No evidence that pit bulls are more likely to bite

The Maryland SPCA is not only disappointed in the Maryland Court of Appeals recent ruling stating all "pit bulls" are inherently dangerous but also Dan Rodricks' commentary ("Pit bulls: Own at your risk," April 30).

It is tragic to hear of anyone harmed by an animal. We believe these situations can be avoided by responsible dog owners. To prevent dog bites and attacks, owners must appropriately supervise their dogs, provide them with training and socialization, and have them spayed/neutered.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), there is no accurate way to measure and determine which breeds are more likely to bite. These legitimate agencies also state that any data collected relating to dog bites has high potential for error.

Mr. Rodricks' opinions certainly won't damper the success of the MD SPCA's 17th March for the Animals. Thousands of dog owners and dog breeds of all kinds safely came together to have fun while helping the homeless dogs in our community.

Aileen Gabbey, Baltimore

The writer is executive director of the Maryland SPCA.

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