A bipartisan effort among Maryland legislators has resulted in passage of the Maryland Antifreeze Bittering Agent Act, requiring antifreeze manufacturers to add a bitter-tasting compound to deter ingestion by dogs and children. The story of Lynne Gillis' dog, Nikko, who died after intentional antifreeze poisoning, motivated lawmakers to pass the bill. According to the AVMA, Maryland joins 16 other states with similar laws.

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