GALLERY: March shows its bulldog spirit as rescue volunteers host sponsored walk
A PACK of bulldogs strolled through March on Saturday as dog-lovers and rescue volunteers joined together to raise money for the breed.
Louise Miller and Lindsey Brown, from March, raised more than �100 for volunteer rescue organisation ‘Bullies in Need’ with the sponsored dog walk.
The pair wanted to challenge the negative stereotypes they say are associated with the bull breed and protest Breed Specific Legislation, which can outlaw the possession of certain types of dog.
Ms Miller, who cares for 12 dogs herself, said: “It was a wonderful turn out. Passers-by were looking and wondering what was going on!
“We explained to people what we were doing and nobody had a bad word to say. Even if we changed one person’s mind about the bull breed then we achieved what we set out to do.”
Ms Miller said the money raised would go towards the cost of a life-saving operation for a ‘Bullies in Need’ dog called Ramsey.
She also thanked the Acre Pub for welcoming the dog-walkers and announced that another event was already being planned.
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The sponsored dog walk was also held in memory of six-year-old American bull cross Lennox, who was seized by Belfast City Council wardens for looking like a dangerous pitbull.
Thousands of campaigners had fought to free Lennox but, after a drawn-out court battle, an appeal to spare the dog’s life was dismissed.
For more information on ‘Bullies in Need’ visit: www.bulliesinneed.org.uk