A change in Maryland’s law classifying pit bulls as an “inherently dangerous breed” will likely remain untouched until next year after a legislative task force that has been studying the legislation Tuesday. They will likely meet throughout the summer, but the special summer session of the legislature is ending this week.
An April appeals court ruling (Tracey vs. Solesky) holds pit bull owners, along with landlords who knowingly rent to them liable in the first occurrence of an attack, regardless if the dog showed previous aggression. This ruling excludes pit bull owners from the state’s “one-bite” law. That law states owners are liable if the dog had previously bitten or acted viciously toward another person.
Proponents of new legislation to counteract the ruling say many people will either have to give away their dogs or face evicition with the current laws. The panel members has been charged with examining the law and the effects of it. They had been expected to submit their recommendation Tuesday, but were unable to finalize it in time to discuss in the special session.
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