The city’s emergency manager is about to decide whether owning a vicious dog in Flint could land you in jail.
The Flint City Council voted 7-1 Monday, June 9, to amend a city ordinance to make keeping a dog that bites a potential misdemeanor instead of just a civil infraction.
But at the same meeting, Mayor Dayne Walling suggested emergency manager Darnell Earley not change the current dog ordinance as council requested.
“The better solution to animal control in the city is better code enforcement,” Walling said. “I don’t believe criminalizing dog ownership is a good solution … I don’t think we want to get into long legal proceedings with these dog bites.”
Jason Lorenz, a spokesman for Earley, had no immediate comment on prospects for the ordinance change, but the emergency manager said in April that there was “still a lot of work to do” on the proposal.