Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Collier County, FL - Residents say dangerous dogs are terrorizing neighborhoods in the area and people living in Golden Gate Estates claim the problem is getting worse. County commissioners plan to stiffen penalties for dog owners. When this happens is another matter, officials have yet to resolve a fatality from 2007 that occurred in the same area.
Sharon Lennon keeps a closer than normal eye on her two young daughters, Bailey and Riley, as they play outside. She’s concerned because she sees large, potentially dangerous dogs roaming her Golden Gate Estates neighborhood. The concern has become so great, she even carries mace and a golf club with her when walking up and down the neighborhood streets.
"My point is, if they weren't taking care of their dogs before Domestic Animal Services picked them up, why should they even have gotten the dogs back?" asked Oliver.The majority of county commissioners agree that tougher penalties need to be in place. "Obviously we have to try harder. We have to try to evolve citizens to be more responsible as far as taking care of their animals," said Collier County Commissioner Jim Coletta. Coletta says that could include thousands of dollars in fines, felony charges, or even jail time.
03/21/08: Golden Gate Estates Residents Want Stricter Dog Laws
07/02/07: Search for Killer Dogs Continues
06/28/07: Two Dogs Confiscated, Tested for Link to Deadly Mauling
06/28/07: Dangerous Dogs Keeping Neighbors on Edge
06/27/07: Authorities Searching for Wild Dogs After Deadly Attack
06/27/07: Vicious Dogs Kill 71-Year-old Woman
06/08/07: Family Awaiting Answers in Alleged Mauling Death
Labels: 2007 Dog Bite Fatality
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