'Pitty Fair' celebrates misunderstood breed


by Brooke Katz


Posted on August 3, 2013 at 7:31 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Dogs like Pit Bulls are known as Bully Breeds, but an event at Shelby Park was aimed at changing that mindset.

Today the park hosted a Pitty Fair, where organizations that work with dogs like Pit Bulls came out to help prove that perception isn't always reality.

One of the groups at the event was called Tyson's Chance, named after a rehabilitated Pit Bull named Tyson. The organization works to rehabilitate and find homes for dogs with behavioral or medical issues. Most of the dogs they work with would likely end up euthanize.

According to the American Temperament Test Society, Pit Bulls actually score well when it comes to temperament. They did better than Collies, Cocker Spaniels and even Golden Retrievers.

"From a trainer's perspective they're actually easy to deal with," Ashley Shelburne, the founder of Tyson's Chance said. "They're people pleasers."

Shelburne says people really should be placing the blame on bad owners, not bad dogs.

"People get them just for a status symbol," Shelburne said. "They're chained in the back yard, they aren't properly trained and with any active large breed, you'd be in the same situation."

For more information on Tyson's Chance, head to the following website:  http://www.tysonschance.com/site/

For information about Saving Sunny head to the following website: http://www.savingsunnyinc.org/index.html

To see the temperament testing scores, head to this website: http://atts.org/