In the 13-year period of 2005 through 2017, canines killed 433 Americans. Pit bulls contributed to 66% (284) of these deaths. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths. | More »
National Pit Bull Victim Awareness Day - October 24, 2015
National Pit Bull Victim Awareness Day (NPBVAD) - October 24, 2015
Advocacy Website Launches
North America - Over 50 pit bull attack support groups in the United States and Canada have joined in a coalition to launch a new website -- NationalPitBullVictimAwarenessDay.com -- that coincides with the unofficial National Pit Bull Awareness Day, also occurring on the same day. The first national pit bull day event, star… [Read full blog post]
Compromise Bill Fails
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Annapolis, MD - On April 8, the last day of the Maryland General Assembly's 2013 Legislative Session, after weeks of discussion, amendments and name calling from Delegate Luiz Simmons,1 the House killed the final negotiated bill that would have reversed the high court ruling and set forth a new dog bite liability standard. For months, the difference between the two cham… [Read full blog post]
The 911 call portrays a life-threatening attack upon a young boy by a neighbor's pit bull. The Solesky family hopes the 911 call will inspire Maryland legislators to resolve that this never happens in the New Year.
Towson, MD December 17, 2012 -- Anthony and Irene Solesky, the parents of a young pit bull mauling victim at the center of Tracey v. Solesky, an appellate court decision that declared pit bulls "inherently dangerous," release the 911 call of the attack upon their son… [Read full blog post]
Anthony Solesky testifying before the Pit Bull Task Force in June 2012.
Court Ruling Stands
UPDATE 08/15/12: Just after midnight last night, a coup occurred in the Maryland General Assembly. The Senate rejected the corrupted House version of the strict liability bill that would fail to address over 50% of all Maryland dog bite victims by limiting strict liability to only those bitten by loose dogs (victims in off-property attacks). Senate President Mike Miller told repor… [Read full blog post]
DogsBite.org - Join us @Supportthecourt, Tuesday June 19th at 10:00 am (EST) as we tweet in real time the Pit Bull Task Force Forum unfolding in Annapolis, Maryland. Entities invited to the forum to discuss the Court of Appeals ruling in Tracey v. Solesky will include many seeking to undo the Court's ruling. Kevin A. Dunne, who represents the Solesky family (and commanded the two-hour Midday with Dan Rodricks show last Friday), will be present along with Anthony Solesky.
new… [Read full blog post]
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Austin, TX June
8, 2012 -- DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated
to reducing serious dog attacks, launches a Maryland advocacy web page and corresponding email list to support the Court of Appeals ruling that
holds owners of pit bulls and landlords financially responsible after an at… [Read full blog post]
On April 8, 2014 the governor signed a bill abrogating this Court of Appeals decision.
On August 21, 2012 the high court narrowed this decision by excluding cross-bred pit bulls.
Tracey v. Solesky
Baltimore, MD - In January, DogsBite.org announced our filing of an amicus brief in a landmark Maryland appeals case, Tracey v. Solesky,
in hopes of expanding more liability out to landlords when a tenant's
pit bull attacks. The case involves the parents of a young boy seeking
damag… [Read full blog post]
DogsBite.org files amicus brief in landmark appeals case that hopes to expand liability out to landlords when a tenant's pit bull attacks. Personal injury attorneys may soon have a new argument in their tool chest and landlords may have new concerns.
Austin, TX January 16, 2012 -- DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, announces amicus brief filing in Solesky v. Tracey, recently argued in the Court of Appeals of Marylan… [Read full blog post]