Ban Wins Unanimous Approval
Osceola, NE - City Council unanimously passed its proposed ban on dog breeds designated as vicious. The breeds include: Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, chows, Dobermans, rottweilers, American bandogge mastiffs and neopolitan mastiffs. The policy change came after the third official reading of the proposed ordinance.
Ban at a glance:
City Attorney Brian Beckner said the city’s breed ban ordinance is effective immediately upon publication in the newspaper of record in Polk county. At that time the city’s animal control officer will submit an affidavit to the police department who will in turn serve notice to the owner of any dog listed as a vicious dog in the ordinance.
- Once notice is received the dog owner will have 10 days to inform the police department in writing whether they believe their dog falls under the provisions of the ordinance.
- If the owner fails to respond within the 10 day period the dog will be presumed to be a vicious dog as defined and the owner will be cited.
- If the owner claims the dog does not fall under the provisions of the ordinance they will be ordered to bring the dog to a veterinarian who has the option to draw blood for the DNA test.
- If the veterinarian determines the dog to be a vicious dog, the owner will be cited, ordered to pay for the cost of veterinarian services and any DNA test performed.
- The police department will issue a 48 hour notice to remove the dog from the city limits.
- If the owner fails to remove the dog, the police department will impound the dog until trial on the citation is held.
- If the owner, convicted of the ordinance, continues to keep the animal in the city limits they will be subject to charges of contempt of court.
- Each day the dog is kept within the city limits will be deemed a separate offense.
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