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Are Pit Bulls Dangerous by Nature? Court Says Yes

The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that owners of pit bulls are liable for damages caused by attacks by the breed.

If your pit bull attacks someone, don't expect much sympathy in court. An opinion recently released by the Maryland Court of Appeals states that you should have already known the breed was dangerous.

Maryland owners are now facing increased liability in attack cases, following a ruling in Tracey v. Solesky. The case involved a pit bull named Clifford that attacked a minor, causing life-threatening injuries. 

"When an attack involves pit bulls, it is no longer necessary to prove that the particular pit bull or pit bulls are dangerous," wrote Judge Dale R. Cathell in the opinion.

Cathell also stated that landlords have the right to prohibit pit bulls or pit bull cross-breeds from their property.

A PDF of the opinion is attached in the media gallery.

The opinion cited a series of cases involving vicious attacks by pit bulls, as well as expert evaluations and national statistics, according to a WBAL TV News report

Aileen Gabbey, executive director of the Maryland SPCA, claimed the ruling could lead to fewer adoptions of pit bulls, ABC 2 News reported.

Is it fair for the court to designate pit bulls as inherently dangerous? How accountable should dog owners be held in attack cases? Tell us in the comments.

Ashley August 21, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I was at a cookout over my friend's house this past weekend, she has a pit. Sweetest dog ever, she's never had any issues with the dog until this weekend. Her pit and her other dog got into a fight over a drip pan and the pit immediately lunged for the other dogs throat. Had the other dog by the neck and kept trying to swing her around by it. The other dog just kept trying to get away, wasn't really attacking her pit, just defending. It was violent and frightening to watch, not to mention it took several men to break them apart. They can be the nicest dogs, but they have killing instincts whether some people want to admit it or not. It just takes the right circumstances to bring it out.
Julia Yarnall August 27, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Jane, You're an idiot. Sincerely, A long time pit owner
Tony Solesky August 27, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Brian, repost the question you are talking about from Chris. I actually took it the Chris suported my view and was giving and wxample of why it is a good ruling. In addition my answer was just replace the word Blame with responsiblity. I thought that was a complete anwser. As far as money you have no way of knowing what my sons ionjuries cost us. So you have know way of responding to anything other then what you imagine is my motivation. As far as Public safety no one has paid any money I know of as a result of the ruling and I did give a complete layout of a placement policy which I have submitted to state local and county officals as far back as 4 and 1/2 years ago. The money in my suit is all about compelling people toward safety as you cannot show any proactive example of the disscussion on this level until I brought and one suit. Again what are you doing about it? Brook animal agression is not a favorable trait to someone who love their pets and far more pets are injured and killed each year then humans. Also it is ridiculous to assume that regalar Pit Bulls are human agressive but rather that when they are triggered to bite as with APBT they will bite to kill man women or beast. As far as any and all comments yes I put them out there and of course your sense of what I mean reflects as much on you as what I say reflects on me. So again what are you doing to get things fixed?
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