Payson - police now have a lot more options when it comes to dealing with scary dogs.
A recent change in the town code created several new categories of problem dogs, so police don't have to wait until a dog bites someone before they can take action, according to Chief Don Engler. In dealing with a dog off his leash that was a pretty low level of enforcement. This gives us a step to help the owner get the dog under control," said Engler. First off, the new law made it clear that dogs must be on a leash anytime they're outside of their yards, said Engler
In addition, the new law created new categories. Previously, the only category of dog listed was a "vicious dog," which was a dog that had at some point attacked a person. The ordinance required owners to keep such dogs locked up, post signs on their property and notify the town any time the dog was sold or moved. However, police got reports of dogs attacking other animals, chasing kids or threatening people several times a month.
The police department spent months meeting with people and studying dog ordinances in other towns before proposing a comprehensive rewrite of the dog control laws. So the new law creates two new categories for problem dogs.
Colt - council also heard second reading on a vicious dog ordinance. The existing county ordinance governing vicious dogs. According to the ordinance, any dog that has bitten someone or appears aggressive can be considered vicious and be removed. Owners of vicious dogs face a $500 fine. The proposed ordinance is more detailed city ordinance which sets several requirements for how vicious dogs must be kept and restricts the keeping of some breeds
AB1634 - Here is the full text for the Current Bill Status (07/15/2008) for Assembly Bill 1634. You will note that the Committee Action taken is "Senate Rule 28.8 and amended." The Official California Bill Information does not include Assembly Member Levine's most recent amendments nor does it include an official analysis by the Senate Appropriations Committee Consultant (Mark McKenzie). The only "new" information provided is the Committee Action. AB1634 will next go to the Senate floor. Date to be announced.
Pasadena - City Council on May 5 referred to the Council's Public Safety Committee for further discussion a proposed SB 861 (2005) authorized breed specific ordinance 'Council Public Safety Committee will hold a public meeting July 15 in regard to the proposed Breed Specific Mandatory Spay and Neuter Ordinance which would require American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers or mixes thereof to be spayed or neutered at 8 weeks of age.
Ripon - Vicious dog law ordinance - in compliance with California's SB 861 Dangerous Dog Breed Bill - sparked somewhat of a controversy with certain dog owner groups that didn't agree with it, Police Chief Richard Bull says that everything has been pretty much status quo in terms of compliance of the mandatory spaying and neutering of pit bull breeds.
Delta - Prodded by concerned citizens, the city of Delta has begun crafting solutions to its pet overpopulation and feral cat problems. Possible changes in the works for the city include amendments to the municipality’s animal control laws and beginning education efforts, Delta Police Department officials said. Police Chief Robert Thomas, animal welfare advocate Melissa Heinzen and city staff met July 1 to talk about animal control issues, particularly ones related to the area’s feral cats. The group plans to meet again Aug. 14. Aside from mandatory spay/neuter discussion, the city is also drafting a letter to educate businesses about the Colorado Pet Animal Care Facilities Act, which sets standards for groups and businesses that raise and care for animals. This legislation requires entities such as boarding and training facilities, pet animal dealers and breeders to become state licensed. “It is unlawful to sell or distribute animals without proper licensing ...
Bill B17-89 - amended by adding the following: “The Mayor shall impound any dogs, cats, rabbits, or ferrets, the combination of which exceeds 4 animals, or any dogs, cats, rabbits, or ferrets beyond the number authorized in an animal hobby permit issued pursuant to section 10. No exemption for rescuers and breeders. Pet breeders are defined as a commercial animal breeder as ... any person, firm, organization or corporation engaged in the operation of breeding and raising more than 25 animals per year for sale or in return for consideration. A business license would be required. Defines rescuers as: (a) No person shall operate a commercial pet care facility without first obtaining a basic business license with an Inspected Sales and Services license endorsement pursuant to Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code. The Mayor shall issue rules to establish the standards for the care and management of animals in a commercial pet care facility. (b) For purposes of this section, 'commercial pet care facility' means a facility that provides day or overnight boarding, or provides pet-related services including feeding, exercise, training, bathing or grooming, but does not include an animal facility as defined in section 3(2) of the Veterinary Practice Act of 1982, effective March 9, 1983 (D.C. Law 4-171; D.C. Official Code 3-502), or a licensed pet shop. The pet license fee structure: The annual license fee for dogs and cats are as follows: (1) No fee for a dog trained as a service animal and actually used for the purpose of assisting a person with a physical or sensory impairment, such as a vision or hearing impairment; (2) $15 for a male or female dog certified by a licensed veterinarian as neutered or spayed or certified as incapable of enduring spaying or neutering; (3) $50 for all other dogs; (4) $10 for a male or female cat certified by a licensed veterinarian as neutered or spayed, or certified as incapable of enduring spaying or neutering; and (5) $40 for all other cats
Flagler Beach - A revision of the city's animal control ordinance could clearly define the role Flagler Beach police officers play when they get calls about dangerous dogs -- very little. When a resident makes a complaint -- especially if it's an emergency like a dog attack -- animal control officers from the Flagler Humane Society should begin an investigation as soon as possible. But the extent of the involvement of Flagler Beach police should be limited to duties such as patrolling the residences of owners who were cited to be sure they are complying with orders to keep dogs properly restrained. Those are some of the guidelines city commissioners said Thursday they want emphasized in a rewrite of the ordinance they hope to pass in the near future. Meanwhile, the commission voted to continue the city's contract with the society's animal control services for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. The city will pay $5,030 -- a savings of $12,426 from the previous year's contract.
