Pit bull Allie, Nick the cat, and behavior specialist Leah Will at the county animal shelter’s recent “Pittie Party.”Jolly the pit bull, with Nick the cat and Leah WillJolly the pit bull, with Nick the cat and Leah WillBuddy Boy the pit bull with Leah Will, next to Nick the cat and Wishbone executive director Sara DeckerBuddy Boy the pit bull with Leah WillAllie the pit bull, clearly answering the question of "Who's a good doggie?" With Leah Will.Allie the pit bullAllie the pit bull with Leah WillAllie the pit bull and Nick the cat

Pittie Party pictures!

Ryan Lewis, Editor

What’s the one myth the county animal shelter’s behavior specialist wishes she could dispel about pit bulls?

There are many, but Leah Will does have one particularly persistent myth to debunk.

“That they’ll turn on their owner at any point,” she said.

She was speaking at the Allegan County Animal Shelter’s “Pittie Party” Thursday, April 3, an outreach effort to help potential pet adopters open their minds to consider the pit bulls.

Several pits, one by one, were brought into a small meeting room festooned with decorations. Dogs Jolly, Buddy Boy and Allie scarfed treats side by side with Nick the cat, who displayed the quintessential feline quality of being nonplussed while calmly eating his own food at the same table.

Will said, “Pit bulls just have that stigma associated with them, though, and people won’t even give them a chance.

“They think they will turn on their children in an instant, and that’s just not the case. They’re just like any dog."

For the full story, pick up a copy of the April 3 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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