Month: June 2012

Update: Maryland and the inherently dangerous Pit Bulls

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As I reported previously here, The Joint Task Force Group will be meeting on June 19, 2012 in Annapolis, MD for a hearing . Several groups and people are invited to testify:

Maryland SPCA

Animal Farm Foundation

Washington County

Several Attorneys from both sides

The Cult of PeTA (most likely Cult dog behavior specialist Teresa Lynn Chagrin)

Colleen Lynn (sole owner and operator of dogsbite.org)

I would like to point out that everybody can prepare a written statement for the Joint Task Force Group. Please be sure to make 20 copies and come to the session 30 minutes before it begins to hand over your written statement.

I also would like to encourage everybody to continue sending e-mails to:

President of the Senate Mike Miller, thomas.v.mike.miller@senate.state.md.us

Speaker of the House Michael Busch, michael.busch@house.state.md.us

Governor O’Malley,  http://www.governor.maryland.gov/mail/

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Letter To The Joint Task Force Group

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Subject: MD Court of Appeals ruling (Solesky v. Tracey)

From: Peter <peter1512@gmail.com>
To: Brian.Frosh@senate.state.md.us, Lisa.Gladden@senate.state.md.us, 
	Joseph.Getty@senate.state.md.us, Jamie.Raskin@senate.state.md.us, 
	Norman.Stone@senate.state.md.us, Curt.Anderson@house.state.md.us, 
	Eric.Bromwell@house.state.md.us, Benjamin.Kramer@house.state.md.us, 
	heather.mizeur@house.state.md.us, Michael.Smigiel@house.state.md.us

 

Dear Senators and Delegates,

According to the ruling from the Maryland Court of Appeals on 4/26/12, looking like a Pit Bull could get your dog in a lot of trouble in the State of Maryland. The ruling is very vague about the breed. It stated “Pit Bull type dogs and cross-bred Pit Bulls”. To be very clear, Pit Bull itself is not even a breed, it is a group of breeds. Unfortunately, not even the American Kennel Club acknowledges this group of breeds. Under the new ruling from the Maryland Court of Appeals, every Pit Bull type dog is automatically considered inherently dangerous. I have published a extensive study regarding Pit Bull type dogs which can be found here: https://nokillallegany.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/the-needless-fear-of-pit-bull-breeds/.
The ruling  of the Maryland Court of Appeals leaves more questions than it gives answers. As example,  many Pit Bull type dogs are used as trained service dogs and certified therapy dogs. We don’t know yet how hospitals and nursing homes, as example, will react of that ruling. Will this be the end for Pit Bull type therapy dogs in the State of Maryland? Where does it leave the people with disabilities who have a Pit Bull type dog as registered service dog? Will the people who own this dogs be able to continue to take their dogs to a dog groomer, a dog boarding facility or even to a Veterinarian? Many municipal animal shelters are still struggling with the court decision, trying to find answers that will protect them from liability law suits. Take as example the animal shelter I work for in Allegany County. As of today our county government does not allow us to adopt out Pit Bull and cross-bred Pit Bull type dogs. This dogs are now sitting in our shelter with a uncertain future because of the ruling from the MD Court of Appeals.
Many people in the State of Maryland are looking up to you with the hope that you will bring sanity to the uncertainty that was created by the MD Court of Appeals. 
I appreciate everything you do for our animals.
Best Regards

Peter Masloch
No Kill Advocate
15508 Baltimore Pike
Cumberland, MD 21502

Everybody Needs Somebody To Love

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The Allegany County Animal Shelter is very proud to be the most progressive animal shelter in the State of Maryland with one the highest life saving rates on the east coast.

You have the opportunity to be part of this exciting  journey by volunteering directly at the Allegany County Animal Shelter. You can help to make a difference in a animals life and you will be rewarded with the incredible love from the animals in the shelter.

Volunteers at the Allegany County Animal Shelter can work in all areas, from caring for animals to costumer service and no previous knowledge of animal care is necessary. One hour a month or one hour a week, every help is valuable for the animals.

