Nova Scotia

Pit bull owners polish dog's image

Pit bull owners and their pets gathered at Cole Harbour Place on Saturday in a bid to change the public's perception of the controversial canines.

Pit bull owners and their pets gathered at Cole Harbour Place on Saturday in a bid to change the public's perception of the controversial canines.

"This is something I've been thinking about doing for a long time now," said Jerrico Gray, co-ordinator of the Bully Expo and Fun Show. "I travel back and forth through the States with my own dogs, entering them in various different shows, so I thought, why not trying to put something on here."

The expo, attended by more than 100 people, was a chance for pit bull owners to meet one another and to learn about responsible ownership.

Gray said he hopes this will become an annual event.

"I've had dogs all my life. I used to breed German shepherds a long time ago and once I started with the pit bulls, I've been at them since. So I'd say for about the last 20 years I've been breeding these dogs."

Advocates for Responsible Pet Ownership and Nova Scotia Lost Dogs Network also attended the event.

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