ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) - The Maryland General Assembly is in the final hours of the 2013 legislative session, with most of its work behind it.
Each side wins a little and loses a little in what became a major issue for dog owners and dog bite victims.
In the case of Dominic Solesky, the Court of Appeals ruled pit bulls inherently dangerous and owners and landlords both liable for damages.
Efforts to eliminate the breed-specific designation hit a wall in Annapolis.
"I thought we were going to have a stalemate," said Senate President Mike Miller.
The compromise applies to all dogs. It frees up landlords and holds owners strictly liable if a dog bites a child age 12 or younger.
If a dog bites someone 13 or older owners may present a preponderance if evidence to show there was no reason to suspect the dog was dangerous. That's lower than the clear and convincing evidence the senate originally voted for.