Recently, I have received a number of emails in the form further below.
My reply is that yes, I will vote to protect the breed neutral language that we passed last year.
I am respectful of the comments that the ASPCA has provided on this issue.
The ASPCA is not aware of any credible evidence that laws crafted to single out a particular breed as dangerous make communities safer either for people or other companion animals. There is, however, evidence to suggest that such laws are inhumane, unfairly target responsible pet guardians and their well-socialized dogs, and impede community safety and humane sheltering efforts. You and your colleagues correctly acknowledged this by passing S.2192 last year, which among other provisions, promotes statewide vigorous enforcement of existing laws, and breed-neutral laws that focus on the irresponsible and dangerous behavior of individual guardians and their dogs.
I am writing to ask you to oppose any legislation that will repeal the breed neutral language in the new animal control law.
The new law has been in effect since October 31, 2012. It contains a provision to protect public safety by improving the dangerous dog law to ensure it is effective at reducing dog bites from all breeds of dogs. It does not allow ordinances based on breed, which have been shown to be ineffective.
The law offers real solutions, based on real experiences and problems in our communities.
Please oppose any bills that would allow breed-discriminatory ordinances that merely punish good people and good dogs, without enhancing public safety.
The new law has only been active for less than three months; it’s not time to revisit something that was just passed.