ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)– The General Assembly will make another attempt to take the bite out of a court ruling that declared pit bulls inherently dangerous.
Political reporter Pat Warren reports dog owners are already pressing lawmakers for relief.
Dog owners aren’t taking any chances after last year’s proposed remedy ended in a dogfight.
BSL, or breed specific legislation, is the lingo adopted after a Maryland high court ruling declared pit bulls inherently dangerous.
A legislative fix is in the works, but dog owners have been disappointed before.
Last year, the House and Senate couldn’t come to terms, and the session ended with landlords shying away from the liability of having dogs deemed dangerous on their property.
“They’re family members. It’s absolutely unacceptable that they could not come to a compromise,” a pit bull supporter said.
Haley Meyers and her friends came to Annapolis on Friday to tell lawmakers how landlords have refused to rent to them because of their pet.
“They were about to hand over the keys and the second the dog situation was brought up they said ‘That’s great. We accept dogs.’ We said, ‘We have a pit bull,’ and they said ‘Oh, nevermind. We can’t have that kind of dog in our establishment,’” Meyers said.
The stress is taking a toll.
“Every day I wake up and I wonder whether this will be the last day. Someone might say you can no longer keep your dog,” said Danielle Windsor. “He’s my best friend, and that’s why I’m here today.”
There are at least three bills under consideration.
Whatever legislation is passed is expected to apply to all dog breeds.
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