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Dangerous Dogs Get Costly

Dangerous Dogs Get Costly
By: Arnold Wyrick

CARBONDALE, Ill. - Carbondale city leaders recently voted unanimously to add some extra teeth into their town's dangerous dog ordinance.

The revised ordinance now requires owners of a dangerous or vicious dog to show proof of liability insurance in the amount of $500,000 per occurrence.

"I think it's retarded.  I own five dogs myself and only one has ever bite a person.  It was my stepdad, I mean my dog's not vicious," said Cerea Sheppard of Carbondale.

But, under the new ordinance that's not a decision she gets to make.  Instead it's now up to Carbondale's animal control officer to decide if your pet is dangerous or not.

"I do believe the dog owner should be liable for any damages that their dog creates, up to the point of euthanasia of the dog if it's determined to be extremely dangerous," said Arvin Blessing of Carbondale.

Pet owners would also have to have their dog spayed or neutered and a tracking chip implanted at the owner's expense.  And whenever the dog is in public it would have to be on a leash and muzzled at all times.

"Muzzling the dog, I don't believe in that.  But, I think that if it's a dangerous dog that's going to hurt a kid or another animal them they should have to do something to keep their dog under control," said Michelle Theis of Carbondale.

Carbondale's police will also be keeping track of where dangerous dogs are located for citizens to be able to see if one lives in their neighborhood.

The owner does still have the right to appeal a dangerous dog ruling against them, but they will still be required to pay all cost involved with the appeal process.

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