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Hello, I'm interested to know what your position/thoughts/suggestions are on the recent Maryland Court of Appeals decision regarding Bully breeds/mixes being inherently dangerous?

There appears to be a lot of confusion with this ruling so I’ll try my best to clear it up. The court didn’t explicitly single out pit bulls and pit bull mixes. Instead their ruling could only apply to that breed because that was the case presented before them. They reached their decision due to an absence of liability laws in the state of Maryland. There are only 14 other states that do not enact liability statutes with regard to dogs. I think it’s worth having a discussion about whether Maryland should have a liability law for all breeds, not just pit bulls. As things stand now, the courts must rule on a case-by-case basis because the legislature has not passed a law that would either assign liability to owners or clear them of it. This isn’t an optimal solution because we end up in a situation like this where specific breeds are singled out as cases about them are ruled on in court. The legislature must now take action to clear up this confusion.

I hope this helps. Thanks for your question!

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