House speaker says pit bull ruling should be discussed

The presiding officer of the House of Delegates said the General Assembly should do something about a recent Court of Appeals ruling that calls pit bulls inherently dangerous. The ruling makes owners and landlords automatically liable if a pit bull bites or otherwise attacks someone. But Speaker Michael E. Busch, D-Anne Arundel, thinks the ruling goes too ...


  1. Look for the money. Any loving human will actually study the statistics and the medical evidence of pitbull attacks which are horrific even when the victim survives.
    For sociopaths with pitbulls, this is okay…does he belong with them?

  2. The relevant issue as regards dog attacks is actuarial risk: the amount of damage done. Since 1982 I have tracked fatal & disfiguring attacks, the category at the top of the actuarial risk charts, amounting to approximately one biting incident in 10,000. These are the worst of the worst. In this category, the molosser (“butcher’s dog”) breeds, including pit bulls and all of their lookalikes, among them pit bulls, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios, Cane Corsos, mastiffs, Dogo Argentinos, Fila Brasieros, boxers, and their mixes, have accounted for 78% of the dogs involved, 73% of the child victims, 85% of the adult victims, 68% of the fatalities, and 78% of the disfigurements. Together these breeds are 4.6% of the U.S. dog population. About two-thirds of the dogs in the molosser category are pit bulls, who are at the very top of the risk chart, but the entire molosser category is about 10 times more likely to inflict a fatality or disfigurement than the average dog.

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