New Mexico: HB 667 defines pit bulls and Rottweilers as dangerous dogs

Edit 9/27/09: This bill is dead.

New Mexico State Representative John Heaton has introduced HB 667, which automatically defines “pit bulls” and Rottweilers as “dangerous.”

The bill is currently in the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee. No hearing has been scheduled yet.

Contact information for Representative John Heaton: http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legdetails.aspx?SPONCODE=HHEAT
Address: 102 South Canyon, Carlsbad, NM 88220
Capitol Phone: 986-4432
Office Phone: (575) 887-5983
E-mail: jheaton@caverns.com

Contact information for the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee:

http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/committeedisplay.aspx?CommitteeCode=HCPAC
Representative Gail Chasey – (D) Chair, gailchasey@msn.com
Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas – (D) Vice Chair, antonio@moejustice.com
Representative Thomas A. Anderson – (R) Member, kb5ysg@arrl.net
Representative Zachary J. Cook – (R) Member, junderwoodfirm@yahoo.com
Representative Karen E. Giannini – (D) Member, nmhousedistrict30@live.com
Representative Bill B. O’Neill – (D) Member, oneillhd15@fastmail.us
Representative Al Park – (D) Member, alpark.nm@gmail.com

The following requirements would have to be met by all “dangerous” dog owners, to include all “pit bull” and Rottweiler owners:

C. An animal control authority shall issue a certificate of registration to the owner of a dangerous dog if the owner, in addition to the requirements of Subsection A of this section, establishes that:
(1) the owner has paid an annual fee, if applicable, established by the animal control authority to register a dangerous dog;
(2) the owner has written permission of the property owner or homeowner’s association where the dangerous dog will be kept, if applicable;
(3) the dangerous dog will be maintained exclusively on the owner’s property except for medical treatment or examination;
(4) when the dangerous dog is removed from the owner’s property, the dog shall be caged or muzzled and restrained with a lead no longer than four feet, and the dog shall be under complete control of a person eighteen years of age or older at all times;
(5) the dangerous dog will not be transported in a vehicle that might allow the dog to escape or gain access to any person or animal outside the vehicle; [and]
(6) a clearly visible warning sign with a conspicuous warning symbol indicating that there is a dangerous dog on the premises is posted where the dog is kept and is visible from a public roadway or from fifty feet, whichever is less;
(7) the owner will submit to the photographing or permanent marking of the dangerous dog for purposes of identification;
(8) the owner will submit to random inspections of the animal and its enclosure by the animal control authority without warrant and will produce, upon demand of the animal control authority, proof of compliance with the registration requirements of this subsection;
(9) the owner has obtained and will maintain liability insurance in the amount of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) and will furnish a certificate or proof of insurance upon demand of the animal control authority; and
(10) the owner will notify the animal control authority at least thirty calendar days before the cancellation or nonrenewal of the liability insurance policy.

D. An animal control authority may order the immediate impoundment or humane destruction of a dog registered as a dangerous dog or previously determined to be a dangerous dog if the owner fails to abide by the conditions for registration, confinement or handling set forth in this section.

Full text of the proposed bill can be viewed here: http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/09%20Regular/bills/house/HB0667.pdf

The bill may be tracked here: http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?Chamber=H&LegType=B&LegNo=667&year=09

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11 responses to “New Mexico: HB 667 defines pit bulls and Rottweilers as dangerous dogs

  1. This is BULLSHIT! Pits and Rots are NOT viscious dogs UNLESS they are raised that way! I OWN a pit that I rescued from the pound and he has NEVER showed agression towards any other humans or dogs and I have had him for years. He is as sweet as can be.

    This bull is the dumbest thing ever and was created by nothing but close minded, uneducated morons.

  2. I concur. This is absurd. The way see it, to ban two specific breeds of dogs is essentially racist. Because the percentage of African Americans incarcerated nationally is more than any other race does not mean that we put all African Americans in prisons or that they are all criminals. Because the percentage of Caucasian male rapists is higher than any other race does not mean that we should accuse all Caucasian males of raping. Also because some Pit Bull Terriers and Rottweilers are bred and raised to be aggressive due to their OWNERS neglect and skewed sense of morals does not mean that the entirety of these two breeds should have to pay the great costs, especially when the cost could be their life!

