I urge you to vote against HB 0276. Dog should not be punished for natural behaviors like protecting their yards, barking at strangers, or running up and down fences. Dogs should not be "labeled" as dangerous for chasing and catching other animals, for instance, hounds that catch rabbits, sporting dogs that go after game, or terriers that naturally kill rodents. Effective legislation should target irresponsible owners and not dogs that behave naturally or as they have been taught.
I support Responsible Animal Owners of Tennessee's position on this legislation.