The court was right: Pit bulls are 'inherently dangerous'

The dogs were bred to fight and kill

I was glad to see Dan Rodricks' article about the Maryland Court of Appeals' ruling on pit bulls ("A tragic reminder of Md. pit bull ruling," Jan. 20).

Maryland will see many more deaths and serious injuries as a result of attacks by pit bulls and other "gripping" dogs.

The "bully" breeds were never intended as house pets or companions for the weak and frail. They were created for the blood sports of bull- and bear-baiting.

When those pastimes were outlawed, the dogs were turned on each other in the lucrative "sport" of dog-fighting. Successful fighting dogs attacked without warning and fought to the death. These traits were highly prized and selectively bred for.

When dog-fighting became illegal across the country, the only way the dog fighters could stay under the radar was to push pit bulls and other fighting breeds as gentle, cuddly pets. When virtually every neighborhood has at least one pit bull, it's hard to tell who's running a fighting ring.

Seventeen children died in 2014 after being mauled by dogs, predominantly pits and other "bully" breeds. Yet these fighting dogs continue to be hyped as "nanny" dogs — protective, loyal and loving — and the unwary keep buying into it.

By contrast, only one child died in 2010 due to a design flaw in the "Nap Nanny" infant recliners, and the company recalled 30,000 of the devices.

Why? Companies know they are subject to lawsuits. They are held accountable when the product they're selling kills someone.

That may be the only thing that will stop the pit bull carnage, since lawmakers apparently aren't interested.

Lisa Black

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