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WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 – Pit Bull Advocates Rally in Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS, Md.  Dozens of people showed their support for pit bulls Tuesday in front of the Maryland state house in Annapolis. A rally was held by pit bull activists who are attempting to fight for their four-legged friends who can't speak out for themselves. Del. Michael Smiegel spoke at the rally along with other supporters. One thing was clear, pit bull activists want the Maryland Court of Appeals to reverse its decision that all pit bulls and pit bull breeds are “inherently dangerous.” “I oppose the Court of Appeals ruling with all my heart,” said Michelle Shipley. “I think it's unfair and I want it changed, and I want it changed now.” Shipley has two pit bulls of her own, both of which she adopted from shelters. She said her dogs are well-behaved and it all depends on how you train them. Kelli Parker of Frederick, Md., has owned pit bulls her whole life.  She said she was shocked and appalled to hear about the court's ruling.  She had been looking forward to Tuesday's, but admits she was nervous about the turnout because of the bad weather. “To be honest I am so excited, I was a little hesitant and concerned because it was raining earlier but I am happy to see as many people out here as possible,” she said.  In surrounding areas such as Washington, D.C. and Virginia, a dog must first injure someone or something in order for it to be considered dangerous. There is no word at this time when the pit bull ruling will be reconsidered in Annapolis.

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