RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A new City of Raleigh ordinance expands the definition of a dangerous dog that could lead to animal control officers issuing a citation and even impounding or putting down canines.
The new ordinance, backed by Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, declares that a dog is dangerous if it bites a person, resulting in broken bones or hospitalization, or if it kills a pet when it’s not on the dog owner’s property.
“I’ve been attacked by a dog. I know there are lots of other people (that have also),” McFarlane said. “It’s important for public safety. That’s one of the main things the City Council is responsible for.”
The proposed ordinance came up several times before but each time a vote was postponed in order to acquire more information. McFarlane said it was important that the City Council acted.
In January, a 7-year-old boy was killed after a pit bull attack in Lumberton.