“City Council last week approved the first version of an ordinance that aims to regulate the ownership of dangerous animals, specifically pit bulls.
The ordinance would require that anyone that owns a Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier or American pit bull terrier must register the animal with the city and meet certain criteria to house the animals.
The dogs must be confined to a pen in the owners yard and must at all times be on a leash, and must be muzzled if ever taken out of the confinement, which must be locked and at least 6 feet high. The homeowner must also display a beware of dog sign on the home and kennel.
Owners must report the death or birth of any pit bulls within the city limits, and the dog owners address must be current at all times with city records.
…The permit that city officials are looking to implement will be required within 30 days after the ordinance passes. Owners will also be required to renew the license every year and provide two current photographs of the dog. The permit would cost $50.
…In the case that the dogs injure or kill a person or another animal, the district court will have the right to order that the dog be killed. The punishment would be made at the owners expense and can be extended to animals that could kill or cause severe injury in the future.
Dogs can also be ordered sterilized, and owners could be forced to build an escape-proof enclosure or anything else the court deems necessary to protect the public from a breed of dog that is perceived to be dangerous.”
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