Utah: HB 97 passes in committee; Advances to House

House Bill 97, which would prohibit the passage of breed specific ordinances and render existing breed specific ordinances void, passed in the House Political Subdivisions Committee on February 10, 2014. The bill now advances to the full House.

HB 97  states as follows:

Regulation of dogs by a municipality.

(1) A municipality may not adopt or enforce a breed-specific rule, regulation, policy, or ordinance regarding dogs.
(2) Any breed-specific rule, regulation, policy, or ordinance regarding dogs is void.

UTAH RESIDENTS: Please reach out to your Representatives and ask them to support HB 97. 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 97 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.

As always, its extremely important to keep all communications polite and respectful.  The manner in which we communicate with decision- makers can and does make a difference.

Members of the Utah House of Representatives:  



One response to “Utah: HB 97 passes in committee; Advances to House

  1. This bill is needed at the State level to protect the individual property rights of responsible, accountable citizens and their very personal property, their well mannered family pet, to move freely between communities within the State.

    A responsible owner that properly cares for, manages and contains their family pet should not be concerned that someone may come to their door and inform them that due to some subjective opinion that their mixed breed dog that was not an issue in one community was now determined to have physical traits of an banned type of dog, and they must choose between their cherished family pet, their personal property, or their home. No responsible dog owner should be forced to make that decision.

    This bill will protect people’s property rights while allowing cities and counties to make other breed neutral decisions about a dog’s behavior and more importantly the dog owners’ behavior. Dog owners have much more impact on a dog’s behavior than its breed type.

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