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New York Bully Crew Gives Advice on Handling Pit Bulls

Those dealing with dogs – in particular pit bulls – at the city pound were given a number of tips on handling the dogs as well as ways to get them adopted.

The New York Bully Crew made a visit to the pound April 2 to provide information to officers and volunteers. The crew has two shelters for dogs that are taken from people, the animal control department or found abandoned. They are a non-profit corporation that is a registered group with a 501c3 status.

Craig Fields, of the crew, told a group of 25-30 people, that the best way to get dogs adopted is through Facebook, a website or Pet finder.

“You need to create a need. Once people know they will be put down, they step up,” said Fields. “Smaller dogs go faster and those that look less mean go faster.”

One way dogs are adopted quicker is by creating “tip-ins”. It is where people donate money so that owners, who get that dog, know there is money that comes with it. Money is meant to be used for such things as buying a crate, dog food or training.

“People don’t want the dog to be put down so they donate $5 or $10 for a particular dog,” said Fields. “Injured dogs get money right away and are taken.”

People can get up to $1,000 for adopting a dog.

Fields said before people get a dog, a landlord check and background check must be done and a home check after a dog is adopted is important.

Jessica Corsaletti, one of the founders of the Friends of Animal Control, said some people have tried to adopt dogs from the pound and the group found out dogs was not allowed in their place of residence and the owner would be forced to release the dog.

“It’s not in the best interest of the dog to get an owner and they have to let it go afterward,” said Corsaletti.

Fields said his group is willing to do home inspections for the City if needed.

He said dogs are not aggressive. They need love, TLC, to be walked and socialized. Dogs also need to learn to walk and play together he added.

“Dogs learn from other dogs and then humans,” said Fields. “When they see what a dog is doing, they do it.”

He said some dogs just don’t get along with each other. He said working with the dogs is vital.

“Dogs only know what you teach them,” he added. “You need to create a proper environment.”

He also told those in attendance that the proper way to stop two dogs from fighting is by picking them up by the scruff of the neck.

“The shock of the grab will usually do it,” said Fields. “Grab and pick him up by the skin. If you are by yourself hold them both by their collars.”

He said a breaking stick is another good option. It opens the jaw and snaps them out of what they are doing.

“Training is a big issue,” said Police Chief William Gagliardi. “Listening to your success gives us a good idea of things that can be accomplished. Municipal is a little different. We have changed the way we do business. Ten days is not a hard and fast any more.”

Gagliardi said he is concerned how long dogs can stay in the pound before they are considered “un-adoptable”.

Fields said it is important to find volunteers that will take the dogs that aren’t being adopted. He said the New York Bully Crew will be available on a consulting basis for the New Britain pound from now on.

“There are people who aren’t doing it for the money,” said Fields. “They love what they are doing. That is why volunteers can really help around here.”

Fields also said it was important to get dogs fixed.

Gagliardi said according to state law, the City would have to adopt a dog after having it 10 days and then spay or neuter it. He said it is important for the Friends group to get a 501c3 status and start doing fundraising so dogs could get fixed.

“In municipalities it is a money issue,” said Gagliardi. “We have a very tight budget.”

Gagliardi said keeping contact with the group will be important for the future of the pound.