5 'Dangerous Dogs' Identified In City Ordinance 4-04-2011 - WNEM TV 5

5 'Dangerous Dogs' Identified In City Ordinance 4-04-2011

It’s been the talk of the town for several months, and on Monday city officials officially introduced a controversial “dangerous dogs” ordinance that includes a registration fee and fines for violators.
In total, five breeds will be on the list, but the ordinance also could apply to any dog that attacks without provocation.
Councilman Daniel Fitzpatrick told the Saginaw News that pit bulls and rottweilers are two of the five breeds listed on the proposed ordinance.
When TV5 sat through the meeting, specific breeds were not brought up and officials only referred to dangerous dogs as “a dog with tendencies or disposition to attack.”
The Saginaw News reported Tuesday that the dogs on the city's list include Rottweilers, pit bulls, Alaskan malamutes, German shepherds and presa canarios.
If passed, owners of a dog on this list will be required to purchase a one-time $20 registration fee, always keep their dog on a leash and post a warning sign on their house to let people know that that type of dog lives there.
A companion ordinance will include a three-dog limit per household -- with a grandfather clause, according to the Saginaw News.
Officials are expected to vote on the ordinance during a May 9 meeting. If the measure is approved, the ordinance would go into effect May 19.
Originally, the ordinance was to include a list of 10 dog breeds named in by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including pit bulls, rottweilers, German shepherds, huskies, Alaskan malamutes, doberman pinschers, chow chows, great Danes, St. Bernards and presa canarios.
According to the report, residents owning leader dogs and service dogs would be exempt; along with veterinarian and Humane Society-type organizations
Violators of the new proposal could face fines up to $400.
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