05:02AM, Monday 16 September 2013
A staffie owner from Cippenham is urging people to watch a film showing the positive sides of the breed he loves.
Andrew Simpson is promoting Damaged Goods, which will be shown at the Windsor Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture at 8pm on Wednesday.
The Weekes Drive resident also runs a campaign on Facebook called 'Staffie's aren't dangerous spread the word' which has more than 100,000 members.
The 46-year-old has a Staffie - a Staffordshire Bull Terrier - called Stanley, seven, and said much of society wrongly has negative impressions of them.
"They are lovely dogs and not dangerous," he said, describing Stanley as 'so playful and friendly'.
"The film is really positive about Staffies who are great."
Damaged Goods centres on teenager Zippo, 15, and sister Nelly, who live a tough lifestyle, but find a beaten up Staffie dog, which they name Carlos, who they become best friends with.
Carlos has come from world of dog fighting and they nurse him back to health, before having to fight to save him from being dragged into fighting again by underworld criminals.
Andrew said: "People get the wrong impression about Staffies, which is a lot to do with how people bring them up.
"Young kids are using them as weapons, but so many people have Staffies and are bringing them up right."
The film is being backed by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, which is running its own 'Staffies. They're softer than you think' campaign video alongside it.
Andrew said the film, which was directed by Durham resident Mike Tweedle, is a bit like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and shows the underworld Staffies get drawn into and used in.
Visit www.damagedgoodsfilm.co.uk for details.
Watch a trailer for the film below:
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