Bay County Seeks To Update Dog Ordinance 2-10-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Bay County Seeks To Update Dog Ordinance 2-10-2011

The rules for owning so-called "dangerous dogs" may be changing in Bay County.
TV5 was told county officials are considering changes to their vicious animal ordinance.
Those talks are still in the early stages, but officials said they're looking for ways to intervene with a vicious animal before it attacks.
This could include broadening the definition of what constitutes a dangerous dog, without singling out a particular breed.
County leaders hope to finalize the details in the coming weeks.
The city of Saginaw in recent weeks has made moves to update its dog ordinances.
Current licensing fees for dogs will remain intact, but the new rules would impose a $50 one-time fee for anyone who owns a dog on the city's list of the 10 most dangerous breeds.
Anyone not paying the $50 could face a civil infraction fine set by a judge.
On the list are pit bulls, Alaskan malamutes and huskies, rottweilers, Doberman pinschers, presa canarios, German shepherds, Great Danes, chow chows and St. Bernards. The list is the same as that created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Its unknown if Bay County would adopt a similar list of dangerous dogs.
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