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WI: Lawmaker wants to Make Crime of Felons Owning Vicious Dogs

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by Vicki, Apr 5, 2015.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Created: 04/03/2015 3:26 PM KSTP.com

    A Wisconsin lawmaker has introduced a bill that would ban felons from owning vicious dogs.

    Rep. Andre Jacque, a De Pere Republican, says Green Bay police are seeing an increase in dog fighting cases and dogs attacking officers.

    Jacque says the bill doesn't target a certain breed of dog but instead calls for police to weigh the dog's behavior and determine if it's vicious. The bill says a dog that causes physical harm or leads an officer to believe it poses a significant threat could be considered vicious.

    Felons found in possession of a vicious dog could face up to $10,000 in fines and six years in prison.

    Wisc. Lawmaker wants to Make Crime of Felons Owning Vicious Dogs | KSTP TV - Minneapolis and St. Paul
  2. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    In Illinois, parolees are restricted on the breeds they can own or even have in the house they are living in while on parole. But once they are back in society, they are fine to own whatever they please (within legal limits, obviously).

    I think what Wisconsin wants to do is ridiculous, personally. Just viewing behavior as vicious could be simple barking at the door. It puts too much trust in the officer's hands to be fair and not just target breeds or all dogs because of a dog behavior they exhibit.
  3. bull_dog_lover_71

    bull_dog_lover_71 Little Dog

    Just more laws to restrict personal freedoms
  4. ShanaRowan

    ShanaRowan FlirtPolin' Premium Member

    Well, guess my fiancee wouldn't be allowed to own any of our dogs then.
  5. Beki

    Beki Good Dog Premium Member

    interesting. I've not heard that before.
    Just out of curiosity, when would one look to find that information?
  6. Beki

    Beki Good Dog Premium Member

    Never mind. I found it. I think possibly there should be more clarification of the law. As it states in Illinois those convicted of a for cable felony have restrictions placed on them as far as dog ownership.
  7. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Assuming you mean forcible felony and autocorrect took that one from you. Lol

    So there are additional restrictions already in place?
  8. Beki

    Beki Good Dog Premium Member

  9. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    It's even worse than I thought. I didn't know about that one :no2:

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