President Gray Applauds Committee Passage of Dangerous Dog Proposal
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President Gray Applauds Committee Passage of Dangerous Dog Proposal

Indianapolis - Council President Monroe Gray applauded passage of Proposal No. 370 (the Dangerous Dog Proposal) which makes changes to the Indianapolis Code as it relates to animals. The Dangerous Dog Proposal was first introduced on July 19, 2006, and has received several public hearings before the Council's Rules and Public Policy Committee.

President Gray said, "This is a good proposal. It is not breed specific, and it holds owners responsible for their pets." He said, "Not all dogs are bad, but bad owners can cause their pets to be dangerous to others and themselves."

Although the proposal was introduced to address the growing number of dangerous dogs in the community, the proposal was amended to update the entire Animal Code.

Some key provisions of the proposal:

§ Increased fines relating to dangerous animals which will range from $500 to $1000,

§ Inclusion of crime prevention dog and law enforcement animal in the Code,

§ Limits the ownership of dangerous animals to two (2), and

§ Defines a dangerous animal as one that 1) would constitute a danger to human life or property 2) has caused serious injury to a person without having been provoked by the person; or 3) has chased or approached a person in a menacing fashion, or attacked another domestic animal.

President Gray said, "I commend the hard work and patience of Councillors Sherron Franklin and Rozelle Boyd. They listened to the public to ensure that the ordinance addressed the growing problems this community has experienced with dangerous dogs and irresponsible dog owners. This is a good piece of legislation that will help protect the citizens of Marion County."

The proposal passed the Rules and Public Policy Committee by a vote of 8-0. The full Council will consider the amended proposal at its November 13, 2006 meeting. If passed, the proposal will become effective on January 1, 2007. Councillors Sherron Franklin and Rozelle Boyd are the primary sponsors of the proposal along with Councillor Ron Gibson.

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