Stop Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL) in MD
  • Petitioned Gov. Martin O'Malley

This petition was delivered to:

Gov. Martin O'Malley
State Sen. Edward Kasemeyer
State Sen. Allan Kittleman
State Sen. David Brinkley
State Sen. Katherine Klausmeier
State Sen. Brian Feldman
State Sen. James Robey
State Sen. Brian Frosh
State Sen. Norman Stone
State Sen. Delores Kelley
State Sen. J.B. Jennings
State Sen. Karen Montgomery
State Rep. Richard Impallaria
State Rep. Patrick McDonough
State Sen. Christopher Shank
State Sen. George Edwards
State Sen. Robert Zirkin
State Sen. Joseph Getty
State Rep. Kathy Szeliga
State Sen. Ronald Young

Stop Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL) in MD

    1. Emmanuel Karabetis
    2. Petition by

      Emmanuel Karabetis

      Middle River, MD

If tomorrow, a breed-specific law was passed against Pomeranians allowing me to sue any owner of that breed, you might hear some commotion amongst Pomeranian owners. Maryland's new law focuses specifically on "pit bull dogs and cross-bred pit bull dogs," allowing these two breeds to be deemed dangerous outside a court of law if involved in an attack (No. 53, Tracey v. Solesky - 2012).

Being a pit bull owner, laws like these make it very difficult to allow other people to walk, watch or even play with my dog because I am now in fear that someone could produce a falsified claim against me and/or the dog. Maryland is discriminating against the pit bull, and at the same time, it is making the lives of pit bull owners much more difficult.

I would agree with this legislation if it weren't specific to the pit bull breed. Any dog is capable of biting. Dogs of all breeds, across the world, have been involved in attacks. This law should be a non-specific law when it comes to dog breeds.


Thank you,
Emmanuel Z. Karabetis

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. NOBSL - Breed-Specific Legislation Does Not Work for Anyone

      Emmanuel Karabetis
      Petition Organizer

      Breed-Specific Legislation has finally reared its ugly head in Maryland with a new law deeming all pit bulls and pit bull crosses to be inherently dangerous. Let's all pull together to scratch this myth from American history once and for all and to bring some common sense into the US court system.

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    3. Humane Society challenges MD's ruling on pit bulls.

      Emmanuel Karabetis
      Petition Organizer

      This could be a good thing for us. :)

    4. For over 100 years Americans knew pit bulls for what they did best: babysit

      Emmanuel Karabetis
      Petition Organizer

      Yonah Ward Grossman has an interesting photo blog with many vintage pictures of pit bulls doing what they do best: being the babysitter. His writing also paints a sweet picture of our beloved breed. It's a breath of fresh air after dealing with this past week's shenanigans. At the bottom of the page, before the reader comments, there are a few more interesting links regarding the pit bull's past.

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. Fallout from pit bull ruling; concerns rise among dog/property owners.

      Emmanuel Karabetis
      Petition Organizer

      Read how the new ruling will affect property owners, thus affecting renters.

    7. The HSUS responds to MD court of appeals' decision regarding pit bulls.

      Emmanuel Karabetis
      Petition Organizer

      There's a lot of good advice in this press release for people who own a pit bull and rent property.

    8. Maryland’s Pit Bull Owners: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

      Emmanuel Karabetis
      Petition Organizer

      Here's a well-written, simple breakdown of the new law by Julian Prager.

    9. Rodricks perpetuates prejudice against pit bulls.

      Emmanuel Karabetis
      Petition Organizer

      Another article written to help debunk Rodricks' backwards thinking.

    10. Let me tell you about the NCRC.

      Emmanuel Karabetis
      Petition Organizer

      Here's a great blog post by a great Baltimore gal named Ann Coleman. Hope this sheds some light on the facts.

    11. Denver Pit Bull Service Dog Case and Solesky v. Tracey

      Emmanuel Karabetis
      Petition Organizer

      May 1, 2012 @ 8pm EST

      Attorney Fred Kray and his co-host Jo Staats will discuss Denver's Pit Bull Service Dog case with attorney Jennifer Edwards who is handling the case. Other pit bull service dog guests include Dawn Capp, Michelle Warnock and Kim Wolfe. There will be a roundtable discussion of Maryland's Solesky decision, its holdings and long term effect on Pit Bull owners.

      Call in to speak with the host: (646) 595-4137

    12. Tony Solesky voices his opinion on Maryland's new legislation.

      Emmanuel Karabetis
      Petition Organizer

      I feel like this man and his family bit off more than they could chew. The poor child who suffered through a 5-hour surgery after being attacked has no idea the effect that his story has had on MD law.

    13. The Original Trial

      Emmanuel Karabetis
      Petition Organizer


    14. WBAL's C4 Discusses the Recent MD Legislation that Singles Out the Pit Bull

      Emmanuel Karabetis
      Petition Organizer

      This is Live. Take a listen from 10am - 2 pm.

