Remember that Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that determined pit bulls to be “inherently dangerous” and that would hold pit bull owners and landlords to much stricter liability in dog bites, you know the one that threatens to flood animal shelters and increase evictions? Well the General Assembly would love to help by passing non-breed-specific legislation that removes landlord liability, but it looks like it would actually be kind of hard to do.
Tag: pit bulls
This week’s special session will consider, in addition to expanding gambling in the state, a bill to overturn the Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that found dogs of the pit bull persuasion “inherently dangerous” and threatened to increase liability for pit bull owners and landlords who rent to them.
Earlier this summer, Baltimore Police Officer Dan Waskiewicz, a self-described dog lover and pit bull fan, was called out to deal with a “vicious dog” that was chasing after neighborhood kids. These stories usually end the same, sad way — the dog is subdued, taken to a shelter, and put down — but something different happened this time.
The abused “Pit 6” are trained and ready for adoption.
Thanks to people like a corporate executive turned dog trainer Christine Lando, four of the “Pit 6” dogs who were part of a widely publicized animal abuse case in Baltimore County, are now available for adoption or foster care.
At the MDSPCA March for the Animals yesterday, poodles, pits and beagles alike dressed in bell-jingling tutus or Mardi-Gras-groovy collars were the norm, as were proud, grinning families and singles pulling the reins on young and old pups, many of whom bore essential resemblance to their human counterparts. (Don’t forget the turtle in hand or the rat-tailed ferrets lolling on their lady’s shoulder.) We strolled past tents publicizing vet services and doggie daycare as always, but this year a bright red State Farm Insurance tent stuck out like a sore paw. Upon closer step, I could read the marker-written message board: “Did you know that State Farm does not breed discriminate! Ask us!” Of course, this commercial tent—site sat fittingly close to the BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter) “pit crew” station—underlines a hot topic among dog lovers this weekend (and long before), not whether to deck the Doberman in Pucci, but whether pits are as safe as any other breed.
Reporter Jessica Anderson, writing in The Baltimore Sun on Saturday, explained the local scoop succinctly: “Pit bulls are inherently dangerous animals, the state’s highest court has ruled, a decision that could lead to stiff penalties for people found responsible in attacks — even if the dogs have never been violent before. A decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals, issued this week, distinguishes pit bulls and mixed breeds from other kinds of dogs. In the past, a victim intending to file a lawsuit after a dog attack had to prove that a dog’s owner knew it had a history of being dangerous. Now, showing that the owner or landlord knew a dog is part pit bull would be sufficient for a claim.”
Olga Etkina and Andrea Witkowski
When you’re young, it doesn’t take much more than a simple skirt or dress, casual hair and a pair of flip flops to look photo ready. These two friends on their way to a night out in Canton, exude simple style, youthful confidence and fun. They make us want to horn in on their Girls Night Out.
The puppy might ward off some would-be suitors. Maybe that’s the idea?
You both look so colorful tonight. What made you dress up?
We are celebrating because we are both moving.
Where are you moving?
Olga – I am moving to New York to go to school.
Andrea- I am moving to Patterson Park.
Olga, what is your personal style? Do you have any fashion icons?
Usually, I like traditional classic clothing. I like the way Scarlett Johansson dresses, she always look put together.
How about you Andrea?
I am more bohemian with a touch of rocker. I like Free People and Urban Outfitters.