Md. lawmakers take on pit bull ruling

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A bill that would reverse the designation of pit bulls as an "inherently dangerous" breed of dog moved one step closer to being passed by the Maryland House of Delegates.

The measure was introduced on the House floor Tuesday. Delegates are expected to vote on the measure in the coming weeks.

Last year the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, ruled that pit bull owners and landlords would be held to strict liability standards for dog bites without previous evidence that a dog was dangerous.

The new measure increases protections for dog bite victims by creating a presumption that all dog owners, regardless of the breed, are presumed liable for attacks.

A dog owner who becomes a court defendant after a bite will have a chance in court to try to prove the dog was not dangerous.


The pit bull problem?

Are pit bulls inherently dangerous?
The University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Interaction of Animals in Society sought to identify which dog breeds were more dangerous than others. According to the study's scoring, researchers concluded the following breeds were the 15 most dangerous.

-Chow Chow
-Giant Schnauzer
-Jack Russell Terrier
-Llasa Apso
-Bull Mastiff
-Miniature Pinscher
-Old English Sheepdog
-German Shepherd

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**A note from the researchers: It is important to note that mixed breeds were not identified in the study.

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