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Dog Bill Takes Bite Out of Pit Bull Ruling

A proposed bill would establish that all breeds of dogs have potential to bite, according to Capital Gazette.

Montgomey County State Sen. Brian Frosh is pushing a bill that would counteract an anti-pit bull court ruling, Capital Gazette reports. The House unanimously approved the bill, NBC4 reports. It heads to the Senate next.

Senate Bill 160, and its House companion, Bill 78, would contradict a Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that pit bulls are "inherently dangerous." Frosh's bill changes establishes that all dog breeds are capable of biting, not just pit bulls. Owners of dogs who are accused of biting may provide proof in court that their dog doesn't usually bite, however, according to the Capital Gazette. 

The court ruling was spurred by Dominic Solesky, a 10-year-old Towson boy, who was attacked and critically injured by a pit bull in 2007. He underwent five hours of surgery and multiple blood transfusions to mend wounds to his leg, Capital News Service previously reported. 

The Capital Gazette said that the boy's lawyer thinks this amendment to the law would make it harder for victims to win dog bite lawsuits. 

State legislators weren't able to counteract the court decision last summer during a special session of the Maryland General Assembly, with lawmakers unable to agree on proposed amendments to the law. 

Ian Brett Cooper February 22, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Pit Bulls have a larger mouth than many dogs, which means that when they do bite, they will be more likely to make a larger wound. But this is no different than many larger dogs, and even smaller bite wounds can easily get infected. Also, Pit Bull temperaments can range from 'wouldn't-hurt-a-fly' sweet to 'nutcase-psychopath' savage, just like any other dog. I've often thought that laws focusing on a particular breed are unfair. ALL dogs can bite and whether they are prone to bite depends on the dog's temperament, its training and how secure the dog is kept. In all cases of dog bite, the circumstances must be taken into consideration by someone who knows how a dog can be provoked. A truly unprovoked bite is highly unlikely, but what might seem unprovoked to a human might seem to be scary to a dog, making him go into 'fight or flight' mode. The key is that an owner has a responsibility to know his dog and to ensure the dog doesn't get into situations that can be dangerous. Owning a dog can be more dangerous than owning a gun - it's a heavy responsibility that too many people take far too lightly.
CommunityLady February 22, 2013 at 03:31 PM
hmm. i haven't heard too many reports on other breeds that just charge out of nowhere when you're walking down the street and tearing you to shreds. As for owners responsibility..well, lets just say that the court fine will be of no comfort when your mother, daughter, son or husband has been mauled to death due to owners negligence.
Momof2 February 25, 2013 at 01:40 PM
I agree with Joanne. Rarely will you hear about poodles or spaniels mauling a person and the news knowing about it. Attached are pictures of the Solesky boy's injuries from his pit bull shark attack. The court ruling of last year needs to stand so the public can be protected from a health hazard and regain expense in the event they are attacked. http://dangerousbydefault.com/photos/ugly-dominic-injuries/
Justin case February 25, 2013 at 05:26 PM
The reason u don't hear about other dog bites besides pit bulls is because the media could care less about a little Boston Terrier biting someone, but it happens everyday. People are being bitten by all breeds of dogs but its not "newsworthy " unless its a high profile dog like a pit bull. All dogs can & will bite under certain circumstances. Its up to the owner to be responsible. I have owned a super sweet pitbull & I've also owned a "don't mess with me"beagle mix. The beagle was the alpha dog over the pit bull & both knew who was in charge
Momof2 February 25, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Justin the reason you do not hear about terrier attacks is because a terrier bite is not newsworthy. Terrier bites are not newsworthy because they inflict little damage. Please see the link above of Dominic's injuries from a pit bull.
Justin case February 27, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Momof2-its completely wrong to single out a specific breed of dog just because of it size & strength & the whole media circus surrounding it. In the 80s it was Dobermans then it was Rottweilers in the 90s,now its pit bulls. Its not their fault, its the inner city thugs who fight them that give them a bad name. Anyone caught dog fighting should be put in the pit with them as punishment. Of course a dog made to fight is gonna go on a rampage when he gets loose. If a dog no longer performs good enough to win the thug some money, the idiot let's him go or shoots him. Again it's not the dogs fault
Momof2 February 27, 2013 at 03:05 PM
In other words you are saying it is just inner city thugs. That is called singling out a type of person. Not only isnit unfair but also untrue
Momof2 February 27, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Pit bulls do not just attack in th inner city. All of us love in the 'safe' suburban areas are at risk for a pit bull attack. Pit bull, even those in suburbia' have been known to attack even their own owners. I agree if a dog is taught to fight it will go on a rampage. But many pit bulls who have never fought attack, maim or kill their victims.
Justin case February 28, 2013 at 01:26 AM
I see the media has gotten to momof2 also. Can u name any personally that u know have attacked? Probably not, its all from what u heard on the news. Pit bulls are gentle, loving, caring dogs that love to please & are great with children. Its the people who are the problem. Yes the inner city thugs!!! If a hot dog was taught to fight & attack u would hear all about them also. I'm sure its happened (rarely) in the suburbs but that's also where alot of dog fights happen because of bigger houses/bigger basement. Thugs do drive out to the county sometimes
Momof2 February 28, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Justin the media has not swayed me. I personally know three people who have been victims of pitbull attacks. They all live in the burbs and the owners of the attack dogs all live in the burbs. I see no correlation between basement size and pit bull attacks. I guess if you feel you are losing you would change the subject to confuse matters? Signing off because this convo is no longer relevant.
Justin case February 28, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Uhh basement size ..... where do most dog fights happen? In LARGE basements. They are secret so obviously its not out in the open. And I'm sure u personally know of 3 separate attacks. I guess u have ocean front property in Arizona u can sell me also. If that is the case, maybe u need some new friends. Leave the thug life, its not worth it

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