Maryland Votes for Animals (MVFA) is an organization with one overriding mission: To create an ever-growing voting bloc of animal advocates who will elect representatives willing to champion and vote for animal protection legislation, and to hold politicians accountable to their constituents.
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Many of our legislators are responding positively to your calls and emails asking for their help with a legislative remedy to the Tracey v. Solesky ruling that says pit-bulls and pit-bull mixes are inherently dangerous. THANK YOU, you are being heard! Even if you don’t have a pit-bull your help is needed. Today it’s pit-bulls but tomorrow it could be Boxers, German Shepherds, etc. That’s why it’s so important that we all stand together on this issue whether we have a pit-bull or not.
You’ll be pleased to know that some of our legislators are encouraging us to keep up the pressure! Therefore we’re asking you to contact the Governor, the Speaker of the House, and the Senate President as soon as possible and ask that they include this issue in next week’s Special Session. Nothing but public pressure will get this topic included in the Special Session agenda.
Governor Martin O’Malley
Call his office at 410-974-3336 or email him at http://www.governor.maryland.gov/mail.
Speaker of the House, Michael Busch
Call his office at 410-841-3800 or e-mail him at email@example.com
President of the Senate, Mike Miller
Call his office at 410-841-3700 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Peaceful Rally to Overturn Pit-bull Ruling:
A rally is being organized by other animal advocates at the State House on Tuesday afternoon, May 15, 2012. They’re asking that the Maryland General Assembly take action to supersede the pit-bull ruling during the Special Session. While MVFA is not organizing this rally, some of us will be there and we encourage you to join us. If you come, please keep in mind that this must be a peaceful rally with NO DOGS ALLOWED.
You can find all the details at: http://www.facebook.com/events/303516773063291/303733233041645/.
Carolyn Kilborn and other panelists weighed in on the Court of Appeals decision on pit bulls on the Marc Steiner Show on WEAA, 88.9 FM, on May 8, from 5 to 6 pm. You can listen to a podcast of the panel discussion with this link:
On April 26, 2012, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued a decision which has serious and far-reaching consequences for everyone in Maryland who deals with dogs. In the case of Tracey v. Solesky. The court ruled that in a dog attack involving a pit bull or a pit bull cross, the owner or other persons (including a landlord) who have the right to control a pit bull’s presence on a premises, is liable for damages caused by the dog. Previous to this ruling a landlord could only be held liable if the landlord had a reason to believe that a dog was dangerous.
On April 26, 2012, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued a decision in the case of Tracey v. Solesky. The court ruled that in a dog attack involving a pit bull or a pit bull cross, the owner or other persons (including a landlord) who have the right to control a pit bull’s presence on a premises, is liable for damages caused by the dog.
The 2012 session of the Maryland General Assembly (MGA) has ended with two important successes for animals---THANKS TO YOU! Other bills were not acted on this year. Here’s a synopsis and analysis of the 2012 session for animal protection bills.
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Lobby Day 2012 at MVFA on Facebook
The 5th Annual Maryland Humane
Lobby Day was better than ever!! Five years ago we started Lobby Day with only a dozen or so people---this year we had 126 participants! It was incredibly energizing to spend time with so many amazing animal advocates who are truly dedicated to making a difference for the animals through the legislative process. We hope all the attendees enjoyed the day and left feeling empowered—we know we did! Let’s be sure to keep in touch to continue this momentum, but if you weren't there, here's an update on the bills.