PITTSFIELD -- Are pit bulls scary?

Has the press contributed to a false stereotype? Do pit bulls bite more than other types of dogs?

Are pit bulls capable of being in a loving, respectful relationship with a human?

Those are among the questions that likely will be addressed when a specialist on pit bull type breeds and canine behavior speaks Sunday at the "Love-A-Bull" event presented by the Berkshire Humane Society animal shelter at 214 Barker Road.

Caitlin Quinn is manager of the Animal Farm Foundation in Bangall, N.Y. She often works with homeless pet shelters to better understand how to handle dogs with emotional issues, and how to adjust policies so they are not discriminatory against any particular breed.

"We believe there are a lot of misperceptions of pit bull-type dogs, so we wanted to bring someone in who has a lot of experience with those breeds," said Mary Koncel, a humane educator at Berkshire Humane Society. "As with any breed, it's not the dog or event or breed that is at fault, but it's how people care for their dogs."

As prelude to the Valentine's Day weekend "Love-A-Bull" presentation, there was a kissing booth set up at the shelter on Valentine's Day. The booth featured a very "Kiss-a-Bull" dog that folks could stop and say hi to -- and get a lickin' if they were so inclined.


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