Currently, local governments in Missouri can infringe on the rights of responsible pet owners by banning or restricting any breed of dog they choose — at any time.
We all want safe and humane communities, but targeting breeds is the wrong approach. What's needed is consistent and breed-neutral dog laws that focus on the behavior of individual dogs and the behavior of their owners.
Dangerous dogs and reckless owners should be held accountable, regardless of breed. The American Bar Association, the National Animal Control Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association all agree.
House Bill 365 and Senate Bill 107 have been introduced to ensure dangerous dog laws take the most effective approach. This legislation will prohibit breed discrimination by municipalities and protect the responsible pet owner's right to adopt, own, and care for the dog(s) of their choice.
Please contact your state legislators today and urge them to pass HB 365/SB 107. Automated email, phone, and Twitter options are provided for your convenience.