2015-03-13 / Community

Despite effort, bite goes out of state dog bill

The best efforts of Arundel resident Stacy Gile to win recognition for the Labrador retriever as the official state dog of Maine appears to have fallen before legislative malaise.

The bill, introduced by state Sen. David Dutremble of Biddeford, got a spirited hearing before the legislature’s joint state and local government committee on Feb. 23. Despite strong support from Giles, several local breeders and businesses, and a bevy of school children, the committee voted 11-2 on March 3 that the bill “ought not to pass” on the floor. Among committee members voting to kill the bill was Rep. Chris Babbage.

The state Senate followed through on the recommendation on March 5, voting 24-10 against bestowing an “official” status on any dog breed.

The bill goes to the state house of representatives, and could survive to an interchamber conference if it prevails there, but a positive outcome appears doubtful.

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