HOUSE BILL 63
51st legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2013
RELATING TO DOGS; PROHIBITING MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES FROM ENACTING BREED-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 77-1-l0 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1901, Chapter 105, Section 3, as amended) is amended to read:
"77-1-10. VICIOUS ANIMALS--RABID OR UNVACCINATED DOGS AND CATS--FAILURE TO DESTROY.--
A. It is unlawful for any person to keep any animal known to be vicious and liable to attack or injure human beings unless such animal is securely kept to prevent injury to any person.
B. It is unlawful to keep any unvaccinated dog or cat or any animal with any symptom of rabies.
C. It is unlawful to fail or to refuse to destroy vicious animals or unvaccinated dogs or cats with symptoms of rabies as prescribed by regulation of the [health and environment] department of health for the protection of public health and safety.
D. Municipalities, including home rule municipalities, and counties shall not regulate by ordinance or rule or in any other manner regulate dangerous dogs in a manner that is specific to breed."
SECTION 2. A new Section 77-1-12.1 NMSA 1978 is enacted to read:
"77-1-12.1. [NEW MATERIAL] PROHIBITION AGAINST BREED-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS.--Municipalities, including home rule municipalities, and counties shall not regulate by ordinance or rule or in any other manner regulate dogs in a manner that is specific as to the breed of dog."
SECTION 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.--The effective date of the provisions of this act is July 1, 2013.
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