  3. Just can’t help myself. get educated.

    http://blockheadpits.tripod.com/id16.html

    The American Pit Bull Terrier was the number one family dog during the first part of the 20th century.

    specifically read the part on comparative temperament… If not all of the info presented.

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  5. This is ABSOLUELY rediculous!!! I have a Pit Bull rescued from the Humane Assoc, here in Albuquerque, and they were using her for temperment training because her temperment is so good and even if the dog they were testing was aggressive, This pit, would never show aggression. I also am a mail carrier and the 2 times i was almost attacked, it was a black lab, and a wolf mix! Never a Pit Bull, and i have come across many, during my 19 years of mail delivery. This is no different than Racial Profiling. We must stop this Bill. For every 1 aggressive Pit, there are hundreds of pitties that will Lick you to death.

  6. I am a proud Pit Bull owner and would like to help

  7. Racheal Medina

    This is absurd and most rediculous!! Animals are just like humans, good and bad in all breeds and races. The life values you are raised with, how you are raised and your temperment are detertermined by your enviroment NOT by your BREED. Yes….there have been attacks by these breeds because crazy people out there have taught animals to fight, there are others as meek as a baby lamb….but that is found again in all breeds alike. MY VOTE GOES FOR AND IS FOR THE DOGS!!!!!!

  8. Natalie Maklouf

    So my fiance and I have been planning our move to Albuquerque from Philadelphia for the past two years and are finally doing so on May 29th of this year. We adopted a lovely pitt/rottie mix who is nothing but sweet. We already bought our plane tickets and have jobs when we get there, but now we are having a hard time finding a place because of her breed. Does anyone have any suggestions for us? Are we even allowed to bring her to Albuquerque?? I’m very worried. This law is complete absurdity. Don’t people understand that any dog can be “dangerous” depending on how they were raised and treated. What about all the good dog owners like me who have taken the time to love and care for their dog and train them properly despite the bad rep for their breed. This is so sad! So many innocent dogs are being put down everyday because of irresponsible human beings!
    Please write back!
    Very concerned dog lover,
    Natalie

  9. militaryFamily

    …because of this, and because we “HAVE TO”move to New Mexico… we tested our pittie and it turns out that she is a “American Stafford Terrier and a Labrador Retriever”… with that being said, we were told by the military base that we are not allowed to have her on the premises if we chose to live in military housing… so, here i am looking for “off-base” housing, and i see that it is still difficult to find a decent place that is gated/fenced for a family of six, yes that is including our pittie mix and our chihuahua… as a matter fact, they might as well consider chihuahua “dangerous”, because our chihuahua is more vicious then our pittie… our pittieGirL is NOT AT ALL DANGEROUS… she is more afraid of people then she is of animals… we rescued her here in Fairbanks, Alaska and was told by the foster parents that she was beaten by previous owner to try to turn her into a fighting dog… the beating didn’t work so she was dropped of at the pound and saved by the foster parents we adopted her from… WHAT DOES NEW MEXICO HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT~!!!
    ~check your breeds before you wreck the breeds, cuz rotties and pitties are not at all “dangerous” compared to my 15 year old chihuahua…

  10. My husband and I are moving to Albuquerque and he already has a job, but we have 2 very sweet pure bread pitts and I was wondering if people are even allowed to have pitt bulls in the city???? If someone could give me some answers I would be very greatful! thanks alot!

    • Hope, Albuquerque does not have breed-specific rules, but they do have a lot of animal ordinances, including spay/neuter requirements and pet limits, you will need to be aware of and comply with. Check out the Albuquerque Animal Control website at http://www.cabq.gov/pets and read through the information under the left-hand navigation links.

      Also, be aware that although the city does not have breed-specific rules, that doesn’t apply to property owners or insurance companies. If you will be renting, you will have to make sure your landlord accepts your dogs. If you will be owning, you will need to find homeowners’ insurance that is not breed-specific.