Last week, the Maryland Court of Appeals upheld an April decision to make landlords liable for violent pit bulls in their tenant’s care. Since then, many apartment owners have been giving notice to residents that they’ll soon have to make a decision: either to let Fido go, or face possible eviction.
Pit bull owners aren’t happy about the situation.
“I was afraid I’m going to have to give up my babies,” said Rita Masters. Several have teamed up with animal groups to defend the ruling.
It has also affected the state’s local animal shelters.
The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter reportedly that more than 30 dogs had been turned in because of the ruling. “These people really have no other option and they’re really, really upset about getting rid of their dogs,” said Jennifer Brause, the executive director of the organization.
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