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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • City leaders ponder vicious dog ordinance

  • Local officials are biting back at the city’s dog problem by putting a leash on vicious animals and penalizing their owners.


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  • Local officials are biting back at the city’s dog problem by putting a leash on vicious animals and penalizing their owners.
    At the Healdton City Council meeting Monday, Councilman and Vice-Mayor Herb Collier submitted a draft of a city ordinance to raise the penalties on animals that endanger the safety of others, requiring the owners of dangerous pets to procure liability insurance to the tune of $100,000.
    “What I proposed is an ordinance that’s got some pretty hefty penalties for vicious animals,” said Collier. “And hopefully the next meeting we’ll be able to hash all this out and come up with something so they’ll not be another statistic out. You always hear about dogs tearing up little kids, and I’d prefer to keep that out of Healdton.”
    Collier said numerous citizens have voiced concerns about the number of pit bulls chasing kids and earlier this week a dog broke into a woman’s house and killed another dog.
    “Enough’s enough, so before anybody gets mauled or something else, we’ve got to get something done,” he said. “Our dog ordinance is so lax right now its not funny. Let’s come up with something that’s workable. If it means keeping a dog on a chain lets get something done. I don’t want them coming after my kids.”
    And Glenn Emberling, animal control officer for the city, agrees that something needs to be done before someone else gets hurt.
    “It would help us tremendously because we have a lot of pit bulls in the town. We just need them to have insurance or have them contained I know we can’t outlaw them. I wish we could but we can’t.”
    Glenn hopes the city will also increase penalties on animal abusers, in addition to classifying vicious animals. The District Attorney’s office is in the process of filing four counts of criminal abuse to an animal on a Healdton resident, he said.
    “One was dead on the chain when I arrived, and the others were malnourished,” he said. “God, you could see their ribs and stuff.”
    City council officials said they are expecting to make a decision on the ordinance after their next meeting on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m., where they expect to hear public feedback.
    Keith Howard, 221-6542
    keith.howard@ardmoreite.com

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