Pit Bull Awareness Event Slated for Wantagh Saturday

Second annual Bully Breed Brigade is a team effort between Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter and Last Hope Animal Rescue.

For the second year in a row, the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter is teaming up with to a Bully Breed Brigade in Wantagh that promote pit bull awareness, adoption and welfare.

The awareness event is scheduled for this Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter on 3320 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh.  Just like last year's inaugural Bully Breed Brigade, there will be an appearance by Tia Torres of the popular Animal Planet television program "Pit Bulls and Parolees," which documents the day-to-day operations of the nation’s largest pit bull animal shelter, the Villalobos Rescue Center in California.

"This day-long event will serve to highlight these amazing animals, who have wonderful personalities and hearts of gold," said Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter Director Cynthia Iacopella. "Given the love and attention they so rightfully deserve, the often-misunderstood pit bull can be a faithful companion just like any other breed."

The day’s festivities will include an adoption fair, vendors, breed advocates, holistic experts and much more. The event will also feature a Pit Parade of "Ambassadors" from Long Island animal shelters and rescue groups.

Prior to Saturday's Bully Breed Brigade, a "Yappy Hour" fundraiser will be held at Mulcahy's Pub & Concert Hall in Wantagh Friday night from 6-9 p.m. with proceeds benefiting Last Hope, Inc. and  Tia Torres' Villa Lobos & Roman Gottfried's Holistic Pet Services. 

"Our first Bully Breed Brigade last November was a huge success for so many reasons," said  Joanne Anderson, Outreach Coordinator for Last Hope, Inc. "The event, a combined effort of the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter and private rescue group Last Hope, Inc. Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation, unfolded precisely how we envisioned it... Shelters and rescue groups from all over Long Island came together to promote these stigmatized and overlooked dogs that are at our shelters."

For more information on the Bully Breed Brigade,, call the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter at 516-785-5220 or vist www.toh.li/animal-shelter.

WhistleDownTheWind September 23, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I have had a great deal of involvement with city councils regarding "pit bulls". It began with neighbors, whose pit bulls attacked other dogs and displayed aggressive behaviors towards children. At first, concerns were met by individuals as misguided as those involved with this article's event. It was not until a lady carried her baby from a neighbor's house had one of those same dogs charge across the yard and rip the baby from the mother's arms and maul it. The baby was whipped around like a rag doll and was nearly killed by the numerous compound fractures and many dozens of stitches that were needed. Any mix of Staffordshire Terrier is considered a DANGEROUS BREED. Ask any free-speaking animal control or law enforcement official. Take your filters off Google's image search and compare "dog bite" seaches of images to "pit bull victims". Sure, "pit bulls" are cute fuzzy creatures. Then again, so are grizzly bears, hyenas and lions. Children are often the victims, physically and become emotionally scarred for life. Parents and community members must take the responsibility to push for tougher restrictions on these very dangerous animals!
paul September 24, 2012 at 03:05 AM
I have an even bigger newsflash for you. EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT: Pitbulls who were trained to be vicious will always be vicious. They have vicious propensities. Once an animal gets a taste of blood that's what they want more and more - A taste of blood. You are an animal lover and there is no problem with that, but unfortunately you can not separate your love of a dog with reality. Pits and Rots that were trained to be vicious are just that, VICIOUS and mean. PERIOD.....
paul September 24, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Stray Pits and Rots that never claimed by the owners must be put to sleep.... PERIOD... YOU CAN NOT CHANGE THEIR VICIOUS PROPENSITIES......
Ralebird September 24, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Did it ever dawn on you that your narrow minded view prevents you from seeing that it was the neighbors you mention who were responsible for the attacks, not their dogs? Did you ever consider that if those people owned Lassie, Benji, and the shaggy dog nothing would have changed? Did it ever occur to you that if they had toy poodles, they probably still would have been causing problems? Did you ever think that YOU don't get to decide what may be "considered a DANGEROUS BREED"? Did you always think you know more about these dogs than the people who deal with them daily?
paul September 24, 2012 at 03:28 AM
"For the second year in a row, the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter is teaming up with Last Hope, Inc. Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation to a Bully Breed Brigade in Wantagh that promote pit bull awareness, adoption and welfare." The words adoption and welfare should be removed from that sentence..... Sure you should promote pit bull awareness and let everybody know: THEY ARE DANGEROUS
Ralebird September 24, 2012 at 03:44 AM
And you qualifications to make such blanket statements are what, Paul?
paul September 24, 2012 at 03:50 AM
To gj: Thats easy.... Common sense and living in the world of reality... Just asking....
Ralebird September 24, 2012 at 10:08 PM
As I suspected...none.
Jessica September 25, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I am an owner of a Pit Bull, he has been a part of my family for 10 years and he is the sweetest dog ever! It is very sad to see what PEOPLE do to this animals, I don't blame the dog I blame the OWNERS for being irresponsible! This is a very powerful breed but like with anything else, is all in the upbringing. I live in a block with 20+ kids and my dog has never shown any type of aggression, the kids love him and he loves them. This is a very loyal, funny, goofy breed and I wouldn't trade him for the world
paul September 25, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Far from none my friend..... If a pit is found and no one claims the pit as theirs it should NEVER EVER be put up for adoption. You will never ever know if it had the taste of blood or was trained to be extra vicious by its owner. Stray Pits should NEVER EVER BE PLACED UP FOR ADOPTION. If someone takes a chance thinking it may be a nice easy friendly pet to maintain they are FOOLS.... Euthanize the Pit and save us all a possible negative result....
paul September 27, 2012 at 08:35 PM
The proof is in the pudding: Read it and weep... http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/27/14125653-60-year-old-grandmother-killed-by-family-pit-bull?lite


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