South Portland pit bull devotee launches rescue group

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SOUTH PORTLAND — A new organization is launching to save pit bulls from all over the country.

Dog lover Britt Bolnick is behind the Pittie Posse Rescue and Sanctuary. A free event to introduce the public to the group and its mission will be held Saturday, April 15, 7-10 p.m., at Jen Dean Photography, 72 Bridge St. in Westbrook.

The goal is to train the dogs to be good citizens and then adopt them into loving homes, Bolnick said.

Bolnick said the launch party is a fundraiser designed to assist with the cost of buying land and building a shelter and training center for the dogs.

“I’ve had dogs my whole life; every single one of them a rescue,” Bolnick said this week. “I rescued my first pit bull, Boo Radley, off the streets of New York City when I was in my 20s.”

“I call him my gateway pit bull,” she said. “(I) got an understanding of all the terrible things these (dogs) face by working with him to reverse the damage that had been done to him as a bait dog.”

Bolnick has only had pit bulls since then, and now owns three rescued pit bulls of various mixes.

The mission of Pittie Posse is to rescue the animals “from dog fight busts around the country and areas that are overflowing with dogs,” like Los Angeles, where “only one in every 600 pit bulls make it out of the shelter,” Bolnick said.

“In addition,” she said, “we’ll offer community education around breed awareness and responsible dog ownership, as well as retreats and training for activists and (others involved) in animal rescue.

“This work is so important because Maine is a state that has the luxury of not having shelters that are killing hundreds and hundreds of pit bulls a month and that is not experiencing terrible issues with dog fighting and breeding, (which means) we are poised to help.”

Kate Irish Collins can be reached at 710-2336 or Follow Kate on Twitter: @KirishCollins.

Britt Bolnick with one of her resuced pit bulls.

  • Yotie

    You are getting dogs from dogfighting busts in adopting them out into homes?! For years, pitbull activists have told us that it’s all how you raise them. Now you want us to take dogs with unknown, and often violent history as pets into our houses?

  • Do Sweet

    That’s why education is so necessary…Pit bulls that have been rescued from fighting situations have gone on to be therapy dogs,,good citizen, & being used in police depts…Research,, Best Friend Sanctuary on how they took 22 of the best fighting dogs in the Michael Vick case – with proper assessment,care, rehabilitation
    many are loving pets, therapy dogs,etc,,pits rescued from fighting situations are grateful for the rescuers who save them,,never heard of any attacking,,only licks & tail wagging when they know why the humans are there to save them not hurt them,,,we need people to research,educate, & learn the truth instead of repeating the falsehood that fighting dogs are dangerous & not trust worthy.