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Residents have mixed feelings on pit bull breed
Advocates say bad owners are the problem
Dea Butler and wife Valencia watch Diamond, their 2-year-old pit bull, sniff around in their backyard Friday in Gainesville. The Butlers are longtime pit bull supporters. - photo by SARA GUEVARA | The Times
The already shaky reputation of the pit bull breed took a turn for the worse this month in Gainesville.On April 19, a 9-year-old Gainesville girl was flown to a hospital in Atlanta after a newly adopted pit bull bit her arms in a McEver Vineyards apartment. Adrinna Adkins was protecting a cat the dog was chasing when it bit into her.By the next day, Adrinna was in stable condition, but doctors had worries an artery in her arm may be damaged. As of Wednesday, she was no longer listed at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.Just days before that attack, a woman went before Gainesville City Council calling for a citywide ban on the pit bull breed.