Anti-Gang and Dangerous Dog Law
Lancaster, CA - The City of Lancaster unanimously passed a mandatory sterilization law for pit bulls and rottweilers. The new ordinance is also designed to discourage gangs (and owners of dangerous dogs) by imposing strong penalties on the owners of dogs deemed "potentially dangerous" or "vicious." Under the new law, dogs that act aggressively unprovoked may be considered "potentially dangerous" and required to meet the following conditions:
Chapter 6.04 - Animal Control Regulations
Ownership of Potentially Dangerous Dogs (Section 10.37.130)
- Proper licensing, micro-chipping and vaccinations
- Secure on-property confinement, which must be inspected and approved
- Muzzling and leash restraints when off-property
- Completion of approved dog obedience course training
- Mandatory spay or neutering
- Mandatory liability insurance policy of $300,000
- All services performed by the City shall be paid prior to the release of the dog, including the costs of the hearing
A dog may be deemed "vicious" if it has been trained for fighting or inflicts injury or death. If so, the vicious dog could be destroyed if deemed a significant threat to the public health, safety and welfare, according to the new ordinance. If the dog is not destroyed, the owner of the vicious dog would adhere to the same conditions of a potentially dangerous dog with more stringent requirements to secure the owner’s property and confine the vicious dog.
Chapter 6.08 - Mandatory Spay Neuter Program
Statistical Reporting (Section 6.08.100)
The new ordinance also includes a vital element that is often forgotten by municipalities. Section 6.08.100 states that the director (of Animal Control) "shall measure the effects of this chapter by compiling statistical information on dog bites. The information shall, at a minimum identify dog bites by severity, the breed of dog involved, whether the dog was altered, and whether the breed of dog was subject to mandatory spay and neutering requirement of this chapter."
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