On Friday, June 15, 2007 St. Paul Rep. John Lesch held a press conference to announce that in 2008 he will propose a ban that will outlaw the ownership of 5 so-called dangerous breeds, including Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, Akitas, Chow Chows, Wolf-hybrids...and ANY mix thereof in the state of MN. Anyone caught owning one of the banned dogs would be subject to misdemeanor charges and face as long as 90 days in jail and a fine of as much as $1,000. The statue would force all dogs of the banned breeds be removed from the state or euthanized. We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens of the State of Minnesota and their supporters. While recognizing the concerns of State Rep. John Lesch, we are extremely alarmed regarding the 5 breed and mix breed ordinance that is being proposed, which would have a negative impact on responsible, law-abiding dog owners. As a state representative, it is your duty to represent us to congress. We ask that you hear our concerns and oppose this breed specific ban legislation.