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    1. Kathryn Appleton
    2. Petition by

      Kathryn Appleton

      Germantown, MD

Recently, the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that pit bulls are "inherently dangerous" dogs. Citing statistics regarding dog bites in recent years, the court made their ruling that the breed has an inherent propensity to do harm. As a result, they are imposing stiffer laws on pit bull owners, and making pit owners and landlords that rent to pit owners more liable than ever for their dog's actions. (Pit bulls are already banned in Prince George's County.)

In D.C. and Virginia, a dog has to bite first to be designated a "dangerous dog"; any attacks thereafter result in stiffer penalties.

 

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    • Christen Kratz ELKRIDGE, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      We have 2 pit bulls at my house and have had others in the past. All of our pits have played with small children (which involved the children pulling on them, sitting on them, sleeping with them, putting their hands near the dogs mouth (even with food on their hands) and just things that you would think would annoy a dog), the pits are with other animals all day, they deal with strangers, and more annoyances. Yet these pit bulls have never tried to bit, snap, snarl, or hurt anybody in any sort of way. One of our Pits had a rough past. we found her starving to death after having a litter of pups and she was probably only about 2 years old. Just because some people decided to train their pits to be mean doesn't mean that all pits are naturally mean dogs. other breeds are more aggresive naturally and no one cares about that. this law is horrible and obviously the people who voted for the law never spent any time around a pit bull who had a good owner. the owners who ruined the sweet dogs should be put in jail, not the dogs.

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    • kyle kratz ELKRIDGE, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      I have two pitbulls. They both play with small children and are very gentle. They get their tails pulled and ears pulled and much more, and yet they still do not do anything bad. you can stick your hand in their mouth and they will try to spit it out. no bite it. This is a horrible law and needs to be removed.

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      • over 1 year ago

      I am a veterinarian who knows that owning a dog is a responsibility. Focusing on dog breeds for bans causes responsible dog owners to have difficulty moving to different places or housing although they have loving, friendly pets. Dangerous dogs should be classified as dogs who have harmed a person, not "racially profiling" based on breed.

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    • Leslene Dunn CLAREMONT, SOUTH AFRICA
      • about 2 years ago

      I don't like the look of most humans - that then gives me the right to put them down. There is nothing more dangerous than a human - these animals deserve a life - it is not for you to decide as you are not God.

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    • Mary Conner MULBERRY, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      Pit bulls are like any other dog. If they are provoked, they will bite. They are actually quite gentle and loyal. No dog is "inherently dangerous" unless they are provoked.

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