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Utah proposes anti-BSL law

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:11 am
by heather

Re: Utah proposes anti-BSL law

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:24 pm
by heather
Bill restricting local laws targeting specific dog breeds survives House committee

Published: Monday, Feb. 10 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that seeks to restrict local laws targeting specific dog breeds made it through a House committee Monday by the skin of its teeth.

In a crowded committee room of interested community members, including two pit bull service dogs, the House Political Subdivisions Committee voted 6-5 to recommend HB97 to the full house.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, received more than an hour of debate centered on local control, property rights, public safety and breed stigmatization.

The majority of views expressed were that such ordinances, currently on the books in 10 Utah cities, are poor. However, some committee members were concerned about the idea of dictating to cities that the ordinances be prohibited.

Additional opposition to the bill came from South Jordan, the largest city in Utah that restricts specific dog breeds. Pam Rasmussen, a South Jordan animal control officer, said it's the severe bite of pit bulls that makes them more dangerous than other breeds.

People in favor of the bill cited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation against breed-specific laws and said there are dogs within every breed that can be aggressive.

"There are less restrictive alternatives," King said. "What most cities and towns do is deal with it on a dog by dog basis. That’s the smart, good way to deal with this. The few cities that choose otherwise are trying to paint with an overly broad brush by breed alone."

— Madeleine Brown ... ittee.html

Re: Utah proposes anti-BSL law

Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:59 pm
by heather
Utah residents, please reach out to your legislators and ask them to support HB 97, the bill that would prohibit the passage of breed specific ordinances and void existing breed specific ordinances.

Best Friends has put together an Action Alert that makes it very easy to communicate with your legislators. This letter writing tool includes talking points that you can customize to make your voice heard. ... d=63078246

If you prefer to write your own letters, you can use the Bless the Bullys alert: ... -to-house/

Please remember these alerts are for Utah residents only.

Re: Utah proposes anti-BSL law

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:47 pm
by heather
HB 97 is on the Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee's agenda and scheduled for consideration tomorrow, March 5, 2014.

UTAH RESIDENTS: Please reach out to your Senators and ask them to SUPPORT the bill that would END breed discrimination in your state! ... committee/