Flint emergency manager makes stronger vicious dog ordinance law in city | MLive.com

Flint emergency manager makes stronger vicious dog ordinance law in city | MLive.com

Emergency manager Darnell Earley has approved a new vicious  dog ordinance, opening the door to jailing the owners of dogs who attack people or other canines.

Earley signed an ordinance revision June 19, according to the city’s Web site, making vicious dog owners subject to penalties of up to 90 days in jail, a fine of at least $250 or a minimum of 240 hours of community service work if convicted of the misdemeanor.

City Attorney Peter Bade said the ordinance is unchanged from the version approved by the Flint City Council on June 10. It takes effect Aug. 1, Bade said, and will make keeping a dog that bites more than a civil infraction.

“It gives officers have another tool in their belt to impact public safety,” said Councilman Sheldon Neeley, who introduced the ordinance change. “It’s a positive move — something that was long overdue.”

Although initially opposed by some animal advocates because it was breed specific, Neeley changed the ordinance so that it targeted no specific breed and the opposition quickly dissipated.

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling spoke against the change at a public hearing, leaving Earley to side with either the council or the mayor on the issue.

Bade said Monday, July 7, that the emergency manager’s decision is part of his effort to get the council to carry out its responsibilities as legislators.

The ordinance amendment calls vicious dogs a “serious and widespread threat” in Flint and calls for police to notify Genesee County Animal Control to remove any dog if there is probable cause that it has bitten or attacked a person.

Neeley said there have been dozens of attacks on children and senior citizens in the city this year alone.

The new ordinance will not cover dogs that bite a person after being provoked or tormented, or dogs that bite or attack a person who is trespassing on the property of the dog’s owner.

City ordinance currently defines a vicious dog as any canine having “a propensity, tendency or disposition to attack, to cause injury or otherwise endanger the safety of human beings or other domestic animals.”

It requires vicious dogs to be kept on a leash or muzzle when outside of a kennel, pen or house and mandates that owners display signs reading “beware of dog,” keep insurance in case of injury or death caused by the dog and register the animal with the city clerk.

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2 thoughts on “Flint emergency manager makes stronger vicious dog ordinance law in city | MLive.com”

  1. Here’s a thought. All Pro-Pit or Pro vicious dog owners always say it’s the owner not the breed, (which I do not believe when it comes to fighting breeds). How about then the owner has to take full responsibility if something happens? In other words, if they choose a dog classified as a fighting breed and that dog kills someone, they have to pay restitution, they get life in prison and the dog gets put down? If their dog mauls they go to jail for assault with a deadly weapon. 90 days is not enough, a small fine is not enough. Clearly it’s the owner, not the breed, so punish every owner fully for choosing to own a dog with their potential to harm others.

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  2. The opposition died down when the breed specific wording was changed. The idiot pit bull owners are that deluded that they don’t believe their precious fighting dog will ever get loose and do what it was bred to do!!! It would almost be funny if people and their pets weren’t being torn up daily.

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