We reported last July that a group in Savannah had rallied 1000 signatures on a petition seeking breed-specific legislation.
Officials are assuring residents that ‘bully breed’ dogs are not the subject of their foreseeable changes to the current policy.
Savannah City Council is reviewing the dog policy in effort to strengthen Animal Control ordinances. According to Lt. Brenda Boulware of Animal Control, “We want to strengthen ordinances, making owners more responsible.”
After several dog attacks in the area, stricter guidelines on owners of dogs declared dangerous is a community-safety necessity. While the proposed changes to the ordinance is not targeting a breed, it is targeting temperament.
According to Boulware, the misconception that there is one free bite is incorrect. A dog can be classified as dangerous or potentially dangerous after the first bite, or before it bites. The changes to the ordinance would make a court appearance mandatory for owners who are cited for ‘dogs at large’ as well as making failure to register their animal with the city an offense resulting in a citation.
Chatham County (where Savannah is located) has already adopted the proposed changes that Savannah officials are considering. That ordinance can be viewed here.
SAVANNAH, GA —
It’s a possible policy change that could affect all Savannah dog owners.
Several dog attacks in the area, including a vicious one in Treat Park last year that left a little boy severely injured, some concerned neighbors in the community have asked for a crack down on certain breeds.
But supporters of the changing city ordinance are more focused on the behavior of the dog, not the breed of the dog.
Savannah City Council is currently reviewing their dog policy, and many of you—our viewers– were worried that they will pass breed specific legislation, targeting “bully breeds” — that is any kind of bull mix, including pit bulls. Lt. Brenda Boulware of Animal Control sets the record straight.
“We want to strengthen Animal Control ordinances, making owners more responsible.”