HB956, a bill that would “regulate the ownership of aggressive dog breeds” passed its first reading on April 18, and has been assigned to the Committee on Rules, Calender and Operations of the House.
HB956 defines as an “aggressive dog breed” any of the following:
*Pit Bull (including the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and American Pit Bull Terrier);
*Perro de Presa Canario;
*Wolf hybrids; and
Any mixed breed dogs that are “predominantly of those breeds.”
Under the proposed bill, owners of dogs deemed to be an ”aggressive breed” would have to undergo a criminal background check, apply and pay for a special state permit, notify the property insurer, and take a four-hour education course before adopting, buying, or “otherwise taking possession of” one of the dogs.
NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS, please reach out to the members of the Committee on Rules, Calender and Operations of the House, as well as the legislators in your district, and ask them to OPPOSE HB956. Let them know that breed discriminatory ordinances promote a false sense of security in communities and actually put their constituents at risk to the truly dangerous dogs not designated as such because they don’t meet the physical characteristics established by breed discriminatory laws. A dog’s appearance or breed has no bearing on the risk or danger that any dog poses to a community, and strongly enforced breed-neutral dangerous dog laws that target irresponsible and reckless dog owners benefit the entire community – people and animals alike.
Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House
(Block copy and past e-mail for committee members)
North Carolina residents can find the representatives for their districts here.
**It is our understanding that Representative Moore has indicated he is going to pull this bill. HOWEVER, until that actually happens, residents need to let their legislators know that breed specific legislation is unacceptable and North Carolina voters strongly oppose this bill.