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The Delaware Legislature has passed House Bill 13, which would protect the rights of responsible Delaware dog owners by prohibiting any dog from being declared “potentially dangerous” or “dangerous” under state law simply based on the dog’s breed.   The bill would also prohibit municipalities from enacting laws or regulations based on a dog’s breed. 

If signed by the Governor, Delaware will become the 19th state to prohibit state and local breed-specific laws. 

The AKC supports House Bill 13, which protects the rights of dog owners while still allowing communities to enact laws that hold all owners accountable. Eighteen states currently have laws that prohibit breed-specific legislation.  Visit the Breed-Specific/Dangerous Dog Laws page in the AKC Legislative Action Center for more talking points on this issue.

Those who reside or participate in dog events in Delaware are encouraged to contact Governor Carney and ask him to sign House Bill 13:

Dover Office: (302) 744-4101
Wilmington Office: (302) 577-3210
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