1 NM town requiring insurance for vicious dogs

March 27, 2012 • State News

ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (AP) — Own a dog like a pit bull and live in [auth] Elephant Butte and you must carry special liability insurance.

As of March 1, those dogs are considered potentially dangerous by the city of Elephant Butte. Anyone with that breed and others now has 90 days to insure their dogs for $100,000 worth of personal property liability.

City Manager Alan Briley tells KOAT-TV ( ) it’s the city’s response to the fatal pit bull mauling in neighboring Truth or Consequences last year.

Briley says pit bulls, rottweilers and German shepherds are the top three breeds more likely to attack people according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Briley says it shouldn’t be difficult to find companies willing to cover dogs like pit bulls.

However, Chastity Cervantes of Elephant Butte has three pit bulls and insurance carriers are telling her no.

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