The Maryland Senate voted to change a law listing all pit bulls as an “inherently dangerous” breed and holding all pit bull owners as well as landowners who rent to a pit bull owner responsible in case of an attack.
The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted seven to two in favor of Senate Bill 2, which counteracts Tracey c. Solesky. The current law had been implemented in May 2012.
The measure would actually create equally stringent laws for all Maryland dog owners, likely leading to new insurance requirements for dog owners, renters, homeowners and possibly landlords.
The law was rewritten when the court ruled that cases demonstrated pit bulls were “inherently dangerous.” The ruling was put on hold, pending an appeal to be heard later this month.
Maryland is the only state to have a law specifically for one breed of dog.
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