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Omaha, NE: Results of “dangerous dog crackdown”
Omaha, NE: Results of “dangerous dog crackdown”
Posted on July 8, 2009 by stopbslcom
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

NHS Releases Numbers On Dangerous Dog Crackdown
Dozens of pit bull owners cited

Posted: 3:01 PM Jul 7, 2009
Reporter: WOWT
Email Address: [email protected]

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.

Seventy potentially dangerous dog declarations were issued. In four of those cases, appeals were heard and granted. Thirty-three citations were given due to dogs being tethered outside for longer than 15 minutes.

Of the 62 dogs that have taken the canine good citizen test, including all dogs that have taken the class and not just those enrolled this year, 46 have passed.

Dog Owners Say They Feel Safer Amid Enforcement - Omaha News Story - KETV Omaha

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.

Within the stats released Tuesday, 90 people were ticketed for not having their pit bulls restrained with a muzzle or harness and nine people have been declared reckless owners.

Animal control officers have been aggressively pursuing potentially dangerous animals. Dog owners said they have seen a difference.

“I don’t feel scared at all,” said Leora Azriel.

The dog owner said she feels safer bringing her dog to a dog park. She said signs make clear what the dogs need to have before entering the park.

Debra Flores said she was happy about the stats including all the owners who were ticketed.

“It’s pretty traumatic for a dog to be bit by a dog. It stays with them the rest of their lives,” Flores said.

She had little sympathy for those who left their dogs outside longer than 15 minutes and were ticketed.

“I mean, you can’t just leave a dog out in a yard and not check on it. It’s like putting your child out in the yard and saying, ‘Go play,’” Flores said.

The ordinance is still in its first year. Humane Society spokesman Mark Langan said he expects the stats to decrease with each year as owners learn to comply with the rules.

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