The changes include updated definitions of what a "dangerous dog" is.
City Council voted 5-0 to pass the second reading of an ordinance that updates regulations related to dangerous dogs at the regular council meeting on March 5. The new ordinance is in effect immediately.
Language changes include updated definitions of what a dangerous dog is. According to records of the appropriate authority, a dangerous dog:
- Has aggressively bitten, attacked, or endangered or inflicted severe injury on a human being on public or private property.
- Has more than once severely injured or killed a domestic animal while off the owner’s property.
- Has been used primarily or in part for the purpose of dog fighting or is a dog trained for dog fighting.
- Has, when unprovoked, chased or approached a person upon the streets, sidewalks, or any public grounds in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack, as sworn by one or more persons and investigated by the appropriate authority.
Once a dog is determined to be dangerous, that animal must be inside a locked cage or animal carrier or be in a non-choke collar or harness, muzzled and securely tethered while controlled by an adult. The muzzle must also not injure the dog or interfere with its vision or respiration. Failure or refusal to comply with the established requirements will be considered violations.
Challenges to the dangerous dog classifications by an animal control officer will be handled by the council.