Neighborhood HOA approves resolution that puts restrictions on pit bulls

GLEN BURNIE, Md. - Tanyard Springs is typically a quiet community. But neighbors say new restrictions placed on pit bulls are causing an uproar.

"I wanted to move out. I've always, I've loved living here, I'm proud to live here. And now they're doing this and I'm just not too happy," said a neighbor who only wanted to identify herself as Tabatha.

She said her two pit bulls are like her children, and that they wouldn't hurt anyone.

"It's unfair that just because the name of pit bulls, that we have do certain things, I just don't think it's fair," she said.

The neighborhood homeowner's association sent an email to neighbors, that stated because of a court ruling the pit bull breed puts a liability on HOA's across the state. They said until that is changed, they've adopted a new resolution that would not allow neighbors to adopt the breed after the effective date. Those who already own pit bulls could have their dogs grandfathered in, as long as they are registered. It also mandates pit bulls must be leashed at all times. It all boils down to a court ruling the considers all pit bulls "inherently dangerous."

"It's caused consternation across the state. People with dogs that look like pit bulls have been threatened with eviction from their apartments because landlords are afraid. If that dog bites somebody, the landlords are going to be responsible," said State Sen. Brian Frosh.

Frosh is just one of a handful of legislators trying to pass a new bill that he said would be fair to victims, owners, and landlords.

"Your dog bites somebody, we're going to start out from the point saying, it's your dog, you're responsible," he said.

He says the bill would drop the 'inherently dangerous' title from pit bulls, but says under the current ruling, HOA's would not be held responsible for the dogs.

The Tanyard Springs Homeowner's Association is holding a meet next week to discuss the new resolution with neighbors.

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