From: Todd Weiler
To: cscurnow,
Subject: Re: Local Governments Should Not Dictate What Breed of Dog Citizens Can Own
Date: 2/7/2014 8:42:49 PM
Body:
Thanks, Connie. I appreciate you contacting me and sharing your views. Todd Weiler 801-599-9823 > On Feb 7, 2014, at 8:31 PM, "cscurnow@msn.com" wrote: > > Connie Curnow > 219 Summer Meadow > Bountiful, UT 84010-5862 > > > February 7, 2014 > > The Honorable Todd Weiler > Utah Senate > 320 State Capitol, PO Box 145115 > Salt Lake City, UT 84114 > > > Dear Senator Weiler: > > Please Pass HB 97 to Protect Property Rights, Save Tax Dollars and > Increase Public Safety > > As a Utah citizen, I believe federal, state and local governments should > not interfere with a responsible citizen's ability to own whatever dog > breed or breed mix he or she chooses. Seventeen states have passed > provisions against breed-discriminatory ordinances because these laws > violate basic property rights, they focus on the wrong thing, and they are > arbitrary, ineffective, expensive and simply not practical. > > Any dog can bite, so communities should be protected against any dangerous > dog, no matter the breed. The American Bar Association, the National > Animal Control Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association > don't support breed discrimination. They support laws that go after the > real problem, the behavior of the individual dog and the behavior of the > reckless owner. Owners should be responsible for their dog's actions: no > exceptions, no excuses. > > Instead of punishing innocent dogs for resembling a specific breed, > communities should hold reckless owners accountable and responsible if > their pets are dangerous. Comprehensive breed-neutral dangerous-dog and > reckless-owner laws should be passed and enforced. > > Breed discrimination also wastes tax dollars. According to figures > provided by economic research firm John Dunham and Associates, if Utah > enacted a breed-discriminatory law targeting "pit bull terriers," it would > cost taxpayers more than $4 million per year to enforce. > > Even the conservative Platte Institute for Economic Research in Nebraska > came out against breed-discriminatory or breed-specific ordinances. In > reality, there is nothing specific about these laws. Studies show that > when animal control officers and animal shelter workers try to guess the > heritage of a mixed-breed dog, they are correct in only 25% of the cases. > > In America, every citizen who follows the safety rules as a responsible > dog owner should be allowed to own whatever breed of dog he or she > chooses. It's that simple. > > Thank you for your consideration of this important bill. > > Sincerely, > > Sincerely, > > > Connie Curnow > >