Walton County - A newly revised animal control ordinance will go into effect August 1 for all dog and cat owners in the unincorporated areas of Walton County, Florida. The ordinance will not impact dog and cat owners within the cities of Paxton, DeFuniak Springs or Freeport unless the individual municipalities adopt the ordinance for their cities, nor does it reference pet owners of any other kind of animal. It only applies to dog and cat owners. Emergency Response Director Ed Baltzley, who oversees the county’s Animal Control operations, says the revised ordinance, passed by county commissioners on July 8, is more definitive on the definitions of nuisance animals, pet dealers, fees and penalties related to impounded dogs and cats and pet owner violations. “This newly revised ordinance is a step in the right direction,” he says, “because our animal control officers can now take statements from witnesses of ordinance violations and protect residents from dangerous animals.” He says the revised ordinance also provides more protection for dogs and cats from animal abuse.
Macon - A Macon City Council committee wants to redirect revenue from dog and cat licensing so that the fees are used to support animal control operations before they are spent on anything else. By approving the ordinance Monday,(7/14/08) the Public Safety Committee hopes to persuade veterinarians to resume their former role in collecting the tax that is supposed to be assessed against city pet owners. Vets soured to the task in 2002 and eventually stopped participating after the city raised the license fees without consulting them.
Chicago - An update regarding the proposed Chicago Ordinance on Mandatory S/N status as of July 15th, 2008.
From Alderman Burke's aide today and also Alderman Schulter's policy person: they have both stated that there was no discussion of the animal ordinance at the last total Chicago City Council meeting July 9th. The next full City Council meeting is at the end of July.
Alderman Burke's aide stated that there have been many emails to the office re the ordinance and people have 'misunderstood the meaning' (intent) of the ordinance. (a puzzlement since what people were against was what was plainly written on the ordinance)
Also Burke's aide told stated that there have been several changes to the ordinance and those have not been finalized in a document as of this date. The revised document should be made available by July 18th.
Alderman Schulter's Aide stated that she cannot say which way Alderman Schulter is leaning...( initially he was against the ordinance ) and that she will not have a copy of the ordinance up for discussion in the committee hearing until Burke's office offers it. They have no idea at this time what it has morphed into.
The original statement from Burke's office was that they were consulting with specific people (ie the vets connected with the shelters in the city) and getting input. The input appears to be from people who support mandatory s/n and no opposing views were seriously being considered.
The aide did not believe that it would be discussed before the next total council meeting at the end of July and that the City Council is off session in August and will take up again in September. They are in the process of scheduling the three alderman involved (Burke, Rugai--the sponsor and co sponsor, and Schulter) with a time when they can all meet for a joint hearing on the ordinance.
It should be noted that the City Council of Chicago has 50 Alderman.
Alderman Burke's committee on Finance has 39 members and Alderman Schulter's Committee on License and Consumer Protection has 14 members of which only three are NOT on Burke's committee. This is going to be very difficult fight.
A list of emails for both committees is available for writing opposing letters and helping Chicago stop the mandatory spay and neuter ordinance . Please email Karen Perry ASAP at Ouilmette4@sbcglobal.net for the information.
