Queen Anne's County, Maryland Lifts Moratorium On Pit Bull Adoption

Maryland criminal lawyer Colleen Kirby responds to recent changes in law that would make it more difficult for the owners of pit bulls if their dog is involved in an attack on humans.

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(PRWEB) July 31, 2012

The state of Maryland is in the middle of a complicated legal battle, the result of which will likely determine the future of many pit bulls and their owners across the state. A decision by the state court of appeals led to a moratorium on adoptions; but the County of Queen Anne’s has voted unanimously to lift that decision, according to Cecil Daily.

A recent court decision made pit bulls an exception to the “one bite rule” that helps protect the owners of dogs who have been involved in an incident if they haven’t shown any violent tendencies in the past, according to NBC News. The new law would make pit bulls and their owners subject to legal action even if it was a first bite, and that would likely make pit bulls a less desirable breed to own or adopt.

Maryland criminal lawyer and devoted pit bull advocate Colleen Kirby on the original laws concerning pit bulls and the one bite rule:

“What particularly upsets me about the law is if you're going to change the law and take away the one bite exception, do it across the board,’ says Kirby. “When I spoke to a lot of people who are educated about pit bulls... For example, my vet has been a vet for 14 years and she's actually going to be drafting up a letter for me because she's so upset about this. She said in the 14 years she's been practicing veterinarian medicine she has never been bit by a pit bull. She listed off five or six breeds that she's been bit several times by, and she's just completely appalled that this is the way the courts are handling this.”

A recent court decision made pit bulls an exception to the “one bite rule” that helps protect the owners of dogs who have been involved in an incident if they haven’t shown any violent tendencies in the past. The new law would make pit bulls and their owners subject to legal action even if it was a first bite, and that would likely make pit bulls a less desirable breed to own or adopt.

Colleen Kirby Attorney At Law is one of many pit bull owners in the state of Maryland to speak up against this ne law, as it would cause a lot of problems for owners. And if an owner finds it to be problematic to own a dog, there is a chance they would choose to give it up rather than run the risk of owning a dog that could lead to some litigation. The new law would also hold landlords liable for any pit bull attacks on their property, meaning that some owners could be discriminated against while looking for housing.

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