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May 1, 2012
Doesn't the Maryland Court of Appeals decision that pit bulls are inherently dangerous constitute profiling? David F. Tufaro, Baltimore
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October 12, 2014
Montgomery County Judge Richard E. Jordan was so appalled by the actions of former Baltimore Police Officer Alec Taylor that he went outside sentencing guidelines to order the man committed to jail for a year - four times the maximum recommendation of three months. Mr. Taylor's crime? Beating a dog to death. The facts of the case are pretty horrific. The officer pummeled "Rocko," a tiny Jack Russell terrier, with a mop, choked him and left him lying on the floor all because the pup had soiled a rug. Mr. Taylor then sent a girlfriend a series of unemotional text messages about the beating, including this one: "Yeah I think he's pretty much dead.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2012
A pit bull attacked a 9-year-old child Wednesday night in Pasadena as the boy played on his bike, police said. The child was with his mother who was visiting a neighbor in the 200 block of Armstrong Lane around 8:18 p.m. when the dog bit the boy on his lower leg. The child was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police said the dog's owner was able to get the animal away from the child. Animal Control officers took the dog into custody. An investigation continues.
NEWS
April 29, 2014
I want to thank journalist Dan Rodricks for his informative column about pit bulls ( "Two years after Maryland court ruling, pit bulls on attack," April 26). It helps me understand more about the pit bull lover uproar and their jargon about it being "the owner, not the breed. " However, nothing will ever help me understand why the pit bull lover groups refuse to look at the facts. A pit bull mauling and/or fatality occurs on a daily basis in our nation, and the data is right there if they desire to look at it. These pit bull fanatics are truly an ignorant group that is putting all of us in danger as a result.
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February 14, 2010
State police say a trooper shot and killed a pit bull who attacked another officer at a home in rural Queen Anne's County. It happened Thursday night in Millington. Police were responding to a report of a man firing a handgun during a party at his home. Twenty-three-year-old George Thomas allegedly fired the gun at the ceiling and held it to the head of his sister, 20-year-old Jessica Thomas. George Thomas faces charges including first-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
NEWS
May 8, 2012
The recent ruling by the Maryland Courts declaring pit bulls "inherently dangerous" is not only inhumane, it's simply not true ("Fallout from pit bull decision," May 2). Just as a human child needs love and discipline to grow up to be a contributing member of society and not a menace, a pit bull puppy needs love and discipline to become an obedient, loyal and affectionate member of its family. Examine the early childhoods of people convicted of crime and you will almost certainly find episodes of abuse and neglect.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2011
Here is a pretty amazing story out of Pennsylvania in which vets are using an apparently landmark treatment to help saved a burned dog. In Berks County, Pa., a brown and white pit bull named Bernie suffered severe burns after being left on a rooftop on a broiling hot day for as many as 10 hours. The dog's paw pads were completely burned, and he also sustained serious burns on his spine and nipples from when he tried to lay down and move to relieve the pain on his paws. The Reading Eagle reports that after Bernie was brought to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, a local vet volunteered to treat him. The vet came up with the idea of using stem cells to help Bernie regrow his devastated paw pads.
NEWS
May 8, 2012
I want to pick up where Pamela Reid and Kristen Collins of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals left off in their recent letter to the editor ("Dangerous dogs are a problem; scapegoating pit bulls won't solve it," May 3). "The problem of dangerous dogs does require serious attention, but it won't be remedied by the 'quick fix' of breed specific laws," the authors point out. "Rather, we should seek the effective enforcement of breed neutral laws that hold dog owners accountable for the actions of their animals.
NEWS
May 15, 2012
Given the lack of interest in the Maryland General Assembly regarding pit bulls being labeled as "inherently dangerous," I must speak out in their defense ("Pit bull bill sought for special session," May 8). Perhaps owners of pit bulls should be labeled as inherently dangerous! My apologies to pit bull owners who love, train, and incorporate their dogs into their families; however, in Baltimore City and County, it is relatively easy to find bad owners creating bad dogs. I think the legislature needs to correct a mistake.
NEWS
April 30, 2012
I usually enjoy Dan Rodricks ' columns, even when I don't fully agree with them. This one — about the recent Maryland Court of Appeals decision deeming any "pit bull" or "pit bull mix" dog to be inherently dangerous — I simply find dismaying ("Pit bulls: Own one at your risk," April 30). I live in the Pigtown neighborhood of Baltimore. When my suburban friends come visit, they hold their kids close, and they look askance at some of my more "unusual" neighbors. Some of them are only too happy to hop back in their cars and scurry back to the counties.
NEWS
April 29, 2014
I was disturbed on multiple levels after reading Dan Rodricks ' recent article, "Two years after Maryland court ruling, pit bulls on attack" (April 26). Not only does Mr. Rodricks feed into anti-pit bull hysteria for the sake of sensationalizing a hot-button issue, but his piece can hardly be called journalism due to its questionable methodology. Mr. Rodricks' "research" for this piece is based upon a "game" that he calls "Pit Bull Google. " He writes, "Anyone with access to the Internet can do it. " Apparently, anyone with access to the Internet can also be a journalist!
