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More to pit bulls than fighting, Lineville rescue volunteer says

LINEVILLE (AP) — Henrietta’s pink tongue hangs out of her open mouth in anticipation of her reward. She sits patiently, brown eyes gleaming, then catches her prize from the air and chews the treat with gusto.

Renee Jones took in Henrietta, a pit bull dog, last year like she has done so many other times.

Not long ago Jones became one of the only volunteers in the area for Turtle Moon Pit Bull Rescue, a foster/adoption organization for pit bull dogs.

“I take in pit bull dogs and try to find homes for them,” Jones said.

Turtle Moon is a volunteer-run organization, located in Lineville, whose main goals are to rescue pit bull dogs, educate the owners and help the public gain acceptance of the breed through education.

“Pits have an undeserved reputation,” Jones said. “They have such good temperaments.”

The breed loves people, she said, and would even make a horrible guard dog because of their happy nature.

“They also have good work ethic,” she said.

Vick brings spotlight

Though pit bulls may be good dogs, the breed has also been in the news locally and nationally because of their use in dog fighting. Pro football star Michael Vick is facing federal charges related to dog fighting and a Cottonwood man is scheduled to go on trial this month on similar charges.

Jones’s special connection with pit bull dogs makes the recent charges against Vick especially hard to deal with. She went as far as writing a letter to Vick’s sponsors and coaches.

Jones is a lover of dogs and has studied them extensively. Many animal organizations have sought her opinion on the adoptability of various dogs and commissioned her help in training them.

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