Category Archives: New Mexico

New Mexico: Senator pushing for statewide BSL

12/13/11: Update on this proposal can be found here:

Thanks to Jodi for this alert!

New Mexico State Senator Sue Wilson Beffort is reportedly pushing for harsher penalities for “pit bull” and “pit bull mix” owners. As of right now, no such bill is listed on the New Mexico legislature’s website, nor is any such bill linked to Senator Beffort as a bill she is sponsoring.

As such, New Mexico residents are encouraged to reach out to Senator Wilson Beffort and voice their opposition to any such bill being brought to the floor. Please limit your polite, respectful, and informative correspondence to Senator Wilson Beffort only as we do not know at this time if a bill is forthcoming. Should the bill actually be presented on the Senate floor, we will advise you of the steps to take at that time.

Senator Sue Wilson Beffort
Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4395

State Sen. Seeks Tougher Laws For Pit Bull Owners

October 24, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico senator is pushing for harsher penalties for pit bull owners. […]

“We feel that the mixed breed pit bulls are a very, very dangerous dog and potentially easily provoked,” [Senator Sue] Beffort said. […]

The proposed bill would force mixed breed pit bull owners to register their pet as a dangerous dog. It would also eliminate proof that a dog was provoked, so charges could be filed faster.

Full article retrieved 10/25/11 from:

New Mexico: Proposed statewide BSL to be dropped

Edit 9/1/09: This bill is dead.

Confirmed per NM legislature website that a substitute bill has been filed for HB 667. However, the substitute bill is not available on the site (broken link), so I do not yet know what has been changed.

Edit 3/2/09: The broken link has been repaired. Confirmed that the substitute bill does NOT have breed-specific language.

Dogged lawmaker changes his mind

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer
February 27, 2009 – 5:15PM

A state lawmaker is pulling a proposal to classify all pit bulls and rottweilers as dangerous dogs.

State Rep. John Heaton said Friday he’s been persuaded by negative public reaction. […]

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:
Address: 102 South Canyon, Carlsbad, NM 88220
Capitol Phone: 986-4432
Office Phone: (575) 887-5983

Contact information for the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee:
Representative Gail Chasey – (D) Chair,
Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas – (D) Vice Chair,
Representative Thomas A. Anderson – (R) Member,
Representative Zachary J. Cook – (R) Member,
Representative Karen E. Giannini – (D) Member,
Representative Bill B. O’Neill – (D) Member,
Representative Al Park – (D) Member,

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:

The bill may be tracked here: