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April 9, 2013

“Pit Bull” Legislation Fails in Maryland

General Assembly Failed to Provide Relief to Dog Owners

The following is a statement from Tami Santelli, Maryland state director for The Humane Society of the United States, upon the Maryland General Assembly’s failure to address a Court of Appeals ruling last April that pit bull type dogs are “inherently dangerous”:

“It is disappointing that lawmakers could not put their differences aside to provide relief to dog owners and certainty to animal shelters, landlords and other small businesses. The need for legislation addressing the ruling’s impacts is clear, and tonight's stalemate between the House and Senate is a detriment to thousands of Marylanders. Now that our elected leaders have squandered another legislative session, these impacts can only be expected to multiply.

Maryland remains the only state with a statewide breed discriminatory policy. Singling out a particular type of dog has repeatedly been proven to be ineffective at curbing bites because breed alone is not predictive of whether a dog may pose a danger. We urge lawmakers in Maryland to work out a compromise when the next opportunity arises. They must do better than leave Maryland dogs and families in legal limbo.”

For more information about the ruling, visit humanesociety.org/protectmddogs.

Media Contact:
Raúl Arce-Contreras: 301-721-6440 rcontreras@humanesociety.org

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