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Sandy, UT Revises Vicious Dog Ordinance

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by apbtmom76, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    Sandy revises vicious dog ordinance


    [FONT=Verdana,Helvetica,Arial]By Rebecca Palmer[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana,Helvetica,Arial]Deseret News[/FONT]
    Published: Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008 12:30 a.m. MDT


    SANDY— The City Council is poised to approve a vicious dog ordinance that holds owners more responsible for their pets. The ordinance is a redraft of a proposal made in early July that would have banned specific dog breeds such as pit bulls and Rottweilers. The new law could be approved as early as next week. Animal lovers rallied the troops for a public hearing in July regarding the proposal, ultimately persuading the council to vote against the breed-specific law. Since then, a committee consisting of residents, council members, veterinarians and dog trainers has met weekly to discuss changes. "The goal is basically to protect our citizenry but not to stomp on dog owners that are responsible, " said councilman Chris McCandless. "That way, you don't punish people with potentially dangerous dogs, that aren't." The council would have passed the ordinance during its Tuesday meeting but decided to wait one week so a change could be made prohibiting owners of dangerous dogs from owning any other canines. The new ordinance is absent any mention of breeds but gives incentives to dog owners who voluntarily micro-chip or sterilize their pets. Licensing fees are also reduced if both owners and dogs pass standardized obedience tests.
    The proposed ordinance also clarifies the criteria a judge can use to determine whether a dog is dangerous. Dangerous dogs can't be outside without a basket muzzle and short leash and must be secured at all other times in a home or kennel. Their residences must bear "beware of dog" signs.
    Dangerous dogs also have to wear large red tags at all times, according to the proposed city law. The tags were designed to alert the public to stay away from the pups and tells them to call animal control. Further, dogs deemed dangerous under the proposed ordinance will be micro-chipped before being released to their owners so both the animals and their custodians can be readily identified in case of future problems. Violation of the ordinance would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. "Every person has to take a responsibility for themselves and what they do," said councilman Steve Fairbanks, pleading with dog owners to care for their pets. "The only way we can have a safe society is if we decide en masse to be safe." A handful of committee members spoke during Tuesday's city council meeting. Each was thankful the city took extra time to redraft the ordinance but some expressed continued dissatisfaction. Kristi Ellis, a victim of a pit bull attack, told the council she doesn't understand why the city can't ban the breed or require licensing fees up to $1,000 for pit bull owners. Sandy council members plan to ask the animal control department to track vicious dog offenses over the next six months. If the proposed ordinance doesn't prove effective in that time, the council will take another look at the issue. "We may be wrong, but we hope not," McCandless said. "We hope this works." The council will also consider increasing the license fee for dangerous dogs in the near future.

    http://deseretnews. com/article/ 1,5143,700263203 ,00.html
     
  2. Maddie's Mom

    Maddie's Mom Big Dog

    w00t! I was at the meeting...Glad they decided to do this instead of the BSL
     
  3. apbtmom76

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    Sandy City to vote on controversial "vicious dog" ordinance

    Reported by: Robert Walz
    Last Update: 10/07 9:19 pm







    SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Nearly 5 million people a year get attacked by a dog in the United States at a cost of more than $350,000 to insurers, but Tuesday night the Sandy City Council tried to do something about it.

    The "Dangerous and Prohibited Dogs" ordinance defines a dangerous dog as; "Has aggressively bitten, attacked, endangered, or inflicted injury requiring medical attention on a human being…chased or approached a person…in a menacing fashion." The intent of the new law is to protect Sandy residents from their neighbor's dog.

    A barking pit-bull terrier pushed its nose through the chain link cage inside of the Quarantine section of the Sandy City Animal Shelter. This dog bit a kid in Sandy this week, landing it in doggy detention with a room full or bad citizens. "Its difficult to look at a child that has been bitten in the face, because a child's face and a dogs mouth are at about the same level," said Rich Bergan, director of the animal shelter.

    Bergan said the proposed ordinance before the Sandy City Council would require owners to take better care of their pets. "Before a dog gets to a level that it puts someone in the hospital it is identified as a dangerous dog and if the owner wants to keep it they will have to end up going through these things to make sure it is safe in our community," said Bergan.

    Under the cities proposed "Dangerous Dog Ordinance," dogs that act aggressively or attack someone in Sandy City get quarantine, but the owner ends up in the doghouse.

    Under the proposed new law a judge could require them to secure their yard, have the dog spayed or neutered, take a canine safety program, or in severe bites, give the dog the death penalty.

    Earlier versions of the dangerous dog ordinance specifically targeted pit bulls, but the city council made the new ordinance non-breed specific, pointing the paw at all dangerous dogs. But Sandy resident, Kristi Ellis, thinks the law should do more to muzzle pit bulls, "I think right now it is kind of a band aid not a cure for dangerous animals."

    Ellis worked on the committee that drafted the proposed ordinance, but she claims pit bulls, Rottweilers and other dangerous breeds of dogs pose the greatest threat to children and adults. "I hope at the end of the day that this is enough because you know one child getting mauled is not worth an ordinance that is not tough enough," she said.

    Rich Bergan plans to do a study on dog attacks in Sandy to determine if the city should do more to identify dangerous breeds. Other members of the committee who drafted the ordinance claim their research showed that pit-bulls and Rottweilers are responsible for 75% of vicious dog attacks. If that proves to be true in Sandy they said they would consider updating the ordinance, and possibly ban dangerous dog breeds from the city.


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  4. Maddie's Mom

    Maddie's Mom Big Dog

    http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_10674576

    Sandy's City Council adopted an ordinance this week that places tougher restrictions on owners of dangerous dogs.
    Dogs that exhibit aggressive behavior, including attacks on people or other pets, must be kept indoors, in roofed enclosures in owners' backyards or on a leash and muzzled at all times.
    Last week, the council dropped a provision that would have applied the restrictions to all pit bulls and Rottweilers.
    Dogs deemed dangerous by Sandy's courts or animal-control officers are required to wear special tags and be implanted with microchips. Owners of such dogs cannot have a second dog.
    - Rosemary Winters
    Sandy revises vicious dog ordinance
     

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