RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Less than a week after a one year old boy was mauled by a Rottweiler, the Raleigh Raleigh City Council on Tuesday considered tougher rules against dangerous dogs, but decided to study the issue further before making any decisions.
During the Nov. 17 council meeting, the Law and Public Safety Committee requested revisions to the existing ordinances surrounding “dangerous dogs.”
The changes would define what a dangerous dog is and determine what actions an animal control officer can take.
Those changes were already in the works before the young boy was mauled. But at least a couple of the city council members brought up the incident and the need for stricter laws.
“As a dog lover and also as a person who has been attacked by a dangerous dog before in my life. It is a terrible problem,” said Dickie Thompson, a city council member.
The City Council on Tuesday decided to table the issue until January. Meanwhile, that child was in stable condition after the first two procedures.
Specifically, the proposed ordinance would:
- Clarify and expand the definition of “dangerous dog”;
- Eliminate the need to declare a dog “potentially dangerous” by expanding the definition of “dangerous dog”;
- Define “provocation” and “serious injury”;
- Establish clear restrictions for keeping a dog that has been declared dangerous;
- Establish what actions Animal Control can take when a dog that has been declared dangerous is found at large or inflicts serious injury on a person or domestic animal;
- Establish an appeal process when a dog has been declared dangerous or when a determination has been made that a dog should be destroyed;
- Authorize summary destruction of an animal that has been determined to be dangerous and who cannot be seized, humanely trapped or tranquilized if destruction is necessary for the protection of life or property or for public health and safety; and
- Require notification to the Animal Control division when an animal bites a person, unless the person has provoked the animal.
The intent behind the proposed changes is to both simplify and clarify the definition of a dangerous dog and to specify actions the Raleigh Police Department’s Animal Control division should take once a dog has been deemed dangerous.
The Raleigh City Council will also meet for an evening session at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, located downtown at 222 W. Hargett St.