Officials in Newark Ohio voted 8-1, at their last meeting, to amend the current breed discriminatory law. Initially this was to be the first reading of the proposal, however, council moved to make the vote final since some members of the council would be leaving soon with the end of the term close.
The amended law would allow people with targeted dogs to apply for the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate in order to be allowed to manage their dogs without certain restrictions. The dog will need to be tested annually in order to maintain their status.
Dogs who receive their CGC will be allowed to be walked without a muzzle and will not longer be considered a vicious dog by default. These dogs must be on leash at all times. Newark does not have a leash law that applies to all dogs.
With the current designation of a vicious dog by default, owners of targeted dogs must have a special registration, insurance, muzzling and confinement requirements met in order to keep their dogs.
The changes received opposition from the Police Chief, who cited concerns about enforcement. The one opposing vote from the council used the stance of the Police Chief as the reason for his opposition. It is interesting that difficulty of enforcement would be a primary point of opposition, considering the difficulties in enforcing any form of breed discriminatory legislation.
While this is certainly a step in the right direction, there are many things that need to be addressed in Newark’s dangerous dog law. Perhaps this was not the time for the conversation, but it is a conversation that is needed, and one that will have to be had in the near future if officials want to make an impact on dog bites in the community.
Several news media channels covered the following information, which is being touted as “proof” of the “success” of Omaha’s new dangerous dog laws, which include restrictions on “pit bulls.”
This “success” is apparently being measured not by any change in the number of dog bites occurring, but by the number of citations being written for things like lack of liability insurance or muzzle.
NHS Releases Numbers On Dangerous Dog Crackdown
Dozens of pit bull owners cited
Posted: 3:01 PM Jul 7, 2009
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A report from the Nebraska Humane Society released Tuesday summarizes progress made on the dangerous dog crackdown in Omaha over the past six months.
From January to the end of June, 90 citations were issued to pit bull owners for not having proof of insurance. Ninety citations were also handed out to owners whose pit bulls were not muzzled, on a harness or were wearing a leash that was too long.[…]
Full article retrieved 7/8/09 from http://www.wowt.com/news/headlines/50152997.html
Dog Owners Say They Feel Safer Amid Enforcement
Humane Society Cites Hundreds In 6 Months
UPDATED: 6:27 pm CDT July 7, 2009
OMAHA, Neb. — The Nebraska Humane Society said Omaha’s dog ordinance is working better than expected after hundreds of dog owners have been ticketed for various violations in six months.[…]
Full article retrieved 7/8/09 from http://www.ketv.com/news/19984447/detail.html
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Tagged animal control, breed specific legislation, Canine Good Citizen, city council, dangerous, dog, Insurance, muzzle, ordinance, pit bull
New Year Brings New Dog Laws
Posted: Jan 1, 2009 04:49 PM CST
Updated: Jan 1, 2009 04:49 PM CST
OMAHA (KPTM)- The new year brings new laws and Omaha pit bull owners must now obey the final piece of the city’s dangerous dog ordinance that goes into effect January 1, 2009.
[…] The Humane Society says so far 27 owners have complied with all the stipulations to opt out of the muzzle requirement so far.[…]
Full article retrieved 1/2/09 from http://www.kptm.com/global/story.asp?s=9605593&ClientType=Printable