Colleen Kirby Comments On Recent Reversal Of Maryland Pit Bull Bill

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Pit bulls will not be seen as "inherently dangerous" and will not be subject to higher levels of scrutiny than other breeds.

The Maryland House of Delegates approved a measure that will reverse a court ruling from 2012 that would deem pit bulls as "inherently dangerous" and provide a greater level of scrutiny to cases in which they are involved, according to NBC4. Criminal defense attorney Colleen Kirby is a staunch advocate for the rights of pit bulls and their owners, and while she was pleased with the State's ruling, she also understands there is more work to be done.

"I think think this is an amicable compromise because it shifts the burden of proof from the dog bite victim to the dog owner, but avoids making the bill breed specific. All dog owners will have the same burden, regardless of breed. It is wonderful that the House unanimously agreed to change the Court of Appeals ruling that all pit bulls are "inherently dangerous". Now I would like to see the Senate do the same. While they agreed, during last special session, that breed specific legislation should not be imposed, they could not agree on the logistics of what liability dogs owners have. It's time to see the bigger picture and get this law passed to prevent further harm to the breed and their families. What makes me nervous, is that the same thing happened in the last special session. However, the Senate could not agree with the House on how to word the bill and it was never sent to the governor to be signed into law. The good news is that this is labeled as an emergency bill, which means that it becomes effective the minute it is signed."

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