Breed fairness

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In regard to Madonna Smith's recommendation ("Dog Danger," April 13 letters) to expand the leash law to include muzzles for "aggressive types of dogs, e.g., Rottweilers, Dobermans, pit bulls," etc.: It is true that these dogs are portrayed as aggressive, but, as most of us realize, media portrayal and common stereotype do not equal reality.

Those of us who live with or know pit bulls and other dogs routinely stereotyped as human-hungry roll our eyes as yet another person buys the hype of the fear-mongering media.

Pit bulls, for example, are inherently gentle and loyal to humans; by nature, they aspire to be lap dogs. Because pit bulls are so loyal, however, the unscrupulous and criminal can train them to be human-aggressive.

A sensible and fair response to a dog attack is to hold the owner responsible. The only sensible and fair leash law or dangerous dog law is a breed-neutral one.

KATHERINE WILKINS BIENKOWSKI
Squirrel Hill


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