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City Considers 'Vicious Dog' Ordinance


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Leaders in the City of Lansing are meeting to vote on an ordinance to deal with vicious dogs.

572 cases of dog bites have been reported by Ingham County Animal Control over the last year. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says that's unacceptable.

He's urging city council to pass a vicious dog ordinance that he says will cut down on the number of bites and attacks in and around the capital city. His ideas include changing fencing requirements, upping liability insurance on specific pet owners and making the ordninance breed specific.

"Over 90 percent of the dogs our officers have had to destroy in our neighborhoods, basically shooting them while being attacked, over 90 percent of those dogs are pit bulls," said Bernero.

But animal advocates at Voiceless Michigan say this type of legislation won't solve the problem. Rather, it will be too hard to enforce, unfairly tie-in dogs that are cross-bred to ones "deemed solely vicious" and also be very costly to taxpayers.

"Breed specific legislation is just a trap and it will create more hardship for your city. It will be expensive and it won't work," said Julia Palmer, the president at the Capital Area Humane Society.

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