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Sadly, Maryland doesn't have a monopoly on stupidity and Pit Bull-phobia. After a 2-year battle, Lennox the Pit Bull was euthanized because of his genetic makeup as a banned breed. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/07/lennox-the-dog-is-put-to-death-in-northern-ireland.html One way to end the senseless slaughter of unwanted dogs is to eliminate puppy mills. If you would like to help, you can voice your opposition by signing a petition to encourage the USDA to crack down on them.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
PIT BULLS IN THE NEWS
Spent the morning cuddling with Tanner who was lucky to make it out of the shelter after spending seven weeks on death row. We left him resting in his bed and made our weekly stop at the Malibu Farmer's Market, where dogs are not allowed. There was a pet adoption adjacent to the market and about half the dogs were Pits, no surprise there. One was 'Benny', a beautiful white boy who was also deaf. Dogs like him usually do well in homes where another dog can act as their ears and get them to follow commands. There were two Pit pups, a blue fawn with the same tan and white markings as Tanner, and a cute brindle. We have a friend will who says she wants a dog like ours and so we're hoping that she might adopt one of them. If you know anyone who might have room for a 'ferocious' bundle of love and kisses, contact The Forgotten Dog Foundation at 310.990-2020, firstname.lastname@example.org, or check them out online at www.theforgottendog.org.
In other Pit Bull news, the Maryland state legislature recently passed a law declaring that all Pit Bulls are inherently dangerous:
Tracey v. Solesky, No. 53, September Term 2012, Opinion by Cathell, J.
STRICT LIABILITY ADOPTED IN RESPECT TO ATTACKS ON HUMANS BY PIT BULL DOGS AND CROSS-BRED PIT BULL DOGS.
Upon a plaintiff’s sufficient proof that a dog involved in an attack is a pit bull or a pit bull cross, and that the owner, or other person(s) who has the right to control the pit bull’s presence on the subject premises (including a landlord who has a right to prohibit such dogs on leased premises) knows, or has reason to know, that the dog is a pit bull or cross-bred pit bull, that person is liable for the damages caused to a plaintiff who is attacked by the dog on or from the owner’s or lessor’s premises. In that case a plaintiff has established a prima facie case of negligence. When an attack involves pit bulls, it is no longer necessary to prove that the particular pit bull or pit bulls are dangerous.
In practical terms, the law means that in any incident involving a Pit Bull, the owner or a or a landlord who rents to the owner of a Pit Bull will automatically be guilty of owning or harboring a 'dangerous' dog, exposing those people to legal liability. In all likelihood, it will making adoption of Pit Bulls much more difficult, leading to more euthanized dogs. If this rankles you (Imagine a law that said, owing to the nature of the Mafia, all Italians are inherently criminal), contact the Maryland State legislators and tell them to reconsider their prejudicial, misguided law.