Do you remember last year when there were rumblings last year that Rep. John Lesch would introduce a bill to ban 5 breeds of dogs and Rep. Dennis Ozment actually did introduce a billÂ that would have repealed Minnesota’s current ban on BSL, Minnesota Chpt. 347.51 Subd. 8,and also allowed local governments to recommend to a task force that certain dogs be declared potentially dangerous or dangerous based solely on breed?Â Â
That was then. This is now.
Minnesota state Representatives John Lesch and Michael PaymarÂ have introduced a bill that would require owners of all dogs declared potentially dangerous or dangerous to take and pass a 4 hours responsible dog ownership class.
The bill, H.F. 115, provides for development of a curriculum including a training manual, formsÂ and tests. The plan is for the state Department of Public Safety to administer the program and hire a manager who must be a veterinarian with 3Â years experience or 5 years training in an animal-related field. There wouldÂ also be a facilitator who must have 5 years experience in dog training or educating the public about dog behavior.Â Applicants for both positions would be subject to background checks and not eligibleÂ if they have been convicted of animal cruelty in any state.Â Â Â
Animal control would notify the department of the identity of any owners of dogs declared dangerous or potentially dangerous. A database of such dogs and their owners would be maintained. The database would indicate whether the owner and taken and passed the test…..
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Contact Minnesota state representatives and urge them to vote yes on H.F. 115 and choose education for dog owners over breed bans.Â