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Once again, dog breed discrimination rears its hateful head against classifications of bull terriers. It is not the breed of dog that is the problem, it is the irresponsible owners and breeders who are the problem.

Fourteen years ago, Hammond attempted to pass an ordinance making it difficult or illegal to have any type of bull terrier within the city limits. My Sheba, a Staffordshire bull terrier, who was a puppy back then, fell into the category deemed vicious/dangerous by the city, as did bull terriers (Target dog), miniature bull terriers, American Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers or any dog that resembles a pit bull, as determined by animal control. Because of the resolve of dog owners in Hammond, this proposed ordinance was never passed.

Any dog can be aggressive. The way you raise the dog, and with responsible breeding, makes all the difference in the temperament of your family canine.

As Sheba enters her sunset years, I sincerely hope that sensibility rules when it comes to the knee jerks and hysteria that has sometimes prevailed, concerning certain breeds of dogs. 

Mary Ellen Slazyk, Hammond

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Marc Chase is a veteran investigative reporter, columnist and editor of more than two decades. He currently leads The Times news staff as local news editor. He can be reached at 219-933-3327.