Montana Dog Limit Bill to Be Heard by House Agriculture Committee TOMORROW (3/3)

Please share this alert with concerned dog owners and breeders in Montana. House Bill 515, a...

Please share this alert with concerned dog owners and breeders in Montana.


House Bill 515, a bill that seeks to limit ownership to 25 intact dogs and regulate breeders, will be heard by the Montana House Agriculture Committee at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 3. Click here for a copy of the bill.


The American Kennel Club (AKC) abhors the mistreatment of animals and is very concerned about the conditions in which some dogs live. We support strict enforcement of current Montana animal cruelty laws. However, we are concerned that House Bill 515 would limit dog ownership, create arbitrary regulations, place unnecessary and expensive burdens on responsible dog owners, create additional cost for taxpayers, and do nothing to further protect the health and welfare of dogs maintained in conditions that violate existing laws. 


Specific provisions include the following:

  • This bill would prohibit ownership of more than 25 intact dogs over the age of 6 months for the purpose of breeding those dogs and selling any offspring as pets. Limiting the number of dogs a person may own will not automatically make them a better owner. Restricting the number of animals that may be used for breeding can limit the gene pool and lead to health problems in future generations. And both the dogs and Montana taxpayers lose, as owners may be forced to abandon or give their dogs to shelters in order to comply with limits, requiring the dogs to be housed and/or euthanized at great cost to local communities.

  • This bill would create arbitrary regulations and requirements for dog enclosures that do not take into account a dog’s breed, age, or conditioning and do not consider the resources available to citizens who reside in different geographic areas of Montana.

  • This bill would outlaw breeding of dogs over 8 years of age. Limitations on breeding ages do not address the reproductive health of individual dogs. Breeding decisions should be made by the dog’s owner in conjunction with a veterinarian. 


For additional talking points, please click on: 
Issue Analysis: The Value of Responsible Dog Breeders
Animal Limit Laws – Better Alternatives


How You Can Help

  • Prior to the hearing on Thursday, contact members of the Montana House Agriculture Committee to politely express your concerns and ask them to vote no to House Bill 515. Call (406) 444-4800 during business hours to leave messages for committee members, or send polite emails to the committee members listed below.

  • Click here to send a message to House Agriculture Committee members using an online form.

  • State your position to committee members at the hearing on March 3 at 3:00 p.m. in Hearing Room 472, 1301 East 6th Avenue, Helena, MT 59601. Click here for information on speaking at a committee hearing, or contact the Session Information Desk in the first floor hall of the Capitol, (406) 444-4800.


Krayton Kerns, Chairman
Timothy Furey, Vice Chair
Bob Wagner, Vice Chair
Joanne Blyton            
Christy Clark              
Lila Evans                  
Steve Fitzpatrick         
Alan Hale                   
Brian Hoven                
David Howard             
Margaret MacDonald   
Edith McClafferty        
Jonathan McNiven       
Pat Noonan                
Carolyn Pease-Lopez  
Lee Randall                
Joe Read                   
Daniel Salomon          
Sterling Small             
Frank Smith               
Kathleen Williams       


Contact AKC Government Relations at (919) 816-3720 or for additional information.