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3 thoughts on “Maryland Court of Appeals Narrows Decision to Pit Bulls; Removes Cross-Bred Pit Bulls

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  1. The "assumption" is that the legal definition of a pit bull would still control. Thus, the removal of the term "cross-bred" would not necessarily mean that a civil plaintiff would have to establish the dog is a 100% purebred American Staffordshire Terrier. Given that the Court cited portions of the Denver ruling, including the following:

    Since section 8-55 allows the determination that a dog is a pit bull based on nonscientific evidence, the dog owners assert that they are denied substantive due process. The city, however, is not required to meet its burden of proof with mathematical certainty of scientific evidence. Therefore, even though section 8-55 permits a finding of pit bull status to be based on expert opinion or on nonscientific evidence, such a procedure does not violate the dog owner’s due process rights.

    Let's look to Denver's legal definition of a pit bull:

    A "pit bull," for purposes of this chapter, is defined as any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one (1) or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club for any of the above breeds.

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