WNYT.com – Bill proposed to prevent vicious dog attacks

Investigators say two unleashed pit bulls attacked and killed a toy poodle in Albany’s Washington Park.

The eight-pound poodle’s owners are understandably devastated, but they’re hopeful a proposed law could prevent this from happening again.

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco is working on a bill he calls the “dangerous dog alert.”

It stems from a deadly dog on dog attack in Niskayuna in late June but he said this recent attack, in Washington Park, highlights the need for such a law.

“His wounds were so bad that his guts were spilling out as I was trying to hold him,” said Ansler.

Animal control immediately seized the two pits and Albany Police issued the 20-year-old owner citations for having unleashed and unlicensed animals. However, more must be done, believes Assemblyman Jim Tedisco.

He is currently drafting legislation that would create a dangerous dog alert. It would require municipalities to notify residents via email, website or social media when an owner of a dangerous dog has been convicted and share the block where the animal lives.

“I think we owe it to the public in terms of public safety to let people who want to exercise, who want to walk their animal, walk their dog, where these violations – dangerous dogs exist,” said Tedisco.

The law might have saved “Krypto,” and also “Templeton” who was killed by two pit bulls in June in Niskayuna.  Most importantly, it protects people.

“It’s not only dogs attacking animals and dogs, dogs are potentially attacking people,” said Tedisco.

As sad as Morgan is about her beloved pet, she’s also grateful.  She was in the park Wednesday, playing with Krypto, with the three young girls she babysits.

“If I had known the dogs were in the area that was vicious I would not have put three little kids and my dog in harm’s way, I would never have gone there and we would still have Krypto,” said Ansler.

According to Tedisco, Schenectady is considering a similar law that will be discussed Monday during a public safety meeting.

via WNYT.com – Bill proposed to prevent vicious dog attacks.

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