Some pit bull owners in Columbia are worried they will have to give up their beloved pets as a condominium braces itself to ban pit bulls.
Heatherfield Condominium owners say the ban on pit bulls came out of nowhere.
Owners we spoke to say in the past five years there has never been an attack of any kind involving a pit bull, and while this ban is not definite, a letter owners got is causing quite a stir.
A letter from attorneys representing Heatherfield Condominiums is making the rounds. According to the letter a proposed policy of a pit bull-free environment is in response to recent controversies like the April mauling of a two year old boy in Essex by the family pet.
“Pretty much I was outraged,” said resident Collen Kirby.
Fearing costly law suits if there were to be a pit bull attack, the condo’s board of directors is using their legal right to pose a ban on dogs like Maddie and Shadow who are considered family to their owner Kirby.
“This is a message I got one day that said hey while you’re on vacation they want to ban your dogs,” said Kirby.
In 2012, the State of Maryland deemed pit bulls inherently dangerous and landlords were made liable. But earlier this year a new law was signed holding owners liable for injuries, regardless of the breed.
via WBFF Fox 45 – News.