Many of you have contacted me about passing a bill that would implement a statewide spay and neuter program. As a member of the task force that developed this legislation, I am an enthusiastic supporter and will be voting for the bill when it hits the House floor this week. If passed, this program would provide access to affordable spay/neuter services for low-income residents. Over 45,000 animals are euthanized annually in Maryland due overcrowded shelters–an entirely preventable tragedy. This bill would be part of the solution.
Another bill that has garnered a lot of attention deals with pit bulls; this legislation would rectify the issues created by the recent court ruling singling them out as a dangerous breed. However, it is currently in danger due to an amendment adopted in the Senate. I hope that a compromise can be reached so that no pet owner has to choose between their dog and their housing. Pit bulls are not inherently dangerous. We need to ensure that the law doesn’t treat them as such.