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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, August 27, 2014:
Twenty people have been killed by pit bulls in 2014 across the country. That's according to the group DogsBite.org, an organization that advocates for dog bite victims and works to reduce the number of dog attacks.
There have been a number of pit bull attacks in Central Pennsylvania. Two people in York were attacked within a week of each other in July. An 82-year-old Palmyra man was mauled last month as well. All three survived but had serious injuries.
There seems to be no middle ground when it comes to pit bulls -- many believe the breed is dangerous because they were bred for fighting and should be controlled by law. Still others think the problem lies with the dogs' owners and point out any breed can be aggressive if mistreated. Pit bull lovers say there are just more of them.
Some say that can be attributed to pro football player Michael Vick's conviction on dog fighting charges in 2007. Vick's case evoked a lot of sympathy for pit bulls and many people began adopting them.
Others point to gang and drugs activity in the late 1970s when pit bulls would often be used for intimidation.
Wednesday's Smart Talk focuses on pit bulls with Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania State Director for the Humane Society of the United States and Amy Kaunas, executive director of the Humane Society of Harrisburg.
Amy Kaunas, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Harrisburg.
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