Maryland lawmakers came up with a compromise bill that, if passed, will reverse the Court of Appeals’ ruling finding pit bulls to be “inherently dangerous.” The bill is breed neutral, and it doesn’t hold third parties liable in dog attacks. This is important because third party landlords have been forcing owners to give up their pit bulls since the court ruling.
The bill limits liability, allows owners to prove there was no prior evidence of violent behavior, and allows for defense of the animal’s behavior.
A hearing will be held on HB78 on January 30, 2013.
A hearing on the Senate companion bill, SB160, has been set for February 5, 2013.
If approved, the bill will pass as emergency legislation and take effect immediately.
MARYLAND RESIDENTS: Please reach out to your respective legislators and encourage them to support the compromise bill which would reverse the Maryland Court of Appeals’ ruling and return the state to the law as it existed before the Court’s ruling.
Residents of Maryland can find their legislators here. If you’re not sure who represents you, there is a “Who represents me” link in the upper right hand corner of the page.