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 »
Launches First Ever Canine Victims Awareness WeekWon't Back Down
East Troy, WI - Today a national ad hoc coalition, Awareness for Victims of Canine Attack (AVOCA), releases its first Public Service Announcement to kick off the very first Canine Victims Awareness Week, November 9-15, 2014. The PSA titled, "Won’t Back Down," was conceived as part of an ongoing campaign to help prevent fatal and disfiguring dog attacks, according to their news release. The video is locate… [Read full blog post]
Included: Timeline of Major Events from 2007 to 2014Annapolis, MD - On April 8, Governor Martin O'Malley signed Senate Bill 247 into law abrogating the Court of Appeals of Maryland's decision in Tracey v. Solesky. The 2012 decision declared pit bulls "inherently dangerous" and attached strict liability when a pit bull attacks a person. This liability extended to landlords when a tenant's pit bull attacks. DogsBite.org submitted an amicus brief to the high court on behalf… [Read full blog post]
On April 8, 2014 the governor signed a bill abrogating this Court of Appeals decision.Motion for Reconsideration
Annapolis, MD - In a rare decision by the high court to grant a motion for reconsideration, the Maryland Court of Appeals narrowed its April, 26 2012 ruling in Tracey v. Solesky by limiting its ruling only to pit bulls and removing the terms: cross-breds, pit bull mix, or cross-bred pit bull mix. The Court narrowed its original Opinion because the case before them,… [Read full blog post]
Individuals and organizations can stay informed by joining the
email list and weigh in by using materials provided on the advocacy web
page to support the Court's ruling.
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]
View the related CBS This Morning news article.
04/30/12: Maryland Court of Appeals Holds Pit Bull Owners and Landlords Accountable
06/20/11: Founder Colleen Lynn Reflects Upon Four Year Anniversary of Her Attack… [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]