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Best Friends alerts for Maryland and Connecticut

Best Friends Animal Society has issued the following alerts:

Maryland: A bill has been introduced that would prevent insurance companies from discriminating against both home owners and renters based on the breed of their dog. Under this bill an insurance company would be prohibited from refusing to renew or refuse a policy based solely on the breed of the applicants dog. It would also prohibit insurance companies from refusing liability coverage for damages cause by the dog of the insured.

Maryland residents, please reach out to your representatives via the Best Friends action alert form. Let them know you want them to support SB296.  This bill would not only protect dog owners but it also protects victims of dog bites from all breeds by making sure the insurance company must take care of their expenses. This would be a great step forward for any community but especially for Maryland after the impact of Tracey v. Solesky.

A hearing has been scheduled for February 5th which is the same date as the hearing for SB 160 the Senate bill to address Tracey v. Solesky. Reach out and let your voice be heard.

Connecticut: A bill has been introduced that would allow communities to institute dangerous dog laws as long as they are not breed specific. The passage of this bill would be a great step forward for all the people of Connecticut, dog owners and non-dog owners alike.

HB 5975 has been referred to the Joint Committee on Planning and Development.

Best Friends has set up another easy to use contact form for Connecticut residents to express support for HB 5975.

Connecticut residents, please reach out and tell your representatives that you want them to support this bill.  More states recognizing the need to outlaw breed specific legislation but the voice of the people is needed to confirm they are doing the right thing.

Annapolis MD – Legislative Task Force Workshop Announced

In May, the Maryland General Assembly created a task force to study the recent Court of Appeals decision that pit bull dogs and pit bull mixes are “inherently dangerous,” and to recommend possible legislation. The task force held a hearing and work session in June, but the General Assembly failed to pass legislation during the August special session.

Fortunately, they will be meeting again on October 25 to continue to work on hammering out legislation for January. This hearing will be open to the public and it would be great to have a large showing of support! Just a couple things to know if you plan to attend:

They will not be accepting oral testimony from the public. This is only a work session for the members of the task force (legislators) to discuss possible legislation.

Please be professional and polite. These legislators did not have anything to do with the Court of Appeals decision, but have been tasked with considering what to do about it — which is a good thing! We need to give them our support and encouragement.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1pm and it’s difficult to predict how long it will last.

Here is the location of the hearing:

Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Hearing Room
Miller Senate Office Building, Suite 2E
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

For more information, please visit HSUS Facebook Event:

Tracey v. Solesky Task Force Work Session