Flint City Council Passes Vicious Dog Ordinance [Video]
The Flint City Council passed a vicious dog ordinance on Monday night that will put more accountability on owners. According to WNEM, there have been 27 dog attacks against people this year. The owner of that dog could now get up to 90 days in jail and be fined up to $500.
Councilman Sheldon Neeley told WNEM “we’re going to make sure we operate this ordinance with great discretion, and if we find that an owner has been negligent in operation or control of their animal, and it results in an attack anywhere from small to fatal, we want that owner to be responsible.”
Dog owners believe this will help improve public safety. Some owners of pitbulls – who said they have them to protect their property – agree that if the dogs get off their leash and attack, they should be held liable. City Spokesperson Jason Lorenz says Emergency Manager Darnell Earley still has to sign off on the ordinance.