ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has approved a measure that would hold dog owners liable for bites, but give owners a chance to rebut a presumption of liability in court.
The Senate passed the bill 45-0 on Friday.READ MORE: Roads Open After Northeast DC Pedestrian Bridge Collapse
The measure is a compromise to address a 2012 ruling by the state’s highest court that found pit bulls to be an “inherently dangerous” breed.READ MORE: Baltimore County Police Searching For 14-Year-Old Missing Since Friday
The bill would apply to all dogs and hold owners liable when dogs bite people. It would up to a jury to decide if an owner is able to rebut a presumption that the owner should have known the dog was dangerous.
The bill now goes to the House of Delegates.MORE NEWS: Baltimore Officials Ask Biden For More Federal Resources On The Ground To Combat Violent Crime
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