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

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.