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.
February 7, 2014
Loyola's move to the Patriot League will put women's coach Jen Adams on the opposite side of her coach at Maryland, Cindy Timchal, one of her greatest mentors. Navy's coach for all six of its NCAA seasons, Timchal coached Adams, a three-time national player of the year and the first Tewaaraton Award winner, on four national championship Terps teams from 1998-2001. This season will be the first where they square off as head coaches. Adams already has coached against two of her other coaching mentors, Syracuse coach Gary Gait, who assisted at Maryland during her run, and Maryland coach Cathy Reese, Adams' teammate for a year and briefly a Terps' assistant.
January 10, 2014
I became friends with the Solesky family after I saw first-hand the aftermath of a pit bull attack on my dog ("Singling out pit bulls is unfair," Jan. 6). As a trauma nurse, I saw that the wounds inflicted by pit bulls were kill wounds - perforated carotid, brachial, femoral arteries, scalping, broken legs - far different from those from an ordinary dog fight. Since becoming part of a advocate group for victims of pit bull attacks, I have met hundreds of people who buried their children, go through repeated reconstructive surgeries, have night terrors, bear horribly disfiguring scars and loss of function, all from pit bull attacks.
January 8, 2014
Residents of the Fells Prospect neighborhood have long grumbled about abandoned dog feces in their sidewalk tree pits. But when a recent community association newsletter advised members to, among other things, place pine cones or clippings from thorny plants in the pits to keep dogs out, some property owners saw red and said the suggestions were both harmful to pets and illegal. John Lam, a dog owner who's lived in the neighborhood -- which is near Fells Point and Butchers Hill -- for three years, said the association's January newsletter “made a point that a tremendous amount of people aren't picking up after their pets.
January 6, 2014
Lawmakers arrive back in Annapolis this week to a major piece of unfinished business: passing a dog bite liability bill to address the unintended consequences of the Maryland Court of Appeals' ruling in which pit bull-type dogs were deemed inherently dangerous. The Maryland General Assembly, which last year failed to pass compromise legislation to address the issue, will have another chance to bring certainty and protection to dog bite victims and dog owners. The court's unprecedented decision holds owners of pit bull type dogs, landlords and anyone else with the right to control the dog's presence on their property strictly liable for incidents involving the dog. This has resulted in paralyzing uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of dog owners in the state (nearly one-third of Maryland households include at least one dog)
December 30, 2013
Anne Arundel County Police say a woman was taken to a hospital Sunday with a "serious" dog bite after trying to stop two pit bulls from attacking her dog. According to police, on Sunday at about 9:05 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue in Glen Burnie and talked to the woman, who said she had been outside walking her dog when two pit bull dogs approached and attacked her pet. While trying to break the dogs apart, the victim...