PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, MARYLAND
UPDATE: July 11, 1996
Staff in Audrey Scott's office (Prince George's Co, Maryland) has indicated that the date for the public hearing on CB-74 is to be Monday, July 29th at 1:30pm. It will be held in the County Administration Building, 1st Floor, Council Hearing Room. They are allowing people to sign up to speak, with a 3 min. limit. Please call 301-952-3600 to be added to the list of scheduled speakers. The staff member said that a lot of mail and calls have been received against the legislation!
On June 18, 1996,

the
Prince George's County Council
County Administration Building, 2nd Floor
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772,

had on their Agenda Summary the following proposed ordinance. This ordinance was proposed by: Isaac J. Gourdine.

Bill Number: CB-74-1996

Summary of Bill contents:

To define Pit Bull Terrier and Rottweiler dogs; prohibiting any person from owning, keeping, or harboring Pit Bulls or Rottweilers under certain circumstances, and providing for penalties for violation.

BILL

AN ACT concerning

Pit Bulls and Rottweilers

For the purpose of defining Pit Bull Terrier and Rottweiler dogs; prohibiting any person from owning, keeping, or harboring Pit Bulls or Rottweilers under certain circumstances, and providing for penalties for violation.
BY adding:
SUBTITLE 3 ANIMAL CONTROL
Section 3-185.01,
The Prince George's County Code
(1995 Edition).

SECTION 1. BE IT ENACTED by the County Council of Prince George's County, Maryland, that Sections 3-101 of the Prince George's County Code be and the same are hereby repealed and reenacted with the following amendments:

SUBTITLE 3. ANIMAL CONTROL
DIVISION 1. DEFINITIONS


Sec. 2-101. Definitions.
(a) As used in and for the purposes of this Subtitle, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings assigned to them herein:
(34.1) Pit Bull Terrier shall mean any and all of the following dogs:
(A) Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed of dogs;
(B) American Staffordshire Terrier breed of dogs;
(C) American Pit Bull Terrier breed of dogs;
(D) Dogs which have the appearance of being predominantly of the breed or dogs known as Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or American Pit Bull Terrier. Predominantly shall mean that the dog exhibits the physical characteristics or a Pit Bull Terrier more than of any other breed of dog;
(E) Dogs which have been registered at any time as a Pit Bull Terrier.
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(38.1) Rottweiler shall mean any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of the breed, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club for any of the breed.


SECTION 2. BE IT FURTHER ENACTED by the County Council of Prince George's County, Maryland that Section 3-116.01 of the Prince George's County Code be and the same is hereby added to the Prince George's County Code:


DIVISION 4. ANIMAL CONTROL ENFORCEMENT

Subdivision 1. Enforcement and Violation Notices.
Sec. 3-116.01 Criminal penalties; violations.
(a) Any person found to have violated any provision of Subtitle 3-185.01 shall be fined up to $1000.00 or may be sentenced to not more than six (6) months of imprisonment.
(b) A Pit Bull or a Rottweiler that causes injury to or kills a human being or a domestic animal without provocation shall be humanely destroyed and the owner of such dog shall be fined up to $1000. or may be sentednced to not more than six (6) months of imprisonment.

SECTION 2. BE IT FURTHER ENACTED by the County Council of Prince George's County, Maryland, that Section 3-185.01 of the Prince George's County Code be and the same is hereby added to the Prince George's County Code:


SUBTITLE 3. ANIMAL CONTROL.
DIVISION 6. OTHER RULES, REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS.



Sec 3-185.01. Pit Bull Terriers and Rottweilers.
(a) Except as provided below, no person shall own, keep or harbor a Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler within the County.
(b) Any person owning a Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler prior to August 1, 1996, may continue to harbor the animal on his premisis under the following conditions;
(1) The animal shall be registered by the Administrator of the Animal Control and must at all times wear a tag provided by the Administrator wich will readily identify it as a registered Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler.
(2) The owner shall pay an annual fee of $100.00 to the Administrator of Animal Control to maintain such animals.
(3) The owner shall maintain the dog within a building or a secure kennel at all times. Whenver the dog is removed from the building or kennel it shall be secured by a leash and muzzle and maintained under the control of an adult.
(c) A person may temporarily hold a Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler in the County for the purpose of showing the dog in a place of public exhibition, contest, or show sponsored by a dog club, association, or similar organization. The sponsor of the exhibition or show must obtain written permission from the Director and must provide protective measures adequate to preventing the dog from escaping or injuring the public. The dog shall at all times during the transportation to and from the show or exhibition be muzzled and confined in a secure temporary enclosure.

SECTION 3. BE IT FURTHER ENACTED that the provisions of this Act are necessary to protect the general public from the unique hazard to public safety represented by the ownership and possession of Pit Bull Terriers and Rottweilers and to control the presence of Pit Bull Terriers and Rottweilers due to the unpredictable nature of dogs which have an extraordinarily savage behavior and physical capabilities in excess of those possessed by many other breeds of dogs.

SECTION 4. BE IT FURTHER ENACTED that the provisions of this Act are hereby declared to be severable; and, in the event that any section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this ACt is declared invalid or unconsitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect the remaing words, phrases, clauses, sentences, subparagraphs, paragraphs, subsections, or sections of this Act, since the same would have been enacted without the incorporation in this Act of any such invalid or unconstitiutional word, phrase, clause, sentence, subparagraph, subsection, or section.

CONTACTS FOR THIS BILL !