Today’s honoree for National Pit Bull Awareness Month is Amy Katherine “Opie” Taylor. Opie was nominated by her friend and rescue partner, Tonya Irizarry:
Opie and I founded Ring Dog Rescue in Richmond, VA five years ago. We were both involved with an all-breed rescue, where we were exposed to the plight of the pit bull, and decided to start a group focused solely on educating people about this breed and saving these dogs.
Opie went a step further and became an animal control officer for the city of Richmond where she served as an important advocate for this breed. Recently Opie has gone back to school to major in criminal justice as she figured out the only real way to make a difference was by improving the animal welfare laws in general.
Despite being a full-time student, Opie dedicates over 50 hours a week to the rescue. She is also an active member of the Virginia Animal Fighting Taskforce where she has assisted the HSUS, ASPCA, and the Animal Farm Foundation with behavior evaluations (across the state and even into NC) of the dogs seized.
Opie steered and implemented the PIT CREW, which was an end dog fighting campaign in the Woodland Heights are of Richmond. This was a 6-week free training program available to any bully owner that wanted to do something constructive with their dog. Seven of the eight dogs that attended received their CGC!
She was recently featured in an article in a local publication, as well, for her accomplishments.
I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award than Opie…her life has truly gone to the bully dogs!
On behalf of Bless the Bullys and the National Pit Bull Awareness Campaign, thank you, Opie, for your hard work and dedication! You are making a huge difference!!