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· Bitch Noone Wanted
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Dangerous dogs targeted
Sterling Heights to debate revised proposal Tuesday that originally singled out pit bulls
Charles E. Ramirez / The Detroit News
Sterling Heights - City officials are expected to take up Tuesday a proposed ordinance for dangerous dogs.

The proposal is a revision of a controversial proposed ordinance that targeted pit bulls. The new proposal doesn't single out particular breeds for regulation and focuses on intervention by animal control officers when an animal exhibits dangerous behavior, officials say.

The City Council is scheduled to consider the ordinance at its 7:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday at City Hall, 40555 Utica Road.

"Much thought was given to whether the ultimate objective of enhancing public safety could be achieved without being breed specific," Police Chief Michael Reese said in a statement submitted to the council. "The revised ordinance offers a measure of prevention and protection against a dog whose dangerous behaviors will escalate unless addressed."

Among the proposed law's requirements for owners of dangerous dogs: Dogs must be confined in a secure fence with self-locking gates or on a leash.

Dogs must be on leashes when they are off their owners' property.

Dogs must have identification microchips.

Dog owners must provide and maintain liability insurance with coverage of at least $250,000.

Owners must put their dogs through temperament training.

Owners must pay an annual $50 fee to register dogs in addition to the usual licensing fee.

Violations could cost owners $500 in fines and potential forfeiture of their dogs.

A string of dog attacks last year prompted the city to study an ordinance for pit bulls.

In December, officials proposed a law that would have required pit bull owners to have $250,000 in liability insurance and fencing at least 6 feet tall.

Critics said the proposal unfairly targeted pit bulls.

Resident Daryl Stephens said he hasn't studied the entire proposed ordinance yet, but he is encouraged the law focuses on responsible ownership instead of breeds.

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From The Detroit News: Dangerous dogs targeted | detnews.com | The Detroit News

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· Bitch Noone Wanted
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Sterling Heights council unanimously passed their revised breed-neutral ordinance tonight! Congratulations to all the advocates that helped turn this around. Residents were instrumental in educating the council.
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