Montana:  Action Needed TODAY to Support Bill Prohibiting Breed-Specific Legislation

Montana dog owners are urged to contact their state senators TODAY and respectfully ask for a “yes” vote to reconsider and pass Senate Bill 239, a bill that would prohibit local governments from enacting or enforcing laws that apply only to specific breeds or perceived breeds of dog. SB 239 does not restrict a local government from enacting an ordinance that applies to all dogs.

In a close vote held on February 21, the bill failed to pass in the Senate by a three vote margin. To see how your senator voted on SB 239, click here.

The bill’s sponsor, Senator Doug Kary, is expected to request a vote to reconsider the bill today, February 23, 2015.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Immediately contact your state senator and politely request that he or she vote in favor of SB 239.

You can leave messages for senators by calling (406) 444-4800. Callers may leave messages for up to five individual senators.

For senate contact information, click here for a senate roster, then click on the senator’s name.

To contact your senator via an online form, click here, then:

  • Enter your information (if you are not a resident of Montana, click the “If Out of State” box)
  • Follow the “Legislator Look-up” steps to identify and select your senator
  • Select “SB” in the “Select a Bill Type” drop-down box
  • Type 239 in the “Enter the Number of the Bill” box
  • Click on your position under “Vote.” You may also type in a personalized message.

For questions or more information, please contact AKC Government Relations at doglaw@akc.org or 919-816-3720.