Long Beach May Make Dog Statutes Stronger
Long Beach, CA - After several recent pit bull attacks, including one that was partially videotaped, the City Council's Public Safety Committee is meeting to discuss strengthening local dangerous dog laws. The stricter dog ordinance is being proposed by Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske.
Current city code requires that dogs found to be dangerous must be sterilized, microchipped for identification, and that the owner pay higher licensing fees. The city also has an owner tracking system to identify potentially dangerous dogs, and requires that dogs found running loose be impounded and the owners fined.
The proposed new rules include implanting microchips in any dogs found loose and unattended. Also, owners of dogs found at large that have bitten or attempted to bite or menace another human or animal, because of the owner's failure to contain it by ordinary means, may face criminal charges and other possible penalties under the proposal.
02/06/08: Long Beach to Consider Dangerous Dog Ordinance
02/01/08: Animal Control Seeks Pit Bulls' Owner After Dog-On-Dog Attack