Maryland Lawmakers Seek Compromise on Dog Bite Legislation

By Nick Tabor | February 10, 2014

A new bill from Maryland’s state Senate would hold the state’s dog owners liable when their dogs bite “innocent victims,” but would also relieve owners who prove they couldn’t know their dogs were dangerous.

This marks the Maryland General Assembly’s third consecutive attempt to revise its dog-bite policy. It aims for a compromise between the strict liability bills favored by the Senate and more lenient ones approved by the House.

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However, Sen. Robert Zirkin, a Baltimore County Democrat who litigates dog-bite cases on behalf of plaintiffs, argued on Feb. 6 that the new bill leaves the burden solely on victims to prove the dogs were violent. He said it amounts to a “one free bite” policy.

Zirkin has introduced a counter-proposal, Senate Bill 286, that closely resembles the bill the House of Delegates rejected last year.

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  • February 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm
    Wayne says:
    The burdon of proof should be on the person making the claim.
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