Thursday, February 21, 2013
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. …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Bills in the House of Delegates and Senate would create a new standard where all dog owners are presumed liable for dog attacks, regardless of the breed of the animal.
Legislation overriding a Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that made landlords liable for pit bull attacks, and put owners at risk of being evicted or having to give up their dogs, will be heard Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee. Identical House and Senate bills seek to create a new standard where all dog owners in civil action cases, regardless of the dog’s breed, are presumed liable for attacks unless owners can prove they did everything possible to avoid the attack, said Sen. Brian Frosh, sponsor of the Senate bill. It would also reverse the strict liability on landlords. “The interest groups: pet owners, landlords, and animal rights groups are pleased with it,” said Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat who is also chairman of …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Pitbull owners are hoping for relief from either the courts or the state legislature following a ruling by Maryland's highest court which called the dogs "inherently dangerous."
Friday, November 9, 2012
By Lyndsey Wallen for Capital News Service Pit bull owners in Maryland are hoping for relief from either the courts or the state legislature following a ruling by Maryland's highest court which called the dogs "inherently dangerous." After the court ruled that landlords would be liable for any damages in the case of an attack, many landlords told their renters to move out or get rid of their dogs. Pit bull owners who rent their homes are still fighting to keep their dogs.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
The famous dog trainer was in the DC area for the largest pack walk on the National Mall.
Dog trainer Cesar Millan hosted a pack walk along the National Mall Saturday in DC as a way to raise awareness about spaying and neutering pets. Nearly 1,800 people participated in the walk, according to Millan's foundation website, and $63,625 was raised for his foundation—which rescues and rehabilitates abused and abandoned dogs. Check out this video of Millan on Huffington Post Live. The event started at 9 a.m. with a doggie warm-up hosted by Scooby Doo. If you went to the event, share your photos with Patch by by clicking "Upload Photos and Video." You can still donate to Millan's foundation on his event website.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Court removes references to pit bull mixes while leaving owners and landlords responsible for injuries caused by pure-bred dogs.
UPDATED (4:27 p.m.)—The Maryland Court of Appeals will not reconsider an April decision in which it ruled that pit bull dogs are"inherently dangerous." Judge Alan Wilner, in a nine-page decision issued Tuesday, denied the motion for reconsideration with one caveat. (The full decision is attached to this story.) "That said, having re-read the briefs, relevant portions of the record extract, and the dissent, I am now convinced that, on the record before us, the application of the Court’s holding of strict liability to cross-bred pit bulls was both gratuitous and erroneous," wrote Wilner. "I would grant the motion for reconsideration, in part, to delete any reference to cross-bred pit bulls, so that the Court’s holding would apply only to pit…
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Senate adopts gaming bill amended by the House but ends the session without bringing dog bite litigation bill to the floor for a vote.
Maryland voters can add expanded gaming to the list of referendum issues they'll be asked to vote on in November. The Senate early Wednesday morning voted 32-14 to accept a gaming bill amended hours earlier by the House of Delegates. But a bill meant to overturn a controversial Court of Appeals ruling that declared pit bulls an inherently dangerous dog breed failed after Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said the House gave senators a "take it or leave it" ultimatum. "The House said take our amendments or nothing and the two committees weren't able to work out an agreement," said Miller. The Senate was able to reach a separate peace on the gaming bill where senators quickly agreed to all of the amendments delegates put on the bill …
Friday, August 10, 2012
A bill that would overturn the state's Court of Appeals decision declaring pit bulls "inherently dangerous" overcame its first hurdle Thursday by passing a Senate committee hearing 7-2.
Maryland's Senate Judicial Services Committee voted 7-2 in favor of a bill that would overturn the state's Court of Appeals decision declaring pit bulls "inherently dangerous." Senators Joseph Getty (R-District 5) and Nancy Jacobs (R- District 34) made up the minority. Despite more than two hours of testimony before the committee, Senate Bill 2 passed without amendment. The legislation would overturn the breed distinction created by April's Tracey v. Solesky ruling, which stated that "when an attack involves pit bulls, it is no longer necessary to prove that the particular pit bull or pit bulls are dangerous." Instead, the bill's language tightens down regulations on all dog owners by making them legally responsible for a first bite even…
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Let us know what you think.
A Maryland Court of Appeals ruling in May decided that pit bulls are dangerous animals. Since then, advocacy groups like the U.S. Humane Society and B-more Dog have been trying to change what they call breed discrimination. One young Takoma Park pit bull lover expressed her affection for the breed in a handwritten letter. "Please don't discriminate against my pit bull," 8-year-old Caden wrote on June 19. A photo of the letter was tweeted out by B-more Dog. So we want to know what you think of pit bulls. What experiences have you had with the breed?
Friday, May 4, 2012
The judiciary's opinion that pit bulls are violent should go through the legislature, says U.S. Humane Society.
The Maryland Court of Appeals' ruling declaring pit bulls inherently dangerous and holding their owners liable in the event of attack is opposed by the Humane Society, regional rescue groups and state lawmakers. “We believe that the court overstepped its authority,” said Betsy McFarland of the Humane Society of the United States. The court ruled last week that in a 2007 pit bull attack on a boy in Towson, the owner was liable on the grounds that pit bulls and pit bull mixes are inherently dangerous. By common law, persons trying to file suit against a dog owner would have to prove the dog in question had a history of violence. Now, if the owner or landlord has knowledge that the dog is pit bull or part pit bull, the owner or landlord is …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that owners of pit bulls are liable for damages caused by attacks by the breed.
If your pit bull attacks someone, don't expect much sympathy in court. An opinion recently handed down by the Maryland Court of Appeals states that you should have already known the breed was dangerous. Maryland pit bull owners are now facing increased liability in attack cases, following a ruling in Tracey v. Solesky. The case involved a pit bull named Clifford that attacked a minor, causing life-threatening injuries. "When an attack involves pit bulls, it is no longer necessary to prove that the particular pit bull or pit bulls are dangerous," wrote Judge Dale R. Cathell in the opinion. Cathell also stated that landlords have the right to prohibit pit bulls or pit bull cross-breeds from their property. A PDF of the opinion is attached …