Animal Humane New Mexico opposes all Breed-Specific Legislation because it has been statistically proven to be ineffective; it is costly to taxpayers; and it is inconsiderate of multiple factors attributed to causing dog bite incidents. Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL) is an encompassing term for laws pertaining to the restriction or banning of specific dog breeds in an attempt to reduce dog attacks.
Statistical data has continually proven that BSL fails to reduce dog attacks.
BSL is extremely costly to taxpayers. Enactment of such laws in New Mexico have been estimated to cost around $2,948,900 with a high likelihood they will fail to accomplish their intended outcome. Because of proven inefficacy, the passing of any BSL in New Mexico will waste valuable taxpayer dollars. In 2001, Baltimore, Maryland estimated it cost their city $750,000 to enforce their BSL and they repealed it in a favor of a non-breed specific law.
Laws posing restrictions on specific dog breeds fail to consider pet abuse, the practice of dog aggression training and fighting and irresponsible pet ownership--all key contributing factors to dog attack occurrences. Animal Humane | New Mexico works proactively to solve and prevent these issues in our community through multiple programs facilitating education on responsible pet ownership.
In order to achieve the goal of enhancing public safety by reducing the incidents of dog bites in New Mexico, state legislation should support responsible pet ownership by requiring pet owners to provide adequate, humane and responsible care and control of their pets coupled with stricter anti-cruelty laws; current pet ownership laws in New Mexico do not satisfactorily detail these requirements.