This is GREAT news, but New Mexico residents, don’t let your guard down. I would not be surprised if Senator Wilson Beffort brings this bill back during the regular session when the Governor’s approval is not required.
Pet News In Brief
Breed-specific bill off agenda
A controversial bill proposed to change the definition of the state’s Dangerous Dog Act won’t be heard this legislative session.
The Governor’s Office told KOAT-TV recently that Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort’s bill to define pit bulls as dangerous dogs won’t be placed on the agenda. The spokesman said the governor was concerned over portions of the proposed legislation and increased costs associated with the bill.
Beffort told KOAT that she wanted to tighten up loopholes in the law and require pit bull owners to register their dogs. Peggy Weigle of Albuquerque’s Animal Humane New Mexico said she applauded the governor’s decision. Weigle said the group backs dangerous dog legislation, but doesn’t back breed-specific legislation.
“It doesn’t work,” Weigle told the station, and few people can identify breeds of dogs.