On Thursday, the Maryland House of Delegates unanimously voted to hold dog owners, rather than dogs, accountable for injuries which result from dog bites.
According to The Washington Post, the House's vote is a significant step towards taking the burden off of those individuals who own pit bulls.
According to the Capital Gazette, House Bill 78, which passed with a vote of 133-0, was inspired by a Court of Appeals ruling which had declared that pit bulls are "inherently dangerous."
The new bill is free from breed specific legislation, and does not hold landlords responsible for the actions of their tenants' dogs.
The bill will now move on to the Senate, where it is expected to pass as easily as it did in the House.
Read more about House Bill 78 here.
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