DETROIT -

Michigan’s laws prohibiting dog fighting are considered by many to be the toughest in the country, yet the dog fighting epidemic continues in Detroit and the surrounding areas.

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Detroit Bully Corps is working to provide education and resources to change the culture surrounding dog fights in Detroit. During the month of July the rescue organization will host a series of of anti-dog fighting rallies.

"It is time we as a community take a stance against the atrocity known as dog fighting," says Bill Bellottie, Detroit Bully Corps Co-Founder and Director of Operations. "Detroit dog fighters must be confronted and these events are a call for change. The dog-fighting epidemic is tearing into our communities and destroying the reputation of the bully breeds we know and love."

Detroit Bully Corps is a no-kill dog rescue organization that rehabilitates and rescues dogs.

The group rescues nearly 90 percent American Pit Bull Terrier breeds. Many of the dogs are victims of fighting and after a comprehensive rehabilitation program some are able to be adopted out.

"With these rallies we want to provide solutions and create solidarity among the good people of the community and entire rescue world," said Co-Founder of the organization Missi Bellottie.
Locations:
• Thursday, July 4, 2:p.m. until midnight at Comet Bar, 126 Henry (BBQ; bring a dish to pass)
• Saturday, July 13, noon until 5 p.m. at Brightmoor Community Center, 14451 Burt Road.
• Saturday, July 20, noon until 5 p.m. at People’s Community Services, 420 S. Leigh
• Saturday, July 27, noon until 5 p.m. at Balduck Memorial Park, 18101 Chandler Park Drive

There is no entrance fee, but participants are encouraged to donate dog food, food bowls, water buckets, leashes, collars, shampoo, and flea/tick preventative to be used for a community outreach program. The rallies are open to all ages and to all well-mannered dog. Food and refreshments will be provided.
About Detroit Bully Corps
For more information, please visit www.DBCdogs.org or visit the group on their Facebook page