Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Omaha, NE - The city's dangerous dog ordinance heads to the Omaha City Council today. The latest version of the proposal requires pit bull owners to muzzle and leash their dogs, have a secure fence and carry one hundred thousand dollars of liability insurance. The insurance requirement -- so that victims can receive medical recourse should an attack occur -- is new and highly applauded by DogsBite.org.
Please tune into the video to learn more.Even the Nebraska Humane Society (NHS) -- who is opposed to breed-specific laws -- said there are good elements to the new proposal. "It's definitely proactive in terms of having people a.) be responsible pet owners and b.) catching those dogs that may have potential issues later on early enough to be able to change their behavior or muzzle them so they don't hurt the public," says the Humane Society's Pam Wiese.
Nearby in Council Bluff's, where there is a pit bull ban, city attorney Don Bauermeister said, "Having insurance is a good idea, having the dog muzzled those are all parts of our ordinance." He added that micro chipping pit bulls also makes sense. If one cannot identify a pit bull to it's owner, authorities can't pursue criminal charges. While Omaha's proposal does not address a ban, supporters say it's a workable compromise.
The public hearing will be on Tuesday, September 16th. City councilmen on both sides of the pit bull debate are expected to push for some changes to the mayor's plan.
07/28/08: Coverage of the Omaha Pit Bull Attack - DogsBite.org
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| 9/09/2008 9:19 AM |
"I think it's going to waste time and waste money...," says Jim Suttle.
Dear Councilman Suttle,
Please explain to me just how much paperwork is allowable to save another child's scalp. I'm sure every parent out there would love to hear your explanation on this, as well as every other dog owner on the city. Thank you.
| 9/09/2008 10:07 AM |
Omaha should really consider the micro-chip idea. That's one of the big problems around the country identifying the dog. The liability insurance is huge for victims. What happens if they find pits with no liability insurance running around?