Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

February 24, 2013

Don’t blame the animal; owners have the duty to train them

Maryland voters, I was happy to read the brief article published in the Cumberland Times-News regarding a bill that would overturn the ruling on pit bulls being labeled an “inherently dangerous” breed of dog (“Lawmakers take on pit bull ruling,” Feb. 20 Times-News, Page 1B).

I urge you to stand behind this ruling. This label is misleading and misguided to this type of breed of animal.

My husband and I are the proud owners of a pit bull and boxer mix breed, Maple. I can honestly tell you that this animal is the most loving and adoring animal to anyone and any animal she encounters.

To be labeled as “inherently dangerous” places a stigma attached to her breed. This dishonor places her with a marker of being an ever-present hazard that requires special handling, storage, transportation, and precautions at all times to avoid damage or injury.

With attention and love, as to any animal or human, they are capable of being a best friend and member of any loving family. Animals need a healthy chance at life just like any human also requires the same.

I am a nurse and an officer in the United States military. I have encountered many populations and types of people.

If pushed to the limits and not given the guidance that one requires, anyone and anything is capable of doing harm. Does that mean that we can all be called “inherently dangerous”?  My answer to this is no. It falls on the responsibility of the owners of the animals and the parents of the individuals to train with love.

We have people with mental illness walking the streets everywhere. Does that mean they should be locked up and forgotten about? Should we extinct a species because they are “capable” of harm. No, nor should we label them!

Sarah L. Park

Lonaconing

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