To: Ronda Menlove, David Lifferth, Jack Draxler, Edward Redd, Curt Webb, Ryan Wilcox, Paul Ray, Jacob Anderegg, Gage Froerer, Jeremy Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Brad Dee, Richard Greenwood, 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, Eric Hutchings, Jim Dunnigan, Lynn Hemingway, Daniel McCay, Jim Bird, Earl Tanner, Tim Cosgrove, Steve Eliason, Marie Poulson, Ken Ivory, Keven John Stratton, Robert Spendlove, Richard Cunningham, Greg Hughes, John Knotwell, Melvin Brown, Kraig Powell, John G. Mathis, Kay Christofferson, Brian Greene, Jon Cox, Val Peterson, Dana Layton, Keith Grover, Jon Stanard, Dean Sanpei, Rebecca Lockhart, Francis Gibson, Michael Mckell, Marc Roberts, Merrill Nelson, Kay Mciff, Brad Last, John Westwood, mnoel, Lowry Snow, Don Ipson,
Date: Thu Feb 20 01:10:06 MST 2014
These laws do not focus on problem owners and their specific vicious or problem dogs, where the real problem lies. Rather, they push honest people away from registering and licensing and vaccinating their dogs, which hurts everyone. There are no allowances made in these laws for police K9 dogs, visitors in town, people out for a walk, people who move into a community, etc.
Virtually everyone agrees the laws are worthless, and even counter-productive. Even the National Animal Control Association, the association of animal control officers from across the country, oppose breed specific laws. The CDC, ABA, American Animal Hospital Association, American Dog Owner's Association, American Kennel Club, and every other dog association oppose Breed Specific Laws. There is no national association or group that supports them, and more than 15 states have already passed laws like this one.
Our laws should protect individuals’ property rights, and seek to punish and correct the wrong-doers, not punish honest citizens with well-trained pets for the reckless or intentional acts of others. Our laws should also encourage people to comply with the law by being logical and reasonable. These breed specific laws encourage people to hide their dogs, not get them vaccinated, not get them licensed, not take responsibility for their dogs, as the only way to keep them.
Please vote for HB97.
PS I vote.