Thursday, January 31, 2013
By KAYLA FARIA, Capital News Service
Thursday, January 31
ANNAPOLIS - A bill meant to ease liability for pit bull dog owners and landlords was criticized by victims' families, dog advocates, attorneys and legislators Wednesday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing. The committee heard testimony on legislation that would override a decision by the state’s highest court that imposed “strict liability standards” on owners of “pure bred pit bulls” and landlords who rent to these dog owners. Sponsored by Delegate Luiz Simmons, D-Montgomery, the legislation mandates that evidence of a dog causing injury creates a “rebuttable presumption” that the owner knew or should have known that the dog had dangerous tendencies. While it reinstates common law that has been popularly referred to as the “one-bite” …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Bills in the House of Delegates and Senate would create a new standard where all dog owners are presumed liable for dog attacks, regardless of the breed of the animal.
Legislation overriding a Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that made landlords liable for pit bull attacks, and put owners at risk of being evicted or having to give up their dogs, will be heard Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee. Identical House and Senate bills seek to create a new standard where all dog owners in civil action cases, regardless of the dog’s breed, are presumed liable for attacks unless owners can prove they did everything possible to avoid the attack, said Sen. Brian Frosh, sponsor of the Senate bill. It would also reverse the strict liability on landlords. “The interest groups: pet owners, landlords, and animal rights groups are pleased with it,” said Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat who is also chairman of …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Officials wonder if HOAs are liable in pit bull attacks, Bowie State student acquitted of murder charges, Pr. George's Democrats pick Ross' replacement, blog tries to out "racists" by posting shocking comments—many by young people slamming Obama.
A deputy killed armed resident, questions arose over homeowners associations liability in pit bull attacks, police charged four men with homicide upon the death of a 2010 shooting victim, Bowie State student acquitted in murder trial, Pr. George's Democrats pick Ross' replacement, blog tries to out "racists" by posting shocking comments, in Prince George's headlines. Pr. George's Police Arrest Four in 2010 Shooting, Now Homicide The county police are now charging four men in a homicide after a 2010 shooting victim died from complications from his injuries. Council Grapples with Pit Bull Liability Could HOAs, cooperatives, condominium associations, or even cities be held liable in pit bull attacks, under the latest Maryland Court of Appeals…
Sunday, September 30, 2012
The famous dog trainer was in the DC area for the largest pack walk on the National Mall.
Dog trainer Cesar Millan hosted a pack walk along the National Mall Saturday in DC as a way to raise awareness about spaying and neutering pets. Nearly 1,800 people participated in the walk, according to Millan's foundation website, and $63,625 was raised for his foundation—which rescues and rehabilitates abused and abandoned dogs. Check out this video of Millan on Huffington Post Live. The event started at 9 a.m. with a doggie warm-up hosted by Scooby Doo. If you went to the event, share your photos with Patch by by clicking "Upload Photos and Video." You can still donate to Millan's foundation on his event website.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Court removes references to pit bull mixes while leaving owners and landlords responsible for injuries caused by pure-bred dogs.
UPDATED (4:27 p.m.)—The Maryland Court of Appeals will not reconsider an April decision in which it ruled that pit bull dogs are"inherently dangerous." Judge Alan Wilner, in a nine-page decision issued Tuesday, denied the motion for reconsideration with one caveat. (The full decision is attached to this story.) "That said, having re-read the briefs, relevant portions of the record extract, and the dissent, I am now convinced that, on the record before us, the application of the Court’s holding of strict liability to cross-bred pit bulls was both gratuitous and erroneous," wrote Wilner. "I would grant the motion for reconsideration, in part, to delete any reference to cross-bred pit bulls, so that the Court’s holding would apply only to pit…
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Senate adopts gaming bill amended by the House but ends the session without bringing dog bite litigation bill to the floor for a vote.
Maryland voters can add expanded gaming to the list of referendum issues they'll be asked to vote on in November. The Senate early Wednesday morning voted 32-14 to accept a gaming bill amended hours earlier by the House of Delegates. But a bill meant to overturn a controversial Court of Appeals ruling that declared pit bulls an inherently dangerous dog breed failed after Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said the House gave senators a "take it or leave it" ultimatum. "The House said take our amendments or nothing and the two committees weren't able to work out an agreement," said Miller. The Senate was able to reach a separate peace on the gaming bill where senators quickly agreed to all of the amendments delegates put on the bill …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Men argue, one is killed; Bowie man charged in multiple child sex abuse cases; pit bull bill passes in committee; rubbernecking is likely culprit in double Beltway accident, and more.
Video of a policeman repeatedly striking a handcuffed man emerges; a man dressed like a woman robs Bowie Bank; Riverdale man is fatally shot; Bowie man faces multiple child sex abuse charges; Senate committee passes pit bull bill; rubbernecking is likely culprit in double Beltway accident; search is on for new superintendent of public schools; and small businesses strive to survive in College Park—in Prince George's County headlines this week. Report: Video Depicts Laurel Police Hitting Handcuffed Man All eyes are on the Laurel Police Department after a video surfaced this week of a officer hitting a handcuffed man in the face. LPD say they are investigating the incident, which happened at a bar in Laurel over the weekend. Robbery …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The pit bull found in a trash bag on the side of the road in Upper Marlboro nearly two weeks ago is doing well since he was rescued.
The 8-month-old pit bull discarded in a trash bag a couple of weeks ago in Upper Marlboro is on the road to recovery, thanks to local rescue workers who have taken him under their wing. Mutts Matter Rescue, a nonprofit based in Kensington, took the pit bull after he was found on the corner of Westphalia and Ritchie Marlboro roads on July 17, according to Suzanne Lawter, a spokeswoman for the center. Rescuers dubbed the puppy "Hershey," for his sweet demeanor and his chocolate tone. Founder Melanie Samet was contacted directly by the Prince George's County shelter to take in Hershey, Lawter said. When the puppy was brought into Prince George's County Animal Services he was "severly underweight" according to Lawter. The tendons on his paws…
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The dog was found in a tied up garbage bag at the intersection of Westphalia and Ritchie Marlboro roads in Upper Marlboro.
An 8-month-old pit bull puppy was saved after a resident found him in a garbage bag in Upper Marlboro, according to the Prince George's County Animal Services Division. Investigators believe the puppy, which rescuers have dubbed Hershey, was tossed from a car last Tuesday at the intersection of Westphalia and Ritchie Marlboro roads in Upper Marlboro, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The dog was underweight, veterinarians said, and his feet were soaked with urine. Mutts Matter Rescue, based in Kensington, MD, will now care for the puppy until he is adopted. The Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons …