Lawmakers Consider Legislation Aimed at Preventing Municipalities from Banning Dog Breeds

A bill package was recently introduced to the Michigan legislature that would prohibit municipalities from enacting or enforcing an ordinance, policy, resolution, or rule that regulates a dog breed based on the breed or the perceived breed of the dog.

If enacted into law, Michigan House Bills 5039-5041 would prevent counties, cities, townships, and villages from banning dog breeds, including breeds such as pit bulls and pit bull mixes. The bill package would not prevent the municipalities from enacting an ordinance, policy, resolution, or rule that places restrictions or imposes additional requirements on dogs or dog owners.

If House Bills 5039-5041 are passed, communities in Michigan will be prohibited from banning dogs based on their breed. The bill package was referred to the Michigan Committee on Agriculture.

In June, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed similar legislation into law, barring municipalities from enacting rules banning ownership of dogs based on breed, weight, or size.

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