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The deadly menace of pit bulls [Letter]

11:15 AM EST, January 10, 2014

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I became friends with the Solesky family after I saw first-hand the aftermath of a pit bull attack on my dog ("Singling out pit bulls is unfair," Jan. 6). As a trauma nurse, I saw that the wounds inflicted by pit bulls were kill wounds — perforated carotid, brachial, femoral arteries, scalping, broken legs — far different from those from an ordinary dog fight.

Since becoming part of a advocate group for victims of pit bull attacks, I have met hundreds of people who buried their children, go through repeated reconstructive surgeries, have night terrors, bear horribly disfiguring scars and loss of function, all from pit bull attacks.

As long as pit bulls continue to attack people regardless of ownership, training, socialization, location or victim, then laws to protect against them have to be made and enforced.

The attempt to blind the public to the danger from pit bulls is criminally negligent at best. None of the words of pity mouthed by pit bull worshipers will bring back the dead, repair the injuries or make pit bull owners more responsible.

If the law is ever overturned, Maryland lawmakers can expect lawsuits for failure to protect every time a citizen is attacked.

Pame Ashley

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