Next week in Maryland, courts will begin to recognize a new label for pit bulls as "inherently dangerous."
That label has dog owners and shelters concerned.
The court ruling, according to legal experts, makes pit bull owners and their landlords liable if a dog bites someone.
Some say they might be forced to choose between giving up their apartment or a family pet.
Shelters and rescue organizations are already seeing an up tick in the number of pit bull owners who are giving up their pets.
Advocates for the breed worry the court ruling will lead to the demise of hundreds of dogs.
They say shelters are being overrun and some dogs are going to be put down.
Some people feel some that some pit bulls are dangerous, but the pit bull ruling and possible legislation banning the breed goes too far.