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Maryland Court Rules Pit Bull Dogs Are "Inherently Dangerous"
KWQC.com ^ | May 2, 2012 | David Nelson and MSNBC.com

Posted on 05/03/2012 1:22:20 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A new ruling makes it easier for anyone attacked by a pit bull or pit bull mix in Maryland to take legal action against the dog's owner. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruling declares pit bulls as a breed are "inherently dangerous," and the owner of a pit bull or a cross-bred pit that attacks is strictly liable for damages, as is any landlord who rents to a pit bull owner.

The Maryland SPCA, which arranges adoptions for dogs that need homes, currently has three pit bulls under its care: a five-month-old Brutus is scheduled to be adopted this week, Ayoki is available and Valentina will be put up for adoption soon. But the SPCA is concerned that it may be harder to find adoptive homes and families may abandon pit bulls after the recent ruling.

"We believe that an animal's behavior should be the determining factor in whether or not the animal is considered dangerous," said Cheryl Bernard Smith, of SPCA. "We don't believe that a particular breed should be pinpointed for that." "All dogs, if you don't train them and show them love, can turn out to be mean animals," said Rodney Taylor, of Prince George's County Animal Management. "It has a lot to do with the owner and how you raise the pet."

The Maryland Court of Appeals decision dealt with the case of a young boy who suffered life-threatening injuries when he was attacked by a pit bull.

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To: SoldierDad

Not like you, I Do not blanket aggressive dogs.
I have never met a dog I didn’t like!
You may have had bad experiences with dogs, but that doesn’t mean that the dogs you encountered were bad.It only means that you did not understand the dogs in your care.


51 posted on 05/03/2012 2:48:38 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Four main food groups: chocolate, champagne, strawberries and chocolate. {le me})
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To: Above My Pay Grade

1) most breeds will NEVER or almost never kill or critically injure anyone.)
Begs the question. Absolute BS as well.

After reading the rest of your response, it’s just,
“No, I’m not. You are” nonsense and not worth a reply.


52 posted on 05/03/2012 2:50:35 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: Monkey Face
Sorry, but that statement implies you know very little about dogs.

Dogs are bred for certain things. Every dog breeder knows that. The sad fact is that pit bulls have been taken over by gang bangers, and only the most vicious dogs were bred. I am not saying that there aren't some very nice pits. However, this breed has been bred to fight.

The same way herding dogs love to herd, water dogs love the water, bird dogs love birds, and pit bulls love to fight.

It will take a lot of selective breeding to get that instinct out of the breed.

BTW, I still don't like the court ruling.

53 posted on 05/03/2012 2:53:54 PM PDT by kara37
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To: Monkey Face
Perfectionist because didn't want my dogs to bite people? That is amusing.

I forgot to mention the 2 dogs that I had that were biters were 2 out of 30 to 40 that I have had in my life (I am pretty old). We are supposed to be the pack leader and we must control our dogs. I guess your dog roams the neighborhood doing what dogs do, turning over garbage cans and pooping on other peoples yards.

I have had several dog that I would consider perfect but that came naturally to them. I have one now and he is so sweet and gentle (naturally) that I had him certified as a Therapy Dog.

Hairy and I go to convalescent homes and hospitals where people are stuck for months at a time.
Dog lovers are so glad to see us coming down the hallway, smiles light up their faces.

I didn't train Hairy to be what he is, God just made him that way but I still have to control him on a leash and keep him fenced in the yard so a car doesn't run over him.

54 posted on 05/03/2012 2:54:07 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: tumblindice

The facts are in any given year there are about 30 or so dog bite fatalities in the US. Pit Bulls and Rotties are usually good for about 20 to 23 of these. That leaves 7 to 10 for all of the other hundreds of breeds.

Most dog breeds never kill humans. Pit Bulls do it about once every 2 weeks.


55 posted on 05/03/2012 2:54:39 PM PDT by Above My Pay Grade (The candidate I vote for will NOT have a CARE after his name.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
These things come and go...

HB 14 Ohio Pit Bull Ban Dropped

56 posted on 05/03/2012 2:57:49 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: Above My Pay Grade

If you say so ... leave me alone now. And stay away from dogs.


57 posted on 05/03/2012 2:58:50 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: I see my hands
Case closed.

Not it isn't.

