Three-legged York County dog breaks down pit bull stereotypes ahead of “Bully Bash”

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A York County puppy was dropped off at the SPCA neglected and with a broken leg.  Someone rescued her, then a little over a year ago, she was brought back to the shelter.  Her third chance at a forever home not only charms her family, but also shows how all dogs can be loving with the right ownership.

Stella, 2, does miss a beat.  But with only three legs, the pit-bull mix has a story that started off on the wrong foot.

Owner, Kala Sechrist says, “When she did come in, she had a broken leg that was not properly treated.  It healed nastily and we had to amputate the leg completely.”

Sechrist is an animal care tech at the York County SPCA.  She saw Stella dropped off two separate times.  So a year and a half ago, Kala put an end to neglect.

Sechrist says, “Seeing her come back a second time, that broke my heart so she came home!”

Nearly 65% of the dogs that come into the York County SPCA are of a bull breed and if they’re like Stella, they have a happily ever after story.  It’s through your support that you can help their stereotype.

York County SPCA Executive Director, Melissa Smith says, “It all goes back to irresponsible pet ownership.  If we look at Lefty who is a bully breed mix, he’s a fantastic dog, wonderful with everybody he meets.”

Sechrist says, “The breed has a bad name and they shouldn’t.  It’s how you raise the dog. It’s not a bad breed just a bad reputation.”

Kala gave Stella a chance, and her love for her bull and the breed grows.

If you want to help dogs like Stella find forever homes, attend the 4th Annual Bully Bash at John Rudy County Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The goal is to raise positive awareness about bully breeds by reducing the negative stereotypes.


  • MyTakeOnIt

    The sudden change in temperament of these breeds that frequents the news is what concerns the public at-large. It's as if they must be treated as if you own a lion, tiger or bear; you must be extra cautious daily. The "accidents" that occur from ownership of these breeds must be reduced in order to improve their image.

    • works with dogs

      I work with dogs of all breeds. Every dog breed can and does have issues with random change in temperament which is often a result in inbreeding, brain tumors, and other medical issues. The only reason you hear about it with the pits is because unlike the Chihuahuas they are big enough to do some damage.

    • works with dogs

      Oh and just so you know the majority of dogs I work with are pits. Ive never been bitten by a pit, just by Chihuahuas and other small dogs and a lab once. But never a pit. Uneducated comments like yours are the reason breeds get a bad rep

      • MyTakeOnIt

        No. The reason they get a bad rap is due to the damage they do. It is not their fault. You listed reasons. My comments are fact. The sudden changes ARE what concerns the public. Owners MUST be cautious daily. And accidents MUST be reduced in order to improve that breed's image. No doubt about any of the three statements I made above. They are powerful and must be raised carefully. Severe consequences for the pets and humans occur without proper upbringing.

    • S Wooley

      Pits don't actually bite more than other breeds. Its just that they are the only ones making the news. Per the ASPCA, animal control officers have told the organization that when they alert the media to a dog attack, news outlets respond that they have no interest in reporting on the incident unless it involves a pit bull. Yes, bad ownership has a great deal to do with it with any dog. But so do individuals that do not respect the dog's space and property. That is why you hear of so many children getting attacked. They are face level, they squeal & run, they try to pet the dog when its eating, etc…Its every parents responsibility to teach the children how to act around any dog.

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