I’m not prejudice, some of my best friends are black.
Now I sure hope I hit a nerve with that last disgusting sentence. I even hope it made you mad. Because that is the same prejudice attitude that just passed the newest breed specific law in Maryland, Tracey v. Solesky http://mdcourts.gov/opinions/coa/2012/53a11.pdf. To put this new law in a nut shell it states that Pit Bulls are inherently dangerous animals, and owners & landlords are responsible for all damages. There are several articles already written about this poor decision by:
- Maryland Votes For Animals
- The Whole Dog Journal
- Maryland Injury Law Advisor
- The Baltimore Sun Newspaper
- The Humane Society of the United States
The CDC published a paper (Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1998) and yes, granted there are Pit Bull Dogs on that list, BUT SO ARE OTHER BREEDS!
Now, I want to make one thing VERY clear. I *strongly* agree that an owner should be liable for ANY damage their dog does to ANY person, pet, or property – regardless of the breed that did the damage. I also think there should be a ridiculously high fine for such damage. I mean come on, I see harsher fines for littering!
I personally believe an owner of a dog who is the attacker should be liable for ALL medical / veterinary care & fined at least $5,000 per attackee, per offense. Maybe then people will think twice about their dog causing anyone or anything harm. So in other words, I have nothing against Pit Bulls. I have a big fat problem with ANY dog who is dangerous. There is no excuse for lazy, or irresponsible ownership. Sorry, there’s not. Get a qualified (positive reinforcement) trainer to prevent problems, or involve a behavior consultant & join the ‘midnight walkers club’ (ie: manage when your dog goes outside). I myself owned a Mastiff/Shepard mutt, named Juno who was growling at people since he was four weeks old. I did extensive training, behavior modification, and behavior management. And I guarantee you Juno could have done a horrific amount of damage if ever given the chance to attack a person. If this stupid law was in effect, and lets just say for sh*ts & giggles that I’m an irresponsible owner, and Juno did attack someone (completely hypothetical situation here) – would I get a “free pass” because Juno wasn’t a “Pit Bull?” What makes that hypothetical dog attack & damages any less significant than any other?
The other issue I take with this ridiculous law is this: Take a look at the AKC list of breeds, there really is no such thing as a recognized standard for the “Pit Bull.” So now what? Any breed with a big head counts? How does one determine a dog is a Pit Bull? If I took a dog in for a DNA test, what would distinguish it from: an African Dogo Dog, American Bull Dog, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boxer, Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff, Cane Corso, English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Presa Canario, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, etc.
Someone tell me how we went from loving this breed to blind, bigotry hatred. Remember Pete from the Little Rascals? He was a “Pit Bull” type breed…
I just wish if there are going to be laws passed, that they be fair and, oh… I don’t know… make sense. Contact your Maryland congress person here: http://mlis.state.md.us/
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