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Dan Rodricks | April 26, 2014
In the two years since the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that pit bulls were inherently dangerous dogs, I developed a hobby: Pit Bull Google. It's a very edifying activity. Anyone with access to the Internet can do it. You click on Google News to get the search engine's most recent results. You enter the words "pit bull," and "attack" or "police. " (If you only enter "pit bull" you get the latest concert reviews for the rapper known as Pitbull.) Without fail, the search turns up a news story about a vicious dog attack somewhere in the U.S. within the last four to 48 hours.
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Staff Reports, Baltimore Sun Media Group | April 22, 2014
Baltimore County Police say a 2-year-old boy received "serious injuries to the upper body" from a pit bull attack on Tuesday afternoon. Police said that at about 4:26 p.m., officers and fire personnel were called to a home in the unit block of Barnacle Court in Essex, and arrived to find the boy with the injuries. Police said the boy was in the home when the family pet, a 3-year-old brown pit bull named Midnight, attacked him. During the struggle to get the dog off of the child, family members killed the dog, police said The child was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment of what are believed to be serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
Just hours after the General Assembly wrapped up its 90-day session, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed legislation Tuesday that will expand pre-kindergarten education and lift the "inherently dangerous" legal stigma from the pit bulls of Maryland. O'Malley, flanked by House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, put his pen to a bill that will fund pre-K for an additional 1,600 low-income youngsters at a cost of $4.3 million. By highlighting the pre-K bill, O'Malley took advantage of an opportunity to showcase the work of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, the governor's choice to succeed him when he leaves office in January.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
After two years of wrangling, the General Assembly gave its final approval Thursday to legislation that overrules a state high court ruling that pit bulls are inherently dangerous and must be held to a stricter liability standard for bites than other breeds. By an overwhelming margin, the House sent a Senate-passed bill to Gov. Martin O'Malley that eliminates the distinction between breeds created by the Court of Appeals in 2012 in the case of a child who was nearly killed by a pit bull.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
A House committee voted to approve a bill that would upend a court ruling that pit bulls are inherently more dangerous than other dogs, indicating that a long impasse with the Senate has been broken. By a lopsided vote, the Judiciary Committee agreed to the amendments added to the bill in the Senate and sent the measure to the House floor. The bill would end the different treatment of pit bulls but make it easier for victims of bites by other breeds of dog to collect damages than under current law. The measure is a compromise between the Senate, which wanted to adopt a strict liability standard, and the House, which wanted to give dog owners more of a chance to mount a defense.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 27, 2012
A pit bull dog was shot and killed in Aberdeen Sunday evening, according to the city's police department. At about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aberdeen city police officers were dispatched to the first block of Liberty Street, along the border of Aberdeen Proving Ground, to investigate the report of a dog being shot. Arriving officers found a dead pit bull terrier suffering from a gunshot wound to head. People living nearby heard the dog barking and then a single gunshot. When the they ran outside, they found the dog but no one was in the area, according to the police department.
NEWS
November 21, 2013
About two months ago, I was driving home from Frederick at about 2 a.m., and I passed a specter on the side of the road. At least I thought so, because it was hard for me to believe that I had seen what I thought I saw. I pulled over to the side of the road and backed up slowly and found a dog - an emaciated, scared, hurt, bleeding dog on the side of the road picking through a white trash bag. I approached her carefully, but she just collapsed when...
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Tim Wheeler | February 28, 2014
The Senate on Friday unanimously approved a bill to hold dog owners liable if their pet bites someone, unless they can prove they did not know it could happen. The bill, which now goes to the House, would place a "rebuttable presumption" on pet owners that they knew or should have known their dog could bite. Owners could avoid liability if they can convince a jury their animal had never bitten anyone before or shown any other vicious tendencies. The measure seeks to deal with a 2012 ruling by the Court of Appeals finding pit bulls "inherently dangerous" and holding their owners to stricter liability than those with pets of other breeds.  The bill the Senate passed treats all breeds the same.  Its passage could end a two-year deadlock with the House of Delegates over the issue, as lawmakers differed over where to draw the line in placing responsibility for bites on pet owners and landlords.  The Senate previously had insisted on holding pet owners strictly liable for any bite, while the House had held out for something similar to what the Senate approved.
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Tim Wheeler | February 26, 2014
If the third try's the charm, the Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill aimed at untangling for the third time an emotional controversy over dog owners' liability if their pets bite someone. The bill would reverse a Court of Appeals opinion declaring that pit bulls are "inherently dangerous", a decision that has prompted many landlords in the state to evict the dogs - or threaten to kick out their owners - to avoid potential liability if someone is bitten on the premises.
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