HOUSE BILL No. 4714

 

June 7, 2011, Introduced by Rep. Bledsoe and referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform.

 

     A bill to regulate the ownership, possession, sale, and

 

breeding of pit bulls; to prohibit the ownership or possession of a

 

pit bull after a certain date; and to prescribe penalties.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "pit

 

bull regulation and prohibition act".

 

     Sec. 2. As used in this act, "pit bull" means any 1 of the

 

following:

 

     (a) An American pit bull terrier.

 

     (b) An American Staffordshire bull terrier.

 

     (c) A Staffordshire bull terrier.

 

     (d) A dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any 1

 

or more of the breeds listed in subdivisions (a) to (c).

 

     (e) A dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics


 

which substantially conform to the standards established by the

 

American kennel club or united kennel club for any 1 of the breeds

 

listed in subdivisions (a) to (c).

 

     Sec. 3. Beginning 1 year after the effective date of this act,

 

a person shall not breed or sell a pit bull in this state.

 

     Sec. 4. Beginning 4 years after the effective date of this

 

act, a person shall not own or possess a pit bull that has not been

 

sterilized.

 

     Sec. 5. Beginning 10 years after the effective date of this

 

act, a person shall not own or possess a pit bull.

 

     Sec. 6. A person who violates this act is guilty of a

 

misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days,

 

community service for not more than 500 hours, or both. In

 

addition, the court shall impose a fine of not less than $500.00 or

 

more than $2,000.00 and shall order the person to pay the costs of

 

prosecution.