Unlike the article, this question is not specific to any particular breed of dog.
From the article...
The Maryland Court of Appeals ruling declares pit bulls as a breed are "inherently dangerous," and the owner of a pit bull or a cross-bred pit that attacks is strictly liable for damages, as is any landlord who rents to a pit bull owner.
I dunno, sounds pretty brilliant to me.
If the negligent dog owners simply don't have enough money for you to collect a settlement, you could sue the slumlords?
Doesn't matter what kind of dog bites you... if you have to go to the hospital, someone should be held responsible. If not the dog owners, then why not the owner of where the dog resides? If anything it would have slum/landlords paying a little more attention to what's going on at their properties?