The animal task force that was formed in Chicago a few years ago to fight the pit bull ban may have some compromises to suggest and at this time a written statement of the ideas that will be possibly proposed has not been obtained. ED NOTE: THANK YOU, KAREN PERRY FOR THE UPDATE !
Murphysboro - Carbondale - City officials have tried to balance the rights of pet owners with safety concerns posed by potentially dangerous animals, Cole said. In the code, a dangerous dog is defined as one that "poses an imminent threat of serious physical injury or death to a reasonable person" when not leashed, muzzled or under the owner's watch. Three dogs in Carbondale have been deemed dangerous since the city adopted code revisions to define the term in March 2007, said City Attorney Michael Kimmel. In each case, he said, the animal was either moved out of the city or euthanized voluntarily by its owner. The current policy also allows the city attorney to file action with the court to make a dog classified as vicious, which is defined as one that either bites a person or another animal, attacks a human or domestic animal without justification, or has been deemed "dangerous" three times. When a dog is classified as vicious, its owner can come under felony charges for any incidents under state law, something Cole said the city should pursue. City staff will review the code to vote on any changes as early as the next City Council meeting Aug. 5.
Newport - City Commission may have a first reading tonight (6/23/08) of a proposed ordinance to regulate vicious dogs, particularly pit bulls, that would require pit bulls and pit bull mixes to have implanted microchips with the owner's information and require the owner to have $500,000 liability homeowner's insurance coverage.
Union Parish - Wild dogs roaming the streets of Union Parish has been a problem for years and a group of concerned citizens has had enough. Thirty Union Parish residents packed the Union Parish Police Jury meeting room last Tuesday and pressed the Police Jury to do something about the animal control problem in the parish during the Police Jury’s regular meeting. Several residents spoke before the Police Jury and implored them to come up with a solution. Union Parish does not currently have an animal control ordinance, nor does it have an animal shelter to take stray dogs.
But the Supreme Judicial Court today rejected that argument, noting that gambling on dog races is a heavily regulated industry that only exists because the Legislature has carved out narrow exceptions in the law.
The court, citing an earlier decision, also said that racing "can be abolished at any time that the Legislature may deem proper for the safeguarding and protection of the public welfare."
Resident and abutter Tim Scholz noted that he and his fellow neighbors are seeking relief under Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapter 140, Section 157, with regard to dogs being a nuisance. I think the number of people here pretty much constitutes a public nuisance," Mr. Scholz said. While this hearing was convened solely to consider alleged violations under Chapter 140, Section 157, some residents like Mark Collins wanted to know if other issues could be addressed regarding Mr. Rose's dog breeding hobby. This is a quasi-legal judicial hearing," said Town Counsel Blair Bailey. "Any other issue discussed outside the particular statute as advertised ... would require another hearing." Town Counsel Blair Bailey suggested closing the hearing to public comment and ask that Mr. Rose and his attorney draft a proposed solution for submittal to the board prior to their next regular meeting on July 28. "Mr. Rose, can you come up with a solid plan with a timetable and budget to solve this problem by July 28?" Chairman McGaffey asked. When Mr. Rose and Mr. Perry agreed, the board unanimously voted to continue the hearing to July 28 at 7:00 pm.
HB5263 - An act to license and regulate dealers in and research facilities using dogs and cats for research purposes; and to repeal certain acts and parts of acts, by amending sections 1, 8, and 9 (MCL 287.381, 287.388, and 287.389) Status: House Committee on Regulatory Reform
Pine Grove Township -Board of Trustees has decided to drop the matter of controlling barking dogs. Supervisor Paul Root said he didn't think an ordinance was needed. ``I don't think that we need to be overregulated regardless of the individual problems in certain pockets of the township that should be taken care of by neighbors interacting with neighbors''
Albert Lea - City Council will be voting on an ordinance to have all landlords licensed in the city. This ordinance if passed, requires all landlords to turn over names and phone numbers of all tenants with no just cause. These city officials will go into your dwelling and take pictures of all rooms without your consent. The landlords have to allow the city officials access to the premises or be charged with a misdemeanor. The fine would be 90 days in jail and/or $1,000 fine.
Vardaman - Board of Aldermen tabled the dog ordinance at a meeting of the board Monday night.The board has been working on a dog ordinance for a couple of months, but Mayor James Casey said after talking to Bruce and Calhoun City Mayors, they planned to join a discussion with the county supervisors to possibly adopt one ordinance for the entire county.
