Don't stereotype pit bulls — or any other dog

If Dan Rodricks had made an effort to meet the dog dressed as Batman at the March for the Animals, he may have encountered a highly intelligent, affectionate and fun-loving animal ("Pit bulls: Own at your risk," May 1). With dogs, as with people, discrimination and profiling is unfair and does not advance a useful dialogue.

So kudos to the Maryland SPCA's Aileen Gabby and other local and national organizations who do not "distance" themselves from pit bulls, as Mr. Rodricks does. They understand that each dog, regardless of breed, should be treated as an individual and not a stereotype. Just as importantly, they understand that each dog has the right to a home and a family who will love them dearly.

Sherri Broughton, Arnold

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