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Ask the Utah House to Support a Prohibition on BSL!

(Tuesday, February 11, 2014)

Yesterday, the Utah House Political Subdivisions Committee narrowly approved a bill that will prohibit Utah municipalities from enacting or enforcing any breed-specific laws.

House Bill 97 seeks to protect the rights of responsible dog owners in Utah by prohibiting municipalities from adopting or enforcing any breed-specific rule, regulation, policy or ordinance. It further states that any current breed-specific rule or policy in the state is void.

The bill now goes to the Utah House of Representatives for a vote. Dog owners who reside or participate in events in Utah are encouraged to contact the Utah House of Representatives and ask them to support House Bill 97. Click here to type in your address and find the name and contact information for your State Representative. To view the contact information for the full Utah House of Representatives, click here.

Talking Points:
The AKC supports House Bill 97, which protects the rights of dog owners while still allowing communities to enact dangerous dog laws that hold all owners accountable. Fifteen states currently have laws that prohibit breed-specific legislation.

Read AKC talking points on breed-specific legislation
Read AKC Issue Analysis "Why Breed-Specific Legislation Doesn't Work"
View AKC's Position Statement: "Dangerous Dog" Control Legislation

AKC Government Relations will continue to closely monitor this legislation and provide more information as it becomes available. For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.

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