PITTSBURGH (NEWSRADIO 1020 KDKA) — When Michael Vick’s illegal dog fighting compound was raided in 2007, 49 dogs were rescued. Many people said these trained killing machines should be destroyed, but others stepped up and offered to rehabilitate them.
One of those dogs is pit bull Hector. Now, his scarred body and missing teeth are the only remnants of his once cruel life.
Under owner Roo Yuri, Hector has become a docile, friendly dog who now spends his time touring the country to help raise awareness for his breed and show other people that badly-treated dogs can learn new tricks.
Roo and Hector, joined by Gretchen Fieser and Lynne Ready of the Western Pa. Humane Society, and Nicole Mallory of Pittsburgh-based pit bull advocacy group Hello Bully, stopped by Studio K to meet KDKA AM’s Larry Richert and talk about why Hector is in Pittsburgh for a very special cause.
“There are a lot of misperceptions (about pit bulls). Hector didn’t have a choice of where he was, and as soon as he got out of that situation and had a chance to be a dog… this is who he actually is,” said Yuri.
You can meet Hector and Roo on Thursday at Emiliano’s Mexican Restaurant in Ross Township. People can pose for photos for $4 each; $3.50 of that will be donated to Hello Bully and The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. The event runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.