Maryland lawmakers have been debating the recent ruling that pit bulls and pit bull mixes are inherently dangerous in a special session of state legislature. What brought them out from their summer vacations into the state house? Gambling of course but they also added the pit bull ruling to their agenda. I work by the state house and my colleague and I have seen bully breeds and their owners congregating out front to show their support. The good news? The law has been changed. The bad news? It hasn’t been changed enough.
The Maryland State Court of Appeals changed their ruling and now the law only applies to purebred pit bulls. Now, how exactly does one determine if a pitbull is “purebred” or not? It’s not like dogs come with birth certificates and how can an adopted dog “prove” its purebred or non-purebred status? It’s especially puzzling because experts testified in front of the Legislature that pitbull is not a breed of dog; it’s a variety of different breeds. These questions have now arised and I think it’s safe to say this debate is not over yet.
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