WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- It turns out several people we spoke to had difficulty identifying a pit bull. Breeds that people confused the pit bull with include the Cane Corso, dogo argentino, and the alano espanol, also known as the Spanish bulldog.
"I think any dog could be dangerous if it's not trained appropriately," says Kate Robbins, who's against a pit bull ban. "I don't think a dog is inherently dangerous."
"I heard they're very very dangerous... They just turn on you," said Tommy Campbell, who says he's afraid of pit bulls.
With Maryland lawmakers reviewing a ruling by the state's highest court that pit bulls are "inherently dangerous," the breed's definition is now in question. One guide being considered is Prince George's County's pit bull ban which defines them as The Stafford bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier or American pit bull terrier.
"I've been doing this for 20 years and you just can't tell a dog's breed by just looking at it," said Scott Giacoppo, Vice President of External Affairs of the Washington Humane Society (washhumane.org). "It's too subjective."
Giacoppo suggests Maryland lawmakers look at what DC has done.
"We have an enforceable dangerous dog law that looks at the individual behavior of an animal rather than the breed of the animal," said Giacoppo.
"You can't just ban a whole breed of dogs because of irresponsible people," said Robbins.
Giacoppo says DNA testing is the best way to identify a dog's breed.
If you're interested in adopting Ronnie, the sweet 1-year-old pit bull mix who appeared in Anny's live shot, please contact the Washington Humane Society at 202-576-6664, or email email@example.com