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Royal Oak Michigan goes breed neutral

After an attack on a dog in December, Royal Oak Michigan was considering instituting a breed specific law.  Monday March 18th the Board of Commissioners met in Royal Oak to discuss amendments to the cities dangerous dog laws.

City Attorney David Gillam recommended that Royal Oak adopt an ordinance similar to Farmington Hills and Wyandotte, which both have three classifications for dogs: dangerous, potentially dangerous and all others. Currently, Royal Oak has no way to address dogs that do not technically meet the definition of dangerous but that have exhibited behavior that would allow officials to reasonably conclude that the dog may become a threat to the community.  It short they have no “potentially dangerous” classification.

Officials will also be conducting a “dog census.” Council members said that almost all dogs that have been found at large or involved in a bite were unregistered. The census will be an attempt to begin getting a handle on exactly how many dogs there are in town and increasing registration numbers.

The following is an excerpt from the commission meeting letter on this matter from last night.

The chief of police has discussed the issue with the City’s Animal Control Officer.  At this time, neither the Police Department nor my office supports the adoption of a breed specific ordinance here in Royal Oak.”

The full letter can be found here.

Congratulations to Royal Oak advocates on a job well done.

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Royal Oak Michigan City Commissioner seeks breed specific law

The town of Royal Oak Michigan has been having some issues recently and according to one City Commissioner these issues are breed specific.

The “Observer & Eccentric” reported that Royal Oaks is seeking to redraft their dangerous dog laws in response to a series of dog related incidents. Commissioner David Poulton is pushing for the changes to include breed specific legislation. He is quoted in the article saying “Other cities have enacted these, I think it’s time for Royal Oak to do the same” in reference to breed specific laws.

Mayor Jim Ellison is cautioning the council against breed specific legislation during these conversations.

The city attorney is researching the matter.

Residents and locals: Please reach out and stress the importance of remaining breed neutral as the best path to public safety. Contact information for officials can be found here.