The owner may or may not face criminal charges depending on the circumstances of the case. It’s up to the authorities. However, Maryland has increasingly implemented stiffer laws to hold irresponsible dog owners accountable for their animals’ behavior.
Aggressive and dangerous dogs can bring fines and criminal charges for negligent owners. Also, a dog owner doesn’t have to be physically present at the attack for them to face legal consequences for their dog’s behavior toward innocent people and animals.