Utah City Votes Down Pit Bull Ban, Higher Fees for Aggressive Dogs
How intelligent is this? Punishing the behavior and not targeting certain breeds of dogs!
Thanks to the Salt Lake Tribune for this article.
Cedar City ducks pit bull dog ban
By Mark Havnes
The Salt Lake Tribune
CEDAR CITY - Is it a devil dog or a lovable pet? The pit bull usually evokes passion of one extreme or the other in people, but on Wednesday night the Cedar City Council took a more neutral position.
In a 5-0 vote, the council denied a request by some residents to ban the dogs within city limits and, instead, toughened its current pet ordinance on how to deal with problem animals.
Mayor Gerald Sherratt said the issue heated up last summer when a petition was circulated in a city neighborhood where a girl was attacked by a pit bull.
"It went for the face and cut her up pretty badly," said Sherratt. "The neighbors of the [dog's] owner got up in arms."
Under Wednesday's change to the ordinance, problem dogs will now be labeled in one of three categories with matching fines.
If a dog is labeled aggressive, then an owner could be subject to a $500 fine. If a dog is deemed dangerous, a $700 fine would apply; if considered vicious, the owner would face a $1,000 fine.
The dollar amounts are significantly larger than previous fines.
Alisa Haller, who heads the southwestern Utah city's animal control division, said the ordinance will help enforcement efforts of problem animals because higher fines will, they hope, compel pet owners to keep their animals in secured areas or to make sure they are muzzled.