Artist works on pit bulls' rep

Artist works on pit bulls' rep

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An artist who helped start Best Friends Animal Society wants to change the image of pit bulls.

Cyrus Mejia has completed 12 paintings over the last two years that he hopes will show a different side of the dogs. Mejia says pit bulls in his new paintings are strong, loyal, affectionate and regal.

Mejia says he has always thought of pit bulls like "Petey" on "The Little Rascals" television show, but too many people today associate the dogs with fighting and gangs. Mejia says he wants to correct the misconceptions.

Mejia's work "Pits and Perception" goes on display Friday at Salt Lake City's Patrick Moore Gallery.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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