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

  AUDIO: Boutin (above) tells why he withdrew his bill.

State Delegate Charles Boutin's interest in pit bull legislation was sparked a few years ago when he represented, as an attorney, a 5-year-old girl who had been viciously attacked by a pit bull. After being elected to the House of Delegates in 1998, he says he felt a responsibility to protect others from attacks.

 But after extensive review of his pit bull ban this year, Boutin decided to withdraw his bill. He says it was clear the bill would not be approved in committee. 

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