58 posted on 05/03/2012 3:01:26 PM PDT by Eaker (When somebody hands you your arse, don't give it back saying "This needs a little more tenderizing.")
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To: kara37

I not only spent my life with dogs, buy I also went to school to be a vet tech.

You have no idea what I know or don’t know about animals in general and dogs, specifically.

As my freind would say...bite me.


59 posted on 05/03/2012 3:05:31 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Four main food groups: chocolate, champagne, strawberries and chocolate. {le me})
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To: kara37

Bite me.


60 posted on 05/03/2012 3:09:46 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Four main food groups: chocolate, champagne, strawberries and chocolate. {le me})
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To: muawiyah; MizSterious; Kokojmudd; brytlea; Darnright; Sensei Ern; sangrila; rattrap; dervish; ...
RDO Woof...

you won’t see those dudes who like the Pits walking around with a Chihuahua will you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBgAJF59Llc

61 posted on 05/03/2012 3:12:38 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: I see my hands
You want an answer?....Neither...

doofus

62 posted on 05/03/2012 3:17:15 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: Monkey Face
You have no idea what I know or don’t know about animals in general and dogs, specifically.
As my freind would say...bite me.
********************************************

I know that have never bred dogs, or you would know that breeding for temperament is just as important as breeding for type.

I also know that you seem to have the class of a dog.

63 posted on 05/03/2012 3:29:33 PM PDT by kara37
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To: kara37
You are correct. Individual dog breeds are bred for specific traits, and some (most?) Pitts are/were bred to fight. Look at the type of people that have them (for the most part, only generalizing here!) and you can see why they are they way they are.

I am a breeder (GSDs) and certain bloodlines have certain traits, and if you select for specific traits, and if you know what you are doing, you will get what you want.

Bottom line: it is the fault of the breeders, and people that fought them, that developed the breed as it is now, not the dog's fault. The dangerous aspect of them can be bred out of them, but it would take 3-5 generations of CAREFUL breeding to see some progress, and you will never get it all out of the breed. (Example: hip dysplasia in GSDs runs about 18% and has done so for about 20 years. It will most likely never get lower, due to a few individual dogs that were used to develop the breed. Some traits that were heavily selected for early in the development of the breed will never entirely go away...)

I don't like any sort of anti-dog legislation: it is mostly ignorant, and another example of judges/lawyers thinking they know more than anyone else, and that they can "fix things" better than anyone else, regardless of qualifications and knowledge.

64 posted on 05/03/2012 3:36:23 PM PDT by LaRueLaDue
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
A new ruling makes it easier for anyone attacked by a pit bull or pit bull mix in Maryland to take legal action against the dog's owner. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruling declares pit bulls as a breed are "inherently dangerous," and the owner of a pit bull or a cross-bred pit that attacks is strictly liable for damages, as is any landlord who rents to a pit bull owner.

All dogs are inherently dangerous.
If you examine their mouths you'll find hard pointy calcified structures capable of causing damage to soft tissue.

Why are victims of dogs other than "pit bulls" not afforded the same protection under the law?

65 posted on 05/03/2012 3:39:08 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: Above My Pay Grade
Want to move into base housing at Camp Pendleton with a pit bull or rottie?

Sorry. Those breeds aren't allowed. Wonder why?

66 posted on 05/03/2012 3:50:24 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: I see my hands
You forgot to put your words inna little box.
67 posted on 05/03/2012 4:04:44 PM PDT by I am bigjohn
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To: kanawa


68 posted on 05/03/2012 4:09:29 PM PDT by Eaker (When somebody hands you your arse, don't give it back saying "This needs a little more tenderizing.")
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To: who knows what evil?
Wonder why?

Why wonder?

http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/military/article_5b0c7663-98df-5c49-88e4-43229c96af20.html

But then again, who would want to bring any dog there?

http://www.sandiego6.com/news/local/More-Dogs-Poisoned-on-Camp-Pendleton-145460705.html

69 posted on 05/03/2012 4:10:08 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: kara37

So you say.

I am happy to be classified as a dog.


70 posted on 05/03/2012 4:11:50 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Four main food groups: chocolate, champagne, strawberries and chocolate. {le me})
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To: All

Pit bull owners can do what they want.

But they should keep in mind that there are many people like me.

If your pit attacks me, I’m coming back and shooting your dog and beating you with a baseball bat.

If your pit attacks one of my kids, I’m shooting your dog and shooting you.


