Program for Pit Bulls and the Back Story

by Mary Haight on November 25, 2010

PBS’s Chicago Tonight ran a story on a pit bull rehabilitation program that began several years ago with financial help from HSUS.  I was glad to see they are still having success in inner city areas, expanding the program, and changing the way people see pit bulls.  I wrote a story in May last year on this group, shot a video report from Tio Hardiman , the  original thinker who designed and implemented the program, and interviewed reformed dog fighters who now help neighborhood kids stop fighting dogs and start learning how to train them instead. (Thanks to Brent Toellner for pointing out WTTW did not give credit to Tio Hardiman, see comments.)

Watch the full episode. See more Chicago Tonight.

Here are two other related videos one from the Pickett brothers, the other from Shawn Moore all reformed dog fighters now working the program and  pit bull trainer Jeff Jenkins who leads community training programs.

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7 comments
Mel
Mel

Wow Mary. These are all really great pieces. The interview with Tio and Shawn and the PIckett Brothers. Just blown away.

Brent
Brent

I love Tio Hardiman's program. I got to meet Tio several years ago and he just has a great heart for this and it really is an outstanding program. One point of clarification, HSUS didn't start this program. Tio started it was a part of Chicago's Cease Fire program. HSUS is now financially helping the program....but they didn't start the program.

veryvizsla
veryvizsla

Thanks for taking the time to go and interview these reformed dog fighters. I think that their ideas and program is awesome! All of these men know the ins and outs of dog fighting, know the fighters in the community and know how to communicate with the people of their neighbourhood. While a dog fighter will turn their nose up at a Humane Society dog fighting PSA, they *might* listen to Tio or the Pickett brothers and change their ways, too.

Mary
Mary

There's sure alot of promise and hope here. Mary, thank you for posting this. Makes my Thanksgiving Day, for sure!

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