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From: ElizabethArps NCRCAction
To: Rep. McKell, M.,
Subject: Please support HB 97
Date: 2014-02-17T16:22:58Z
Attachments: Attachment_1 - Denver BSL.pdf , Attachment_2 - AVMA.pdf , Attachment_3 - JAVMA.pdf , Attachment_4 - ABA.pdf , Attachment_5 - White House.pdf , Attachment_6 - AVMA Community Approach.pdf , Attachment_7 - Calgary Model.pdf , Attachment_8 Co-occurrence.pdf , Body:
Dear Representative McKell:


Thank you for considering HB 97 and we urge you to please support this important bill. In light of the third reading, I have included documents below that we hope will be helpful.


Breed-specific legislation (BSL) has never resulted in safer communities wherever it has been attempted [Attachment 1], and a recent AVMA report concludes that regulating dogs by “breed” is not an effective way to reduce dog bite incidents [Attachment 2]. A recent evidence-based analysis published by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association offers one perspective on why this is the case [Attachment 3].

The American Bar Association has urged for the repeal of BSL nationwide and the White House recently released a statement saying, “research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources” [Attachment 4,5].

Safe and humane communities are made when all dog owners are held accountable for their actions [Attachment 6,7].

Additionally, with respect to the misinformation that often surrounds serious dog bites and dog bite-related fatalities (DBRFs), I thought that you should know about a paper just published in JAVMA on the topic [Attachment 8]. The study is the most comprehensive multifactorial study of DBRFs to ever be completed. It is based on investigative techniques not previously employed in DBRF studies and identified a significant co-occurrence of multiple potentially preventable factors. Breed was not one of those factors. The authors conclude that the potentially preventable factors co-occurring in more than 80% of the DBRF’s in their 10 year case file are best addressed by multifactorial public and private strategies, as opposed to single-factor strategies such as BSL. 

Lastly, I understand that the state does not want to infringe upon rights of municipalities to self-govern, but it is important to remember that law-abiding dog owners are being infringed upon by municipalities that pass BSL. Those citizens deserve consideration as well. BSL does not ever accomplish safer communities, but it does impact law-abiding dog owners. 


Thank you for your time and consideration, and we urge you to vote favorably on HB 97.




Elizabeth Arps
National Canine Research Council Action Fund
a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation
"Advocating for the Human-Canine Bond"