71 posted on 05/03/2012 4:21:45 PM PDT by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Chet99 would agree. (Believe that is/was his name)
72 posted on 05/03/2012 4:22:18 PM PDT by Bronzy (No more RINO's)
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To: kanawa

I recall another recent story about a ‘vigilante’ shooting several pit bulls, but this dirtbag must get his kicks poisoning any dog.


73 posted on 05/03/2012 4:34:53 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Eaker

How soon until my boy makes the “newly expanded list because we got away with the original list”?


74 posted on 05/03/2012 4:35:20 PM PDT by Salamander (Hey blood brother, you're one of our own. You're as sharp as a razor and as hard as a stone.)
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To: kanawa; shibumi

Gee...who does this remind you of?


75 posted on 05/03/2012 4:37:26 PM PDT by Salamander (Hey blood brother, you're one of our own. You're as sharp as a razor and as hard as a stone.)
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To: rbmillerjr
Pit bull owners can do what they want.

Yes we can.

But they should keep in mind that there are many people like me.

There have been liberals forever.

If your pit attacks me, I’m coming back and shooting your dog and beating you with a baseball bat.

My pit stays on my property. If you are on my property without my permission you better forget the pit because I'll be the one you need to fear.

76 posted on 05/03/2012 4:43:27 PM PDT by Eaker (When somebody hands you your arse, don't give it back saying "This needs a little more tenderizing.")
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To: Ditter
God just made him that way but I still have to control him on a leash and keep him fenced in the yard so a car doesn't run over him.

I'm on the road quite a bit and it is so upsetting to see a dog wandering by itself along the road or crossing it.
I can't imagine being so thoughtless with my dog.
If I can I track down the owner and let them know their dog is in danger.

Maintaining control of your dog is one of the pillars of responsible dog ownership.

It doesn't mean your dog can never be off leash
but it must be in a context that is safe for him and for other people.

77 posted on 05/03/2012 4:50:52 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: kara37
It will take a lot of selective breeding to get that instinct out of the breed.

How much?

How much breeding was required to "breed in" the fighting instinct? And fighting what/whom? Dogs? Humans? Is 90 years enough to breed it out?

And please provide your educational/professional qualifications, because frankly you sound like any other internet expert/blowhard.

78 posted on 05/03/2012 5:02:01 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: rbmillerjr

LOL, do you have dreams like that?


79 posted on 05/03/2012 5:03:23 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: rbmillerjr
If your pit attacks one of my kids, I’m shooting your dog and shooting you.

Are kids allowed to make prison visits?

80 posted on 05/03/2012 5:04:20 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: I am bigjohn

>You forgot to put your words inna little box.<

Lol.... Nice catch


81 posted on 05/03/2012 5:08:32 PM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
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To: who knows what evil?

>Sorry. Those breeds aren’t allowed. Wonder why?<

I’m sorry. I don’t understand your point.


82 posted on 05/03/2012 5:11:21 PM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
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To: Monkey Face

“I love the breed, and some day, I hope to own one. They are only vicious if they are trained to be so, as is with any breed.”

I used to believe that as well and have said so on this very forum ... chastised for my ignorance as well...

My sweet “DOG” that was his name would lick you to death, never barked or was he ever aggressive ... then one day he just went nuts and if I hadn’t grabbed his collar my neighbor would probably own my house now... and the neighbor was not a stranger and owns 2 Pits himself... we just said to each other ... he must smell your dog on you, except that I know his dogs and mine played together all the time.

Someone stole that dog from me... that is my story and I’m sticking to it.

TT


83 posted on 05/03/2012 5:15:38 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is islam. Moderate islam is the Trojan Horse.)
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To: kanawa; who knows what evil?

I’d rather be with pit bulls than faggots any day.


84 posted on 05/03/2012 5:16:41 PM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
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To: Eaker

You’d love MD’s castle doctrine.

If somebody outside my fence ‘scares me’ I can pick ‘em off.

*Note to dog killers: I spook ~real~ easy.

;]


85 posted on 05/03/2012 5:26:36 PM PDT by Salamander (Hey blood brother, you're one of our own. You're as sharp as a razor and as hard as a stone.)
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To: Trailerpark Badass; Eaker

Nope.

He was wide awake and typing with one hand.


