Sunday, September 2, 2012

Update on the debate on whether pit bull owners should be held strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs

Back in May I reported (here) that the Court of Appeals of Maryland issued an opinion holding that the owner of a pit bull could be held strictly liable for the injuries caused by the dog. (The decision in the case, called Tracey v. Solesky, has been stayed until the court hears a motion to reconsider.)

Then last month, the ABA adopted a resolution urging legislative bodies not to adopt breed specific dog regulations. See here

Now, the September issue of the ABA Journal has an update on the debate in Maryland.  It reports that pit bull owners and their advocates have persuaded state legislators to convene a task force aimed at overriding the decision of the Court of Appeals.  Go here to read the article.

UPDATE 12/17/12:  The Solesky family has released the tape of the 911 call in this case.  Go here for more on the story and to listen to the tape.