    15. No Evidence that Pit Bulls Are More Likely to Bite

      Emmanuel Karabetis
      Petition Organizer

      This is a rebuttal to Mr. Rodricks' earlier article.

    16. "Pit Bulls: Own them at your own risk." by Dan Rodricks

      Emmanuel Karabetis
      Petition Organizer

      This is the kind of uneducated banter that helps pass these bogus laws.

    17. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Dawn Burke PASADENA, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      I own a pit/lab mix in MD and I do not agree that breed specific laws should exist.

    • Kerrie Morris CESSNOCK, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      I have a American pitbull that's has been labeled as a dangerous breed yes she has been in a fight with other dogs but she hasn't injured a human she loves my grandchildren guards them with her life and they love her she is so gentle with each child that comes in our home even an orphan kitten she treated as her own and nowr best friends , she has been there when I lost our stillborn grandchild she seems to know when I'm not well or just not myself and is always there to give a hug . She sleeps with me and the cat her name is Mishka And is 13 years old and I am feeding the day when she won't be anymore she is like one of my children I can't stand people who label dogs as dangerous because of a few thoughtless and careless owners .

    • Myla Dively ALTOONA, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      Punish the deed not the breed!! I own 2lovely pits they r my life!

    • breanna hobell CUMBERLAND, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      I have had two pit bulls and they were both the most sweet and loving dogs i have ever had and i strongly disagree with what has been pinned to them . HATE THE DEED NOT THE BREED!

    • Amanda Shiflett YORK, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is mass hysteria at it's finest. Pit Bulls were the most popular household dog in America in the 1950's. Their image was used to represent America in WW1 and they were wartime heroes finding wounded soldiers and alerting their units to incoming attacks. It is time we remember that and defend these animals that this nation once held in such high regard for their sound character, strength, bravery, unwavering loyalty, vigilance and intelligence. Their greatest strength being that they are gentle loving human companions. While it is quite obvious that there is a problem in some communities regarding loose dogs harrassing/attacking people, criminal activity

      involving the use of dogs, and dog attacks in general, BSL fails to reduce the occurance of these problems because it fails to address the root cause: people. BSL doesn't work because it is purely predjudicial in nature. Instead of punishing owners who are irresponsible and criminals

      who use dogs for illegal purposes, the legislation targets dogs for simply

      existing, and people's rights to own the breed of dog they so choose. BSL is also largely based on misinformation and truth-twisting, its authors citing the "inherent viciousness" of certain dog breeds as plenty reason to outlaw even those dogs that have never acted in a criminal fashion. Bite

      statistics are also used as justification since "pit bulls" often top such lists.

      Of course, no breed is inherently vicious, and the accuracy of bite stats are

      suspect as best, not taking into account the popularity of this dog in certain communities and mis-identification of the breed. Without knowing the population of a given breed in a particular area, there is no way of knowing whether 10 bites by a given breed represent

      one dog who has bitten many people, or 10 dogs who have each had a single incident. All dogs bite. All dogs can inflict harm. There is no scientific study to prove that one breed of dog bites more or causes more injury than any other breed of dog. There have been cases of tiny dogs, under 20 pounds,

      killing or seriously injuring children. If Pit Bulls and similar breeds are outlawed or severely restricted, one of two things happen: criminals and irresponsible owners will continue to get their hands on the dogs and simply ignore laws, or they will turn to other breeds to suit their purposes. These bans are not the solutions. They only serve to displace and euthanize innocents. Enforce generic dangerous dog laws that hold owners accountable for the actions of their dogs regardless of breed. Enforce leash laws and EDUCATE the public! Stop making excuses for animal cruelty, neglect, and irresponsible ownership. There need to be huge fines for those involved in any inhumane or irresponsible activity with animals. Pit bull owners (myself included), you can keep track of anything having to do with Pit Bulls in the news, whether that's negative things like bite incidents or dogs at large or stories on pending legislation, and write letters to the editor that make sense. You can contact your own legislators and give them materials to help them formulate sensible dangerous dog laws that do not punish innocent pets of any breed and that do punish irresponsible owners. You can keep your dog well-socialized and well-trained and get him out in public a LOT to change hearts and minds one at a time. Lobby your city or town council to pass GOOD laws as a preventive measure. But

      whatever you do, get involved NOW - before it's too late. These dogs are a part of our families and this legislation is breaking alot of hearts. Those of us who know and love a pit bull know it has nothing to do with the stereotype status symbol labels that society has placed on them. The heart of a pitty is purer than gold. I am from Baltimore but now live in PA. I hate to think this mob mentality is perpetuating itself and spreading like wildfire. I cannot imagine living without my best friend and know many others feel the same. Please don't put us in this position based on innacurate perceptions and lies.


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