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Bill would keep communities from banning specific dog breeds

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Action is expected in the next several weeks on a bill that could impact the type of dog you're allowed to own.

For years, there have been debates over laws and ordinances that place restrictions based solely on the breed of the dog, such a pit bull.

A bill awaiting action in Lansing would effectively prevent local governments from placing bans or restrictions on dogs based on breed alone.

People in favor of the bill said ordinances should only target specific dogs that are dangerous as well as reckless dog owners, but others said certain breeds have repeatedly proven to be more likely to attack.

At least 26 communities in Michigan have breed-specific regulations. In Mid-Michigan, several local cities have those regulations.

Alma and West Branch have outright bans on pit bulls.

Lapeer restricts pit bulls and Birch Run has declared them dangerous.

The city of Saginaw has restrictions on the top five most dangerous dog breeds -- a list it updates every year based on local data.

Earlier today on Facebook we asked if you think the state should prevent communities from restricting dogs based on breed alone.

Dee said local governments should not be able to discriminate against certain breeds.

“It is not the breed's fault, it is the human's,” she said.

However, Brian disagrees.

He said while the breed isn't necessarily at fault, local governments should be able to restrict them because of the owners who are attracted to those breeds.

The majority of comments from viewers on our Facebook page said an entire breed should not be condemned because of a few bad dogs.

The bill was approved by the senate in October of last year.

It is now awaiting action by a House committee action that is expected before the session closes.

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