Pit bull owners stage Macon walk | News
The attention given to pit bulls isn't always good.
Many people associate the breed with dog fighting, random attacks on people and perhaps mauling a neighbor's pet.
That negative attention has some cities around the country either banning the breed or considering a ban.
In recent weeks, protestors in Atlanta went to the Capitol advocating for a pit bull ban after a woman's young son was killed.
A group in Macon on Sunday staged a pit bull walk to make people more aware about the breed and to insure that a breed specific ban never happens here.
"They were voted the most friendly dog," said one participant at the Stubby's Heroes' Macon-Bibb Bully Pride Walk.
About a dozen people and their pits attended the rally that started at about noon in Washington Park. The dog owners then walked down Magnolia Street and around the neighborhood with their animals.
"I'm here to educate Macon about pit bulls," said Samantha Bergeron. She brought her pit bull mix, Nika, to the walk. "If they are raised right, they are great dogs."
Bergeron said she found Nika abandoned at a gas station five years ago.
"There's such a stigma against them. They are not mean dogs," said Jennifer Prater, who organized the walk.
Prater said the goal of the event is prevent any breed specific legislation from ever occurring in Macon.
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