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April 10, 2012

City dog law moves to 3rd, final hearing

New rules would fine owners with dangerous pets

The Kokomo Common Council on Monday voted in favor of an ordinance with stricter penalties for owners of dogs that the city deems as dangerous.

With few comments from the council and none from the public, the ordinance passed on its second reading.

Councilman Bob Cameron said before the vote that all the public input he has received on the ordinance has been positive.

Under the new regulations, fines could range between $250 and $500 for first-time offenders.

The city has defined dogs as dangerous if they have “aggressively bitten, attacked or endangered a human,” or if they have been bred for fighting.

Dogs that bite someone without provocation, regardless of whether the person is injured, or dogs that show other types of aggression could be considered potentially dangerous, according to the ordinance.

Pet owners, under the ordinance, also have to follow rules for tethering dogs. Fines may ensue for anyone who attaches their dog to a heavy chain or leaves the animal tethered in a place where it cannot reach food, water, shelter or shade.

 

In other business

The council approved an ordinance on its third reading that will allow the city to enact ordinances after two readings instead of the standard three.

Councilman Bob Hayes said the measure was merely to shorten the legal process.

Also, the council approved a resolution that will allow the city to move forward with buying property in southwest Kokomo for a new fire station.

Councilman Tom Miklik said the city has been looking at a lot of more than 1 acre at 3506 S. Dixon Road.

• Daniel Human is the Kokomo Tribune business reporter. He can be reached at 765-454-8570 or at daniel.human@kokomotribune.com.

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