Chicago, IL update: City resolves to look at dog laws without BSL

Whatever the city of Chicago decides to do to strengthen their dog ordinance, the new measures will not be breed-specific, says the city’s resolution.

Residents of Chicago are encouraged to get involved in the dialogue with city council and city officials, to make sure that any new measures that are introduced are agreeable to all.

License owners, not dogs? Alderman wants to tighten leash

BY FRAN SPIELMAN, City Hall Reporter, fspielman@suntimes.com
January 18, 2012 4:12PM

[…] At the moment, the resolution co-sponsored by Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) simply calls for City Council hearings to take testimony from experts and “make recommendations for legislation to reduce the number of animal attacks.”

But, it also notes that the City Council tightened the regulatory leash — and increased penalties on negligent dog owners — after exhaustive hearings in 2007 that specifically rejected calls for a breed-specific ban.

“Any further regulation should continue to be not breed-specific, but owner/handler specific, such as licensing the owner rather than the animal,” the resolution states. […]

City Clerk Susana Mendoza, who co-sponsored the demand for City Council hearings, issued a press release that made no mention of licensing dog owners.

She simply said, “We do not feel that any legislation should be dog-breed specific, but instead focused on responsible dog ownership.” […]

Full article retrieved 1/19/12 from http://www.suntimes.com/10088254-417/license-owners-not-dogs-alderman-wants-to-tighten-leash.html

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