Tag: pit bulls

Deaf Puppy Abduction Gets a Happy Ending

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via WJZ
via WJZ

Baltimore County police Corp. John Wachter doesn’t know exactly how it transpired, but Thor, the deaf pit bull puppy that was stolen from a Timonium couple’s home during a burglarly, has been returned!

No word yet on the 55-inch flat screen television, Playstation 3, or Macbook Pro, but Thor’s owners must be relieved that the dog ended up back in their custody unharmed. They two had raised over $1,000 on gofundme.com to use as a reward for his safe return.

While Pit Bull Compromise Falls Apart in the GA, Toddler Bitten in Face in Dundalk

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The General Assembly looked ready to find some non-breed-specific legislation that would make all dog owners more liable for bites by rewriting what is essentially a “one-free-bite” policy, putting a greater responsibility on owners to prove that the animal gave no prior indications of being dangerous. But that broke down last week after Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons decided that a certain amendment added to the Senate version of the bill would increased owner liability a bit too far.

BPD Officer Shoots Dog in Fenced Yard; Owner Starts Awareness Campaign

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Photo of Kincaid via the RIP Kincaid Facebook page
Photo of Kincaid via the RIP Kincaid Facebook page

This story sounds like a pet owner’s worst nightmare:  On New Year’s Day, a Baltimore police officer responding to a domestic violence complaint shot and killed a neighbor’s dog, Kincaid, under disputed circumstances. (The officer says that the dog charged him; Stacy Fields, Kincaid’s owner, points out that the dog was in a fenced-in yard, and that the police officer shot at him 6 times — “shoot first and ask questions later,” as she puts it.) Not content to mourn her pet in silence, Fields has channeled her grief into a grassroots awareness campaign against what some are calling an “epidemic” of police violence against household animals.

What You Can Do Today to Help Maryland Pitbulls

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A MESSAGE FROM THE HUMANE SOCIETY

The Maryland General Assembly has appointed a task force to study the recent Maryland Court of Appeals decision that all pit bull-type dogs are inherently dangerous, but unfortunately, this task force is divided in its views about how best to address this situation. It is critical that they work toward a compromise before the legislature reconvenes in January.

Please make a brief, polite phone call today to Senate President Mike Miller at 410-841-3700 and Speaker Mike Busch at 410-841-3800 and urge them to find a compromise. Then, send a follow-up message.

Thank you for all you do for animals in Maryland and beyond,
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO, Humane Society of the United States

The Governor Now a Defendant in Amended Pit Bull Lawsuit

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Armistead Gardens

Talk about putting the system on trial. The attorney for Joseph Weigel, the plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging Maryland Court of Appeals’ ruling that pit bulls are “inherently dangerous” and Armistead Gardens’ consequent ban of the breed among its tenants, has just expanded the suit to include Gov. Martin O’Malley, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, and the Court of Appeals itself as defendants.

Pit Bull Ruling Challenged in Court, Meanwhile What Are We Actually Going to Do About Dog Attacks?

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The notorious — at least around these parts –Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that determined purebred pit bulls to be “inherently dangerous,” and which in effect held pit owners and their landlords strictly liable for bites, is being challenged in federal court by Joseph Weigel, a resident at the low-income housing development Armistead Gardens, who — along with his fellow residents — was told to ditch his pit bull or face eviction. Weigel’s lawyer sees the ruling as an unconstitutional encroachment on his client’s property rights, as it forces him to choose between his home and his dog.

The Hysteria Begins on Schedule: 500 Pit Bulls to Be Kicked Out of Armistead Gardens in Northeast Baltimore

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Well this should really be no surprise. Immediately on the heels of the Maryland Court Appeals’ reconsideration of a previous ruling which affirms that purebred pit bulls are “inherently dangerous” — thereby increasing liability for potential bites for pit bull owners and their landlords — Armistead Gardens in northeast Baltimore told their residents to lose the pit bulls, immediately.

Maryland Court of Appeals Alters Pit Bull Ruling, Still Doesn’t Get It

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After the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that pit bulls and pit mixes are “inherently” — and by implication, uniquely — dangerous dogs, making owners and landlords strictly liable for these dogs, the Maryland General Assembly failed to reach a legislative solution in a special session. Now the state’s highest court is backpedaling on the ruling, slightly. So slightly, in fact, that it only underscores the court’s lack of understanding on the issue.

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