Maryland State Delegates Address Bills on Animal Adoption Tax Credits, Pit Bulls
Updated: Wednesday, February 19 2014, 06:28 PM EST
Maryland State Delegate Glen Glass, of Harford and Cecil Counties, and Maryland State Delegate Michael J. Hough, of Frederick and Washington Counties, addressed several bills regarding animals on Wednesday.
One is House Bill 1358, "Income Tax Credit - Cat and Dog Adoption," which offers a $100 tax credit for someone who adopts a cat or dog. The other is House Bill 1357, "Income Tax Credit - Veterinary Services for Adopted Police Dogs," which offers a tax credit of up to $1,000 for the veterinary bills of retired police dogs that are adopted by police officers or others.
"The animal shelters are filled with loving animals that need homes," Del. Glass said. "Dogs and cats always give more than they take. HB 1358 gives people an incentive to adopt a dog or cat from an animal shelter."
Delegate Glass noted his concern of the rising population of pit bulls in animal shelters.
"Pit-bulls need homes too," Glass said. "Due to the court case decision of Tracey v. Solesky, which declared pit-bulls inherently dangerous, many of the animal shelters are inundated with pit-bulls that need homes."