A bill that would end pit bull discrimination in Maryland is facing an uphill battle with the state Senate. We recently reported about the so-called “dog bite bill” making its way through Maryland’s legislature, which – only a couple of weeks ago – seemed all but destined for approval. The bill would remove language from state law that designates pit bull dogs as “inherently dangerous,” and thereby places pit bull owners at a greater liability than other breed owners – even when other breeds are responsible for causing vicious attacks.
The bill was approved unanimously by Maryland’s House of Delegates, and was expected to sail through the Senate as well. It appears, though, that the Senate is showing some reluctance. According to the Washington Post, the Senate has drafted a new version of the bill, which would make it more difficult for dog owners to prevail in court in the event of a bite or attack. According to the new prevision, dog owners would need to present “clear and convincing evidence” that their dog was not dangerous before the attack.
“It makes it virtually impossible for a defendant to prevail,” said Del. Luiz Simmons (D- Montgomery), the House negotiator on the bill. Simmons claims that he feels betrayed by Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery), who negotiated the bill on behalf of the Senate. “He told me he agreed with the compromise, he told me not to worry about it,” Simmons said. “We had a deal.”
The fate of the dog bite bill is still uncertain, but the amended bill may actually prove highly beneficial for dog bite victims. For instance, in California, the dog owner is automatically liable for any attacks, because regardless of whether or not the animal has a history of violence, the owner is fully responsible for the actions of his or her pets.
Have you or someone you love sustained a painful or life-threatening dog attack? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the national dog bite lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen today to discuss your case and receive a free consultation from one of our qualified representatives. You must act quickly, though. In order to gather the proper evidence, we must begin our investigation as quickly as possible.
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