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Maryland Senate Approves Strict Liability for All Dog Bites

 Tuesday, August 14, 2012

 Insurance Journal

The Maryland Senate has voted to change a state law so that it creates a strict liability standard for owners of all dogs, not just pit bulls. The change was in response to a court ruling that determined pit bulls are “inherently dangerous” animals. The Senate voted on the measure last Friday, August 10. The bill addresses an April decision by Maryland’s highest court that created a breed-specific, strict-liability standard for owners of pit bulls or pit bull breeds. Under the ruling, a pit bull owner could be liable for a dog bite without previous evidence of the dog being dangerous.