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No Compromise On Pit Bull Vote

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A measure effectively undoing last year's ruling that Pit Bulls are an "inherently dangerous breed" stalled in the House of Delegates on Monday, and the ruling remains intact. Since the initial ruling, animal rights advocates and dog owners have cried out, claiming that singling out one breed is wrong.

Heading into yesterday's session, the House and Senate had already passed separate versions of a bill that would include all other breeds as well. A conference committee drafted a compromise bill which was unanimously approved by the Senate Monday afternoon. The House then debated for a half hour, before it was set aside, never to return to the floor. House Speaker Michael Busch told reporters the measure did not have the votes to pass.

If it had passed, any dog owner or landlord would have been held responsible if their dog were to attack someone under the age of 13. If the victim were over 13, the owner or landlord would have the opportunity to prove to a jury that it was not their responsibility.  Patty Quimby, Executive Director of the Humane Society in Dorchester County, wanted the bill to pass, adding, "It's really all about being a responsible pet owner, regardless of whether you have a Chihuahua or a Rottweiler. Being a responsible pet owner is our responsibility as citizens in our community."

The issue has been on the table in special session in the past, but barring the calling of such a session, it will have to wait until the next General Assembly.

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