New Michigan Senate Bill Targets Dangerous Dogs, Not Breeds
LANSING, Mich. – Bills introduced in the Michigan Senate aim to prevent a dangerous dog attack before it happens.
State Senator Sean McCann (D-Kalamazoo) is proposing bills that target dog behavior, not specific breeds.
“Judging an animal by behavior rather than breed is so much more pragmatic,” said Kristina Millman-Rinaldi, executive director of Detroit Dog Rescue.
The bills provide a mechanism for people to file complaints about a dangerous dog. Local animal control agencies would investigate and if the behavior is found to be unsafe, it goes to a judge. That owner would then have to confine the animal and local utility workers and postal workers would be made aware. If the owner does not comply, it is a crime.
Millman-Rinaldi thinks the bills need to be refined. For example, setting standards for what is considered unsafe behavior and training animal control officers to recognize it.
“I think when you have invoices like this you have to make sure you get it executed,” she said.
It means money for animal control and training. Right now, these bills do not seek to appropriate money. McCann said he was open to the idea.
“It’s a good time like any other,” McCann said. “The state has more resources than there have been in decades. “
After: Michigan Senate News
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