New Mexico: Senator drafts statewide BSL

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

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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.
Phone: 505-476-2200
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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.

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5 responses to “New Mexico: Senator drafts statewide BSL

  1. Since when have “mix-breeds” been considered “pit bull’s” and when did the APBT became a “shelter dog” ? This bill clearly states they are passing a law against a specific breed quote unquote Pit Bulls and the look alike type’s unless specified by the AKC , UKC. Since when did the AKC become the authority on a breed they don’t recognize? Maybe the ADBA would be…is a better registered authority as they are the largest registry of the APBT breed .

    • The American Pit Bull Terrier is not the only “pit bull” breed. The AKC recognizes the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The UKC recognizes the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The “pit bulls” that will be targeted by this proposal are those that are not registered with the AKC or UKC. It is true that some purebred pit bulls are registered with other kennel clubs like ADBA and EDBA, and those dog owners will indeed be adversely affected by this proposal. But adding more kennel clubs to the list certainly isn’t the solution!

      The largest part of “pit bull” ownership is folks with unpedigreed dogs–dogs not registered with any kennel club. “Pit bulls” in animal shelters and rescues, and those found on the side of the road or as strays, basically never come with pedigrees and certainly cannot be retroactively registered with a kennel club. People who have adopted or rescued or otherwise ended up with a dog that resembles a “pit bull” are largely the ones who will be discriminated against by this bill.

      Because of the logistical nightmare that would come with attempting to identify whether an unpedigreed dog is or is not a “pit bull,” we expect a lot of opposition to this bill to come from animal shelters, rescue groups, and animal control departments.

  2. Thomas c wilson

    Can I living in lakeland fla help the pittbull in new mexico against this law?

  3. Can i living in Sarasota florida help with the silly, ignorant, inhumane law ??? My e-mail is ljelly……btw dont they have more to worry about in that part of the country beside “pittbulls, or I mean look-a likes ” ??????

  4. Please This can not happen No breed needs to be baned its the stupid owners who need to pay . What is happening to our rights ??