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On May 20, 2014, the Dearborn County Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance overhauling their entire animal control code. The changes to Chapter 90 of the County Code of Ordinances was brought about as part of an effort by the Commissioners to better serve the citizens of Dearborn County.

One of the proposed changes, now effectively passed into county law, REPEALS the language regulating the ownership of “pit bulls.”

Prior to the update, the ordinance declared as vicious “any dog belonging to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog. The ownership, keeping, or harboring of such a breed shall be prima facie evidence of the ownership, keeping or harboring of a vicious dog.”

Now all dogs in Dearborn County are deemed vicious and/or dangerous by their behavior and actions, NOT their breed or appearance of breed.

In addition to setting forth duties and responsibilities of animal owners, the amended ordinance regulates nuisance animals, dogs running in packs, and institutes tethering restrictions.

According to the County Commissioners’ office, because the ordinance was passed in a public hearing, it goes into effect immediately.

Congratulations Dearborn County for taking positive steps forward that will benefit ALL who reside in the county – people and their pets!
 
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