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Existing law in New York prohibits cities and counties from passing breed-specific legislation but that would change with the passage of A9389. Sponsored by Assemblyman Patrick Manning, the bill allows municipalities to ban or restrict dog ownership based on breed. A9389 also classifies a dangerous dog as a deadly weapon, similar to a loaded gun or switchblade.

The American Kennel Club opposes A9389. We strongly support reasonable, enforceable dangerous dog laws that keep communities safe for both people and their canine companions. New York's current dangerous dog law, when strongly enforced, forces all dog owners to be responsible regardless of the breed they own.

Communities can protect themselves from dangerous dogs by enforcing leash laws, teaching residents about responsible dog ownership, and developing clear guidelines for dealing with problem owners. Arbitrary, burdensome new laws will only cost tax payers more money while doing nothing to address irresponsible dog owners.

What You Can Do:

A9389 has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Agriculture. Concerned dog owners should immediately call, write, fax or e-mail the committee members to voice their concerns.

Assembly Committee on Agriculture
Legislative Office Bldg #641
Albany, NY 12248

Asm. William Magee (D) [Chair]
Asm. Darrel J. Aubertine (D)
Asm. Marc W. Butler (R)
Asm. Adele Cohen (D)
Asm. Michael Cohen (D) (e-mail address not available)
Asm. Clifford W. Crouch (R)
Asm. Steven Cymbrowitz (D) (e-mail address not available)
Asm. Francine DelMonte (D)
Asm. RoAnn M. Destito (D)
Asm. Steve Englebright (D)
Asm. Jacob E. Gunther (D)
Asm. Daniel L. Hooker (R) (no e-mail address available)
Asm. Jeffrey Klein (D)
Asm. Barbara S. Lifton (D)
Asm. Patrick R. Manning (R) [Sponsor]
Asm. Margaret M. Markey (D) (no e-mail address available)
Asm. Roy J. McDonald (R)
Asm. John J. McEneny (D)
Asm. Peter M. Rivera (D)
Asm. Richard A. Smith (D)
Asm. Paul D. Tonko (D)

For more information, contact:

Responsible Dog Owners Association of NY

Long Island Coalition of Dog Fanciers,

AKC's Canine Legislation department

Existing law in New York prohibits cities and counties from passing breed-specific legislation but…