Pit bull lovers gathered this past Saturday to learn more about the breed they adore and donate pet food to the Herkimer County Humane Society.
The shelter’s booster club held the “Pity Party” event at Dungeon Tattoo with the help of its owner, Jennifer Brough. The event had two pit bulls from the humane society for the public to meet. Besides the pet food drive, there was also a raffle and information available about pit bulls.
“It was about pit bull education,” said Danyel Sommer-Everson, a member of the booster club. “We wanted people to understand the breed. There’s such a misunderstood conception about pit bulls. They’re not made to be aggressive.”
Sommer-Everson said the shelter has several pit bulls and wanted to bring attention to how docile the pit bulls can be.
“Most of the pit bulls I know are mellow, loving dogs. It’s not what people think,” she said.
Some of the aggression associated with pit bulls come from backyard breeding, inbreeding and dog fighting, said Brough.
The event emphasized the importance of pet owners getting their animals spayed or neutered.
“Pit bulls got a horrible rap. I got two and they’re awesome dogs,” she said of her two-year-old Hazel and six-month-old Raven. Besides the two pit bulls, Brough said she also owns a malamute dog. One of her dogs was a rescue from over breeding.
Brough said about 1,800 pounds of food for the animal shelter was donated. To help get the drive going, Brough said she would take $10 off a tattoo for every 10 pounds of food brought in, up to 50 pounds.
Other events are coming up to help benefit the shelter.
The humane society will also host two murder mystery dinners this Friday and Saturday at Francesca’s Banquets and Catering, 144 Main St., Ilion. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 a couple. There will be a cash bar and a silent auction. Tickets will be available at the shelter or at the door.
A food drive will also be held this weekend during the haunted hay ride at Gelston Castle Estates, sponsored by the Mohawk and Cedarville fire departments.
In November, there will be a Paws for Claus photo session for animals at Aubuchon Hardware.
Those interested in becoming a booster can contact the shelter.