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When pit bulls have more rights than humans

What's wrong with our society? Are we that sick that we have more respect for animals than we have for human beings?

A 78-year-old woman was attacked by a pit bull and underwent facial surgery ("Pit bull attack upsets neighborhood," June 8). The incident left her with one arm broken in two places and other fractures and bite wound on her face, ear and arm. She faces a lengthy hospitalization and rehabilitation as a result of the attack.

The owner of the pit bull was cited by animal control officers for allowing the dog to run free and failing to license or vaccinate it. Wow, what a penalty. What Justice.

And yet when a Severna Park man, fearing for his life and trying to defend himself — a God-given right that should be protected by the U.S. Constitution — shot a pit bull, which ran away and later died, he was charged with a firearms violation, animal cruelty and discharging a firearm in a residential area ("Severna Park man charged with shooting of pit bull," June 8). What justice is that? (Just think if he hadn't defended himself and lived through it, he could have filed a complaint and the owner would have gotten a citation. That's if he lived through it).

This is sick. Pit bulls are as much of a lethal weapon as a handgun or a professional boxers hands. Pit bulls should be outlawed and law-abiding citizens should have the legal right to defend themselves and their loved ones. I know you PETA lovers say some pit bulls are so sweet, etc., but wait until they get their bite on you or your loved ones and see what you have to say. They have no place in our society, as sick as it is.

Sal Grifasi, Bel Air

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