WATERLOO, Iowa --- Pit bull owners will take to the streets this weekend to fight the bad image the breed often receives.
"There are a lot of good owners out there who take care of their dogs," said Donna Penny of Cedar Valley Pit Bull Advocates, organizer for the second annual National Pit Bull Awareness Day walk on Saturday.
Penny said the dogs often get a bad rap because of irresponsible owners, but pit bulls can be found helping mankind throughout history.
She pointed to one famous example, pit bull Sergeant Stubby. Stubby accompanied United States soldiers on the Western Front during World War II and is credited with saving lives by warning of mustard gas attacks.
Another famous pit bull was Petey from the "Our Gang/Little Rascals" films of the 1920s and '30s, she said.
"Helen Keller even had one, too," Penny said.
Saturday's walk starts at 1 p.m. at Washington Park. Owners will lead their dogs through downtown to the courthouse. Other breeds also are welcome, she said.