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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2012
A pit bull was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon in Edgewood by a deputy with the Harford County sheriff's office after it bit a child and then charged the officer, according to a sheriff's spokeswoman. The shooting came one day after the General Assembly deadlocked over legislation that would have overruled a court decision labeling pit bulls as inherently dangerous animals, ending the bill's chance of passage during this summer's second special session. An anonymous caller first contacted police about 4:50 p.m. to report two aggressive pit bulls walking in the 1400 block of St. Michael's Court in the Stoneleigh Square subdivision, said Monica Worrell, the spokeswoman.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2012
The General Assembly deadlocked Tuesday night over legislation that would have overruled a widely criticized court decision labeling pit bulls as inherently dangerous, apparently killing the bill in this summer's special session. Senate PresidentThomas V. Mike Millersaid he did not believe there would be any action on the legislation because "the difference is very stark" between House and Senate versions of the bill. Miller, a Calvert County Democrat, spoke on the Senate floor just before 9 p.m. as the chamber gathered to consider a bill on gambling expansion, the main purpose for a special session that was expected to continue long into the night.
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By Liz F. Kay | liz.kay@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 22, 2010
Jury selection will begin Wednesday for the firearms possession trial of twin brothers accused of setting fire to a pit bull in May. Travers and Tremayne Johnson, both 18, and their father, Charles Johnson, 76, were charged in June with possession of firearms and marijuana. Police say the drugs and weapons were found that month in a raid of the Johnsons' South Pulaski Street home while investigating the dog burning. Prosecutors plan to handle the firearm case before the animal cruelty charges, which drew nationwide attention.
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May 25, 2011
A woman who was riding along a trail at the Deer Creek Preservation Area in Street was knocked off her horse after it was attacked by a pit bull early last week. The attack was the second in this month in Harford County involving a pit bull and other animals. The woman, 35, of the 300 block of East Jarrettsville Road in Forest Hill, told police she and a friend, were riding their horses in the Deer Creek trail around 6 p.m. May 15 when they saw two men and a young girl, who had two pit bull terriers with them, walking toward them from the opposite direction.
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May 3, 2012
In his column, "Pit bulls: Own them at your own risk," Dan Rodricks quotes a recent Maryland Court of Appeals decision that says the Albuquerque Humane Society has stopped accepting and adopting out pit bulls "because of their potential for attacks on other animals and people. " That is doubly incorrect. First, the "Albuquerque Humane Society" does not exist. Second, Animal Humane - New Mexico, a 47-year old private animal shelter based in Albuquerque, N.M. (often mistkenly called the Albuquerque Humane Society)
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2012
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.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2012
Pit bull owners and other animal advocates won't get a chance to overturn a recent Court of Appeals decision labeling the breed as dangerous during the special General Assembly session now under way, but they might get their chance if the legislature reconvenes this summer to consider gambling issues. Senate PresidentThomas V. Mike Millerindicated that he's amenable to putting the issue on the agenda and encouraged people who want action before next January to make their views known to Gov.Martin O'Malley.
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By Meredith Cohn and Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 3, 2013
City animal control officers had seized the pit bull earlier this year that was involved in a fatal attack on its owner early Friday, but returned the dog because they "did not feel the dog was a threat to the public," according to a statement from officials Sunday. After the previous attack, the dog owner who died Friday, 56-year-old Terry Douglass, "was adamant in getting the dog back, so after vaccinating it for rabies, we returned the dog after the quarantine period was up," said a statement from the Baltimore City Health Department, which oversees animal control.
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By Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2011
Anne Arundel County police say a 32-year-old man shot and killed a pit bull terrier to end a fight between the dog and another pit bull in a field near a residential neighborhood in Severn on Sunday morning. A 4-year-old pit bull named Kayne and a 7-year-old named Gyno started to fight as their owners walked them about 11 a.m. in a field at the end of Stillmeadows Drive near Oriole Court. As the dogs fought, the owner of Gyno ran home to alert his parents, according to police.
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October 23, 2013
Baltimore Police officer Dan Waskiewicz responded to a call for a "vicious dog" last year and fell in love. The dog, a pit bull, had his tail between his legs and was being pelted by bottles thrown from nearby homes. Waskiewicz, who is stationed in Baltimore's Southern District, offered the dog water from his water bottle. "He was just scared," Waskiewicz told celebrity chef Rachael Ray last week. "Instead of calling the pound, we put him in the back of the patrol car and he fell asleep in my lap. I knew he was going to be mine.
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