North Carolina House Bill 956, the bill that would regulate the ownership of “aggressive dog breeds,” will NOT be making it out of committee. The bill that defined “pit bulls,” rottweilers, mastiffs, chows, presa canario, wolf hybrids, and any mixes thereof as “aggressive breeds,” was killed by the Committee on Rules, Calender and Operations of the House.
The legislation would have required prospective owners of the above identified breeds to apply for a state permit, submit to a criminal background check, notify their property insurer, and take a four-hour education course before taking ownership of their dog.
The bill’s sponsor, Representative Rodney Moore, said his office has been “inundated” with emails from people opposed to the proposed bill. Rep .Moore advised that he proposed the legislation because “there needs to be some kind of accountability … a lot of people breed [the dogs] the wrong way.” Yet he also stated he selected the breeds to include in the bill based on feedback he received, and not on any statistics or data provided to him.
One of Moore’s legislative aides commented that North Carolina is not a state where you can mess with people’s dogs. We’d like to take that one step further. This is a country in which responsible dog owners are very aware of the impact they can have with the officials they elected into office, and they won’t sit idly by and be swept up in legislation that uses them as a scapegoat in a failed attempt to address a problem caused by a minority of irresponsible dog owners. We have a very powerful voice, and we will be heard.
North Carolina residents should be extremely proud of themselves and how quickly they killed this poorly though out and deeply flawed bill.
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