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Who’s to blame for pit bull attacks, the dogs or their owners?

February 24, 2010


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Which end of the leash to blame after dog attacks? And should there oughta be a law? Three pit bull attacks on humans over the weekend in Philadelphia, including the fatal mauling of a 38-year-old Fishtown woman by one of her mother’s six pit bulls, have brought the controversial kind of dog back into the headlines. They have raised long-simmering arguments over who should be held responsible after a dog attack, the dog or the dog owner? Joining Marty to talk about the pros and cons of “breed-specific legislation” are DEBORA BRESCH, an attorney and the ASPCA’s Director of Government Relations, Eastern Region; and COLLEEN LYNN, a survivor of a pit-bull attack and founder of DogsBite.org, a public education website about dangerous dogs – “specifically pit bull type dogs.”

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