Wednesday, August 8, 2012

ABA adopts resolution on dog regulation

Every now and then, often after reports of a dog attack, the issue of whether the government can (or should) regulate specific breeds of dogs resurfaces.  For some examples of this discussion take a look at these older posts here, here and here.

Now comes news that a couple of days ago the ABA's House of Delegates adopted a resolution urging legislative bodies to adopt breed-neutral dangerous dog regulations.  Specifically, the resolution states, in its entirety:  "RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges all all state, territorial, and local legislative bodies and governmental agencies to adopt comprehensive breed-neutral dangerous dog/reckless owner laws that ensure due process protections for owners, encourage responsible pet ownership and focus on the behavior of both dog owners and dogs, and to repeal any breed discriminatory or breed specific provisions."

I am not sure why this was on the ABA's agenda this year, but there you have it.  Here is a link to the 16 page report (in Word format) that accompanied the resolution. Here is a link to a page with more information and links.

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