Support Massachusetts’ Anti-BSL Bill

From the AKC:

Massachusetts House Bill 1948, sponsored by Representative Bradford Hill, seeks to establish non-discriminatory, workable methods by which to deal with vicious and potentially dangerous dogs. It has been assigned to the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, which will consider the bill on Monday, May 14, 2007. It is vitally important that dog owners contact the members of the Committee to express their support.

The American Kennel Club supports reasonable, enforceable, non-discriminatory laws to govern the ownership of dogs. We support laws that: establish a fair process by which specific dogs are identified as dangerous based on stated, measurable actions; impose appropriate penalties on irresponsible owners; and establish a well-defined method for dealing with dogs proven to be dangerous. HB 1948 satisfies those desired qualities. For example, the bill provides that:

-Any dog, regardless of breed, breeding, type, or appearance, can be classified as a potentially dangerous dog or vicious dog.

-No dog may be declared potentially dangerous or vicious if any injury or damage is sustained by a person who was:

-committing a willful trespass or other tort;
-teasing, tormenting, abusing, or assaulting the dog;
-or was committing or attempting to commit a crime.

-No dog may be declared potentially dangerous or vicious if the dog was protecting or defending a person or itself from an unjustified attack.

-No dog may be declared potentially dangerous or vicious if the injury or damage to an animal was sustained while the dog was working as a hunting dog, herding dog, or predator control dog.

-Prescribes a reasonable system by which a dog considered potentially dangerous can have that designation removed.


Contact the members of the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government who will consider this bill and express your support.

Senate Committee Members:

Senator James E. Timilty, Chair

Senator Patricia D. Jehlen, Vice-Chair

Senator Steven A. Baddour

Senator Jarrett T. Barrios

Senator Susan C. Fargo

Senator Richard R. Tisei

House of Representatives Committee Members:

Representative Vincent A. Pedone, Chair

Representative Martin J. Walsh, Vice-Chair

Representative J. James Marzilli

Representative Douglas W. Petersen

Representative Matthew Patrick

Representative Stephen R. Canessa

Representative Denis E. Guyer

Representative Sarah Peake

Representative F. Jay Barrows

Representative Todd M. Smola

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2 responses to “Support Massachusetts’ Anti-BSL Bill”

  1. I like this idea. Judge the owners, and the (accused dog’s) temperment, rather than the breed as a whole. It’s not a bad idea at all, it will save lots of family pets in that state, rather than exterminating them. But I still say they should set up a process to screen potential owners. You know, keep the horrible people from owning these breeds. There won’t be any dog fights if the trainers don’t have dogs to train right?

  2. I don’t like the idea of screening potential owners just because I’ve seen too much corruption and abuse in politics to believe that won’t be used against dog owners. And, it’s not like we need more bureaucracy. Law enforcement can’t enforce the laws they already have. Also, it’s probably unconstitutional (like so much dog law is) to prevent people from owning whatever dog they so choose.

    It’s good to see you’re thinking though Jessica. 🙂

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