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At the request of residents, city officials in Vienna, West Virginia are considering revising their vicious dog ordinance to REMOVE the breed specific language from the law.

Please take a moment to encourage the Vienna officials to move toward a generic dangerous dog law (such as the one in nearby Parkersburg, W.V.) that holds owners to a higher accountability for the actions of their dogs, and bases the designation of "dangerous" on the actions of the dog -- not its breed. .

City of Vienna
City Hall
609 29th Street
Viena, West Virginia 26105
Phone: (304) 295-4541

Mayor David Nohe
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Norm Harris
Park Department
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Vienna officials consider vicious dog ordinance
December 16, 2010 - By NATALEE SEELY [email protected]

VIENNA - A Vienna couple seeking a change to the city's code on vicious dogs asked city council Thursday to take pit bulls out of the ordinance.

Lindsey and Andy McVey, of 4205 Grand Central Ave., asked council to revisit code 507.10, dealing with vicious dog regulations.

"Pit bulls are often negatively attacked in the media. The breed has gotten a very bad rap," said Andy McVey. "It's time to change things."

Vienna code 507.10 defines a vicious dog as any breed of pit bull terrier or Staffordshire bull terrier, as well as any dog with the propensity to attack human beings or other domestic animals.

Under the code, any dogs defined as "vicious" must wear a muzzle and leash when outside of the residence.

Dog owners must purchase public liability insurance on the dog, and "Beware of Dog" signs must be visible to the public.

Failure to comply with code regulations could result in fines up to $300.

The couple, who own a pit bull, said it was time to take breed-specific regulations out of the city code.

"Pit bulls are actually very intelligent family pets," she said.

Andy McVey said that other factors beside breed determine a dog's propensity to attack, such as not spaying or neutering a dog or abusing a dog.

Vienna Mayor David Nohe said council would revisit the code with the help of Parks Director Norm Harris.

"I would like to see the code modified," said Harris. "I've always thought it was too breed-specific."

Harris said the national trend on vicious dog ordinances is defining dogs more by their actions, not their breed.

"You are responsible for your own dog. Period," said Harris. "I think it's about time we made some revisions, going toward less of a breed-specific definition."

Vienna adopted an ordinance on vicious dogs in 1984. Pit bulls were always part of the category, said Harris.

The city of Parkersburg has no breed-specific ordinances on vicious dogs, he said.

Council agreed to look over a revised ordinance at a later meeting.

Vienna officials consider vicious dog ordinance - NewsandSentinel.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
 

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Back in mid-December, we learned that city officials in Vienna, West Virginia were considering revising their vicious dog ordinance to REMOVE the breed specific language from the law. At that time, the city council agreed to look over a revised ordinance at a later meeting, and the vicious dog orindance is on the council’s agenda tomorrow, January 13, 2011.

Parks Director Norm Harris is assisting the council in making revisions to the ordinance, and Mr. Harris is opposed to breed specific legislation, believing that owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs. BSL has been in place in Vienna since 1984, and this would be a great win!

The council meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. at Vienna City Hall. If you are in the the Vienna area, please try to attend.
 

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Back in December, we learned that city officials in Vienna, West Virginia were considering revisions to their vicious dog ordinance to REMOVE the breed specific language from the law. The city council agreed to review a revised ordinance at a later meeting.

I have confirmed with the council clerk and the director of animal control that the ordinance has been drafted and the reference to "pit bulls" has been removed.

The first vote on the ordinance will be taken by the city council tomorrow, Thursday, January 27, 2011. Two votes are required to make the ordinance law.

The council meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. at Vienna City Hall. If you are in the area, please try to attend.

BSL has been in place in Vienna since 1984, and a large turnout at the council meeting would be a great way to show support for the changes.
 
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