State Representative Yvette Herrell has introduced a bill that would prohibit breed specific legislation in the state of New Mexico. Introduced on January 11, 2013, House Bill 63 would prohibit cities and counties in New Mexico from regulating “by ordinance or rule, or in any other manner, regulate dangerous dogs in a manner that is specific to breed.”
This is a bill that needs our support.
NEW MEXICO RESIDENTS, please reach out to your respective state legislators and ask them to support HB63. Let them know that laws that target dogs based on their appearance rather than their behavior creates communities that are more vulnerable to dangerous dogs, not less. The passage of HB 63 would mean cities and counties, in drafting animal control ordinances, would have to tackle the root cause of dangerous dogs, irresponsible and reckless dog owners, rather than pass a blanket law that regulates all members of specific breeds.
Residents of New Mexico can find their respective House representatives here.
Please also send a note to Representative Herrell to thank her for introducing this common sense bill that would prohibit the passage of breed discriminatory ordinances in the state of New Mexico.
Representative Yvette Herrell
P.O. Box 4338
Alamogordo, NM 88311
There is some additional positive news for New Mexico, as well. Last year, Senator Sue Wilson Beffort drafted a bill that would impose very strict regulations on “pit bulls.” She attempted to present the bill in the New Mexico Legislature’s brief second session in January 2012, but the governor declined to add it to the agenda. At that time, she advised that she may bring the bill back in the next full session. Senator Wilson Beffort has now advised she will not be presenting that bill in the 2013 session.