HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut cities and towns would be barred from banning particular dog breeds under legislation moving through the General Assembly.
The House of Representatives voted 142-0 Tuesday in favor of forbidding the adoption of breed-specific dog ordinances. Proponents claim such ordinances lead to the unfair labeling of well-behaved pets as ‘‘bully breeds,’’ hurting the families that love them.
The Humane Society of the United States has testified that breed-specific legislation does not enhance public safety or reduce dog bite incidents. Also, some proponents said such ordinances can lead to a large amount of certain dogs showing up in shelters that can’t be adopted.
East Hartford Rep. Jason Rojas (ROH'-hahs) said no Connecticut municipalities have passed such ordinances, but some exist in other parts of the country.
The bill awaits Senate action.