The new version makes all pet parents liable should their dogs attack, regardless of the breed.
In a controversial ruling last April, the Maryland Court of Appeals declared that the ownership of Pit Bulls or mixes in that state would become a “strict liability risk,” meaning that owners of these dogs – as well as the landlords who rented to those owners – would be liable for damages should the dog bite someone.
Animal advocates including the Humane Society of the United States and the Maryland SPCA protested this breed-specific legislation, fearing it would result in more Pit Bulls ending up in shelters and euthanized.
The Maryland Senate agreed with the animal advocates, and the vote passed almost unanimously (41-1). According to The Washington Times, the House Judiciary Committee is expected to pass its version of the bill on Monday.
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