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Pit Bull Legislation

Pit Bull Legislation

PIT BULL LEGISLATION

Polite Calls Needed for Maryland's Dogs

You’re probably aware that the Maryland General Assembly (MGA) has appointed a task force to study the recent Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that all pit bull-type dogs are inherently dangerous.  However, this task force is divided in its views about how to best to address this situation.  Since the MGA reconvenes in January, it is critical that they immediately develop a compromise position.

Please make a brief, polite phone call today to Senate President Mike Miller at 410-841-3700 and Speaker Mike Busch at 410-841-3800 and urge them to find a compromise. Then email the following message to  

Sen. Miller and Del. Busch: "End BSL Now!"

Marylanders across the state are being adversely impacted by the recent Maryland Court of Appeals ruling designating all pit bull-type dogs “inherently dangerous.”  In fact, the ruling is affecting owners of not only pit-bulls, but other dogs as well.  The ruling has even been extended to service dogs of other breeds.  For instance, a Baltimore woman is being denied subsidized housing because she has a Rottweiler service dog.

In another case, a lawsuit is being filed in federal court after Tenants at a major cooperative in Baltimore were given notice to get rid of their dogs. This case will have a massive negative impact on Maryland landlords, homeowner's associations, insurance companies, animal shelters, dog owners, vet clinics, and other small businesses.

Please send this email to the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House and tell them to work together to fix this serious problem.

Please include your Contact Info.  Why do we need all this?

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Jeff Hawkins December 10, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I've personally seen what PB's can do. The ruling makes sense........
Connie Carter December 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM
The question we should all consider is that ANY dog can bite. The issue should be to make the owner responsible for their dog no matter the breed. Another concern is how will you decide a dog is a "pit", "pit mix" or "other". There is no true way of determining the breed just by looks. Many "furry family members" have been taken away. Would you want to be the one to make that decision? Don't blame the breed, blame the owner.
Lesley December 11, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I agree Connie. You are right on. I will be calling mike miller. So sad that a breed is punished for bad owners. Same concept as racism
Jeff Hawkins December 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM
@Connie: No Connie.....the question should be, while ALL dog's bite....these dog's kill and maim on a regular basis. I'm sure you are smart enough to know the difference of a bite from a PB. Clouding the issue won't change a thing. As for being the one making the decision........all I can say is......"sign me up". One of the main responsiblities of Government is to insure the safety and well being of it's citizen's. They are a danger, they are a ticking time bomb.
Pachacutec December 11, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Thing is, anytime ANY breed of dog becomes very popular, the puppy mills and amateur breeders go into overtime - you CAN get high-quality pitbulls or other dogs which have been carefully bred for good temperment, etc., but how many people are willing to pay big bucks? The puppy mill/pet shop/amateurs are only concerned about making money, and NOT in providing high quality animals. As a result, the market is flooded with unstable, unhealthy animals. I don't know that pitbulls and similiar dogs should be outlawed, but I DO think ownership should be carefully regulated (however, I'm also aware that the laws will only affect people who are responsible dog owners in the first place; the people with outside-the-law lifestyles will keep these dogs no matter WHAT the laws say).
Ashley Landreth January 25, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Your assertions are not supported by bite data nor by the analysis of that data by scientists and statisticians at the Center for Disease Control. So called "pit" mixes are likely to bear the brunt of BSL because there Is no scientific way to determine if a mutt is a pit. This judgement is made subjectively by people who do not make a living by codifying dog types. Even the pros misidentify purebred dogs as pits when in reality the dog is a breed not lumped into the pit bull category. How can we expect landlords and county officials to make sound judgement, then? You could just as easily classify a lab mix as a pit bull with the 8-point checklist standard used to determine if a dog is a pit. BSL is condemning many a docile family pet; forcing people to euthanize their dogs or lose their homes.

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