Maryland Court of Appeals’ Decision Unfairly Burdens Dog Owners, Landlords, and Shelters

Posted on May 3, 2012March 18, 2021Categories News   Leave a comment on Maryland Court of Appeals’ Decision Unfairly Burdens Dog Owners, Landlords, and Shelters

The recent Maryland Court of Appeals decision in Tracey v Solesky modifies the common law in Maryland regarding liability for bites attributed to dogs the Court alternately referred to as “pit bull”, “pit bull mix” or “cross‐bred pit bull mix”. The decision establishes a strict liability standard for persons who own, harbor or control “pit bull,” “pit bull mix” or “cross‐bred pit bull mix” dogs, when a dog so labeled injures a person. Evidence Analysis The rationale and sources relied upon by the Maryland … Continue reading “Maryland Court of Appeals’ Decision Unfairly Burdens Dog Owners, Landlords, and Shelters”

After 25 years of ineffectiveness, the State of Ohio finally eliminates statewide breed-specific law

Posted on February 22, 2012March 18, 2021Categories News   Leave a comment on After 25 years of ineffectiveness, the State of Ohio finally eliminates statewide breed-specific law

After 25 years, the State of Ohio has eliminated its statewide breed-specific law. Gov. John Kasich signed the bill Tuesday morning eliminating the law that automatically declared the “pit bull” to be an inherently vicious dog. Ohio’s breed-specicific law was enacted in the summer of 1987, but never resulted in the improved community safety it sought. The law did result in discrimination and unjustified shelter killing. The new law will take effect in 90 days. In addition to dropping any reference … Continue reading “After 25 years of ineffectiveness, the State of Ohio finally eliminates statewide breed-specific law”