A legislative attempt to eventually ban pit bull ownership in Michigan has been leashed.
State Rep. Tim Bledsoe, D-Grosse Pointe, introduced the legislation to make it illegal to own a pit bull after a 10-year phaseout.
But the chairman of the Regulatory Reform Committee in the state House, Rep. Hugh Crawford, R-Novi, said he’s not planning to move on the bill, effectively shelving it.
“I don’t think it’s a dog problem, I think it’s a people problem,” Crawford said. “And I don’t think the state needs to be in the business of being canine police.”
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As a dog lover, I’m happy this bill is being set aside. I have met some wonderful Pit Bulls and they can be wonderful and sweet dogs. I’m happy the state is realizing that creating a statewide ban of the breed would not solve any problems.
How do you feel about this issue? Should the state be allowed to tell you what kind of dog you’re allowed to own?
If you have questions about dog ownership or a dog bite case contact Bill Godfrey at (248) 624-5500