Baltimore County (Towson, MD) Considers Breed-Specific Measures
From the Northeast Booster:
“Councilman Vince Gardina wants to put the squeeze on owners of pit bulls and other dogs with a history of biting.
Changes to county law favored by Gardina would create a special set of requirements that owners of pit bulls or other dogs found to be vicious would have to meet before they could obtain a dog license.
Gardina said he plans to introduce a bill at the County Council’s Monday, Sept. 17, meeting that would require owners of pit bulls, pit bull mixes and dogs that have a history of biting to keep their dogs in covered, anchored runs. Those runs would have to be locked.
The bill, which was scheduled for introduction at the council’s Sept. 4 meeting but was pulled for some last-minute tinkering, also would require that the dogs covered by the bill be muzzled when out in public.”
Please write members of the County Council at the following e-mail addresses and politely inform them that breed-specific legislation in any form is ineffective and unenforceable. An enforced leash law and a non-breed-specific dog law are more than adequate to police irresponsible dog owners of any breed:
Councilman S.G. Samuel Moxley, bccdistrict1@ comcast.net
Councilman Kevin Kamenetz, bccdistrict2@ comcast.net
Councilman T. Bryan McIntire, bccdistrict3@ comcast.net
Councilman Kenneth N. Oliver, bccdistrict4@ comcast.net
Councilman Vincent Gardina, bccdistrict5@ comcast.net
Councilman Joseph Bartenfelder, bccdistrict6@ comcast.net
Councilman John Olszewski, Sr., bccdistrict7@ comcast.net