Archive for Thursday, August 14, 2003

Vicious dog law is tabled

August 14, 2003

At the request of city attorney John Thompson, the Basehor City Council tabled a proposed ordinance prohibiting the ownership of dogs deemed vicious during its meeting Monday, Aug. 11.

Last month, the City Council discussed amending the city's vicious dog ordinance, to ban ownership of dogs such as pit bulls, Rottweilers and wolf-hybrids. The amendment would grandfather-in residents owning those breeds before the new ordinance was approved, Thompson said.

The ordinance was slated for discussion in Monday's meeting, but Thompson asked the discussion be delayed so he could review the issue further. The issue will be discussed during a work session Monday, Aug. 18.

Thompson has amended a draft of his original vicious dog ordinance but wants to make additional changes before presenting it to the City Council. The changes include beefing up penalties for dogs that attack people or animals and requiring more stringent insurance policies for those animals.

A vicious dog is defined as "any dog which by virtue of its breeding, training, characteristics, behavior or other factors the owner or custodian knows or has reason to know has a propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked," according to the amendment.

Pursuing the amendment comes as result of an incident in June 2002, in which two stray dogs, a pit bull and Rottweiler, attacked and killed a miniature show horse valued at $4,500 on Parallel Road in Basehor.

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