Pit Bulls In Maryland

Pit Bulls In Maryland

Pit bull owners in Maryland got a temporary reprieve from a controversial court ruling that declared the dogs “inherently dangerous,” with landlords and owners responsible for damage or injury they cause.

A vicious dog attack on a 10-year-old boy in Maryland led to an appeals court decision in April declaring pit bulls and pit bull mixes "inherently dangerous" breeds. The decision makes pit bull owners -- and their landlords if they rent -- liable for any damage or injury their dogs cause. The ruling may be on hold, but this kind of "breed specific" ruling is always controversial, renewing the debate about whether some types of dogs are more dangerous than others. We explore this legally and emotionally complex issue.

Guests

Heather Mizeur

Maryland House of Delegates (D-20th Dist) (former Member, Takoma Park Council, now represents Montgomery County)

Gary Weitzman

President, San Diego Humane Society

Tami Santelli

Maryland State Director, Humane Society of the U.S.

Colleen Lynn

Founder and President, Dogsbite.org

Kevin Dunne

Principal, Ober Kaler Attorneys at Law

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