Volunteer Requirements:
There is no age requirement to volunteer at the Allegany County Animal Shelter. However, anyone under the age of 18 must have signed parental permission. The shelter does allow junior volunteers (13 and under) to assist their parents in a variety of volunteer opportunities. All volunteers, regardless of age, are required to attend an orientation which covers the shelter’s policies.

Volunteer Orientation
Orientations are held approximately once a month. Interested volunteer applicants are encouraged to attend.

Junior Volunteers
Being a Junior Volunteer is a great way to develop respect and compassion for living creatures. Children under the age of 13 may volunteer for certain assignments, as specified on the application, if they are accompanied by a parent. The parent and child must complete all volunteer requirements, including submission of an application and attendance at an orientation. Parent and child may also be required to complete any other addition training.

        

You can download the Volunteer Application here

Please e-mail the filled out application to: acasvolunteers@gmail.com

or stop by at the shelter:

716 Furnace St.

Cumberland, MD 21502

Update (2) on MD Court of Appeals Pit Bull ruling

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UPDATE and Correction:

I reported that on Thursday, June 7 2012, the Maryland Court of Appeals rejected the Motion of Reconsideration that was filed by State Farm Insurance and a group of Attorneys.

This information was not correct. What was denied were the Amicus briefs attached to the Motion. The Court now asked the Attorneys of Solesky for a response to the Motion filed.

The joint task force group which was created by  Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch is working as planned on a solution. Please find the names and e-mail addresses of the 10 members below and e-mail them with your opinion.

Also, the Maryland Animal Law Center is asking for your support:

The Maryland Insurance Commission has asked the MALC to provide commentary and analysis on how Solesky affects you as Maryland insurance consumers. How does and will this affect your lease, your homeowners’ insurance, your business insurance and your other dog-related contracts? Please feel free to briefly comment here but we need more detailed discusssion. Please email your thoughts, comments and copies of any documents that you think are relevant to MarylandAnimalLawCenter@gmail.com. as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday, June 13th. We will respond to all who send information and we will post our report to the Commission as soon as it is complete.

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Several things have happened in the last several days and it is important to keep track of it.

State Farm Insurance and a group of attorneys have filed a Motion of Reconsideration with the Maryland Court of Appeals.

Because so many people have spoken up against the MD Court of Appeals ruling the Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch announced the members of a 10-member task force in a letter to Gov. Martin O’Malley.

The Joint Task Force group will review state law, the court’s decision and laws in other states. The panel also will review the viability and definition of breed-specific standards in Maryland law, a dog owner or landlord’s ability to secure property insurance and existing breed-specific prohibitions in local jurisdictions in Maryland.

Members of the panel are:

Senators:

Brian Frosh, D-Montgomery, Brian.Frosh@senate.state.md.us

Lisa Gladden, D-Baltimore, Lisa.Gladden@senate.state.md.us

Joseph Getty, R-Carroll,  Joseph.Getty@senate.state.md.us

Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery, Jamie.Raskin@senate.state.md.us

Norman Stone, D-Baltimore County, Norman.Stone@senate.state.md.us

Delegates:

Curt Anderson, D-Baltimore,  Curt.Anderson@house.state.md.us

Eric Bromwell, D-Baltimore County, Eric.Bromwell@house.state.md.us

Benjamin Kramer, D-Montgomery, Benjamin.Kramer@house.state.md.us

Heather Mizeur, D-Montgomery, Heather.Mizeur@house.state.md.us

Michael Smigiel, R-Cecil., Michael.Smigiel@house.state.md.us

Most likely the findings of the Joint Task Force group will be discussed during the special session of the General Assembly in the week of July 9 2012.

I would like to encourage everybody to e-mail the members of the Joint Task Force group and let them know that you would like the ruling of the MD Court of Appeals overturned.

Please also feel free to send e-mails to the following people:

President of the Senate Mike Miller, thomas.v.mike.miller@senate.state.md.us

Speaker of the House Michael Busch, michael.busch@house.state.md.us

Governor O’Malley,  http://www.governor.maryland.gov/mail/

It is very important to voice your opinion in this. Other groups, like the Cult of PETA, have already send out this outrages letter in favor of the ruling and will try to continue influencing the members of the Joint task Force Group.