Saginaw, MI, city council voted 5-3 in favor of a breed-specific ordinance at last night’s meeting. This was the final vote on the ordinance.
The newly passed ordinance restricts ownership of “pit bulls” (undefined term), Bull Mastiffs, Presa Canarios, Rottweilers, and German Shepherds—and any mixed-breed dog that resembles one of these. Owners of these breeds must pay for a special “dangerous dog” license, must post special signage, and must follow special containment rules, among other things. The Code Enforcement department is in charge of breed identification and enforcement.
Currently, the full ordinance can be read here: http://www.saginaw-mi.com/Government/Departments/CityCouncil/Proposed%20Dog%20Ordinance.pdf
Saginaw City Council passes ‘Dangerous dogs’ ordinance 5-3
Updated: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 7:25 AM
By Gus Burns | The Saginaw News
[…] The measure passed 5-3, with Councilman Dennis Browning, Councilman Andrew Wendt and Counclman Larry Coulouris dissenting.
Browning and Wendt took issue with the breed-specific language, while Coulouris said he wished an advocate for responsible dog owners had been on the committee.[…]
Residents who own a dog that is deemed “dangerous” are required to register their animal at the City Clerk’s office, 1315 S. Washington in Saginaw, by June 30 to be in compliance.
Full article retrieved 6/21/11 from http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2011/06/dangerous_dogs_ordinance_and_o.html
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