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Best Friends alert for New Mexico

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
yherrell@yahoo.com

HB63 can be tracked here.

ETOWAH, TN – Pit Bull Ban Passed By Council

UPDATE:

ETOWAH, TN. (WRCB) — A proposal to ban pit bulls within Etowah City limits has passed Monday night.

Councilman Burke Garwood tells Channel 3 council members voted 3 to 2 in favor of the ban.

The first reading of the ban passed unanimously last week.

It all started after a pit bull charged a fence close to children.

No one was injured, but the incident caused concern among parents.

http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/19886517/etowah-council-votes-to-ban-pit-bulls

BSL ALERT: Etowah, Tennessee (First reading already passed)

The city of Etowah, Tennessee is considering an ordinance that would regulate the ownership of pit bulls. The proposal would, among other things, require owners of pit bulls to purchase insurance and would confine dogs to their house or kennel at all times unless the dog requires medical attention. In cases where medical attention is needed, the dog must wear a muzzle in order to leave the property. To be clear, the only time a dog can leave the property of its owner is to go to the vet.

The proposed ordinance defines a “pit bull” as:

-American Pit Bull Terriers;
-American Staffordshire Terriers;
-Staffordshire Bull Terriers; and
-Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of any one or more of the above breeds.

The city commissioners have already passed the first reading of the ordinance, and according to the city clerk, only two readings are required to become law. A second reading could be held at the next commissioner’s meeting on October 22, 2012. Meetings take place at City Hall, 723 Ohio Avenue, and begin at 6:30 EST.

The agenda for the meeting will be available on Friday, October 19. The city clerk advised that there is an open discussion at the end of every council meeting where anyone can speak, but if the vote is taken during the next meeting, it will be too late to make an impact on the commissioners’ decision. If you would like to address the council, please call the city clerk and add your name to the agenda.

Please send your polite, respectful and informative opposition to the proposed breed specific ordinance to the Etowah city officials. Please include suggestions and alternatives for their consideration, as well. The only e-mail contact available for the commissioners is via the city clerk. Simply send your correspondence with a polite request that Ms. Tavernese forward it on to each commissioner. You may also fax or snail mail correspondence to City Hall.

City of Etowah
723 Ohio Avenue
Etowah, TN 37331
(423) 263-2202
Fax: (423) 263-3184

City Clerk
tavernese@cityofetowahtn.com

City Manager
Matthew Gravley
etowahcm@cityofetowahtn.com

Thank You Jodi Preis, Bless the Bullys

ETOWAH, TN – Proposed BSL Regulations of Pit Bulls

BSL ALERT: Etowah, Tennessee (First reading already passed)

The city of Etowah, Tennessee is considering an ordinance that would regulate the ownership of pit bulls. The proposal would, among other things, require owners of pit bulls to purchase insurance and would confine dogs to their house or kennel at all times unless the dog requires medical attention. In cases where medical attention is needed, the dog must wear a muzzle in order to leave the property. To be clear, the only time a dog can leave the property of its owner is to go to the vet.

The proposed ordinance defines a “pit bull” as:

-American Pit Bull Terriers;
-American Staffordshire Terriers;
-Staffordshire Bull Terriers; and
-Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of any one or more of the above breeds.

The city commissioners have already passed the first reading of the ordinance, and according to the city clerk, only two readings are required to become law. A second reading could be held at the next commissioner’s meeting on October 22, 2012. Meetings take place at City Hall, 723 Ohio Avenue, and begin at 6:30 EST.

The agenda for the meeting will be available on Friday, October 19. The city clerk advised that there is an open discussion at the end of every council meeting where anyone can speak, but if the vote is taken during the next meeting, it will be too late to make an impact on the commissioners’ decision. If you would like to address the council, please call the city clerk and add your name to the agenda.

Please send your polite, respectful and informative opposition to the proposed breed specific ordinance to the Etowah city officials. Please include suggestions and alternatives for their consideration, as well. The only e-mail contact available for the commissioners is via the city clerk. Simply send your correspondence with a polite request that Ms. Tavernese forward it on to each commissioner. You may also fax or snail mail correspondence to City Hall.

City of Etowah
723 Ohio Avenue
Etowah, TN 37331
(423) 263-2202
Fax: (423) 263-3184

City Clerk
tavernese@cityofetowahtn.com

City Manager
Matthew Gravley
etowahcm@cityofetowahtn.com

Thank You Jodi Preis, Bless the Bullys

MA HB 913 committee hearing on Oct. 14, 10:00 AM

Edit 2/17/11: This bill did not pass, but Rep. Gobi has refiled it. The new bill number and new info will be provided soon.

