Saginaw, MI Seeks to Restrict Ten Large Dog Breeds

Saginaw, MI Seeks to Restrict Ten Large Dog Breeds


The Saginaw City Council will likely consider a proposal in February that would declare ten dog breeds as "dangerous" and limiting all dog ownership to three dogs per household. Local clubs and dog owners are strongly encouraged to contact the mayor and city council and ask them to oppose these proposals.

While a draft is not yet available, it is believed that the following breeds will be declared "dangerous":

  • Rottweilers
  • German Shepherds
  • "Huskies"
  • Alaskan Malamutes
  • Great Danes
  • St. Bernards
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • Chow Chows
  • "Pit Bulls"
  • Presa Canarios


Owners of these breeds would be required to pay a $50 registration fee a place a warning sign on their property. Owners would also be required to muzzle the dog when in public places.

In another proposal, all dog owners (regardless of breed) would be limited to owning three dogs.

The AKC strongly believes that dog owners should be responsible for their dogs and promote public education programs designed to teach responsible dog ownership. We oppose, however, legislation that seeks to single out specific dog breeds as dangerous and seeks to arbitrarily limit dog ownership.


How You Can Help

  • Contact the Mayor and Saginaw City Council and ask them to oppose these proposals.
    Click here for a sample letter to personalize. The contact information is as follows:


Mailing Address:
City Hall
1315 S. Washington Avenue
Saginaw, Michigan 48601

Mayor Greg Branch -

Amos O’Neal -
Dennis Browning -
Larry Coulouris -
Dan Fitzpatrick -
Amanda Kitterman-Miller -
Dr. William "Bill" Scharffe -
Paul Virciglio -
Andrew Wendt -


Talking points:
Click here for a printable handout with talking points on breed-specific legislation.
Click here to read the AKC’s Issue Analysis "Why Breed-Specific Legislation Doesn’t Work"
Click here to view AKC’s handout "Animal Limit Laws: Better Alternatives"


The AKC Government Relations Department (AKC GR) will continue to closely monitor these proposals. Contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or for the latest information.