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Failure of pit bull legislation taxes resources of SPCA

Despite the General Assembly's failure last week to pass pit bull legislation, there are still ways Maryland voters and animal lovers can show their support for this and similar breeds, which are being turned in at Maryland animal shelters in increasing numbers ("Pit bull compromise fails, trial lawyers win," April 10).

On April 21, the Maryland SPCA will host its annual March for the Animals, the organization's biggest fundraiser of the year. All donations go directly to provide care, shelter, food and medical care for the animals in the group's adoption center, which last year placed more than 3,000 pets in loving homes.

While the SPCA cares for all dogs and cats until they find new homes, other shelters simply do not have the resources. The estimated revenue from the 2013 march won't be sufficient to save the large, unplanned new influx of dogs.

Citizens can make a difference by contributing to the Maryland SPCA online. We need public support more than ever now that so many more dogs will be surrendered due to the failure of the legislature.

Barb Clapp, Homeland

The writer chairs the Maryland SPCA's March for the Animals.

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