According to the Maryland Dog Federation, SB 160, the second of the necessary bills needed to reverse the Maryland Court of Appeals ruling declaring pit bulls as “inherently dangerous” finally advanced in the General Assembly this week.
The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee unanimously approved SB160, which would change the law to say that all dogs, regardless of breed, are presumed to have the potential to bite. But dog owners can rebut that presumption in court by offering evidence that their dog is not prone to biting.
If you recall, among those to testify before the Senate Judiciary Proceedings Committee was Colleen Lynn, the founder of dogsbite.org. The unanimous vote is of great importance because it underscores the weight that decision makers gave to Ms. Lynn’s biased testimony and manipulated “facts.”
SB160 will next go to the full Senate floor for a vote.
The House companion bill, HB78, was unanimously approved in mid-February, and BOTH bills must pass in order to move forward and finally reverse the mess created by the Maryland Court of Appeals.
MARYLAND RESIDENTS: Please reach out to your legislators and ask them to support this bill. Residents of Maryland can find their legislators here. If you’re not sure who represents you, there is “Who represents me” link in the upper right hand corner of the page.