86 posted on 05/03/2012 5:27:51 PM PDT by Salamander (Hey blood brother, you're one of our own. You're as sharp as a razor and as hard as a stone.)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

Thousands of Staffs go into the AKC show rings every year with wagging tails and never so much as growl.

AmStaffs and Staffordshire Terriers are the original ‘pit bull’ stock.

They’ve been doing so for a hundred years.

I have, however, never seen a handler who was wearing a backwards hat, droopy ass pants or a hoodie.

Probably just coincidence, that.

[the original purpose of those breeds was to assist cattle drovers, hence the “bull and terrier” old name. the dog was created to grab and tenaciously hold the nose of dangerous bulls to protect the drover]


87 posted on 05/03/2012 5:35:03 PM PDT by Salamander (Hey blood brother, you're one of our own. You're as sharp as a razor and as hard as a stone.)
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To: Lil Flower

Oh, snap.


88 posted on 05/03/2012 5:35:54 PM PDT by Salamander (Hey blood brother, you're one of our own. You're as sharp as a razor and as hard as a stone.)
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To: rbmillerjr

#1: My pitbull wouldn’t attack you because he is not some vicious man eating attack dog.
#2: I, however am very capable of protecting myself and my dog.
And I don’t use children’s toys to do it, either.


89 posted on 05/03/2012 5:46:07 PM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
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To: TexasTransplant

I don’t think dogs go off for no reason.
It may not be readily apparent but there is always a reason.
It would only be conjecture based on the info given.

Your dog was sensing something you weren’t...

Was there alcohol involved?
Is your neighbor a jerk, overbearing, loud, aggressive?
Could DOG have thought you were being threatened?
What was the neighbor doing at the time your dog became aggressive?

What did DOG do, start barking? hackles up?
You say you grabbed his collar, it appears that he hadn’t at that point made a charge at the neighbor?
Was DOG trying to get at the neighbor once you had hold of his collar?

Did DOG have contact with the neighbor at a later time?
If so, what was his reaction?


90 posted on 05/03/2012 5:46:25 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: rbmillerjr

#1: My pitbull wouldn’t attack you because he is not some vicious man eating attack dog.
#2: I, however am very capable of protecting myself and my dog.
And I don’t use children’s toys to do it, either.


91 posted on 05/03/2012 5:46:36 PM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
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To: Eaker

>My pit stays on my property. If you are on my property without my permission you better forget the pit because I’ll be the one you need to fear.<

Amen, brother. Amen.


92 posted on 05/03/2012 5:50:28 PM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
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To: Falcon4.0; muawiyah

*sigh*

Pitbull threads always go south quick. For the record, I’ve never owned one, but I’ve been attacked by two. I have scars on my arms to prove it.

That being said, I have a border collie whose ear was nocked pretty good by a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. I also own a dachshund who’s more apt to bite than any dog I’ve owned. Small dogs, while not maiming, can leave a mark.

Pitbulls are a special breed that require a highly mature owner who is 100% committed to caring for and training that animal. They are the definition of feral. Sadly, an overwhelming majority of pit owners are in way over their heads. They are absolutely a bully breed, but like rotties and dobies, they can be tame and very loving with the right owner.


93 posted on 05/03/2012 6:10:06 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

They are like 80 pound Chihuahuas.


94 posted on 05/03/2012 6:13:11 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

I believe that’s accurate. Chihuahuas are vicious but their size makes them “cute.”


95 posted on 05/03/2012 6:17:45 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia
You were doing so well up to...

They are the definition of feral.

96 posted on 05/03/2012 6:18:32 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: kanawa
fe·ral
adjective
1. existing in a natural state, as animals or plants; not domesticated or cultivated; wild.
2. having reverted to the wild state, as from domestication
3. of or characteristic of wild animals; ferocious; brutal.
97 posted on 05/03/2012 6:20:54 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Salamander

Maybe I should clarify my comment. The fact that the military would ban pit bulls but promote, even welcome, rampant homosexuality is screwed up as far as I’m concerned. That was the point of my comment.


98 posted on 05/03/2012 6:28:29 PM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
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To: kanawa; who knows what evil?

See post #98 for clarification on my post @ #84


99 posted on 05/03/2012 6:31:46 PM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
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To: muawiyah

>They are like 80 pound Chihuahuas.<

I would never own a Chihuahua. Too mean. Unpredictable. My pittie Rufus is neither.


100 posted on 05/03/2012 6:35:34 PM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
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