May 3, 2012, ERIE, PA — As Pennsylvania dog bite lawyers, we keep a careful eye on legal developments concerning legal liability for animal attacks, even when these developments happen out of state. That’s why a recent decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals which found pit bulls, as a breed, “inherently dangerous” caught our attention.
According to a recent report on msn.com, the Maryland court’s finding means that owners of pit bulls (and pit bull mixes) in Maryland, as well as the landlords who rent to them, are strictly liable whenever their dog causes harm. What is strict liability? It means an injured person only has to show that they were injured by a dog that was, at least partly, pit bull. There is no requirement that the injured person show that the owner was careless or negligent.
In Pennsylvania, a dog owner who properly confines his pet is not liable for injuries caused by the animal unless it can be shown that the owner knew or should have known of the dog’s “dangerous propensities.” However, courts across the country are growing increasingly strict with owners of dangerous breeds and the development of strict liability in Maryland could be a sign of change that Pennsylvania dog bite attorneys should consider when bringing future animal attack claims in Pennsylvania.
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