Annapolis, MD – June 19 – Lawmakers in Maryland are facing new concerns following an April court ruling that excluded pit bulls from the “one bite law.”
This law states that dog owners are only held liable for an attack if their dog has previously bitten or threatened another person, reports Washingtontimes.com.
In other words, owners of non-pit bull breeds are responsible for their pet’s second attack while those who own pit bulls or pit bull mixes are held liable for the first attack.
Animal-rights advocates argue that this ruling is unfair and discriminatory towards pit bulls and their owners.
As a result, Maryland state officials are considering getting rid of the one bite law and holding owners of all breeds liable for a first attack.
The proposal to terminate the one bite law received an almost unanimous approval Tuesday from the officials involved.
Some do fear that this decision will force many dog owners to give their pets away.
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