…At the village council meeting July 27, several residents spoke out regarding pit bulls running loose in the village and menacing them, their children, and their pets.
“I can’t spend time outside,” said one man, who added that he has been chased and has spent a lot of time at the mall with his children this summer rather than risk the dogs coming around his home when he is outdoors at home with his children. “I’ve tried to call the police and animal control doesn’t get there for hours. They tell me to shoot the dogs. I don’t think that’s right.”
Another man who wished to remain anonymous called the dogs “oppressive and out of control,” and a woman said she was inside her home last winter when a loose pit bull was at the sliding glass door on her deck, barking loud enough to wake her children.
“We need to address this immediately,” said Councilmember Kay Green, who, along with Councilmembers Aileen Champion and Melanie Nivelt, has formed a committee to look at other area ordinances in regards to dogs, animal laws and regulations. They hope to have some proposals to bring to the rest of the council at their next meeting, 7 p.m., Aug. 10 at the township offices, 395 Mill St…
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Clearly Ortonville has a free-roaming dog problem, not a “pit bull” problem.Â And if Ortonville is like every other city in the nation right now they probably can’t afford adequate animal control due to the economic downturn.Â So, if Animal Control can’t enforce a leash/containment law, how will they enforce a breed ban or breed-specific restrictions?
Please contact the Ortonville Village Council here and politely ask them to consider a leash/containment law, or better efforts to enforce the one they already have.