Manheim Twp - A resident's complaints have West Manheim officials talking about stepping up enforcement of an existing ordinance that forces dog owners to clean up after their pets. Mayne asked the supervisors to begin enforcing an existing township ordinance that requires all dog owners to keep their dogs from wandering onto other people's properties. The same ordinance also requires owners to clean up after dogs that defecate. Supervisor Scott Barnhart, the board's chairman, said the issue will be brought back to the supervisors meeting on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. at the township building on Baltimore Pike.
Dallas - City Council passed measures to strengthen its animal control ordinances. The changes include mandatory spaying or neutering of most pets, stop owners from leaving their dogs tethered outside. Mandatory spay/neuter for household pets. Limit on the number of dogs and cats per household PASSED 06/25/08
Duncanville - According to their agenda, city council will be discussing pit bull attacks and their dangerous dog ordinances at their 7/15/08 meeting. Public comments will be allowed.
Georgetown - ordinance to outlaw dog chaining was approved by the City Council (07/01/08) Effective 12/24/08
Madisonville - The Madisonville City Council has repealed a heavily debated article of an ordinance that will ease the minds of certain dog owners.Ordinance 650, also known as the "pit bull" ordinance, was voted by the council this past Monday, July 14, to be shortened and exclude Article 1 from the order.The article had put several restrictions on pit bulls and pit bull owners, including permits, holding pens and the prohibition of any new pit bulls in the city.Article 2 of the ordinance remains. It levies restrictions on dogs deemed vicious, which is determined by factors in the ordinance. Many people had said that this part of the order was the only one needed to protect public safety.
Provo - holds off on bad dog ordinance (7/01). The proposed ordinance would create two categories of dogs, at-risk and dangerous dogs. At-risk dogs would be those that display physical aggression and tend to menace people or attack domestic animals. A dangerous dog would be either a dog that has injured a person or was used to commit a crime.
Sandy - new proposed ordinance would put vicious dogs in three classes: prohibited, restricted and dangerous. Prohibited dogs would include coyotes, wolves, dingos, and wild hybrids animals already outlawed in the city. Breeds such as pit bulls and Rottweilers would be in the restricted class. The city could require their owners to take out insurance policies, build escape-proof kennels and pass an inspection by animal control officers. Restricted dogs could be upgraded to dangerous dogs if they showed a tendency for violence or were classified dangerous by a judge. Those dogs could only be taken in public with short leashes and muzzles, according to the proposed ordinance. Attorneys are considering adding insurance requirements to the proposed breed-specific ordinances. Sandy Update: (7/16/08) Council agreed unanimously to delay making a decision on the code amendment. Council Chairman Scott Cowdell suggested creating an advisory committee with some of the canine professionals to help refine the proposed rules. Punish the deed, not the breed. That message was carried by close to 200 dog lovers Tuesday night who packed the Sandy City Council Chambers to protest a plan to place restrictions on owners of pit bulls and Rottweilers.
Spokane - Animal control officers could euthanize unlicensed cats as soon as they're picked up, if an ordinance on the Spokane City Council's agenda today passes. Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service is due to take over animal control in the city by 2010. The Spokane City Council tonight (7/14/08) will decide whether to approve an emergency ordinance that would allow animal control officers to euthanize unlicensed cats as soon as they're picked up. Citizens can air their concerns during the meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in the lower level of City Hall at Spokane Falls Boulevard and Post Street
Weston - The Village of Weston is considering a proposal that would limit the number of animals in each home and require dogs and cats to be licensed. The Village Administrator Dean Zuleger says the plan would protect the children in the village and reduce the number of stray animals. He says the village pet ordinance hasn't changed since 1991 and if this new proposal goes through the biggest change would be requiring cats to be licensed. Zuleger says issues like puppy mills and stray cats prompted the village to revise their pet ordinance. He says they worked on the proposal with the Marathon County Humane Society. It would limit the number of dogs to two per home and the number of cats to three.
NURENBERG — A 21-year-old man involved in a brawl at a Nurenberg pub apparently tried to teach his "Pit Bull" (Staffordshire Terrier) how to bite people by demonstrating the technique.
After beating a man to the ground, the 21-year-old got down on his hands and knees and repeatedly sunk his teeth into the unconscious victim's legs and buttocks, allegedly trying to show the dog what to do.
He was arrested and charged with grievous bodily harm.
(Ed.note:) The dog stayed at the pub - thankful that his ex-owner was hauled off - no doubt tipping a few while discussing training techniques and the banning of dangerous humans.