New Mexico Senator Sue Beffort has created a draft of a bill (click link to read it yourself) that she hopes to introduce in the 2012 legislative session (begins Jan 17).
The bill would declare all “pit bulls” in the state to be “dangerous dogs.” Owners of a dog believed to be a “pit bull” would be required to follow special restrictions. Such restrictions include special registration, liability insurance, special containment, spay/neuter, muzzling, spay/neuter, enrollment in behavior classes offered by animal control, and special signage. Further, dangerous dogs cannot be taken off the owner’s property except to go to the vet. Animal control may seize and kill a dog whose owner does not comply with these rules.
“Pit bull” is defined in the proposal as American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and any dog that is a mix of one of these, or any dog that resembles one of these. In a strange twist, purebred dogs of these breeds are NOT considered “pit bulls” as long as they are registered with the AKC or UKC. In other words, the “pit bulls” primarily targeted by this bill are non-pedigreed: such as mixed-breed dogs and shelter dogs.
Please contact Senator Beffort and your own New Mexico state senator now and express your opinion about breed-discriminatory laws.
Senator Sue Wilson Beffort
Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4395
Find your state senator here: http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/leg.aspx?T=S
This proposal must receive a message from the governor’s office to be placed on the “call” of the 2012 session. Otherwise it cannot be considered. Please contact New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and ask her not to call Beffort’s proposal/bill.
Contact form: http://www.governor.state.nm.us/Contact_the_Governor.aspx
Keep in mind that this proposal has NOT been filed yet. If the bill is actually filed, it will likely go to a Senate committee. At that time, we will provide more information about who to contact. Please don’t write the entire Senate just yet.
Read more about Senator Beffort’s proposal: http://www.capitolreportnewmexico.com/?p=7214
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