Group organizes walk for victims of pit bulls and other dogs
Reporter: Alexis Fernandez
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - This Saturday, a group of victims of dog bites will participate in the first annual "Walk for victims of pit bulls and other dangerous dogs" at Lincoln Park.
The event is organized by Melissa Baze, a dog owner who said a pit bull attacked her dog at Lincoln Park.
Among the attendees will be Pamela Ashley, who made a trip from Alabama to participate in the event.
Ashley said when her dog, Blue, was killed by two neighborhood pit bulls, her life changed.
"I lost a dog and we loved him as part of our family," she said. "Then I saw the children, the elderly and the people that were defenseless."
She said when it comes to pit bull breeds, owners need to take more responsibility.
"If you have a breed of dog that has the statistics, the numbers of attacks with maulings, then it would be prudent of dog owners to take these steps to protect people," she said.
Nine on Your Side Reporter Alexis Fernandez asked her whether it was fair to target the dogs and not the owners.
"That's one of those situations that until you've actually been the victim of an attack or family member of victim that you can't really understand," she answered.
She said it's about giving victims a voice and support.
Last week, Pit n' Proud held an event to try to change the breeds reputation, which some owners say is undeserved.
"Focusing on the pit bull breed, showing everybody that they're not monster dogs, they're wonderful family dogs," said Kayla Ballesteros, who attended the event.
The event wil be held at Lincoln Park this Saturday, Oct. 27, from noon to 7 p.m. Admission is free.