Montana Politician Moves To Ban (and Eliminate) Bull Breeds

January 16th, 2009 by Dan

An attempt at Breed Specific Legislation has come to Montana. House Bill 191, introduced by State Representative Robyn Driscoll of the 51st district, was constructed with the goal of eliminating all bully breeds from the state.

Under the bill, those who own dogs classified as Pit Bulls, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers or American Bulldogs (or those that have any of the physical traits of those specific breeds), must surrender their pets. Those surrendered dogs would then be euthanized within 10 days. If owners fail to turn over their dogs, the bill gives power to authorities to obtain a search warrant and seize any dogs found.

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The bill offers an exemption to owners that obtain a special tag from the state that identifies their dog as Bull Breed. However, this exemption only covers dogs that receive the tag before the law would go into effect. Any dogs that do get the exemption must be muzzled whenever they are outside of their owners homes.

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Now, some of you may be wondering if Montana has had a serious issue with incidents involving Bully Breeds. Reading the bill, one would think so! However The National Canine Research Council reports that between 1965 and 2008, only 3 people died from dog bites in the state – none of those dogs were Pit Bulls. In fact, looking at statistics, you are more likely to die from riding an ATV or a bike in the state than being attacked by a dog.

You can read the bill as it is presented here. There will be a hearing on this bill on 1/22/09.

If you’d like to do something about this legislation, you can write or call Rep. Robyn Driscoll, (406) 534-4874 – Email :

You can also contact the House Local Government Committee by calling Joe Kolman, 406-444-9280

2 Responses to “Montana Politician Moves To Ban (and Eliminate) Bull Breeds”

  1. Brittany Says:

    This is the stupidest thing you could do and you think it’s just Pit bulls other pit bull look-a-likes no when the say bull they mean your french BULL dog and your american BULL dog I live in Colorado and there is this ban in Aurora one day before thanksgiving my dogs were taken away they are THE GREATEST DOGS i have evr had I love my pit bulls any time you hear a bill like this fight it becasue it’s basically ignorance and banning the dog doesn’t get rid of the problem of aggressive dogs people will always be cruel to animals (sadly) and they are the problems not the dog a pit bull scored higher in a behavorial test than both a beagle and a german shephard do the research there is nothing wrong with your dog and the governement killing peoples dogs will do nothing but make people angry

  2. Kurtis Says:

    I agree whole heartly with what Brittany said. I’m from Virginia and we don’t have anything like this yet. But if comes to be, then I will fight it with every fiber of my body. I have beautiful pit bull name Precious, and she would never hurt a fly. My brother has an american bull dog/pit bull mix named Scar, who unless your a rock, would never hurt a fly. All these laws are is people that think all dogs of a specific breed are evil. And I for one cannot stand it. If these dogs were humans, this would be the holocaust all over again.

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