Voters approve vicious dog ordinance - WNEM TV 5

Voters approve vicious dog ordinance

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BURTON, MI (WNEM) -

Mid-Michigan is reacting to new rules for cracking down on owners of dangerous dogs.

The vicious dog ordinance, passed by the Burton City Council, will mean stiffer penalties for dog owners whose animals attack.

When it comes to man's best friend, there's a new city ordinance coming to Burton. Local leaders have approved a new vicious dog measure.

Under the new law, a dog that attacks a human or another animal, causing serious injury or death, is deemed vicious. The dog would need to be kept indoors or in a secure kennel. It would need a muzzle and have to be kept on a 4-foot leash when outside of the home.

A "beware of dog" sign at the animal's dwelling would need to be in public view at all times. Anyone in violation of the ordinance could face 90 days in jail, a $500 fine or both.

"I just feel like it's going to make things a lot more difficult for everybody," Dalton Williams said.

Most people TV5 talked to said it is the pet owner's responsibility to manage their dogs, but they disagree as to whether or not this ordinance should even be in place.

"It shows that the public safety, the police, they're going to help back you," Tracy Freel said.

The new act authorizes the use of deadly force if it's deemed necessary to seize or remove a vicious dog. Any animal involved in an attack would be kept at the county animal shelter until a court decides its fate. Something Freel agrees with.

"I think it's good," Freel said.

However, Williams wants community leaders to re-think the ordinance.

"I think there needs to be a re-vote for sure," he said.

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