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On pit bulls, the legislature can set matters right
As Maryland lawmakers reconvene in a special session in Annapolis on Thursday to grapple with whether to expand gambling, they have an opportunity to address another burning issue: a recent Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that puts dogs and families at risk. In the Tracey v. Solesky decision, the court held that owners and anyone with the power to control the presence of pit bull type dogs or pit bull mixes on the premises is strictly liable for any potential damages. The decision has created chaos for landlords and property owners who suddenly face the prospect of massive liability, and for tenants who face the choice of being evicted or giving up their beloved family pet. Animal shelters and rescue groups find themselves in a state of uncertainty as they brace for the impacts.
By Tami Santelli
August 8, 2012