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Will a dangerous dog ordinance protect residents or unfairly target dog breeds? : News : ConnectMidMichigan.com

Do you believe this new ordinance will reduce the risk to residents or is it unfairly targeting breeds?
The ordinance will help prevent dog bites
The ordinance is unfairly targeting specific breed

Current Results:
The ordinance will help prevent dog bites
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The ordinance is unfairly targeting specific breeds
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Will a dangerous dog ordinance protect residents or unfairly target dog breeds?

by Karen Petzold
Posted: 06.07.2011

Saginaw city council members have voted to approve a new dangerous dog ordinance. The ordinance does not ban any certain breed however it requires the owners of the most statistically dangerous dogs register their pets with the city for a onetime fee of $20 bucks. It also limits each house-hold to three adult dogs and restricts tethering.

City council leaders say the goal is to crack down on irresponsible dog owners. Those for the ordinance say it's needed to prevent dog fights and bites. Council still needs to vote on the ordinance one more time at a meeting late this month.

The ordinance defines "Dangerous Dogs" as:

(A) Any dog with a propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack, to cause injury or to otherwise endanger the safety of human beings or other domestic animals; or

(B) Any dog that attacks, attempts to attack or that, by its actions, gives indication that it is liable to attack a human being or other domestic animal one or more times without provocation; or

(C) Any dog of a breed that appears consistently in the top five (5) of the breeds on credible, analytical listings of "Most Dangerous Dogs" as verified and supplemented by local data and records for Saginaw County. The "list" shall include any dog that by physical appearance could be believed by any reasonable person to have sufficient physical or temperamental characteristics or behaviors to be a "mix" of any of the breeds listed or a "mix" with a non-listed dog where the mixture exhibits the dominant physical appearance of a dog on the list, and any other dog that has the substantial physical characteristics and appearance of those breeds on the list.
Such list shall be updated annually and available on the City's website and in the City Clerk's Office.

Will a dangerous dog ordinance protect residents or unfairly target dog breeds? : News : ConnectMidMichigan.com
 

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voted. EVERYONE needs to do there part in fighting breed bans. or you'll wake up and your dogs wont be there. WAKE UP PEOPLE
 

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I doubt what Saginaw is proposing is going to do a bit of good. Bay City is proposing a ordinance that is not breed specific and holds the dog owners (big or small) accountable, this ordinance has not been finalized yet but it may help everybody IMO. Hopefully if there ABSOLUTELY HAS to be an ordinance Saginaw will follow suite.
 

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Two dog ordinances are up for a vote in Saginaw, Michigan this Monday. One designates new rules for maintaining and controlling all dogs. The second ordinance that requires registration and stricter rules for controlling dangerous breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, German shepherds, bull mastiffs and Presna Canarios.

Poll: If you were on Saginaw City Council, how would you vote on the dog ordinances Monday? | MLive.com

If you were a member of Saginaw City Council, how would you vote on the proposed dog ordinances Monday
Yes on both the general ordinance and the "dangerous dogs" ordinance
No on both ordinances
No on the general dog ordinance, but yes on the "dangerous dogs" ordinance
Yes on the general ordinance rules, but No on the "dangerous dogs" ordinance

Current results:
Yes on both the general ordinance and the "dangerous dogs" ordinance 61.09% (135 votes)

Yes on the general ordinance rules, but No on the "dangerous dogs" ordinance 15.38% (34 votes)

No on the general dog ordinance, but yes on the "dangerous dogs" ordinance 5.88% (13 votes)

No on both ordinances 17.65% (39 votes)

Total Votes: 221

Poll: If you were on Saginaw City Council, how would you vote on the dog ordinances Monday?
Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 10:55 AM

SAGINAW - In five days, at the next City Council meeting on Monday, leaders will cast votes that could significantly change dog ownership in the city of Saginaw for some.

Two dog ordinances - one that designates new rules for maintaining and controlling all dogs, as well as a second ordinance that requires registration and stricter rules for controlling dangerous breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, German shepherds, bull mastiffs and Presna Canarios - are up for passage.

On Tuesday, a black pit bull lay chained in the yard in front of 1323 Woodbridge in Saginaw, where its leash stretched nearly to the sidewalk; three unattended, wild-looking beige dogs with dirty coats peeked from their dilapidated dog houses, or stood and barked loudly in the dirt yard at 1602 Brown in Saginaw; next door a black and white pit bull is tied to the rail of the front porch and joins the barking commotion; and two dogs, Deek, 3, a mix-terrier rescue, and Obama, a 110-pound black Labrador-mix, are chained to a metal rod near a detached garage behind the home at 1812 Ames where they spend their waking hours most summer days.

Nearly all of Saginaw's neighborhoods reveal similar scenes throughout, dogs - some on the "dangerous" list - tied or chained in front of, behind or to the side of homes while their owners are absent.

Motivated by this and in part by a pit bull attack on Duane VanLanHam, city leaders began scripting the ordinances more than 13 months ago and on June 6, in a 5-2 vote - dissenting voter Councilman Dennis Browning said he opposed the breed-specific language, while Councilman Andrew Wendt disagreed with the three-dog limit - City Council voted to present the draft versions before the public.

The laws, which could fine violators between $100 and $400 for dangerous breed violations and are expected to be enforced by code enforcers, would take effect June 30 if passed.

The general dog ordinance would require all dogs - whether deemed dangerous or not - have a fenced-in enclosure or kennel if left unattended.

A "tether" to an inanimate object as a primary means of containment would no longer be allowed.

Dogs cannot be left out in the yard all day or overnight unless they are fenced in or in a kennel, says Saginaw Attorney Thomas H. Fancher.

The law states: "Tethers can be used as a secondary means of control within a fenced yard or pen or at the residence of a dog owner without a properly fenced yard when the owner is present or nearby in the yard or residence to render assistance or further control of the dog."

The general dog ordinance prohibits residents from owning greater than three dogs over 4-months-old.

The dangerous dogs ordinance would require, for the designated breeds, owners pay a $20 registration fee; remain leashed in the possession of the owner, indoors or inside a 4-foot-high enclosure at all times; and signs displayed announcing their presence at the residence.

Previous recommendations that don't appear in the final drafts included requirements that dangerous breeds be muzzled while on leashed walks owners possess liability insurance.

Read both proposed ordinances here.

If you were on City Council, how would you vote?

Poll: If you were on Saginaw City Council, how would you vote on the dog ordinances Monday? | MLive.com
 

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The Saginaw City Council could approve an ordinance that would require owners to register pit bulls — along with Rottweilers, German shepherds, presa canarios and bull mastiffs — for a one-time $20 payment or face fines up to $400. The ordinance would go into effect on June 30.

The council meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1315 S. Washington Ave., Saginaw, MI


The proposed ordinances are listed on tomorrow' agenda under CONSIDERATION AND PASSING OF ORDINANCES

3. An ordinance to add §94.11-§94.17, “Dangerous Dogs” to Chapter 94, “Nuisances: Health and Safety,” of Title IX, “General Regulations” of the Saginaw Code of Ordinances O-1.
 
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