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Posted on: June 14, 2021

League Negotiating Amendments to Responsible Dog Ownership Act

On Wednesday, the League testified in opposition to A-2401, the “Responsible Dog Ownership Act” as introduced. While the League has previously opposed this as overly broad, we are working with the sponsor on amendments regarding the enforcement of and definitions of large dog; issues regarding invisible fencing, homeowners associations' prohibitions against fences; as well as fees and penalty ranges for violations. The Committee amended and released the bill. The amendments to the Assembly bill addressed a majority of the League’s concerns such as permitting the use of invisible fencing and other fence compliance options for residents of condominiums, townhouses, apartments, and other rental properties; allowing municipalities to allocate monies from dog licenses for enforcement of the bill's provisions; creation of a dedicated trust fund for enforcement of the bill’s provisions; and increasing penalties for daily violation of Responsible Dog ordinance.

The Senate companion S-3607 has not yet been amended to address the League’s concerns and is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Environment and Energy Committee next week. The League will review potential amendments and determine if the concerns have been addressed.

Contact: Paul Penna, Legislative Analyst, ppenna@njlm.org, 609 695-3481, x110.

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