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Michigan House Introduces Statewide BSL Bill

(Wednesday, June 08, 2011)

A bill that would ultimately ban the ownership of several dog breeds in Michigan was introduced yesterday in the House of Representatives. While no hearings have been scheduled yet, it is important that Michigan residents take the time to contact the House Regulatory Reform Committee and their Representative and ask them to oppose this measure (Scroll down for contact information and talking points).


House Bill 4714 defines “pit bulls” as:

  • American pit bull terriers
  • “American Staffordshire bull terriers”
  • Staffordshire bull terriers
  • Any dog “displaying the majority of physical traits” of any one or more of these breeds
  • “A dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club” for any one of these breeds

HB 4714 establishes a timeline for banning the ownership of these dogs within the state:

One year after the law is enacted: No one may breed or sell a “pit bull”

Four years after the law is enacted: No one may own or possess an unsterilized “pit bull”

Ten years after the law is enacted: No one may own or possess a “pit bull”

The AKC strongly opposes all breed-specific legislation and recognizes that dangerous dogs should be defined by their deeds, not their breeds. Read AKC’s letter to the Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee.

Talking Points:
Read AKC talking points on breed-specific legislation
Read the AKC Issue Analysis "Why Breed-Specific Legislation Doesn't Work"

How You Can Help:

The AKC Government Relations Department (AKC GR) will continue to closely monitor this legislation. Contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org for the latest information.