|By Cody Bozarth, Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Ill.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
In March, the
During a public protection committee meeting Wednesday, aldermen came together to discuss the result of their own research. Having quickly determined that breed-specific legislation was prohibited in state statutes, some wondered if the city needed to do anything at all.
Given the fact that the city's ordinance regarding dangerous and vicious dogs is rather sparse, there was some consideration on implementing a mostly identical version of the county's ordinance. The city could put in some additional rules -- such as requiring that a sign be posted on an enclosure notifying that a dog that has been determined by state law to be dangerous or vicious.
The city plans to meet again to continue discussing how it might proceed from here, but no action is planned.
To a group of about 12 people at the committee meeting, the committee reiterated that any breed-specific rules would not be considered.
"We also want our community to be safe, but discriminating against pit bulls and other breeds won't help achieve this goal," Brunk said. "We do think stronger enforcement of
Hudson first approached the city about imposing more thorough record keeping and requiring proof of liability insurance for violent dogs and all pit bulls shortly after two pit bulls attacked and nearly killed a pony he had on his property.
Though the city agreed to discuss the proposal and suggested nothing more, the news quickly caught widespread attention online and through social media. Sites like
Patterson expressed frustration at some of this correspondence, as well as the "slandering of Dr. Hudson."
"I am concerned about the rumors," she said. "Prior to the next meeting I would like to not receive 20 emails from people in
"I don't know where most of the emails came from, because they weren't on point" said Aldermen
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