I go down to PG County a lot, and I see pit bulls there all the time. I talk to people who tell me they own pit bulls and live in the county. They know the dogs are not legal, but they're willing to flout the law to have them.
In fact, the Fox New story notes that:
The county says it investigates about 10 complaints a month of illegal pit bulls, and on a daily basis there are about 20-25 in its shelter awaiting their fate.
The reason I think it's important to point this out is because those of us who go out and fight breed-specific legislation in our communities try to explain to lawmakers that when you ban pit bulls in a particular area, you basically ensure that the only people who will then own them are people who shouldn't have them: people who who are more than willing to break the law to have them. The knuckleheads, gang bangers, and don't give a F*CK types will continue to do what they want. The responsible owners--the regular folks who love this breed, understand these dogs, and won't let them run loose and cause problems--will comply with the law and either rehome their dogs or move.
So what do you have left? Situations like the one that took place in PG County, where a kid is bitten, neighbors complain that the dog has been running loose in the community, the owner of the dog claims the dog was just playing, and the guy who accompanies the child to the hospital becomes confrontational with EMTs and has to be let out of the ambulance on the side of the road because the emergency-medical personnel were afraid for their safety.
And the story then gets posted on MSNBC, which is no good for any of us. Sigh.
Hope the kid is OK and isn't injured too badly.