In 2012, Royal Oak reports show that 32 dog bites and 21 vicious dog incidents were filed. As a result to the high number of dog attacks and injuries, the City Commission would like to regulate stricter laws on dogs that are considered dangerous. Royal Oak defines dangerous animals as an animal that has a history of biting, attacking or damaging property.
Among the 32 reports that were filed, two pit bulls were shot and killed by police officers after they escaped from a yard and attacked a rat terrier on a walk with its owner. The terrier died from wounds sustained during the December 13th attack. Pit bulls are labeled by Royal Oak as dangerous dogs, but they do not plan to go as far as banning any breed like Hazel Park did a year ago with pit bulls.
The City Commission would like to hold owners of dogs shown to be dangerous to higher and firmer standards. Some of these higher and firmer standards that were discussed on Monday include: padlocking their gates and using muzzles on walks. “Bully breeds” were also discussed and included in the new stricter ordinance. The City Commissioner, Pat Capello, defines “Bully breeds” as: the American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier and the American bulldog. She states that last year 10 of the dog bites and 11 of the vicious dog incidents involved “bully breeds.” Royal Oak has about 3,600 licensed dogs and 240 are recognized as a bully breed.
Even though studies have shown that certain breeds of dogs are more dangerous than others, that does not mean that every dog of that breed is violent. A dog's disposition depends on two things, their breed and their owner. A dog is more likely to be dangerous if the dog’s owner encourages aggressive behavior.
Risks Of A Dangerous Dog
Dogs do provide a sense of security for people and property. If you own a dog, there are precautions you should take to make sure others do not get attacked or injured by your dog and to make dog ownership safe for you.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest the following items:
- Owners should carefully choose their pet dog by evaluating the environment and lifestyle
- Potential owners should speak with a professional to determine the appropriate type of pet
- Dogs should be neutered to reduce aggressive tendencies
- Never leave infants or young children alone with a dog
- Be sensitive to cues that a child is fearful or apprehensive about a dog
- Children should be taught basic safety around dogs and reviewed regularly
- Dogs with histories of aggression are inappropriate for families with children
- Owners should not play aggressive games with their dogs
- If bitten, the bite should be reported immediately
Contact a Michigan Dangerous Dog Breeds Attorney
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