I got this from a friend. Please spread the word and call/email your legislators if you are so inclined. (I called and it really is her home number) I've fostered many pit bulls for local shelters and they were extremely friendly and social dogs. The most aggressive dog I ever fostered was a collie mix. It is the HUMANs in the dog's life that most affects the dog's personality, not the breed. The media spread the terror and misinformation. How will they enforce this? DNA breed tests?! By looks? Who is the judge?
Senator Sue Wilson Beffort of District 19, Bernalillo, is planning to ask the Governor to introduce draft legislation in the upcoming January session that will invoke a "Dangerous Dog" law wherein the definition of a "dangerous dog" includes "a pit bull" and" pit bull" means a dog that is an American pit bull terrier, an American Staffordshire terrier or a Staffordshire bull terrier or a dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one or more of those breeds or exhibiting distinguishing characteristics that substantially conform to the standards established by the American kennel club or the united kennel club for any of those breeds; provided that "pit bull" does not include a dog that is registered with the American kennel club or the united kennel club as a purebred American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier or Staffordshire bull terrier;.
Fortunately, the proposed legislation does not go so far as to ban the pit bull, but defining the dog as "dangerous" is likely a first step in that direction and very...misguided (lots of other words come to mind, but I'll be polite).
CALL and/or WRITE Senator Beffort and tell her you oppose this legislation! Please don't think that others will do it..every phone call or email is counted and weighs heavily. Please call or write Governor Martinez and the Senator representating your district too.
Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4395; Home (505) 292-7116 (this really is her home/cell number - I just called and best to call during business hours
Governor Martinez Phone: 505-476-2200