Massachusetts HB 913 will be heard by the Joint Committee on Financial Services on Wednesday, October 14, at 10:00 AM in Room A-2 of the State House. This is a bill to SUPPORT. The public is encouraged to show up and testify at the hearing.

Massachusetts HB 913 would prohibit insurers from discriminating against homeowners based on the homeowners’ breed of dog.

Previous alert: http://stopbsl.com/2009/06/19/massachusetts-hb-913-would-prohibit-insurance-breed-discrimination/

It would still allow insurers to drop coverage for homeowners whose dogs have actually been declared dangerous. It also requires all dog bites that result in medical attention to be reported to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The biting dog’s breed is supposed to be included in the report.

Text of the proposed legislation can be found here: http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/house/186/ht00/ht00913.htm

Contact info for the Joint Committee on Financial Services can be found here: http://www.mass.gov/legis/comm/j11.htm

Elk River, MN: Overview of dangerous dog ordinance (not BSL)

Breakdown of Elk River’s dangerous dogs ordinance

Monday, 05 October 2009
by Elizabeth Nelson
Staff writer

In response to a series of new state laws, the Elk River City Council recently adopted an ordinance to deal with dangerous and potentially dangerous dogs.

[...] Many have called for stricter laws regarding what many consider dangerous breeds like pit bulls and rottweilers, but state law forbids cities from making decisions on breeds.

“We can’t legally say that the breed is specifically not allowed because statute forbids us from doing that,” Kluntz said. “We can’t be prejudiced against any particular breed. We have to evaluate each particular dog to their actions.” [...]

Full article retrieved 10/5/09 from http://erstarnews.com/content/view/9588/26/

Wilkes-Barre, PA: City to ask legislature for ability to pass BSL

The state of PA prohibits municipalities from passing BSL. Wilkes-Barre wants to change this so they can pass BSL.

Contact Information for Wilkes-Barre Lawmakers:

Mayor Thomas M. Leighton
Contact: Gwen Blasi, Executive Secretary
Phone: 570-208-4152

City Council Members
Tony Thomas Jr., Chairperson
Kathy Kane, Vice Chairperson
Bill Barrett
Rick Cronauer
Mike Merritt
FOR CITY COUNCIL INQUIRIES PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE OF THE CITY CLERK AT 570-208-4117

Next city council meeting July 9 at 6:00 PM
City Council Chambers, Fourth Floor, City Hall

City wants to stop the dog attacks

BILL O ’ BOYLE boboyle@timesleader.com

WILKES-BARRE – Mayor Tom Leighton said the city will do whatever it can to prevent dangerous dog attacks.

[...] “We can’t have these dangerous dogs walking in our parks and Farmers’ Market,” Leighton said. “I look forward to the state Legislature enacting a law to address this situation.”

[...] Under current state law, municipalities are limited in how they may regulate dangerous or vicious dogs. Leighton said his administration was unable to proceed with plans to ban pit bulls from the city in 2005 when a safety issue arose.

[...] “Currently, we are contacting our state legislators and urging them to consider legislation which would give municipalities like the City of Wilkes-Barre the power to enact and enforce dangerous dog ordinances. We are also reviewing our current permits and fines related to vicious dogs and intend to increase them.”[...]

Full article retrieved 7/3/09 from http://www.timesleader.com/news/City_wants_to_stop_the_dog_attacks_07-03-2009.html

Avon Lake, OH: Update on proposed BSL

Note: Ohio State law automatically considers “pit bulls” to be “vicious dogs.” So whatever Avon Lake ultimately proposes for “vicious” dogs will automatically include all “pit bulls.”

http://www.chroniclet.com/2008/12/06/avon-lake-considers-%E2%80%98vicious-dog%E2%80%99-law_122/

Avon Lake considers ‘vicious dog’ law

Adam Wright
The Chronicle-Telegram
Dec 6, 2008

AVON LAKE – [...] During a committee meeting Thursday night, Council discussed ways it could improve its laws and hold dog owners more accountable in an effort to protect residents. [...]

Council said it has no plans to ban specific breeds, but does want to ensure that residents are safe regardless of the type of dog involved. [...]

Council will have several more meetings to take suggestions. A vote on legislation likely won’t take place until spring 2009, Kos said. [...]