Walk For Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs Approaches; Organizers Announce VIPs, Guest Speakers, Bands and More

Attendees include: Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Ward 4 City Council Member Shirley Scott. National speakers include: Colleen Lynn, Founder of DogsBite.org, and Tony Solesky whose family lies at the center of the Maryland appellate court decision, Tracey vs. Solesky, declaring “pit bulls inherently dangerous.”

Walk For Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs Approaches; Organizers Announce VIPs, Guest Speakers, Bands and More

Tucson, AZ, October 13, 2012 –(PR.com)– Local grassroots activists and the Facebook Pit Bull Regulation Project Group announce the line up of events on Saturday, October 27th for the Walk For Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs. The dog bite victims’ advocacy event kicks off at high noon in Lincoln Park at 4325 South Pantano Road. Admission is free. Creators of the event to raise awareness about dog bite victims, Tucson-based Melissa “Mellie” Baze and Matthew Pimple, are thrilled to announce the line up for the event:

– Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will begin the event with a short presentation, and Tamie Williams, a dog bite victim’s mother flying in from Canada, will speak about our mission and goals for the event.

– Attendee walkers will carry photos and signs of victims who could not attend (some sign making materials and victim photos will be available for attendees).

– After the Walk, Tucson’s favorite band, Funky Bonz will begin the entertainment portion of the event, and will be followed by two of their VIP guest speakers, Colleen Lynn and Tony Solesky.

– Attendees are welcome to have lunch and drinks, provided by East Coast Super Subs, who will be there selling their delicious hot/cold subs, appetizers and drinks.

– Tucson’s best Blues Band, Black Cat Bones will perform after the two guest speakers with some fantastic Blues music, followed by one or two more VIP guest speakers.

– Donations will be taken for 4-year old Levi Mulkey of Chino Valley, Arizona, a recent victim of a vicious dog mauling. Levi is the son of Tiffany and Matthew Mulkey. Attendees will receive either a t-shirt or a ribbon for their donations.

– Attendees are encouraged to sign the guest book to receive updates about future events.

The first ever public event supporting and raising awareness for dog bite victims, Walk For Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs, is shaping up to be a remarkable and memorable event taking place right here in Tucson. Melissa “Mellie” Baze and Matthew Pimple hope to see a diverse range of attendees including members of neighborhood associations, parents, teachers, walkers and joggers, medical health professionals, dog bite injury attorneys, letter carriers and many more who encompass the large range of those affected by dog bite-related injuries.

Event Details

Walk for Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs
Saturday, October 27th 2012
12:00 Noon – 7pm
Lincoln Park 4325 South Pantano Road – Tucson, AZ 85730
Admission is Free

No dogs are allowed at the event, for the safety of everyone involved.

Tucson Police Department has provided officers to be present at the event to enforce laws and rules, and to ensure the safety of everyone included.

Download the official event flyer:

About Us

Melissa “Mellie” Baze and Matthew Pimple are members of the Facebook Pit Bull Regulation Project Group, a group that helps victims nationally and internationally, and has helped to put this event together. Baze is also a Social Worker and can be reached at 520-261-9913 for press inquiries. The website,walkforvictimsofpitbulls.blogspot.com, was launched in March 2012 and contains video and photo stories of victims injured and killed by dangerous dogs. Find the event on Facebook as well:


Pit bull awareness day 2012- Walk for Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs

2012- Walk for Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs
Please come and join us, and show your support by walking for the VICTIMS of pit bull and other dangerous dog attacks. Most often when these dogs attack, maul or kill children, adults or family pets, the support seems to be misplaced onto the attacking dog/s to be euthanized, rather than where it should be…on the VICTIM. It is time that the voice of the VICTIMS and their families be heard to promote public awareness and help reduce the number of these attacks.
Date: Saturday, October 27th 2012
! ! Time: 12:00 noon to 7pm
Location: Lincoln Park
! ! 4325 S. Pantano Rd Tucson, AZ 85730

Brave Tuscon woman starts support group and international event for victims of pitbulls and other dangerous dogs. Mellissa Barbalaco is a disabled woman who experienced a violent pitbull attack on her service dog. She met with other victims online and spearheaded an event to bring support group members together in the first gathering of pitbull attack victims. The members speak of common problems such as:
Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder
Grief and Mourning loss of pet
On-going legal issues
Dissatisfaction with laws to protect people from vicious dogs
Lack of empathy and understanding from surrounding community
Financial burdens from the pitbull attacks
Parenting issues and Serious Medical issues
A belief that pitbulls pose a safety threat to people and their pets in their neighborhoods and yards.
“I couldn’t of gotten though this without you guys” writes one support group member. Another member posts online, ” GOOD NEWS! My boy has slept in his own bed and slept through the night for the first time since the attack!” The victims feel like family and seek to meet in person and reach out to other victims that need support so “Mellie” and the members of her support group have rented a park, hired onsite security and brought in two lives bands, and a food vendor along with several speakers on the issue of dangerous dogs. The group has also contributed to pay for the hotel expenses so Canadian victim Marie Helene Tokar can attend, and secured Tshirts for the event. We will start the party with a Walk to honor victims of pitbulls. Churches, and business groups are welcome to come out and support victims to help raise awaremess and show support. “We will hold posters of victims that cannot attend due to the severity of their injuries, or due to the fact that they were killed by a pitbull. ”
DOG ARE PROHIBITED AT THE EVENT. https://www.facebook.com/Walkforvictimsofpbodd?ref=ts

Pit bull nutters plan to scare pit bull victims on the Walk for Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs-Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Pit bull owners are frothing at the mouth and angry with this walk , angry at the victims for speaking out and angry that people see pit bulls for what they really are. These crazy nutters have made threats of taking their pit bulls to this walk – either to torment the victims or for sick sort of pleasure in seeing human suffering . I hope these pit bull owners leave these victims alone , just for 1 day.

Walk for Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs-Saturday, October 27th, 2012


Please leave your dogs at home while joining us to walk for victims. This is most importantly for the safety of the walkers and for the safety of your dogs.


Tucson Police Officers WILL BE present at the Walk to ensure safety, and Animal Control will be present to escort any unruly visitors off the property and confiscate any Pit Bulls or Other Dangerous Dogs

We have rented the Park and reserve the RIGHT to refuse entrance to unruly visitors and DOGS

We will have a small sign-making station at the Walk for those who did not/could not bring a sign of their own. The station will be very small, so everyone is encouraged to make and bring a sign of your own.