The New Mexico House rejected a proposal that would have required owners of dangerous dogs to obtain liability insurance to cover damages or injuries caused by the animals.
The legislation, HB667, would have updated a law enacted in 2005 to protect New Mexicans from dogs determined to be dangerous or potentially dangerous.
Opponents objected to a proposal that would have forced owners of dangerous dogs to have $100,000 worth of liability insurance. They expressed doubts that some owners would buy the insurance coverage.
Rep. Don Tripp, R-Socorro, said the owners of dangerous dogs were the problem.
“Maybe we should put some of them on a leash. I think that it would be more effective,” said Tripp.
Supporters said dog owners should be held liable for the actions of their animals.
Rep. Kathy McCoy, R-Cedar Crest, said the legislation would “send a message to irresponsible animal owners that they must take responsible for these dangerous dogs.”
The bill failed 34-31.