Maryland Dog Bite Bill Heads To Gov. Desk - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Maryland Dog Bite Bill Heads To Gov. Desk

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - All dog owners in Maryland will now be liable for their pets, if they bite someone.
     
The measure addresses a 2012 ruling by the Maryland Court of Appeals that set pit bulls as an inherently dangerous breed, making pit bull owners and landlords strictly liable for bites.

Owners would have a chance to rebut that liability if they can convince a court the dog didn't have a violent past. 

"The defendant might be able to use what might be considered character witnesses, document classes that the pet attended, whether it's a show dog, pedigree things like that," says defense attorney Nathan Long.

The bill now goes to Governor Martin O'Malley.

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