MARYLAND

Senate dog-bite bill different from House

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate and the House of Delegates appear to be headed for a showdown on how to address a court ruling that pit bulls are "inherently dangerous."

The Senate on Tuesday rejected a change that would have made the measure similar to a bill passed by the House.

The difference is over the burden of proof a dog owner would need to meet in court about whether there was reason to believe the dog was likely to bite someone.

The House bill makes it easier for dog owners to prove that they had no reason to believe their animal presented a danger. The Senate bill establishes a higher standard of evidence.

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