Rescue group hopes to dispel negative stereotype of pit bulls

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Pit bulls tend to have negative stereotypes because of attacks like the one that happened on Wednesday morning in Rochester – and wind up in shelters because of it.

We spoke to someone who runs a local rescue operation for pit bulls. They sent their condolences to the victim.

They also want to spread awareness that not all pit bulls are violent – and any breed can attack people.

“What we know about dog attacks is that every dog, in the majority of cases, attacks out of fear about the situation,” said Stephen Devay, president of Rescue Pit. “So there was something in this situation where the dog had a fear. We need to have a conversation about how to address that problem and how we can change that behavior.”

The rescue group says pit bulls are not a specific breed, but are often a mix. They are labeled based on certain physical traits.

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