From: Nicole Faraco
To: David Lifferth, Jack Draxler, Curt Webb, Jacob Anderegg, Ronda Menlove, Ryan Wilcox, Gage Froerer, Jeremy Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Brad Dee, Richard Greenwood, Paul Ray, Curtis Oda, Brad Wilson, Steve Handy, Stewart Barlow, Roger Barrus, Jim Nielson, Becky Edwards, Doug Sagers, Susan Duckworth, Jennifer M. Seelig, Rebecca Houck, Joel Briscoe, Angela Romero, Mike Kennedy, Brian King, Lee Perry, Janice Fisher, Larry Wiley, LaVar Christensen, Craig Hall, Johnny Anderson, Mark A. Wheatley, Patrice Arent, Carol Moss,
Subject: HB 97
Date: Tue Mar 18 18:17:40 MDT 2014
Dear Members of the Utah House of Representatives Please help us support the passage of HB 97, which would prohibit the passage of breed specific ordinances and render existing breed specific ordinances void. This bill is needed at a state level to protect the individual property rights of responsible, accountable citizens and their very personal property, their well mannered family pet, to move freely between communities within the state. A responsible owner that properly cares for, manages and contains their family pet should not be concerned that someone may come to their door and inform them that due to some subjective opinion that their dog, which was not an issue in the community is now determined to have physical characteristics of a type of banned dog and they now must choose between a beloved part of their family and their home. No responsible dog owner should ever be forced to make this decision. This bill will protect property owner rights while allowing cities and counties to make breed neutral decisions about a dogs behavior and more importantly the dog owners' behavior. Dog owners have much more impact on a dog's behavior than its breed type. Restricting breeds of dog does not address the real issue of irresponsible owners. Only when such owners are held responsible for the actions of their dogs, will adverse dog incidents be reversed. Breed specific legislation fails to address irresponsible dog owners. Owners should be held accountable in the judicial system for the action of their dogs, not the other way around. After all, laws are created for people, not animals. Breed bans carry with them too much potential for for arbitrary or improper enforcement: inaccurate breed identification by officials and difficulty enforcing breed bans against mixed breeds. Thank you very much for reading this letter and as a owner of a German shepherd, a American pit bull and a Great Dane we appreciate your consideration and support for the protection of a member of our family. Please support HB 97 Thanks Josh Ketchum & Nicole Faraco family 242 Briarwood Dr. Centerville UT, 84014 Sent from my iPad