Three important issues have come up this past year that the MVMA
has addressed or is currently addressing.
First, a bill (SB 912) was introduced to the Maryland
Environmental Matters committee in February which proposed to
change wording in the State Code from animal “ownership” to
animal “guardianship.” Although well-meaning, this bill was not
judiciously prepared nor well thought out. The unintended
consequences would have far reaching adverse effects for our
profession. A large number of our members contacted committee
delegates to stand in opposition. As well, 11 members, our legal
counsel and executive director represented MVMA at the committee
hearing. We were successful in having this proposed legislation
“die” in committee.
Second, a “Spay-Neuter Task Force” was formed at the state level
for exploratory purposes. Dr. Susan McDonough is representing
the MVMA on this task force and will be keeping us up to date on
Last, as many members may already be aware, the Maryland Court
of Appeals issued a decision this past spring now called the
“Solesky Decision” that distinguishes Pit Bull and Pit Bull
mixes as dangerous dogs. The MVMA echoes the AVMA in opposing
any breed-specific legislation. The MVMA has pledged our support
to stand in opposition to the Solesky decision. If members want
to get involved, a great resource for their efforts is through
the Maryland Dog Federation (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or the Maryland Animal Law Center (email@example.com).
They have set up fast and easy ways to contact state legislators
and committee members. We urge all members to find out more
about the Solesky issue and ways to get involved.