My name is Erin. As the president and founder of the Electric City Pittie Committee I would like to welcome you and tell you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Great Falls, MT and graduated from Great Falls High School. I went to college briefly at Montana State University and decided to move out of state to pursue a degree in Veterinary medicine. I graduated from the College of Southern Idaho in the spring of 2009 with my degree in Veterinary Technology. Throughout my life I have worked in Veterinary Clinics in various positions including Certified Veterinary Technician, most recently, Best Friends Animal Hospital here in Great Falls. I returned home to Great Falls in the summer of 2009 with my pets in tow. While I was receiving my degree, I adopted a pit bull mix puppy from the local shelter. Trace has been my inspiration and my drive since that day. I truly never understood the stigma behind having a “pit bull” type dog until I moved home with Trace. I knew about Denver’s BSL and I knew about Ohio’s statewide ban, but I never truly thought those prejudices would affect me directly. I found myself offended that people elsewhere would find it appropriate to tell their neighbors, friends and family what kind of dog they could make a part of the family. When I first moved back here with Trace, I watched people scoop up their children, cross the street, leave the dog park or turn around on a walk to steer clear of my little squishy pittie mix. I thought to myself how horrible it was that he was discriminated against because of the way he looks. And thus, the ECPC was born… kind of. I found myself talking to a lot of people about the reasons they were running away. I found that in our community, we have a long way to go. Education is the key and being willing to offer positive experiences to replace negative media bias is very important to changing minds. I wondered, were there other people like me out there who wanted to change perceptions of “pit bull” type dogs and the people who own them. Over the years I have run across a number of those kinds of wonderful people in our community and together we are dedicated to making a difference.