Officials Want a Breed Specific Law
Lancaster County, SC - The Lancaster County Council is cracking down on three breeds of dogs: pit bulls, American bulldogs and canary dogs. The proposal comes just days after two 10-year-old cousins were sent to the hospital after a family pit bull attacked them. Officials say the proposed ordinance was in the works long before that attack, but was prompted by past dog attacks.
Under the proposed law, owners of the three dangerous breeds would be required to: keep their dogs in a pen with an 8-foot fence, or a secure top; wear a bright yellow or orange collar that identifies them as dangerous; register them yearly at animal control and notify officials if they move or sell the dog; and most importantly -- for reasons of victim recourse -- hold liability insurance.
County leaders said they want to be reasonable, and are willing to work to dog owners to find a balance. But they're concerned about recent and past attacks, and preventing future ones.
“If you're going to have a vicious animal, you're going to have to have certain regulations you have to live to," Lancaster County administrator Steve Willis said.