Can HOA Ban Dog Breeds in Michigan?

Question:

Currently there are no dog breed restrictions in my HOA. Recently there was an issue where a non-leashed puppy went up to a leashed Pitbull. No dog was injured but the owners got into a fight. I have also had issues with this non-leashed puppy coming up my dog, as well as the puppy coming into my backyard. I am not worried about my dog getting hurt, but if the puppy comes in my yard while my dog is leashed – my dog may hurt the puppy.

We have an upcoming HOA meeting, and because a Pitbull was involved in the fight – there are talks of banning certain breeds. 1. Can an HOA ban certain breeds when the breed was not at fault? Can the HOA issue a ban on certain breeds and force you to get rid of your dog?

– Samantha

 

Answer:

Hi Samantha,

An HOA can prohibit dog breeds, provided the restriction is in the governing documents. If your HOA enacts this new policy, though, it generally does not apply to existing pets in the community. Instead of banning pets or breeds, consider other alternatives, such as imposing a rule that requires owners to keep their pets leashed or caged at all times when outside of the home.

 

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