SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The House has 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 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.
Supporters said dog owners should be held liable for the actions of their animals.
Republican Representative Kathy McCoy of Cedar Crest said the legislation would send a message to irresponsible animal owners that they must take responsibility for dangerous dogs.
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