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In the Middle or on the Outs: Pit Bulls in Maryland

How can people and animals be kept safe from vicious dogs? Some local and state officials have proposed banning them--particularly one breed, the pit bull.

But some animal rights groups sharply oppose breed-specific bans, arguing that such laws fail to address the real issue of irresponsible or uninformed owners and breeders.

Because of their actions, many pit bulls end up like this 3-month-old puppy--abandoned, lost or impounded in a Maryland shelter, awaiting adoption or, in many cases, euthanization.

Photos and text by Nikki Hawkins
Published May 15, 2001

Copyright 2001 University of Maryland College of Journalism. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.


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