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
HB63 can be tracked here.