Elephant Butte, New Mexico implemented Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) in March, 2012. They require special registration, permits, confinement, liability insurance for all Pit bulls, Rottweilers, German shepherds and their mixes
BSL has been ineffective as a method of addressing dangerous dog issues. It forces Animal Control to spend time and money on enforcement rather than focusing on real animal problems in the community as well as forcing officers to become dog breed experts. These laws punish responsible dog owners because of the breed of dog they own and do not insure that irresponsible owners will follow the laws.
The State of New Mexico is fortunate to have the “Dangerous Dog Act” which addresses these issues without breed discrimination.
Let the city know that you will not visit Elephant Butte Lake or the town until this ordinance is repealed.
Please call or write to the mayor and city council 575.744-4892.
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