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Lucy Huh Kerner and her pit bull Susie, in front of the U.S. Capitol.
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Lucy Huh Kerner and her pit bull Susie, in front of the U.S. Capitol.

Pit bull owners are fighting to repeal laws they say unfairly discriminate against their pets. Dog owners rallied for the cause in front of the U.S. Capitol Saturday.

Across the nation, animal shelters are filled with pit bulls. Lucy Huh Kerner, of Fairfax, Virginia, used to volunteer at a shelter, and she says the dogs were often abandoned, not because they were aggressive, but because the owners couldn't find an apartment to rent.

"Even in the D.C. area, I had a hard time renting unless I went went directly to the landlord. Most complexes don't let you rent with a pit bull," Kerner said, adding that landlords often don't take a dog's temperament into account.

D.C. resident Aubrey Logan adopted her dog, Dutchess, from a shelter. Logan says Dutchess has scars on her face, likely from being used as a bait dog in dog fights.

"She's very gentle, she's not dog-aggressive at all," Logan says. "So actually, most of the pit bulls you find in shelters are extremely gentle dogs, who get tossed aside by these terrible breeders who want them to be vicious but that's not actually their nature."

Many jurisdictions have laws specifically against pit bulls, including Prince George's County, Maryland. Organizers of the march say such breed specific legislation isn't fair, and doesn't prevent dog attacks.

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