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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Pit Bulls Not 'Inherently Dangerous' - Maryland House of Delegates Approved Bill that Would Reverse a 2012 Court Ruling


The Maryland House of Delegates today unanimously approved a bill that would reverse a 2012 court ruling that found that pit bulls are "inherently dangerous" and that their owners faced higher liability standards than any other dog owners, reports NBC4.

Under the provisions of the bill, all dog owners are held to the same standards of liability in case their dogs bite someone else, and they'd all have a chance to prove in court that their dog isn't dangerous.

Last year's ruling not only targeted pit bull owners, but also any landlords that rent houses to them. Last September, a Baltimore man was told that he would have to choose between his public housing or his pit bull.

Animal advocates argued that the breed of dog itself isn't the problem, but rather how they are raised and treated. Regardless, Prince George's County still maintains a ban on pit bull ownership.

The bill now goes to the Senate.







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