life" as well as other local trainers.

Information Booth
: 1 - 5 p.m.  IHS will provide information about BSL, myths, history, as well as a "find the pit bull" poster.

Dunk Tank 1 - 5 p.m.  $1 per throw

Raffle - All Day  Enter the IHS raffle for a chance to win prizes for both you and your pet.

Slide Show - All Day  IHS will have a slide show of our available pit bulls as well as IHS alumni that are now in their forever homes.

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