After an attack on a dog in December, Royal Oak Michigan was considering instituting a breed specific law. Monday March 18th the Board of Commissioners met in Royal Oak to discuss amendments to the cities dangerous dog laws.
City Attorney David Gillam recommended that Royal Oak adopt an ordinance similar to Farmington Hills and Wyandotte, which both have three classifications for dogs: dangerous, potentially dangerous and all others. Currently, Royal Oak has no way to address dogs that do not technically meet the definition of dangerous but that have exhibited behavior that would allow officials to reasonably conclude that the dog may become a threat to the community. It short they have no “potentially dangerous” classification.
Officials will also be conducting a “dog census.” Council members said that almost all dogs that have been found at large or involved in a bite were unregistered. The census will be an attempt to begin getting a handle on exactly how many dogs there are in town and increasing registration numbers.
The following is an excerpt from the commission meeting letter on this matter from last night.
“The chief of police has discussed the issue with the City’s Animal Control Officer. At this time, neither the Police Department nor my office supports the adoption of a breed specific ordinance here in Royal Oak.”
The full letter can be found here.
Congratulations to Royal Oak advocates on a job well done.
Previous Alert for Royal Oak.
A bill has been introduced by State Representative Yvette Herrel that would prohibit breed specific legislation in the state of New Mexico. House Bill 63 would create a state law prohibiting any municipalities, including those that are home rule, from enacting breed specific legislation. HB63 was introduced on January 11, 2013 and has been assigned to the House Health, Government and Indian Affairs Committee.
This bill needs our support.
NEW MEXICO RESIDENTS, please reach out to your respective state legislators and ask them to support HB63. Let them know that laws that target dogs based on their appearance rather than their behavior creates communities that are more vulnerable to dangerous dogs, not less. The passage of HB 63 would mean cities and counties, in drafting animal control ordinances, would have to tackle the root cause of dangerous dogs, irresponsible and reckless dog owners, rather than pass a blanket law that regulates all members of specific breeds.
You can find your representatives here or use the simple contact form Best Friends has set up.
Please also send a note to Representative Herrell to thank her for introducing this common sense bill that would prohibit the passage of breed discriminatory ordinances in the state of New Mexico.
Representative Yvette Herrell
P.O. Box 4338
Alamogordo, NM 88311
HB63 can be tracked here.
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